Sunday, May 13, 2007
Crash causes Gasparotto to give up lead to Di Luca
BOSA, Sardinia -- Robbie McEwen won the second stage of the
Giro d'Italia in a sprint finish Sunday, and Danilo Di Luca took
the overall lead from teammate Enrico Gasparotto.
McEwen completed the 127-mile leg from Tempio Pausania to Bosa
in 5 hours, 7 minutes, 13 seconds. Olympic and world champion Paolo
Bettini finished second and Alessandro Petacchi was third, each
with the same time as McEwen, an Australian with the
"It was a very nervous stage and also very tough," McEwen
Several riders were involved in a crash just before the final
mile. Gasparotto, who took the lead when his Liquigas squad won the
team trial that opened the race Saturday, was slowed by the crash,
giving up his advantage to Di Luca.
Di Luca is the leader of the Liquigas team and was upset that
Gasparotto didn't slow to let him finish first in the team time
trial. Di Luca and Gasparotto have the same overall time.
"It was an unusual scenario today," Di Luca said. "The fall
affected everything in the final kilometer."
Among those injured in the crash was Quick Step rider Andrea
Tonti, who was brought to the hospital with a broken nose.
Monday's flat third stage of 113 miles goes from Barumini to
Cagliari. Tuesday is a rest day, with the race heading to Salerno
and mainland Italy for the fourth stage Wednesday.