Di Luca promises to fight to the end for Giro success

Danilo Di Luca Giro 2009 stage 17

Danilo Di Luca managed to gain 13 seconds on Denis Menchov on the climb of Blockhaus during stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia, and promised he would fight all the way to the final time trial in Rome to try and snatch the maglia rosa from the Russian.

“I tried everything today but I’m happy because Menchov cracked a bit near the end and that makes me hopeful for Vesuvio,” he said after thanking the thousands of local fans who packed the climb with a bow and a wave as he pulled on the ciclamino points jersey.

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