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Giro: Getting back to business

The clouds parted over the Giro d’Italia in more ways than one Saturday. After two days of rain and cold, it was sunny and warm at the startwith rowdy crowds, just the way the Giro should be. And, more importantlyfor the worn-down Giro, there were no doping scandals. Life almost seemedto return to normal on the Giro. Saturday’s difficult 186-km climbing stage through Italy’s spectacularAppennini Mountains with views to the Adriatic Sea helped capture everyone’sattention. With the Giro’s decisive final week looming, none of the favorites could afford to be caught watching the scenery. With

By Andrew Hood

Photo: Graham Watson

The clouds parted over the Giro d’Italia in more ways than one Saturday.

After two days of rain and cold, it was sunny and warm at the startwith rowdy crowds, just the way the Giro should be. And, more importantlyfor the worn-down Giro, there were no doping scandals. Life almost seemedto return to normal on the Giro.

Saturday’s difficult 186-km climbing stage through Italy’s spectacularAppennini Mountains with views to the Adriatic Sea helped capture everyone’sattention. With the Giro’s decisive final week looming, none of the favorites could afford to be caught watching the scenery.

With the forced absence of Stefano Garzelli and Gilberto Simoni, FrancescoCasagrande is now the heavy favorite to win the overall. The Fassa Bortolostrong man said before Saturday’s start that he was “in optimum position.The moment has come to attack.”

Casagrande attacked, but he couldn’t shake his top rivals. Tacconi Sport’sDario Frigo, Coast’s Fernando Escartin and upstart Franco Pellizotti (Alessio)followed his every move. In the end, it was Mexican flier Julio Perez Cuapio(Panaria) who took the stage and Casagrande had to settle for fourth-place and a still very tight Giro.

The long and lonely road: Lotz on his own

The long and lonely road: Lotz on his own

Photo: Graham Watson

Early in the race, several riders tried to escape the clutches of theTelekom team, proudly protecting the lead of veteran Jens Heppner. At 44km, Marc Lotz (Rabobank) escaped and built up a 4-minute lead over theday’s first major obstacle, the category-two Ceppo climb at 149 km. Several riders unsuccessfully counter-attacked in his wake.

Tyler Hamilton’s CSC-Tiscali team dominated the middle of the race,driving the bunch up and over the Ceppo in an effort to put the hurt onsome of their rivals going into Sunday’s time trial. It was an importantmessage for the team.

“The team rode well. We made the race today. We took the initiative.I was feeling OK, not spectacular, but why not try?” said CSC-Tiscali captainTyler Hamilton. “I think we surprised some guys when we first went to thefront. Casagrande is very strong, but he’s burning some matches with thoseattacks. We’ll see how many matches he has left.”

Coming off the Ceppo, Michael Rasmussen (CSC-Tiscali) and Matthias Kessler(Telekom) peeled off the front of the main bunch and started to reel inLotz, who held the lead until closing kilometers. The fireworks startedon the 11-km, 671-meter (2,214-foot) final climb to San Giacomo at 1,105meters (3,646 feet) with grades as steep as 15 percent with an averageof 6 percent.

Perez Cuapio’s winning move came with less than 4 km to go. A winnerof a stage in last year’s Giro, Cuapio punched it and Mapei’s Cadel Evanscountered. The pair bounded past Lampre’s Pavel Tonkov, who attacked at5 km to go, and held a small gap off the lead Casagrande group of about20 riders.

Cuapio dropped Evans with less than 2 km to go and held off the Australianfor the stage-win. For the featherweight climber from central Mexico, thevictory was important for the team down to four riders – Nicola Chesiniand Faat Zakirov failed doping tests, Filippo Perfetto gone because ofa police summons and two others who finished out of the time limit earlierin the Giro.

“We’ve had some difficulties with the team but it’s important to carryon,” Cuapio said in perfect Italian. “I’ve worked hard to be ready forthis Giro. I have good form and good morale. This victory means a lot forour team.”

Evans just missed an important stage victory and moved to 5th overall(see below). Heppner keeps on chugging. The 37-year-old German retainedthe overall lead, but lost just over 1 minute to second-place Casagrande.

Sunday’s 30-km individual time trial opens what will be a very excitingclosing week of the 85th Giro d’Italia, as if it hasn’t been exciting enoughalready.

Mountain biker bonanza
Three former mountain bikers made their presence known in dramaticfashion in Saturday’s 13 stage. Former mountain bike champion Michael Rasmussen(CSC-Tiscali) and Mapei’s Dario Cioni and Cadel Evans each had their 15minutes of fame (or shorter) on the climbing finish. Evans, by far themost successful crossover from the fat-tire world, came up just 13 secondsshort of victory.

Rasmussen’s run for glory ended rather ignominiously. Rasmussen is anexcellent descender and slipped off the front of the main bunch comingoff the Ceppo climb with German Matthias Kessler (Telekom). The pair wasreeling in Marc Lotz (Rabobank) on the lower flanks of the final climbwhen Rasmussen’s legs froze up with cramps. The pain was so bad he evengot off is bike. He recovered to finish 64th at 9:31 back.

Cioni made a run off the front of the main bunch with 7 km to go, forcingothers to chase. He was the first to blow past Lotz while Pavel Tonkovand stage-winner Julio Perez Cuapio followed. Cioni finished 21st at 1:24back.

Evans followed Perez Cuapio and the pair rode together until the Mexicandropped the Australian with just under 2 km to go. Evans held off counter-attacksbehind him from Casagrande and Dario Frigo (Tacconi) to finish second at13 seconds back and sits comfortably 5th overall at 2:39 back. Where’sShaun Palmer when you need him?

Hamilton hanging on
CSC-Tiscali’s Tyler Hamilton refused to buckle to a string of attackslaid down by Francesco Casagrande in Saturday’s climbing stage. AlthoughHamilton slipped off the pace in the final kilometer, he only conceded22 seconds to the Fassa Bortolo captain and remains optimistic about Sunday’stime trial.

“Unfortunately I lost contact with that lead group there at the end.It would have been nice if I could have just hung on around that last hairpinand then it was kind of flat against the headwinds. I could have come inbehind some guys,” Hamilton told VeloNews at the finish. “Following Frigoand Casagrande, I think it kind of caught up with me at the end. Thoseattacks can be hard on me — a lot of surges and accelerations.”

Hamilton continues to ride with pain in his left shoulder and otheraches and bruises from three crashes early in the Giro. He says he’s fullyrecovered from stomach cramps that hit him Thursday. Hamilton admittedit’s been tough adjusting to racing against attacking climbers after yearsof riding support for Lance Armstrong.

“I’m used to riding like a diesel. For three years at the Tour de France,I would ride at the front at a steady pace. That’s the way I’ve trainedover the years. This year I’ve really worked on my accelerations in themountains. I’ll be the first to admit that it caught up with me, just atthe end.”

TT tailor made for Tyler?
Sunday’s 30-km individual time trial will be an important test forHamilton. A proven strong time trialist, the CSC-Tiscali captain will beunder pressure for a strong result if he hopes to finish on the final podiumwhen the Giro ends in Milan on June 2.

“Tyler rode the course four times earlier this year,” said team managerBjarne Riis. “We will know Sunday how Tyler is. It’s up and down the wholeway. Let’s hope he has the legs to do it. Even if he’s not the best, Itold him as long as he tries hard, that’s all that matters. We will fightall the way to Milan.”

Hamilton said his recent injuries will not hamper his ability to holdthe aerodynamic position for the race against the clock. He cannot lifthis left arm higher than his shoulder due to intense pain caused by threecrashes early in the Giro.

“I’ll make sure it doesn’t, but there’s a lot of pain there. There’sa big bruise there. After the Giro is over I am going to get this shoulderlooked at,” Hamilton said. “It’s constantly bothering me. It hurts in mysleep. ”

Many are picking Hamilton to win. Also expected to ride strong are DarioFrigo (Tacconi) and Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto). For Hamilton, it’s his chanceto get some time back against climbing specialists such as Casagrande andCoast’s Fernando Escartin, now sitting third overall.

Confirmed “B” tests
Although it’s now a moot point, “B” test results came in Saturday confirmingthe presence of Nesp in two riders already out of the race. Faat Zakirov(Rus, Panaria) failed pre-Giro blood and urine tests and left when thepreliminary results were announced. Roberto Sgambelluri (I, Mercatone Uno)was forced out of the Giro on Friday by his Mercatone Uno team after pressurefrom other teams. Sgambelluri was tested by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)on April 24, the same day 2001 Giro d’Italia champion Gilberto Simoni wastested, which later revealed traces of cocaine in his system. Simoni alsoleft the Giro on Friday.

Where it stands: 85th Giro d’Italia
Stage 13, Chieti to San Giacomo (Monti della Laga), 186 km
Stage winner: Julio Perez Cuapio (Mex), Panaria, 5 hours, 4minutes, 2 seconds, 36.706 km/h. Cuapio, 24, a professional since 2000,adds Saturday’s win to last year’s Giro stage victory at Passo Pordoi.
Overall leader: Jens Heppner (G), Telekom – Kept the “magliarosa” for eighth day, but lost more time despite a strong finish at 22ndat 1:29 back. The veteran is now 1:48 ahead of second-place Casagrande.
Points jersey: Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Intergiro jersey: Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Climber’s jersey: Francesco Casagrande (I), Fassa Bortolo. NOTE:An error in scoring in Friday’s stage incorrectly awarded the jerseyto Colombian Joaquim Castelblanco (Col),Colombia-Selle Italia. Race jurors caught the error overnight and Casagrande started Saturday’s stage wearing the green climber’s jersey.>> Best team: Alessio widened its lead over second-place Kelme to 12:43.>> Peloton: Antonio Rizzi (I), Formaggi Trentini, abandoned and 159 riders remaining in the Giro.>> UCI jury decisions: Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, and Paolo Fornaciari (I), Mapei, each fined 50 Swiss francs and penalized 10 seconds for an illegal push by the team car.>> Injury report: Massimo Codol, an Italian on Lampre, crashed off the descent of Ceppo, suffering scraps and cuts to his right forearm and chest. He continued to finish the stage.>> Up next: Stage 14, individual time trial, Numana circuit, 30.3 km. The shorter of the two individual time trials in the closing week of the Giro, this circuit course winds through the narrow roads of the Numana Cape, a beautifully forested highlands jutting into the Adriatic Sea. The course begins with a gradual climb and at 9.2 km riders hit the category-three Poggio Massignano. After a sharp descent, there’s another climb to Camerano with sections as steep as 16-percent. After a descent and flat for 7 km, the final 10 km are undulating to the finish.

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Results

1. Julio Perez Cuapio (Mex), Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo, 5:04:02 (36.706
kph),

2. Cadel Evans (Aus), Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:13

3. Dario Frigo (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 0:17

4. Francesco Casagrande (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:19

5. Fernando Escartin (Sp), Team Coast

6. Franco Pellizotti (I), Alessio

7. Michael Boogerd (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:22

8. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Alessio

9. Ivan Gotti (I), Alessio

10. Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca

11. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre-Daikin

12. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:31

13. Paolo Savoldelli (I), Index Alexia

14. Rik Verbrugghe (B), Lotto-Adecco

15. Pavel Tonkov (Rus), Lampre-Daikin, at 0:41

16. Tyler Hamilton (USA), Team CSC Tiscali

17. Michele Scarponi (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 0:56

18. Georg Totschnig (A), Gerolsteiner, at 1:07

19. Luis Laverde Jimenez (Col), Formaggi-Trentini

20. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi

21. Dario David Cioni (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 1:24

22. Jens Heppner (G), Team Telekom, at 1:29

23. Andrea Noe’ (I), Mapei-Quick Step

24. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Lotto-Adecco

25. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio

26. Addy Engels (Ned), Rabobank, at 1:43

27. Oscar Pereiro Sio (Sp), Phonak Hearing Systems, at 1:56

28. Matthias Kessler (G), Team Telekom

29. Igor Pugaci (Mda), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 2:10

30. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 2:11

31. Juan D: Ramirez (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 2:17

32. Geert Verheyen (B), Rabobank, at 2:25

33. Hernan Dario Munoz (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 2:37

34. Juan J: De Los Angeles (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca

35. Gianni Faresin (I), Gerolsteiner, at 2:46

36. Serguei Gontchar (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:46

37. Vladimir Duma (Ukr), Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo, at 3:04

38. Grischa Niermann (G), Rabobank

39. Milan Kadlec (Cze), Lampre-Daikin, at 3:16

40. Andrei Mizourov (Kaz), Mercatone Uno, at 3:18

41. Francisco J: Lara Ruiz (Sp), Team Coast, at 3:25

42. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 3:29

43. Carlos Sastre Candil (Sp), Team CSC Tiscali, at 4:00

44. Michele Colleoni (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 4:11

45. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca

46. Joaquim Castelblanco (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 4:30

47. Daniele De Paoli (I), Alessio

48. Marc Lotz (Ned), Rabobank, at 5:29

49. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Saeco-Longoni Sport

50. Jan Boven (Ned), Rabobank, at 6:03

51. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 7:00

52. Daniele Nardello (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 8:06

53. Manuel Beltran (Sp), Team Coast

54. Manuel Calvente (Sp), Team CSC Tiscali

55. Fabio Sacchi (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport

56. Paolo Lanfranchi (I), Index Alexia

57. Sergiy Adyeyev (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

58. Oscar Mason (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport

59. Marcelino Garcia Alonso (Sp), Team CSC Tiscali

60. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak Hearing Systems

61. Alessandro Spezialetti (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 9:31

62. Ellis Rastelli (I), Gerolsteiner

63. Vladimir Miholievic (Cro), Alessio

64. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Team CSC Tiscali

65. Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre-Daikin

66. Roberto Conti (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 11:03

67. Dmitri Konyshev (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 12:39

68. Bo Hamburger (Dk), Index Alexia, at 14:48

69. Massimo Codol (I), Lampre-Daikin

70. Raphael Schweda (G), Team Coast, at 18:04

71.Fabrizio Guidi (I), Team Coast

72. Thierry Marichal (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 18:31

73. Christophe Detilloux (B), Lotto-Adecco

74. Thorwald Veneberg (Ned), Rabobank

75. Francisco Cerezo Perales (Sp), Team CSC Tiscali

76. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Team Telekom

77. Gustavo Otero Gomez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca

78. Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak Hearing Systems

79. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank

80. Daniele Contrini (I), Gerolsteiner, at 19:53

81. Gabriele Missaglia (I), Lampre-Daikin

82. Paolo Fornaciari (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 19:55

83. Matteo Carrara (I), Team Colpack-Astro

84. Cristian Gasperoni (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo

85. Denis Bondarenko (Rus), Formaggi-Trentini

86. Kai Hundertmark (G), Team Telekom

87. Hector Mesa Mesa (Col), Formaggi-Trentini

88. Davide Bramati (I), Mapei-Quick Step

89. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo

90. Marc Streel (B), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 21:24

91. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo

92. Aart Vierhouten (Ned), Lotto-Adecco

93. Alessio Galletti (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport

94. Steven De Jongh (Ned), Rabobank

95. Stephan Schreck (G), Team Telekom

96. Cayetano Julia Cegarra (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca

97. Malte Urban (G), Team Coast

98. Denis Lunghi (I), Team Colpack-Astro

99. Lars Michaelsen (Dk), Team Coast

100. Lorenzo Bernucci (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

101. Mauro Radaelli (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi

102. Ralf Grabsch (G), Team Telekom

103. Biagio Conte (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport

104. Mauro Gerosa (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi

105. Francisco Leon Mane (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca

106. Jan Schaffrath (G), Team Telekom

107.Matthias Buxhofer (A), Phonak Hearing Systems

108. Fabrice Gougot (Fra), Phonak Hearing Systems

109. Ruben Alverio Marin (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia

110. Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak Hearing Systems

111. Renzo Mazzoleni (I), Team Colpack-Astro

112. John Freddy Garcia (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia

113. Sergio Barbero (I), Lampre-Daikin

114. Miguel Angel Meza (Mex), Team Colpack-Astro

115. Marco Pantani (I), Mercatone Uno

116. Oscar Cavagnis (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

117. Frank Hoj (Dk), Team Coast

118. Luca Mazzanti (I), Mercatone Uno

119. Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

120. Massimo Apollonio (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi

121. Yuri Mitlushenko (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

122. Gian Mario Ortenzi (I), Mercatone Uno

123. Rene’ Haselbacher (A), Gerolsteiner

124. Mario Manzoni (I), Index Alexia

125. Moreno Di Biase (I), Formaggi-Trentini

126. Domenico Gualdi (I), Formaggi-Trentini

127. Fabiano Fontanelli (I), Mercatone Uno

128. Yauheni Seniushkine (Blr), Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo

129. Dario Andriotto (I), Index Alexia

130. Andrea Peron (I), Team CSC Tiscali

131. Jimmi Madsen (Dk), Team CSC Tiscali

132. Hidenori Nodera (Jpn), Team Colpack-Astro

133. Uros Murn (Slo), Formaggi-Trentini

134. Daniele Righi (I), Index Alexia

135. Mario Scirea (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo

136. Mauro Zinetti (I), Index Alexia

137. Mario Cipollini (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo

138. Danny Jonasson (Dk), Team CSC Tiscali

139. Eddy Serri (I), Index Alexia

140. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo

141. Andre’ Korff (G), Team Coast

142. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio

143. Rolf Sorensen (Dk), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

144. Denis Zanette (I), Fassa Bortolo

145. Peter Wrolich (A), Gerolsteiner

146. Maximilian Sciandri (GBr), Lampre-Daikin

147. Guido Trenti (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo

148. Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz), Team Telekom

149. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Sp), Phonak Hearing Systems

150. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi

151. Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Colombia-Selle Italia

152. Zoran Klemencic (Slo), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi

153. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Formaggi-Trentini

154. Gabriele Colombo (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo

155. Martin Derganc (Slo), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo

156. Isaac Galvez Lopez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca

157. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio

158. Matteo Gigli (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 21:50

159. Enrico Degano (I), Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo, at 22:34

DNF. Antonio Rizzi (I), Formaggi-Trentini

Overall, after 13 stages

 

1. Jens Heppner (G), Team Telekom, at 63:46:01

2. Francesco Casagrande (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:48

3. Fernando Escartin (Sp), Team Coast, at 2:36

4. Pietro Caucchioli (I), Alessio, at 2:36

5. Cadel Evans (Aus), Mapei-Quick Step, at 2:39

6. Dario Frigo (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 2:44

7. Paolo Savoldelli (I), Index Alexia, at 2:45

8. Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 2:51

9. Wladimir Belli (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:57

10. Franco Pellizotti (I), Alessio, at 3:07

11. Tyler Hamilton (USA), Team CSC Tiscali, at 3:38

12. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Lampre-Daikin, at 3:41

13. Michael Boogerd (Ned), Rabobank, at 3:43

14. Rik Verbrugghe (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 3:52

15. Eddy Mazzoleni (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 4:21

16. Andrea Noe’ (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 4:22

17. Georg Totschnig (A), Gerolsteiner, at 4:24

18. Pavel Tonkov (Rus), Lampre-Daikin, at 4:30

19. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 4:32

20. Michele Scarponi (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 4:51

21. Kurt Van De Wouwer (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 4:57

22. Cristian Moreni (I), Alessio, at 5:03

23. Oscar Pereiro Sio (Sp), Phonak Hearing Systems, at 5:52

24. Juan D: Ramirez (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 6:06

25. Ivan Gotti (I), Alessio, at 7:10

26. Juan J: De Los Angeles (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 7:12

27. Matthias Kessler (G), Team Telekom, at 7:46

28. Gianni Faresin (I), Gerolsteiner, at 8:07

29. Serguei Gontchar (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 8:53

30. Hernan Dario Munoz (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 11:18

31. Joaquim Castelblanco (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 11:25

32. Grischa Niermann (G), Rabobank, at 11:49

33. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 11:56

34. Daniele De Paoli (I), Alessio, at 12:20

35. Julio Perez Cuapio (Mex), Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo, at 12:51

36. Igor Pugaci (Mda), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 14:27

37. Addy Engels (Ned), Rabobank, at 14:27

38. Dario David Cioni (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 14:54

39. Francisco J: Lara Ruiz (Sp), Team Coast, at 15:57

40. Luis Laverde Jimenez (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 18:58

41. Manuel Beltran (Sp), Team Coast, at 20:58

42. Paolo Lanfranchi (I), Index Alexia, at 22:15

43. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 25:09

44. Daniele Nardello (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 26:02

45. Mariano Piccoli (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 27:49

46. Vladimir Miholievic (Cro), Alessio, at 28:19

47. Vladimir Duma (Ukr), Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo, at 28:39

48. Denis Lunghi (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 29:34

49. Gustavo Otero Gomez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 31:21

50. Massimo Codol (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 31:36

51. Matthias Buxhofer (A), Phonak Hearing Systems, at 32:38

52. Carlos Sastre Candil (Sp), Team CSC Tiscali, at 34:56

53. Andrei Mizourov (Kaz), Mercatone Uno, at 35:46

54. Igor Astarloa (Sp), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 37:14

55. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak Hearing Systems, at 38:21

56. Marcelino Garcia Alonso (Sp), Team CSC Tiscali, at 38:30

57. Geert Verheyen (B), Rabobank, at 40:58

58. Michael Rasmussen (Dk), Team CSC Tiscali, at 41:56

59. Francisco Cerezo Perales (Sp), Team CSC Tiscali, at 44:05

60. Jan Boven (Ned), Rabobank, at 44:14

61. Fabrizio Guidi (I), Team Coast, at 45:02

62. Maximilian Sciandri (GBr), Lampre-Daikin, at 45:34

63. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Sp), Phonak Hearing Systems, at 46:26

64. Torsten Hiekmann (G), Team Telekom, at 46:55

65. Manuel Calvente (Sp), Team CSC Tiscali, at 47:37

66. Oscar Mason (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 48:00

67. Alessandro Spezialetti (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 48:41

68. Sergio Barbero (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 50:11

69 Bert Grabsch (G), Phonak Hearing Systems, at 52:39

70. Andrea Peron (I), Team CSC Tiscali, at 54:02

71. Lorenzo Bernucci (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 54:40

72. Milan Kadlec (Cze), Lampre-Daikin, at 55:09

73. Fabio Sacchi (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 56:09

74. Sergiy Adyeyev (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 56:14

75. Marco Pantani (I), Mercatone Uno, at 56:23

76. Thorwald Veneberg (Ned), Rabobank, at 56:36

77. Davide Bramati (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 56:50

78. Matteo Tosatto (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 57:02

79. Luca Mazzanti (I), Mercatone Uno, at 57:48

80. Matteo Carrara (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 1:00:35

81. Raphael Schweda (G), Team Coast, at 1:01:37

82. Gabriele Missaglia (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 1:04:17

83. Marc Lotz (Ned), Rabobank, at 1:04:29

84. John Freddy Garcia (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:06:39

85. Daniele Righi (I), Index Alexia, at 1:08:25

86. Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ukr), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:08:31

87. Peter Wrolich (A), Gerolsteiner, at 1:09:02

88. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:09:23

89. Giovanni Lombardi (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:09:40

90. Michele Colleoni (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 1:11:05

91. Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz), Team Telekom, at 1:11:42

92. Mathew Hayman (Aus), Rabobank, at 1:12:11

93. Martin Derganc (Slo), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:13:58

94. Bo Hamburger (Dk), Index Alexia, at 1:14:58

95. Paolo Fornaciari (I), Mapei-Quick Step, at 1:16:19

96. Francisco Leon Mane (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:16:24

97. Simone Bertoletti (I), Lampre-Daikin, at 1:16:31

98. Alessandro Bertolini (I), Alessio, at 1:16:49

99. Ruben Alverio Marin (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:16:55

100. Kai Hundertmark (G), Team Telekom, at 1:16:56

101. Gian Mario Ortenzi (I), Mercatone Uno, at 1:16:56

102. Uros Murn (Slo), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:19:11

103. Alessandro Petacchi (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:19:40

104. Steven De Jongh (Ned), Rabobank, at 1:21:26

105. Cayetano Julia Cegarra (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:22:54

106. Mario Cipollini (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:23:33

107. Frank Hoj (Dk), Team Coast, at 1:24:55

108. Renzo Mazzoleni (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 1:25:09

109. Jimmi Madsen (Dk), Team CSC Tiscali, at 1:27:12

110. Roberto Conti (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:27:44

111.Aart Vierhouten (Ned), Lotto-Adecco, at 1:28:57

112. Denis Bondarenko (Rus), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:29:09

113. Thierry Marichal (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 1:29:10

114. Stephan Schreck (G), Team Telekom, at 1:29:19

115. Mauro Gerosa (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:30:30

116. Mario Scirea (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:31:01

117. Hector Mesa Mesa (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:32:24

118. Rene’ Haselbacher (A), Gerolsteiner, at 1:33:29

119. Lars Michaelsen (Dk), Team Coast, at 1:33:51

120. Dmitri Konyshev (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:34:14

121. Biagio Conte (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 1:34:21

122. Ralf Grabsch (G), Team Telekom, at 1:34:32

123. Alessio Galletti (I), Saeco-Longoni Sport, at 1:34:40

124. Andre’ Korff (G), Team Coast, at 1:35:52

125. Oscar Cavagnis (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:36:04

126. Jan Schaffrath (G), Team Telekom, at 1:36:50

127. Ellis Rastelli (I), Gerolsteiner, at 1:37:26

128. Massimo Apollonio (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:37:47

129. Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:38:19

130. Mauro Radaelli (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:38:57

131. Christophe Detilloux (B), Lotto-Adecco, at 1:39:04

132. Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak Hearing Systems, at 1:39:25

133. Isaac Galvez Lopez (Sp), Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:39:57

134. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:41:46

135. Guido Trenti (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:42:22

136. Fabrice Gougot (Fra), Phonak Hearing Systems, at 1:44:13

137. Cristian Gasperoni (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo1:45:31

138. Denis Zanette (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:45:37

139. Rolf Sorensen (Dk), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:46:39

140. Gabriele Colombo (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:47:14

141. Danny Jonasson (Dk), Team CSC Tiscali, at 1:48:07

142. Angelo Furlan (I), Alessio, at 1:48:13

143. Miguel Angel Meza (Mex), Team Colpack-Astro, at 1:48:21

144. Daniele Contrini (I), Gerolsteiner, at 1:48:42

145. Yauheni Seniushkine (Blr), Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo, at 1:49:04

146. Yuri Mitlushenko (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:52:42

147. Marc Streel (B), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:54:10

148. Matteo Gigli (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 1:54:22

149. Fabiano Fontanelli (I), Mercatone Uno, at 1:55:41

150. Malte Urban (G), Team Coast, at 1:55:46

151. Moreno Di Biase (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 2:01:14

152. Mario Manzoni (I), Index Alexia, at 2:01:48

153. Hidenori Nodera (Jpn), Team Colpack-Astro, at 2:03:22

154. Enrico Degano (I), Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo, at 2:06:13

155. Zoran Klemencic (Slo), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 2:07:23

156. Domenico Gualdi (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 2:08:34

157. Mauro Zinetti (I), Index Alexia, at 2:17:37

158. Dario Andriotto (I), Index Alexia, at 2:18:37

159. Eddy Serri (I), Index Alexia, at 2:19:23

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