It’s a rest day at the Giro, but there is still a lot happening. Lets review the top news before racing kicks off again:
– Columbia Highroad’s Mark Cavendish won a neutralized stage that won’t count against overall standings.
– After two of the ten laps were completed, riders requested to stop the race on time and points would not count for overall classification.
– Controversially Astana manager Johan Bruyneel supported the decision of the riders to protest and hoped that in the future, teams would have a stronger voice with race organizers. Armstrong was the main instigator of the protest and while his relationship with Tour officials, his relationship with the Giro officials is now in turmoil.
– Pedro Horrillo was brought out of an artificially-induced coma on Sunday the day after he sustained serious injuries in a horriffic crash on Saturday.
– Five teams (Caisse d’Epargne, Team Saxo Bank, Fuji Servetto, Team Katusha and LPR Brakes) were visited by doping controllers yesterday morning.
– Levi Leipheimer is just 51 seconds behind Danilo Di Luca. Levi Leipheimer’s chance to win the centennial Giro d’Italia may come down to the "wicked hard – Armstrong" time trail on Thursday.