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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 7 & Photos
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Date: 5/15/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 7 & Photos

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 7
Epic day on the Bianche Strade - Rain and crashes of Nibali, Basso and Sastre set the outcome with Cadel Evans taking the stage & Alexander Vinokourov reclaiming the Maglia Rosa...

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2010 Giro d'Italia
Jersey Leaders - Stage 7

Maglia Rosa:  Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas/Doimo
Points: Tyler Farrar  Garmin/Transitions
KOM:  Matthew Lloyd  Omega Pharma/Lotto
U26:  Valerio Agnoli Liquigas/Doimo
Team: Liquigas/Doimo
Stage 6 Report
G.C After Stage 6

World Champion Cadel Evans won an epic victory today leading the fastest survivors of a battle fought under the rain and mud of the Bianche Strade dirt and gravel roads.

Evans led Alexander Vinokourov and Damiano Cunego into the final kilometer  after the three disposed of their final four break companions in the final 3 kilometers. Evans opened his sprint in the final 150 meters with Cunego responding trying to come around for the win; but the Australian held on with a bike length to take the victory.

Alexander Vinokourov didn't contest the sprint, happy to finish third to take the race lead and maglia rosa for the second time in this edition of the race.

A crash of a dozen riders with 32 km to go proved to be a disaster for Liquigas with race leader Vincenzo Nibali and number 2, Ivan Basso going down along with Carlos Sastre. By the time the duo got back on the road they had lost a minute to the lead group driven by Vinokourov and Linus Gerdemann. The group swelled to six riders.

Attacks on the final climb attacks by Vino and Evans reduced the group that included; Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone), David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne), Damiano Cunego (Lampre/Farnese Vini), HTC/Columbia's Marco Pinotti and Ag2r La Mondiale's John Gadret.

Lampre's Cunego managed to join the two riders on the descent with 4 km to go, leading to the final sprint of three. Marco Pinotti finished at six seconds to take fourth a strong ride for the Italian time trial champion; while Caisse d'Epargne's David Arroyo fifth at 12 seconds.

Liquigas' Nibali and Basso finished two minutes after Evans, with Sastre losing a massive 5:20.

Ivan Basso leads team mate Vincenzo Nibali  Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

The top of the G.C. has been rearranged with Vinokourov on top Evans second at 1:12. Garmin/Transitions' David Millar finished at 1:11  behind to claim third on the G.C.. with Vladimir Karpets and Vincenzo Nibali and Marco Pinotti in that order filling out the top six at about one and a half minutes.

Though Vinokourov leads by over a minute, we still have a race with a tough day to come tommorrow with the ten kilometer climb of the Terminillo. After a day like today it will even tougher on the riders tired legs come tomorrow  whether they are defending their positions or trying to make up time.

Stage 7 Carrara - Montalcino 220 km
191 riders took the start today minus Caisse d'Epargne's Marzio Bruseghin and Footon/Servetto's Eros Capecchi. Burseghin due to a hip injury from an earlier crash and Capecchi due to illness.  Mother nature was offering up a rainy start as the lads left Carrara.

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The race was off to a fast start with over 30 miles covered in the first hour; an escape of 16 opened a gap of 43 seconds but the group was chased back after only 12 kilometers. With 85 km run Rabobank's Rick Flens took a flyer and was joined by Saxo Bank's Nicki Sörensen the duo got the 'go'  from peloton and quickly moved up the road gaining 2 minutes in the next 5 kilometers.

The power duo continued to build their lead in spite of Flens suffering a flat; maxing it out at 9:25 on the peloton at 120 km, with 100 km to go. Behind the Katusha and Lampre teams took to the front and set a fast pace splitting the peloton.

The two brigands on the front continued their campaign but the chase by Lampre and Katusha were closing in, at the 160 km mark Sörensen and Flens Sörensen held 3:20 on the peloton and another minute on the second group.

Approaching the climb of the Cat. 3 Passo Rospatoio the duo were down to 48 seconds. An attack on the climb by SKY's Dario Cioni led the assault on the climb. Cioni quickly caught and passed the duo ending their adventure.

Behind all hell broke loose as the favorites chased Cioni; over the summit it was Milram's Thomas Rohregger leading the attack on the descent... he soon found company with Vino, and Linus Gerdemann.

This is when the fates served up the disaster to Liquigas when a large crash took out race leader and number two, Nibali and Basso, Cervelo's Sastre was also involved in the mayhem.  Nibali and Basso lost more than a minute before untangling from the mess and getting back on the road. Ahead the attack on the descent was gathering momentum

Jan Bakelandts and Vladimir Karpets leads the attack, Cunego chases behind
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) and Jan Bakelantds (Omega Pharma - Lotto) joined the trio on the front as Nibali and Basso were paced by white jersey Agnoli. Through the sprint in Murlo (188 km) Rohregger led, followed by Omega Pharma's Bakelandts, Vinokourov, Milram captain Gerdemann and Acqua & Sapone's Vladimir Miholjevic.

Behind the chase was on with Cunego and Sastre fighting to advance as they hit the muddy gravel sections with Nibali and Basso at 1:30 with 21  km to go. Alexander Vinokourov was the race leader on the road. Cunego was making tracks and soon joined the lead group.

Behind Cadel Evans was flying up the road closing in  on the 6 leaders  - temporarily that was as the leadership kept changing with constant attacks attempting escape. Involved in the struggle was Cunego, Gerdemann, Bakelandts, Marco Pinotti, Vladimir Karpets, David Millar, Evans, Garzelli, David Arroyo, and Filippo Pozzato... it was a case of musical chairs as the mud covered the riders jerseys and numbers making it hard to distinguish the riders with the rain fogging the moto and helicopter camera lenses.

Approaching  the final climb Vino attacked, Evans responded and the two open a gap; behind Marco Pinotti and Stefano Garzelli gut them selves and hammer back on. Behind Basso and Nibali are bleeding time at 1:48; but Sastre is in worse condition alone without support at over 3 minutes

Vino Attacks on the Pioggia, only Evans can respond Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

Starting the climb Vino attacked, Evans and Cunego manage to match him and join up; Pinotti, Arroyo and Garzelli have joined the two... he attacks again Evans is stuck like glue to his wheel showing no weakness Pinotti and Arroyo bridge back to the two, but Garzelli slips off their wheels and  disappears in the falling rain.

On the final kilometer Evans takes the front as they go under the flag they race up the narrow cobbled lane to the finish. Evans attacked at 150 meters, Alexander Vinokourov plods away tries to respond but it is Cunego out of the saddle charging to try to pass Evans but he comes up short on the line for second as Cadel takes one impressive Victory!

Astana's Alexander Vinokourov finishes third and takes back his pink jersey that he gave up to Nibali two days ago after the team time trial.

After  Stage Interviews

Stage 7 Results
Carrara - Montalcino

220 km - 5:13:37 - 42.089 km/h
1 Evans Cadel Aus Bmc     5:13:37
2 Cunego Damiano Ita Lam     0:02
3 Vinokourov Alexandre Kaz Ast     0:02

4 Pinotti Marco Ita Thr     0:06
5 Arroyo Duran David Esp     Gce 0:12

6 Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa     0:27
7 Gadret John Fra Alm     0:29
8 Scarponi Michele Ita And     1:01
9 Sarmiento Cayetano Col Asa     1:07
10 Bakelandts Jan Bel Olo     1:10
11 Millar David Gbr Grm     1:11
12 Rohregger Thomas Aut Mrm     1:11
13 Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm     1:11
14 Karpets Vladimir Rus Kat     1:18
15 Larsson Gustav Erik Swe Sax     1:42
Full Stage 7 Results & Photos

General Classification After Stage 7
1 Vinokourov Alexandre Kaz Ast 24:09:42 
2 Evans Cadel Aus Bmc     1:12
3 Millar David Gbr Grm     1:29

4 Karpets Vladimir Rus Kat     1:30
5 Nibali Vincenzo Ita Liq     1:33

6 Pinotti Marco Ita Thr     1:40
7 Gerdemann Linus Ger Mrm     1:48
8 Basso Ivan Ita Liq     1:51
9 Rohregger Thomas Aut Mrm     1:54
10 Porte Richie Aus Sax     2:00
11 Garzelli Stefano Ita Asa     2:47
12 Cunego Damiano Ita Lam     3:08
13 Scarponi Michele Ita And     3:09
14 Arroyo Duran David Esp     Gce 3:28
15 Agnoli Valerio Ita Liq     3:38
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