McEwen at his best

There was only a tyre width in it, but Robbie McEwen's extremely well-timed jump to get around Alessandro Petacchi to win stage 10 was one of his best victories. Petacchi got an almost perfect lead out in the last four kilometres of the twisty finishing circuit in Rossano Veneto, but when he came off Marco Velo's wheel with 250m to go, he wasn't fast enough to hold off McEwen who had glued himself to the super sprinter's wheel. Third place went to Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis), continuing the Aussie vs. Italian battle in this year's Giro. Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas) enjoyed a quiet day in the maglia rosa, and will start in it in tomorrow's testing Dolomite stage to Zoldo Alto.

"I'm really happy", explained McEwen after his win. "It was a big win for us today, not just for me but for the whole team. Guys like Gates, Vogels, Vierhouten and Brandt, who were right at the front on the finishing circuit, which was a little dangerous."

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