Danilo Di Luca was forced to publicly apologise for flipping the bird to the tifosi during Sunday?s go slow protest in Milan.

The Giro d?Italia leader (pictured) was caught on television responding to the public with his middle finger after they had booed him when he announced that the riders would not race the stage.

?Did people see it? It was because people insulted us. I?m sorry, it?s because we were all nervous about the stage,? he said.

?Unfortunately the protest became a joke when some of the teams didn?t respect the idea of letting the Rabobank team cross the line first. We went from being right to being wrong.?

Lance Armstrong?s special relationship with Giro d?Italia race director Angelo Zomegnan seems to be on the rocks after the protests in Milan.

Armstrong appeared to be one of the ringleaders, standing on the front line with Danilo Di Luca when the riders stopped mid-way through the stage.

Zomegnan has never been kind with any rider who crosses him and vented his feeling on Italian television.

?This circuit required explosive bursts. It required riders to get their butts up off the seats of their bikes, and some riders who are not so young anymore apparently don?t feel like doing that. Instead, it seems like their legs have become shorter and their tongues longer,? Zomegnan said.

Asked by the Associated Press if he was referring to Armstrong, Zomegnan said: ?I never name people who have disappointed me, just like I don?t name girlfriends that have snubbed me.?

Armstrong was also reportedly livid with the tone of the story in Monday?s Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.

It seems his infamous black list has a few extra names on it after only the first week of the Giro.

Lance Armstrong, Levi Leipheimer and their Astana team mates trained for two hours on the first rest day of the Giro and then checked out the new black and yellow Trek bikes being build ready for Thursday’s key time trial.

Trek have produced a special road bike fitted with aero bar extensions that will give Armstrong and Leipheimer a good compromise between aerodynamics, handling and weight.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport publishes a daily report card on the Giro d?Italia, giving marks out of ten.

Australia?s Allan Davis of the Quick Step team got a five out of ten for taking Petacchi off Mark Cavendish?s wheel in the final kilometre of the sprint in Milan.

Petacchi also got a five for not fighting back and for his lack of sprinting skills when the gloves come off.

52 riders from the Astana, Barloworld, Liquigas, Diquigiovannni and Garmin got an early wake up call from the UCI on Monday.

The riders were all asked to give blood samples for the UCI?s anti-doping biological passport scheme between 8:30 and 9:30am, ruining any chance of them having a lie-in on the first rest day.

Lance Armstrong pointed out on his Twitter feed that the test was his 28th since he announced his come back last summer.

Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Stage reports
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 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

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2009 Giro d’Italia guide and features
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Brits in the Giro 2009
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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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