By Graham Jones
and Barry Boyce

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CyclingRevealed's Giro '08 Perspective

Tappa 10, May 20th, Pesaro to Urbino, 39.4 km Individual Time Trial

The Cream Will Rise to the Top

Today's challenging 39.4 km individual time trial offered the first real chance for the overall contenders to establish their position in the General Classification. Riders will start in reverse order with the highest placed off last.

For the top contenders their overall race plan will start to play out today. Will Andreas Kloden's mello first week pay dividends today?

The Top 10 contenders and where they stand before the ITT:

Place

Contender

Time

4th

Danilo Di Luca

42h21'43

6th

Riccardo Ricco

+6

8th

Alberto Contador

+29

9th

Franco Pellizotti

+44

10th

Vincenzo Nibali

+48

12th

Paolo Savoldelli

+1'03

15th

Andreas Kloden

+1'12

21st

Gilberto Simoni

+1'46

22nd

Levi Leipheimer

+1'47

23rd

Denis Menchov

+1'49

The Top 10 contenders and their ITT Time:

Contender

ITT Time

Stg 10
Alberto Contador
+56'49

Andreas Kloden

+57'01

+12"

Paolo Savoldelli

+57'25

+36"

Denis Menchov

+57'27

+38"

Vincenzo Nibali

+57'35

+46"
Levi Leipheimer
+57'42
+53"

Gilberto Simoni

+57'43

+54"

Riccardo Ricco

+58'45

+1'56"

Franco Pellizotti

+58'50

+2'01"

Danilo Di Luca

58'52

+2'03"

The Top 10 contenders and where they stand after the ITT:

GC Place Before

GC Place Before

Contender

Time

8th

4th

Alberto Contador

43h19'01

15th

6th

Andreas Kloden

+55

10th

7th

Vincenzo Nibali

+1'05

12th

8th

Paolo Savoldelli

+1'10

6th

9th

Riccardo Ricco

+1'33

4th

10th

Danilo Di Luca

+1'34

12th

12th

Denis Menchov

+1'58

13th

13th

Gilberto Simoni

+2'11

14th

14th

Levi Leipheimer

+2'11

9th

15th

Franco Pellizotti

+2'16

Former Italian time trial champion Marzio Bruseghin blitzed the course in 56'41" to win the stage and move into 5th place overall. Contender Alberto Contador, riding with a slight fracture of his elbow, finished second in 56'49".


Stage winner Marzio Bruseghin [ Images © La Gazetta ]

The power of the Maglia Rosa carried Giovanni Visconte to a respectable time (57'46") and another day in the coveted jersey.

There is a long, tough road to Milan and the next two weeks will provide great racing drama. Stay tuned!

 

 

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