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Verbrugghe Takes Giro 7th Stage


Belgian cyclist Rik Verbrugghe has won the seventh stage of the Tour of Italy, but Ukraine's Serguei Gonchar has regained the overall lead.

Verbrugghe sprinted away from a pack of riders five kilometers from the finish line and completed the 240-kilometer ride in 6 hours, 42 minutes, 15 seconds.

Two-time Tour of Italy champion Paolo Savoldelli of Italy was second, 0:14 seconds back with Luca Mazzanti of Italy third.

Gonchar finished seventh, and re-took the overall lead from teammate Olaf Pollack. The Ukrainian leads Savoldelli by 0:05 seconds in the overall standings with Ivan Basso of Italy third, :11 seconds off the lead.

Sunday's eighth stage covers 171 kilometers and ends with a ride up the 1,300-meter Maielletta in the Apennines Mountains. The Tour ends in Milan May 28th.

Some information provided by AP.

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