Giro Stage 20: Astana dominates with Savoldelli win, Simoni loses podium

It was a great stage for Astana today. Paolo Savoldelli took the victory while teammate Eddy Mazzoleni took second and moved onto the overall podium. Savoldelli had to give up his overall hopes fairly early in this Giro but quickly transitioned into helping Mazzoleni slowly climb up the standings. Today was the culmination of those efforts as Astana will be on the podium in Milan.

Simoni was unable to defend his spot but Di Luca had no problem holding off Schleck. Schleck put in an excellent sixth-place finish, but not even Savoldelli's finishing time would have been enough to bump Di Luca. Di Luca was able to give a celebratory arm pump on the finishing straight, knowing that all the critics who said he would fade in the second half were dead wrong.

David Zabriskie put in a solid third place effort on the day, unable to best Astana's effort. Zabriskie was hampered by rainy conditions on the latter half of his run, but Savoldelli bested all of his intermediate times from start to finish.

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