Giro Stage 2: Di Luca can start smiling

Robbie McEwen took his 12th Giro di Italia stage victory and Danilo Di Luca was able to use a 12th-place finish to take the maglia rosa leader's jersey from Gasparotto, which should calm things down in the Liquigas team bus. Milram seemed to have things under control for Petacchi but the train ran out of cars on the final stretch. Petacchi launched his sprint too far out and McEwen and Bettini were able to easily come around for first and second. The sprint finish was sparser as a crash with a little over a kilometer to go broke off the back part of the field. QuickStep's Tonti seems the most injured with a broken nose.

Tinkoff's Pavel Brutt was able to claim the first mountain jersey of the Giro as he was clearly the strongest in a long and early breakaway.

Michael Barry fans will be sad that Barry is already out of the race due to illness -- as his pre-Giro diary notes, he wasn't exactly expecting to be riding a Grand Tour when he got the call due to Honchar's 30-day suspension.

FYI: Steephill points over to the RAI streaming video site for live Giro coverage. I haven't gotten it to work for me, yet, but I also haven't tried it live.

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