Giro mountain time trial underway

By Susan Westemeyer

With exactly 50 riders in, the Giro's mountain time trial is showing exactly how difficult it is. The best of the group so far was Saunier Duval's Raffaele Illiano, with a time of 44'27. Behind him are a variety of sprinters, with times ranging from Diquigiovanni's Danilo Hondo at 47'49, to 48'59 for High Road's Mark Cavendish. Markus Eichler of Milram, who is writing a Giro diary for Cyclingnews, was the last in GC going into the day, making him the first to leave, at 10:00. He won't be the last on this stage, though, with his 49'58.

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