More pics on the flip...
Local boy Michele (Miki) Scarponi was the crowd favorite in Castelfidardo.
Even after the finish line, there was a large crowd of spectators.
In Castelfidardo, the race jerseys were presented Italian style, with hot babes and cute bambini.
Eddy Merckx was a guest on Processo alla Tappa.
Gadret and others in the front group just after the finish:
No guts, no glory: Christophe Le Mevel had left everything on the road in his daring breakaway effort.
Gadret is led back to the podium for the ceremony:
Scarponi expression of the day:
Ever fashion conscious, Di Luca accessorized his red, white, and blue kit by riding beside a matching ambulance.
On the podium, Gadret showed off a particularly elaborate knee tape-job.
As would be expected of someone who spends so much time on podiums, Contador is an expert champagne sprayer, even obliging the photographers with a second spraying after the confetti was launched.
Mikael Cherel kindly ducked as he rode past the podium stage in a shower of confetti, so as not to block the photographers' shots.
Contador dutifully appeared at the press conference, and seemed happy to answer questions.
Susie Hartigan for Podium Cafe