Friday, May 18, 2007

Giro Update: Stage 6

The Amalfi Coast of Italy during Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia (Graham Watson).

Interesting doings during Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia Friday.

And didn't Danilo Di Luca of Liquigas (pictured at right after Stage 4/Graham Watson) sound like Our Boy Lance back in the good old days (cycling did have good old days, didn't it?) after giving up the maglia rosa to a breakaway winner.

With three moderate to tough climbs on the stage, Di Luca predicted a breakaway that could relieve him of the pressure of maintaining the overall lead.

That's exactly how the day played out.

Colombian Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Ceramica Panaria -- now c'mon, Granny, you couldn't possibly know about him!) took the sixth stage of the Giro by outsprinting T-Mobile's Marco Pinotti. That put Pinotti in the overall lead when they finished 7:09 ahead of the main field at the end of the 177-km stage from Tivoli to Spoleto.

For Di Luca, who slipped to third overall, 4:12 behind Pinotti and 3:30 down from Quick Step's Hubert Schwab, the result was almost a relief, giving him the chance to relax going into some of the Giro's most difficult stages.

As he's said, he wants the jersey in Milano.

"I don't really care who has it before that," he said before the stage. "I have no interest in wasting my energy -- my teammates' energy -- fighting to keep the maglia rosa now when it doesn't count. I will happily give it away and today seems like there will be an opportunity to do it."

Of some interest are the 9th and 10th-placed riders overall: Damiano Cunego of Lampre at 5:06 and David Zabriskie of CSC at 5:15.

MORE from the Landis hearing:
-- Bonnie DeSimone for ESPN: LeMond testimony hurts Landis' case -- outside of court
-- Michael A. Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Time: Cycling stars' clash rocks doping case

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Giro Update: Stage 6

The Amalfi Coast of Italy during Stage 4 of the Giro d'Italia (Graham Watson).

Interesting doings during Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia Friday.

And didn't Danilo Di Luca of Liquigas (pictured at right after Stage 4/Graham Watson) sound like Our Boy Lance back in the good old days (cycling did have good old days, didn't it?) after giving up the maglia rosa to a breakaway winner.

With three moderate to tough climbs on the stage, Di Luca predicted a breakaway that could relieve him of the pressure of maintaining the overall lead.

That's exactly how the day played out.

Colombian Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Ceramica Panaria -- now c'mon, Granny, you couldn't possibly know about him!) took the sixth stage of the Giro by outsprinting T-Mobile's Marco Pinotti. That put Pinotti in the overall lead when they finished 7:09 ahead of the main field at the end of the 177-km stage from Tivoli to Spoleto.

For Di Luca, who slipped to third overall, 4:12 behind Pinotti and 3:30 down from Quick Step's Hubert Schwab, the result was almost a relief, giving him the chance to relax going into some of the Giro's most difficult stages.

As he's said, he wants the jersey in Milano.

"I don't really care who has it before that," he said before the stage. "I have no interest in wasting my energy -- my teammates' energy -- fighting to keep the maglia rosa now when it doesn't count. I will happily give it away and today seems like there will be an opportunity to do it."

Of some interest are the 9th and 10th-placed riders overall: Damiano Cunego of Lampre at 5:06 and David Zabriskie of CSC at 5:15.

MORE from the Landis hearing:
-- Bonnie DeSimone for ESPN: LeMond testimony hurts Landis' case -- outside of court
-- Michael A. Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Time: Cycling stars' clash rocks doping case

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