Leonardo Piepoli and Ivan Basso were the strongest, moving away from Gutierrez, Pellizotti and Perez Cuapio in the final kilometres, with Basso not contesting the finish against the Saunier Duval rider.
lord have mercy, this boy is gonna be a god in Italy.
Perhaps not as Poulidor-ish as the French, still the Italians respect grand gestures and elegance. Basso is all about the elegence. The way he pedals his bike ... effortless is a word no where near the poetry needed.
he dances ... no, it's a waltz. A long and darkly suited waltz with a bejeweled, bedazzled beauty swung around in his arms.
just don't fail the dope test for a couple more years, Ivan. it's a good ride.