Di Luca still hoping to snatch Giro lead from Menchov

Danilo Di Luca Giro 2009 stage 17

The 2009 Giro d'Italia is nearly over. Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) pulled back another eight seconds on Denis Menchov (Rabobank) but he never had the Russian on the ropes on the twisting climb up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius during today's stage 19.

Di Luca finished third and took an eight second time bonus. He is now just a tantalizing 18 seconds behind Menchov but has little chance of gaining time on Saturday’s stage to Anagni or in Sunday’s 14.4km time trial in the centre of Rome.

Swipe to scroll horizontally
Giro d'Italia 2009 links

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.