Giro d'Italia: On the Scene in Castelfidardo for Stage Eleven

   
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It was another day in pink for Alberto Contador in Castelfidardo, despite the valiant effort of Christophe Le Mevel to relieve him of the maglia rosa.

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Local boy Michele (Miki) Scarponi was the crowd favorite in Castelfidardo.

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Even after the finish line, there was a large crowd of spectators.

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In Castelfidardo, the race jerseys were presented Italian style, with hot babes and cute bambini.

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Eddy Merckx was a guest on Processo alla Tappa.

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Gadret and others in the front group just after the finish:

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No guts, no glory: Christophe Le Mevel had left everything on the road in his daring breakaway effort.

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Gadret is led back to the podium for the ceremony:

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Scarponi expression of the day:

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Michael Barry:

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Ever fashion conscious, Di Luca accessorized his red, white, and blue kit by riding beside a matching ambulance.

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On the podium, Gadret showed off a particularly elaborate knee tape-job.

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As would be expected of someone who spends so much time on podiums, Contador is an expert champagne sprayer, even obliging the photographers with a second spraying after the confetti was launched.

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Mikael Cherel kindly ducked as he rode past the podium stage in a shower of confetti, so as not to block the photographers' shots.

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Contador dutifully appeared at the press conference, and seemed happy to answer questions.

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Susie Hartigan for Podium Cafe

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