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Il Giro: Updated Rankings for the Maglia Ciclamena

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The Points Competition is the story this week at the Giro d'Italia, so it's a good time to piggyback on Tifosa's points comp preview from last week and see how the big names stand. Recall, Tifosa's preview skipped over the GC guys and focused on the guys not already celebrated. Scroll down for some of those guys.  Giro_medium

Paolo Bettini 

19 points so far puts him in the thick of the long-haul Ciclamena contenders, but is he really back to form? Mine eyes don't believe it, but I didn't see him lead in the peloton today. Can't write him off yet. 

Daniele Bennati 

In the lead, riding pretty consistently, all systems a go. I wouldn't expect him to keep the ciclamena all the way to Milan, but he's doing his part.

Erik Zabel 

Same ol Zabel... right in it, as always. But if a sprinter type is gonna get it, Zabel has to catch Bennati. Meh...

Maximiliano Richeze 

Oh Richeze... you won't see him no more.

Robbie McEwen 

Hm, wasn't likely to make it over the mountains anyway, and now he's not winning or coming close in the sprints. See you in France.

Mark Cavendish 

Looking mighty fast, at least. Also looks like his next climb could be his last. Eventually, one of them will.

Robert Forster 

Hanging around with the sprinter pack. Not at the head. About as expected.

Mirco Lorenzetto 

Hasn't taken advantage in the early sprints. Makes it hard to expect a big points push.

as for those GC guys:

Franco Pellizotti 

Can't complain about the start he's off to. Of course, part of the calculus in this competition comes down to whether the rider is focused on another competition or not, and of the guys here I'm guessing Pellizotti will direct his energies toward the maglia rosa longer. So he'll probably limit his own chances here.

Danilo DiLuca 

My pick to win the points. He's looking fast and determined... nothing new there. But I think he's got two more things that help him greatly: incentive and consistency. Re: the latter, there aren't many stages off the flats where he can be counted out, and the handful of little uphill finishes are sure to be to his liking. Re: the latter, two of those little uphills are in or near his Abruzzese home; big chances to win. If he gets creamed in the Urbino ITT or the first climb, he could conceivably switch over to focusing on points before some of the others do. Or, I could be wrong and he'll win the Giro.

Davide Rebellin 

Matched DiLuca in Agrigento, the only big stage for the points-hunting semi-climber Classics type. Didn't win though, and he's got a lot more miles in those legs this year than DiLuca... so I don't love his chances to get to Milan or score points in week 3. But so far so good.

Riccardo Riccò 

Mopped the floor with the previous three names in Agrigento, a terrific turn of speed. Then crashed and messed up his wrist, which he claims could be a problem when the hills start. 7th today suggests he could be sandbagging.