Stage 5 wrap-up

Double hometown success for Di Luca

At the end of the Giro's longest stage, 223 km between Celano and L’Aquila, the treasured maglia rosa changed hands again with Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas-Bianchi) taking it from Paolo Bettini after winning the stage. Di Luca benefited from the excellent work of his green clad teammates, who chased down a dangerous break containing Bettini himself and made sure he was in a good position to contest the tough uphill finish. Fassa Bortolo tried to steal the victory from under Di Luca's nose when Marzio Bruseghin made a very enterprising move at 300m to go, but the "Killer" from Abruzzo hauled him back in and crossed the line with a bike length to spare to celebrate his second win of this year's Giro.

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