Giro 2: McEwen wins, Di Luca takes over the pink

The sprinter's time has arrived at the Giro, and Predictor-Lotto's Robbie McEwen clocked in ahead of


The sprinter’s time has arrived at the Giro, and Predictor-Lotto’s Robbie McEwen clocked in ahead of

PIC: Danilo Di Luca (courtesy Team Liquigas) Predictor-Lotto’s Australian rocket Robbie McEwen won Stage 2 of the 90th Giro d’Italia, by lassoing Alessandro Petacchi’s wheel just enough to catapult himself to victory. Petacchi’s Milram lead-out wasn’t enough to keep the powerfully pesky McEwen from snatching victory from Quickstep-Innergetic’s world champion Paolo Bettini either. The pink leader’s jersey transferred to Liquigas leader Danilo Di Luca from teammate Enrico Gasparotto due to a crash at 1,300 meters from the finish line. “It was too bad about the crash in the finale but I am happy to have the Maglia Rosa,” said Di Luca after crossing the line. “I never saw the crash because I was up front.” McEwen, a multiple Giro stage winner, remained with Petacchi and his teammate Alberto Ongarato out of the final right-hand turn with 300 meters to go. Once Ongarato pulled off , it was McEwen, not Petacchi, who started moving up with Bettini on his wheel. The Australian was able to hold the Quickstep rider in second while Petacchi was left with third position. “I was pretty far back on the climb, there were maybe another 20 riders behind me going over the top,” McEwen said. “But I was maybe 15, 20 positions behind Petacchi, so for me it was just important to come back to the Milram riders by the bottom of the descent. After that, the tactic was simple – I followed Petacchi and his team. “They did a really good job to pull the sprint,” McEwen added. “Today I was stronger and I managed to pass Alessandro. I knew that Bettini was there on my wheel, looking for an opportunity, but there were no problems making it to the line.” 2007 Giro d’Italia Stage 2: Tempio Pausania – Bosa (205km) Stage 2 results 1 Robbie McEwen (Aus, Predictor – Lotto) 5:07:13 2 Paolo Bettini (Ita, Quickstep – Innergetic) 00:00:00 3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita, Team Milram) 4 Assan Bazayev (Kaz, Astana) 5 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg, Ceramica Panaria – Navigare) 6 Alexandre Usov (Blr, AG2r Prvoyance) 7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne) 8 Stefano Garzelli (Ita, Acqua & Sapone – Caffe Mokambo) 9 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita, T-Mobile Team) 10 George Hincapie (USA, Discovery Channel) General classification after stage 2 1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita, Liquigas) 05:40:51 2 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita, Liquigas) 3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita, Liquigas) 4 Charles Wegelius (GBr, Liquigas) 5 Andrea Noe’ (Ita, Liquigas) 6 Franco Pellizotti (Ita, Liquigas) 7 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita, Astana) 00:00:13 8 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz, Astana) 9 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita, Astana) 10 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz, Astana) 11 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz, Astana) 12 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor, Team CSC) 00:00:30 13 Andy Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 14 Fabian Cancellara (Swi, Team CSC) 15 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 16 David Zabriskie (USA, Team CSC) 17 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre – Fondital) 00:00:42 18 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa, Lampre – Fondital) 19 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita, Lampre – Fondital) 20 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol, Lampre – Fondital) 21 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita, Lampre – Fondital) 22 George Hincapie (USA, Discovery Channel Pro) 00:00:49 23 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr, Discovery Channel Pro) 24 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Channel Pro) 25 Jos Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa, Discovery Channel Pro)