Three Spaniards almost upset the overall GC, but despite a great attack Rebellin holds the overall lead. Leon Sanchez gets the win. Discovery went aggressive sending Leiphemer and Danielson in an early break sensing weakness after Gerolstiener had 2 riders abandon. Overall GC looks like this.
1 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Discovery Channel 0.06
3 Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.16
4 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital
5 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
6 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux
7 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor-Lotto
8 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval-Prodir
9 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
10 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
Looks like my picks will not be very close to the podium.
At Tirreno-Adriatico, Basso abandoned and Bettini crashed AGAIN! Riccardo Ricco gets his second stage when -an auspicious debut for him and Saunier Duval. My picks for this race are fairing better than my picks for Paris Nice. Voigt, Garzelli, and Brajkovic are all in the top ten around 30 seconds back.