Vinokourov leads Tour of Italy
Veteran Alexandre Vinokourov, riding for Astana, took the overall
leader’s pink jersey following Monday’s third stage of the Tour of
Italy, the day’s honours going to Wouter Weylandt of Quick Step.
Vinokourov bagged the pink jersey from Australian Cadel Evans, whose
chain came adrift some ten kilometres out from the line - though the
second Aussie to wear the pink jersey at least twice after Bradley McGee
managed to limit the damage to some 45sec after the 224km ride from
Amsterdam to Middelburg.
Belgian Weylandt came in ahead of another racer from Down Under -
Rabobank’s Graeme Brown - and German Robert Foerster after another
strongly favoured German sprinter, Andre Greipel, slid just out of
contention going into the final bend.
Weylandt clung on in the melee and nudged over the line to win in 5hr
00min 06sec as German Danilo Hondo of Lampre and Briton Adam Blyth of
Omega Pharma Lotto brought up the rear while Saxo Bank’s Australian
Baden Cooke and Briton David Millar of Garmin were also in the mix.
“I’m very satisfied to be in the pink,” said Vinokourov as the race
completed its opening Dutch trio of segments.
“This allows us to go off last in (Wednesday’s) team time-trial.That’s
“The team did excellent work. I saw Greipel was in front of us and I
thought he’d take the jersey if he won. But he didn’t win and now we can
really go for it in the time trial. The team will be more motivated than
ever.” Tuesday is a rest day which sees the peloton transfer to Italy.