Giro d'Italia Live: Cavendish wins in Rome; Primož Roglič seals the pink jersey; Kool triumphant at RideLondon Classique

The 2023 Giro d'Italia comes to an end with a ceremonial stage in the nation's capital

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final stage of the 2023 Giro d’Italia. A GC race that had taken a while to come to the boil reached a spectacular conclusion yesterday, as Primož Roglič overturned his deficit from Geraint Thomas to take victory in one of the closest Grand Tour finishes of recent times. 

Roglič might have (barring disaster) sealed the pink jersey, but there still plenty to play for in Rome today, with a likely bunch finish providing one last chance for the sprinters — among them Mark Cavendish, in his final ever appearance at the Italian Grand Tour.


The flag’s just dropped on what is a sunny day in Italy. Though that doesn’t mean the racing will start any time soon —the riders have spent the last three weeks racing through some of the toughest terrain, often in foul weather, so are going to make the most of the relaxed first phase of this ceremonial party stage to Rome.

Geraint Thomas, Primoz Roglic

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Primoz Roglic

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Mark Cavendish

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Jumbo-Visma have led the peloton into Rome! They’ve just crossed the finish line for the first time, and are now taking in the sites.

70km to go: Jumbo-Visma aren’t hanging about. Rohan Dennis is setting a pretty brisk pace around Rome considering the circumstances. So far there hasn't been any attacks from any optimists hoping to deny a bunch sprint

67km to go: We’ve had our first attacks of the day. Maxime Bouet, Cesare Benedetti and Toms Skujiņš have gone clear from the peloton, and finish the first lap with a gap of a few seconds.

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The obligatory Roman shot of the peloton riding past the Colosseum

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60km to go: The leading group have established a 20 second gap on the peloton, which both groups might be happy with: the trio for managing to get up the road and at least have a chance of a stage win, and the peloton for keeping things under control and ensuring only a small group forms the break.

Another man who will be happy to see a break get up the road is Eddie Dunbar. He holds a one second lead over Andreas Leknessund in seventh on GC, but so long as riders are up the road, he isn’t at risk of losing that time to him in bonus seconds.

54km to go: Four more laps to go, as the breakaway cross the line for second time with a lead of 37 seconds

Some action in the peloton over the line, too, as Derek Gee launches a sprint. It’s an intermediate sprint, meaning points are available in the intermediate sprint classification, which Gee currently leads. Up the road in the break, Skujiņš poses a threat in that classification, and took maximum points over the line. Surely Gee can’t be relegated into second in yet another category? Skujiņš now only needs two more points at the next intermediate sprint to take the classification.


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35km to go: The trio's gap is holding steady, remaining at about 30 seconds. They're likely to get caught eventually, but not any time soon, so that Intermediate Sprint classification may well be heading Skujiņš's way.

21km to go: The break have just past the finish line for the third-to-last time, and Skujiņš led them over, meaning he dethrones Derek Gee as winner of the Intermediate sprint classification.

Bike change for Michael Matthews. He looks very relaxed and there’s still plenty of time for him to get back into the peloton. The Australian doesn’t prioritise the bunch finishes so much these days, and took his stage win at this year’s Giro from a reduced group on a hilly day, but did look in great nick during the last bunch sprint on stage 17, where he placed second. Is he a contender for today’s stage?

Can't help but feel bad for Derek Gee. If there was a classification for Second Best Rider at the Giro d'Italia, you'd expect him to finish second-place in that, too.

20km to go: Just under 20 seconds for the break now. The catch does feel like only a matter of time.

Meanwhile in London, the third and final stage of RideLondon-Classique looks like it's going to finish at around the same as this stage of the Giro. Right now a three-woman break has a lead of over a minute over the peloton. We'll keep you posted.


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DSM, Movistar and Bahrain-Victorious are the teams currently setting the pace in the peloton, working for Dainese, Gaviria and Milan respectively. Like most of the sprints at this Giro, it looks wide open.

14km to go: Magnus Cort has attacked out of the peloton just as the break was in the peloton’s sites. He’s latched onto the back of the break, but they only have a few seconds.

13km to go: The riders hear the bell! Just one lap left now.

Shortly after the bell the break was caught, meaning the race is all back together. Surely there’s going to be more attacks before the finish…

Mechanical for Eddie Dunbar. It should have come early enough for the Irishman to get back into the peloton in time. Remember, he only has one second to play with in defending his seventh-place on GC.

11km to go: It hasn’t taken long for Dunbar to get back into the peloton. He’s latched onto the back now, helped by the race convoy, and his teammate Alessandro De Marchi.

9km to go: Ineos and Jumbo-Jisma are now at the front of the peloton, safely negotiating their GC men to makes sure nothing goes wrong in these last few minutes of the Giro d’Italia.

6km to go: Still Ineos at the front. The sprinter teams are gathering behind them.

5km to go: Attack from, guess who, Derek Gee!

Gee has an EOLO-Kometa rider with him, and they have a gap of a few seconds

3km to go: Gee and the EOLO rider, Mirco Maestri, have ran out of steam, and have been caught.

2km to go: Movistar are on the front now, trying to set things up for Gaviria. 

Now Thomas is on the front, leading the peloton. 

1km to go: Bahrain-Victorious take over as they sweep round a corner into the final kilometre

Milan is third in line, Cavendish fourth. They both look very well placed

Cavendish wins!

Cavendish launched his sprint early responding to Gaviria, and ended up winning by a country mile

Roglič also crossed the line safely, meaning he official seals overall victory in the Giro d’Italia

Unfortunately there was also a crash in the sprint, involving Pasal Ackermann. The big German is up and on the saddle, crossing the line now, very gingerly.

We'll have a full race report up soo, but for now Cavendish is being congratulated by countless people in the peloton

Mark Cavendish

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Here's our full race report of today's stage, with come comments from Cavendish and Thomas

Here's our report on the final stage of RideLondon Classique, won again by Charlotte Kool.

Primoz Roglic

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