Giro d Italia: Page 219

Giro d’Italia news, results, commentary, and photos from Italy’s grand tour.

Giro d’Italia: Savoldelli takes over as Evans and Frigo fade

Everyone here keeps calling Tyler Hamilton a Xerox copy of Lance Armstrong, but more than anyone else, the CSC-Tiscali team captain seems to have borrowed from the Miguel Indurain school of tactics: stay close in the mountains and then kill ‘em in the time trial. Hamilton stayed close in Thursday’s final big day in the mountains,but maybe not close enough. If he wants to become only the secondAmerican to win the Giro d’Italia, he’s going to have put down a super time trial this coming Saturday. Dario Frigo (Tacconi Sport), the man who began the day in second placein the overall standings,

Another Giro Police raid

Italian police carried out hotel raids in the Dolomite town of Covara Wednesday evening, target four teams competing in the Giro d’Italia. The teams targeted after the finish to the 16th stage were all Italian Panaria, Mercatone Uno, Mapei and SAECO, a police source reported. Each of those teams has had at least one rider already excluded from the race for doping. At the Mapei team hotel police seized the medical files belonging to Stefano Garzelli, the 2000 winner who was thrown out of this year's race after testing positive for a masking agent after the Giro's second stage. SAECO's

Giro gets downright weird: Casagrande sent packing

Just when things seemed to be getting back to normal after the expulsionsof Stefano Garzelli and Gilberto Simoni, Francesco Casagrande pulls a Mike Tyson and gets kicked out of the race. No, he didn’t bite anybody’s ear off, but he’s out of the Giro afterallegedly running Colombian John Freddy Garcia (Colombia-Selle Italia)into the fences and sending him to the hospital with 20 stitches to thechin. Casagrande started the day wearing the green best-climber’s jersey infourth-place at 1:07 back. His “aggressive riding,” as the UCI called it, ended his Giro early. The incident happened early

Garzelli ejected from Giro after B-Sample Positive

Giro d'Italia officials threw former winner Stefano Garzelli out of the race late Tuesday after an earlier positive dope test was confirmed by the analysis of a second sample. The action follows the release of results from a UCI-conducted re-test of urine samples submitted after Garzelli’s victory in stage 2 of the Giro last week. Preliminary tests showed slight traces of the diuretic Probenecid in a test of a sample submitted after the stage win. News of the first result was announced last week, but Garzelli requested that the ‘B-sample’ be tested for corroboration. Late Tuesday evening,

Garzelli tightens grip on Giro

Mapei’s rider Stefano Garzelli strengthened his grip on the overall lead of the Tour of Italy here on Friday when he won the fifth stage of the race as it reached Italy for the first time. Garzelli crossed the line after the ascent of the 14 km final climb, just ahead of Spain's Santiago Perez and now leads Francesco Casagrande (Fassa Bortolo) by 43 seconds in the overall standings. "Garzelli is setting a steady pace. I was going to attack him today but I decided to climb without taking any risks," said Casagrande. "This year I have trained more on my time trial performance and feel I'm

Cipo’ takes his 36th Giro stage win

Acqua e Sapone's ace sprinter Mario Cipollini earned his 36th stagewin at the Giro d'Italia Wednesday when he took a field sprint at the endof a 206km cross-border run from Verviers in Belgium to Esch sur Alzette, Luxemburg. Mapei's Stefano Garzelli continues to hold the maglia rosa, the race leader's pink jersey. In the race to the line, Cipollini beat Massimo Strazzer (Phonak) and Danilo Hondo (Telekom) to add to a collection of Giro stage wins that began back in 1989. He is now just five victories shy of the all-time record of 41 Giro stage wins held by Alfredo Binda, the great

Garzelli takes over Giro after stage 2 win

Former Giro winner Stefano Garzelli (Mapei) won the second stage of this year’s Giro D'Italia, finishing in Liege on Monday. Garzelli's win in the 209km ride from Cologne, Germany to Ans, Belgium saw the Mapei rider take the leader's pink jersey. The Italian, winner of the 2000 Giro, won a group sprint to pip Fassa Bortolo’s Francesco Casagrande, who had launched the decisive attack on the final, six-kilometer climb, to the line. The leading group, who all timed 5:25:12 also included Jens Heppner (Telekom), who finished third, Italian Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner ), American Tyler

Cops used hidden cameras to record Giro drug deals

An Italian judicial probe into doping during the 2001 Giro d'Italia has used hidden TV cameras to catch cyclists obtaining banned substances for their use during the race, La Republica newspaper reported Wednesday. The recordings tape cyclists openly asking a doctor for substances before their evening meal after the conclusion of one stage and ahead of another one the day after. The paper reports one conversation between two unnamed cyclists. "Tomorrow we're in the mountains so I need some Kena (Kenakort, a banned corticosteroid) to pick me up," says one cyclist. A second rider

2002 Giro to pass through six countries

Organizers of the 2002 Tour of Italy bid to put the doping scandals of 2001 behind as details of the 2002 Giro were revealed at an announcement in Milan on Saturday. The route for the 3,333.5km race over 20 stages was unveiled by Candido Cannavo, director of the sponsoring newspaper Gazzetta dello sport and race director Carmine Castellano. The 2002 Giro will cover six countries, including Italy. It begins with a 6.5km time time in the Dutch coastal town of Groningen on May 11 and the first four stages cover Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and France before entering northern Italy on May 17.

52 face charges in Giro doping fallout

52 to stand trial after Giro doping swoopAn Italian court is expected to try 52 defendants, mainly cyclists, for sporting fraud, after police raids during the Giro d’Italia on June 6, judicial sources in Florence announced Friday. A judicial inquiry was opened into the cases of 86 people by Florence district prosecutor Luigi Bocciolini after police raids on hotels used by cyclists at San Remo had turned up suspected banned substances. After the subsequent analysis of the suspect medications, authorities have issued the Italian equivalent of indictments against 52 of the original group