Contador Climbs Into Giro Lead After Etna Win

REFUGIO SAPIENZA, Italy, May 15, 2011 - Spain's Alberto Contador swept to the top of the Tour of Italy standings after the Saxo Bank rider won the ninth stage on Mount Etna here on Sunday. The controversial three-time Tour de France winner attacked seven kilometers from the finish to come home clear of Venezuelan climber Jose Rujano at the 1892m summit on the south side of the Sicilian … [Read more...]

Contador Attacks As Gatto Wins Stage

TROPEA, Italy, May 14, 2011 - Oscar Gatto won Saturday's Tour of Italy eighth stage here, the Italian rider beating Spain's controversial three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador. Gatto got first run on his rivals in the final dash for the finish, sprinting clear with less than a mile to go to come in ahead of Contador with a five-second gap back to the peloton led by Italian … [Read more...]

Petacchi Wins Controversial Sprint, But Cavendish In Giro Pink

PARMA, Italy, May 8, 2011 - Italian sprint ace Alessandro Petacchi of the Lampre team won the second stage of the Tour of Italy here on Sunday amid protests from British star Mark Cavendish who took the leader's pink jersey. Petacchi just edged HTC rider Cavendish in a battle for the finish line, in a victory which was only confirmed by the jury after viewing video footage. The … [Read more...]

The Players In The 2011 Giro d’Italia

The board is stacked with 207 rider with their sights set on dominating the 2011 Giro d'Italia. Here is how Bicycle.net see's the players. Favorites For The Pink Jersey: Alberto Contador (ESP / Saxo Bank), Vincenzo Nibali (ITA / Liquigas), Michele Scarponi (ITA / Lampre), Denis Menchov (RUS / Geox) Roman Kreuziger (CZE / Astana), Igor Anton (ESP / Euskaltel), Joaquin Rodriguez … [Read more...]

Contador Goes Into Giro As Favorite To Win

Written by: Barnaby Chesterman ROME, May 6, 2011 - Embattled Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will start as favorite when the 2011 Giro d'Italia begins in Turin on Saturday with a 19.3km team time-trial. Contador won the Giro the only year in which he participated in the race, in 2008, but comes into this three-week epic without the element of surprise and with a … [Read more...]

The 2011 Giro d’Italia Stages

TURIN, Italy, May 6, 2011 - Route for 2011 Tour of Italy which begins in Turin on May 7 and ends in Milan on May 29: May 7: 1st stage, team time-trial Turin 19.3km May 8: 2nd stage, Alba - Parma 244 km May 9: 3rd stage, Reggio-Emilia - Rapallo 173 km May 10: 4th stage, Quarto - Livorno 216 km May 11: 5th stages, Piombino - Orvieto 191 km May 12: 6th stage, Orvieto - Fiuggi 216 km May … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Start List

The 2011 Giro d'Italia team start list includes 207 riders that will be towing the line in Turin: Acqua Sapone §: 1. Garzelli (ITA), 2. Codol (ITA), 3. Corioni (ITA), 4. Betancourt (COL) 5. Marzoli (ITA), 6. MIHOLJEVIC (CRO), 7. Napolitano (ITA), 8. Sarmiento (COL), 9. Taborre (ITA) AG2R La Mondiale: 11. Nocentini (ITA), 12. Berard (FRA), 13. Cherel (FRA), 14. Dessel (FRA) 15. … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Main Climbs

TURIN, Italy, May 7, 2011 - A list of the main mountain stages during the Tour of Italy which begins in Turin on Saturday: Stage 7, May 13 (Maddaloni - Montevergine di Mercogliano): Climb: Montevergine di Mercogliano (1260m high): 17.1km at 5 percent average gradient Stage 9, May 15 (Messina - Etna): Etna, refuge Citelli (1631m): 18km at 6.1 Etna, refuge Sapienza (1892m): … [Read more...]

Movistar Team Embarks On Giro Adventure

Telephone squad depart for Torino on Wednesday with the aim to keep their position as one of the strongest blocks in the 2011 season during the first GT of the calendar Movistar Team have decided the 9-rider squad that will defend their jersey in the 94th edition of the Giro d'Italia, starting in Torino on Saturday 7th. Led by last edition's runner up in the Italian grandtour, the team will … [Read more...]

Team Sky To Go With Lövkvist As Leader At Giro

PARIS, May 3, 2011 - Swede Thomas Lövkvist will be the leader for the Sky team in the Giro (May 7 to 29), it was announced Tuesday. Lövkvist, 27, has already worn the pink jersey of the Tour of Italy in 2009. The Sky team in the Giro: Thomas Lövkvist (SWE), Appollonio Davide (ITA), Michael Barry (CAN), Kjell Carlstrom (FIN), Dario Cioni (ITA), Russell Downing (GBR), Peter … [Read more...]