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By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2002
Michele Bartoli (Fassa Bortolo) won the 29th edition of the Tour of the Mediterranean, after finishing in the field in the fifth and final stage, won by his teammate Alessandro Petacchi.
The Italian team had dominated the Med Tour from start, winning the opening team time trial and maintaining procession of the yellow leader’s jersey throughout.
Petacchi won a field sprint into the French city of Marseilles at the end of a 120km stage that began in Rousset.
Bartoli locked up the win on Saturday as won the race’s toughest stage, a 167km race that ended atop the steep slopes of Mount Falon, near Toulon.
1. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita), Fassa Bortolo 2hr 57min 31sec; 2. Mario
Cipollini (Ita); 3. Stuart O’Grady (Aus); 4. Luca Paolini (Ita); 5. Robbie
McEwen (Aus); 6. Chistophe Detilloux (Bel); 7. Eddy Mazzolini (Ita); 8. Bram
Degroot (Ned); 9. Paolo Bossoni (Ita); 10. Wilfried Cretskens (Bel), all same
1. Michele Bartoli (Ita), Fassa Bortolo 15hr 18min 13sec; 2. Paolo
Tiralongo (Ita), at 1min 11sec; 3. Michael Boogerd (Ned), 2:05; 4. Markus Zberg (Swi), 2:12; 5. Danilo Di Luca (Ita), 2:37; 6. Eddy Mazzolini (Ita), 3:16; 7. Guido Trenti (USA), 3:31; 8. Grisha Niermann (Ger), 3:45; 9. Oscar Camenzind (Swi), 3:51; 10. Kevin Hulsmans (Bel), 3:55