DI LUCA WINS GIRO STAGE 12 AND TAKES LEAD

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Italy?s Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) is back in the pink jersey at the Giro d?Italia after winning the first big mountain stage in the Alps to Briancon on Thursday. 

Di Luca attacked in the final kilometre of the uphill finish in the centre of Briancon, beating Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval) in a sprint to the line after a powerful and aggressive performance by both riders throughout the mountain stage. Talented 21 year-old Andy Schleck (CSC) finished third at seven seconds, with Eddy Mazzoleni (Astana) fourth at 15 seconds and Damiano Cunego (Lampre) fifth at 19 seconds.

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