Giro d’Italia stage 7 – Live coverage

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Other riders are attacking and others are being dropped.

The sprinters have already formed a gruppetto behind and will pace their effort in the hope of finishing inside the time limit.

Everyone is looking tired after a high-speed, aggressive opening 60km.

Some of the GC leaders could be alone later in the stage due to the huge efforts needed so far.

Kamna is on the move again, followed by Lopez, Sivakov and BikeExchange rider but they all sit on Kemna.

Formolo is out front alone, hoping others will join him.

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Monte Sirino peaks after 90km of racing. It’s a long slog of 24.4 kilometers up to a ski resort at 5% but with a nasty 2km section in the middle at 8%.

135km to go

The descent is done and so the riders will start the climb of Monte Sirino.

Wisely Formolo attacks the attack as the peloton chases down Carapaz.

Carapaz has joined he ten riders who were up front with Poels.

Suddenly the GC race is alive.

Carapaz has a teammate with him but the peloton is chasing them.

137km to go

Wow!

Richard Carapaz is on the move. Why?

The peloton is chasing the three attackers on the twisting descent.

Behind Tom Dumoulin is chasing the pack after a mechanical problem.

Formolo and Perez get some slipstream help from the TV moto and so join Poels up front.

The three lead the peloton by 10 seconds or so on the flat roads and descent off the Passo Colla.

Formolo and Perez of Cofidis go clear over the top of the Passo Colla.

Poels is 1.5km from the top of the climb.

150km to go

As the riders climb into the low clouds, van der Poel attacks again but he is again closed down.

Poels leads by 20 seconds but he is alone and suffering.

Now Kemna moves, thinking of the KOM points at the summit of the Passo Colla.

But Trek mark him and close him down.

More riders surge from the peloton to catch the attackers.

Poels is solo out front but would be happy to be joined by several riders to share the effort.

155km to go

Other riders are jumping away from the peloton.

At the back of the pack, the sprinters are struggling and hurting. They’re desperate for the peloton to let the break o, in the hope the pace eases.

The sprinters face a long hard day in the Apennines.

The climb has eased back to 4% and so now is the time for counter attacks.

Poels is going deep to try to open a gap.

Other riders are chasing him but the Dutch climber has made a significant move.

Now Poels attacks on a short 12% section. It’s the perfect take off point.

The peloton catches the move as the gradient steepens.

The USA’s Will Bart is also in the attack, putting 2 US riders up the road.

There are six riders in the move but there is a reaction from the peloton.

The American has dragged a group clear.

The peloton also seems to have eased up.

We have a new attack inspired by Cyclingnews blogger Joe Dombrowski of Astana.

The riders have covered a fast opening 30km but the elastic has yet to snap in the peloton.

160km to go

The Passo Colla is about to start.

It is 9.3 kilometers long at an average gradient of 4.5 per cent. It is the perfect place for some climbers to get away.

De Marchi is still clear but the peloton is coming after him.

This is hurting everyone in the race.

Other riders are chasing the Italian, with 5km to the start of the climb.

It’s a day for breakaway heroes and Alessandro De Marchi attacks alone.

Van der Poel apparently told Dutch media at the start that he was targeting the stage.

He attacks again but is chased down yet again.

A Trek teammate waits for him to chase back on the slipstreams of the team cars.

He will soon be back on and can relax. However he does not have bidons and so calls for a drink via television. He forgot to take a bidon from the bike he left down the road.

Race leader Juan Pedro López also has a problem and makes a quick bike change.

Jaakko Hänninen stops for a front wheel flat but should be able to chase in the team cars and get back on.

It would be a far bigger problem for a sprinter.

173km to go

A slight descent sparks a moment of gruppo compatto.

The road is gradually climbing the hillside on a main road. The gradient is only 3/4% but hurts at this speed.

Van der Poel makes a third surge but is chased for a third time.

A bigger group are on the move and have joined De Gendt. But that has inspired a chase.

Over a long bridge more attacks come.

Even Mathieu van der Poel is joining the surges at the front of the peloton but he is closely observed.

However the attacks have cut De Gendt’s lead to just 10 seconds.

Davide Formolo (UAE) is on the move and his surge will surely change things.

Wout Poels of Bahrain is up front too.

De Gendt leads the peloton by 50 seconds but they are moving too as the road rises slightly.

The three chasers are:

Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix)

Davide Gabburo (Bardisni-CSF)

Samuele Rivi (Eolo-Kometa)

De Gendt is a smart rider and is clearly trying to get ahead of any attacks on the first climb.

The peloton has let him go. But others are jumping after him.

A roundabout splits the peloton and inspires a surge from Thomas De Gendt of Lotto.

The road is pan flat as passes near the Calabrian coastline.

Enjoy it while it last guys!

190km to go

The riders are packed together across the road , watching and waiting for someone to jump away.

This was the calm before the storm.

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Matt Holmes of lotto is the first to go clear. Others join him but the peloton is close too.

Here we go!

The flag drops and we have the first attacks!

The riders are tucked in tight behind the race director’s car.

We’re ready for the first attacks.

Next up the riders must deal with the category 2 Montagna Grande di Viggiano before they take on second-category Monte Scuro (6.1 kilometers at 9.7 per cent) and third-category La Sellata (7.8 kilometers at 5.9 per cent).

This is where the GC riders could attack, in the hope of racing hard all the way to the finish in Potenza and holding any gaps.

The run-in to the finish in Potenza is far from simple, a short 2.3km climb with 7km remaining. The final 350 metres, while not classed as a summit finish, do go uphill at around 8 per cent, topping out at 13 per cent, meaning that if a single rider hasn’t made a break for freedom yet, the battle to the finish line will be a barnstormer. So, too, the arrival of the GC contenders as they scrap for precious seconds.

First up, the second-category Passo Colla: 9.3 kilometers at an average gradient of 4.5 per cent. It is the perfect place for some climbers to get away.

The toughest test of the day is the category 1 Monte Sirino after 90km. It’s a long slog of 24.4 kilometers up to a ski resort – the snow has melted but it will provide a stark contrast to the sun-drenched coasts of the last few days.

The opening 30km follow the coast but then the route turns right and begins to climb.

Here we go. The riders clip in and roll out of Diamante.

The riders are lined-up and ready. They will soon start the 6km of neutralized roads before the flag stops.

We expect Lennard Kämna to go in the attack. He is second overall, only 38 seconds down on Lopez and leading the mountains competition.

We can see Britain’s James Knox up front. Will the QuickStep rider try to go in the break?

Perhaps in a support role for Mauri Vansevenant, who is fifth overall, only 1:47 down on race leader Juan Pedro López.

Today will be a big test of the young Spaniard’s leadership.

There is a real sense of tension at the start.

The riders are lining up for the roll out of Diamante.

One rider missing from the start today is Michael Mørkøv.

Mark Cavendish’s lead out man fell ill overnight and has been forced to abandon the Giro.

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Mark Cavendish loses Giro d’Italia lead-out man Mørkøv to illness

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This is the map of the stage, in the toe and heel of Italy.

Route map stage 7 of 2022 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: RCS Sport)

There are almost as many scenario for the stage as there are meters of climbing.

We expect attacks from the start, on the first real climb after 30km and even later, until a break is allowed to go clear.

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With four categorised climbs and a total of 4,510 meters in elevation gain, the Giro tackles its first mountain range, the Apennines.

While the GC contenders will be keeping an eye on one another during the course of the day, this stage is one for the breakaway, with strong climbers such as Lennard Kämna, Esteban Chaves or Bauke Mollema possible candidates for victory.

As the Cyclingnews live blimp takes height, the riders are signing on in Diamante.

The start overlooks the Mediterranean sea but the 196km stage soon heads into the rugged mountains of Calabria and then Basilicata.

Race notes

Buongiorno and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 7 from Diamante on the Calabrian coast to Potenza deep into the Apennines of Basilicata.

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