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By Stephen Farrand
HOTTON, Belgium, May 9 - Australia's Robbie McEwen
landed his second stage victory of the week in the Giro d'Italia
McEwen took the lead 200 metres from the end of the 193-km
fourth stage and accelerated to the line to edge out Italians
Paolo Bettini and Alberto Loddo who finished second and third.
McEwen captured stage two of the Giro to Charleroi on Sunday
and has now won 10 stages in the last five editions of the Giro.
Germany's Stefan Schumacher came home 16th in the same time
as McEwen on Tuesday to retain the overall race lead 13 seconds
ahead of last year's Giro winner Paolo Savoldelli.
"It was a very tough sprint but I think I won it well," said
McEwen who is 71st overall, 95 seconds down on Schumacher.
"The last five kms were slightly downhill and so all the
overall favourites for the Giro tried to stay out of trouble at
After the four opening stages in Belgium, the Giro transfers
to Italy on Wednesday during the first rest day of the
Thursday's fifth stage is a 38-km team time trial between
Piacenza and Cremona. The Giro ends in Milan on May 28.