NO POPE FOR LANCE
?Lance, niente Papa?. That was the headline in Italian newspaper Tuttosport on Thursday morning after Lance Armstrong lost almost three minutes on the mountain finish to Alpe di Siusi.

Tuttosport journalist Paolo Viberto predicts that Lance won?t make it to the finish of the Giro in Rome, home to the Vatican and the Pope.

The paper ?the big rival to Gazzetta dello Sport that is owned by the race organisers, suggested that the bets about when Armstrong will climb and head home have begun.

They reckon he will quit the Giro after stage 16 to Monte Petrano. By then, they predict he will have raced enough to get fit but without causing any damage and helped set up team mate Levi Leipheimer for overall victory.

Tuttosport also reckon Armstrong will head back to the USA to be with his girlfriend Anna Hansen who is due to give birth to their first child in the first week of June.

OBEY PROPAGANDA
Lance Armstrong likes to twitter because it allows him to talk directly to his thousands of fans without the opinions of the media getting in the way.

Cycling Weekly spotted this sticker on his special Trek decorated by Obama poster designer Shepard Fairey.

Is he telling us to obey HIS Twitter propaganda?

Giro d'Italia 2009CUNEGO CLEANS HIS CONSCIENCE
Damiano Cunego (Lampre) struggled and lost three minutes on the tough mountain finish to Alpe di Siusi and his chances of winning the Giro are virtually over yet again.

Cunego won the 2004 Giro when he was just 24 but has never performed at that level in the Giro or Tour de France ever since.

After losing time on Wednesday, Cunego asked questions about his own performance but also ruffled a few feathers at the Giro by questioning other people?s performances.

After so many doping scandals in Italy in the last 20 years it was good to hear him clean his conscience.

?I?m doing what I can. And I accept the results, even the negative ones,? Cunego told Gazzetta dello Sport.

?People have physical limits. My idea is this: Do want you can, as well as you can with a clear conscience. Whatever happens, people know you, understand you, appreciate you and respect you.?

?There?s a stage result that has punished me sometimes and then there?s a stage result, let?s say, in life, where everyone has to look at themselves in the mirror. I?m not the only who does the right thing but I do it. We?ve already seen some result rewritten when races have been archived and that hurts.?

?After the stage to Alpe di Siusi, my chances in the Giro have been compromised but I?ve got to come up with something. I?m going to try.?


Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports
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 five photo gallery
Stage four photo gallery
Stage three photo gallery
Stage two photo gallery
Stage one photo gallery
Desktop wallpaper photos

News
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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