NO POPE FOR LANCE

?Lance, niente Papa?. That was the headline in Italian newspaper Tuttosport on Thursday morning after Lance Armstrong lost almost three minutes on the mountain finish to Alpe di Siusi.

Tuttosport journalist Paolo Viberto predicts that Lance won?t make it to the finish of the Giro in Rome, home to the Vatican and the Pope.

The paper ?the big rival to Gazzetta dello Sport that is owned by the race organisers, suggested that the bets about when Armstrong will climb and head home have begun.

They reckon he will quit the Giro after stage 16 to Monte Petrano. By then, they predict he will have raced enough to get fit but without causing any damage and helped set up team mate Levi Leipheimer for overall victory.

Tuttosport also reckon Armstrong will head back to the USA to be with his girlfriend Anna Hansen who is due to give birth to their first child in the first week of June.

OBEY PROPAGANDA

Lance Armstrong likes to twitter because it allows him to talk directly to his thousands of fans without the opinions of the media getting in the way.

Cycling Weekly spotted this sticker on his special Trek decorated by Obama poster designer Shepard Fairey.

Is he telling us to obey HIS Twitter propaganda?

Giro d'Italia 2009CUNEGO CLEANS HIS CONSCIENCE

Damiano Cunego (Lampre) struggled and lost three minutes on the tough mountain finish to Alpe di Siusi and his chances of winning the Giro are virtually over yet again.

Cunego won the 2004 Giro when he was just 24 but has never performed at that level in the Giro or Tour de France ever since.

After losing time on Wednesday, Cunego asked questions about his own performance but also ruffled a few feathers at the Giro by questioning other people?s performances.

After so many doping scandals in Italy in the last 20 years it was good to hear him clean his conscience.

?I?m doing what I can. And I accept the results, even the negative ones,? Cunego told Gazzetta dello Sport.

?People have physical limits. My idea is this: Do want you can, as well as you can with a clear conscience. Whatever happens, people know you, understand you, appreciate you and respect you.?

?There?s a stage result that has punished me sometimes and then there?s a stage result, let?s say, in life, where everyone has to look at themselves in the mirror. I?m not the only who does the right thing but I do it. We?ve already seen some result rewritten when races have been archived and that hurts.?

?After the stage to Alpe di Siusi, my chances in the Giro have been compromised but I?ve got to come up with something. I?m going to try.?


Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports

Stage six: Scarponi wins longest stage with big break

Stage five: Menchov wins mountain battle as Di Luca grabs the pink jersey

Stage four: Di Luca denies Soler on the line; Lovkvist takes pink jersey

Stage three: Cavendish loses pink jersey after being caught behind late crash

Stage two: Petacchi denies Cavendish the stage win

Stage one: Cavendish in pink as Columbia prove their point to Garmin

Photo galleries

Stage five photo gallery

Stage four photo gallery

Stage three photo gallery

Stage two photo gallery

Stage one photo gallery

Desktop wallpaper photos

News

Wiggins eyes top 20 finish overall

Armstrong after Giro stage 5: ‘That was hard’

Cavendish looking for Giro revenge

Armstrong happy with stage four performance

Lovkvist will fight to keep Giro lead

Giro could be last race for Armstrong’s team

Vande Velde crashes out of Giro

Petacchi claims he didn’t know of Cavendish crash

Cavendish struggles to find consolation in pink jersey

Petacchi: I’ve been working out how to beat Cav

I’m wearing pink on behalf of the team, says Cavendish

Wiggins ready to win Giro team time trial

Friday, May 8: Giro news round-up

Cavendish out to topple Garmin in Giro team time trial

Team time trial start times

Cycling Weekly’s Giro d’Italia top ten prediction

Brits in Venice for Giro presentation

Armstrong overshadows overall favourites at Giro presentation

Armstrong confident of finding new sponsor for Astana

Armstrong working to save Astana team

Wiggins in top form for Giro

Garmin Slipstream kitted out for Giro opener

Dan Lloyd gets late Giro call-up

Armstrong’s special Giro bikes unveiled

Daniel Lloyd overlooked for Giro ride

Cummings and Thomas not selected for Giro d’Italia

Cavendish tests Giro form at Tour of Romandie

David Millar confirms he’s riding in 2009 Giro

Bennati to take on Cavendish in Giro 2009 sprints

2009 Giro d’Italia to start in Venice

Evans and Silence-Lotto disagree on Giro 2009 ride

Armstrong to ride 2009 Giro

Tuttosport reveals 2009 Giro d’Italia route

Dolce & Gabbana design new Giro jersey

2009 Giro d’Italia guide and features

Find the pink jersey competition

Giro d’Italia 2009: The Big Preview

British riders to have led the grand tours

CW’s Giro top ten prediction

Brits in the Giro 2009

Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Cavendish

CW Classic: the 1987 Giro d’Italia


2008 Giro d’Italia archive

Giro d’Italia 2008 coverage index – race reports, photos, results

From rule Britannia to cruel Britannia

Giro 2008: The final word on this year’s race

Brits at the 2008 Giro: photo special

Five days to go, what’s in store?

Giro d’Italia 2008: Rest day review (May 27)

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

Giro d’Italia 2008 preview

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