Pellizotti wins on Blockhaus, but Menchov remains in pink

Franco Pellizotti Giro 2009 stage 17

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Franco Pellizotti won the iconic stage of this year?s Giro d?Italia at Blockhaus to stake his claim for a place on the podium in Rome on Sunday.

The Liquigas rider climbed up to third overall as Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) failed to match the moves when they happened.

Further down the mountain Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) tried to shrug off the race leader Denis Menchov, but the Russian held firm until the finishing straight. The Rabobank rider just has to negotiate Friday?s stage to Vesuvius and the Giro d?Italia is his.

Di Luca was pipped to second place by Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone), but took third place to get the time bonus, and opened up a little gap over Menchov to cut his overall lead from 39 seconds to 26.

But Di Luca knows he will have to take much more time than that on Friday if he?s to have any chance of winning this Giro because Menchov will be the favourite in the final time trial in Rome.

Sastre and Levi Leipheimer (Astana) all lost time in the short, explosive stage, which was a stark contrast to Monday?s epic, but did more to shake up the overall picture.

The 83-kilometre stage got off to a flying start, with a ten-man move going clear on the flat roads before the climb.

Ruggero Marzoli and Giuseppe Palumbo (Acqua & Sapone), Felix Cardenas (Barloworld), Thomas Voeckler (BBOX Bouygues Telecom), Giovanni Visconti (ISD), Matteo Bono (Lampre), Riccardo Chiarini (LPR Brakes), Mauro Facci (Quick Step), Gonzalo Rabunal and Delio Fernandez (Xacobeo Galicia) got away but as the climb began to bite, they broke up.

The real action was saved for the final third of the climb. Liquigas played their first card when Sylvester Szymd attacked. Shortly afterwards Pellizotti followed and went clear by himself.

Lance Armstrong also attacked, leaving his Astana team-mate Levi Leipheimer to fend for himself. It was the final confirmation that Leipheimer?s podium chances were over.

Pellizotti pressed on and behind him Di Luca attacked, followed by Menchov and Stefano Garzelli.

At the finish Di Luca was denied second place, but the small gap he opened may give him a glimmer of hope that Menchov may crack if placed under enough pressure on Friday.

Ivan Basso climbed up to fourth place as Sastre slipped to fifth. Leipheimer stayed sixth but lost more time.

Stage 17: Chieti ? Blockhaus, 83km
1. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) Liquigas in 2-21-06

2. Stefano Garzelli (Italy) Acqua & Sapone at 42sec

3. Danilo Di Luca (Italy) LPR Brakes at 43sec

4. Denis Menchov (Russia) Rabobank at 48sec

5. Ivan Basso (Italy) Liquigas at 57sec

6. Marzio Bruseghin (Italy) Lampre at 1-54

7. Sylvester Szmyd (Poland) Liquigas at 1-55

8. Michael Rogers (Australia) Columbia-Highroad at 1-59

9. Carlos Sastre (Spain) Cervelo

10. Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana at same time


11. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana at same time

90. Charly Wegelius (GB) Silence-Lotto at 11-53

96. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 11-53

106. Daniel Lloyd (GB) Cervelo at 16-45

135. Ian Stannard (GB) ISD at 16-45

138. Ben Swift (GB) Katusha at 16-45

161. Chris Froome (GB) Barloworld at 16-45

167. Jeremy Hunt (GB) Cervelo at 16-45

Overall classification after stage 17
1. Denis Menchov (Russia) Rabobank in 72-28-24

2. Danilo Di Luca (Italy) LPR Brakes at 26sec

3. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) Liquigas at 2-00

4. Ivan Basso (Italy) Liquigas at 3-28

5. Carlos Sastre (Spain) Cervelo at 3-30

6. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana at 4-32

7. Michael Rogers (Australia) Columbia-Highroad at 7-05

8. Stefano Garzelli (Italy) Acqua & Sapone at 8-03

9. Tadej Valjavec (Slovakia) Ag2r at 9-58

10. Marzio Bruseghin (Italy) Lampre at 10-33


12. Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana at 12-17

33. Chris Froome (GB) Barloworld at 57-28

64. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-55-11

95. Charly Wegelius (GB) Silence-Lotto at 2-36-31

122. Daniel Lloyd (GB) Cervelo at 3-05-16

129. Ben Swift (GB) Katusha at 3-11-28

159. Jeremy Hunt (GB) Cervelo at 3-47-24

161. Ian Stannard (GB) ISD at 3-48-11

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Danilo Di Luca, Denis Menchov, Ivan Basso and Lance Armstrong

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Franco Pellizotti on his way to a solo stage win

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