Today is the second chance that the riders have to rest their legs in the 2008 Giro d?Italia ? and many will need it after yesterday?s cruel, gravel-strewn 12.9 kilometre individual time trial up the Plan de Corones.

So far 2,671.9 kilometres and 16 stages have been completed, with 773.5 kilometres left to ride in the remaining five stages before the race ends in Milan on Sunday (June 1).

Last week we were celebrating Mark Cavendish?s stage win, when he became the first British rider to win a stage of the Italian tour since Robert Millar in 1987. This week he won another stage, and set a new record ? to become the first British rider not just to win two stages of the Giro in the same year, but two stages of the Giro ever.

The Manx Missile has now survived the mountains, and is set to resume his sprint rivalry with current points leader Daniele Bennati tomorrow (Wednesday) ? possibly the last chance for the pure fastmen to strut their stuff.

Thursday?s stage 18 is a novel preview of both the 2008 and 2009 World Championships courses (Varese and Mendrisio respectively), as the race crosses the border into Switzerland. The profile is lumpy enough to favour riders such as Paolo Bettini or a lucky break rather than the pure sprinters. After that, it?s back into the mountains for two more punishing stages on Friday and Saturday, before the final individual time trial into Milan.

All three of these final stages will prove to be decisive in shaping the top ten overall classification, currently headed by 2007 tour de France winner Alberto Contador. Whether Contador can build on his slim 41 second lead over Riccardo Ricco will literally come down to the wire on Sunday.

We will be covering all of the final week action here on www.cyclingweekly.com, with up-to-the-minute reports, results, interviews and exclusive photos.

Here, we look back at the second week of the 2008 Giro d?Italia, charting who won what and where? We reviewed the first week (stages 1-9) in our original May 19 rest day review.


GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: SECOND WEEK STAGES

Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE 10 ITT

When? Tuesday, May 20

Where? Pesaro-Urbino

Who stood on the podium?

1. Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre 39.4km in 56min 41secs

2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana at 8secs

3. Andreas Kloden (Ger) Astana at 20secs

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE 11

When? Wednesday, May 21

Where? Urbania-Cesena

Who stood on the podium?

1. Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Serramenti PVC-Androni Giocattoli 199km in 5hours 44min 22secs

2. Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne at 5secs

3. Fortunato Baliani (Ita) CSF Navigare at same time

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE 12

When? Thursday, May 22

Where? Forli-Carpi

Who stood on the podium?

1. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 172km in 4hours 5min 29secs

2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Team High Road

3. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE 13

When? Friday, May 23

Where? Modena-Cittadella

Who stood on the podium?

1. Mark Cavendish (GB) High Road 177km in 4hours 11min 7secs

2. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas

3. Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE 14

When? Saturday, May 24

Where? Verona-Alpe di Pempeago

Who stood on the podium?

1. Emanuele Sella (Ita) CSF Navigare 193km in 5hours 37min 14secs

2. Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff at 4min 38secs

3. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse D’Epargne at 5min 8secs

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE 15

When? Sunday, May 25

Where? Arabba-Passo Fedaia/Marmolada

Who stood on the podium?

1. Emanuele Sella (Ita) CSF Navigare 154km in 4hours 53min 24secs

2. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Navigare at 2min 5secs

3. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval at 2min 11secs

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana

Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE 16 ITT

When? Monday, May 26

Where? San Vigilio di Marebbe-Plan de Corones

Who stood on the podium?

1. Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 12.9km in 40min 26secs

2. Emanuele Sella (Ita) CSF Navigare at 6secs

3. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Diquigiovanni?Androni at 17secs

Who got to wear the pink jersey?

Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana

Stage report>>


GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: REMAINING STAGES
Stage Date From To Length
17 Wednesday May 28 Sondrio Locarno 146 km
18 Thursday May 29 Mendrisio Varese 147 km
19 Friday May 30 Legnano Presolana 228 km
20 Saturday May 31 Rovetta Tirano 224 km
21 Sunday June 1 Cesano Maderno Milano 28.5 km ITT

Giro d'Italia 2008 map

Giro d’Italia 2008 map: click to enlarge


GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Stage 16: Pellizotti wins mountain time trial

Stage 15: Sella strikes again in the mountains

Stage 14: Sella wins first Giro mountains stage

Stage 13: Easy victory for super-fast Cavendish

Stage 12: Bennati gets photo finish verdict over Cavendish

Stage 11: Bertolini wins hilly stage

Stage 10: Bruseghin wins Giro d’Italia time trial

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

Six Brits finish mountain time trial [stage 16]

Cavendish disappointed after missing out in Giro sprint

Can Cavendish win the Giro today? [stage 12]

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, week two – new photos added daily

Giro d’Italia 2008: Photo gallery, week one.

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: FEATURES

Cycling Weekly’s all-time list of British pro winners

Giro d’Italia 2008: Rest day review (May 19)

Rest day 1: How the favourites are doing

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