No changes in top 10 in Giro d'Italia bike race on Sunday

Giro d'Italia bike race leader Ivan Basso finished nearly 8 minutes behind stage winner Luis Laverde on Sunday, but that margin did nothing to threaten his hold on the leader's jersey.

Laverde, a Colombian on the Ceramica Panaria-Navigare team, and Francisco Perez attacked the 11-man breakaway that had an 8-minute gap over the peloton. Laverde timed his sprint to beat Perez at the line, while the rest of the breakaway arrived 7 seconds later.

Basso finished with his Team CSC firmly in control of the peloton. The 138-mile Stage 14 did nothing to threaten Basso's seventh day in the pink jersey. It did, however, offer breakaway rider Sandy Casar to gain the 6th spot in the top 10 overall, with no changes for the rest.

1. Ivan Basso (Team CSC)
2. José E.Gutierrez Cataluna (Phonak), at 3:27 behind
3. Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery), at 5:30
4. Wladimir Belli (Colombia – Selle Italia), at 7:35
5. Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval), at 8:00
6. Sandy Casar (Francaise des Jeux), at 8:01
7. Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas-Bianchi), at 8:14
8. Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel), at 8:35
9. Damiano Cunego (Lampre), at 8:58
10. Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas-Bianchi), at 10:36

More results, photos and Giro d'Italia news is available at CyclingNews and VeloNews. OLN offers live video streaming of the Giro at its website Monday through Saturday. A recap of the week's Giro events will be aired from 5 to 7 p.m. (ET) today on OLN cable.

Look for a quick 118-mile ride on the flats between Mergozza and Brescia on Monday as the Giro enters its final week. The mountains return Tuesday with a 107-mile race between Rovato and a mountain-top finish at Monte Bondone.

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