Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 Giro d'Italia, Stage 17 Results

Pejo Terme, 26 May: Damien Monier (Cofidis) won the 17th stage, 173 kilometers from Brunico to Pejo Terme. It was his first stage victory as a professional. The 27 year old French racer was in a breakaway with another 18 men from the 60th kilometer.

There was very good cooperation among the attackers, and with no one in the attack threatening any of the GC leaders, the attackers had a sufficient advantage for one of them to gain a stage victory. At 12 km to go the winning attack was made by Monier, Kruiswijk and Hondo, with Moreno who tried a late and vain attempt to chase. At 3 km to go, in the toughest sector of the final climb, Monier left Hondo and obtained the victory with 36 seconds on Hondo (2nd).

The general classification stays the same, with Arroyo in the pink jersey ahead of Basso and Porte.

Coming up:
Thursday: a stage for sprinters, for those that are still left; 140 km
Friday: Aprica and Mortirolo
Saturday: Gavia and Tonale
Sunday, last stage: TT in Verona

Top 10 GC after stage 17:
1 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 73:11:38
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo -0:02:27
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:44
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:09
5 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:04:41
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:04:53
7 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:05:12
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:05:24
9 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:09:21
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:09:32

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