SAN MARTINO DI CASTROZZA, Italy (AP) — Italy’s Danilo Di Luca has won the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia in an uphill finish, with Lance Armstrong 15 seconds behind.
Sweden’s Thomas Lovkvist took the overall leader’s pink jersey from Alessandro Petacchi of Italy on Tuesday.
Di Luca of the LPR Brakes team covered the 101 miles from Padua to San Martino di Castrozza in the Dolomite range in an unofficial time of 4 hours, 15 minutes, 3 seconds.
Stage 4 Results
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes – Farnese Vini – 4.15.04
2 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe Mokambo
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
4 Mauricio Soler (Col) Barloworld
5 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
7 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia – Highroad
8 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas
9 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
10 David Arroyo (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
General Classification After Stage 4
1 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia – Highroad – 13.05.28
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes – Farnese Vini – 0.02
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia – Highroad – 0.06
4 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana – 0.26
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
6 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana – 0.28
7 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas – 0.32
8 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre – N.G.C. – 0.42
9 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre – N.G.C.
10 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team – 0.49
– Thomas Lövkvist
– Alessandro Petacchi
– Danilo Di Luca
– Thomas Lövkvist
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“Di Luca claims emotional Giro stage win
Former winner Danilo Di Luca claimed an emotional home success in the Giro d’Italia fourth stage on Tuesday when the race headed into the mountains during a 165-kilometer stretch from Padova to San Martino di Castrozza.
Sweden’s Thomas Lovkvist of Team Columbia inherited the race leader’s pink jersey after his seventh place finish with Di Luca second overall and Lovkvist’s team-mate Michael Rogers in third.
Di Luca, who was born in the province of Pescara, dedicated his seventh event stage success to the victims of the Abruzzo earthquake.
“Today I wanted to win for my land, the Abruzzo. I’m delighted to have acheived that,” he said.” Read more from CNN International here…
“Di Luca takes Giro fourth stage
Italy’s Danilo di Luca edged out compatriots Stefano Garzelli and Franco Pellizotti in an uphill finish to win the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia.
The LPR rider and 2007 winner covered the 162km stage in a time of four hours 15 minutes and three seconds.
Lance Armstrong was 15 seconds behind, leaving the Astana star 28 seconds off the pace in the overall standings.” Read more from BBC Sport…
“Armstrong loses 15 seconds in mountains
By ANDREW DAMPF
Lance Armstrong looked weary, his face was drawn, and he was sweating profusely after losing 15 seconds in the first mountainous stage of the Giro d’Italia.
Yet the seven-time Tour de France champion was not upset. At 37, Armstrong is still regaining his form after 3 1/2 years of retirement and a broken collarbone in March.
“I’m happy with my performance today. This was my first big climb since retiring,” he said. “I had a good feeling and no collarbone pain at all.”
Italy’s Danilo Di Luca won the fourth stage in an uphill sprint Tuesday and Sweden’s Thomas Lovkvist of Team Columbia-High Road took the overall leader’s pink jersey from Alessandro Petacchi.” Read more from the AP here…
“Di Luca still the cold-blooded killer
Cool Swede Lövkvist in pink – but for how long?
By Anthony Tan in San Martino di Castrozza, Italy
This could be the Giro where the previously suspended fight back in a big way.
The last two stages witnessed a rejuvenated Alessandro Petacchi, comfortably outsprinting a man thought to be unbeatable, then repeating the feat one day later.
Tuesday in San Martino di Castrozza, his LPR Brakes-Farnese Vini teammate Danilo Di Luca chose to launch his own ballistic missiles and outclass his nearest rival, Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo), by five bike lengths. A favourite for the stage, Liquigas’ Franco Pellizzotti, completed an all-Italian podium.” Read more from Cyclingnews.com…