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Evans takes the maglia rosa as Perez flies to his second stage win

Cadel Evans came to the Giro d’Italia to help Mapei teammate StefanoGarzelli, but the 2000 Giro champion got the boot for failing a dopingtest. Now Evans is the first Australian to wear the maglia rosa and isAmerican Tyler Hamilton’s most dangerous rival for overall victory. The former mountain biker jumped into the race lead in an exciting stagethrough the jagged, snow-covered Dolomites, finishing seventh, 58 secondsbehind stage-winner Julio Perez Cuapio. Hamilton hung with the Giro’s bestclimbers over four punishing climbs to remain in third-place overall, nowjust 18 seconds behind

By Andrew Hood

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Cadel Evans came to the Giro d’Italia to help Mapei teammate StefanoGarzelli, but the 2000 Giro champion got the boot for failing a dopingtest. Now Evans is the first Australian to wear the maglia rosa and isAmerican Tyler Hamilton’s most dangerous rival for overall victory.

The former mountain biker jumped into the race lead in an exciting stagethrough the jagged, snow-covered Dolomites, finishing seventh, 58 secondsbehind stage-winner Julio Perez Cuapio. Hamilton hung with the Giro’s bestclimbers over four punishing climbs to remain in third-place overall, nowjust 18 seconds behind Evans.

“It’s the first time I’ve raced in the Giro, the first time I’ve racedin the Dolomites, so I am very content. Bellisimo,” a jubilant Evans said.“If someone said I would have the maglia rosa in my first Giro, I wouldhave told them they were crazy.”

After coming across the line with rival Dario Frigo and Evans in sixthat 58 seconds back, Hamilton knows if he can stay close in Thursday’s finalclimbing stage he has a very good shot of becoming only the second Americanto win the Giro.

“Considering the circumstances of the problems I had early in the Giro,I’m satisfied. Going into tomorrow, if things stay the same, I’m in themix. It was important today not to lose any time,” Hamilton said. “We didn’tlose any time today, so that’s the most important.”

Fat-Tire Flyer: Evans is the new man in charge

Fat-Tire Flyer: Evans is the new man in charge

Photo: Graham Watson

With Thursday’s summit finish and Saturday’s long final time trial stilllooming, the 85th Giro is coming down to an exciting duel between an Americanand an Australian.

Trouble on the MarmoladaSunny skies welcomed the peloton after rain drenched the Giro on Tuesdayand views were stunning as the 163-km course climbed into the heart ofthe spectacular Dolomites of the Sud Tirol region in northern Italy.

The action started fast, with 26 riders pulling 25 seconds ahead at 30 km, with Perez among them. Things got very steep for the day’s first major climb – the category one, 1773-meter Forcella Staulanza at 82 km.

Sergio Barbero (Lampre) was first over the top, with stragglers of the first break behind him and race leader Jens Heppner (Telekom) with the lead group at 3:34 back.

On the flanks of the day’s hardest climb – the category-one, 2057-meterPasso di Fedaia at 117 km – Perez started his winning attack. Alessio’sDaniele De Paoli was ahead and topped out first and Perez crested at 44seconds back.

Meanwhile, the lead group fractured on the brutally steep climb, alsoknown as the “Marmolada.” Hamilton, however, couldn’t maintain the paceas Evans, Frigo and others accelerated.

“Maybe because of the rest day and the slow pace yesterday in the race,my legs didn’t feel real powerful today,” Hamilton said. “The team wasthere and we minimized our losses.”

Perez accelerated and Evans tried to chase. Frigo answered, fracturingthe lead group and Hamilton lost contact. Hamilton struggled but decidedto keep his own tempo rather than risk red-lining.

“The second time they accelerated I let up because I didn’t want to explode,” he said. “I didn’t think it would be a problem to catch them on the descent. I was really happy that we came across on the descent. I felt better on Pordoi.”

Frigo, Paolo Savoldelli (Alexia), Addy Engels (Rabobank), Pietro Caucchioli(Alessio), Aitor Gonzalez (Kelme), Pavel Tonkov (Lampre) and Ivan Gotti(Alessio) crossed the summit at 1:07 while Hamilton, working with teammateCarlos Sastre, came over at 2:22 back.CSC-Tiscali carries the day
On the long descent off Fedaia, Perez caught De Paoli and Hamilton’sgroup rejoined the Evans/Frigo group. Heppner, who lost the “virtual” gripon his race lead, fought back to the lead group and about 40 riders cametogether at the bottom of the next major climb.

“When the climbs were really steep, it seemed like Hamilton was in difficulty,”Evans said. “But he was there when it mattered at the finish. It’s obvioushe’s strong.”

Driving the front of the group were five riders from CSC-Tiscali: Hamilton,Sastre, Michael Rasmussen, Marcelino Garcia Alonso and Francisco Cerezo.

“It went perfect for us today and we can’t complain,” said CSC-Tiscaliteam manager Bjarne Riis. We had some problems on Fedaia, but we expectedit. The team was perfect to help Tyler exactly at the right moment. We survived and that’s most important.”

Coming up Pordoi – a category-one, 2239-meter climb at 142 km – Perez dropped De Paoli and rode alone. The Hamilton/Frigo/Evans group was whittleddown to about 20 riders when Caucchioli, who started the day in 6th at 1:20 back, jumped off the front. He built up a large enough gap on Evansthat he assumed the on-course lead from Heppner, languishing more than three minutes back.

Perez topped out first, followed by Caucchioli at 1:27 and, once again,Hamilton dropped back, but not by much. Evans, Frigo and Savoldelli toppedover at 2:22, followed by Hamilton at 2:40. Heppner crossed at 6:00 back.The German’s run in the leader’s jersey was over.

Perez wins again
Off the harrowing descent down Pordoi, Savoldelli, nicknamed the “Falcon,” dropped like a rock. Renowned as one of cycling’s best descenders, Savoldelli dropped Evans and Frigo while Hamilton came back to them for the final climb up the day’s final obstacle, the category-two, 1875-meter Passo di Campolongo at 156 km.

Perez, Caucchioli and Savoldelli worked alone while Frigo, Hamilton and Evans rode steadily up the climb. Hamilton was fully recovered and looked better than Evans. Perez topped first, followed by Caucchioli at1:26 and Salvodelli at 1:36, with Frigo, Evans and Hamilton crossing at1:47. Evans, now the “virtual” leader, was about to become the real leader.The finish line was at the bottom of another harrowing 7-km descentto Corvara, a beautiful village surrounded by towering limestone walls. Perezcame across the line, holding up two fingers, then four.“It meant two stage wins and four team members,” Perez said, referringto his second Giro stage this year and the fact that his Panaria team onlyhas four riders left in the race. With the solo attack, Perez also takesover the best climber’s jersey.Savoldelli blew past a demoralized Caucchioli to take second at 53 secondsback. Frigo shot ahead to take third at 55 seconds back for a 4-secondtime bonus to move into second overall at 16 seconds back.Riis said the stage played out perfectly. Hamilton is just a few secondsbehind Evans, who now has the responsibility to defend the jersey.“It’s perfect for us that Evans has the jersey because he gets all thepressure and he’s inexperienced,” Riis said. “We’re in just the perfectposition now. We have to stay close tomorrow.”First Aussie in pink
Evans truly is a child of mountain biking. Although he regularly racedon the road over the years, his primary focus was racing on fat tires.His transition to the road has been spectacular, but it hasn’t been withoutits bumps. When an Italian journalist asked Evans if he knew what the CimaCoppi meant, Evans said had an idea, but was short on specifics.“I don’t know a lot of these things. I know that Coppi was a great riderfrom a long time ago. I don’t know all the history. Maybe I need to dosome research tonight.” (Cima Coppi is the Giro’s highest point, the CoppiClimb, this year at Passo Pordoi).Evans is also regularly criticized for his descending skills. He certainlystands out on TV images, mimicking his mountain bike descending style byleaning his bike but not his body. He had no problem descending Wednesday.“I think some of the roadies take every opportunity to tell me whenI’m doing something wrong. In the group it’s a little more difficult fora mountain biker to ride, but going solo, I’m fine,” he said. “My styleis a little different.”His style might be different, but he’s lighting up this Giro and becamethe first Australian ever to wear the maglia rosa. It’s somethinghe says is capturing the attention of fans back home.“The prime minister sent me a fax this morning and said, ‘Good luck,all of Australia is cheering for you,’” Evans said.
Can the Giro debutante think he can win the overall?“It’s better to be in first than second, but there are still a lot ofimportant days left,” Evans said. “Getting this maglia rosa is goingto help the team morale. But take the jersey today is going to be a lotdifferent than winning the race in Milan. That’s another thing.”Cipo down on Tyler, Cadel
Mario Cipollini is without question one of the biggest stars in cycling.The Acqua & Sapone sprinter, however, says today’s younger generationof cyclists cannot compare to the stars of yesterday.“Look who’s leading this Giro. Who are they?” Cipollini said in a pressconference after his win in Tuesday’s stage. “I can remember Hamilton,he was a worker for Armstrong. Evans, he is from another world, from Australiaand a mountain biker. I’ve seen him descend. He has problems on the bikedescending.”Cipollini’s comments came when Italian journalists asked him why hedidn’t have more competition and maybe things were getting too easy forthe Lion King.“These are not bad riders. That’s not what I am saying. They are verygood, strong riders, professional and hard-working. But what do they bringto racing? They don’t bring spectacle to race. I remember watching Indurain,Pantani, Chiappucci, Rominger; they were big riders that brought excitementto the race. If you get tired of me, I will go home. I’m more comfortableat home than here. But who will you have left?”Evans didn’t seem too worried. When asked his thoughts on Cipollini’scomments, he shrugged and replied, “I prefer to let my results do the talking.”Pantani out
Marco Pantani’s 2002 Giro d’Italia ended rather quietly. The 1998 Giro-Tourdouble champion pulled off the bike at 105 km into Wednesday’s stage. Hestarted the day in 75th at 58:43 back and has been suffering with a coughsince the Giro began. Pantani has more troubles in early June when he facesthe disciplinary board of the Italian Cycling Federation for his role inlast year’s San Remo raids, when police found syringes in his hotel room.Where it stands: 85th Giro d’Italia
Stage 16: Conegliano to Corvara in Badia, 163 km
Stage winner: Julio Perez Cuapio (Mex), Panaria, 24, won hissecond stage this Giro
Overall leader: Cadel Evans (Aus), Mapei, took over the magliarosa from Jens Heppner (G), Telekom, who held the lead since Stage 6.
Points jersey: Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Intergiro jersey: Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Climber’s jersey: Julio Perez Cuapio (Mex), Panaria
Best team: AlessioIn the peloton
Did not start: Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo
Abandoned: Dario Andriotto (I), Alexia
Mauro Zinetti (I), Alexia
Juan Ramirez (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia
Marco Pantani (I), Mercatone Uno
Domenico Gualdi (I), Formaggi Trentini
Michele Colleoni (I), ColpackFinished outside of the time limit: Yuri Mitlushenko (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet
Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet
Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre
Zoran Klemencic (Slo), Tacconi143 riders remains in the Giro.UCI jury decisions
It was a busy day as the race jury issued a two-page report;
Five riders fined 50 Swiss francs and given 10-second penalties forgetting an illegal push from the team car
Two riders fined 100 Swiss francs and a 20-second penalty for gettingtwo pushes
One rider, Hidenori Nodero (Jpn), Colpack, fined 150 Swiss francs and30-second penalty for getting three pushes
13 riders fined 20 Swiss francs for getting pushes from fans;
Mario Cipollini (I), Acqua & Sapone, fined 40 Swiss francs forgetting pushed by fans twice
Mapei fined 200 Swiss francs for having an illegal third car in therace
Tacconi, Landbouwkrediet and CSC-Tiscali teams fined 100 Swiss francsfor not respecting the commaissaires
Cipollini fined 200 Swiss francs for yelling at the race judges.Injury report
Domenico Gualdi (I, Formaggi Trentini) crashed on the descent off ForcellaStaulanza and was taken to the hospital for cuts and abrasions.Coming up tomorrow
Thursday’s 222-km stage features five rated climbs, with four comingas pairs bunched together before the difficult 19.3-km summit finish toPasso Coe.The stage opens with a 590-meter climb right off the bat to the 2121-meterPasso Gardena with an average grade of 6.6 percent at 9 km. After a quickdescent, it’s straight up again to the 2213-meter Passo Sella, climbing373 meters in 5.3 km with an average grade of 11 percent.It’s a long descent and flat until 160 km, when there’s a 12.7-km climbup 1042 meters to the 1165-meter Passa Barbara with average grades of 8.5percent. There’s another short drop before a 4-km climb up 300 meters tothe 1253-meter Passo Bordala at 181 km. After a steep descent and 7-kmflat, the final climb to Folgaria has ramps as steep as 12 percent withan average grade of 7.4 percent and climbs 1427 meters over 19 km.
 
 
 

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Results

1. Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (Mex), Panaria, 4:54:54

2. Paolo SAVOLDELLI (I), Index Alexia, at 0:53

3. Dario FRIGO (I), Tacconi Sport, at 0:55

4. Juan Manuel GARATE (Sp), Lampre, at 0:55

5. Aitor GONZALEZ JIMENEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 0:55

6. Tyler HAMILTON (USA), CSC-Tiscali, at 0:58

7. Cadel EVANS (Aus), Mapei, at 0:58

8. Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (I), Alessio, at 0:58

9. Eddy MAZZOLENI (I), Tacconi Sport, at 2:09

10. Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Sp), Phonak, 2:10

11. Ivan GOTTI (I), Alessio, at 2:10

12. Fernando ESCARTIN (Sp), Coast, at 2:15

13. Daniele DE PAOLI (I), Alessio, at 3:15

14. Luis LAVERDE JIMENEZ (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 3:25

15. Andrea NOE’ (I), Mapei, at 3:25

16. Pavel TONKOV (Rus), Lampre, at 3:25

17. Michael RASMUSSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 3:52

18. Denis LUNGHI (I), Colpack, at 3:52

19. Rik VERBRUGGHE (B), Lotto, at 3:54

20. Georg TOTSCHNIG (A), Gerolsteiner, at 3:55

21. Juan DE LOS ANGELES (Sp), Kelme, at 5:00

22. Andrei MIZOUROV (Kz), Mercatone Uno, at 5:00

23. Carlos SASTRE CANDIL (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 5:32

24. Franco PELLIZOTTI (I), Alessio, at 5:34

25. Addy ENGELS (Nl), Rabobank, at 5:47

26. Marcelino GARCIA ALONSO (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 5:47

27. Michele SCARPONI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 6:50

28. Paolo LANFRANCHI (I), Index Alexia, 6:51

29. Matthias KESSLER (G), Telekom, at 6:51

30. Gianni FARESIN (I), Gerolsteiner, at 6:52

31. Dario David CIONI (I), Mapei, at 6:52

32. Jens HEPPNER (G), Telekom, at 6:52

33. Cristian MORENI (I), Alessio, at 6:52

34. Yaroslav POPOVYCH (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet, at 6:52

35. Alessandro SPEZIALETTI (I), Saeco, at 8:48

36. Roberto CONTI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 8:48

37. Mariano PICCOLI (I), Lampre, at 8:50

38. Hector MESA MESA (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 8:54

39. Vladimir MIHOLIEVIC (Cro), Alessio, at 8:56

40. Vladimir DUMA (Ukr), Panaria, at 8:56

41. Grischa NIERMANN (G), Rabobank, at 9:10

42. Michael BOOGERD (Nl), Rabobank, at 9:10

43. Ruben Alverio MARIN (Col), Colombia – Selle Italia, at 9:10

44. Daniele NARDELLO (I), Mapei, at 9:10

45. Sylvester SZMYD (Pol), Tacconi Sport, at 9:10

46. Geert VERHEYEN (B), Rabobank, at 13:47

47. Serhiy HONCHAR (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 13:50

48. Kurt VAN DE WOUWER (B), Lotto, at 13:50

49. Bo HAMBURGER (Dk), Index Alexia, 13:50

50. Igor PUGACI (Mda), Saeco, at 13:50

51. Alexandre MOOS (Swi), Phonak, 13:50

52. Francisco CEREZO PERALES Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 13:50

53. Hernan Dario MUNOZ (Col), Colombia – Selle Italia, at 13:50

54. Joaquim CASTELBLANCO (Col), Colombia – Selle Italia, at 13:50

55. Francisco LEON MANE (Sp), Kelme, at 13:50

56. Cayetano JULIA CEGARRA (Sp), Kelme, at 13:50

57. Manuel BELTRAN (Sp), Coast, at 13:50

58. Uros MURN (Slo), Formaggi-Trentini, at 13:50

59. Francisco J. LARA RUIZ (Sp), Coast, at 13:50

60. Biagio CONTE (I), Saeco, at 16:31

61. Daniele CONTRINI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 16:31

62. Peter WROLICH (A), Gerolsteiner, at 16:31

63. Matteo TOSATTO (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 16:31

64. Dmitri KONYSHEV (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 16:31

65. Sergiy ADYEYEV (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet, at 16:31

66. Bert GRABSCH (G), Phonak, at 16:31

67. Gabriele MISSAGLIA (I), Lampre, at 16:31

68. Torsten HIEKMANN (G), Telekom, at 16:31

69. Denis ZANETTE (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 16:31

70. Renzo MAZZOLENI (I), Colpack, at 16:31

71. Sergio BARBERO (I), Lampre, at 16:31

72. Thierry MARICHAL (B), Lotto, at 16:31

73. Igor ASTARLOA (Sp), Saeco, at 16:31

74. Alessandro BERTOLINI (I), Alessio, at 16:31

75. Oscar MASON (I), Saeco, at 16:31

76. Mauro GEROSA (I), Tacconi Sport, at 20:58

77. Jan BOVEN (Nl), Rabobank, at 20:58

78. Fabio SACCHI (I), Saeco, at 20:58

79. Steve ZAMPIERI (Swi), Tacconi Sport, at 21:01

80. Fabrizio GUIDI (I), Coast, at 21:01

81. Milan KADLEC (Cz), Lampre, at 21:06

82. Raphael SCHWEDA (G), Coast, at 21:06

83. Matteo GIGLI (I), Colpack, at 21:07

84. Rolf SORENSEN (Dk), Landbouwkrediet, at 22:45

85. Marc LOTZ (Nl), Rabobank, at 22:45

86. Christophe DETILLOUX (B), Lotto, at 22:45

87. Massimo STRAZZER (I), Phonak, 22:45

88. Thorwald VENEBERG (Nl), Rabobank, at 22:45

89. Lorenzo BERNUCCI (I), Landbouwkrediet, at 22:45

90. Mauro RADAELLI (I), Tacconi Sport, at 22:45

91. Massimo APOLLONIO (I), Tacconi Sport, at 22:45

92. Oscar CAVAGNIS (I), Landbouwkrediet, at 22:45

93. Miguel Angel MEZA (Mex), Colpack, at 22:45

94. Kai HUNDERTMARK (G), Telekom, at 22:45

95. Andre’ KORFF (G), Coast, at 22:45

96. Paolo FORNACIARI (I), Mapei, at 22:45

97. Maximilian SCIANDRI GBR Lampre, at 22:45

98. Davide BRAMATI (I), Mapei, at 22:45

99. Alessio GALLETTI (I), Saeco, at 22:45

100. Yauheni SENIUSHKINE (Blr), Panaria, at 22:45

101. Martin DERGANC (Slo), Acqua e Sapone, at 24:56

102. Steven DE JONGH (Nl), Rabobank, at 24:56

103. Gian Mario ORTENZI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 24:56

104. Mathew HAYMAN (Aus), Rabobank, at 24:56

105. Lars MICHAELSEN (Dk), Coast, at 24:56

106. Cristian GASPERONI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 24:59

107. Matthias BUXHOFER (A), Phonak, 24:59

108. Fabrice GOUGOT (F), Phonak, 24:59

109. Matteo CARRARA (I), Colpack, at 24:59

110. Ralf GRABSCH (G), Telekom, at 24:59

111. Malte URBAN (G), Coast, at 24:59

112. Stephan SCHRECK (G), Telekom, at 24:59

113. Aart VIERHOUTEN (Nl), Lotto, at 24:59

114. Jan SCHAFFRATH (G), Telekom, at 24:59

115. Giovanni LOMBARDI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 24:59

116. Danny JONASSON (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 24:59

117. Luca MAZZANTI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 24:59

118. Fabiano FONTANELLI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 25:04

119. Serguei YAKOVLEV (Kz), Telekom, at 25:04

120. J. Carlos DOMINGUEZ (Sp), Phonak, 25:04

121. Daniele RIGHI (I), Index Alexia, 25:04

122. Mykhaylo KHALILOV (Ukr), Colombia – Selle Italia, at 25:04

123. Denis BONDARENKO (Rus), Formaggi-Trentini, at 25:04

124. Mario SCIREA (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 25:04

125. Manuel CALVENTE (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 25:04

126. Ellis RASTELLI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 25:04

127. Hidenori NODERA (Jp), Colpack, at 25:04

128. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS (Sp), Kelme, at 25:04

129. Gustavo OTERO GOMEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 25:04

130. Guido TRENTI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 25:07

131. Jimmi MADSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 25:07

132. Gabriele COLOMBO (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 25:07

133. Frank HOJ (Dk), Coast, at 25:07

134. Rene’ HASELBACHER (A), Gerolsteiner, at 25:07

135. Moreno DI BIASE (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 25:07

136. Mario CIPOLLINI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 25:07

137. Angelo FURLAN (I), Alessio, at 25:07

138. Mario MANZONI (I), Index Alexia, 25:07

139. Eddy SERRI (I), Index Alexia, 25:07

140. Andrea PERON (I), CSC-Tiscali, at 25:13

141. Isaac GALVEZ LOPEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 25:13

142. Enrico DEGANO (I), Panaria, at 25:14

143. Alessandro PETACCHI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 26:07

144. Yuri MITLUSHENKO (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet, at 27:20

145. Volodymyr BILEKA (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet, at 27:21

146. Simone BERTOLETTI (I), Lampre, at 28:55

147. Zoran KLEMENCIC (Slo), Tacconi Sport, at 31:59

DNF Dario ANDRIOTTO (I), Index Alexia,

DNF Mauro ZINETTI (I), Index Alexia,

DNF Juan D. RAMIREZ (Col), Colombia – Selle Italia, at

DNF Marco PANTANI (I), Mercatone Uno, at

DNF Domenico GUALDI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at

DNF Michele COLLEONI (I), Colpack, at

DNS Wladimir BELLI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at

Overall after 16 stages

1. Cadel EVANS (Aus), Mapei, 73:09:23

2. Dario FRIGO (I), Tacconi Sport, at 0:16

3. Tyler HAMILTON (USA), CSC-Tiscali, at 0:18

4. Aitor GONZALEZ JIMENEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 0:24

5. Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (I), Alessio, at 0:32

6. Paolo SAVOLDELLI (I), Index Alexia, 0:48

7. Juan Manuel GARATE (Sp), Lampre, at 1:26

8. Fernando ESCARTIN (Sp), Coast, at 2:09

9. Rik VERBRUGGHE (B), Lotto, at 4:21

10. Eddy MAZZOLENI (I), Tacconi Sport, at 4:26

11. Andrea NOE’ (I), Mapei, at 5:04

12. Jens HEPPNER (G), Telekom, at 5:06

13. Georg TOTSCHNIG (A), Gerolsteiner, at 5:09

14. Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Sp), Phonak, 5:10

15. Pavel TONKOV (Rus), Lampre, at 6:11

16. Franco PELLIZOTTI (I), Alessio, at 6:16

17. Ivan GOTTI (I), Alessio, at 7:05

18. Cristian MORENI (I), Alessio, at 9:20

19. Michele SCARPONI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 9:21

20. Yaroslav POPOVYCH (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet, at 9:52

21. Michael BOOGERD (Nl), Rabobank, at 11:39

22. Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (Mex), Panaria, at 12:25

23. Juan DE LOS ANGELES (Sp), Kelme, at 12:49

24. Daniele DE PAOLI (I), Alessio, at 13:49

25. Matthias KESSLER (G), Telekom, at 13:58

26. Gianni FARESIN (I), Gerolsteiner, at 14:11

27. Kurt VAN DE WOUWER (B), Lotto, at 16:37

28. Dario David CIONI (I), Mapei, at 18:30

29. Grischa NIERMANN (G), Rabobank, at 18:55

30. Serhiy HONCHAR (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 18:56

31. Addy ENGELS (Nl), Rabobank, at 19:40

32. Luis LAVERDE JIMENEZ (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 21:42

33. Joaquim CASTELBLANCO (Col), Colombia – Selle Italia, at 23:38

34. Hernan Dario MUNOZ (Col), Colombia – Selle Italia, at 24:03

35. Igor PUGACI (Mda), Saeco, at 27:35

36. Francisco J. LARA RUIZ (Sp), Coast, at 29:03

37. Paolo LANFRANCHI (I), Index Alexia, 30:02

38. Denis LUNGHI (I), Colpack, at 32:47

39. Daniele NARDELLO (I), Mapei, at 33:17

40. Mariano PICCOLI (I), Lampre, at 34:15

41. Sylvester SZMYD (Pol), Tacconi Sport, at 34:24

42. Vladimir DUMA (Ukr), Panaria, at 34:51

43. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS (Sp), Kelme, at 35:19

44. Manuel BELTRAN (Sp), Coast, at 35:50

45. Vladimir MIHOLIEVIC (Cro), Alessio, at 36:01

46. Andrei MIZOUROV (Kz), Mercatone Uno, at 39:03

47. Carlos SASTRE CANDIL (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 41:20

48. Marcelino GARCIA ALONSO (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 44:35

49. Michael RASMUSSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 46:25

50. Alexandre MOOS (Swi), Phonak, 51:14

51. Igor ASTARLOA (Sp), Saeco, at 53:14

52. Geert VERHEYEN (B), Rabobank, at 54:17

53. Matthias BUXHOFER (A), Phonak, 56:51

54. Gustavo OTERO GOMEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 57:31

55. Alessandro SPEZIALETTI (I), Saeco, at 57:50

56. Francisco CEREZO PERALES Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 59:00

57. Torsten HIEKMANN (G), Telekom, at 1:02:24

58. Jan BOVEN (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:03:43

59. Oscar MASON (I), Saeco, at 1:06:17

60. Fabrizio GUIDI (I), Coast, at 1:07:26

61. Bert GRABSCH (G), Phonak, 1:07:50

62. Sergio BARBERO (I), Lampre, at 1:08:15

63. Maximilian SCIANDRI GBR Lampre, at 1:10:17

64. Sergiy ADYEYEV (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet, at 1:11:24

65. Matteo TOSATTO (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:13:49

66. J. Carlos DOMINGUEZ (Sp), Phonak, 1:14:20

67. Manuel CALVENTE (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 1:14:25

68. Milan KADLEC (Cz), Lampre, at 1:15:16

69. Fabio SACCHI (I), Saeco, at 1:16:09

70. Andrea PERON (I), CSC-Tiscali, at 1:16:58

71. Thorwald VENEBERG (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:17:53

72. Davide BRAMATI (I), Mapei, at 1:18:01

73. Lorenzo BERNUCCI (I), Landbouwkrediet, at 1:19:39

74. Gabriele MISSAGLIA (I), Lampre, at 1:20:01

75. Raphael SCHWEDA (G), Coast, at 1:21:17

76. Luca MAZZANTI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 1:23:16

77. Matteo CARRARA (I), Colpack, at 1:25:38

78. Peter WROLICH (A), Gerolsteiner, at 1:26:36

79. Ruben Alverio MARIN (Col), Colombia – Selle Italia, at 1:27:45

80. Marc LOTZ (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:28:56

81. Francisco LEON MANE (Sp), Kelme, at 1:29:57

82. Bo HAMBURGER (Dk), Index Alexia, 1:30:44

83. Mykhaylo KHALILOV (Ukr), Colombia – Selle Italia, at 1:33:10

84. Daniele RIGHI (I), Index Alexia, 1:34:43

85. Uros MURN (Slo), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:34:58

86. Giovanni LOMBARDI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 1:35:49

87. Alessandro BERTOLINI (I), Alessio, at 1:36:33

88. Roberto CONTI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 1:36:57

89. Serguei YAKOVLEV (Kz), Telekom, at 1:37:17

90. Cayetano JULIA CEGARRA (Sp), Kelme, at 1:37:21

91. Mathew HAYMAN (Aus), Rabobank, at 1:37:33

92. Paolo FORNACIARI (I), Mapei, at 1:39:15

93. Martin DERGANC (Slo), Acqua e Sapone, at 1:39:16

94. Kai HUNDERTMARK (G), Telekom, at 1:39:52

95. Renzo MAZZOLENI (I), Colpack, at 1:41:18

96. Gian Mario ORTENZI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 1:41:57

97. Hector MESA MESA (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:44:42

98. Thierry MARICHAL (B), Lotto, at 1:45:29

99. Alessandro PETACCHI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:45:40

100. Steven DE JONGH (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:46:55

101. Mario CIPOLLINI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 1:49:02

102. Biagio CONTE (I), Saeco, at 1:51:03

103. Dmitri KONYSHEV (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:51:41

104. Mauro GEROSA (I), Tacconi Sport, at 1:52:10

105. Denis BONDARENKO (Rus), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:52:28

106. Jimmi MADSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 1:52:52

107. Frank HOJ (Dk), Coast, at 1:53:00

108. Aart VIERHOUTEN (Nl), Lotto, at 1:53:46

109. Stephan SCHRECK (G), Telekom, at 1:55:37

110. Rene’ HASELBACHER (A), Gerolsteiner, at 1:57:36

111. Mario SCIREA (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 1:57:43

112. Alessio GALLETTI (I), Saeco, at 1:57:49

113. Oscar CAVAGNIS (I), Landbouwkrediet, at 1:59:56

114. Ralf GRABSCH (G), Telekom, at 1:59:59

115. Andre’ KORFF (G), Coast, at 2:00:06

116. Lars MICHAELSEN (Dk), Coast, at 2:00:11

117. Massimo APOLLONIO (I), Tacconi Sport, at 2:01:53

118. Denis ZANETTE (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:02:18

119. Massimo STRAZZER (I), Phonak, 2:02:20

120. Steve ZAMPIERI (Swi), Tacconi Sport, at 2:02:27

121. Mauro RADAELLI (I), Tacconi Sport, at 2:02:37

122. Christophe DETILLOUX (B), Lotto, at 2:02:50

123. Jan SCHAFFRATH (G), Telekom, at 2:03:56

124. Ellis RASTELLI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 2:04:11

125. Daniele CONTRINI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 2:05:23

126. Isaac GALVEZ LOPEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 2:05:35

127. Guido TRENTI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 2:09:30

128. Fabrice GOUGOT (F), Phonak, 2:10:48

129. Cristian GASPERONI (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 2:11:12

130. Rolf SORENSEN (Dk), Landbouwkrediet, at 2:11:17

131. Yauheni SENIUSHKINE (Blr), Panaria, at 2:12:18

132. Gabriele COLOMBO (I), Acqua e Sapone, at 2:13:32

133. Angelo FURLAN (I), Alessio, at 2:13:37

134. Miguel Angel MEZA (Mex), Colpack, at 2:13:56

135. Danny JONASSON (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 2:14:11

136. Matteo GIGLI (I), Colpack, at 2:18:03

137. Malte URBAN (G), Coast, at 2:21:11

138. Fabiano FONTANELLI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 2:22:01

139. Moreno DI BIASE (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 2:29:46

140. Mario MANZONI (I), Index Alexia, 2:30:27

141. Hidenori NODERA (Jp), Colpack, at 2:33:39

142. Enrico DEGANO (I), Panaria, at 2:34:00

143. Eddy SERRI (I), Index Alexia, 2:46:15