Giro d’Italia 2009 rest day review (May 18)

We look back at the first week of the 2009 Giro d’Italia. It’s all here, who won what, where and when.

A lot has happened in the last nine days. Columbia and Garmin sorted out their differences in the team time trial. Columbia 1, Garmin 0. Mark Cavendish wore the pink jersey, the first Briton to do so.

Alessandro Petacchi won back-to-back stages. Danilo Di Luca moved into the overall lead. Columbia won three consecutive stages with three different riders.

Mark Cavendish won the protest-inflicted Milan stage. And Lance Armstrong kicked off a war of words with Giro race director Angelo Zomegnan.

Nine British riders started in Venice, and nine British riders are still in the race.

A full review of the second week’s action will be published in Thursday’s Cycling Weekly magazine

Here’s what’s happened so far…


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Lido di Venezia team time trial

When: Saturday, May 9

Distance: 20.5 kilometres

Terrain: Flat

Scenery: Watery

Who won?

Columbia-Highroad walked the walk after the pre-race trash talk, by beating team time trial obsessives Garmin.

Best Brit (other than Cavendish)

Bradley Wiggins turned himself inside out for Garmin-Slipstream, but they missed out by six slender seconds.

In the pink: Mark Cavendish

Purple (points): no one

Green (kom): no one

White (young rider): Mark Cavendish

Stage report>>


Jesolo ? Trieste

When: Sunday, May 10

Distance: 156km

Terrain: Flat

Scenery: Idyllic

Who won?

Alessandro Petacchi

1 down, 197 remaining

Matthias Russ, a German riding for the Milram team, became the first rider to quit the Giro after a crash. Milram really don?t have a lot of luck, do they.

Best Brit (other than Cavendish)

First-year pro Ben Swift (Katusha) is going to be a superstar.

In the pink: Mark Cavendish (Columbia)

Purple: Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes)

Green: David Garcia de Pena (Xacobeo Galicia)

White: Mark Cavendish (Columbia)

Stage report>>


Grado ? Valdobbiadene

When: Monday, May 11

Distance: 198km

Terrain: Flat but with a lumpy finish

Scenery: Milan-San Remo-esque

Who won?

Alessandro Petacchi, again.

2 down, 196 remaining

Vande Velde (Garmin) went down, got back up again but couldn?t continue. X-rays revealed a couple of broken ribs.

Best Brit

Chris Froome (Barloworld) was the only British rider to make the 57-strong front group and found himself 31st overall at the end of the day.

In the pink: Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes)

Purple: Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes)

Green: Mauro Facci (Quick Step)

White: Tyler Farrar (Garmin)

Stage report>>


Padova ? San Martino di Castrozza

When: Tuesday, May 12

Distance: 162km

Terrain: Flat until half way, then into the mountains with a second-category climb before a summit finish

Scenery: Like the location for the TV adaptation of Heidi

Who won?

Danilo Di Luca timed his jump perfectly to beat Stefano Garzelli, as they closed down Juan Mauricio Soler, who had attacked with 1.5km to go.

3 down, 195 remaining

Caisse d?Epargne lost Francisco Perez, who withdrew.

Best Brit

Bradley Wiggins climbed extremely well, and was just 32 seconds down on the first group at the line.

In the pink: Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Purple: Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes)

Green: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

White: Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


San Martino di Castrozza ? Alpe di Siusi

When: Wednesday, May 13

Distance: 125km

Terrain: Short doesn?t always mean sweet

Scenery: Glorious

Who won?

Denis Menchov joined the select group of riders to have won a stage in each of the three grand tours.

4 down, 194 remaining

Bye bye to Xacobeo Galicia?s David Garcia de Pena

Best Brit

Bradley Wiggins rode the grand tour stage of his life, passing Cunego, dropping Armstrong, and finishing only 1-47 behind the winner, in 22nd place. Technically Charly Wegelius was the best-placed Brit, in 21st place, but Wiggo?s ride was unexpected.

In the pink: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Purple: Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes)

Green: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

White: Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Bressanone ? Mayrhofen

When: Thursday, May 14

Distance: 248km

Terrain: Up and down

Scenery: Austrian

Who won?

Michele Scarponi of Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni

Best Brit

Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins finished in the second group, 1-15 behind Scarponi.

In the pink: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Purple: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

White: Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Innsbruck – Chiavenna

When: Friday, May 15

Distance: 244km

Terrain: Gradually up, up, up, then downhill fast at the end

Scenery: Wet

Who won?

Columbia-Highroad?s superstar-in-the-making Edvald Boasson Hagen

Best Brit

Ben Swift was tenth, which was fourth place in the bunch sprint, one ahead of Mark Cavendish.

5 down, 193 remaining

Fuji-Servetto?s Jesus del Nero pulled out.

In the pink: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Purple: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

White: Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Morbegno ? Bergamo

When: Saturday, May 16

Distance: 209km

Terrain: Tour of Lombardy-esque

Scenery: Summer holiday-ish

Who won?

Kanstantsin Siutsou of Belarus made it two in a row for Columbia

Best Brit

Bradley Wiggins, riding the race of his life, was again in the front group.

8 down, 190 remaining

Horrillo, Julien Loubet (Ag2r) and Ruslan Pidgornyy (ISD) were the latest to pull out.

In the pink: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Purple: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

White: Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>



When: Sunday, May 17

Distance: 165km

Terrain: Flat, with city centre cobbles, parked cars and scooters to negotiate

Scenery: Disinterested

Who won?

Mark Cavendish completed Columbia-Highroad?s amazing hat-trick of stages

Best Brit (other than Cavendish)

Ben Swift came in 12th, another great result for the young Katusha rider. Ian Stannard (ISD) wasn’t far off in 20th place – three Brits in the top 20 is quite something.

In the pink: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Purple: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

White: Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>

Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports

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

Desktop wallpaper photos


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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