MENCHOV TAKES FIRST GIRO WIN FOR RABOBANK

Amazing but true, Denis Menchov?s victory at Alpe dui Siusi was the first ever victory for the Rabobank team in the Italian stage race.

The Dutch team has been in cycling since 1984 but often fielded weak team in the Giro and concentrated on the classics and Tour de France.

The stage win also meant Menchov joined the club of riders who have won stages in all three major Tours.

After losing some time in the opening team time trial, when Rabobank was only seventh, Menchov?s stage winner?s time bonus and gap lifted him to fifth overall, 50 seconds behind new pink jersey Danilo Di Luca (LPR).


STANNARD MAKES IT THROUGH EARLY DOLOMITES

All the British riders made it Alpe di Siusi but Ian Stannard was the happiest at the finish.

The big ISD rider spent most of Tuesday?s stage in a break but finished safely in the gruppetto at 16-53.

?My legs were sore after yesterday but I made it,? he told Cycling Weekly with a big grin.

?I didn?t know what to expect in the break and so just tried to go with it. It was good to show my face. I got dropped on the climb and was caught by the group but I enjoyed it. The Giro?s been great so far.?

Stannard?s ISD team recently announced that NERI is now officially the team?s second sponsor. NERI produces pickled vegetables. Hopefully Stannard won?t be paid in olives for showing off the new fluorescent team jersey in the break.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRO D?ITALIA

The 2009 Giro d?Italia celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year and its birthday is officially today.

Exactly 100 years ago, the first ever Giro started in Milan at 2:53 in the morning. 127 riders roe off into the dark for the first 400km stage to Bologna.

The first Giro was decided on points, with Luigi Ganna, going on to win the first edition that included stages as far south as Naples.


ARMSTRONG?S MUSICAL TASTES

A lot of people are not big fans of Lance Armstrong but nobody can argue about his eclectic taste in music, even if it does show his age.

According to his Twitter feed, he relaxed to Ryan Adams and The Cardinals’ “Stone Roses” (the album is actually called Cold Roses) on his iPod after Wednesday?s stage. In the days before it was Cat Power and Beth Orton.


Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports

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

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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