Britain’s Simon Yates bounces back to win thrilling Giro d’Italia stage as Richard Carapaz takes lead

Simon Yates - Britain's Simon Yates bounces back to win thrilling Giro d'Italia stage as Richard Carapaz takes lead - REUTERS

Simon Yates – Britain’s Simon Yates bounces back to win thrilling Giro d’Italia stage as Richard Carapaz takes lead – REUTERS

A week after his hopes evaporated on the road to Blockhaus, Simon Yates bounced back in style on Saturday as the British rider landed a second win at this year’s Giro d’Italia in a barnstormer of a stage.

The 14th stage from Santena to Turin may have been the shortest in this year’s race at 147 kilometres, but with two nasty climbs – Superga and Colle della Maddalena – that pitched up to gradients of 20% it certainly packed a knock-out punch. Ideal terrain for Yates.

Yates appeared determined from the beginning to get into the key moves, but following a frenetic start to the stage the BikeExchange-Jayco rider found himself off the pace of the leaders. A huge effort from Bora-Hansgrohe, however, caused split in the peloton before Jai Hindley’s team took the stage by the scruff of its neck, while towing Yates and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) to the front.

With just under 30km of the stage remaining, Carapaz launched an audacious attack, the winner of the Giro in 2019 gaining over 30sec before he was reined back in. The Ecuadorian did, though, shell race leader Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) while general classification rivals Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) also lost vital seconds as a result of his efforts.

Hindley, runner-up to Tao Geoghegan Hart in 2020, repaid his team-mates in kind as he matched Carapaz pedal stroke for pedal stroke as, alongside Yates and former winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan), a strong quartet rode away from the chasing Almeida and Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux).

Having done as little work as possible as Yates sat at the back of the quartet, the 29-year-old from Bury delivered the decisive knock-out blow a little over 4km from the finishing line, attacking on the final incline of what was a brutal stage. A brief moment of indecision from Carapaz, Hindley and Nibali was all it took and Yates was not seen again before they crossed the line 15esc after.

“It was a very hot race but of course I am very happy with the stage,” Yates said. “It’s another stage victory to add to my [stage two] TT (time trial) win which already feels like a decade ago. I’m sure we will celebrate again, but it going to be a tough final week.

“I feel like I am finally arriving to back where I wanted to be so there is a little bit of frustration that I cannot fight for the overall, but that’s how it goes, you have to be good over three-weeks.”

Carapaz became the new race leader, while Hindley moved up to second at 7sec. Almeida kept hold of his third place, but lost 18sec to the Ecuadorian.

The Giro d’Italia continues on Sunday with the 178km 15th stage from Rivarolo Canavese to Cogne and concludes in Verona on May 29.

Giro d’Italia stage 14: As it happened . . .

02:58 PM

Yates wins stage 14 at the Giro d’Italia!

Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) has won his second stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia after a perfectly time attack. Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins the sprint for second, the Australian earning himself a nice time bonus, while Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) takes third, a result that propels him into the maglia rosa.

Having arrived at the Giro as one of the pre-race favourites, alongside Carapaz, Yates refused to get too carried away with his stage win – the sixth of his career. “My original plan was to make the breakaway today but it didn’t work that way,” he said. “In the final move I had the advantage to not being racing for GC (general classification) anymore but I came here to win the Giro. This is my sixth stage win. It doesn’t make up for my disappointment of the time lost on the Blockhaus. There’s one week to go but today was a big effort. I don’t know if I have something left for the last week.”

Hindley moved up to second on general classification, 7sec behind overall leader Carapaz, while Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) kept hold of his third place, but lost 18sec to the Ecuadorian.

02:57 PM

1km to go

Simon Yates is, surely, going to do this.

02:57 PM

2km to go

Simon Yates needs to time trial his way all the way to Turin now.

02:56 PM

3km to go

Simon Yates has gained 17sec on that chasing trio which is, unsurprisingly, being led by the daredevil descender that is Vincenzo Nibali.

02:55 PM

4km to go

Nobody has responded to Simon Yates’ move. But a fast descent follows, will – or can – Vincenzo Nibali be able to catch him? Richard Carapaz or Jai Hindley will be making huge gains on general classification here today and so may be content with that.

02:53 PM

4.6km to go

Simon Yates launches an attack, the Briton gaining a few bike lengths on Richard Carapaz, Jai Hindley leads and Vincenzo Nibali.

02:52 PM

5km to go

Vincenzo Nibali takes over on the front, the Italian peering over his shoulder, perhaps considering an attack on the incoming descent.

02:51 PM

5.5km to go

Joao Almeida is dropped by Domenico Pozzovivo on a little kicker, which is followoed by another descent.

02:48 PM

8km to go

Jai Hindley leads, Richard Carapaz is tucked in behind, then Vincenzo Nibali follows with Simon Yates at fourth wheel, ready to pounce for the stage win.

02:46 PM

10km to go

Simon Yates, as he often likes to do, is sat on the back of the leading quartet as they head down this descent. The former points world champion on the track will be wanting to save his legs for as long as he can.

02:44 PM

12km to go

Jai Hindley rolls off the front, but the Aussie is soon reined back in. Domenico Pozzovivo and Joao Almeida, meanwhile, are closing in – just 14sec off the pace now.

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Joao Almeida chases, with Domenico Pozzovivo sat on his wheel – GETTY IMAGES

02:42 PM

13km to go

Vincenzo Nibali attacks, but is reeled back in. What a quartet of riders we have here ready to contest the stage win: Richard Carapaz, Jai Hindley, Simon Yates and, of course, the veteran Italian who the passionate tifosi are cheering, willing, on up and over this Colle della Maddalena climb.

02:40 PM

13.5km to go

Vincenzo Nibali has bridged over to the stage leaders, as has Simon Yates.

02:39 PM

13.8km to go

Vincenzo Nibali is just 8sec down on Jai Hindley and Richard Carapaz.

02:38 PM

14km to go

Jai Hindley has bridged over to Richard Carapaz. Wow. That’s a very impressive ride from the Bora-Hansgrohe man, but can he hold on all the way to the summit of the Colle della Maddalena

02:37 PM

14km to go

Jai Hindley is doing brilliantly here today, he’s now dropped Vincenzo Nibali and is 12sec adrift of stage leader Richard Carapaz.

02:36 PM

14.5km to go

Richard Carapaz’s lead has dropped to 16sec, Jai Hindley and Vincenzo Nibali are closing in on the Ecuadorian while Simon Yates is, slowly, inching his way up towards the Aussie and Italian.

02:34 PM

15km to go

Richard Carapaz hits the bottom of the Colle della Maddalena, then Jai Hindley and Vincenzo Nibali set off in pursuit. Here’s a reminder of the final climb of the day .  ..



02:33 PM

16km to go

Juan Pedro López is almost two minutes down on Richard Carapaz, but the Trek-Segafredo rider is not giving up his jersey without a fight. Even if that fight is ultimately a futile exercise, you have to admire his grit and determination here today.

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Juan Pedro López – GETTY IMAGES

02:31 PM

17.5km to go

Richard Carapaz’s advantage has grown out further still, the Olympic champion doing his best to get the best aerodynamic advantages he can on the descent.

02:30 PM

19km to go

Maglia rosa Juan Pedro López is 1min 30sec down on stage leader Richard Carapaz. In the searing heat around Turin, the Ecuadorian is giving it his all, gaining a few more seconds on the chasing group.

02:28 PM

20km to go

Difficult to say for sure, but Richard Carapaz may be slowing. Or the chasing group may be getting organised. His advantage is holding at around the 22sec mark, but is no longer growing.

02:25 PM

22km to go

Richard Carapaz has gained 23sec on Joao Almeida, who started the day on the same time as the Ineos Grenadiers rider, and has over a minute on Juan Pedro López. As it stands, Carapaz is riding into the pink jersey. That said, he still has one more ascent of Colle della Maddalena which, remember, peaks at gradients of up to 20%.

02:23 PM

24km to go

Descending of the Superga climb, Joao Almeida is bouncing off the back of the chasing group on each corner, with Simon Yates sat on his wheel. He doesn’t look to be too confident on these twisty descents.

02:21 PM

26km to go

Juan Pedro López was dropped in that attack by Richard Carapaz, the maglia rosa around 30sec down on the chasing group which has Jai Hindley, Mikel Landa and Simon Yates in it.

02:17 PM

28km to go – Carapaz attacks!

The 2019 Giro d’Italia champion has sett off, and nobody is able to match him. Richard Carapaz, wearing race number one, is going solo, but can he hold on all the way?

02:15 PM

29km to go

Joao Almeida shifts towards the front of the group, most likely in an attempt to give himself a little drift space on this steep, steep climb.

02:14 PM

29.5km to go

Pretty much all back as one in the leading group now – Jan Hirt has been dropped, though those accelerations have seen their lead over Guillaume Martin’s group grow to over four minutes.

02:12 PM

30km to go

Joao Almeida is back, as is Emanuel Buchmann. Jai Hindley and Vincenzo Nibali exchange places on the front. A short distance back, Simon Yates is clawing his way back into contention.

02:10 PM

31km to go

Jai Hindley is looking incredibly relaxed,while Vincenzo Nibali is rolling back the years on Superga. Mikel Landa managed to work his way back onto the rear of wht is now a five-man group. Joao Almeida trails by 15sec.

02:08 PM

31.5km to go

Juan Pedro López is dropped, but the Spaniard responds before fighting his way back on. Richard Carapaz, Jai Hindley, Vincenzo Nibali and López have distanced Mikel Landa.

02:06 PM

31.9km to go

Jai Hindley attacks, taking with him Richard Carapaz. Juan Pedro López manages to hold on, as does Vincenzo Nibali on the second ascent of Superga.

02:05 PM

32km to go

Hugh Carthy rides alongside Alejandro Valverde, over four minutes down on the stage leaders which has eight of the top 10 general classification riders in it.

02:01 PM

36.6km to go

Beyond the bell the Bora-Hansgrohe boys go, one lap of this circuit to go before the final descent towards the finishing line in Turin (see below).

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stage 14 finale

01:58 PM

38km to go

Wilco Kelderman continues to ride on the front of the leading group. It doesn’t appear to bother the Dutchman if they are going uphill or descending, the Bora-Hansgrohe man has grabbed the stage by the scruff of its neck.

01:53 PM

42km to go

The 12-man group that is leading the stage has a 2min 10sec advantage over chasers Thymen Arensman (DSM), Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious), Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan), Lorenzo Fortunato (Eolo-Kometa), Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) and Filippo Zana (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane).

01:46 PM

47km to go

Wilco Kelderman goes over the summit of the Colle della Maddalena to add some more points to his tally in the mountains classification. A fast descent to follow which is on a wide-ish road, but has a number of potholes and speed bumps. This will be the first of two descents of the day, so will give the riders an opportunity to recce the road for any later attacks. One has to wonder if the veteran Vincenzo Nibali fancies his chances this afternoon, the Italian is a mean descender.

01:43 PM

49km to go

Having navigated their way over the steepest section of the Colle della Maddalena, riders from the leading group take bottles from roadside helpers. Jan Hirt is still in there, Richard Carapaz looks down at his gears as if to look and see if he has any smaller gears.

01:39 PM

50.5km to go

Jan Hirt is struggling to hold on to the rear of the group, but the Czech is not giving up. Fighting tooth and nail to hold onto the wheel of Simon Yates.

01:38 PM

51km to go

Huge crowds are lining the narrow strip of rough-looking asphalt on the Colle della Maddalena. These riders are burying themselves as they inch up this vertiginous climb.

01:35 PM

51.5km to go

Peaking out at 20% gradient, the leading group is onto the Colle della Maddalena.

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Colle della Maddalena

01:34 PM

52.5km to go

Simon Yates is sat near the rear of the leading group, chatting with Joao Almeida. Bearing in mind the speed this group is going right now, the Briton looks surprisingly relaxed.

01:32 PM

55km to go

Hugh Carthy (EF Education-EasyPost), who had been chasing the leading group for a while, appears to have blown. Barring a dramatic turnaround of fortune during Sunday’s mountainous stage, that could be the Briton’s general classification hopes going up in smoke.

01:26 PM

60km to go

Not entirely sure what maglia rosa Juan Pedro López just did, but he appeared to lash his musette onto the ground which was not the smartest move. He was riding fourth wheel at the time, his bidons and snacks flying everywhere. Thankfully, it did not cause an accident.

01:23 PM

62km to go

The leading Bora-Hansgrohe group, which has three riders from the German team in it – Emanuel Buchmann, Jai Hindley and Wilco Kelderman – leads by a shade over 42sec. With the sort of firepower there is in this 12-man group, it may be difficult for anybody to bridge over.

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Simon Yates – GETTY IMAGES

01:18 PM

65km to go

Joao Almeida has, finally, managed to bridge over to the leading group. Bora-Hansgrohe has three riders on the front, setting a fierce pace, with an isolated Richard Carapaz out of his saddle on fourth wheel, then follows Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Qazaqstan), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious). An awful lot of suffering in this leading group. Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) is also in this group, as is Jan Hirt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and maglia rosa Juan Pedro López who has done a brilliant job to hold onto the wheels.

01:12 PM

67km to go

Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) has burned a few matches he will not have wanted to spark up in an attempt to bridge over to the leading group. Maglia rosa Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) is at the front of the race, as are general classification contenders Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) and Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), as is Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) who is now on stage hunting duty after his disastrouds day on Blockhaus last weekend.

01:07 PM

68km to go

Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) missed the key move, the Portuguese is 30sec off the pace in the same group as Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

01:05 PM

69km to go

Giovanni Aleotti (Bora-Hansgrohe) has no sat up, the Italian was part of the group that drilled it on the descent a few minutes ago. The chasers have now joined forces with the breakaway, meaning the lead group has swollen to around 25 riders.

01:03 PM

70km to go

Ben Zwiehoff (Bora-Hansgrohe) sits up out of the breakaway, waiting for his team-mates who are blowing this stage to pieces, to ride through to him.

01:01 PM

72.5km to go

Bora-Hansgrohe has caused a split in what was the peloton – we can call that the chasing group for the moment – with four of the men in green having just Ineos Grenadiers team-mates Richard Carapaz and Jhonatan Narváez and Simon Yates for company. The gap between the chasers and the breakaway has plummeted to just 30sec or so now.

12:53 PM

78km to go

Bora-Hansgrohe have moved to the front of the peloton, the German team drilled it on the last descent which led to the breakaway’s advantage dropping to below a minute. It looks as if Bora-Hansgrohe are wanting to either contest the stage, or are thinking their general classification man Jai Hindley is in good form and gain gain some time today.

12:50 PM

80km to go

The 12-man breakaway has lost just under a minute, despite them whizzing down a narrow and twisty descent. A small unclassified incline to follow, then the descent down to the day’s first intermediate sprint. Shortly afterwards, the road kicks up again once the race enters the circuit part of the stage and heads up Superga for the first of its two ascents.

12:41 PM

85km to go

Things have finally calmed down a little, allowing the breakaway to increase its advantage to almost three minutes. However, there’s an awful lot more of climbing to follow today so those at the rear of the race will be suffering like dogs, especially those that don’t go too well in the heat.

12:35 PM

87.5km to go

The elastic appears to have snapped on the breakaway, Ineos Grenadiers having pulled the parachute on any chase on the breakaway which now leads by a shade over two minutes.

12:31 PM

90km to go

Diego Camargo (EF Education-EasyPost), Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates), Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan), Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ), James Knox (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto-Soudal), Nans Peters (Ag2r-Citroën), Oscar Riesebeek (Alpecin-Fenix), Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa), Iván Sosa (Movistar), Filippo Zana (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) and Ben Zwiehoff (Bora-Hansgrohe) lead the stage, those 12 riders have just under a minute on the peloton.

Ineos Grenadiers, as we have seen throughout this year’s Giro, are riding as if they are leading the race. Ben Swift riding on the front setting the pace. Given the breakaway has not gained too much of an advantage, you have to wonder if they are thinking about the stage win for Richard Carapaz, or simply applying the pressure onto overnight leader Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo).

12:26 PM

94km to go

A 12-man group has now formed on the front. Names to follow.

12:19 PM

Dumoulin abandons!

Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) has quit the race. The 2017 Giro d’Italia champion has reportedly been suffering with back issues.

12:18 PM

104km to go

Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa) pounces just shy of the summit of Il Pilonetto to take maximum points in the mountains classification to extend his lead in that competition. Davide Gabburo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) joins him as the pair form a four-man group along with Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan) and Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ).

12:13 PM

104.5km to go

Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan) rolls off the front before he is joined by Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ), the latter of whom will have been given a day off to pursue his own ambitions following his team-mate Arnaud Démare’s stage win on Friday.

12:11 PM

105km to go

And once again, the attackers have been reined back in. What a fantastic stage this is, not that the sprinters will be saying that – they are hanging out of the back of the race which is in tatters.

12:09 PM

106km to go

Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma), Lilian Calmejane (Ag2r-Citroën) and Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa) bridge over to the leading group, before Damien Howson (BikeExchange-Jayco) also makes it over. That means there are two BikeExchange-Jayco riders in here.

12:06 PM

106km to go

Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) bridges over to Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost), Harold Tejada (Astana Qazaqstan) and Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco), while Sylvain Moniquet (Lotto-Soudal) is there too. Yates, by the way, looks to be in blistering form and has been doing the majority of the riding.

12:04 PM

107km to go

The group is all back as one. Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost) and Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) are looking very lively and have clipped off the front, with Colombian Harold Tejada (Astana Qazaqstan) in pursuit.

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Simon Yates rides on the front ahead of Simon Yates, while Harold Tejada chases on – GETTY IMAGES

12:00 PM

110km to go

As the race nears the first climb of the day – Il Pilonetto – Ineos Grenadiers put numbers on the front of the peloton. One suspects they are attempting to make things as hard as they can for Richard Carapaz’s rivals, while making it difficult for anybody to attack off the front.

11:55 AM

115km to go

It is absolute chaos on the roads, with a umber of splits having formed. Fabio Felline (Astana Qazaqstan), Lorenzo Rota (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), Magnus Cort (EF Education-EasyPost), ​Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco), Andrea Vendrame (Ag2r-Citroën), Pieter Serry (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto-Soudal) and Romain Combaud (DSM) have managed to forma small leading group. Some strong names in there.

11:47 AM

122km to go

Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) has shown himself up near the front, the Briton tentatively testing the mettle of the rest of the field. But a breakaway is yet to form.

11:44 AM

124km to go

Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Fabio Felline (Astana Qazaqstan), Rein Taaramae (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and Mauri Vansevenant (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) all attempt to cause a split at the front, but the move comes to nothing. The road is up and down all the way from here to the finish.

11:40 AM

127km to go

Mauri Vansevenant (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), the young Belgian you may remember from the 2020 edition of Flèche Wallonne, is looking lively. This is a stage that would suit the puncheur, but nobody is giving an inch of road here today. All back as one now.

11:37 AM

129km to go

All change on the front after Mathieu van der Poel is reined back in, while a five-man group replaces him. Back in the peloton, Ineos Grenadiers are looking to want to control the pace in this tough, tough stage.

11:34 AM

131km to go

Nico Denz (DSM) hits the deck on a left-hander. The German team has not had the best 48 hours following Alberto Dainese’s stage win on Wednesday.

11:31 AM

133km to go

Rein Taaramae (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) has bridged over to Mathieu van der Poel, but the duo’s lead over the peloton looks negligible now.

11:30 AM

134km to go

A number of riders, including Matthew Holmes (Lotto-Soudal) and Mauro Schmid (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) attempted to bridge over to Mathieu van der Poel, but all of the moves were quickly closed down by the peloton which is now lined out, suggesting the speed is high.

11:28 AM

135km to go

Today’s stage passes through the home region of the late Fausto Coppi, but surely Mathieu van der Poel cannot be hoping to do a lone ride a la Il Campionissimo. He’s currently leading by 9sec.

11:22 AM

140km to go

No time gaps have been given, but Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) is definitely leading this stage by around 15sec. Pascal Eenkhoorn (Jumbo-Visma) is in pursuit of his compatriot, and has the Argentine Eduardo Sepúlveda (Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli) for company, the pair trapped in no man’s land.

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Mathieu van der Poel

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Mathieu van der Poel

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Mathieu van der Poel – GETTY IMAGES

11:18 AM

145km to go

Beautiful looking day out in Italy, though apparently the mercury has risen a little in the last few days and has gone into the early thirties today. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) is currently the sole leader, the big Dutchman ploughing a lone furrow and nobody has followed him. Extraordinary.

11:14 AM

And they’re off!

As mentioned below, today is the shortest stage of the race and we will therefor be covering each and every of the 147 tough kilometres between Santena and Turin. There are two non-starters today after Cees Bol (DSM), Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech) and Alexander Krieger (Alpecin-Fenix) withdrew overnight, though another sprinter is all present and correct and was sat on the front of the bunch as it passed the the neutralised section on the way out of Santena. Mark Cavendish (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) may not stand a chance of winning the stage this afternoon, but he should be able to celebrate this evening with a slice of cake on what is his 37th birthday.

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05:10 AM

What’s on today’s menu?

With a sequence of steep hills with twisting and technical descents, raced on a circuit that includes two ascents of the Superga and Colle Della Maddalena climbs, today’s stage does not look too dissimilar to one of the Italian one-day classics or Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Whether or not the stage will be won by a breakaway rider or a general classification contender remains to be seen, but it should, in theory, produce some high-octane racing.

It was interesting to note that Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) lost another 7min 44sec on Friday, the Briton starting today’s stage 19min 18sec down on general classification, which may suggest he was taking it as easy as possible in an effort to save his legs for an assault on this tough stage that would certainly suit his style of riding. Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious), a former Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner, may also be thinking about targeting the stage, as may the in-form Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe).

While the stage win will, in all likelihood, take centre stage this afternoon, those whose focus is the general classification will need to be on high alert. Short, but punchy, if the stage is contested with the vigour we have seen in the last few days then there may be splits towards the end, with a shake-up in the general classification a very real possibility. Of course, should a breakaway fail to land the stage, it may turn into an almighty battle between the overall contenders.

So, what does the stage look like?

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Stage 14 profile

Here’s what the roadbook says about the stage…

A short but intense stage, which leaves little time for the riders to catch their breath. The overall elevation gain, when compared to the stage length, is worthy of an Alpine stage. The opening kilometres from Santena to the foot of the first climb are the only flat stretch of the stage. The route ascends from Rivodora to Superga, taking in two laps of a 36.4‑km circuit that includes climbs up to Superga (below) and the Colle della Maddalena. The former is 5km long, with gradients hovering around 10%, and topping out at 14%. The latter is much shorter; it winds its way along a narrow road across the woods, with maximum 20% gradients. A technical descent then leads all the way to the finish.



After clearing the Colle della Maddalena (below), the route drops into Valsalice, with some challenging bits as it passes through urban areas. The gradients then go up again, up to Parco del Nobile. The last 4km run entirely downhill, mostly on narrow roads. The road then opens out past the last kilometre, in urban Torino, and levels out with approx. 700m to go. The home straight is on Tarmac road.

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Colle della Maddalena

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Live coverage of today’s stage gets under way at 12.10pm (BST)

05:05 AM

Catch up: Highlights from Friday’s stage

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) proved once again that he is the in-form sprinter when the Frenchman finished the job off in Cuneo after his team-mates delivered him to the finishing straight in style. Démare’s third stage win at the race, however, was far from straightforward after a four-man breakaway threatened to spoil the party of the sprinters’ teams. Some indecision in the finale allowed Groupama-FDJ and Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl the chance to catch the break in the last kilometre before the fastmen went to work in what was an interesting bunch gallop. Here are the highlights. . .

05:05 AM


Hello and welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 14 at the Giro d’Italia, the 147-kilometre run from Santena to Turin.

Following Friday’s relatively short run from Sanremo to Cuneo, today’s stage is slightly shorter and is, in fact, the shortest in this year’s Giro. With five categorised climbs, the stage should offer plenty of opportunities for either a breakaway rider or a general classification ambush, but before we have a look at the course, let’s have a quick recap of the standings in the top classifications.

Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) will wear the maglia rosa, or leader’s pink jersey, for a 10th successive day after he finished Friday’s stage on the same time as stage winner Arnaud Démare.

Having won a third stage on Friday, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) extended his lead in the points classification and again wears the maglia ciclamino (cyclamen jersey) as leader in the competition.

With just one categorised climb during yesterday’s stage, there were no changes in the upper echelons of the mountains classification and so Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa) will once again be dressed in the maglia azzurra, or blue jersey, as leader of that competition.

López also leads the youth classification, but Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) will wear the maglia bianca (white jersey).