DI LUCA IN TROUBLE FOR ONE-FINGER SALUTE

Danilo Di Luca was forced to publicly apologise for flipping the bird to the tifosi during Sunday?s go slow protest in Milan.

The Giro d?Italia leader (pictured) was caught on television responding to the public with his middle finger after they had booed him when he announced that the riders would not race the stage.

?Did people see it? It was because people insulted us. I?m sorry, it?s because we were all nervous about the stage,? he said.

?Unfortunately the protest became a joke when some of the teams didn?t respect the idea of letting the Rabobank team cross the line first. We went from being right to being wrong.?


ZOMEGNAN AND LANCE FALL OUT OVER PROTEST

Lance Armstrong?s special relationship with Giro d?Italia race director Angelo Zomegnan seems to be on the rocks after the protests in Milan.

Armstrong appeared to be one of the ringleaders, standing on the front line with Danilo Di Luca when the riders stopped mid-way through the stage.

Zomegnan has never been kind with any rider who crosses him and vented his feeling on Italian television.

?This circuit required explosive bursts. It required riders to get their butts up off the seats of their bikes, and some riders who are not so young anymore apparently don?t feel like doing that. Instead, it seems like their legs have become shorter and their tongues longer,? Zomegnan said.

Asked by the Associated Press if he was referring to Armstrong, Zomegnan said: ?I never name people who have disappointed me, just like I don?t name girlfriends that have snubbed me.?

Armstrong was also reportedly livid with the tone of the story in Monday?s Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

It seems his infamous black list has a few extra names on it after only the first week of the Giro.


NEW BIKES FOR LANCE AND LEVI

Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer and their Astana team mates trained for two hours on the first rest day of the Giro and then checked out the new black and yellow Trek bikes being build ready for Thursday’s key time trial.

Trek have produced a special road bike fitted with aero bar extensions that will give Armstrong and Leipheimer a good compromise between aerodynamics, handling and weight.


LOW SPRINT VOTE FOR DAVIS AND PETACCHI

Italian newspaper Tuttosport publishes a daily report card on the Giro d?Italia, giving marks out of ten.

Australia?s Allan Davis of the Quick Step team got a five out of ten for taking Petacchi off Mark Cavendish?s wheel in the final kilometre of the sprint in Milan.

Petacchi also got a five for not fighting back and for his lack of sprinting skills when the gloves come off.


UCI GIVE 52 RIDERS AN EARLY WAKE UP CALL

52 riders from the Astana, Barloworld, Liquigas, Diquigiovannni and Garmin got an early wake up call from the UCI on Monday.

The riders were all asked to give blood samples for the UCI?s anti-doping biological passport scheme between 8:30 and 9:30am, ruining any chance of them having a lie-in on the first rest day.

Lance Armstrong pointed out on his Twitter feed that the test was his 28th since he announced his come back last summer.


Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports

Giro rest day review (May 18)

Stage nine: Cavendish blitzes rivals to win in Milan

Stage eight: Siutsou makes it two in a row for Columbia-Highroad

Stage seven: Boasson Hagen takes treacherous stage

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 nine photo gallery

Stage eight photo gallery

Stage seven photo gallery

Stage six photo gallery

Stage five photo gallery

Stage four photo gallery

Stage three photo gallery

Stage two photo gallery

Stage one photo gallery

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News

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Cavendish says ‘I’m addicted to winning’

Riders stage go-slow protest during Giro stage in Milan

Cavendish cool before Milan sprint

No sympathy for Armstrong from Giro boss

Boasson Hagen celebrates his birthday early

Cavendish overjoyed for Boasson Hagen

Armstrong ‘livid’ at dangerous Giro stage

Astana riders wear faded kit in protest over unpaid wages

Armstrong sees Leipheimer in pink

Giro news round-up: 14 May

Wiggins: ‘I can’t keep smashing away on the climbs’

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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