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Evgeni Petrov powered himself up the steep finish line of stage 11



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Richie Porte finds himself in the maglia rosa

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Vino loses the maglia rosa, after a hugh shakeup of the GC

Stage 11 Results
1 Evgeni Petrov Team Katusha - 6:28:29
2 Dario Cataldo Quick Step - 0:00:05
3 Carlos Sastre Candil Cervelo Test Team
4 Bradley Wiggins Sky Professional Cycling Team - 0:00:07
5 Alexander Efimkin AG2R La Mondiale
6 Linus Gerdemann Team Milram
7 Jerome Pineau Quick Step
8 David Arroyo Duran Caisse d'Epargne
9 Xavier Tondo Volpini Cervelo Test Team
10 Jan Bakelandts Omega Pharma-Lotto

General Classification After Stage 11
1 Richie Porte Team Saxo Bank - 45:30:16
2 David Arroyo Duran Caisse d'Epargne - 0:01:42
3 Robert Kiserlovski Liquigas-Doimo - 0:01:56
4 Xavier Tondo Volpini Cervelo Test Team - 0:03:54
5 Valerio Agnoli Liquigas-Doimo - 0:04:41
6 Alexander Efimkin AG2R La Mondiale - 0:05:16
7 Linus Gerdemann Team Milram - 0:05:34
8 Carlos Sastre Candil Cervelo Test Team - 0:07:09
9 Laurent Didier Team Saxo Bank - 0:07:24
10 Bradley Wiggins Sky Professional Cycling Team - 0:08:14

Full Results

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"Petrov powers to victory in L'Aquila
By: Les Clarke

Porte takes over maglia rosa, favourites concede near 13 minutes

In Italian aquila means eagle and on a day that paid tribute to the Abbruzzese town of L'Aquila, devastated by an earthquake last year, a star-studded break that soared high above the peloton swooped to destroy the status quo of this year's Giro d'Italia with an effort that lasted 242km and netted Katusha's Evgeni Petrov the stage win.

In so doing, Cervélo's Carlos Sastre and Team Sky captain Bradley Wiggins, who were both part of the day's successful break, put themselves back into contention on the general classification. The pair now re-enter the fight for overall honours after a disastrous few days for Sastre and a forgettable week for the Briton.

Sastre began the day 9:59 in arrears of race leader Alexandre Vinokourov, while Wiggins sat 10:54 behind. The Spaniard was one of the big winners and jumped 13 positions by day's end, now sitting in eighth, 7:09 behind new overall leader Richie Porte." Read more from CyclingNews.com...

"Shock and awe at the Giro d'Italia as big break overturns the GC standing
By VeloNews

The 2010 Giro d'Italia took a shocking turn Wednesday on its longest stage when an unprecedented group of 54 riders pulled clear from overall leader Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) and second-placed Cadel Evans (BMC), and turned the Giro upside down.
When the dust cleared - or more accurately, when rain jackets were removed and the cold rain was wiped off race numbers - Richie Porte (Saxo Bank), who started the day sixth, leading the young rider classification and sitting 2:26 behind Vinokourov - took over the maglia rosa.
"I still have no idea what happened … but I'll take it," Porte told reporters. "Anything can happen in this Giro. My team is stronger than people think. I will fight to defend the pink jersey."

The huge group eventually whittled down to 40 riders, but the damage was done."Read more from the VeloNews...

"Petrov rides away on the climb to take Stage 11
By Steve Jones, Special to Universal Sports

Everyone watched the eleventh stage of the Giro d'Italia today in amazement as 56 riders split off of the front of the peloton at kilometer 20 to take a maximum advantage of close to 20 minutes over a group that contained several of the pre-race favorites. Fast-forward 242 rainy kilometers and the front group saw Evgeni Petrov (Katusha) ride away on the climb to the finish to take the stage win, with Carlos Sastre (Cervelo TestTeam) crossing the line seconds later having ridden new life into his bid for the Giro d'Italia crown.

The 26-man group that was left behind contained race leader Alexandre Vinokourov, BMC Racing's Cadel Evans, Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibal from Liquigas-Doimo, Marco Pinotti (Team HTC - Columbia), Vladimir Karpets (Team Katusha), Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) and Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli). They all lost more than 12 minutes by the end of the stage, and now trail Sastre with all but one of the Tour's mountain stages in front of them."Read more from Universal Sports...

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