Giro d' Italia win coming into sight for Disco's Savoldelli

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If Paolo Savoldelli can hang on for a few more days, he might have this Giro d' Italia in the bag.

The Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team captain — in the absense of Lance Armstrong — is beginning to consider a win after retaining the overall leader's pink jersey on Wednesday on the 130-mile bicycle race from Lissone to Varazze. The 31-year-old Italian won the Giro in 2002.

Major obstacles that remain:  a time trial, the gut-wrenching climb up the Colle delle Finestre on Saturday's stage to Sestriere, and anything strange that might occur before the race ends Sunday.

Trailing Savoldelli is Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas-Bianchi) by 25 seconds and mountain specialist Gilberto Simoni (Lampre-Caffita) by 1 minute, 48 seconds, according to CyclingNews.

The winner of today's stage was Christophe Le Mevel of Credit Agricole in 4 hours and 50 minutes. He was part of a breakaway at about the 60-mile mark.

See CyclingNews or VeloNews for more information on the Giro d' Italia. The weekday stages are shown by webcast at OLN TV.

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