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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-12

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] The long and winding road of Giro d' Italia
  • [02] Strong explosion at bank

  • [01] The long and winding road of Giro d' Italia

    Italian Alessandro Petacchi celebrates as he crosses the finishing line to win the 198-km-long third stage of the 92nd Giro d'Italia cycling tour of Centennial, from Grado to Valdobbiadene, 11 May 2009. Petacchi took also the pink jersey of the overall leader. The 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia will, no by means, be a simple ride in the park. The 21 stages cover 3,454 kilometres and, following the wishes of director Angelo Zomegnan, will have riders stop at all the sites of the maiden edition in 1909, including difficult stages through the Dolomites and Alps.The Giro d'Italia also simply known as The Giro, is a long distance road bicycle racing for professional cyclists held over three weeks in May/early June in and around Italy. It is one of the three Grand Tours and is part of the UCI World Ranking calendar.

    Caption: Alessandro Petacchi is crossing the finishing line to win the third stage of the 92nd Giro d'Italia cycling tour on Monday 11 May 2009. ANA-MPA/EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

    [02] Strong explosion at bank

    The two-man crew of a police cruiser came face-to-face with at least four armed suspects in the early morning hours Tuesday outside a bank in the southern Athens district of Argyroupolis, a half hour before a powerful explosive device was detonated outside the bank branch.

    According to initial reports, the four suspects, all wearing motorcycle helmets, surprised and threatened the two officers with handguns, later fleeing aboard two motorcycles.

    The incident took place at roughly 3:30 a.m. outside a Eurobank branch on the corner of Vouliagmensi Avenue and Geroulanou street. The blast was recorded at 4:07 a.m. (2.07 GMT).

    Earlier, an unidentified caller contacted an Athens daily newspaper to warn of the bomb blast, the modus operandi of several extreme left-wing and self-styled "anti-state" urban terror gangs that have plagued the greater Athens for the past few years.

    A bomb squad unit was dispatched to the scene along with a crime scene and anti-terrorist unit, while the thoroughfare in front of the back was opened to traffic two hours later.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo


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