The weather has been so bad that the climb and descent of the Sestriere, scheduled for stage 14, were removed from the race. There was plenty of suggestion that the Col du Galibier would be removed from stage 15 as well, or that the stage might have been cancelled entirely, but in the end the stage did finish on the Galibier, albeit 4km from the summit.

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has been in typically unstoppable form, claiming the 100th professional victory of his career when he won on a wet and miserable stage 12. He wasted no time in getting to 101 victories, crossing the line first on the following stage as well, taking his 2013 Giro d’Italia stage victory tally to four.

Orica-GreenEDGE sprinter Matt Goss has been noticeably absent since finishing third on stage 6, finishing outside the top 100 on each stage since. But it’s been good to see Brett Lancaster step up for Orica-GreenEDGE in the sprints, taking fifth place on stage 12 and fourth on stage 13.

Race favourites Bradley Wiggins (Sky) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) have both withdrawn from the race, leaving Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) with two less challengers in the race for the general classification. Australia’s Cadel Evans (BMC) has held on to his second place behind Nibali but has lost some time after dropping Nibali’s wheel on the mountain-top finish to stage 14.

But with Cadel looking set for a podium finish to the Giro, and with Tejay van Garderen winning the Tour of California over the weekend, BMC finds itself in a great position leading into the Tour de France, regardless of who the leader might be. And speaking of team leadership, what effect will Wiggins’ early withdrawal from the Giro mean for the Sky leadership come Le Tour? Will Wiggins have rested enough to be Sky’s best chance of a GC win? Or will Froome still get the nod?

Regardless, there’s plenty of excitement still to come in the Giro with six stages remaining, including a 21km uphill time trial. Don’t forget to enter our Giro d’Italia quiz for a chance to win some great prizes, including a GoPro HD Hero 3 Silver Edition and a Garmin 510 courtesy of Bike Bug. Entries close tomorrow evening at the start of stage 16.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these photos from stages 10 to 15.

Click here to see a gallery of great images from stages 1 to 9. And follow this link to see the results from stage 15 of the 2013 Giro d’Italia and the overall standings with six stages remaining.