Giro Stage 7: Petacchi x 2, Giro Stage 6: A break succeeds

Apologies with the late Giro coverage -- too busy with Maker Faire and work deadlines

Stages 6 and 7 of the Giro brought a little more of the same and a little bit of something new to the mix. Alessandro Petacchi got his second stage win on stage 7 as his Milram train worked solidly. They pulled back both a Salvatore Commesso (Tinkoff) breakaway (i.e. yet another Tinkoff breakaway) and an ultimo chilometro breakaway by Fabian Cancellara on the racetrack finish. Petacchi showed his power yet again as he went first at 200m and held everyone off.

Stage 6 was the stage that mixed things up, though a bit by design. After working so hard to get the maglia rosa, Danilo Di Luca willed the jersey to a long breakaway. The sprint teams weren't big fans of the stage either, perhaps because of the narrow and twisty final kilometer, including a 90 degree bend with 300m to go. Laverde (Panaria) and Pinotti (T-Mobile) were the riders that took advantage of the strategic situation and each finished the stage happy: Laverde took the stage win in a 'sprint' that Pinotti conceded, happy to be moving into the maglia rosa overall.

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