What a Giro this is turning out to be!
Only21 seconds separates the top three riders and it's the likely suspects who are challenging for thepink jersey.
Full credit must go to Danilo Di Luca today - he is a fighter in every sense of the word.
Hisdrive and determination to take time off Alberto Contador and Riccardo Riccowas incredible.
It all paid off as the "Killer" sits on the heels of both rivals with the final mountain stage to come followed by thetime trial in Milan for the finish.
Today we saw the Di Luca of old. It was the first time hedelivered the form for which heis famous.
It wasn't the Di Luca who seeminglybombed outon the mountain time trial on the incredibally steep Plande Corones earlier in the week.
The timehe lost onMonday he more than made up in the Alps today.
But if the Giro is to be decidedin therace-against-the-clock, will the"Killer"be able to challenge Contador and Ricco?
To his credit he's noslouch in the time trial.
Last year Di Luca was seventh behind TT winner PaoloSavoledelli in the equivalent event.
If you want myhonestopinion, I still can't see Contador losing this race despiteits closeness.
For the most part today, the Spaniard had plenty of support from his Astana teammateswho appeared to last the distance longer than Di Luca's lieutenants who dropped off thedecisive climbs much earlier.
Despite trailing behind his challengers, he always looked comfortable and wasn't prepared to take risks in the dodgy conditions.
Above all,I feel Contador will "blowallcomers away" in the the last-dayTT.
Remember the excitingTour de France TT last year whenCadel Evans and Levi Leipheimer made him fight for every second beforehe wenton to win the event?
You probably can tell I have a liking for Contador - always have since he first rose to prominence at theTour Down Under as a member of the Liberty Seguros teama few years back and of course,that famous victory on the Champs Elysees last year.
Twenty-one seconds between three brilliant and powerful riders may not seem much to some, but when Contador has control of procedings (as he does), the four seconds may as well be four minutes - he'll be hard to catch!