91st Giro - Stage 17: High Road!

by Jack  

Team High Road dominated today's mass sprint to take the top 2 spots in the standings. Brit Mark Cavendish, in a very charitable way, gifted the win to his German teammate André Greipel by not overtaking his final lead out man. As a result, both Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) and Erik Zabel (Milram) missed out by following the wheel of the guy that actually slowed down in the last 50 meters. Genius!

It was piano, as they say in Italian, for the GC contenders as they took today off while looking forward to the final push in the Alps starting on Friday. Danilo Di Luca (Team LPR Brakes) did go back to his team car a few times though. Apparently, he wants to spend even more energy before the Alps. He's just too strong! Look for him to slip even further down the standings by Sunday.

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Top 10 Results for Stage 17
1 André Greipel (Ger) Team High Road..................................3.27.05
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram
5 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
6 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Barloworld
8 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
9 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
10 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems

See the complete results here.

Stage 16: Plan de Corones Video

by Jack  

Here's a video of the epic time trial stage. I believe this is in German. Enjoy!

Giro d`Italia 2008 - 16.Etappe Plan de Corones

91st Giro - Stage 16: Pellizotti?

by Jack  

Italian Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) pulled a coup by taking the win on one of the hardest time trials any cyclist will ever face. Pellizotti won by 6 seconds over, who seems to be the Italian hero of this year's Giro, Emanuele Sella (CSF Group Navigare) and moved up to 5th overall. Spanish Tour champ Alberto Contador (Astana) consolidated his lead by finishing a solid 4th, just behind old man Gilberto Simoni (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni).

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91st Giro - Stage 15: Contador!

by Jack  

Alberto Contador (Astana) finally did what most expected of him in this year's Giro. He took over as leader of the race but it wasn't easy and it definitely is not final. Italian Emanuele Sella (CSF Group Navigare) won his second straight stage by going into an early breakaway on what proved to be a tough day for Team Astana.

Yes, it was that hard. Contador will have to work for this win. Credit: AFP

American Levi Leipheimer and German Andreas Klöden were all dropped on the penultimate climb and lost a huge amount of time today. Even Contador got distanced briefly on that same climb but was able to fight back to join the rest of the contenders on the descent just before the final push up to the summit of the Passo Fedaia. Once on that climb, it was mostly tempo until the final 5k when Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval - Scott) jumped clear. Contador and Denis Menchov (Rabobank) took up the chase and for a moment distanced both Danilo Di Luca (Team LPR Brakes) and Gilberto Simoni (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni). In the end, it was a game of yo-yo amongst the GC contenders and Contador proved to not have enough and lost some seconds to the others. We hope that he can gain some ground in tomorrow's uphill time trial to the summit of Plan de Corones. The two remaining time trials mean his rivals would have to put some minutes into him to have a chance, so the pressure is all on them.

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91st Giro - Stage 14: Menchov!

by Jack  

Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank) proved today that he is not just here to train for the Tour de France. First among the big GC favorites to come home, he showed that he has the will and the form to challenge for this year's Giro after a monstrous stage through Italy's Dolomites.

Just before the fireworks began. Credit: AP

Italian Emanuele Sella (CSF Group Navigare) broke free from an earlier breakaway to win this epic stage while the main contenders began what will be a long battle for the maglia rosa. The big loser of the day, unfortunately for me, was Levi Leipheimer (Astana). He was dropped when the fireworks began and conceded 5 or so minutes to the other front runners. Andreas Klöden also lost ground while Alberto Contador gave up a half a minute or so to his rivals. Today clearly didn't turn out the way Astana had planned for but there is hope since both Klöden and Contador should be getting stronger as the Giro goes on.

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91st Giro - Stage 13: Cavendish x2!

by Jack  

Mark Cavendish (High Road) won a relatively uneventful stage 13 in a sprint over yesterday's winner Daniele Bennati (Liquigas).

Two main news points today include Mr. Cocky, Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) attempting a breakaway at km 26. Can we please start the real action? All of this showing off for the camera is annoying. Apparently, Di Luca hasn't learned to conserve energy ahead of this weekend's storm of mountain stages. He may be paying for all of this acting soon.

The second news point is a break in the peloton 5 km from the finish meant contenders Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval - Scott), Levi Leipheimer (Astana) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank) losing a few seconds, peanuts compared to this weekend's possible time gaps. Stay tuned!

Cavendish wins his 2nd. Credit: AP

Top 10 Results for Stage 13
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road..............................4.11.07
2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
3 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram
5 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30
6 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre
7 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
9 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto
10 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank

See the complete results here.

91st Giro - Stage 12: Photo!

by Jack  

Italian Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) won a controversial photo finish over Brit Mark Cavendish (High Road) in today's 12th stage. Race officials awarded the win to Bennati after analyzing the photo. What makes it controversial is that a lot of people believe Cavendish actually pulled ahead at the last millimeter when looking at the footage! Maybe there is a reason why Italians have won the last 11 Giro's. In any case, it was a great sprint by, who are clearly, the two fastest finishers in this year's race.

Tomorrow's stage should be ditto. But then again, it is the Giro. So we will see how it unfolds.

It could not be closer! Credit: AP

Then again, the officials are always right. Credit: AP

Top 10 Results for Stage 12
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas....................................4.05.29
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto
4 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
5 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
6 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
7 Luciano André Pagliarini Mendonca (Bra) Saunier Duval - Scott
8 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
9 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems

See the complete results here.

91st Giro - Stage 11: Etiquette

by Jack  

Today's post will talk about one of the most important cycling traditions still existing in the pro peloton; what should not happen when the leader of the race (or any other potential contender) crashes.

Team LPR Brakes and Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval - Scott) seemed to not understand this. When maglia rosa Giovanni Visconti (Quick Step) went down in a crash that also involved many other riders including Levi Leipheimer (Astana), Riccò, Danilo Di Luca and Paolo Savoldelli decided to attack. Of course, no one knows whether they knew there was a crash or not but the aggression lasted long enough that race radio would have informed them. Another clue would have been the countless other riders screaming at Riccò, Di Luca and Savoldelli to stop. What's wrong with these guys? Is winning their national tour getting to their heads that they don't think rationally?

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91st Giro - Stage 10: Bruseghin!

by Jack  

Italian time trial specialist Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre) was a surprise winner in today's 10th stage. He managed to hold off the Astana strong men by 8 seconds over Spain's Alberto Contador and 20 seconds over German Andreas Klöden. American Levi Leipheimer finished 9th, at 1:01, giving Astana 3 riders in the top 10 today. This is total domination!

Russian Denis Menchov (Rabobank) finally showed his good form today and gave notice that he is in contention as well. All of the pure climbers lost their customary couple of minutes except for Gilberto Simoni (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni). What's up with this guy? Isn't he suppose to be 50? He lost less than a minute to all of the contenders and is poised to shine once again in the high mountains.

As expected, the GC was shaken up today. Thanks to his long breakaway, Italian Giovanni Visconti (Quick Step) kept the pink jersey while Contador and Klöden moved up to 4th and 6th respectively.

If the riders were hoping for a respite tomorrow, they are not going to get one. Stage 11 will be a mountainous stage as it winds through and ends in Marco Pantani's hometown.

Only in Italy. Credit: AP/Alessandro Trovati

Top 10 Results for Stage 10
1 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre..................................56.41
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana.......................0.08
3 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana.....................................0.20
4 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team High Road............................0.36
5 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) LPR Brakes.................................0.44
6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank..................................0.46
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas.....................................0.54
8 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team CSC...........................0.59
9 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana....................................1.01
10 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni......1.02

See the complete results here.

91st Giro: Broken Contador!

by Jack  

We found out today that defending Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Astana) has a slight fracture in his elbow. This diagnosis was made during today's rest day following his crash on Saturday's stage.

Contador promises to continue but admitted that this condition may affect his aerodynamic time trialing position tomorrow. VAI CONTADOR!

Speaking of the time trial stage, Astana's Andreas Klöden will be under more pressure to perform following the announcement of Contador's injury. He has shown he has good form and we hope he'll be able to show his class by outdistancing everyone (except for Levi Leipheimer, of course). Stay tuned...

91st Giro - Stage 9: Benatti x2!

by Jack  

Daniele Bennati (Liquigas) took his second stage of this year's Giro after a closely fought sprint between him and fellow Italian Paolo Bettini (Quick Step). Australian Robbie McEwen (Silence-Lotto) looks to be back in form as he took a well placed 3rd.

It was a relatively uneventful stage except for when Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval - Scott) tried his luck with an attempt at a breakaway with less than 20 km to go. One has to wonder if he will pay for his futile efforts later when the Giro really gets tough. As a fan, it seems that Riccò is getting to be a bit too cocky. This seems to be all too common for these Italian contenders. Di Luca likes to go back and forth between the head of the peloton and his team car to display how strong he is, Gilberto Simoni (Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni) likes to complain that the only reason he is getting beat is because Basso is an alien and Riccò seems to love wasting energy on a stage he should be conserving his energy. Based on his past time trialing, Riccò needs as much energy as he can muster on Tuesday. Most pundits think that he'll lose some significant time to the Astana boys and possibly Di Luca if he can discover his time trial form.

We'll have to wait and see as the Giro takes it's next step. Expect a major shake up on GC after Tuesday's time trial.

Bennati outkicks Bettini to win his 2nd stage.

Top 10 Results for Stage 9
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas......................................5.30.06
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram
5 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
6 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
7 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road
8 Tiziano dall'Antonia (Ita) CSF Group Navigare
9 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30
10 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale

See the complete results here.

Road to Roubaix

by Jack  

Link: http://www.masterlinkfilms.com/

The 8th Annual Bicycle Film Festival is coming to New York City on May 28th. A series of independent films, both long and short, will be screened at the 5 day festival. STL will be there to watch the world premiere of Road to Roubaix on June 1st. Watch the trailer.

Here's a brief description of the film from it's website:

    "Road to Roubaix is a visual narrative of an old-school, bare-knuckle clash of the finest athletes in the world with each other and one of the world’s most unforgiving sporting environments. The filmmakers will tell the story of the riders, the fans, the mechanics, and the unpredictable landscape that is the setting for the Paris-Roubaix."

For those of you interested in viewing this film, The Bicycle Film Festival will hit a few other major cities in the states and the world after New York. Please click here to find out more.

Stay tuned for a report about the film.

91st Giro - Stage 8: Riccò Suavé!

by Jack  

Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval - Scott) showed today that perhaps he is the leading candidate for this year's Giro. He stormed out of the peloton to claim today's 8th Stage, his second this year. He outkicked compatriot Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) and Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) to gain the valuable 20 second time bonus given to the winner of each stage.

While this day ended with another sharp climb, some of the action happened mid-race when Alberto Contador (Astana) went down in a crash that claimed his teammate Steve Morabito. Contador was able to chase back but didn't contest the finish as he was just content on not losing any time. All of the other favorites arrived safely with the same time as Riccò ready for the next big test on Monday.

One has to think whether Riccò will be good enough in the high mountains fully a week from now. If he is this good, will he be able to keep his form? We can assume he will lose valuable minutes to some of the other GC contenders on Astana so his 20 seconds may go a long way.

Tomorrow's stage should be one for the sprinters as everyone would want to save energy for Tuesday's time trial. Monday is a rest day.

Riccò saluting the crowd. Can he keep this up?

Top 10 results for Stage 8
1 Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott.............................4.41.05
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
4 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
5 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) LPR Brakes
6 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes
7 Emanuele Sella (Ita) CSF Group Navigare
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare
9 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) LPR Brakes
10 Félix Rafael Cardenas Ravalo (Col) Barloworld

See the complete results here.

Petacchi Out!!!

by Jack  

Italian Alessandro Petacchi (Team Milram) was fired yesterday by his team after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled against him when he tested positive during last year's Giro for high levels of salbutamol, an asthma medication. Although the court ruled that he may not have knowingly taken the high doses of the medication, he was punished anyways because those levels constituted a performance enhancement. Petacchi's suspension is set to end on August 31st of this year since the ban was retroactive to when he tested positive.

Although sad for Petacchi, STL supports Milram's decision as there should be zero tolerance even if only for a stupid error. Milram's decision is also one of politics. In order to be guaranteed into the sport's top races, it has to show the organizers they are serious about anti-doping. Knowing that Astana was barred from the Tour de France for, what most people think, is one of the strongest anti-doping programs in the sport, no team wants to give ASO any fuel for the fire. STL knows that ASO will jump at any opportunity for excluding a non French team from their races.

See more about the article here.

91st Giro - Stage 7: Di Luca!

by Jack  

It was an exciting day at the Giro for the 7th Stage as Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) was able to put time on most of his rivals while his teammate Gabriele Bosisio won today's mountain top finish.

Riding like an angry man possessed (seriously, what's up with him?), Di Luca and Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval-Scott) managed to put a few seconds on Alberto Contador (Astana) and almost a minute on everyone else. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) brought the main group containing the other GC contenders in at 51 seconds behind the Di Luca duo.


The biggest surprise for me today was Di Luca's strength. Today, he single handedly shouted to the rest of the peloton that he is bent on defending his crown. Personally, I didn't give him much of a chance against this year's field. Boy did he prove me wrong. With about 20 km to go, Di Luca bolted out of the peloton in chase of Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval-Scott) and the only riders who had the ability to respond were Riccardo Riccò, Alberto Contador and Joaquím Rodríguez (Caisse d'Epargne). While Rodriguez eventually faded, Di Luca and Riccò pushed hard to gain as much time on their rivals as possible. It seemed that Di Luca wanted to really make a statement against his rivals today. He definitely had that "killer" look to him.

Meanwhile, Contador did impress me by being able to follow this move just 10 days after he was basking in the sun on a beach somewhere. He did fade in the last kilometer but it proves that Alberto is here to play. It can be assumed that he will get stronger and stronger as the Giro goes on, which does not bode well for his rivals as he is a better time trialist and climber when he's at his best.

On a side note, Levi Leipheimer (Astana) lost 24 seconds yesterday thanks to being caught behind a stalled motorcycle that caused many riders to clip out of their pedals. Several teams protested to the race organizers saying that the "crash" happened within 3 km from the finish so therefore should deserve the same time. Well, the organizers did not agree. What BS! Let's hope Levi will gain all of that back and more on Tuesday's time trial stage.

Can Astana show it's class as the Giro gets tougher?

Top 10 Results for Stage 7
1 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR Brakes - Ballan
2 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff Credit Systems
3 Emanuele Sella (Ita) CSF Group Navigare
4 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Barloworld
5 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes
6 Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott
7 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott
8 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
10 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas

See the complete results here.

Let Levi Ride!

by Jack  

Link: http://www.letleviride.com/

I received this email today from LetLeviRide.com. It reminded me that I had signed a petition to show my support towards letting Levi ride in this year's Tour de France. While it hasn't worked just yet, Astana's inclusion in this year's Giro is a good start. In my opinion, it will be hard for Astana to get entrance to this year's Tour by the simple fact that those cronies at ASO are just so stubborn. They care more about having a Frenchman win the Tour than having a legitimately competitive Tour that includes all of the contenders. I hate to say this, because I like Cadel Evans and Alejandro Valverde and any other contender in this year's Tour, but their win will forever be marked by an asterisk. The fans will never know how they would have fared against an in form Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer or Andreas Klöden.

With that said, I am a cycling fan. I will watch the Tour. There is nothing like it in the world and it is the cyclists that make the race. I will take nothing away from their efforts and hope the best man at the Tour wins cleanly.

91st Giro - Stage 6: Breakaway II!

by Jack  

Another early breakway group made it to the finish. Except this time it gained a massive 11 minute advantage over the (sort of) chasing peloton. Italian Matteo Priamo (CSF Group Navigare) won today's stage and fellow breakaway companion Giovanni Visconti (Quick Step) earned the maglia rosa to replace his Italian Champions jersey.


Okay, I have to be honest. I did not catch a lot of the coverage on CyclingTV. I had a hard time connecting this morning and for those of you that are subscribers to CyclingTV, you certainly know what I'm talking about. Image knowing that a crucial section of pavè at Paris-Roubaix has just started but you can't view the coverage that you paid for so all you have is cyclingnews' live coverage. That's what it usually feels like except today wasn't so bad. It wasn't one of the Giro's potentially decisive stages so I was patient.

When I did finally connect, the stage was in the final few kilometers. I did catch big Magnus Backstedt (Slipstream Chipotle) try his hardest to win the stage. But knowing that the end included a sharp climb wasn't exactly the best motivating factor for the biggest guy in the peloton. I found out later that Slipstream Chipotle's back luck continued as Backstedt had to waste mounts of energy after having mechanicals earlier in the stage. Let's hope their luck gets better as tomorrow presents the first big test for all of the GC hopefuls. The stage is highlighted by the first real mountains of this year's Giro. The stage concludes with an uphill finish in Pescocostanzo. Look for the mountain men to come to the fore. STL patiently awaits for tomorrow.

Priamo takes it.

Top 10 Results for Stage 6
1 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare
2 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
3 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
4 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
5 Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
6 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni
7 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre
8 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step
9 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream Chipotle
10 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner

See the complete results here.

91st Giro - Stage 5: Breakaway!

by Jack  

For the first time in this year's Giro, a breakaway went all the way to the finish. A group containing winner Pavel Brutt (Tinkoff), Johannes Fröhlinger (Gerolsteiner), Luis Laverde (CSF Group Navigare), Francisco Perez (Caisse d'Epargne) and David Millar (Slipstream Chipotle) got away after 20 km and held off the entire field. The peloton finally started to chase because Perez was threatening Pellizotti's Pink jersey.

On the final short but steep climb (typical of this year's Giro) up to the finish, Millar looked the strongest of the group and tried to control the situation before Brutt attacked. As Millar tried to jump on his wheel, his chain snapped. This set off an enormous show of strength when Millar proceeded to toss his bike over the guardrail and into the fields some 50 yards away. Remember, these bikes weigh a whopping 15-lbs!!! The next Ironman?

In the chaos surrounding Millar's shot put like toss, Brutt was able to sneak away and hold off his companions by just a few seconds. The peloton rolled through, lead by Bettini, some 31 seconds later. Not much changed in the overall. On to the next stage, the longest of this year and includes another sharp (800m) climb to the finish.

Update on Di Luca's anger: He seemed a bit muted today. Perhaps he's waiting for tomorrow?

Brutt was dead tired at the end. Credit: AFP

Top 10 Results for Stage 5
1 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems..............................5.04.52
2 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner...............................0.04
3 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) CSF Group Navigare............0.10
4 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne....................0.25
5 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step.............................................0.31
7 Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Saunier Duval - Scott
8 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
9 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux
10 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana

119 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle................................0.25

See the complete results here.

Added: STL Links

by Jack  

Link: http://savethelegs.com/index.php/peloton/stl-links

Your guide to the world of cycling on the internet, STL Links, has just been added to the website. You can go here to find your favorite team, race or pro cyclist. You can also find the most comprehensive list of cycling news sites on the web. STL will constantly update these links and make sure they are all valid. If there is something you feel that has been left out, please contact me.

91st Giro - Stage 4: Sprinters!

by Jack  

Ok, so I was wrong. I picked a puncher to win but it turns out the climb at the end was too far from the finish line. The day turned out to be another one for the sprinters.

Marked by a long break away by Rik Verbrugghe (Cofidis) that was reeled in with 25 km to go, British rider Mark Cavendish (Team High Road) won over Robert Förster (Gerolsteiner) and yesterday's winner Bennati (Liquigas). They all benefited from a great lead out train from Zabel's Milram team. Too bad Zabel is just too old.

Not much else to report for this most typical of all stages except for a few more crashes. One at the end took out Nick Nuyens (Cofidis). There were some interesting pictures coming from the live telecast (via cyclingtv) showing Di Luca constantly angry. He was screaming at what seemed like everyone. From his own teammates to the officials, Di Luca just didn't look very comfortable in the peloton. He seemed to love to go back to his team car as well. This is not something you normally see a grand tour contender do. Maybe he's very nervous knowing that he has some serious competition this year. Maybe his form is not what it is compared to last year. STL will keep you informed on how many times Di Luca goes back to his team car and how often he screams.

Top 10 Results for Stage 4:
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road.....................4.49.09
2 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
4 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana
5 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre
6 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram
7 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Team High Road
9 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
10 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi

See the complete results here.

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