May 16, 2008
Sure did. 11 minutes. The parcours was tough but you’d have to imagine that the GC teams just don’t want to lead right now… and that they figure the final 9 minutes gap can be recovered easily in the tough stages to come. Which looks true enough. It gives Visconti some hope of retaining the pink jersey for a few days. Oh, and Priamo did well to win the stage: Italian national champion Giovanni Visconti (Quick Step) came home 40 seconds behind Priamo but, with the main bunch crossing the line 11 minutes and 34 seconds down, he became the new race leader. The day’s heartbreak went to Gerolsteiner’s Matthias Russ, who spent the better part of the day in the ‘virtual’ magila rosa, but just missed out on taking over the general classification when Visconti put in enough time to sneak into pink in the final 350 metres.
No broken chains reported this time.