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Nibali wins uphill time trial to open a four-minute lead

Reuters and AP, POLSA and PONTE DI LEGNO, Italy

“Di Luca is an idiot. I never wanted him,” Scinto said. “Di Luca is sick. He needs to be helped.”

Seemingly headed for retirement just a few months ago, Di Luca signed with Vini Fantini on April 26. Scinto and others were against hiring him, but the sponsors eventually prevailed.

Di Luca was 26th overall, 33:33 behind Nibali.

In 2009, Di Luca was given a two-year ban after testing positive during the Giro for CERA, an advanced form of the blood booster EPO. That ban was subsequently reduced by nine months after he collaborated with Italian anti-doping authorities.

Di Luca was stripped of his second-placed finish and two stage wins in the 2009 Giro.

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