Petacchi Sprints to Victory in Stage 9

The Fassa Bortolo train stayed on the tracks on Monday, and the result was that Alessandro Petacchi sprinted to his first victory of the Giro. Paolo Bettini of Liquigas and Aurelien Clerc of Phonak finished right behind him.

Danilo DiLuca continues in the pink jersey, maintaining his 9-second advantage over Ivan Basso.

Tomorrow is a rest day in the Giro d'Italia. Each of the Grand Tours has two such rest days. Between tomorrow and the second rest day on May 24 there will be two relatively flat stages and four fairly mountainous stages.

This is also a good time to take a break from following the Giro for a little while, because a couple of people have said that Operation Gadget feels like "all cycling all the time" lately. I hear you.