DI LUCA, RICCO AND CONTADOR ALL GAIN TIME ON GIRO RIVALS

The first mountain finish of the Giro d?Italia saw the first attacks by the overall contenders with Danilo Di Luca (LPR), Riccardo Ricco, Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval) and Alberto Contador (Astana) gaining 51 seconds on their rivals in the Apennine mountains.

Gabriele Bosisio (LPR) won the stage in Pescocostanzo. He was part of the seven-rider break that formed early in the stage and then jumped away alone eight kilometres from the finish. Vasil Kiryienka (Tinkoff) was second at 46 seconds behind, and Emanuele Sella of Italy was third at one 1:02.

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