With 1,711.3 kilometres of the 2008 Giro d’Italia completed, today the riders have a chance to rest their legs a little and sup a cappuccino before racing resumes tomorrow (Tuesday) with a race against the clock from Pesaro to Urbino.

So far it’s been a great edition of the Giro, the mix and order of stages has given fans something different to look forward to without the relentless, flat sprinters’ stages that often hog the first week of grand tours. From the opening parade of the team time trial on Sicily, to the relatively mountainous stage seven, the sprinters, climbers, break specialists and time triallists have already had a chance to have their 15 minutes of fame with only nine days of racing under their belts.

The overall contenders, too, have had to show their hand early, with hilly stages and uphill finishes already giving the potential victors a handful of minutes’ advantage before the mountain stages proper commence on Saturday. We’ve rounded up how the favourites are doing in a separate article.

For British fans, the race could hardly have been better. With six Brits in the Giro, there always seemed to be at least one Brit rider in the heat of the action. Not least, David Millar, who helped his Slipstream team win the opening team time trial, and Mark Cavendish who became the first British rider to win a stage of the Italian race since Robert Millar in 1987.

Here we look back at the first week to give you a one-stop guide to the racing so far? and look ahead to the coming week in Italy.


GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: STAGES SO FAR

Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE ONE TTT

When? Saturday, May 10

Where? Palermo-Palermo, Sicily

Who stood on the podium?

1. Slipstream-Chipotle 23.6km in 26min 32secs

2. CSC at 6secs

3. High Road at 7secs

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Slipstream

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE TWO

When? Sunday, May 11

Where? Cefalu-Agrigento

Who stood on the podium?

1. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval 207km in 5hours 48min 35secs

2. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR

3. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner at same time

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE THREE

When? Monday, May 12

Where? Catania-Milazzo

Who stood on the podium?

1. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 222km in 5hours 37min 1sec

2. Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram

3. Danilo Hondo (Ger) Serramenti Diquigiovanni at same time

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008 Mark CavendishSTAGE FOUR

When? Tuesday, May 13

Where? Maggio Pizzo Calabro-Catanzaro

Who stood on the podium?

1. Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) High Road 187km in 4hours 49min 9secs

2. Robert Forster (Germany) Gerolsteiner

3. Daniele Bennati (Italy) Liquigas at same time

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE FIVE

When? Wednesday, May 14

Where?Belvedere Marittimo-Contursi Terme

Who stood on the podium?

1. Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff 203km in 5hours 4min 52secs

2. Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner at 4secs

3. Luis Felipe Laverde (Col) CSF Navigare at 10secs

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE SIX

When? Thursday, May 15

Where? Potenza-Peschici

Who stood on the podium?

1. Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Navigare 232km in 5hours 24mins 49secs

2. Alan Perez (Esp) Euskaltel at 8secs

3. Nikolai Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff at 27secs

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE SEVEN

When? Friday, May 16

Where? Vasto-Pescocostanzo

Who stood on the podium?

1. Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR 176km in 4hours 45min 5secs

2. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff at 46secs

3. Emanuele Sella (Ita) Caisse D’Epargne at 1min 2secs

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE EIGHT

When? Saturday, May 17

Where? Rivisondoli-Tivoli

Who stood on the podium?

1. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval 209km in 4hours 41min 5secs

2. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step

3. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner at same time

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE NINE

When? Sunday, May 18

Where?Civitavecchia-San Vincenzo

Who stood on the podium?

1. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 218km in 5hours 30min 6secs

2. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step

3. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto at same time

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step

Stage report>>


THIS WEEK: STAGES

British eyes will be on time trial specialists David Millar and Bradley Wiggins in tomorrow’s (Tuesday) stage 10 time trial from Pesaro to Urbino.

The lumpy 39km course may not suit the pure tester, but Millar has something to prove after his disaster on stage five, when his chain snapped in the final kilometre of the race just as he was making a move for the line. Wiggins has had a quiet race so far, but may have a dig on the stage to test his form for the flatter final stage time trial.

Mark Cavendish will also be out to add to his stage four win, and on paper both stage 12 to Carpi and stage 13 to Citadella look like they’ll suit the stocky Manxman: they are flat and relatively short.

After the flat stages, the riders slam into the mountains with a punishing stage 14 on Saturday complete with uphill finish at Alpe de Pampeago. The following day’s vicious stage 15 takes in the Pordoi, San Pellegrino, Giau and Falzarego passes before finishing atop the Marmolada. After that lot, the cream will rise to the top of the overall classification and we’ll really have more of an idea who will be wearing pink in Milan on Sunday, June 1.

You can read our full Giro d’Italia 2008 preview here>>

Stage Date From To Length
10 Tuesday May 20 Pesaro Urbino ITT 39.4km
11 Wednesday May 21 Urbania Cesena 199 km
12 Thursday May 22 Forli Carpi 172 km
13 Friday May 23 Modena Cittadella 192 km
14 Saturday May 24 Verona Alpe di Pempeago 195 km
15 Sunday May 25 Arabba Passo Fedaia/Marmolada 153 km

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Stage nine: Cavendish misses out in sprint

Stage eight: Ricco wins again

Stage seven: Di Luca, Ricco and Contador gain time on rivals

Stage six: Italians clean up

Stage five: Millar denied by snapped chain

Stage four: Cavendish wins

Stage three: Bennati romps home

Stage two: Ricco wins Giro d’Italia second stage

Stage one TTT: Slipstream wins Giro team time trial

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: NEWS

Aggressive Cummings comes away empty handed [stage six]

Millar speaks out after missing out in Giro [stage five]

Reaction to Cavendish’s Giro stage win

Cav hits back at Pozzato’s snipe

Cavendish: This is my biggest win [stage four]

Millar celebrates Slipstream Giro d’Italia success

Bettini looking for final Giro glory

Astana’s troubled build-up to the Giro

Petacchi banned for Salbutamol positive

Yates and Astana make last minute rush to Giro

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: PHOTOS

Giro d’Italia 2008: Photo gallery. New photos added daily

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: FEATURES

Giro Britannia part two: From rule Britannia to cruel Britannia

Tuesday Comment (May 13): Why Cavendish is a bona fide world-class star

Giro Britannia: how the Brits are doing in Italy

Giro d’Italia 2008 preview

Giro d’Italia 2008: who will win?

Giro d’Italia 2008: The British are coming

Giro d’Italia on Eurosport: TV schedule