Stage 15 Results
1 Ivan Basso Liquigas-Doimo - 6:21:58
2 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:01:19
3 Michele Scarponi Androni Giocattoli - 0:01:30
4 Damiano Cunego Lampre-Farnese Vini - 0:01:58
5 Alexandre Vinokourov Astana - 0:02:26
6 Carlos Sastre Candil Cervelo Test Team - 0:02:44
7 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas-Doimo - 0:03:07
8 Marco Pinotti Team HTC - Columbia - 0:03:20
9 Daniel Martin Garmin - Transitions - 0:03:31
10 John Gadret AG2R La Mondiale - 0:03:46

General Classification After Stage 15
1 David Arroyo Duran Caisse d'Epargne - 67:48:42
2 Richie Porte Team Saxo Bank - 0:02:35
3 Ivan Basso Liquigas-Doimo - 0:03:33
4 Carlos Sastre Candil Cervelo Test Team - 0:04:21
5 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:04:43
6 Alexandre Vinokourov Astana - 0:05:51
7 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas-Doimo - 0:06:08
8 Michele Scarponi Androni Giocattoli - 0:06:34
9 Linus Gerdemann Team Milram - 0:07:12
10 Robert Kiserlovski Liquigas-Doimo - 0:08:13

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"Gutsy Basso wins on Zoncolan
By Mike Hytner / Eurosport

Ivan Basso of Liquigas took victory on Stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia after a gruelling mountain climb in northern Italy to move to within touching distance of the pink jersey.

The Italian rider showed immense grit on a tortuous climb up the infamous Monte Zoncolan to pull away from Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) at the end of the 218 kilometre stage.

Michele Scarponi (Diquigiovanni-Androni) closed the gap on Evans in the closing stages but had to settle for third while Damiano Cunego (Lampre) came in fourth, 1min 58secs behind Basso.

Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) finished fifth, while Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam) completed an amazing recovery to come from dead last to finish in sixth.

Stage 14 winner Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Marco Pinotti (HTC-Colombia) completed the top eight." Read more from EuroSport...

"Basso conquers punishing Stage 15 climb
By Universal Sports

MONTE ZONCOLAN, Italy (Reuters) -- Italy's Ivan Basso strained every last sinew to win the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday after an epic late battle with world champion Cadel Evans on one of the steepest climbs imaginable.

Spain's David Arroyo retained the race lead ahead of Richie Porte but Basso has shot up to third in the overall standings, just three minutes 33 seconds behind the pink jersey wearer, and now looks like a favorite heading into the final week.

Liquigas rider Basso, the 2006 Giro winner, pulled away with gritted teeth from exhausted Australian Evans with four kilometres to go on the punishing climb up the Monte Zoncolan peak in north eastern Italy.

Hundreds of thousands of fans lined the tight lane up the famous mountain with one spectator unveiling a banner reading "Welcome to the Gates of Hell" as temperatures also soared.

Basso, banned for two years for attempted doping in 2007, was put in a good position by strong work from his Liquigas team as other riders struggled to even turn the pedals given the gradient.

Manuel Belletti, who won the 13th stage, pulled out of the race alongside a number of sprinters with three tough climbs as well as the Zoncolan just proving too much on the 222 km route from near Venice."Read more from Universal Sports...

"Basso prevails on the Zoncolan
By Susan Westemeyer

Arroyo defends pink jersey

The real favourites for overall success at the Giro d'Italia declared their intentions and showed their real form, as the weeklong fight for the pink jersey, that will last all of the final week, began in earnest at the summit of Monte Zoncolan.

The first round went to Ivan Basso of Liquigas-Doimo, who dropped all his rivals on the steep and painful slopes of the Zoncolan. World champion Cadel Evans (BMC) was the last to crack and they finished one-two on the stage after distancing all the other contenders.

Thanks to his huge effort, Basso gained time on everyone and skyrocketed up to third overall. David Arroyo of Caisse d'Epargne fought to hang onto the maglia rosa but Basso now has him in his sights. Arroyo was on his own for much of the final climb, but hung on come in 11th, at 3:50. He kept the pink jersey, even extending his lead over Richie Porte (Saxo Bank) but Basso is now only 3:33 behind the Spaniard."Read more from

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