With 1,711.3 kilometres of the 2008 Giro d’Italia completed, today the riders have a chance to rest their legs a little and sup a cappuccino before racing resumes tomorrow (Tuesday) with a race against the clock from Pesaro to Urbino.

So far it’s been a great edition of the Giro, the mix and order of stages has given fans something different to look forward to without the relentless, flat sprinters’ stages that often hog the first week of grand tours. From the opening parade of the team time trial on Sicily, to the relatively mountainous stage seven, the sprinters, climbers, break specialists and time triallists have already had a chance to have their 15 minutes of fame with only nine days of racing under their belts.

The overall contenders, too, have had to show their hand early, with hilly stages and uphill finishes already giving the potential victors a handful of minutes’ advantage before the mountain stages proper commence on Saturday. We’ve rounded up how the favourites are doing in a separate article.

For British fans, the race could hardly have been better. With six Brits in the Giro, there always seemed to be at least one Brit rider in the heat of the action. Not least, David Millar, who helped his Slipstream team win the opening team time trial, and Mark Cavendish who became the first British rider to win a stage of the Italian race since Robert Millar in 1987.

Here we look back at the first week to give you a one-stop guide to the racing so far? and look ahead to the coming week in Italy.


GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: STAGES SO FAR

Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE ONE TTT
When? Saturday, May 10
Where? Palermo-Palermo, Sicily
Who stood on the podium?
1. Slipstream-Chipotle 23.6km in 26min 32secs
2. CSC at 6secs
3. High Road at 7secs
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Slipstream
Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE TWO
When? Sunday, May 11
Where? Cefalu-Agrigento
Who stood on the podium?
1. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval 207km in 5hours 48min 35secs
2. Danilo Di Luca (Ita) LPR
3. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner at same time
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE THREE
When? Monday, May 12
Where? Catania-Milazzo
Who stood on the podium?
1. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 222km in 5hours 37min 1sec
2. Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram
3. Danilo Hondo (Ger) Serramenti Diquigiovanni at same time
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008 Mark CavendishSTAGE FOUR
When? Tuesday, May 13
Where? Maggio Pizzo Calabro-Catanzaro
Who stood on the podium?
1. Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) High Road 187km in 4hours 49min 9secs
2. Robert Forster (Germany) Gerolsteiner
3. Daniele Bennati (Italy) Liquigas at same time
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE FIVE
When? Wednesday, May 14
Where?Belvedere Marittimo-Contursi Terme
Who stood on the podium?
1. Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff 203km in 5hours 4min 52secs
2. Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner at 4secs
3. Luis Felipe Laverde (Col) CSF Navigare at 10secs
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE SIX
When? Thursday, May 15
Where? Potenza-Peschici
Who stood on the podium?
1. Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Navigare 232km in 5hours 24mins 49secs
2. Alan Perez (Esp) Euskaltel at 8secs
3. Nikolai Trussov (Rus) Tinkoff at 27secs
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step
Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE SEVEN
When? Friday, May 16
Where? Vasto-Pescocostanzo
Who stood on the podium?
1. Gabriele Bosisio (Ita) LPR 176km in 4hours 45min 5secs
2. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Tinkoff at 46secs
3. Emanuele Sella (Ita) Caisse D’Epargne at 1min 2secs
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step
Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE EIGHT
When? Saturday, May 17
Where? Rivisondoli-Tivoli
Who stood on the podium?
1. Riccardo Ricco (Ita) Saunier Duval 209km in 4hours 41min 5secs
2. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
3. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner at same time
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step
Stage report>>


Giro d'Italia 2008STAGE NINE
When? Sunday, May 18
Where?Civitavecchia-San Vincenzo
Who stood on the podium?
1. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 218km in 5hours 30min 6secs
2. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step
3. Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence-Lotto at same time
Who got to wear the pink jersey?
Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step
Stage report>>


THIS WEEK: STAGES

British eyes will be on time trial specialists David Millar and Bradley Wiggins in tomorrow’s (Tuesday) stage 10 time trial from Pesaro to Urbino.

The lumpy 39km course may not suit the pure tester, but Millar has something to prove after his disaster on stage five, when his chain snapped in the final kilometre of the race just as he was making a move for the line. Wiggins has had a quiet race so far, but may have a dig on the stage to test his form for the flatter final stage time trial.

Mark Cavendish will also be out to add to his stage four win, and on paper both stage 12 to Carpi and stage 13 to Citadella look like they’ll suit the stocky Manxman: they are flat and relatively short.

After the flat stages, the riders slam into the mountains with a punishing stage 14 on Saturday complete with uphill finish at Alpe de Pampeago. The following day’s vicious stage 15 takes in the Pordoi, San Pellegrino, Giau and Falzarego passes before finishing atop the Marmolada. After that lot, the cream will rise to the top of the overall classification and we’ll really have more of an idea who will be wearing pink in Milan on Sunday, June 1.

You can read our full Giro d’Italia 2008 preview here>>

Stage Date From To Length
10 Tuesday May 20 Pesaro Urbino ITT 39.4km
11 Wednesday May 21 Urbania Cesena 199 km
12 Thursday May 22 Forli Carpi 172 km
13 Friday May 23 Modena Cittadella 192 km
14 Saturday May 24 Verona Alpe di Pempeago 195 km
15 Sunday May 25 Arabba Passo Fedaia/Marmolada 153 km

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: STAGE REPORTS
Stage nine: Cavendish misses out in sprint
Stage eight: Ricco wins again
Stage seven: Di Luca, Ricco and Contador gain time on rivals
Stage six: Italians clean up
Stage five: Millar denied by snapped chain
Stage four: Cavendish wins
Stage three: Bennati romps home
Stage two: Ricco wins Giro d’Italia second stage
Stage one TTT: Slipstream wins Giro team time trial

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: NEWS
Aggressive Cummings comes away empty handed [stage six]
Millar speaks out after missing out in Giro [stage five]
Reaction to Cavendish’s Giro stage win
Cav hits back at Pozzato’s snipe
Cavendish: This is my biggest win [stage four]
Millar celebrates Slipstream Giro d’Italia success
Bettini looking for final Giro glory
Astana’s troubled build-up to the Giro
Petacchi banned for Salbutamol positive
Yates and Astana make last minute rush to Giro

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: PHOTOS
Giro d’Italia 2008: Photo gallery. New photos added daily

GIRO D’ITALIA 2008: FEATURES
Giro Britannia part two: From rule Britannia to cruel Britannia
Tuesday Comment (May 13): Why Cavendish is a bona fide world-class star
Giro Britannia: how the Brits are doing in Italy
Giro d’Italia 2008 preview
Giro d’Italia 2008: who will win?
Giro d’Italia 2008: The British are coming
Giro d’Italia on Eurosport: TV schedule

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