First of all I wanted to wish Josu Agirre a happy birthday, or zorionak zuri as they say in Basque. Josu definitely was in the mood for something and got in the break of the day together with Mickael Buffaz from Cofidis. At kilometre 110 they had their biggest advantage of 8 minutes and 30 seconds but then it went downhill. This stage was one of the last chances for the sprinters so the sprinter teams made the pace in the peloton. With a bit more than 10 kilometres to go the two got reeled back in and it became a sprint. In the sprint Koldo was placed good but in full sprint he got a little touch from another rider and had to use his brakes for a second. This caused that he lost speed and couldn't compete for the victory anymore. But Koldo still did great and improved his 4th place of yesterday with a great 3rd place. First was Cavendish in front of Bennati. Euskaltel won for the first time this Giro the price of the fastest team.
This was probably the last chance for the sprinters for some time. Tomorrow the big guns and climbers can try their luck.
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team High Road 4.11.07 (42.291 km/h)
2 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
3 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
22. Alan Perez ST
26. Markel Irizar ST
74. Lander Aperribay +0:13
79. Dionisio Galparsoro +0:13
100. Ivan Velasco +0:13
122. Iñigo Landaluze +0:13
165. Josu Agirre +1:00