Giro d’Italia 2009 rest day review (May 26)

After two weeks of racing, the overall classification of the 2009 Giro d’Italia is now starting to take shape.

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) took control at the top of the table after Thursday’s decisive time trial. The Russian ousted Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) from the coveted pink leader’s jersey, and the two have been locked in a battle for vital seconds in the mountains ever since. Several overall hopefuls have now lost so much time that their 2009 Giro aspirations have been dashed.

The week has also seen the departure of British sprint star Mark Cavendish (Columbia-Highroad), who definitely went out on a high after winning his third stage – one better than last year. Cavendish is now concentrating on his preparations for the Tour.

Gone, too, is David Millar (Garmin-Slipstream) who is also now getting ready for the Tour de France. His Giro went well considering that he is still on the road to recovery from a broken collarbone sustained at Paris-Nice in March.

After 16 stages, 172 riders are still in the race – seven of them are British. After today’s rest day they will face more tough racing in the mountains and Sunday’s final time trial in Rome.

Here we look back at who won what and when from stage 10 to stage 16. You can see our review of the first week in the news section.

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Out of 16 stages completed thus far in the 2009 Giro d’Italia, just five teams have been responsible for sharing out the spoils:

Columbia-Highroad: 6

LPR Brakes: 4

Cervelo: 2

Rabobank: 2

Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni: 2


Britain’s Mark Cavendish has so far won the most stages in this year’s Giro d’Italia with his tally of three. Three other riders have won two apiece.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-Highroad): 3

Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes): 2

Danilo Di Luca (LPR brakes): 2

Denis Menchov (Rabobank): 2

Simon Gerrans (Cervelo): 1

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Columbia-Highroad): 1

Kanstantsin Siutsou (Columbia-Highroad): 1

Leonardo Bertagnolli (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni): 1

Carlos Sastre (Cervelo): 1

Michele Scarponi (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni): 1

Columbia-Highroad (team time trial): 1


Cuneo ? Pinerolo

When: Tuesday, May 19

Distance: 262 kilometres

Terrain: Mountainous

Who won?

Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) put time into his rivals in the mountains ahead of Thursday’s individual time trial. The Italian seized his moment to attack three kilometres out to win his second stage.

Best Brit

Not a classic stage for the British contingent. Christopher Froome (Barloworld) came in 45th, three minutes and 29 seconds behind Di Luca.

In the pink: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Purple (points): Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green (kom): Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone)

White (young rider): Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Torino – Arenzano

When: Wednesday, May 20

Distance: 214 kilometres

Terrain: Flat

Who won?

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-Highroad) gave himself an early birthday present when he won his second stage of the Giro. It was a satisfying win for the Manxman after his stilted victory in Milan, where the racing was muted thanks to a rider protest.

Best Brit (Other than Cavendish)

Ben Swift (Katusha) proved that his form in the first week was no fluke by coming in 11th. Another great result for the 21 year old in his first grand tour.

In the pink: Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Purple (points): Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green (kom): Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone)

White (young rider): Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Sestri Levante – Riomaggiore ITT

When: Thursday, May 21

Distance: 60.6 kilometres

Terrain: Hilly

Who won?

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) put in a stunning performance to take the stage win and 2009 Giro d’Italia lead. Crucially, his big rival Danilo Di Luca – who wore the maglia rosa going into the stage – lost nearly two minutes to the Russian.

Best Brit

Bradley Wiggins (Garmin-Slipstream) had ear-marked this stage as one he could do well in. And the Brit delivered, using his new-found climbing prowess to finish the stage in seventh place.

In the pink: Denis Menchov (Rabobank)

Purple (points): Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green (kom): Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone)

White (young rider): Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Lido di Camaiore – Firenze

When: Friday, May 22

Distance: 176 kilometres

Terrain: Flattish

Who won?

If any one had any lingering doubts regarding Mark Cavendish’s dominance in bunch sprints, today the Columbia-Highroad man showed them how it’s done, winning his third stage. He then quit the race to start preparations for the Tour de France.

Best Brit (Other than Cavendish)

Another fantastic showing for Ben Swift (Katusha), eighth today.

In the pink: Denis Menchov (Rabobank)

Purple (points): Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green (kom): Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone)

White (young rider): Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Campi Bisenzio – Bologna

When: Saturday, May 23

Distance: 172 kilometres

Terrain: Decidedly lumpy

Who won?

Simon Gerrans (Cervelo) provided a masterclass in perfectly-timed attacking when he launched himself from the breakaway group up the final climb to the finish in Bologna. A masterful solo win.

Best Brit

Chris Froome (Barloworld) was so agonisingly close to winning the stage, going with Gerrans on the final climb of the day. Alas, he blew spectacularly and slipped to sixth on the stage.

In the pink: Denis Menchov (Rabobank)

Purple (points): Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green (kom): Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone)

White (young rider): Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Forli – Faenza

When: Sunday, May 24

Distance: 161 kilometres

Terrain: Pretty mountainous

Who won?

Leonardo Bertagnolli (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) won after Cervelo scuffed up their team tactics, ordering Serge Pauwels to sit up and wait for Carlos Sastre. Had Pauwels not been given the order, he would surely have won the stage with his superior finish.

Best Brit

A poor day for British riders. Charly Wegelius (Silence-Lotto) was the first Brit home in 87th place, 22-48 behind Bertagnolli, in a group containing the rest of the British riders. One to forget.

In the pink: Denis Menchov (Rabobank)

Purple (points): Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green (kom): Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone)

White (young rider): Thomas Lovkvist (Columbia-Highroad)

Stage report>>


Pergola – Monte Petrano

When: Monday, May 25

Distance: 237 kilometres

Terrain: Big mountains

Who won?

At last, a stage to shake up the overall classification. Carlos Sastre’s (Cervelo) acceleration up Monte Petrano left his rivals looking at each other, shrugging. The Spaniard gained time on Menchov and Di Luca, whilst others simply went backwards. Levi Leipheimer (Astana) and Michael Rogers (Columbia-Highroad) both lost valuable time and slipped down the overall standing.

Best Brit

Chris Froome (Barloworld) again proved he has legs for the mountains by coming home 25th – just 10 places behind Michael Rogers.

In the pink: Denis Menchov (Rabobank)

Purple (points): Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes)

Green (kom): Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone)

White (young rider): Kevin Seeldrayers (Quick Step)

Stage report>>

Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports

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

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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

Desktop wallpaper photos


Giro Britannia: A long, hot slog in Italy

Leipheimer: Lance had to wait for me today (Stage 16)

Millar climbs off and heads home from Giro

Basso discovers he has few friends at the Giro (stage 15)

Froome agonisingly close to stage victory (stage 14)

Cavendish quits the Giro d’Italia

Cheeky Cipo sneaks a ride in the Giro

Cavendish: His most important Giro win yet (stage 13)

Comment: Lance vs the press, some things never change

Menchov’s first pink jersey (Stage 12)

Wiggins: ‘I went too hard at the start’ (Stage 12 TT)

Lance and Levi: Ready for Giro time trial

Cavendish: ‘Today brought back memories of San Remo’ (stage 11)

Is Di Luca trying too hard, too soon?

Wiggins loses time in the Giro (stage 10)

Armstrong and Basso say sorry for Giro protest

How are the Giro favourites doing?

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?

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Giro d’Italia 2008 preview

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