1 Jun 2009

Centennial Giro won by Russian in Rome

9:48 am on 1 June 2009

The 100th Giro d'Italia was won by Denis Menchov of Russia in Rome on Sunday despite the rider falling from his cycle inside the last mile of the closing time trial.

Menchov was 41 seconds clear of Danilo Di Luca in the overall standings with Franco Pellizotti taking third.

He fell shortly before the finish, but completed the race on a spare bike provided by his team car.

Menchov had a 20 second lead coming into the final day as the Giro celebrated its centenary year with one of the closest finishes in its history.

The race ended in front of the Colosseum, having taken the riders past the Vatican and the Circus Maximus.

Menchov previously won the Tour of Spain in 2007 and 2005.