Scarponi Wins Stage 19 of 2010 Giro d'Italia and Basso Grabs Pink Leader's Jersey
Former Giro winner Ivan Basso took over the leader's pink jersey in the 2010 Giro d'Italia after Michele Scarponi won an epic 19th stage of the Tour of Italy.
strength of their leader. Ivan has been consistent and a little bit better than me in the second half of the Giro. I'm not at the same level as I was at the start. But there's still another day tomorrow so we'll see."
"It was a very difficult stage. It was fast from the start and we spent a lot of energy ahead of tomorrow's stage. I didn't have bad legs, but aches and pains I've had are disappearing, but there are a few riders who are going better than me," Sastre commented after stage 19. "We have to congratulate Liquigas, who did sensational work and who put their two leaders on the podium today."
"Behind, there wasn't the necessary understanding or strength to reduce the differences," Sastre added and concluded "At least we tried to save the day and I am content to be able to arrive with this group behind the three strongest men of the race."
With a mountain stage to come on Saturday and Sunday's short time trial, only a disaster looks capable of denying Basso a second Giro d'Italia crown.
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