Amazing but true, Denis Menchov?s victory at Alpe dui Siusi was the first ever victory for the Rabobank team in the Italian stage race.

The Dutch team has been in cycling since 1984 but often fielded weak team in the Giro and concentrated on the classics and Tour de France.

The stage win also meant Menchov joined the club of riders who have won stages in all three major Tours.

After losing some time in the opening team time trial, when Rabobank was only seventh, Menchov?s stage winner?s time bonus and gap lifted him to fifth overall, 50 seconds behind new pink jersey Danilo Di Luca (LPR).

All the British riders made it Alpe di Siusi but Ian Stannard was the happiest at the finish.

The big ISD rider spent most of Tuesday?s stage in a break but finished safely in the gruppetto at 16-53.

?My legs were sore after yesterday but I made it,? he told Cycling Weekly with a big grin.

?I didn?t know what to expect in the break and so just tried to go with it. It was good to show my face. I got dropped on the climb and was caught by the group but I enjoyed it. The Giro?s been great so far.?

Stannard?s ISD team recently announced that NERI is now officially the team?s second sponsor. NERI produces pickled vegetables. Hopefully Stannard won?t be paid in olives for showing off the new fluorescent team jersey in the break.

The 2009 Giro d?Italia celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year and its birthday is officially today.

Exactly 100 years ago, the first ever Giro started in Milan at 2:53 in the morning. 127 riders roe off into the dark for the first 400km stage to Bologna.

The first Giro was decided on points, with Luigi Ganna, going on to win the first edition that included stages as far south as Naples.

A lot of people are not big fans of Lance Armstrong but nobody can argue about his eclectic taste in music, even if it does show his age.

According to his Twitter feed, he relaxed to Ryan Adams and The Cardinals’ “Stone Roses” (the album is actually called Cold Roses) on his iPod after Wednesday?s stage. In the days before it was Cat Power and Beth Orton.

Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports
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

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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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