Denis Menchov Giro 2009 stage 12

Denis Menchov cleaned up in today's Giro d'Italia time trial, taking the stage victory and the maglia rosa. However, for the quiet and laid back Russian, the real hard work begins now, as he tries to defend his lead in the difficult hilly stages in the Apennines.

?Today was one of the most decisive days of this race. It?s an important step in trying to win,? Menchov said after pulling on his first ever maglia rosa.

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