Sastre takes second Giro mountain stage; Menchov safe in pink

Carlos Sastre Giro d'Italia 2009 stage 19

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Carlos Sastre (Cervelo) set the roads of the Giro d'Italia alight, providing an explosive finale to stage 19 up the legendary Vesuvius volcano.

In a virtual carbon copy of stage 16 which he won in similar style on Monte Petrano, Sastre launched a solo attack on the day's big climb, leaving the sparring duo of race leader Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) to indulge in their own scrap behind him.

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