Giro D'Italia: Stage 18

Cycling

ByTheMinCycle

Good afternoon all. @TimBonvilleGinn here to take you through a very very tough day in the Dolomites. We've already done the Passo Pordoi but we have many more to go

We've just started the Passo Valparola, which is the 2nd climb. Amazingly it's only a 2nd category climb!

Nibali's team are pushing the pace 8n the peloton because Sunweb were pushing a very very slow pace. Nibali wants to give his all today, he said that he would dare to lose it all. So, maybe an attack soon or maybe on the next climb

Landa, Hirt, Anaconda, Amador, Pedersen, Fraile, Stuyvan, Rolland, Siutsou, Plaza, Deignan, Rosa, Villella and a couple others in the break at 2'18" with 85km to go

Orica are really forcing a very hard pace in the peloton now. Folifarov, Cataldo, Rosskoft, Van Garderen, Berhane and Dombrovski are the other men in the break by the way

Dumoulin losing his teammates one by one as Jan Polanc, who is 10th overall, is now dropped along with his teammates who are supporting him. Ten Dam is the last man with Dumoulin. Orica have destroyed the peloton. Nibali only has Visconti and Pellizotti left as Rosa and Deignan are pushing for Landa in the break

Pedersen is going backwards, he's been caught and dropped by the peloton now.

82km to go with the gap at 1'47" as we go under an avalanche cover

Juul-Jensen is doing quite a pace here. Yates is 3rd wheel with Verona sat in front of his leader. Then in 4th wheel it's Visconti, then Ten Dam, Dumoulin and then it's the Movistar lot and Bahrain

Joey Rosskopf just getting dropped now as Sky are readying a lead out for Landa to take maximum points. Landa is on Fraile's wheel