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Along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana, the Giro d'Italia is one of three prestigious "grand tours", annual stage races that cover thousands of miles over three weeks. The 100th anniversary of the Giro provided all the excitement, scenery, and drama that fans hoped for. Team Rabobank's Denis Menchov became the third Russian to win the Giro, beating last year's Italian champion Danilo Di Luca of the LPR team by only 41 seconds total over the course of the three-week race. Menchov survived a fall on rain-slicked cobblestones during the final day time trial, putting his narrow victory margin in peril. But he rose quickly and finished with another bike provided by his alert mechanic at the scene. ( 29 photos total)
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