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Maiden Giro win for German Voigt

Jens Voigt
Voigt celebrates his first stage win in the Giro d'Italia

Germany's Jens Voigt claimed his first stage win in the Giro d'Italia with a breakaway victory in the 18th leg.

The CSC rider went alone with 40km of the 147km race left and finished more than a minute ahead of his rivals.

Italian Giovanni Visconti was second, while compatriots Rinaldo Nocentini and Gabriele Bosisio finished third and fourth respectively.

Astana rider Alberto Contador retained his 41-second overall lead despite finishing nearly eight minutes behind.

Voigt, who won two stages in the Tour de France in 2001 and 2006, believed he was rewarded for his enterprise.

"The rider who seizes the initiative, who attacks the first, is favoured in this situation," he said.

"When I found myself in the breakaway, my team director said to me that it wasn't a particularly good idea to find myself in such a group but once I was with them then it was imperative to get a result."

The Giro continues on Friday with a 228km mountain race from Legnano to Monte Pora and leader Contador predicted it would be a tough stage.

"It will be a difficult day. I am expecting to be attacked but I am confident," said the Spaniard.

Stage 18 results:

1. Jens Voigt (Germany/Team CSC) 3: 22. 46
2. Giovanni Visconti (Italy/Quick-Step) @ 1:07
3. Rinaldo Nocentini (Italy/AG2R)
4. Gabriele Bosisio (Italy/Team LPR)
5. Daniele Bennati (Italy/Liquigas) @ 2:04
6. Paolo Bettini (Italy/Quick-Step)
7. Felix Cardenas (Colombia/Barloworld)
8. Alan Perez (Spain/Euskaltel)
9. Mauricio Ardila (Colombia/Rabobank)
10. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain/Caisse d'Epargne)

Overall standings:

1. Alberto Contador (Spain) 75 hours, 45 minutes, 17 seconds.
2. Riccardo Ricco (Italy) 41 seconds behind.
3. Gilberto Simoni (Italy) 1:21.
4. Marzio Bruseghin (Italy) 2:00.
5. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) 2:05.
6. Danilo Di Luca (Italy) 2:18.
7. Denis Menchov (Russia) 2:47.
8. Emanuele Sella (Italy) 4:25.
9. Jurgen van den Broeck (Belgium) 4:26.
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy) 5:25.

Selected others stage 18 results:

73. Charles Wegelius (Gbr/Liquigas) 3hrs 22mins 46secs.
111. Geraint Thomas (Gbr/Barloworld) @ 10.54.
112. David Millar (Gbr/Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30)
137. Steven Cummings (Gbr/Barloworld)
139. Bradley Wiggins (Gbr/Team High Road)
145. Mark Cavendish (Gbr/Team High Road)

Selected others overall standings:

89. Charles Wegelius (Gbr/Liquigas) 1hr 43mins 37secs.
95. David Millar (Gbr/Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30) @ 1.52.25.
119. Geraint Thomas (Gbr/Barloworld) @ 2.17.17.
126. Steven Cummings (Gbr/Barloworld) @ 2.25.57.
138. Mark Cavendish (Gbr/Team High Road) @ 2.48.05.
139. Bradley Wiggins (Gbr/Team High Road) @ 2.51.57.

see also
Cavendish hands win to team-mate
28 May 08 |  Cycling
Sella claims solo Giro stage win
24 May 08 |  Cycling
On Tour with Thomas
20 May 08 |  Cycling
Bruseghin takes time trial stage
20 May 08 |  Cycling
Bennati secures ninth Giro stage
18 May 08 |  Cycling
Ricco sprints to second Giro win
17 May 08 |  Cycling
Bosisio break yields Giro glory
16 May 08 |  Cycling
Priamo grabs Giro stage victory
15 May 08 |  Cycling
Snapped chain ends Millar hopes
14 May 08 |  Cycling
Cavendish secures Giro stage win
13 May 08 |  Cycling
Bennati wins third Giro stage
12 May 08 |  Cycling
Ricco secures second Giro stage
11 May 08 |  Cycling
Vandevelde wins first Giro stage
10 May 08 |  Cycling

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