The performances of DiLuca and Shleck are especially impressive today. DiLuca limits his loses and Schleck moves up a spot on the poduim. Mazzoleni cracks and allows Simoni to jump onto the Poduim. He is the king of Zoncolan, but Piepoli buried himself to get his captain up the slopes. Hats off to Leo! That was some serious work.
The final ITT should still be a critical day as times will be tight amongst the top 5. WIth only 4 seconds between Shcleck and Simoni, he will have to be very attentive the next few days, and you can't count out Mazzoleni if Gibo or Cunego choke during the time trial.
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas 77.35.3
2 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 2.24
3 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir 2.28
4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Fondital 3.29
5 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana 3.46
In other race news the first stage of the Bayern Rundfahrt was wone by André Schulze with O'Grady in second and Zabel in 4th.
Tour of Belgium opening stage went to Wouter Weylandt, but Cofidis yankee Tyler Farrar was in 4th! Nice. Team Slipstream is racing in Belguim as well
Tour wildcards where selected Astana, Barlaworld, and Agributel. No Unibet. Ouch.
This could really be Vino's year.