zaterdag 31 mei 2008
Giro 19 : Velasco 38th
It was the last 'real' stage in the Giro d'Italia edition 2008 and once again we got to see some spectacle. On the highest mountain in this Giro, the Gavia, only three riders from the early break remained. This were Baliani, Colom and Perez Guapio. On the Mortirolo Colom let the two guys from CSF alone but unlike other stages, this time the favourites wanted to win themselves. In the group of favourites it was Sella that attacked for his third victory and once again the others let him go. Simoni and Rodriguez tried to get him back but then finished on more than a minute. In the group of favourites it was Di Luca who couldn't follow and this costed him a lot of time, he fell back to th place in the general rank.
On Euskaltel's side it was quite quiet but Ivan Velasco rode a good 38th place. Tomorrow we get the last race, a time-trial and probably Contador will take the Maglia Rosa home to Spain.
1 Emanuele Sella (Ita) CSF Group Navigare 6.52.45 (33.725 km/h)
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Giocattoli 1.04
3 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1.22
38. Ivan Velasco +15:17
70. Markel Irizar +35:20
98. Josu Agirre +37:19
100. Alan Perez +37:19