Giro Stage 14 & 15: Saunier Duval strong but Di Luca still in charge

TiVo screwed up my planned viewing of the Versus recap, so I'm pretty bummed. I got to catch the early coverage of Stage 14 before I headed off to do a TT -- it was already shaping up to be the most exciting stage of the Giro. I was a bit suprised that a breakaway of that caliber (Bettini, Simoni, Savoldelli, Schleck, Parra, Garzelli, Mayo, Mazzoleni, Rubiera, etc...) could not get even a minute on Di Luca at the finish, but I think it's a sign of how dominant Di Luca has been (with help from Cunego/Lampre). Simoni made the most of the break and gained 0:50 on Di Luca, but he didn't get the stage win as Garzelli caught him on the line... with the help of a TV motorcycle draft.

Saunier Duval tried to continue the attack on Di Luca into Stage 15, but their leader Simoni cracked before Di Luca and Simoni was kind enough to tell his strong teammates to go and take the stage instead of limit Simoni's losses in the overall. A 1-2 finish on the hardest stage of the Giro is a quality achievement for Saunier Duval even if Simoni wiped out his time gains from Stage 14.

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