Sastre began the day 9:59 in arrears of race leader Alexandre Vinokourov, while Wiggins sat 10:54 behind. The Spaniard was one of the big winners and jumped 13 positions by day’s end, now sitting in eighth, 7:09 behind new overall leader Richie Porte.
The Australian added the maglia rosa to the bianca variety he had been wearing thus, as one of the peloton’s elder statesman was usurped by a member of the youth brigade.
Porte - a rookie professional, no less - started the day just 2:26 off Vinokourov’s time and in L’Aquila he pulled on his first maglia rosa in his Giro d’Italia debut. Whilst his chances of taking the race lead were slim before last week’s team time trial, today the Tasmanian’s dreams were a reality as he stood on the podium in pink, 10 minutes clear of the Astana captain.