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…


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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