What’s on today’s menu?
So, what does the stage look like?
Here’s what the roadbook says about the stage…
A colossal Alpine stage across the Aosta Valley. Initially, the route runs through the Canavese and the Dora Baltea valley, all the way to Aosta. The stage course then takes in three long consecutive ascents to Pila (below), Verrogne and Cogne. At over 10km each, these climbs are on wide and well-paved roads, with a number of hairpins in-between. Each is followed by a fast-running descent, with the same features.
At over 22km, the sharp closing climb eventually becomes a long false-flat up all the way to the finish (below).
Over the last 4km (below), from the centre of Cogne (with a short stretch of flagstone) all the way to the finish, the gradient hovers around 2.5% (kicking up a little just outside Cogne). The home straight is 300m long, on Tarmac road.
Catch up: Highlights from Saturday’s stage
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. It was deal terrain for Yates. It was an incredibly aggressive day of racing resulting in a four-way scrap for the stage win after Bora-Hansgrohe had blown the race to pieces, before an attacking move from Richard Carapaz created the final selection. It was Yates, though, who was able to deliver the final, decisive, blow to win the stage at the end of what had been a tough week for the Briton. Here are the highlights. . .
Hello and welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 15 at the Giro d’Italia, the 177-kilometre run from Rivarolo Canavese to Cogne.
Following Saturday’s brutal stage around Turin that was raced at a blistering pace in searing heat, the Giro enters the Alps today on another stage that will, in theory, play another part in shaping the overall general classification. With two category one climbs, and the final relatively benign looking ascent up to Cogne there is sure to be some action in the mountains classification. The breakaway riders will be licking their lips looking at the profiles of the stage, while once again the general classification contenders will be cautious of any more ambushes, but before we have a look at the course, let’s have a quick recap of the standings in the top classifications.
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) will be dressed in the maglia rosa, the leader’s pink jersey, for the first time since June 2019 when he won the race, having taken top spot on general classification after finishing third behind stage winner Simon Yates (BikeExhange-Jayco) and Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) in Saturday’s stage.
There were no changes in the top five positions in the points classification and so Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) will again wear the maglia ciclamino (cyclamen jersey) as leader in the competition.
Jai Hindley moved up one position to third, and Richard Carapaz climbed 12 spots to fourth, but Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa) remains leader in the mountains classification and will once again be dressed in the maglia azzurra, or blue jersey.
Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), who has been dressed in the maglia bianca, the white jersey, on behalf of Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo), who plummeted down the general classification to ninth on Saturday and dropped to second in the youth classification, will finally wear the garment by rights.