Legnano - Presolana-Monte Pora 228 km
1555 CEST -
More details about today's
Tour of Belgium stage will come later, but now let's get back to the wet
and slippery roads at Giro d'Italia, with some significant news: the Seven
Wonders on the front regrouped again on the Vivione descent!! The pouring
rain strongly "advised" Kiryienka, Efimkin, Ermeti and Sørensen to take it
easy and be careful in the downhill portion. Cummings, Missaglia and
Sivtsov took advantage of it.
Contador leads a shrinking gruppo with Riccardo Ricco on his wheel.
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
And Alberto Contador drives the Gruppo Maglia Rosa over the top of the
climb, about 16 minutes back. Paolo Bettini couldn't follow the tempo of
the peloton in the last slopes, but he's about to regain the Contador
group. The overall leader lost Bazayev, Iglinsky and Gusev on the ascent,
and some teammates of Danilo Di Luca (Spezialetti included) got dropped
1602 CEST - Paolo Bettini made
contact with the peloton again, but the big news is all about Paolo
Savoldelli and Danilo Di Luca just making a move on the tricky descent. Il
Falco has a perfect knowledge of the route, and any downhill attack from
him would be no surprise today. Steve Cummings made a mistake at a
turn, but thankfully managed to stay in the saddle.
The LPR duo put some 20 seconds into the Contador group. About 45k to
go for them. The descent is soon going to give way to a small uphill
portion however. A Liquigas rider is together with Di Luca and Savoldelli:
it's Vincenzo Nibali!
Savoldelli leads Di Luca and Nibali. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
1609 CEST - Gap Update: The Falcon,
The Shark and the reigning champion (who has some hard time following
Savoldelli) increased their advantage over the Contador group up to 25
seconds. Lampre's Szymd fell, and Marzio Bruseghin lost a potentially
1612 CEST - The Bergamo-based
Russian Alexander Efimikin is on a solo lead. The Quick Step rider dropped
his breakaway mates as the road is tilting upwards again. Kiryienka,
Missaglia, Ermeti, Sioutsou, Cummings and Nicki Sörensen follow at 30
The same gap between Di Luca, Savoldelli, Nibali and the Contador
group, currently down to just nine riders. Kloeden and Colom are
with their team leader, Sella, Simoni, Riccò are also there. Denis Menchov
lost a few seconds, but keeps the nine-strong group within striking
distance. Levi Leipheimer is far behind.
1617 CEST - Alexander Efimkin were
caught by four more riders. Nibali, Savoldelli and Di Luca's advantage on
Contador and Ricco' and Simoni ballooned to the minute. Giario Ermeti was
told to sit up and wait for Savoldelli and Di Luca. Bruseghin, Pellizotti
and Van den broucke are also part of the nine-man group, alongside
Contador, Kloeden, Colom, Sella, Simoni and Riccò.
They are trailing Di Luca, Savoldelli and Nibali by 01'12". Di Luca
halved his "start line" overall gap to the Maglia Rosa. At his turn
Alberto Contador is apparently waiting for some teammates to get back in
touch with his group.
1622 CEST - Gibo got some helpers
back faster than Contador: Diquigiovanni's Ruslan Ivanov and José Serpa
joined the Gruppo Maglia Rosa. Good job from the Falcon. Their lead went
further up to 01 minute, 25 seconds. This put the defending champion of
the race on the... virtual podium. His 85-second time gain on
Bruseghin and Simoni put Di Luca into third place on GC.
Will the man from Spoltore hold on? Nibali was 12th in the GC, at
the startline while Savoldelli is further back. Riccò keeps his eyes on
Contador. Simoni doesn't look in top shape, he helped Serpa and Ivanov
regain the field, but later had a difficult time moving back to the front
of such group.
1629 CEST - 25k to go for the four
frontrunners: Vasil Kiriyenka (Blr), Alexander Efimkin (Rus), Nicki
Sørensen (Den) and Cummings.
30k to go for Savoldelli, Nibali
and Di Luca, who lost 25 seconds to Contador and the other chasers over
the last few kilometres; their "lead" is down to 52 seconds.
Kanstantin Sioutsou and Gabriele Missaglia couldn't follow Kiriyenka.
Efimkin, Sørensen and Cummings. Giario Ermeti is still waiting his team
leader Di Luca and the Falcon. Denis Menchov and Domenico Pozzovivo are
joining the Gruppo Maglia Rosa too.
1635 CEST - Vasil Kiriyenka,
Alexander Efimkin, Nicki Sørensen and Steven Cummings are 20k from the
finish. Di Luca and Savoldelli (and Nibali) finally made contact to Giario
Ermeti, who's now giving it everything he can to help the LPR capitano.
Di Luca's lead on Contador got back to its growing ways, and over the
minute. And with Ermeti helping it could get even better. The Gruppo
Maglia Rosa, driven by Kloeden and Colom (but without Levi) is up to 14
1639 CEST - Gap update; Di Luca,
Savoldelli, Nibali and Ermeti took their lead over the "peloton" up to 70
seconds. Their gap to the four-strong lead group (Vasil Kiriyenka,
Alexander Efimkin, Nicki Sørensen and Steven Cummings) was a good ten
minutes at the last time check. Sioutsou and Missaglia must be somewhere
LPR lieutenant, Savoldelli gives his all for Di Luca's assault on
Contador's race lead. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
1642 CEST - Finally LPR are doing
are great teamwork. Their often questioned tactics are 200 percent
unquestionable now. Riccardo Ricco had some bike problems, that are
currently being fixed. LPR is doing fine, but Astana (Kloeden, Colom
and Contador I mean) are apparently up to the challenge. At the moment.
1643 CEST - Vasil Kiriyenka,
Alexander Efimkin, Nicki Sørensen and Steven Cummings hit the Presolana.
Simoni's squad also told their former man in the breakaway (Gabriele
Missaglia) to stop and wait his team leader.
1645 CEST - Kiriyenka on a solo
lead. The Belarusian took some time out of the three other fugitives as
the going got vertical again.
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