Di Luca and Liquigas storm to victory
Danilo Di Luca proved that the early-season form that carried him to victory at Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallonne has not deserted him when he won the third stage of the Giro d'Italia in Giffoni Valle Piana yesterday. Di Luca's team spearheaded a 50-strong lead group that left behind the maglia rosa of Robbie McEwen, and as Liquigas delivered Di Luca to the win, the leader jesey once again changed shulders, returning to the back of Paolo Bettini.
"I have to thank the whole team and especially Brontolo," said an esctatic Di Luca, the nickname of 'Brontolo' in reference to his team-mate Andrea Noé. "I completed an extraordinary team effort that was all Celeste-green the last 15 kilometres of the race. Now I would like to win again, maybe near my home, in L'Aquila, and also aim at taking the maglia rosa."