Giro Stage 1: Liquigas dukes it out

After a bit of complaining, the opening TTT of the Giro got underway. Liquigas' Gasparotto drove the team's final efforts and ended up sparking a little bit of team controversy as he took the maglia rosa instead of captain Danilo Di Luca. Di Luca was a little unhappy at the time (photo), but he is now singing the, "it's all for the team" line.

As opening stages go, this one seems to have shaken things up a great deal. Simoni will go into stage 2 already 1:25 down on Di Luca, while Cunego lost 0:42. Savoldelli managed best of the other contenders as Astana finished second at 0:13 back. Popovych took a spill on the technical final km and the team had to sit up. Discovery may have to wonder "what if" as they finished the stage only 42 seconds down.

2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas
8 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana 0.13
18 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre 0.42
27 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Discovery Channel 0.49
29 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 1.02
56 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval 1.25

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