Giro Stage 10: Starting to shake up, Liquigas vs. Saunier Duval slugfest

Saunier Duval and Liquigas ruled today's stage. SD's Piepoli was able to hold off a charging Di Luca, but Liquigas' Andrea Noe (oldest rider) took the maglia rosa. Each team ended up taking three of the top ten spots on today's stage, leaving enough room for Savoldelli, Cunego, Andy Schleck, and Popovych to squeeze in. Di Luca's second-place finish today is really starting to skyrocket his odds in my book. The former Giro winners (Cunego, Simoni, Savoldelli) aren't looking nearly as fierce so far, though the hardest stages are yet to come.

Hincapie made a move to capitalize on his Stage 8 break by going for the maglia rosa today. A fierce chase and an untimely flat nullified that bid and lost him eight minutes in the overall. All is well for Discovery, though, as Popovych finished less than a minute back and CheChu Rubiera continues to occupy the top ten at 3:22 back.

Zabriskie was perhaps cursed by a VeloNews article touting his GC chances. Z-man plummeted from 10th to 44th after finishing 8.28 down, but his teammate Andy Schleck continues to shine in the mountains and is holding at 12th place.

There were plenty of abandons today, especially among the spritners. Haedo gave up his quest for a sprint victory in the Giro, as did T-Mobile's Greg Henderson. Petacchi lost a part of his train as Ongarato and Ghisalberti abandoned. Lampre's Napolitano barely squeezed in last place at 34:57 back.

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