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.