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  • Gianluca Brambilla (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) has gone for it on the slick decent. The young Italian has a slight gap over the chasing pack.
    5/14/2014 3:05:02 PM
  • Very tricky conditions out there but we're back onto the flat now. A regroup now before the climb.
    5/14/2014 3:06:22 PM
  • Malacarne (EUC) is trying to go clear but it's Salvatore Puccio for Team Sky who is on the front to drag his compatriot back.

    Meanwhile Brambilla has a nice gap of over 30 seconds.
    5/14/2014 3:09:12 PM
  • Katusha's Losada has joined Puccio in giving chase. They are chipping a few seconds off the advantage with 3.2km to go.
    5/14/2014 3:10:48 PM
  • All back together into the final kilometre.

    Nicolas Roche attacks!
    5/14/2014 3:15:13 PM
  • Diego Ulissi takes a great win on stage five. The Lampre rider timed his attack perfectly.
    5/14/2014 3:19:14 PM
  • Cadel Evans (BMC) and Julian Arredondo (TFR) rounded out the podium places and each also took bonus seconds.
    5/14/2014 3:19:40 PM
  • The general classification contenders went toe to toe there in Vigianno. A very interesting finale.

    Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) finished well to hold onto the pink jersey.
    5/14/2014 3:23:24 PM
  • Thanks for joining us today on the live chat. We'll be back for yet more action tomorrow and an even tougher uphill finish on stage six.
    5/14/2014 3:26:21 PM
  • Welcome along to our live coverage of stage six of the Giro d'Italia. It's another uphill finish that should suit a punchy climber, so expect fireworks once again. We'll bring you up to speed imminently with what's happened so far and the situation on the road right now...
    5/15/2014 12:22:20 PM
  • Here's today's profile...

    5/15/2014 12:23:41 PM
  • And here's the map...

    5/15/2014 12:25:56 PM
  • Just in case you're wondering why it says the stage is 257km above but 247km on the profile below, the day had to be extended by 10km due to landslides blocking part of the original route.
    5/15/2014 12:38:26 PM
  • The good news for the riders today is that the weather is dry and for one of the first times in the race so far, the road conditions are nice and safe.
    5/15/2014 12:47:20 PM
  • Just a quick reminder of how the GC looked heading into today's stage:

    1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, 17:41:23
    2 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge, +14secs
    3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC, +15
    4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +19
    5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo, +26
    6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, +35
    7 Nicolas Roche (Ire) Tinkoff-Saxo, +37
    8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana, +41
    9 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky, +49
    10 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, +52
    5/15/2014 12:47:53 PM
  • Team Sky are on the front of the peloton at the moment, which at face value seems somewhat strange given that their highest-placed rider in the GC is sixth. It probably means that they've got designs on the stage win today. Edvald Boasson Hagen showed well yesterday before fading, so maybe he fancies another try at a victory.
    5/15/2014 12:50:10 PM
  • The gap to the breakaway has fallen to 5'20" from around the nine-minute mark since Team Sky hit the front of the peloton. Looks like the British team was keen to do some of the catching now so that they don't have too much to do later on.
    5/15/2014 12:58:45 PM
  • I might have spoken too soon about the weather a little earlier. Storm clouds have appeared on the horizon and it looks as if a shower or two could be on the cards. In fact, it's raining right now at the finish line.
    5/15/2014 12:59:37 PM
  • If you fancy a little bet on today's stage, Diego Ulissi is the favourite with SkyBet to win for a second day in a row at 3/1. Michael Matthews and Cadel Evans are also fancied. Check out all the odds here
    5/15/2014 1:03:45 PM
  • Team Sky are still on the front of the bunch as we dip under 90km to go. The weather is still dry for now but it's heavily overcast.
    5/15/2014 1:10:03 PM
  • The breakaway riders have just gone through the intermediate sprint but didn't contest it. Here is the result anyway:

    1 Andrea Fedi, 10pts
    2 Marco Bandiera, 6pts
    3 Edoardo Zardini, 3pts
    5/15/2014 1:16:06 PM
  • The peloton is now coming up to the intermediate sprint to fight for the remaining points on offer...
    5/15/2014 1:20:24 PM
  • Ben Swift, Elia Viviani and Nacer Bouhanni were all there, but the man who takes the finals points on offer is Bardiani-CSF's Nicola Ruffoni.
    5/15/2014 1:22:17 PM
  • The only British rider in the race, Team Sky's Ben Swift, is in the hunt for the points jersey overall. Here are the current standings:

    1 Elia Viviani (Cannondale), 119pts
    2 Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ), 115pts
    3 Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing), 106pts
    4 Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida), 96pts
    5 Ben Swift (Team Sky), 86pts
    6 Davide Appollonio (Ag2r-La Mondiale), 44pts
    7 Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge), 37pts
    8 Francesco Chicchi (Neri Sottoli), 36pts
    9 Tom Veelers (Giant-Shimano), 34pts
    10 Maarten Tjallingii (Belkin), 32pts
    5/15/2014 1:23:00 PM
  • It's clouding over Montecassino!

    Nuvole su Montecassino!

    #giro http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BnrhbmDIIAAOvGe.jpg

  • Still Team Sky on the front of the peloton. They must have serious designs on the stage win today because they've been there for about 75km now.
    5/15/2014 1:35:00 PM
  • Astana andf Ag2r are also quite prominent up at the front of the pack, but strangely, Orica-GreenEdge are largely absent right now. Svein Tuft is up there, but race leader Michael Matthews and the rest of the Australian squad are well down the bunch. Not sure if they've slipped back just momentarily.
    5/15/2014 1:37:07 PM
  • The peloton is passing through the feed zone now. This should allow the breakaway to stretch the gap back out slightly.
    5/15/2014 1:37:35 PM
  • Astana are starting to take over on the front of the bunch. Only Bernie Eisel left up at the head of the race now for Team Sky.
    5/15/2014 1:46:27 PM
  • Lots of chatting on the front of the peloton, which is indicative of the relaxed way in which this stage has been tackled. I guess that's what happens when you have a stage of the length of today's.
    5/15/2014 1:50:14 PM
  • Trek Factory Racing have moved to the front of the peloton now, apparently keen to get the pace going again. A lot faster now.
    5/15/2014 1:58:43 PM
  • The gap to the breakaway had actually crept up to 6'34", so presumably that's why Trek hit the front and decided to change up a gear.
    5/15/2014 2:00:12 PM
  • Straight away the gap is back down to 6'00". Expect that to keep falling steadily now.
    5/15/2014 2:03:23 PM
  • Today should be another one for the punchy climbers in the peloton, or the sprinters who don't mind a hill. Here is how the last few kilometres look...

    5/15/2014 2:04:48 PM
  • Lots of you backing Joaquim Rodriguez to win today. If you want to put your money where your mouth is, SkyBet have got live odds here
    5/15/2014 2:08:01 PM
  • The gap is now under five minutes as we approach the 50km-to-go mark.
    5/15/2014 2:11:10 PM
  • Bernie Eisel back up to the front of the peloton, with the Trek team just behind. Looks like Bernie is keen to make sure the pace stays high here.
    5/15/2014 2:13:05 PM
  • And in fact, Eisel and three Trek riders have just accidentally broken off the front of the peloton. There was no attack - it was just everyone else behind were caught sleeping there. It's back together now, though.
    5/15/2014 2:14:19 PM
  • Rain clouds are still hanging over the peloton but no rain as yet. That said, one Garmin-Sharp has just been putting a waterproof gillet on.
    5/15/2014 2:20:19 PM
  • Oh no, here comes the rain. Drops have appeared on the helicopter camera lens and it looks like the road surfaces are starting to become a little damp.
    5/15/2014 2:25:54 PM
  • Correction: not damp, but fully wet. Rain jackets coming out in the peloton now.
    5/15/2014 2:26:25 PM
  • Omega Pharma - Quick-Step have all of a sudden appeared at the front of the peloton to drive on the pace. They're obviously looking after the interests of Rigoberto Uran, who was fourth on the stage yesterday and will no doubt be eyeing an even better result today.
    5/15/2014 2:29:20 PM
  • Quite a few teams at the front now: OPQS, Astana, Tinkoff-Saxo, Europcar and BMC. They're all lined up next to each other.
    5/15/2014 2:32:12 PM
  • How do you think today's stage will pan out? Who's looking strong and who's looking weak? Have your say by tweeting us at either @SkyCycling or @teamsky and we'll publish your thoughts here...
    5/15/2014 2:36:26 PM
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