Overall contenders on alert for ambushes with Giro d’Italia poised for tough Turin test

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giro ditalia 2022 live stage 14 cycling updates results race latest results - AP

giro ditalia 2022 live stage 14 cycling updates results race latest results – AP

05:10 AM

What’s on today’s menu?

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 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.

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Stage 14 map

After clearing the Colle della Maddalena, 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.

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

Ciao!

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).