Stage 12 Results
1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 1.34.29
2 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 0.20
3 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo - 1.03
4 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana - 1.14
5 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas - 1.27
6 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini - 1.54
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream - 1.59
8 Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini - 2.04
9 Jose Serpa (Col) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli - 2.13
10 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. - 2.17

General Classification After Stage 12
1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 50.27.17
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes - Farnese Vini - 0.34
3 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana - 0.40
4 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas - 2.00
5 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team - 2.52
6 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - Highroad - 2.59
7 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas - 3.00
8 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli - 4.38
9 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - N.G.C. - 5.26
10 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Team Columbia - Highroad - 5.53

Full Results here

Jersey Standings:
- Denis Menchov
- Danilo Di Luca
- Stefano Garzelli
- Thomas Lövkvist

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"Menchov trumps Di Luca in Tour of Italy
RIOMMAGGIORE, Italy (AFP) - Russian Rabobank rider Denis Menchov won the 12th stage of the Tour of Italy here on Thursday, a 60.6km individual time-trial, and took over from Danilo Di Luca as race leader.

Menchov completed the dramatic course overlooking the Ligurian Sea in a time of 1hr 34min 29sec, which was 20 seconds quicker than America's Levi Leipheimer in second.

Italy's Stefano Garzelli set the initial pace, eventually finishing third in 1:35:32, while Leipheimer's Astana team-mate Lance Armstrong took 13th place, 2min 26sec behind Menchov, propelling him to 12th in the overall standings.

Ivan Basso of Italy and Spain's Carlos Sastre, the reigning Tour de France champion, finished more than two minutes behind Menchov in 11th and 12th place respectively, while Basso's Liquigas team-mate and compatriot Franco Pellizotti took fifth place behind Slovenia's Janez Brajkovic of Astana." Read more from the AFP...

"Menchov wins time-trial to take Giro lead

(CNN) -- Two-time Tour of Spain winner Denis Menchov has taken over the race leader's pink jersey in the Giro d'Italia, after winning Thursday's 12th stage, a gruelling 60.6km individual time-trial from Sestri Levante to Riomaggiore.

Russian Menchov completed the course in a time of one hour, 34 minutes and 29 seconds, 20 seconds quicker than American Levi Leipheimer, as Italian Danilo Di Luca finally relinquished the pink jersey he had worn since stage five.

Di Luca finished the stage in sixth position, nearly two minutes down on Menchov, and is now 34 seconds behind the Rabobank rider in the general classification, with Leipheimer a further six seconds back in third position overall." Read more from CNN International...

"Russian juggernaut's pedals pound their way to pink
Menchov heads a heady three
By Anthony Tan in Riomaggiore, Italy

Denis Menchov. So much raw power. And as of Thursday evening in Riomaggiore, the new maglia rosa of the Centenary Giro d'Italia.

The Russian from Rabobank began the day 1:20 behind overnight leader Danilo Di Luca. He expected to go well. Three days prior, he forewarned Cyclingnews, "You have to be in top condition for that one special day, even if it is not really a day for specialists."

At each of the three time checks along this sinuous, undulating, tough-as-nails percorso that measured 60.6 kilometres - the profile of which we've never seen before in modern Giro d'Italia history - the 31-year-old, two-time Vuelta a España champion showed his condition was indeed ottima (the highest); out of 187 riders, the fastest after 18.6, 34.5, 44.5 kilometres, and, of course, by the finish.

To succeed, it required not just superlative form to tackle the climbs of Bracco and Termine, that together amounted to more than 1,100 metres' elevation, but an equal dose of nail-biting descending that would have burned through those rubber brake blocks that differentiate between life and death, finesse as well. " Read more from Cyclingnews.com...

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