Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 11 July 2014

Read more

REPORTERS

Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

Read more

#THE 51%

Sweden: A Feminist's Paradise?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

ENCORE!

Haute Couture: the hand-stitched clothing made in Paris that sells for the price of small yachts

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Caution, another Cast Lead lies ahead'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Rising into the ranks of Haute Couture

Read more

  • Exclusive: an unlikely victim of the 'War on Terror'

    Read more

  • Netanyahu resists international pressure to stop air strikes on Gaza

    Read more

  • The third-place playoff: the World Cup game no one wants to play

    Read more

  • Suspect in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting drops extradition appeal

    Read more

  • Kurdish forces take over two oilfields in northern Iraq

    Read more

  • Are French high school students getting smarter?

    Read more

  • Italy’s Trentin wins seventh stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Disgraced Suarez leaves Liverpool for Barcelona

    Read more

  • In pictures: Chanel, Dior and so much more at the Paris couture shows

    Read more

  • French ‘Civic Service’ eyes massive expansion amid huge demand

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • In Pictures: Petrol station hit by Hamas rockets

    Read more

  • Manhunt as FIFA partner flees Rio hotel to avoid arrest

    Read more

  • Video: Palestinians fear full Israeli military offensive in Gaza

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces close in on Donetsk

    Read more

Bertagnolli wins Giro's 15th stage, Menchov retains pink jersey

©

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-05-26

Italy's Leonardo Bertagnolli (Team Diquigiovanni) clinched the 15th stage of the Tour of Italy on Sunday in Faenza, his first victory in the Giro. Russia's Denis Menchov held onto the overall leader's pink jersey.

AFP - Italy's Leonardo Bertagnolli of the Diquigiovanni team broke away to win the 15th stage of the Tour of Italy here on Sunday.

Russia's Denis Menchov of Rabobank held onto the leader's pink jersey after a race that took place amid soaring temperatures and featured a spirited attack from Italy's Ivan Basso.

Belgium's Serge Pauwels nosed ahead of a group of pursuers on the line to take second place, less than a minute behind the winner of the 161km course.

Bertagnolli broke clear from Pauwels with 12km to go, the 25-year-old Belgian having been the only rider from the initial breakaway to stick with the Italian during the closing stages of the arduous race.

With 40km to race, Basso launched an attack from the head of the peloton on the slopes of Monte Casale after his team isolated his rivals with a sudden burst of acceleration.

Basso's compatriot Stefano Garzelli was the only man to follow him and the duo quickly closed the gap on a group of 16 riders who had broken away within the first hour of the race.

The gap between Basso and his direct rivals in the general classification peaked at 1min 10sec on the approach to the summit of Monte Trebbio before being whittled away on the road down to the rolling plains of Faenza.

The pair were eventually swallowed back into the main group with 15km remaining.

Menchov found himself marooned without team support in the group chasing Basso, but the Russian managed to keep his main challenger Danilo Di Luca in his sights.

Lance Armstrong lost ground on the last two climbs but limited his loss of time on the favourites to just one minute.

Bertagnolli's victory was the 31-year-old's first in the Giro d'Italia, having been recruited by Diquigiovanni at the beginning of the month in anticipation of the race.

His most notable successes to date include a stage win at the 2005 Tour of Spain and victory in the 2007 San Sebastian classic.

Monday's 16th stage, considered the race's most gruelling, is a mountainous 237km trek through the Apennines between Pergola and Monte Petrano.

Date created : 2009-05-24

Comments

COMMENT(S)