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Denis Menchov wins Giro d'Italia

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins claimed one of the unluckiest second places of his career at the Giro d'Italia, while Denis Menchov survived a late crash to take the General Classification in a dramatic final day's racing of the centenary tour.

Denis Menchov wins Giro d'Italia
Winner: Denis Menchov survived a fall to win the Giro d'Italia in Rome Photo: REUTERS

Wiggins was the clear favourite on the superfast technical time-trial circuit, but the weather played a huge role, turning from blistering heat and dry conditions for the first half of the field to rainy, treacherous conditions for the latter starters.

Wiggins was comfortably the quickest rider of those affected by the rain but also suffered the frustration, in the closing stages, of being held up by a Bouygues Telecom team car which had stopped to attend to Mattieu Sprick, who had been experiencing difficulities.

Even after that, Great Britain's three time Olympic gold medalist was only one second behind the stage winner, the Lithuanian Ignatas Konovalovas.

The consolation, if there is any, comes in the knowledge that Wiggins will know that he is in the form of his life on the orad and seems certain to challenge for a stage win in the time-trials during the Tour de France this year.

The drama in the GC occurred when Menchov, going like a train in the time trial, crashed about 1km from the finish as he slipped on rain-soaked cobblestones.

After jumping up and receiving a perfect bike change from his mechanic, he recovered his composure, finishing on the day 21 seconds faster than Danilo Di Luca.


1 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team 18.42 (46.203 km/h)
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0.01
3 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.07
4 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 0.11
5 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 0.16
6 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD 0.18
7 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step 0.20
8 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank 0.21
9 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 0.23
10 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0.24

Final General classification:

1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 86.03.11
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini 0.41
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 1.59
4 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 3.46
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 3.59
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 5.28
7 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 8.43
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad 10.01
9 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 11.13
10 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. 11.28




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