Menchov wins mountain battle as Di Luca grabs the pink jersey

Denis Menchov Giro d Italia stage 5 2009

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After Tuesday?s soporific stage, the Giro d?Italia came alive with an absorbing ascent of the Alpe di Siusi, won by Russian rider Denis Menchov.

Yesterday?s stage winner Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) couldn?t quite match the Rabobank rider?s jump at the finish but second place was enough to pinch the pink jersey from Thomas Lovkvist, despite the Swede?s spirited defence of his lead. The Columbia-Highroad man had looked for all the world like he was going to get dropped in the closing stages, but he dug deep, clung on and found the strength to get third place over the line.

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