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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Mountain King, pretty in pink and what could have been...

Jose Rujano raced a brilliant tactical race to take his first and wildcard Selle Italia's third stage today. He sat in third wheel behind DiLuca and Simoni up the Finestre and on the final climb to Sestrieres just left everyone else standing to win by almost 30 seconds from Simoni. He was certainly the strongest climber today and a worthy winner of the climber's jersey.

Savoldelli lost 1.55 to Rujano, but rode within himself all day to retain the pink jersey by 28 seconds. While he owes a heck of a lot to the Davitamon Lotto pair that drove up the final climb, he rode incredibly well to stay in touch on the Finestre when he was essentially all on his own. His pink is even more incredible when you consider the lack of Discover team support that Savoldelli has had on any of the hilly stages.

Simoni finished a great second. He and DiLuca who finished fourth completely lit up this year's Giro. DiLuca cramped up on the final climb to lose his breakaway companions, but he was incredibly strong at the front for almost the entire Finestre climb. In hindsight, he was towing Rujano to a stage win and almost towed Simoni into first place. An incredible Giro though for the "classics" rider.

I'm stitting on the couch exhausted just from watching today's stage!