Stage winner Nibali on the Throne
Liquigas really nailed this stage today, hammering the pack with Sylvester Szmyd, creating gaps all over Monte Grappa, and putting Vincenzo Nibali -- the Giro's best descender -- on the front at the start of the race's most significant descent, a 25km drop to the line. The question is whether a few minutes will be worth the effort on the day before the Zoncolan, but desperate times call for risky tactics. Ivan Basso was another beneficiary, sitting in the second gruppetto watching two of his main rivals take all the pulls.
- Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas
- Ivan Basso, Liquigas, at 0.23
- Michele Scarponi, Androni, s.t.
- Cadel Evans, BMC, s.t.
- Alexandre Vinokourov, Astana, at 1.34
- Branislau Samoilau, Quick Step, at 2.25
- Bauke Mollema, Rabobank, s.t.
- Damiano Cunego, Lampre, s.t.
- Linus Gerdemann, Milram, s.t.
Huge shakeup on the maglia rosa, as Richie Porte couldn't keep up his terrific riding. David Arroyo came in with the first significant chase group, and got just enough time back on Porte to take the jersey, as Porte came in at 4.47.
- David Arroyo, Caisse d'Epargne
- Richie Porte, Saxo Bank, at 0.39
- Xavier Tondo, Cervelo, at 2.12
- Robert Kiserlovski, Liquigas, at 2.35
- Linus Gerdemann, Milram, at 3.52
- Carlos Sastre, Cervelo, at 5.27
- Brad Wiggins, Sky, at 6.32
- Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas, at 6.51
Screenshot of the day? Easy...
Nibali photo courtesy Matthew Conn. Thanks Matt!