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Sastre takes Giro Stage 19, Mt. Vesuvio Win

An exciting uphill finish for Stage 19 of the 2009 Giro d’Italia covering 164 km from Avellino to Vesuvio. Mauro Facci (Quick Step) and Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2R) took an early lead in the stage along the picturesque and curvy coast line and on reaching the base of Mt. Vesuvius were caught. Most of the top riders in the General Classifications were in the lead group in order to protect their lead and take a chance for the win. 

With attacks and counter attacks particulary from Basso, Popovych, Garzelli, Pellizotti and Simoni in the lead group, Carlos Sastre (Cerv?lo TestTeam) took advantage of a lull and was followed by Basso while the rest of the riders stuggled with the incline. Sastre, almost toying with Basso, surged forward to take the last 5 kilometres alone. Behind him, Menchov and Di Luca played cat and mouse, neither willing to give the other the advantage. 

Sastre didn’t fail in the final climb with a convincing win trailed by Pellizotti 21 seconds behind and then Menchov and Di Luca shortly after. No major upsets in the General Classification however the rider times are now a little closer leaving no room for error in the final two stages.

Only two more stages left, before the Time Trial in Rome on Sunday, Saturday delivers a 203 km ride from Napoli to Anagni and as a relatively flat stage is said to favoour the sprinters.

Top Ten Results on Stage 19

1 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 4.33.23 (35.993 km/h)
2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0.21
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes – Farnese Vini 0.30
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 0.35
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 0.53
7 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 1.14
8 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Cervelo Test Team 1.15
9 Jose Serpa (Col) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
10 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe Mokambo

General Classification after Stage 19

1 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 81.13.55
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR Brakes – Farnese Vini 0.18
3 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 1.39
4 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 2.40
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 3.33
6 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 4.55
7 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone – Caffe Mokambo 8.48
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia – Highroad 9.32
9 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 10.42
10 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre – N.G.C. 11.32

Christopher Jones
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Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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