Giro d'Italia live: Pascal Ackermann wins stage 11 in photo finish; Tao Geoghegan Hart crashes out

All the updates you need for stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia breakaway on stage 11

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Hello and welcome to Cycling Weekly's live blog for stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia, and anything else you might need to know from the world of cycling. I'm Adam Becket, and if you want to get in contact, here's my Twitter.


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Stage 11 in neutralised zone

If you wanted to know what was going on with Covid at the Giro, you could do worse than read my explainer of everything, that I wrote yesterday before six more riders left with the virus.

Stage 11 is go

215km to go: The break is very much still not established. There's an Intermarché-Circus-Wanty rider out in front, chased by multiple others. This probably won't last, unless the Intermarché man wants to stay out there alone. More attacks from EOLO-Kometa, Cofidis and more. Bahrain-Victorious shut that down.

214km to go: It looks like Trek-Segafredo and Bahrain-Victorious are policing the front of the peloton very carefully. They want a move of two or three to do the work. Another attack from Corratec among others goes.

Six man break up road

207km to go: With the day's break comfortably established, it's time for people to stop and relieve themselves. Not that the men in the break have that advantage. They have three minutes over the peloton, and that gap will grow. This is perfect for both the sprint teams and the GC teams - unless something ridiculous happens, these six are not making it to the finish, and there is no one there to worry about.

Geraint Thomas at the Giro d'Italia

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200km to go: The sprint teams really don't want to give the break any advantage, with Trek-Segafredo, Bahrain-Victorious, Movistar and Astana-Qazaqstan already riding on the front. The gap is four minutes.

Giro d'Italia

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Giro d'Italia breakaway on stage 11

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192km to go: The gap has already been brought back to 3-44, so the break has no chance at all as it currently stands. The sprint teams are desperate to ensure this ends in a bunch finish.

187km to go: whispers this looks like it might be a bit of a dull day, until the end that is. There are three classified climbs to come, of course, but the trio are not going to cause too many problems. The good news is that the average speed is high, so that's good.

180km to go: The gap is 3-18 now, which makes you wonder if the breakaway will be brought too early, which would cause chaos. An easier day if you are not one of the six men up front, or one of the men riding on the front of the bunch.

171km to go: The sun is still out. The gap is well below three minutes now, which is interesting - just 2-41. Bahrain-Victorious is at the front, and Jumbo-Visma is near the front too.

165km to go: Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) had a mechanical, but is safely back in the bunch. Phew.

157km to go: The breakaway raced for the intermediate sprint, with Veljko Stojnić (Corratec-Selle Italia) taking the honours. Behind, in the peloton, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Jonathan Milan (Bahrain-Victorious) duked it out for the remaining points, with the latter taking two and the former one.

148km to go: The break is about to tackle the Passo del Bracco, 10.1km at 4.4%, with the peloton 2-31 behind.

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145km to go: The break has 2-33 on the peloton, where Bahrain-Victorious, Trek-Segafredo and Astana-Qazaqstan are on the front. It is pretty controlled.

143km to go: Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) is hanging off the back of the peloton... His team will be hoping that he can stick around in the bunch and therefore sprint for victory.

139km to go: Over the top of Passo del Bracco, and Veljko Stojnić (Corratec-Selle Italia) takes the points, followed by Diego Pablo Sevilla (EOLO-Kometa) and Filippo Magli (Green Project-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè)

129km to go: The peloton is taking it relatively easy down this descent, with Trek-Segafredo, Bahrain-Victorious and Astana-Qazaqstan still on the front. The gap has gone up to 2-48.

122km to go: The break has three minutes again! Huge news!

119km to go: The break is in a tunnel. I love tunnels in bike races. More tunnels, please.

Giro d'Italia train

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105km to go: Nothing has changed, really. If this isn't a sprint at the end of the day, something has seriously gone wrong. The race is approaching the Colla di Boasi.

101km to go: On TV, Alberto Dainese (DSM) has just said that stage 10 was the coldest day of his life. The poor guy. It did look horrible in the rain.

100km to go: We are finally under 100km. Two categorised climbs to go, and a lot of hard racing. Two and a half hours to the finish?

Adam's off to grab some lunch so I, Vern Pitt, am taking over for a bit. So if you have any questions or things you want to shout out hit me on Twitter.

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84km to go: The break's advantage remains narrow at 1-47.

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77km to go: The race is on a third category climb and its proven a bit too much for sprinter Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) who is dropping off the back of the bunch.

71km to go: The gap from the break of the peloton has ticked down a bit to 1-25.

Tao Geoghegan Hart crashes

65km to go: It does not look good for Geoghegan Hart. He's on a stretcher, we will bring you news as soon as we get it. 

62km to go: Tao Geoghegan Hart was third on GC when the crash happened. He has now abandoned, in bad news for him, the race as a whole, and the team.

60km to go: Sivakov, Roglič and Thomas are all back on their bikes. Rodriguez looks like he will be out of the race too.

Tao Geoghegan Hart officially abandons

54km to go: The impetus rather went out of the chase on the descent there, as the news of the crash and abandonments came through. Trek-Segafredo are still on the front, followed by the remaining Ineos Grenadiers.

51km to go: Six-man breakaway still ahead, with 1-44 on the peloton. They are approaching the second intermediate sprint point. The bunch finish will probably still happen.

49km to go: Veljko Stojnić (Corratec-Selle Italia) won the intermediate sprint, taking the bonus seconds with it.

44km to go: The break are on the final climb. Behind, Jayco AlUla are pushing the pace on the peloton, possibly trying to shell some other sprinters out the back, to make the victory of Michael Matthews more likely.

44km to go: Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) is reportedly quite far out the back, and will be chasing to just finish the team inside the time cut.

43km to go: Splits in the bunch! The climb isn't the longest or the hardest, but at the end of a tough day, this must hurt. We will monitor who is heading out the back of the peloton.

42km to go: Veljko Stojnić (Corratec-Selle Italia) was first over the top of the climb, followed by Thomas Champion (Cofidis) and Laurenz Rex (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty). The gap is now just 35 seconds, however.

39km to go: Cavendish is back in. Did Jayco AlUla do enough damage to help Michael Matthews to the win?

35km to go: Rex and Stojnić are now left alone at the front of the race, they have 55 seconds on the peloton, which still has Jayco AlUla on the front. It will be interesting to see if Trek-Segrafredo take over again.

33km to go: All is back to normal in the bunch, with Trek-Segafredo and Movistar riding at the front. Everyone can breathe easily - as long as they stay upright.

29km to go: The gap is now back below one minute again, the peloton should have this...

20km to go: Just over 30 seconds for the two riders out in front, who are still Laurenz Rex (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) and Veljko Stojnić (Corratec-Selle Italia)

18km to go: Rex has gone alone, 23 seconds over the chasing bunch. Seems futile, but why not try?

15km to go: Rex has 22 seconds on the peloton. The sun has also reappeared.

10km to go: Laurenz Rex is still out front, but the peloton can see him, adding a bit more incentive to the chase. There are lots of interests at the front of the bunch, with GC and sprint teams both getting involved.

7km to go: Groupma-FDJ are on the front... are they setting up Jake Stewart? Interesting.

6km to go: Poor Laurenz Rex, he has been out ahead of the peloton for over 200km, and is now being left to hang out in front as the sprint teams continue to chase.

5km: All together now, Rex has been caught. It will almost definitely be a sprint - who do you fancy?

4km to go:  It is very chaotic at the front of the race with many different teams attempting to take the front.

2km to go: Quarterman's attack has been neutralised. Big corners coming.

1.5km to go: Split in the peloton! There was a crash involving Henok Mulubrhan and a couple of others.

1km to go: Tiny group left because of the crash, but it doesn't matter thanks to the 3km rule.

500m to go: Trek-Segafredo are on the front...

Photo finish between Ackermann and Milan

Pascal Ackermann wins!

Pascal Ackermann

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