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Giro d'Italia, on the scene in L'Aquila for stage eleven

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It was another epic day for the riders on the rain-drenched stage from Lucera to L'Aquila, but Tasmanian Richie Porte, the new holder of the maglia rosa, felt right at home.  He said at the post-stage press conference that the day's weather had been just like Tasmanian weather.

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 Dan Martin gets directions to the team bus after crossing the finish line alone, a few seconds behind teammate David Millar.

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Chris Sorensen was another solo finisher.

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Morris Possoni.

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Alberto Losado came in just ahead of the maglia rosa group.

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Scarponi and Cunego were near the front of the maglia rosa group.

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Basso and Uran, with Pozzato following.

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Vinokourov in his last moments in the maglia rosa.

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Marco Pinotti.

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Pieter Weening looked pretty ragged.

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Dario Cioni and Vicenzo Nibali.

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Volodymir Gustov finished alone, 34 minutes after the lead group came in.

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Greg Henderson finished wearing what looked like a borrowed rain jacket, then got directions to the team bus after changing jackets.

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Stage winner Evgeni Petrov was given a "Forza L'Aquila" (Strength to L'Aquila) shirt on the podium.

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Richie Porte was joined on the podium by a couple of L'Aquila firefighters.

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Susie Hartigan for Podium Cafe