Intxausti celebrates unexpected first Grand Tour lead in Giro d'Italia

"There have been a lot of battles to get this," Beñat Intxausti (Movistar) said as he sat facing the Giro d'Italia press in his brand new pink leader's jersey after Friday's stage 7, "and it's going to be difficult to keep the jersey with [Bradley] Wiggins (Sky), [Ryder] Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) and [Vincenzo] Nibali (Astana) tomorrow."

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.