What's in a name?

By Les Clarke in Namur

Giro stage 3 winner Stefan Schumacher shares a famous name; at today's post-race press conference journalists more accustomed to discussing the exploits of a Schumi in Ferrari red couldn't focus on the Schumi in Gerolsteiner blue.

After his storming win up the difficult pave pass, Schumacher was asked questions about his car, his drivers' license and whether he'd ever received any speeding tickets, all of which were received and answered with a smile.

Schumacher seemed bemused by all the attention on Herr Michael Schumacher when the former Formula 1 world champion has little to do with cycling besides some pre-season training on a mountain bike, which the Ferrari rider and many of the F1 paddock say they enjoy.

He was also asked about the incident during last year's Rheinland Pfalz stage race that resulted in false accusations of doping when in fact the 24-year-old had used an asthma treatment with elements on the Dutch national anti-doping agency's banned list.

Regardless of the ambiguity surrounding the new maglia rosa's name, Schumacher proved with victory in today's stage that his name may no longer be so confusing in cycling circles in the near future, with the young German displaying a level of professionalism worthy of the maglia rosa.

Asked about how it felt to be wearing the leader's jersey, 'the other Schumacher' replied, "It's crazy - I think I need some time to realise it," and just like a young Michael Schumacher, big success has come in good time for this man from Stuttgart.

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