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Giro d’Italia: McEwen has a perfect day

Robbie McEwen couldn’t have asked for a better finish than the one that was handed to him at the end of stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday. For sure, the 177-kilometer ride from Civitella in Val di Chiana to Spoleto, featured one of the flattest courses of this year's Giro, but the peloton was treated to a challenging finishing circuit that seemed to suit the Lotto-Domo rider’s talents more than anyone else’s in the peloton. By the time riders had completed three trips around the 7.3km loop through Spoleto, the steep 1.4km hill had taken its toll on some of the field’s better

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In his element. McEwen relishes a big win

In his element. McEwen relishes a big win

Photo: Graham Watson

Robbie McEwen couldn’t have asked for a better finish than the one that was handed to him at the end of stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday.

For sure, the 177-kilometer ride from Civitella in Val di Chiana to Spoleto, featured one of the flattest courses of this year’s Giro, but the peloton was treated to a challenging finishing circuit that seemed to suit the Lotto-Domo rider’s talents more than anyone else’s in the peloton.

By the time riders had completed three trips around the 7.3km loop through Spoleto, the steep 1.4km hill had taken its toll on some of the field’s better sprinters, Mario Cipollini (Domina Vacanze) and Ivan Quaranta (Formaggi Pinzolo) chief among them. Then the twisting turns near the finish neutralized the formidable Fassa Bortolo lead-out train of Alessandro Petacchi.

The flattest day so far

The flattest day so far

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Indeed, as Australia’s one-time Tour de France points jersey winner charged to the line after the day’s final turn, he had no idea that the race’s top sprinter, Petacchi, found himself boxed in and mired in traffic several bike lengths behind.

McEwen charged off the front, easily holding off German Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) and Italian Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) on the uphill finish to grab the stage as well as wresting the Giro’s ciclamino points jersey from double-stage winner Petacchi.”I won today thanks to the power in my legs and my will power to survive on the three circuits and in the final curves,” McEwen confidently observed after the finish, adding that he would have easily beat the Fassa Bortolo man, too, had it been a head-to-head contest.

Cipollini was ready to ride Thursday morning.

Cipollini was ready to ride Thursday morning.

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Banged, battered, but not out
The day started on a high note for Cipollini fans as the Giro-stage-win record holder arrived for the day’s sign-in at the start. There had been some question as to whether the former world champion would continue in the Giro after Wednesday’s ugly finish-line crash. Remarkably, Cipo’ managed to escape with only cuts and bruises… and 14 stitches on his shin and elbow.

As is a tradition on flat stages at the Giro, the sprinters’ teams controlled the tempo, monitoring the front of the peloton and holding the pace at a comfortable 31kph for the opening hour. But by the 38km mark some riders in the peloton made it clear that they weren’t content to let the day end with another “train race” to the line and wanted to try their hands at an escape.

A group of 21 riders – including Petacchi and American Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) – moved away, but never managed to gain more 30 seconds and by the feed zone at 85km, the last remnants of the group were pulled back.

A short while later, however, the upcoming Intergiro sprint (104km), triggered a series of attacks and created a slight gap at the front of the field. The split was small, but it created the opportunity for another break that, this time, seemed to hold some real potential.

The break – Rodriguez and Bo Hamburger (Acqua & Sapone), Magnus Bäckstedt (Alessio-Bianchi) Raffaele Illiano (Colombia-Selle Italia), Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo), Luis Laverde and Corrado Serina (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave), Andrej Hauptman (Lampre), Christophe Brandt and Ief Verbrugghe (Lotto-Domo), Michael Albasini and Uros Murn (Phonak), Manuele Mori (Saunier Duval), Dean Podgornik (Tenax) and Thomas Ziegler (Gerolsteiner) – had plenty of horsepower, but it also contained an unwelcome guest, a serious GC threat in Cioni. With the former mountain biker sitting in seventh in the overall standings at 52 seconds, it was clear that the Saeco team of overall race leader Gilberto Simoni would not allow the break to get clear.

Bäckstedt

Photo: Graham Watson

“He wasn’t doing much there,” Bäckstedt told VeloNews. “He was just in the group to keep an eye on things for Petacchi. Of course with him up there, I wasn’t going to help, since we had our own GC guys (Franco Pellizotti and Andrea Noè) to worry about.”

Indeed, over the course of the next 10km, the men in the break were far from presenting a picture of cooperation. A series of small attacks finally split the group in two and Bäckstedt joined up with Hamburger, Ziegler, Mori, Podgornik and Albasini in trying to organize a stage-winning escape.

“Our chances weren’t all that great,” Bäckstedt, winner of this year’s Paris-Roubaix, said. “With Cioni back in the field, the Fassa team really kept a close watch on us.”

The six were allowed a maximum advantage of 1:30 with 30km remaining. That lead had evaporated by the time the escapees hit the streets of Spoleto and they were swept up by a Fassa Bortolo-led charge with 15km remaining.

Moment of panic - Cunego's flat came in the closing kilometers

Moment of panic – Cunego’s flat came in the closing kilometers

Photo: Graham Watson

The Saeco team, meanwhile experienced a moment of tension, when Damiano Cunego (second overall, 13 seconds behind Simoni) suffered a flat just as the main field was bring the escapees back into the fold and working its way up the narrow streets on a 1.4km rise just before the finish area. Like clockwork, however, the team sent a small group of riders back and the young rider was quickly brought back into the field. The hill, however, took its toll on others, as Cipollini and Quaranta both popped off the back of the field as the race charged over the day’s only climb.

Prologue winner Brad McGee (FDJeux.com) made a valiant effort to put his pursuit skills to the test with 10 km to go, attacking hard off the front and bringing along Phonak’s Alexandre Moos and Ruggero Marzoli of Acqua & Sapone. McGee was clearly the strongest of the three as the other two struggled to stay on his wheel. That lack of coordination, a tiring McGee and a hard-charging peloton ensured that the break would not last too long.

In the closing kilometers, the Fassa Bortolo team began its well-rehearsed ritual of setting Petacchi up for another sprint win. The long line of blue and white jerseys marked the front of the field, while others scrambled about in the field trying their best to latch on to the back of the train and, preferably, on to Petacchi’s wheel.

But the narrow, twisting approach to the finish was not an ideal launching pad for the likes of Petacchi and his Fassa squad. Instead, it favored someone with the exceptional bike-handling skills of a street fighter like McEwen. That difference became clear as the fast-moving peloton hit the final corner before a slightly uphill finishing straight.

Locked onto the wheel of his lead-out man, Petacchi was suddenly boxed in – stuck between a swarm of riders and the barriers – as he hit the last turn.

McEwen, unaware of the traffic problems Petacchi was having, charged as hard as he could, racing past Zanotti and celebrating his win as he looked to his right and saw that he had beat the Italian to the line. That celebration almost came too early as Pollack – who held the maglia rosa for a day – came charging up hard on McEwen’s left side. But the Aussie’s momentum carried him across the line, and Pollack’s only recourse was to smack his bars in frustration.

McEwen, reflecting on his good day’s work, said: “The uphill finish was tough.“After the last bend I found myself out on my own, I didn’t realize Petacchi was stuck. He’s very strong but no one is unbeatable.”

Resplendent in his new points jersey, McEwen said that he knew the day suited him and he felt confident in his ability to take on Petacchi, whether or not his rival had been able to make the final charge.

“Everybody talks about Petacchi because he was the best sprinter last year but he’s beatable as I’ve proved in the past,” McEwen said. “I beat him in a head-to-head sprint on stage 4 last year and the reason I won today was that I was the strongest. I survived in the final corners and had the speed to win while he didn’t.”

The general classification remained the same, with Simoni retaining a 13-second lead over Cunego as both men finished in the field. Landbouwkrediet’s Yaroslav Popovych remains in third, 21 seconds behind.

Cipollini received warm applause when he came in three minutes behind the main peloton after his crash on Wednesday. “That was hell,” declared the 2002 world champion, who has won a record 42 stages in this event. “Hopefully I’ll be feeling better tomorrow. Fortunately the fans are amazing!”

Friday’s 164km ride from Spoleto to Valmontone offers the sprinters another shot at a stage win.

To see how today’s stage developed, simply open up our LIVE UPDATE WINDOW.

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Results

Results – Stage 5
1. Robbie Mc Ewen (Aus), Lotto-Domo

2. Olaf Pollack (G), Gerolsteiner

3. Marco Zanotti (I), Vini Caldirola

4. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak

5. Crescenzo D’Amore (I), Acqua & Sapone

6. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Saeco

7. Andris Nauduzs (Lat), Domina Vacanze

8. Simone Cadamuro (I), De-Nardi

9. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Acqua & Sapone

10. Alejandro Albert Borrajo (ARG), Ceramiche Panaria

11. Giuseppe Di Grande (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave

12. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo

13. Nicola Loda (I), Tenax

14. Perez Arango Marlon Al (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia

15. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago

16. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio-Bianchi

17. Franco Pellizotti (I), Alessio-Bianchi

18. Andrea Noe’ (I), Alessio-Bianchi

19. Robert Forster (G), Gerolsteiner

20. Serhiy Honchar (Ukr), De-Nardi

21. Philippe Gilbert (B), FDJeux.com

22. Damiano Cunego (I), Saeco

23. Ardila Cano Mauricio Al (Col), Chocolade Jacques

24. Stefano Garzelli (I), Vini Caldirola

25. Wladimir Belli (I), Lampre

26. Denys Kostuk (Ukr), Chocolade Jacques

27. Bradley Mc Gee (Aus), FDJeux.com

28. Gilberto Simoni (I), Saeco

29. Franc Vila Errandonea (Sp), Lampre

30. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Acqua & Sapone

31. Bo Hamburger (Dk), Acqua & Sapone

32. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak

33. Laverde Jimenez Luis Fil (Col), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave

34. Leonardo Bertagnolli (I), Saeco

35. Massimo Iannetti (I), Domina Vacanze

36. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Gerolsteiner

37. Gerhard Trampusch (A), Acqua & Sapone

38. Dario David Cioni (I), Fassa Bortolo

39. David Canada Gracia (Sp), Saunier Duval

40. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Phonak

41. Garate Cepa Juan Manuel (Sp), Lampre

42. David Derepas (F), FDJeux.com

43. Andrea Tonti (I), Saeco

44. Giuliano Figueras (I), Ceramiche Panaria

45. Oscar Mason (I), Vini Caldirola

46. Vladimir Miholyevic (CRO), Alessio-Bianchi

47. Nicolas Fritsch (F), FDJeux.com

48. Luca Mazzanti (I), Ceramiche Panaria

49. Daniel Schnider (Swi), Phonak

50. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Saunier Duval

51. Fredy Gonzalez Martinez (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia

52. Ruggero Borghi (I), De-Nardi

53. Paolo Lanfranchi (I), Ceramiche Panaria

54. Gianni Faresin (I), Gerolsteiner

55. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner

56. Ruben Lobato Elvira (Sp), Saunier Duval

57. Christophe Brandt (B), Lotto-Domo

58. Pavel Tonkov (Rus), Vini Caldirola

59. Emanuele Sella (I), Ceramiche Panaria

60. Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr), Acqua & Sapone

61. Ondrej Sosenka (Cz), Acqua & Sapone

62. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak

63. Thomas Ziegler (G), Gerolsteiner

64. Juan Gomis Lopez (Sp), Saunier Duval

65. Geert Verheyen (B), Chocolade Jacques

66. Marcus Ljungqvist (SWE), Alessio-Bianchi

67. Graziano Gasparre (I), De-Nardi

68. Fabian Wegmann (G), Gerolsteiner, all s.t.

69. Fortunato Baliani (I), Ceramiche Panaria, at 0:17

70. Nico Siymens (B), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 0:19

71. Leonardo Giordani (I), De-Nardi, at 0:21

72. Sergey Avdyeyev (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 0:24

73. Aart Vierhouten (Nl), Lotto-Domo, at 0:27

74. Marco Velo (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:29

75. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Acqua & Sapone, at 0:29

76. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Lampre, at 0:29

77. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:29

78. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 0:29

79. Gabriele Colombo (I), Domina Vacanze, at 0:36

80. Mauro Gerosa (I), Vini Caldirola, at 0:37

81. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol), Saeco, at 0:37

82. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Vini Caldirola, at 0:37

83. Marcel Strauss (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 0:37

84. Uros Murn (SLO), Phonak, at 0:41

85. Paolo Fornaciari (I), Saeco, at 0:52

86. Alessandro Spezialetti (I), Saeco, at 0:54

87. Alberto Ongarato (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:15

88. Andrea Ferrigato (I), Acqua & Sapone, at 1:19

89. Massimo Codol (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:31

90. Alessandro Vanotti (I), De-Nardi, at 1:31

91. Christophe Detilloux (B), Lotto-Domo, at 1:31

92. Ruber Alverio Marin (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:31

93. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Saunier Duval, at 1:31

94. Piotr Wadecki (Pol), Lotto-Domo, at 1:31

95. Michele Gobbi (I), De-Nardi, at 1:31

96. Tomas Vaitkus (Lit), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 1:31

97. Massimo Strazzer (I), Saunier Duval, at 1:31

98. Fabio Sacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:31

99. Johan Verstrepen (B), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 1:31

100. Brett Lancaster (Aus), Ceramiche Panaria, at 1:31

101. Radoslav Rogina (CRO), Tenax, at 1:31

102. Leonardo Scarselli (I), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:31

103. Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 1:31

104. Scott Davis (Aus), Ceramiche Panaria, at 1:31

105. Marco Serpellini (I), Gerolsteiner, at 1:31

106. Raffaele Illiano (I), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:31

107. Nicolas Vogondy (F), FDJeux.com, at 1:31

108. Giuseppe Muraglia (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 1:31

109. Simone Masciarelli (I), Vini Caldirola, at 1:31

110. Marco Fertonani (I), Phonak, at 1:31

111. Volodimyr Duma (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 1:42

112. Gianluca Sironi (I), Vini Caldirola, at 2:37

113. Marzio Bruseghin (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:37

114. Dario Andriotto (I), Vini Caldirola, at 2:37

115. Bostjan Mervar (SLO), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 2:37

116. Jan Svorada (Cz), Lampre, at 2:37

117. Magnus Backstedt (SWE), Alessio-Bianchi, at 2:37

118. Gorik Gardeyn (B), Lotto-Domo, at 2:37

119. Daniele Pietropolli (I), Tenax, at 2:37

120. Manuele Mori (I), Saunier Duval, at 2:37

121. Mario Cipollini (I), Domina Vacanze, at 3:19

122. Alessio Galletti (I), Domina Vacanze, at 3:19

123. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Domina Vacanze, at 3:19

124. Mario Scirea (I), Domina Vacanze, at 3:19

125. Andrus Aug (Est), Domina Vacanze, at 3:19

126. Martin Derganc (SLO), Domina Vacanze, at 3:19

127. Zoran Klemencic (SLO), Tenax, at 3:19

128. Oscar Pozzi (I), Tenax, at 3:19

129. Gabriele Bosisio (I), Tenax, at 3:19

130. Giancarlo Ginestri (I), Tenax, at 3:19

131. Jan Van Velzen (Nl), Chocolade Jacques, at 3:19

132. Trent Wilson (Aus), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 3:19

133. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 3:19

134. Ellis Rastelli (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 3:19

135. Michael Albasini (Swi), Phonak, at 3:19

136. Nick Gates (Aus), Lotto-Domo, at 3:19

137. Matthew Wilson (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 3:19

138. Dominguez J. Carlos (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 3:19

139. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre, at 3:19

140. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre, at 3:19

141. Andrej Hauptman (SLO), Lampre, at 3:19

142. Charly Wegelius (GB), De-Nardi, at 3:19

143. Gorazd Stangelj (SLO), Saeco, at 3:19

144. Igor Pugaci (MDA), De-Nardi, at 3:19

145. Perez Cuapio Julio A. (Mex), Ceramiche Panaria, at 3:19

146. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 3:19

147. Jacky Durand (F), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 3:19

148. Florent Brard (F), Chocolade Jacques, at 3:19

149. Francis Mourey (F), FDJeux.com, at 3:25

150. Corrado Serina (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 4:46

151. Domenico Gualdi (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 4:46

152. Mario Manzoni (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 4:46

153. Ivan Quaranta (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 4:46

154. Russell Van Hout (Aus), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 4:46

155. Philippe Schnyder (Swi), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 4:46

156. Benoit Vaugrenard (F), FDJeux.com, at 4:46

157. Ief Verbrugghe (B), Lotto-Domo, at 4:46

158. Luciano Pagliarini Mendonca (BRA), Lampre, at 4:46

159. Gert Steegmans (B), Lotto-Domo, at 4:46

160. Renzo Mazzoleni (I), Tenax, at 4:46

161. Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Sp), Chocolade Jacques, at 4:49

162. Freddy Bichot (F), FDJeux.com, at 5:50

163. Alberto Loddo (I), Saunier Duval, at 9:46

164. Dean Podgornik (SLO), Tenax, at 9:46

165. Maxim Rudenko (Ukr), Chocolade Jacques, at 9:46

Overall
1. Gilberto Simoni (I), Saeco, 23:34:35

2. Damiano Cunego (I), Saeco, at 0:13

3. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 0:21

4. Franco Pellizotti (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 0:29

5. Gerhard Trampusch (A), Acqua & Sapone, at 0:41

6. Giuliano Figueras (I), Ceramiche Panaria, at 0:45

7. Dario David Cioni (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:52

8. Serhiy Honchar (Ukr), De-Nardi, at 0:58

9. Stefano Garzelli (I), Vini Caldirola, at 1:05

10. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Saeco, at 1:06

11. Andrea Noe’ (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 1:07

12. Davide Rebellin (I), Gerolsteiner, at 1:19

13. Garate Cepa Juan Manuel (Sp), Lampre, at 1:25

14. Wladimir Belli (I), Lampre, at 1:33

15. Sven Montgomery (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 1:33

16. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 1:38

17. Pavel Tonkov (Rus), Vini Caldirola, at 1:39

18. Emanuele Sella (I), Ceramiche Panaria, at 1:45

19. Franc Vila Errandonea (Sp), Lampre, at 1:49

20. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak, at 1:50

21. Rinaldo Nocentini (I), Acqua & Sapone, at 1:51

22. Bradley Mc Gee (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 1:54

23. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Phonak, at 2:00

24. Andrea Tonti (I), Saeco, at 2:07

25. David Canada Gracia (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 2:16

26. Christophe Brandt (B), Lotto-Domo, at 2:19

27. Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr), Acqua & Sapone, at 2:20

28. Leonardo Bertagnolli (I), Saeco, at 2:21

29. Ruben Lobato Elvira (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 2:22

30. Vladimir Miholyevic (CRO), Alessio-Bianchi, at 2:29

31. Ondrej Sosenka (Cz), Acqua & Sapone, at 2:29

32. Luca Mazzanti (I), Ceramiche Panaria, at 2:34

33. Ruggero Borghi (I), De-Nardi, at 2:36

34. Paolo Lanfranchi (I), Ceramiche Panaria, at 3:12

35. Perez Arango Marlon Al (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 3:18

36. Giuseppe Di Grande (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 3:23

37. Philippe Gilbert (B), FDJeux.com, at 3:28

38. Massimo Iannetti (I), Domina Vacanze, at 4:16

39. Ardila Cano Mauricio Al (Col), Chocolade Jacques, at 4:38

40. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol), Saeco, at 4:38

41. Fabian Wegmann (G), Gerolsteiner, at 4:40

42. Laverde Jimenez Luis Fil (Col), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 5:22

43. Juan Gomis Lopez (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 5:27

44. Nicolas Fritsch (F), FDJeux.com, at 5:44

45. Massimo Codol (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 5:55

46. Bo Hamburger (Dk), Acqua & Sapone, at 5:59

47. Marco Fertonani (I), Phonak, at 6:20

48. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Vini Caldirola, at 6:21

49. Gianni Faresin (I), Gerolsteiner, at 6:39

50. Denys Kostuk (Ukr), Chocolade Jacques, at 6:40

51. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Lampre, at 6:51

52. Giuseppe Muraglia (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 7:04

53. Geert Verheyen (B), Chocolade Jacques, at 7:15

54. Marzio Bruseghin (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 8:00

55. Oscar Mason (I), Vini Caldirola, at 8:28

56. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Acqua & Sapone, at 9:30

57. Fredy Gonzalez Martinez (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 9:34

58. Leonardo Scarselli (I), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 10:42

59. Radoslav Rogina (CRO), Tenax, at 10:57

60. Daniel Schnider (Swi), Phonak, at 11:34

61. Graziano Gasparre (I), De-Nardi, at 11:42

62. Piotr Wadecki (Pol), Lotto-Domo, at 11:46

63. Alessandro Vanotti (I), De-Nardi, at 12:02

64. Nico Siymens (B), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 12:23

65. Simone Masciarelli (I), Vini Caldirola, at 12:24

66. Alejandro Albert Borrajo (ARG), Ceramiche Panaria, at 12:34

67. Charly Wegelius (GB), De-Nardi, at 12:46

68. Raffaele Illiano (I), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 12:49

69. Nicola Loda (I), Tenax, at 12:59

70. Leonardo Giordani (I), De-Nardi, at 13:03

71. Manuele Mori (I), Saunier Duval, at 13:20

72. Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 13:28

73. Robbie Mc Ewen (Aus), Lotto-Domo, at 14:29

74. Igor Pugaci (MDA), De-Nardi, at 14:37

75. Sergey Avdyeyev (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 14:58

76. Volodimyr Duma (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 15:29

77. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 15:29

78. Mauro Gerosa (I), Vini Caldirola, at 15:44

79. Fortunato Baliani (I), Ceramiche Panaria, at 15:48

80. Perez Cuapio Julio A. (Mex), Ceramiche Panaria, at 15:58

81. Uros Murn (SLO), Phonak, at 15:58

82. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Saunier Duval, at 16:37

83. Thomas Ziegler (G), Gerolsteiner, at 16:41

84. Alessandro Spezialetti (I), Saeco, at 17:38

85. Andrea Ferrigato (I), Acqua & Sapone, at 17:39

86. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre, at 18:13

87. Ellis Rastelli (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 18:30

88. Gianluca Sironi (I), Vini Caldirola, at 18:43

89. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 19:13

90. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 19:23

91. Gorazd Stangelj (SLO), Saeco, at 19:35

92. Niki Aebersold (Swi), Phonak, at 19:52

93. Fred Rodriguez (USA), Acqua & Sapone, at 20:05

94. Alexandre Usov (Blr), Phonak, at 20:12

95. Marco Velo (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 20:16

96. Marcus Ljungqvist (SWE), Alessio-Bianchi, at 21:09

97. Olaf Pollack (G), Gerolsteiner, at 21:10

98. Tomas Vaitkus (Lit), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 21:13

99. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 21:18

100. Fabio Sacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 21:33

101. Crescenzo D’Amore (I), Acqua & Sapone, at 21:48

102. Simone Cadamuro (I), De-Nardi, at 22:34

103. Aart Vierhouten (Nl), Lotto-Domo, at 22:44

104. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Saunier Duval, at 23:10

105. Dario Andriotto (I), Vini Caldirola, at 23:12

106. Massimo Strazzer (I), Saunier Duval, at 23:13

107. Daniele Pietropolli (I), Tenax, at 23:24

108. Paolo Fornaciari (I), Saeco, at 23:29

109. Florent Brard (F), Chocolade Jacques, at 23:38

110. Oscar Pozzi (I), Tenax, at 24:02

111. Michele Gobbi (I), De-Nardi, at 24:13

112. Alberto Ongarato (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 24:14

113. Andrej Hauptman (SLO), Lampre, at 24:19

114. Marco Serpellini (I), Gerolsteiner, at 24:47

115. Marco Zanotti (I), Vini Caldirola, at 25:21

116. Ruber Alverio Marin (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 25:39

117. Dominguez J. Carlos (Sp), Saunier Duval, at 27:57

118. Renzo Mazzoleni (I), Tenax, at 28:02

119. Andris Nauduzs (Lat), Domina Vacanze, at 29:55

120. David Derepas (F), FDJeux.com, at 30:32

121. Scott Davis (Aus), Ceramiche Panaria, at 30:38

122. Gabriele Colombo (I), Domina Vacanze, at 30:58

123. Michael Albasini (Swi), Phonak, at 31:11

124. Marcel Strauss (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 31:14

125. Nick Gates (Aus), Lotto-Domo, at 31:28

126. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio-Bianchi, at 31:29

127. Brett Lancaster (Aus), Ceramiche Panaria, at 31:35

128. Bostjan Mervar (SLO), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 31:49

129. Christophe Detilloux (B), Lotto-Domo, at 32:07

130. Robert Forster (G), Gerolsteiner, at 32:13

131. Jan Svorada (Cz), Lampre, at 32:54

132. Gorik Gardeyn (B), Lotto-Domo, at 33:00

133. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre, at 33:07

134. Mario Cipollini (I), Domina Vacanze, at 33:10

135. Andrus Aug (Est), Domina Vacanze, at 33:15

136. Alessio Galletti (I), Domina Vacanze, at 33:23

137. Mario Scirea (I), Domina Vacanze, at 33:34

138. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Domina Vacanze, at 33:48

139. Martin Derganc (SLO), Domina Vacanze, at 33:52

140. Philippe Schnyder (Swi), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 34:20

141. Ief Verbrugghe (B), Lotto-Domo, at 35:09

142. Johan Verstrepen (B), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 35:22

143. Gert Steegmans (B), Lotto-Domo, at 35:29

144. Jan Van Velzen (Nl), Chocolade Jacques, at 36:32

145. Nicolas Vogondy (F), FDJeux.com, at 36:54

146. Francis Mourey (F), FDJeux.com, at 37:57

147. Luciano Pagliarini Mendonca (BRA), Lampre, at 38:33

148. Gabriele Bosisio (I), Tenax, at 38:33

149. Magnus Backstedt (SWE), Alessio-Bianchi, at 39:43

150. Matthew Wilson (Aus), FDJeux.com, at 42:22

151. Maxim Rudenko (Ukr), Chocolade Jacques, at 42:42

152. Zoran Klemencic (SLO), Tenax, at 43:11

153. Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Sp), Chocolade Jacques, at 43:53

154. Benoit Vaugrenard (F), FDJeux.com, at 44:04

155. Jacky Durand (F), Landbouwkrediet – Colnago, at 44:06

156. Trent Wilson (Aus), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 44:22

157. Mario Manzoni (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 45:50

158. Corrado Serina (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 46:16

159. Ivan Quaranta (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 46:20

160. Domenico Gualdi (I), Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave, at 46:23

161. Giancarlo Ginestri (I), Tenax, at 46:42

162. Russell Van Hout (Aus), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 47:08

163. Dean Podgornik (SLO), Tenax, at 50:29

164. Freddy Bichot (F), FDJeux.com, at 51:53

165. Alberto Loddo (I), Saunier Duval, at 54:11