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Giro d’Italia 2002 – Stage 6 upates

5:13 p.m. -- Paolo Savoldelli attacked with 5km to go and finished 45 seconds ahead of the peloton. The big news is that the main group -- including Garzelli -- finished 5:05 behind the lead group. So, Jens Heppner (Telekom) is the new overall leader of the Giro d'Italia, with a margin of more than three-and-a-half minutes.Provisional results from Stage 61. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Acqua e Sapone 4:56:452. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Formaggi Tret3. Bert Grabsch (Ger), Phonak4. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi Sport5. Angel Vicioso (Sp), Kelme6. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago7. Jens

5:13 p.m. — Paolo Savoldelli attacked with 5km to go and finished 45 seconds ahead of the peloton. The big news is that the main group — including Garzelli — finished 5:05 behind the lead group.

So, Jens Heppner (Telekom) is the new overall leader of the Giro d’Italia, with a margin of more than three-and-a-half minutes.Provisional results from Stage 61. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Acqua e Sapone 4:56:45
2. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Formaggi Tret
3. Bert Grabsch (Ger), Phonak
4. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi Sport
5. Angel Vicioso (Sp), Kelme
6. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
7. Jens Heppner (Ger), Team Telekom
8. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre-Daikin
9. Francisco Leon Mane (Sp), Kelme  0:18
10. Thorwald Veneberg (Ned), Rabobank
11. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Alessio
12. Juan D: Ramirez (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia 0:22
13. Paolo Savoldelli (I), Tacconi Sport 4:21
14. Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Colombia-Selle Italia 5:05Overall after 6 stages1. Jens Heppner (Ger), Team Telekom 31:19:45
2. Stefano Garzelli (I), Mapei-Quick Step 3:33
3. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 3:43
4. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Alessio  3:45
5. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi Sport 3:57
6. Angel Vicioso (Sp), Kelme  4:09
7. Francesco Casagrande (I), Fassa Bortolo 4:16
8. Paolo Savoldelli (I), Tacconi Sport 4:27
9. Gilberto Simoni (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport 4:30
10. Santiago Perez Fernandez (Sp), Kelme 4:36
11. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo 4:39
12. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Sp), Phonak 4:43
13. Fernando Escartin (Sp), Team Coast 4:44
14. Tyler Hamilton (USA), CSC-Tiscali  4:46
15. Cadel Evans (Aus), Mapei-Quick Step 4:47
 5:09 p.m. — Lombardi wins, and Heppner must surely have the overall lead… changing from Telekom pink to a lighter shade of pink.

5:09 p.m. — Lombardi launches an attack as the leaders charge to the finish.

5:08 p.m. — There is 1km to go.

5:05 p.m. — The leaders are flying within 2km. Heppner is driving the group, which remains 5:30 up on the groupo maglia rosa.

4:59 p.m. — With 7km to go, Heppner is closing in on the two leaders.

4:54 p.m. — With 8km to go, the lead group is beginning to fall apart. The attacks have begun and Kelme’s Angel Vicioso Arcos and Eddy Mazzolini (Taconi) have scampered off the front and have a good 30-second advantage.

4:50 p.m. — There are now 12km to go. Looking ahead, there is still one very short, steep climb — at Sanda — 5km before the finish.

Anyone hoping to take the stage win is going to have to attack hard there, just to dump the sprinters, especially Lombardi.

4:48 p.m. — The leaders are now 15km from the finish and maintain a solid advantage of more than five minutes (5:35).

Heppner is getting antsy… he knows he stands a great chance to take the maglia rosa

4:42 p.m. — With 20km, the lead group is racing hard to the finish. Jens Heppner is attacking to put some distance between him and ace sprinter Lombardi. Meanwhile the main field appears to be soft-pedaling its way to the line.

Of the 12 men in the lead, Telekom’s Jens Heppner is the best placed, starting the day in 14th place, just 1:32 out of the lead.

4:40 p.m. — Just 21km from the finish, it seems clear that Heppner will be taking over the maglia rosa today. The leaders are still 5:30 ahead of the field.

4:35 p.m. — The leaders are still 5:50 ahead of the peloton and the game now turns to jockeying for position for the stage win. Cipo’s leadout man Lombardi will be the man to watch if the others don’t manage to dump him before the sprint.

At this point, it seems likely that Jens Heppner (Telekom) is going to be the new overall leader of the Giro — assuming that he finishes at least 1:32 ahead of Garzelli.

Given the current scandal, Garzelli may find it easier not to have to defend the jersey for the next few days.

4:30 p.m. — The leaders have 33km to go and maintain an advantage of 5:45.

The leaders have just averted a minor disaster as a large hairy dog jumped out on the road. Fortunately, no one crashed and managed to avoid the hound.

4:24 p.m. — Marzoli is still chasing, but looks like he is about to rejoin the lead group.

The last official time check showed the peloton cresting the Bric Berton 5:50 behind the leaders.

4:21 p.m. — The main field is approaching the top of the climb, led by (of all people) Marco Pantani.

Ahead, Ruggero Marzoli (Formaggi-Trentini, has had a mechanical and is chasing the lead group.

4:16 p.m. — The leaders are building their advantage and are now back up to 6:18.

4:14 p.m. — The leaders are coming off of the Bric Berton. They still have a 6:00 lead and pretty much have a downhill shot to the finish.

4:04 p.m. — Grabsch is back on and he and the other 11 men in the lead group are on the long, but moderate, Bric Berton.

4:02 p.m. — Ralf Grabsch (Telekom), has punctured and is now trying to chase back on to the lead group.

3:56 p.m. — With 55km remaining, the 12 men in the front have an advantage of 6:24.

Here is a GC rundown of the members of this break:
Jens Heppner (Telekom), at 1:32
Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio), at 4:59
Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago), at 5:15
Eddy Mazzoleni (Tacconi), at 5:29
Angel Vicioso Arcos (Kelme), at 5:41
Juan D Ramirez (Colombia-Selle Italia), at 6:00
Ralf Grabsch (Telekom), at 12:03
Ruggero Marzoli (Formaggi-Trentini), at 25:22
Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank), at 19:10
Francisco Leon Mane (Kelme), at 19:12
Mariano Piccoli (Lampre), at 10:46
Giovanni Lombardi (Acqua & Sapone), at 17:19 So if Heppner can hold this break, he may become the overall leader of the Giro.

3:50 p.m. — The 12 leaders have less than 60km remaining and are still 6:30 up on the field, according to the most recent time check.

3:44 p.m. — Giro race radio reports that Robbie Hunter (Mapei) withdrew from the race at 90km.

3:43 p.m. — The lead group is working well together and holding on to its six-an-a-half-minute lead. One of the 12, Jens Heppner (Telekom)remains the Giro’s overall leader on the road, since he began the day in 14th place, just 1:32 out.

3:41 p.m. — The Mapei team is setting the pace at the front of the main field. Ahead, the lead group of 12 has an advantage of 6:30.

3:36 p.m. — The chase has begun. The 12 leaders have had their lead trimmed by almost a minute and they are down to 6:38.

3:10 p.m. — The lead group now has an advantage of 7:27. If allowed to continue, this break could have a seriously disruptive effect on the overall standings of the Giro.

Here is a GC rundown of the members of this break:
Jens Heppner (Telekom), at 1:32
Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio), at 4:59
Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago), at 5:15
Eddy Mazzoleni (Tacconi), at 5:29
Angel Vicioso Arcos (Kelme), at 5:41
Juan D Ramirez (Colombia-Selle Italia), at 6:00
Ralf Grabsch (Telekom), at 12:03
Ruggero Marzoli (Formaggi-Trentini), at 25:22
Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank), at 19:10
Francisco Leon Mane (Kelme), at 19:12
Mariano Piccoli (Lampre), at 10:46
Giovanni Lombardi (Acqua & Sapone), at 17:19

3:03 p.m. — That group up front still has an advantage of 6:30.

Interestingly, that makes Telekom’s Jens Heppner the Giro’s overall leader on the road. He started the day in 14th place, just 1:32 off of Garzelli’s pace. One has to assume that with Heppner up there, the Mapei team isn’t going to let that break get too far down the road… of course, they might be preoccupied with other issues.

2:59 p.m. — That group of 12 has an advantage of 6:24. Here is a list of those riders in the break:
Fortunato Baliani (Colombia-Selle Italia)
Ruggero Marzoli (Formaggi-Trentini)
Ralf Grabsch (Telekom)
Jens Heppner (Telekom)
Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank)
Francisco Leon Mane (Kelme)
Mariano Piccoli (Lampre)
Angel Vicioso Arcos (Kelme)
Juan D: Ramirez (Colombia-Selle Italia)
Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio)
Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
Giovanni Lombardi (Acqua & Sapone)2:48 p.m. — With less than 100km remaining, the 12 leaders now have an advantage of 5:50.

2:40 p.m. — A news update from the drug front: Officials have released the name of the other rider who tested positive for Darbepoetin.

Initially, we only knew that Russian Faat Zakirov (Panaria) had tested positive. The other rider to test positive was Roberto Sgambelluri of the Mercatone Uno team.

Sgambelluri is racing today while the Russian pulled out.

2:32 p.m. — The 12 leaders now have an advantage of 3:32.

2:28 p.m. — Race radio reports that Kelme’s Manzano Ruano has pulled out of the race at the 75km mark.

2:24 p.m. — The average speed for the first two hours today is right around 39kph.

The 12 leaders, including Fortunato Baliani (Colombia-Selle Italia); Ruggero Marzoli (Formaggi-Trentini); Ralf Grabsch (Telekom); Jens Heppner (Telekom); Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank); Eddy Mazzoleni (Tacconi Sport-Emmegi),Francisco Leon Mane (Kelme); Mariano Piccoli (Lampre); Angel Vicioso Arcos (Kelme); Juan D: Ramirez (Colombia-Selle Italia), have a lead of 2:30.

2:16 p.m. — The leaders have hit the 78km mark and now have a lead of 2:25.

2:09 p.m. — There is a group of 12, including Mariano Piccoli (Lampre), Giovanni Lombardi (Acqua & Sapone) and Pietro Caucchioli (Alessio), have an advantage of about 1:30 on the field.

2:00 p.m. — The average speed for the first hour was a healthy 38.9 kph.

1:50 p.m. — Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank) and Francisco Leon Mane (Kelme) have gone off the front.

They have a small, 20-second lead.

1:35 p.m. — Today’s stage — 191km from Cuneo to Varazze — got underway about an hour ago.

The weather is a little spotty today. The skies are cloudy and it is threatening to rain.

There have been a couple of crashes so far, both at the end of the field. All riders have recovered and rejoined the field.

There have also been a series of attacks, but none has managed to stick and the peloton remains together.

1:22 p.m. — Good morning to our U.S. readers. As you might have already seen, today’s Giro d’Italia stage was thrown into turmoil this morning when news was released of the positive drug test of overall race leader Stefano Garzelli.

Garzelli said he had considered not starting today, but has opted for the re-examination of the “B-Sample,” a test which should be complete by Tuesday.

There were 182 riders who started today’s Giro, including CSC’s Tyler Hamilton, who was banged up in a crash yesterday.

Three riders — all of them from Ceramiche-Panaria — did not start today. All of those are the result of drug-related problems. Russian Faat Zakirov tested positive for Darbepoetin. His teammate Nicola Chesini was actually arrested yesterday at the end of the stage, a result of the investigation into another of his teammates. Finally, their teammate Perfetto did not start and has disappeared. Apparently Italian police have issued an arrest warrant for him and he is off and running. We’ll try to update you on that story.

Are these live updates or the police blotter?!?!?1

Results

Preliminary results from Stage 6

1. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Acqua e Sapone 4:56:45

2. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Formaggi Tret

3. Bert Grabsch (Ger), Phonak

4. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi Sport

5. Angel Vicioso (Sp), Kelme

6. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

7. Jens Heppner (Ger), Team Telekom

8. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre-Daikin

9. Francisco Leon Mane (Sp), Kelme  0:18

10. Thorwald Veneberg (Ned), Rabobank

11. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Alessio

12. Juan D: Ramirez (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia 0:22

13. Paolo Savoldelli (I), Tacconi Sport 4:21

14. Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Colombia-Selle Italia 5:05

Overall after 6 stages

1. Jens Heppner (Ger), Team Telekom 31:19:45

2. Stefano Garzelli (I), Mapei-Quick Step 3:33

3. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 3:43

4. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Alessio  3:45

5. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi Sport 3:57

6. Angel Vicioso (Sp), Kelme  4:09

7. Francesco Casagrande (I), Fassa Bortolo 4:16

8. Paolo Savoldelli (I), Tacconi Sport 4:27

9. Gilberto Simoni (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport 4:30

10. Santiago Perez Fernandez (Sp), Kelme 4:36

11. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo 4:39

12. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Sp), Phonak 4:43

13. Fernando Escartin (Sp), Team Coast 4:44

14. Tyler Hamilton (USA), CSC-Tiscali  4:46

15. Cadel Evans (Aus), Mapei-Quick Step 4:47