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Sunday, May 13, 2007
Crash causes Gasparotto to give up lead to Di Luca

Associated Press

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 Predictor-Lotto team.

"It was a very nervous stage and also very tough," McEwen said.

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.