Homeboy Danny D flies like an eagle to maglia rosa in l'Aquila

Liquigas too strong for Bettini's long break to work today

Time for a costume change! For the second time in three days, Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas-Bianchi) won a Giro d'Italia stage in his ProTour jersey, but with his 0'20 time bonus won in l'Aquila, the local lad from Spoltore, just 50km away in Abruzzo, took over the maglia rosa and the race lead from Paolo Bettini by just 0'03. Although Di Luca has had a fabulous season so far in 2005 with wins in Tour of the Basque Country, Amstel Gold and Flèche Wallonne, as well as taking the lead in the ProTour, today was the biggest win of his career. A delighted Di Luca told Italian TV, "Today was an even better moment than my Flèche Wallonne win...above all because I took the Maglia (Rosa) and I got it in Abruzzo. I won another stage and I had a great team again. Today, Bettini did a great job, but our team pulled him back. Better than this...my Giro is finished!"

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