Thursday, May 24, 2007

McEwen: Fugetaboutit!

Stage 12's Colle dell'Agnello

If you were wondering when Australia's Robbie McEwen, winner of Stage 2, would drop out of the Giro d'Italia, the answer is: Stage 12.

Thursday's 12th stage from Scalenghe to Briancon in France is the first mountain stage of the 2007 Giro. The 163-km stage includes the Colle dell'Agnello, the highest climb of this year's race, and the Col d'Izoard.

McEwen who finished third in the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, withdrew from the race to prepare for the Tour de France, which begins July 7.

Alessandro Petacchi of Milram took his third victory of the tour ahead of teammate Gabriele Balducci and McEwen in the 198-km stage from Serravalle Scrivia to Pinerolo. Overall leader Andrea Noe of the Liquigas team was one of several riders who crashed on the finish line but retained the pink jersey.

MORE:
-- AP Interview:
Tour de France director wants life bans for cheats who fail to confess
-- AFP Cyclist Zabel admits taking drug in 1996
-- NYTimes:
Lead Lawyer for Landis Describes Errors by Lab
-- CyclingNews: It's science versus science, as Landis' fate hangs in the balance

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

McEwen: Fugetaboutit!

Stage 12's Colle dell'Agnello

If you were wondering when Australia's Robbie McEwen, winner of Stage 2, would drop out of the Giro d'Italia, the answer is: Stage 12.

Thursday's 12th stage from Scalenghe to Briancon in France is the first mountain stage of the 2007 Giro. The 163-km stage includes the Colle dell'Agnello, the highest climb of this year's race, and the Col d'Izoard.

McEwen who finished third in the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, withdrew from the race to prepare for the Tour de France, which begins July 7.

Alessandro Petacchi of Milram took his third victory of the tour ahead of teammate Gabriele Balducci and McEwen in the 198-km stage from Serravalle Scrivia to Pinerolo. Overall leader Andrea Noe of the Liquigas team was one of several riders who crashed on the finish line but retained the pink jersey.

MORE:
-- AP Interview:
Tour de France director wants life bans for cheats who fail to confess
-- AFP Cyclist Zabel admits taking drug in 1996
-- NYTimes:
Lead Lawyer for Landis Describes Errors by Lab
-- CyclingNews: It's science versus science, as Landis' fate hangs in the balance

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