Category: Giro d'Italia 2006
German cyclist Jan Ullrich used the Giro d'Italia on Thursday to tell us he's ready for the Tour de France.
Ullrich won the 31-mile individual time trial from Pontedera to Pisa and back again, beating the closest finisher, current Giro leader Ivan Basso, by 28 seconds, and everyone else by more than a minute. …
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It doesn't seem to happen often, but sometimes the cyclists in a breakaway beat the peloton. It helps if the lead group contains about 20 bike riders, as it did Tuesday in Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia bike race.
After sitting in the breakaway all day, Franco Pellizotti of the Liquigas team attacked on the uphill finish in Peschici and sprinted over the finish. Although he moved up from 32nd place, displacing 4th place Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery), Team CSC's Ivan Basso still holds the overall lead. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/16/sometimes-the-breakaway-wins-at-giro-ditalia-bike-race/
Make a note, Paolo Bettini: Don't raise your arms to celebrate a win unless you come in first.
QuickStep's sprinter struck the celebratory pose crossing the finish line for Stage 8 at the Giro d'Italia bike race, but it was Tomas Vaitkus of AG2R who won the stage. Giro favorite Ivan Basso keeps the leader's pink jersey, with little change in the overall classification. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/15/bettinis-premature-pose-at-giro-ditalia-bike-race/
They way that Ivan Basso scampered up the final climb in Stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia leaves little doubt why he's favored to win the bike race this year.
Basso — what's he called, the Smiling Assassin — is a strong climber and has adopted the high revolution spinning style of Lance Armstrong. Also, Basso rides for an excellent team — Team CSC — with one of the best managers, former Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/14/this-is-why-ivan-basso-is-favorite-in-giro-ditalia-bike-race/
The leading contenders in this year's Giro d'Italia bike race climbed the overall standings in the longest stage on Saturday, and the first in the mountains.
Serguei Honchar took the overall leader's pink jersey back from T-Mobile teammate Olaf Pollack as last year's winner Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery) and favorite Ivan Basso (Team CSC) climbed into second and third place overall. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/13/t-mobile-keeps-leaders-jersey-in-giro-ditalia-bike-race/
Australian sprint specialist Robbie McEwen won his third stage of the Giro d'Italia bike race Friday, the 11th of his career.
The Davitamon-Lotto cyclist sat on Tomas Vaitkus's wheel as the peloton raced to the finish in Forli, then drove past him in the last 100 yards to take the win. Olaf Pollack (T-Mobile) finished second, and took the overall lead from teammate Serguei Honchar. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/12/robbie-mcewen-pulls-hat-trick-at-giro-ditalia-bike-race/
The top 10 racers in the Giro d'Italia bike race are mostly cyclists from Team CSC, T-Mobile, and Discovery after those three teams finished 1, 2, 3 in Thursday's team time trial.
The biggest benefactor of Team CSC's 1-second win over T-Mobile and 39-second margin over Discovery was Ivan Basso, who moved up to fifth place, 11 seconds behind current race leader Serguei Gonchar of T-Mobile. Gerolsteiner's Stefan Schumacher, bike race leader for the past two days, dropped to 8th place, 31 seconds back. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/11/team-time-trial-shakes-up-giro-ditalia-bike-race-standings/
Sprint specialist Alessandro Petacchi, who leads active cyclists for stage wins at the Giro d'Italia bike race, is sitting out the rest of the three-week tour of Italy with a broken kneecap.
The “Ale-Jet's” departure left the field open to Davitamon-Lotto's Robbie McEwen, who won his second stage Tuesday, the fourth and final stage of the race in Belgium. German rider Stefan Schumacher retained his 13 second lead over Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel) for the overall lead. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/09/petacchi-out-of-giro-ditalia-mcewen-sprints-to-second-win/
Rainy weather and slick pavement created some costly accidents in Monday's stage of the Giro d'Italia bike race, but it all worked out for German cyclist Stefan Schumacher.
The cyclist for Gerolsteiner won Stage 3 in the Belgian city of Namur after taking the lead in the final half-mile. His win gave him a 13-second lead over Paolo Savoldelli, the Discovery rider who had to give up the leader's pink jersey. …
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Last year the sprinters let super-sprinter Alessandro Petacchi's Fasso Bortolo team lead them to sprint finishes at the Giro d'Italia bike race; now it's “Ale-Jet's” new Team Milram leading the charge.
And like last year, the sprinters in Sunday's Stage 2 used their own tactics and speed to beat Petacchi to the finish. …
Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/05/08/savoldelli-still-leads-giro-ditalia-bike-race-mcewen-wins-stage-2-sprint/