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.

For a full review of all the Giro d’Italia action so far, take a look at this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine, on sale from Thursday


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)

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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)

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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)

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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
Stage 16 photo gallery
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?
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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