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Giro d'Italia; On the scene at Plan de Corones for Stage 16

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 Stefano Garzelli was king at Plan de Corones.

  

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I had planned to watch the Plan de Corones crono somewhere along last kilometer of sterrata, but when I saw how close I was able to get to the finish line, I decided to stay there.  There was a much shorter than usual runout area after the finish, and a smaller than usual group fo photographers, so I was able to snag a great spot for photos.

This shot of Pippo shows some of the beautiful mountains visible from the finish area.

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Giampaolo Caruso was completely spent after finishing, and only the quick reflexes of a Katusha soigneur and a race official prevented him from collapsing onto the ground.

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Stage winner Garzelli came through with his mouth stretched as far open as possible, desperately sucking in air.

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Rigoberto Uran looked fresher than most after turning in the seventh fastest time.

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John Gadret's third-best time, on the other hand, looked like it hurt a lot.

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Marco Pinotti

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Bauke Mollema zipped up his jersey as he crossed the line.

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Damiano Cunego

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Michele Scarponi

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Alexandre Vinokourov

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Cadel Evans

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Carlos Sastre was followed accross the finish line by a motorcycle carrying his friend, Formula One driver Fernando Alonso.

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Ivan Basso

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Richie Porte

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Maglia rosa David Arroyo on his Barbie-licious pink Pinarello.

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Fernando Alonso presented the maglia rosa and trophy to his countryman, David Arroyo.

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Another happy day for Richie Porte, who hung on to both the maglia bianca and his third place on GC.

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Susie Hartigan for Podium Cafe