Category Archive: Giro d'Italia 2006

No surprise: Ivan Basso wins Giro d'Italia; Tour de France is next?

Italy's Ivan Basso officially won the Giro d'Italia bike race Sunday, wearing the overall leader's pink jersey for the past 14 days.

This was no squeaker; Basso won by 9-minutes 18-seconds over his closest challenger Jose Gutierrez of Phonak. Gerolsteiner cyclist Robert Forster won the final stage in Milan in a bunch sprint at the finish. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/28/no-surprise-ivan-basso-wins-giro-ditalia-tour-de-france-is-next/

Basso wins another mountain stage at Giro bike race

In case there was any doubt, Italy’s Ivan Basso showed the peloton that he’s in charge of the 2006 Giro d’Italia bike race.

The leader of Team CSC not only won another mountain stage, his third, on Saturday, but added at least a minute to all his challengers. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/27/basso-wins-another-mountain-stage-at-giro-bike-race/

Two head-to-head contests in one stage at Giro d'Italia bike race

Spectators on most difficult uphill finish on the most difficult day of this year's Giro d'Italia bike race witnessed two separate battles on Friday, about a 2 1/2 minutes apart.

Juan Garate (QuickStep) beat breakaway companion Jens Voigt (Team CSC) at the summit of Passo di San Pellegrino after the pair battled back and forth all the way up the mountain. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/26/two-head-to-head-contests-in-one-stage-at-giro-ditalia-bike-race/

Schumacher wins 2nd stage; Basso still boss at Giro d'Italia

A five-man breakaway battled to the finish Thursday as Stefan Schumacher won his second stage in the Giro d'Italia bike race.

Italy's Ivan Basso held onto the overall leader's pink jersey for the 11th day, and edged closer to winning the first half of his Giro – Tour de France double. If he wins both classics, he'd be the first cyclist since fellow countryman Marco Pantani did so in 1998. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/25/schumacher-wins-2nd-stage-basso-still-boss-at-giro-ditalia/

Another mountain finish, another Piepoli win at Giro d'Italia

Overall leader Ivan Basso didn't contest Leonardo Piepoli's final sprint to the finish on a cold and rainy Plan de Corones on Wednesday, as the Italian cyclist for Saunier Duval won his second stage at the Giro d'Italia bike race.

While it was touted as the toughest stage of the 2006 Giro, the teams convinced organizers to go around the snowy Passo delle Erbe before the race started; and snow atop the Plan de Corones prompted a further shortening of the race on that trecherous final climb. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/24/another-mountain-finish-another-piepoli-win-at-giro-ditalia/

More comparisons of Ivan Basso to Lance Armstrong at Giro d'Italia bike race

Ivan Basso's singular winning effort against all challengers on the 10-mile climb to Monte Bondone's Giro d'Italia finish on Tuesday is drawing more comparisons between himself and Lance Armstrong.

Italian TV commentators could only say, “Lui è fuoriclasse, stesso Lance Armstrong” (“He is unequalled, like Lance Armstrong”), according to CyclingNews. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/23/more-comparisons-of-ivan-basso-to-lance-armstrong-at-giro-ditalia-bike-race/

Bettini wins; Basso firmly in overall lead at Giro d'Italia

Paolo Bettini broke his dry spell at the 2006 Giro d'Italia bike race with a sprint win in Brescia.

The QuickStep cyclist's win didn't threaten anyone at the top of the overall classification, as Ivan Basso held onto the leader's pink jersey for the 8th day. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/22/bettini-wins-basso-firmly-in-overall-lead-at-giro-ditalia/

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. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/21/no-changes-in-top-10-in-giro-ditalia-bike-race-on-sunday/

Ivan Basso gains time on challengers in Giro d'Italia bike race

Italian cyclist Ivan Basso put more time on his rivals for the overall lead as the Giro d'Italia entered the first mountain stage of the final week on Saturday.

Leonardo Piepoli of Saunier-Duval crested the towering Colle S. Carlo with Basso, but the Smiling Assassin let Piepoli take all the risks on the descent to win Stage 13 by 44 seconds. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/20/ivan-basso-gains-time-on-challengers-in-giro-ditalia-bike-race/

Spanish rider takes Giro d'Italia bike race stage win

A pair of crashes on steep descents helped decide the finish for a breakaway at the Giro d'Italia bike race.

Spanish cyclist Joan Horrach of Caisse d'Epargne won the 106-mile stage from Livorno to Sestri Levante on Friday as Ivan Basso arrived seven minutes later with his overall lead safely intact. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/19/spanish-rider-takes-giro-ditalia-bike-race-stage-win/

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