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Giro d'Italia, On the Scene at Stage Three

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The folks in Valdobbiadene really know how to throw a Giro stage.  As we entered the pressroom, we were each handed a gift bag of local products, including two bottles of prosecco.  Then, there was a big spread of delicious food, and more prosecco, at Petacchi's press conference.  Definitely a big improvement over the usual "all the water and Esta The you can drink" refreshment situation.

Alessandro Ballan showed up to see the stage finish.

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Cipo is omnipresent at this Giro.  I've seen him at every stage.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Di Luca stopped for a quick question while riding away from the finish area.

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Michael Rogers spoke with a concerned-looking Erik Zabel and Bob Stapleton after the finish.

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A happy Petachi celebrates his stage win.

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And collects the maglia rosa

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He got the maglia ciclamina, as well.

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Mauro Facci got some birthday kisses, and the maglia verde, on his 27th birthday.

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Tyler Farrar won the maglia bianca.

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Here's a shot from Petacchi's post-stage press conference.

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Our pressroom gift bag included a lovely letter from the president of the local stage committee, in Italian and English.  Here's the English version:

Welcome,

As President of Comitato di Tappa, I would like to take you the greetings of all the Vadobbiadene citizens,

We strongly desired that Giro d'Italia could get throw our beautiful town.

We have been working a long in order to get ready as better as we could.

All this because we wanted to let our hospitality be also gratitude.

From this land I would like you to keep the memories of our wonderful hilled landscapes, and I have also some of our typical local products that distinguish us all over the world.

We hope to see you soon.

 

 

Thank you, Valdobbiadene, for a wonderful afternoon at the Giro.

 

  -- Susie Hartigan for Podium Cafe