Thursday, May 21, 2009

Menchov time trials into the maglia rosa

Denis Menchov (Rabobank) won the pivotal Cinque Terre time trial on Thursday, covering the 60.6-kilometre race of truth in 1:34:29. Levi Leipheimer (Astana) stopped the clock in 1:34:49 to finish second on the stage while Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo), the day's early leader, rode 1:35:32 to place third.

Denis Menchov's magnificent effort against the clock, his second stage win of this year's Giro d'Italia, erased his overnight general classification deficit of 1:20 to Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes), who finished the stage in 6th place, 1:54 behind Menchov.

The Russian now leads general classification by 34 seconds over Di Luca. Levi Leipheimer moved into third place overall, 40 seconds behind Menchov.

Michael Rogers (Team Columbia-Highroad) started the day in third place on general classification, but dropped to sixth overall due to a sub-par performance in the time trial where he finished 14th, 2:46 behind Menchov.

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