CSC as strong as ever

Whatever critics have been saying in the past, Bjarne Riis' team CSC continues to perform at its best in this second part of the 2005 road calendar, the Grand Tour season. Two riders of the Danish team placed first and second of today's first time trial of the Giro d'Italia: David Zabriskie and Ivan Basso, who also moved up to second overall. The Italian team leader and GC contender therefore gained valuable time on the other overall favourites, Lampre's Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego. Danilo Di Luca rode well to finish 10th, finishing 1'35 behind the winner Zabriskie, and kept his maglia rosa.

"I'm very happy with my victory," said winner Zabriskie. "I started early, so it was quite nerve wracking to watch the other guys on TV. On the last part of the course we had headwinds, and I knew that would be to my advantage because of my position on the bike. I'm a time trial specialist, and this is definitely a victory I've dreamed about for a long time. I was allowed to take it easy in yesterday's stage, so I was able to aim for something big today."

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