Wednesday, May 18, 2005
AUSSIE ROBBIE McEWEN WINS STAGE 10 BY A NOSE. It could not have been closer, but Australian sprint specialist Robbie McEwen nosed out reigning sprint king and Italian stallion Alessandro Patacchi at the finish line of Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy). It was McEwen's third stage win in the tour. Petacchi dominated the sprints in last year's Giro. The Aussies--McEwen, Baden Cooke, Stuart O'Grady, Henk Vogels, and Matthew White have conspired to challenge Fassa Bortolo's "white train." There are 10 stages (mostly mountains) to go before the big finish in Milano on May 29.