Petrov Escapes to Stage 11 Win in 2010 Giro d'Italia as Overall Rankings are Picked and Mixed
Australia's Richie Porte left previous leader Alexandre Vinokourov trailing in his wake as he snatched the lead in the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday after riders were again drenched.
Sastre took back nearly 13 minutes on his main rivals as the huge group of more than 50 riders peeled away early in the cold and hilly stage to L'Aquila.
"I've never seen anything like this stage today. I was the last rider to bridge across to the breakaway and we quickly realized that something special was happening today," a tired but greatly relieved Sastre said after the stage. "I am very happy that the luck is finally with us again after so much bad luck in the first half of this Giro. I came to this Giro hoping to win and after today, with the great work the team did, everything is possible as we go into the second half of the race."
"Today was an historic day for the team," Sastre added and concluded "I've always said that this Giro is very long and very hard. Every day we've seen something crazy happen. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? But now we have the hardest stages ahead of us. We will ride 100 percent to try to win this Giro."
The stage finished in the central Italian city of L'Aquila, devastated by a huge earthquake in April 2009, and passed through several villages which had also been hit.
Many charity events connected to the Giro are taking place to raise money for the area.
Thursday's 12th stage goes from Citta Sant'Angelo to Porto Recanati along Italy's east coast with two tough mountain stages due at the weekend.
The Giro d'Italia, damaged by a succession of doping scandals in recent years, ends in Verona on May 30.
View more photos and full results on our stage 11 results page.
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