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Alberto Contador keeps the Giro lead by a narrow margin

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published May. 30, 2008
  • Updated May. 31, 2008 at 11:22 AM EST

By Andrew Hood

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 19: Vasil Kiryienka celebrates after winning the 19th stage

Photo: Agence France Presse

Alberto Contador (Astana) might be wishing he was back at the beach after fending off relentless attacks from Danilo Di Luca (LPR) and Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) in Friday’s wild 19th stage that saw him save his maglia rosa by the narrowest of margins.

Contador saw his grip on the pink jersey trimmed to four seconds to Riccò and 21 seconds to Di Luca and looks vulnerable going into Saturday’s epic stage over the Gavia and the Mortirolo.

“It was a very hard and long stage. The stage was longer than what it said on paper,” said Contador. “The team deserves a ‘10’ for what they did today. Compliments to Di Luca and Riccò today after making beautiful attacks, which makes for an interesting Giro. I kept the maglia rosa, but I’m not going to obsess on the differences to Riccò or Di Luca. It was important to keep the pink jersey today for the psychological factor. They still have to take it away from me.”

Vasil Kiryienka attacked out of the day’s winning breakaway on the Presolana and held a 4:36 winning margin to an amazing Di Luca to win Tinkoff’s second stage of this Giro, but the real fireworks were coming from behind.

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 19: Ricco on the attack

Photo: Graham Watson

The 2008 Giro’s final summit finish delivered sparks as tempers flared up as fast as the attacks came during the 238km stage that was actually 10 kilometers longer than indicated in the race book.

Contador was under the gun when Di Luca and LPR teammate Paolo Savoldelli powered away on the descent off the Cat. 1 Passo del Vivione with 50km to go. Di Luca then attacked alone up the final two climbs to take a 12-second time bonus to claw from sixth at 2:18 to third at 21 seconds back.

“The team rode brilliantly today. Thanks especially to Savoldelli, who did a great job. Never doubt Di Luca, because Di Luca never gives up,” said ‘the Killer,’ reverting to third person. “I thought I could take the maglia rosa, but what’s important is that I pulled myself back into contention. Like I’ve been saying, this Giro isn’t over until the final kilometer in the Milan time trial.”

Riccò waited until 4km to go on the Monte Pora to surge away from the struggling Contador who was part of an elite, eight-man group that didn’t include two-time winner Gilberto Simoni (Diquigiovanni-Androni).

“The Cobra” was looking to erase a 41-second gap and snatch the pink jersey, but Contador found some unexpected friends in Emanuele Sella (CSF-Navigare) and Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), who both chased late to defend their GC positions.

After finishing fifth at 5:44 back, Riccò was livid at the line when realized he missed the jersey by four ticks of the clock.

“What I’d like to ask Sella and (Domenico) Pozzovivo if they’d thought they would win the Giro? Contador always finds someone like that who helps him. No one ever helps me,” said Riccò, who unleashed an unprintable Italian curse at the summit.

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 19: Salvodelli and Di Luca

Photo: Graham Watson

“They should have stayed on Contador’s wheel and let him pull. People have been saying that Contador is stronger than me on the climbs, but as far as I can remember, I’ve dropped him on ever summit finish,” Riccò said. “Tomorrow I will go on the attack again and I just hope (CSF-Navigare) isn’t working behind me.”

Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre) settled into fourth at two minutes back with Pellizotti nudging into fifth at 2:05 back.

After losing nearly six minutes to the favorites, Simoni tumbled out of the top-three into 10th at 8:40 back, putting a spike through his chances of finishing on the summit in what’s likely his final Giro.

“He suffered a cold bonk. He was eating OK and had good legs, but got too cold off the Vivione,” said team boss Gianni Savio. “We’ll fight another day. The podium is lost, but watch out for tomorrow. The old warrior will be back to try to win over the Mortirolo.”

Down the Vivione
Kiryienka was part of the day’s early break more than 10 minutes clear of the GC favorites when the main pack finally hit the Cat. 1 Passo del Vivione.

Rain added danger to an already narrow and steep climb. The main pack split as Astana was vigilant on the nose of the peloton.

LPR sprung its trap on the harrowing descent. Savoldelli confirmed his reputation as one of the peloton’s best descenders by dropping like a rock. Latching on his wheel was teammate Di Luca and Vicenzo Nibali (Liquigas), who is ready to pick up Il Falco’s mantel when he retires.

“We tried to make the distance on the Vivione to make the difference in the GC, because we knew we couldn’t try to win the stage,” said Savoldelli, who lives nearby and knows the roads like the back of his hand.

“Di Luca attacked and I helped him on the way down. We made a gap and worked together, then he took over to the end. It was impressive.”

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 19: Vandenbroeke helping the chase

Photo: Graham Watson

The trio put a panic in the main pack. Contador had Andreas Kloden and Tony Colom, but lost Levi Leipheimer and the rest of his teammates. Menchov also couldn’t match the treacherous pace, but would later reconnect with the group at the base of the Presolana.

The Di Luca trio hit the base of the Vivione nursing a 38-second gap, but soon widened it to 1:03 with 35km to go. Giairo Ermeti, who was away in the day’s main breakaway, dropped back to help his captain drive a wedge of 1:13 to Contador at the base of the Presolana with 16km to go.

Colom and then Kloden did a great job to keep Di Luca from completely riding away with the Giro.

Midway up the Presolana, Di Luca shed his teammates and Nibali to grind up the short, but steep climb with gap bulging to 1:45.

Di Luca summited the Presolana at 2:10 ahead of the Contador group and just enough to move into the virtual maglia rosa for a few fleeting seconds on the final climb up Monte Pora before extracting 1:46 from his Spanish rival.

Riccò oh-so-close
Kloden pulled to 5km to go when Contador punched the accelerator to show his rivals he still had legs. Sella tried to sneak away, but Contador quickly followed. Everyone was waiting for Riccò and it finally came with 4km to go.

The blond-haired Saunier Duval captain rode like his hero, Marco Pantani, his hands low on the handlebars, standing out of the saddle. He poured everything into the pedals to try to swap his white jersey of the best young rider for the pink jersey.

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 19: Ricco’s attack

Photo: Graham Watson

Contador couldn’t follow the wheel. Riccò kept spinning away, dropping the Tour champ for the third time in three summit finishes of the final week of racing.

“I just couldn’t go any faster. I’m not as well prepared for this Giro so I had to do the best I could under the circumstances,” Contador said. “Tomorrow is another hard day. The Mortirolo is a very hard climb, but there’s a lot of road after the summit before the finish. Like I said yesterday, I’m not afraid of anything in this Giro.”

While Riccò rode away, Contador was finding help in some unfamiliar places. Sella and Pozzovivo both attacked before Pellizotti made a late run to protect his GC position, allowing Contador to follow their wheels.

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 19

Photo: Graham Watson

Also helping Contador were two riders, Vladimir Efimkin (Quick Step) and Steve Cummings (Barloworld), who were both still up the road from the breakaway and ate up the final, third-place time bonus of eight seconds.

Riccò also suffered a mechanical problem, when he couldn’t change out of the small ring into the big ring in the false flat in the final kilometers, complicating an already tense situation.

After crossing the line, Riccò railed against Sella, who he alleged was pulling for Contador.

Sella cried foul, and insisted he was riding for own GC interests and climbed to seventh at 4:25 back.

“I’m really upset by what he said. I rode my own race because Simoni got dropped, so it’s normal that I pulled at the front to try to distance him,” Sella said. “Riccò is always causing controversy. I know I couldn’t win the stage, but I was just trying to gain some time on GC. Riccò is always the same.”

Long break into the mist
It was sunny in Legnano for the sign-in, but clouds were building in the Bergamo mountains where the day’s action would come.

2008 Giro d’Italia stage 19: Fog on the Vivione

Photo: Graham Watson

The opening 150 kilometers are quite flat, but then the road tipped up for a tough, final 78kn. First up was the Cat. 1 Passo del Vivione, a 19.8km climb that averages 6.8 percent, with ramps that hit 13 percent. It’s very narrow, both on the way up and the way back down. From there, it was all uphill on the Passo Della Presolana at 216km and the finishing climb to Monte Pora.

A seven-man breakaway formed early and opened up a 10-minute gap at 85km. In the move were: CSC’s Nicki Sorensen (best-placed at 34th at 33:25), Kanstantsin Siutsou (High Road), Kiryienka, Gabriele Missaglia (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni), Alexander Efimkin (Quick Step), Giairo Ermeti (LPR) and Steven Cummings (Barloworld).

The group split on the Vivione and only Sorensen, Cummings, Efimkin and Kiryienka hit the base of the Presolana with the win in their legs at more than 10 minutes ahead of the chasing Di Luca group.

Kiryienka — who grew up 150km from Chernobyl — attacked right at the base of the Presolana and had the legs to fend off the chasers to notch Tinkoff’s second stage win of the Giro. Pavel Brutt won stage 5 in the first week.

“I’m satisfied with this win. I said I would try three times to win a stage in a breakaway and today was my third day,” he said glowing at the finish line. “This is a great win for me and for the team.”

The 91st Giro continues Saturday with the 224km 20th stage from Rovetta to Tirano. The course tackles the fearsome Gavia and Mortirolo climbs before finishing after a steep drop into Tirano.

Maybe Di Luca’s right — this Giro won’t be over until the final kilometer of Sunday’s time trial.

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Results

Stage results:

1. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), Tinkoff in 6:37:32
2. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 6:42:08 at 4:36
3. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), Quick Step in 6:42:15 at 4:43
4. Steven Cummings (GBR), Barloworld in 6:42:57 at 5:25
5. Riccardo Ricco’ (ITA), Saunier Duval in 6:43:16 at 5:44
6. Emanuele Sella (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 6:43:53 at 6:21
7. Franco Pellizotti (ITA), Liquigas at s.t.
8. Broeck Jurgen Van Den (BEL), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
9. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre at s.t.
10. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank at s.t.
11. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA), CSF Group Navigare at s.t.
12. Alberto Contador (ESP), Astana at s.t.
13. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Team High Road in 6:44:25 at 6:53
14. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas in 6:46:22 at 8:50
15. Rafael Cardenas Felix (COL), Barloworld in 6:46:56 at 9:24
16. Andreas Kloden (GER), Astana in 6:47:19 at 9:47
17. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC at s.t.
18. Erik Larsson Gustav (SWE), CSC in 6:49:36 at 12:04
19. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (COL), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 6:49:50 at 12:18
20. Ruslan Ivanov (MDA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
21. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
22. Paolo Savoldelli (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
23. Fortunato Baliani (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 6:50:59 at 13:27
24. Vladimir Miholjevic (CRO), Liquigas in 6:55:11 at 17:39
25. Andrea Noe’ (ITA), Liquigas at s.t.
26. Gabriele Missaglia (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
27. Wim Van Huffel (BEL), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
28. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r La Mondiale in 6:57:14 at 19:42
29. Giairo Ermeti (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 6:59:13 at 21:41
30. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto in 7:00:01 at 22:29
31. Mauricio A. Ardila Cano (COL), Rabobank in 7:00:15 at 22:43
32. Antonio Colom Mas (ESP), Astana in 7:00:51 at 23:19
33. Paolo Bettini (ITA), Quick Step in 7:01:38 at 24:06
34. José Rujano Guillen (VEN), Caisse d’Epargne in 7:02:16 at 24:44
35. Ivan Velasco Murillo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 7:02:37 at 25:05
36. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana in 7:03:08 at 25:36
37. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
38. David Canada Gracia (ESP), Saunier Duval at s.t.
39. Eros Capecchi (ITA), Saunier Duval at s.t.
40. Jure Golcer (SLO), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
41. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
42. Raffaele Illiano (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
43. Evgeni Petrov (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
44. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 7:05:06 at 27:34
45. Luis F. Laverde Jimenez (COL), CSF Group Navigare in 7:05:37 at 28:05
46. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre at s.t.
47. Luis Pasamontes (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
48. Luca Mazzanti (ITA), Tinkoff at s.t.
49. Paul Martens (GER), Rabobank at s.t.
50. Alessandro Spezialetti (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
51. José Ochoa Carlos (VEN), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
52. Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (MEX), CSF Group Navigare in 7:07:16 at 29:44
53. Iker Camano Ortuzar (ESP), Saunier Duval at s.t.
54. Charles Wegelius (GBR), Liquigas in 7:07:22 at 29:50
55. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ), Astana in 7:08:49 at 31:17
56. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
57. Mauro Facci (ITA), Quick Step in 7:10:16 at 32:44
58. Blaise Sonnery (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 7:14:25 at 36:53
59. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA), Liquigas at s.t.
60. Giovanni Visconti (ITA), Quick Step at s.t.
61. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram at s.t.
62. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas at s.t.
63. Carlo Scognamiglio (ITA), Barloworld at s.t.
64. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA), Lampre at s.t.
65. Mickael Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis at s.t.
66. Johannes Frohlinger (GER), Gerolsteiner at s.t.
67. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram at s.t.
68. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
69. Dries Devenyns (BEL), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
70. Alessandro Bertolini (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
71. Serguei Klimov (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
72. Daniele Nardello (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
73. Gerben Lowik (NED), Rabobank at s.t.
74. Danilo Hondo (GER), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at s.t.
75. André Greipel (GER), Team High Road at s.t.
76. Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Milram at s.t.
77. Tiziano Dall’antonia (ITA), CSF Group Navigare at s.t.
78. Morris Possoni (ITA), Team High Road at s.t.
79. Matej Jurco (SVK), Milram at s.t.
80. Tony Martin (GER), Team High Road at s.t.
81. Manuel Garate Juan (ESP), Quick Step at s.t.
82. Simon Spilak (SLO), Lampre at s.t.
83. David Loosli (SUI), Lampre at s.t.
84. Michael Blaudzun (DEN), CSC at s.t.
85. Alan Perez Lezaun (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at s.t.
86. Andrea Tonti (ITA), Quick Step at s.t.
87. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
88. Bram De Groot (NED), Rabobank at s.t.
89. Jérémy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
90. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
91. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC at s.t.
92. Christian Vandevelde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle at s.t.
93. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at s.t.
94. Jose A. Benitez Roman (ESP), Saunier Duval at s.t.
95. Lilian Jegou (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
96. Laurent Mangel (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
97. Kjell Carlstrom (FIN), Liquigas at s.t.
98. Theo Eltink (NED), Rabobank at s.t.
99. Nicolas Hartmann (FRA), Cofidis at s.t.
100. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
101. Marlon A. Perez Arango (COL), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
102. Paolo Bailetti (ITA), Team L.P.R. at s.t.
103. Hubert Schwab (SUI), Quick Step at s.t.
104. Francisco Perez Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
105. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team High Road at s.t.
106. Timothy Gudsell (NZL), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
107. Nick Gates (AUS), Silence-Lotto at s.t.
108. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
109. David Millar (GBR), Slipstream-Chipotle at s.t.
110. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
111. Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Astana at s.t.
112. Alexandre Usov (BLR), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
113. Anders Lund (DEN), CSC at s.t.
114. Jason Mccartney (USA), CSC at s.t.
115. Andrey Mizourov (KAZ), Astana at s.t.
116. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis at s.t.
117. Chris Sorensen (DEN), CSC at s.t.
118. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner at s.t.
119. Mathieu Perget (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
120. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Barloworld at s.t.
121. Yann Huguet (FRA), Cofidis at s.t.
122. Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Astana at s.t.
123. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Francaise des Jeux at s.t.
124. Pablo Lastras Garcia (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
125. Vladimir Karpets (RUS), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
126. Nikolai Trussov (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
127. Alexander Serov (RUS), Tinkoff at s.t.
128. Geraint Thomas (GBR), Barloworld at s.t.
129. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team High Road at s.t.
130. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Team High Road at s.t.
131. Dmitry Kozontchuk (RUS), Rabobank at s.t.
132. Marco Pinotti (ITA), Team High Road at s.t.
133. Josu Agirre (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi at s.t.
134. Fabio Baldato (ITA), Lampre at s.t.
135. Nicolas Rousseau (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
136. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Slipstream-Chipotle at s.t.
137. Kevin Seeldrayers (BEL), Quick Step at s.t.
138. Addy Engels (NED), Quick Step at s.t.
139. Joan Horrach Rippoll (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne at s.t.
140. Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team High Road at s.t.
141. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle at s.t.
142. Philip Deignan (IRL), Ag2r La Mondiale at s.t.
143. Markus Eichler (GER), Milram at s.t.

GC:

1. Alberto Contador (ESP), Astana in 82:29:10 at s.t.
2. Riccardo Ricco’ (ITA), Saunier Duval in 82:29:14 at 0:04
3. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 82:29:31 at 0:21
4. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre in 82:31:10 at 2:00
5. Franco Pellizotti (ITA), Liquigas in 82:31:15 at 2:05
6. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank in 82:31:57 at 2:47
7. Emanuele Sella (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 82:33:35 at 4:25
8. Broeck Jurgen Van Den (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 82:33:36 at 4:26
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 82:34:35 at 5:25
10. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 82:36:28 at 7:18
11. Rafael Cardenas Felix (COL), Barloworld in 82:37:50 at 8:40
12. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas in 82:38:41 at 9:31
13. Andreas Kloden (GER), Astana in 82:41:20 at 12:10
14. Erik Larsson Gustav (SWE), CSC in 82:45:52 at 16:42
15. Fortunato Baliani (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 82:47:41 at 18:31
16. Paolo Savoldelli (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 82:49:35 at 20:25
17. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r La Mondiale in 82:51:15 at 22:05
18. Gabriele Bosisio (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 82:58:37 at 29:27
19. Paolo Bettini (ITA), Quick Step in 83:01:00 at 31:50
20. Mauricio A. Ardila Cano (COL), Rabobank in 83:04:29 at 35:19
21. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Astana in 83:05:06 at 35:56
22. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC in 83:06:01 at 36:51
23. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 83:06:03 at 36:53
24. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre in 83:06:12 at 37:02
25. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Team High Road in 83:07:25 at 38:15
26. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), Tinkoff in 83:07:55 at 38:45
27. Vladimir Miholjevic (CRO), Liquigas in 83:08:40 at 39:30
28. Evgeni Petrov (RUS), Tinkoff in 83:10:55 at 41:45
29. Andrea Noe’ (ITA), Liquigas in 83:13:03 at 43:53
30. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (COL), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 83:13:40 at 44:30
31. Luis F. Laverde Jimenez (COL), CSF Group Navigare in 83:15:49 at 46:39
32. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Francaise des Jeux in 83:20:50 at 51:40
33. Chris Sorensen (DEN), CSC in 83:22:39 at 53:29
34. Giovanni Visconti (ITA), Quick Step in 83:22:48 at 53:38
35. Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Silence-Lotto in 83:23:21 at 54:11
36. Antonio Colom Mas (ESP), Astana in 83:26:17 at 57:07
37. Andrea Tonti (ITA), Quick Step in 83:27:00 at 57:50
38. Jure Golcer (SLO), Team L.P.R. in 83:28:45 at 59:35
39. Alessandro Spezialetti (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 83:30:32 at 1:01:22
40. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN), Francaise des Jeux in 83:31:51 at 1:02:41
41. Luis Pasamontes (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 83:32:03 at 1:02:53
42. Vladimir Karpets (RUS), Caisse d’Epargne in 83:32:15 at 1:03:05
43. Francis De Greef (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 83:34:20 at 1:05:10
44. Wim Van Huffel (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 83:36:50 at 1:07:40
45. José Rujano Guillen (VEN), Caisse d’Epargne in 83:37:14 at 1:08:04
46. Manuel Garate Juan (ESP), Quick Step in 83:37:38 at 1:08:28
47. Christian Vandevelde (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle in 83:39:36 at 1:10:26
48. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC in 83:41:40 at 1:12:30
49. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 83:45:08 at 1:15:58
50. Luca Mazzanti (ITA), Tinkoff in 83:47:21 at 1:18:11
51. Daniele Nardello (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 83:48:28 at 1:19:18
52. Morris Possoni (ITA), Team High Road in 83:48:34 at 1:19:24
53. Johannes Frohlinger (GER), Gerolsteiner in 83:49:54 at 1:20:44
54. Ruslan Ivanov (MDA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 83:50:55 at 1:21:45
55. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ), Astana in 83:51:26 at 1:22:16
56. Simon Spilak (SLO), Lampre in 83:53:26 at 1:24:16
57. Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Astana in 83:54:41 at 1:25:31
58. José Ochoa Carlos (VEN), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 83:57:26 at 1:28:16
59. Daniele Pietropolli (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 83:58:06 at 1:28:56
60. Ivan Velasco Murillo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 83:59:59 at 1:30:49
61. Michael Blaudzun (DEN), CSC in 84:01:43 at 1:32:33
62. Andrey Mizourov (KAZ), Astana in 84:04:08 at 1:34:58
63. Marco Pinotti (ITA), Team High Road in 84:06:30 at 1:37:20
64. David Canada Gracia (ESP), Saunier Duval in 84:11:31 at 1:42:21
65. Alexander Efimkin (RUS), Quick Step in 84:11:46 at 1:42:36
66. Dmitry Kozontchuk (RUS), Rabobank in 84:12:22 at 1:43:12
67. Gabriele Missaglia (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 84:14:46 at 1:45:36
68. Daniele Bennati (ITA), Liquigas in 84:17:15 at 1:48:05
69. Pablo Lastras Garcia (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 84:17:59 at 1:48:49
70. Alan Perez Lezaun (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 84:18:29 at 1:49:19
71. Francisco Perez Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 84:18:48 at 1:49:38
72. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Slipstream-Chipotle in 84:19:54 at 1:50:44
73. David Loosli (SUI), Lampre in 84:21:08 at 1:51:58
74. Markel Irizar (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 84:24:54 at 1:55:44
75. Iker Camano Ortuzar (ESP), Saunier Duval in 84:26:25 at 1:57:15
76. Philip Deignan (IRL), Ag2r La Mondiale in 84:30:35 at 2:01:25
77. Paul Martens (GER), Rabobank in 84:31:56 at 2:02:46
78. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram in 84:32:50 at 2:03:40
79. Joan Horrach Rippoll (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne in 84:35:59 at 2:06:49
80. Charles Wegelius (GBR), Liquigas in 84:36:16 at 2:07:06
81. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA), Lampre in 84:36:36 at 2:07:26
82. Giairo Ermeti (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 84:36:41 at 2:07:31
83. Alessandro Bertolini (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 84:37:30 at 2:08:20
84. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Barloworld in 84:38:14 at 2:09:04
85. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram in 84:38:28 at 2:09:18
86. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA), Liquigas in 84:39:38 at 2:10:28
87. Marlon A. Perez Arango (COL), Caisse d’Epargne in 84:40:22 at 2:11:12
88. Paolo Bailetti (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 84:40:36 at 2:11:26
89. Blaise Sonnery (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 84:41:10 at 2:12:00
90. Theo Eltink (NED), Rabobank in 84:41:53 at 2:12:43
91. Kevin Seeldrayers (BEL), Quick Step in 84:44:29 at 2:15:19
92. Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (MEX), CSF Group Navigare in 84:48:55 at 2:19:45
93. Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Astana in 84:50:42 at 2:21:32
94. Jason Mccartney (USA), CSC in 84:51:38 at 2:22:28
95. David Millar (GBR), Slipstream-Chipotle in 84:52:07 at 2:22:57
96. Steven Cummings (GBR), Barloworld in 84:54:11 at 2:25:01
97. Lilian Jegou (FRA), Francaise des Jeux in 84:54:15 at 2:25:05
98. Eros Capecchi (ITA), Saunier Duval in 84:55:53 at 2:26:43
99. Tiziano Dall’antonia (ITA), CSF Group Navigare in 84:56:28 at 2:27:18
100. Jérémy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux in 84:59:04 at 2:29:54
101. Frantisek Rabon (CZE), Team High Road in 85:03:32 at 2:34:22
102. Laurent Mangel (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 85:04:32 at 2:35:22
103. Anders Lund (DEN), CSC in 85:04:44 at 2:35:34
104. Addy Engels (NED), Quick Step in 85:05:07 at 2:35:57
105. Raffaele Illiano (ITA), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 85:06:00 at 2:36:50
106. Hubert Schwab (SUI), Quick Step in 85:07:52 at 2:38:42
107. Danilo Hondo (GER), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni in 85:08:10 at 2:39:00
108. Fabio Baldato (ITA), Lampre in 85:08:15 at 2:39:05
109. Jose A. Benitez Roman (ESP), Saunier Duval in 85:08:16 at 2:39:06
110. Mathieu Perget (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne in 85:09:19 at 2:40:09
111. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team High Road in 85:09:39 at 2:40:29
112. Damien Monier (FRA), Cofidis in 85:10:51 at 2:41:41
113. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR), Ag2r La Mondiale in 85:10:53 at 2:41:43
114. Serguei Klimov (RUS), Tinkoff in 85:11:26 at 2:42:16
115. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA), Francaise des Jeux in 85:11:39 at 2:42:29
116. Gerben Lowik (NED), Rabobank in 85:12:44 at 2:43:34
117. Mauro Facci (ITA), Quick Step in 85:13:37 at 2:44:27
118. Nikolai Trussov (RUS), Tinkoff in 85:14:25 at 2:45:15
119. Dries Devenyns (BEL), Silence-Lotto in 85:15:26 at 2:46:16
120. Geraint Thomas (GBR), Barloworld in 85:16:59 at 2:47:49
121. Bram De Groot (NED), Rabobank in 85:18:30 at 2:49:20
122. Alexandre Usov (BLR), Ag2r La Mondiale in 85:19:11 at 2:50:01
123. Nicolas Rousseau (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale in 85:19:29 at 2:50:19
124. Mickael Buffaz (FRA), Cofidis in 85:19:53 at 2:50:43
125. Kjell Carlstrom (FIN), Liquigas in 85:25:42 at 2:56:32
126. Carlo Scognamiglio (ITA), Barloworld in 85:27:20 at 2:58:10
127. Alexander Serov (RUS), Tinkoff in 85:27:30 at 2:58:20
128. Riccardo Chiarini (ITA), Team L.P.R. in 85:27:51 at 2:58:41
129. Nicolas Hartmann (FRA), Cofidis in 85:28:51 at 2:59:41
130. Tony Martin (GER), Team High Road in 85:33:07 at 3:03:57
131. Matej Jurco (SVK), Milram in 85:35:51 at 3:06:41
132. Alberto Ongarato (ITA), Milram in 85:36:58 at 3:07:48
133. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner in 85:41:33 at 3:12:23
134. André Greipel (GER), Team High Road in 85:47:42 at 3:18:32
135. Mark Cavendish (GBR), Team High Road in 85:47:47 at 3:18:37
136. Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team High Road in 85:51:39 at 3:22:29
137. Yann Huguet (FRA), Cofidis in 85:52:56 at 3:23:46
138. Josu Agirre (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi in 85:58:21 at 3:29:11
139. Timothy Gudsell (NZL), Francaise des Jeux in 85:58:41 at 3:29:31
140. Nick Gates (AUS), Silence-Lotto in 85:58:46 at 3:29:36
141. Danny Pate (USA), Slipstream-Chipotle in 86:00:55 at 3:31:45
142. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS), Tinkoff in 86:03:41 at 3:34:31
143. Markus Eichler (GER), Milram in 86:24:18 at 3:55:08

FILED UNDER: Giro d'Italia / Race Report / Race Results / Road

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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