Before the Giro d’Italia, Cycling Weekly predicted how the top ten would turn out.

Now the race is done, we hand our homework in to teacher to be marked.

Verdict: Not too bad. Six of the top ten correctly identified, plus 11th place.


1 Ivan Basso


We said: Remember the 2006 Giro? When he rode up every mountain with his mouth shut, breathing through his skin, pursued only by a buffalo on heat?

Verdict: This was not the same Basso as 2006. He struggled to rediscover his effortless high-cadence style and it looked like it hurt.

2 Damiano Cunego


We said: In last year’s Tour de France he looked like he’d had the energy sucked directly out of his muscles with straws. Don’t rule out the podium.

Verdict: What were we thinking? The signs have been there for years. Why did we think this year would be any different? Cunego will never win a grand tour again.

3 Levi Leipheimer


We said: At first glance the Italian climbs do not suit him at all.

Verdict: Leipheimer struggled when it mattered most. He did a fine time trial at Riomaggiore, but failed to cope with the change of pace in the mountains. Lance Armstrong may have taken umbrage at our suggestion that the Italian climbs would not suit him, but we were right and, as it turned out, we over-estimated Levi’s worth to the tune of three places on GC.

4 Denis Menchov


We said: Menchov will be in the upper reaches of the top ten, even if there’s precious little racing evidence to go on this year. Over-rated in the time trial.

Verdict: Er, over-rated in the time trial? After Riomaggiore, we take that back. Menchov was the most consistent rider in the Giro.

5 Marzio Bruseghin


We said: Solid, unspectacular rider… but he’ll be there or thereabouts.

Verdict: Was thereabouts, in a solid, unspectacular kind of way.

6 Franco Pellizotti


We said: Never has a bad Giro. A certainty for the top ten.

Verdict: Pellizotti had his best Giro ever, improving on last year’s fourth place.

7 David Arroyo


We said: Can be relied upon to make the top 20 without being in top form. Recently he’s shown the beginnings of some good condition.

Verdict: Just missed out on the top ten. Was off the pace a little when it lit up in the mountains.

8 Michele Scarponi


We said: He’s been very lively since his comeback [from suspension] and will no doubt be on the attack.

Verdict: We were right that he’d attack. Scarponi won two stages, but at the cost of his overall position.

9 Tadej Valjavec


We said: Another rider who rises up the GC without being noticed.

Verdict: Bang on the money. Ninth place. Well done us. How did he do it? He rose up the GC without being noticed.

10 Kanstantsin Siutsou


We said: It’s a bit of a long shot this one.

Verdict: And a long shot it proved, although he did win a stage and finish 16th, which may have been behind Di Luca, Sastre and Garzelli, but was ahead of the others on our short-list, Brajkovic, Simoni and Soler (who didn’t finish).


Danilo Di Luca – 2nd

Allowed sentiment to rule objectivity by ignoring Di Luca. It’s obvious now. Of course he was going to try to win it. And of course he was going to get on the podium.

Carlos Sastre – 4th

We felt Sastre would be concentrating on the Tour and would perhaps only show himself on a couple of days in the Giro. Well, he did show himself on a couple of days, winning two stages, and but for one aberration would have been on the podium.

Stefano Garzelli – 7th

Won the king of the mountains jersey and although he got dropped when things hotted up a couple of times, he was pretty dependable.

Michael Rogers – 8th

After the first week some people got very carried away about the idea of Rogers winning the Giro. But he had a bad one in the big time trial and that undid his challenge.

Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports

Stage 21: Menchov wins 2009 Giro; Wiggins second in TT

Stage 20: Gilbert springs late attack to win penultimate stage

Stage 19: Sastre takes second Giro mountain stage; Menchov safe in pink

Stage 18: Second Giro stage win for Scarponi

Stage 17: Pellizotti wins on Blockhaus, Menchov remains in pink

Giro rest day review (May 26)

Stage 16: Sastre wins stage to Monte Petrano

Stage 15: Bertagnolli gifted stage win by Cervelo mix-up

Stage 14: Gerrans solos to win

Stage 13: Cavendish takes his third Giro win and prepares to head home

Stage 12: Menchov storms to Giro TT win and race lead

Stage 11: Cavendish romps to second Giro stage win

Stage 10: Di Luca lays down the gauntlet

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 20 photo gallery

Stage 19 photo gallery

Stage 18 photo gallery

Stage 17 photo gallery

Stage 16 photo gallery

Stage 15 photo gallery

Stage 14 photo gallery

Stage 13 photo gallery

Stage 12 photo gallery

Stage 11 photo gallery

Stage 10 photo gallery

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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