March 06, 2004
Murcia: Di Luca takes stage, Valverde takes lead
On the climb up the Col Marco Pantani (aka Collado Bermejo) today, race favorite Alejandro Valverde manufactured the deciding break, putting pressure on former race leader José Iván Gutiérrez, who lost 52 seconds on the climb.
At the line, it was Danila Di Luca of the Saeco squad who scored the stage win, ahead of Valverde in 2nd, and Australia's Cadel Evans, riding for T-Mobile in 3rd. Leonardo Piepoli of Saunier Duval also finished in the same time in 4th.
Lance Armstrong, previously in 2nd overall, fell back with a 35th place finish, 6:12 behind Di Luca.
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