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GIRO: Tyler scores big win; jumps to 3rd overall

Tyler Hamilton had the biggest day of his professional cycling careerSunday and catapulted into contention for overall victory in the 85th Girod’Italia. Hamilton won Sunday’s 14th stage, a beautiful, but difficult, 30-kmindividual time trial along Italy’s rugged Adriatic Coast, and bouncedfrom 11th to third place overall. On the same day Hamilton’s longtime mentor Lance Armstrong won the overalltitle in the Midi Libre in France, Hamilton burst out of the Texan’s shadowforever and won the first American stage victory at the Giro since 1988. “To win today was incredible. It was my biggest

14th stage Numana 30.3 km — TT

By Andrew Hood

Hamilton smokes 'em

Hamilton smokes ’em

Photo: Graham Watson

Tyler Hamilton had the biggest day of his professional cycling careerSunday and catapulted into contention for overall victory in the 85th Girod’Italia.

Hamilton won Sunday’s 14th stage, a beautiful, but difficult, 30-kmindividual time trial along Italy’s rugged Adriatic Coast, and bouncedfrom 11th to third place overall.

On the same day Hamilton’s longtime mentor Lance Armstrong won the overalltitle in the Midi Libre in France, Hamilton burst out of the Texan’s shadowforever and won the first American stage victory at the Giro since 1988.

“To win today was incredible. It was my biggest achievement in cycling,”Hamilton said. “Today was nice to forget all the problems and show everyone that I was strong.”

Hamilton was fastest on the technical, up-and-down course at both timesplits and took nearly 2 minutes out of arch-rival Francesco Casagrande(Fassa Bortolo), who fell from second in the overall standings to fourth,one second behind Hamilton. But Casagrande had to have been unnerved losing 1:51 to Hamilton, realizing that the Giro still holds another 42.9-kilometer individual time trial next week.

Still in the jersey: Heppner holds a 48-second lead over a surprising Evans

Still in the jersey: Heppner holds a 48-second lead over a surprising Evans

Photo: Graham Watson

German Jens Heppner (Telekom) had just enough gas to hold the magliarosa for another day, while former mountain biker Cadel Evans bouncedinto second-place overall after finishing third in the stage.

After nearly two weeks of aches and pain resulting from three crashesin the first week of the 20-stage Giro, Hamilton ripped the course in 41minutes, 21 seconds in an average speed of 43.966 kph. Dressed in the red-and-white jersey of his new CSC-Tiscali team, with scarred and scabby knees and elbows to match, Hamilton powered his 54×39 / 21×11 gears to victory riding ina clean aerodynamic position.

“I felt strong right away. We talked about it and decided that I wouldride the first 10 km like it was the last 10 km and see if I could holdit at the end,” he said. “It was a little redemption because I came tothis Giro in good form and was hoping for some good things, but those crashesdid some damage.”

Hamilton becomes just the fourth American to win a stage at the Girod’Italia. CSC-Tiscali’s quiet 31-year-old captain, riding in his firstGiro d’Italia, is suddenly in position to win the race.

“I’m a contender. It’s going to depend if I can hang with the big boysin the Dolomites,” Hamilton said. “I wasn’t thinking about taking timeout of anyone. I was thinking about the stage victory. I really wantedto win today and I felt like I could.”

Hamilton’s historic victory is just what CSC-Tiscali team manager BjarneRiis hoped for when he lured the former skier away from U.S. Postal Service,the only team Hamilton ever rode for since turning pro in 1995.

“He’s been working incredibly hard for a half year to arrive at thispoint. We have studied and trained hard and now everything went today intoa higher level. It’s a fantastic feeling,” a jubilant Riis said.

The entire team waited at the CSC-Tiscali bus to watch Hamilton’s ride.The mood was tense as mechanics called splits to Riis, who was barkingorders to Hamilton following in the team car. Some teammates aged whatseemed like a year when Hamilton slipped out of his pedal in the final200 meters without consequence. When Hamilton arrived at the team bus,it was all hugs and smiles.

“I knew he was good. He rode fantastically today,” Riis continued. “He was quiet for the first 2-3 kilometers, then he just went hard. He was very strong. When I saw the first time split, I realized he really had some punch. If he hadn’t crashed (earlier in the Giro), he would have been in the pink jersey today.”

Hamilton pre-rode the time trial course four times earlier this spring and again Sunday morning and said the advance knowledge paid off. ItalianDario Frigo, who finished nearly a minute slower and slipped to fifth overall at 1:11 back, didn’t bother to preview the course and crashed hard on his knee when his chain slipped while riding the course Sunday morning.

“Hamilton was very strong today. He’s a time trial specialist, but he rode a great time trial, no doubt,” said Frigo, sixth at 0:59 slower. “Thisfinal week is very hard. I would have liked to do better. I crashed inmy ride this morning, that’s not an excuse, but that was in my mind.”

Hamilton seemed a bit overwhelmed by all the hoopla. He even had troubletaking a piss for the post-victory drug test and arrived late to the post-racepress conference.

How’s it feel to join Andy Hampsten, Greg LeMond and Ron Keifel as theonly Americans to win a Giro stage?

“I’m still absorbing this. It’s exciting to be part of the history books,” Hamilton said. “Everything’s happened so fast, so there’s not much time to think about it. I dedicate this victory to my wife, Haven, and to Bjarne. They’ve both supported me and believed in me. I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if it weren’t for them.”

Time splits: Here are the top-10 time splits over two checkpointson the course:1st checkpoint: (at 9.2 km)
1. Hamilton, 14:09 (39.011 kph)
2. Honchar, at 0:13
3. Caucchioli, at 0:22
4. Frigo, at 0:28
5. Gonzalez, at 0:30
6. Evans, at 0:30
7. Noe, at 0:34
8. Garate, at 0:36
9. Escartin, at 0:36
10. Cioni, at 0:38;2nd checkpoint: (at 21.2 km)
1. Hamilton, 29:55 (42.518 kph)
2. Honchar, at 0:16
3. Frigo, at 0:46
4. Evans, at 0:47
5. Gonzalez, at 48
6. Verbrugghe, at 0:50
7. Caucchioli, at 0:51
8. Garate, at 0:52
9. Cioni, at 0:55
10. Totschnig, at 1:04A critical week ahead
Sunday’s time trial was the opening shot of the final decisive weekof the 2002 Giro d’Italia. The Numana course helped sort out the GeneralClassifications, but it remains a wide-open race.If you throw away Jens Heppner’s 48-second margin over Evans (the Germanwill likely hold the jersey until Wednesday’s climbing stage), there are13 racers within 2 minutes of one another.Following Monday’s rest day and Tuesday’s flat 15th stage, the Giroheads into the Dolomites for two punishing climbing stages Wednesday andThursday, when there will be more dramatic shakeups in the G.C.“The Giro depends on stages 16 and 17,” Hamilton said. “Those stagesare going to make or break the race for everybody.”It’s flat again Friday and Saturday’s final time trial could decidethe winner of the race. Sunday will likely be a victory march for MarioCipollini, if he manages to make it over the mountains.“For sure Hamilton was the strongest today, just like we expected,”said Casagrande, who looked wobbly on the bike despite additional timetrial work. “Evans is now one of the favorites because we’ve seen how hecan climb. It’s still hard this final week. The mountains will decide everything.”The American record at the Giro
Hamilton made history Sunday, earning the first American Giro stage-winsince 1988.American success at the Giro came during cycling’s “first wave” of U.S.racers hitting Europe’s top races in the mid- to late-1980s, culminatingwith the dramatic overall victory by Andy Hampsten in 1988.Hampsten also finished third overall in 1989 and won three career Girostages. In 1985, Ron Keifel won the first-ever stage by an American inthe Giro and five days later, his 7-Eleven teammate Hampsten won his firstGiro stage.Greg LeMond finished third overall in 1985 and won a stage in the 1986Giro.Since those glory days, few Americans have raced in the Giro. In 1994,Motorola was the last American team to race at the Giro and Hampsten finished10th overall. U.S. Postal Service has overlooked the Italian race to competeelsewhere leading up to the Tour de France in July, though Lance Armstronghas hinted he’d like to take a stab at the Giro before retiring.Here’s how Americans have fared with stage-wins and the podium finishes:Ron Keifel (7-Eleven), stage 15, Perugia, 1985
Andy Hampsten (7-Eleven), stage 20, Gran Paradiso, 1985
Greg LeMond (La Vie Claire), third overall, 1985
LeMond (La Vie Claire), stage 5, Cosenza; fourth overall, 1986
Hampsten (7-Eleven), stage 12, Selvino; stage 18, Vetrioli,first overall, 1988
Hampsten (7-Eleven), third overall, 1989.Evans riding strong
Cadel Evans is helping ease the sting for Mapei over losing StefanoGarzelli to failed doping tests. Evans finished a very solid third Sunday,just 41 seconds slower than Hamilton, and moved from fifth to second overallat 48 seconds behind Heppner.“I never could have dreamed I would be second overall in the final weekof the Giro d’Italia,” Evans said after Sunday’s ride. “I felt good inthe stage. The first part was difficult but I found my rhythm in the flats.I was only thinking about having the best possible time trial. I will takethe Giro stage-by-stage.”In Saturday’s climbing, the former mountain biker finish second just13 seconds behind winner Julio Perez Cuapio (Panaria) and brought new lifeto the beleaguered Mapei team.“On Saturday, I wanted to stay close to Casagrande,” Evans said. “Inthe final section, I realized I had pretty good legs and decided to attackto open up as much room as possible. Cuapio was the only rider that caughtme and then he overtook me. I’m satisfied with how I rode, but of courseI would have liked to have won.”
 Where it stands: 85th Giro d’ItaliaStage 14, Numana-Numana, individual time trial, 30.3 km; good crowds,mostly sunny with slight breeze off the Adriatic Sea.Stage winner: Tyler Hamilton (USA, CSC-Tiscali), winning in 41minutes, 21 seconds, with an average speed of 43.966 kph. Hamilton’s victoryis the first by an American since 1988, when Andy Hampsten won two stagesand the overall Giro.
Overall leader: Jens Heppner (G), Telekom, finished 29th at2:31 slower than Hamilton, but had enough juice to keep the maglia rosaanother day.
Points jersey: Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Intergiro jersey: Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Climber’s jersey: Francesco Casagrande (I), Fassa Bortolo.
Best team: Alessio widened its lead over second-place Kelmeto 12:43.
Peloton: Massimo Codol (I, Lampre), who crashed hard in Saturday’sstage, did not start, leaving 158 riders in the race.UCI jury decisions:
Team Colpack was fined 200 Swiss francs for not following commissariesdirections during the ride of Denis Lunghi.Injury report:
X-rays taken Saturday evening revealed that Massimo Codol (I, Lampre)suffered fractures in three ribs. There were no crashes in Sunday’s stage.Up next:
Riders enjoy the Giro’s second and final rest day Monday. Most teamsmade the 300-km drive north to Padova on Sunday. Racers will spend Mondayrecuperating, taking a short training ride, holding interviews and catchingup with e-mails and family and friends. Also, at least two riders fromeach team have been called by Francesco Moser to a meeting Monday afternoonby the Professional Cycling Association (CPA) to discuss the state of cycling.Also Monday, Giro race director Carmine Castellano has called a press conferenceto discuss “il futuro del Giro d’Italia.”
 

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Results

1 Tyler HAMILTON ( (USA)) CSC Tiscali, 41:21

2 Serhiy HONCHAR (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo, 41:52

3 Cadel EVANS (Aus) Mapei-Quick Step, 42:02

4 Rik VERBRUGGHE (B) Lotto-Adecco, 42:14

5 Aitor GONZALEZ JIMENEZ (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, 42:17

6 Dario FRIGO (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, 42:20

7 Dario David CIONI (I) Mapei-Quick Step, 42:23

8 Juan Manuel GARATE (Sp) Lampre-Daikin, 42:29

9 Georg TOTSCHNIG (A) Gerolsteiner, 42:29

10 Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (I) Alessio, 42:37

11 Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Sp) Phonak Hearing Systems, 42:47

12 Vladimir DUMA (Ukr) Ceramiche Panaria, 42:55

13 Andrea NOE: (I) Mapei-Quick Step, 42:56

14 Paolo SAVOLDELLI (I) Index Alexia, 42:57

15 Fernando ESCARTIN (Sp) Coast, 42:57

16 Andrea PERON (I) CSC Tiscali, 43:02

17 Cristian MORENI (I) Alessio, 43:06

18 Francesco CASAGRANDE (I) Fassa Bortolo, 43:12

19 Franco PELLIZOTTI (I) Alessio, 43:14

20 Mariano PICCOLI (I) Lampre-Daikin, 43:15

21 Michele SCARPONI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 43:19

22 Ivan GOTTI (I) Alessio, 43:24

23 Kurt VAN DE WOUWER (B) Lotto-Adecco, 43:29

24 Eddy MAZZOLENI (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, 43:35

25 Grischa NIERMANN (G) Rabobank, 43:35

26 Wladimir BELLI (I) Fassa Bortolo, 43:36

27 Marc STREEL (B) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 43:43

28 Daniele NARDELLO (I) Mapei-Quick Step, 43:44

29 Jens HEPPNER (G) Telekom, 43:53

30 Denis BONDARENKO (Rus) FOT 43:54

31 Pavel TONKOV (Rus) Lampre-Daikin, 43:55

32 Andrei MIZOUROV (Kaz) MER 43:56

33 Daniele DE PAOLI (I) Alessio, 43:57

34 Angel VICIOSO ARCOS (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, 43:58

35 Joaquim CASTELBLANCO (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia, 44:02

36 Davide BRAMATI (I) Mapei-Quick Step, 44:05

37 Yaroslav POPOVYCH (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 44:07

38 Jan BOVEN (Nl) Rabobank, 44:10

39 Thorwald VENEBERG (Nl) Rabobank, 44:11

40 Raphael SCHWEDA (G) Coast, 44:13

41 Sergiy ADYEYEV (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 44:18

42 Bert G Rabobank, SCH (G) Phonak Hearing Systems, 44:19

43 Michael BOOGERD (Nl) Rabobank, 44:25

44 Vladimir MIHOLIEVIC (Cro) Alessio, 44:25

45 Simone BERTOLETTI (I) Lampre-Daikin, 44:26

46 Hernan Dario MUNOZ (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia, 44:34

47 Torsten HIEKMANN (G) Telekom, 44:37

48 Rene: HASELBACHER (A) Gerolsteiner, 44:39

49 Milan KADLEC CZE Lampre-Daikin, 44:40

50 Fabio SACCHI (I) SAE 44:41

51 Alexandre MOOS (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems, 44:42

52 Gianni FARESIN (I) Gerolsteiner, 44:51

53 Gabriele MISSAGLIA (I) Lampre-Daikin, 44:52

54 Matthias BUXHOFER (A) Phonak Hearing Systems, 44:53

55 Francisco J. LARA RUIZ (Sp) Coast, 44:55

56 Igor PUGACI (Mda) SAE 44:57

57 Luis LAVERDE JIMENEZ (Col) FOT 44:58

58 Denis LUNGHI (I) CPK 45:00

59 Matthias KESSLER (G) Telekom, 45:00

60 Addy ENGELS (Nl) Rabobank, 45:05

61 Igor ASTARLOA (Sp) SAE 45:08

62 Geert VERHEYEN (B) Rabobank, 45:11

63 Mykhaylo KHALILOV (Ukr) Colombia-Selle Italia, 45:14

64 Renzo MAZZOLENI (I) CPK 45:17

65 Steve ZAMPIERI (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, 45:19

66 Francisco LEON MANE (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, 45:22

67 Aart VIERHOUTEN (Nl) Lotto-Adecco, 45:29

68 Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (Mex) Ceramiche Panaria, 45:31

69 John Freddy GARCIA (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia, 45:32

70 Thierry MARICHAL (B) Lotto-Adecco, 45:33

71 Gian Mario ORTENZI (I) MER 45:34

72 Alessandro PETacconi Sport-Emmegi, CHI (I) Fassa Bortolo, 45:38

73 Matteo CARRARA (I) CPK 45:43

74 Sylvester SZMYD (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, 45:44

75 Daniele CONTRINI (I) Gerolsteiner, 45:49

76 Denis ZANETTE (I) Fassa Bortolo, 45:49

77 Paolo FORNACIARI (I) Mapei-Quick Step, 45:50

78 Biagio CONTE (I) SAE 45:50

79 Kai HUNDERTMARK (G) Telekom, 45:50

80 Massimo STRAZZER (I) Phonak Hearing Systems, 45:53

81 Matteo TOSATTO (I) Fassa Bortolo, 45:55

82 Malte URBAN (G) Coast, 45:55

83 Angelo FURLAN (I) Alessio, 45:56

84 Marcelino GARCIA ALONSO (Sp) CSC Tiscali, 45:57

85 Alessandro SPEZIALETTI (I) SAE 46:00

86 Martin DERGANC (Slo) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 46:01

87 Isaac GALVEZ LOPEZ (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, 46:02

88 Dario ANDRIOTTO (I) Index Alexia, 46:03

89 Alessio GALLETTI (I) SAE 46:03

90 Roberto CONTI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 46:04

91 Mathew HAYMAN (Aus) Rabobank, 46:05

92 Ralf G Rabobank, SCH (G) Telekom, 46:07

93 Luca MAZZANTI (I) MER 46:08

94 Yauheni SENIUSHKINE BLR Ceramiche Panaria, 46:08

95 Serguei YAKOVLEV (Kaz) Telekom, 46:10

96 Steven DE JONGH (Nl) Rabobank, 46:12

97 Jimmi MADSEN (Dk) CSC Tiscali, 46:12

98 Mario CIPOLLINI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 46:13

99 Marco PANTANI (I) MER 46:13

100 Juan DE LOS ANGELES (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, 46:16

101 Cayetano JULIA CEGARRA (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, 46:16

102 Michael RASMUSSEN (Dk) CSC Tiscali, 46:16

103 Mauro GEROSA (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, 46:21

104 Cristian GASPERONI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 46:21

105 Michele COLLEONI (I) CPK 46:23

106 Juan D. RAMIREZ (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia, 46:26

107 Carlos SASTRE CANDIL (Sp) CSC Tiscali, 46:31

108 Mauro RADAELLI (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, 46:34

109 Paolo LANFRANCHI (I) Index Alexia, 46:35

110 Dmitri KONYSHEV (Rus) Fassa Bortolo, 46:35

111 Gustavo OTERO GOMEZ (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, 46:35

112 Domenico GUALDI (I) FOT 46:36

113 Giovanni LOMBARDI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 46:39

114 Christophe DETILLOUX (B) Lotto-Adecco, 46:40

115 Manuel BELTRAN (Sp) Coast, 46:41

116 Peter WROLICH (A) Gerolsteiner, 46:42

117 Danny JONASSON (Dk) CSC Tiscali, 46:44

118 Francisco CEREZO PERALES Francisco (Sp) CSC Tiscali, 46:44

119 Oscar CAVAGNIS (I) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 46:46

120 Gabriele COLOMBO (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 46:50

121 Daniele RIGHI (I) Index Alexia, 46:53

122 Fabiano FONTANELLI (I) MER 46:55

123 Stephan SCHRECK (G) Telekom, 46:58

124 Massimo APOLLONIO (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, 47:00

125 Fabrizio GUIDI (I) Coast, 47:02

126 Lars MICHAELSEN (Dk) Coast, 47:03

127 Andre: KORFF (G) Coast, 47:08

128 Ruggero MARZOLI (I) FOT 47:11

129 Sergio BARBERO (I) Lampre-Daikin, 47:12

130 Fabrice GOUGOT (F) Phonak Hearing Systems, 47:15

131 Mario SCIREA (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 47:17

132 Ruben Alverio MARIN (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia, 47:19

133 Ellis RASTELLI (I) Gerolsteiner, 47:20

134 Marc Lotto-Adecco, Z (Nl) Rabobank, 47:21

135 Manuel CALVENTE (Sp) CSC Tiscali, 47:23

136 Eddy SERRI (I) Index Alexia, 47:24

137 Oscar MASON (I) SAE 47:25

138 Rolf SORENSEN (Dk) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 47:32

139 Bo HAMBURGER (Dk) Index Alexia, 47:35

140 Mauro ZINETTI (I) Index Alexia, 47:35

141 Uros MURN (Slo) FOT 47:36

142 Maximilian SCIANDRI (GB) Lampre-Daikin, 47:37

143 Volodymyr BILEKA (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 47:38

144 Guido TRENTI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, 47:40

145 Jan SCHAFFRATH (G) Telekom, 47:46

146 Yuri MITLUSHENKO (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 47:52

147 Lorenzo BERNUCCI (I) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, 47:53

148 Enrico DEGANO (I) Ceramiche Panaria, 48:12

149 Matteo GIGLI (I) CPK 48:13

150 Frank HOJ (Dk) Coast, 48:17

151 Miguel Angel MEZA (Mex) CPK 48:29

152 J. Carlos DOMINGUEZ (Sp) Phonak Hearing Systems, 48:29

153 Alessandro BERTOLINI (I) Alessio, 48:52

154 Moreno DI BIASE (I) FOT 48:54

155 Hector MESA MESA (Col) FOT 49:03

156 Mario MANZONI (I) Index Alexia, 49:11

157 Zoran KLEMENCIC (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, 49:28

158 Hidenori NODERA (Jp) CPK 50:22

OVERALL AFTER 14 STAGES

1. Jens HEPPNER (G) Telekom, 64h29:54

2. Cadel EVANS (Aus) Mapei-Quick Step, at 0:48

3. Tyler HAMILTON (USA) CSC Tiscali, at 1:06

4. Francesco CASAGRANDE (I) Fassa Bortolo, at 1:07

5. Dario FRIGO (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:11

6. Aitor GONZALEZ JIMENEZ (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:15

7. Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (I) Alessio, at 1:20

8. Fernando ESCARTIN (Sp) Coast, at 1:40

9. Paolo SAVOLDELLI (I) Index Alexia, at 1:49

10. Rik VERBRUGGHE (B) Lotto-Adecco, at 2:13

11. Juan Manuel GARATE (Sp) Lampre-Daikin, at 2:17

12. Franco PELLIZOTTI (I) Alessio, at 2:28

13. Wladimir BELLI (I) Fassa Bortolo, at 2:40

14. Georg TOTSCHNIG (A) Gerolsteiner, at 3:00

15. Andrea NOE: (I) Mapei-Quick Step, at 3:25

16. Eddy MAZZOLENI (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 4:03

17. Michael BOOGERD (Nl) Rabobank, at 4:15

18. Cristian MORENI (I) Alessio, at 4:16

19. Michele SCARPONI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 4:17

20. Pavel TONKOV (Rus) Lampre-Daikin, at 4:32

21. Kurt VAN DE WOUWER (B) Lotto-Adecco, at 4:33

22. Yaroslav POPOVYCH (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 4:46

23. Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Sp) Phonak Hearing Systems, at 4:46

24. Ivan GOTTI (I) Alessio, at 6:41

25. Serhiy HONCHAR (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo, at 6:52

26. Juan D. RAMIREZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 8:39

27. Matthias KESSLER (G) Telekom, at 8:53

28. Gianni FARESIN (I) Gerolsteiner, at 9:05

29. Juan DE LOS ANGELES (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 9:35

30. Grischa NIERMANN (G) Rabobank, at 11:31

31. Joaquim CASTELBLANCO (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 11:34

32. Hernan Dario MUNOZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 11:59

33. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 12:01

34. Daniele DE PAOLI (I) Alessio, at 12:24

35. Dario David CIONI (I) Mapei-Quick Step, at 13:24

36. Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (Mex) Ceramiche Panaria, at 14:29

37. Igor PUGACI (Mda) SAE 15:31

38. Addy ENGELS (Nl) Rabobank, at 15:39

39. Francisco J. LARA RUIZ (Sp) Coast, at 16:59

40. Luis LAVERDE JIMENEZ (Col), FOT 20:03

41. Manuel BELTRAN (Sp) Coast, at 23:46

42. Paolo LANFRANCHI (I) Index Alexia, at 24:57

43. Daniele NARDELLO (I) Mapei-Quick Step, at 25:53

44. Sylvester SZMYD (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 27:00

45. Mariano PICCOLI (I) Lampre-Daikin, at 27:11

46. Vladimir DUMA (Ukr) Ceramiche Panaria, at 27:41

47. Vladimir MIHOLIEVIC (Cro) Alessio, at 28:51

48. Denis LUNGHI (I) CPK 30:41

49. Matthias BUXHOFER (A) Phonak Hearing Systems, at 33:38

50. Gustavo OTERO GOMEZ (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 34:03

51. Andrei MIZOUROV (Kaz) MER 35:49

52. Carlos SASTRE CANDIL (Sp) CSC Tiscali, at 37:34

53. Igor ASTARLOA (Sp) SAE 38:29

54. Alexandre MOOS SUI Phonak Hearing Systems, at 39:10

55. Marcelino GARCIA ALONSO (Sp) CSC Tiscali, at 40:34

56. Geert VERHEYEN (B) Rabobank, at 42:16

57. Michael RASMUSSEN (Dk) CSC Tiscali, at 44:19

58. Jan BOVEN (Nl) Rabobank, at 44:31

59. Francisco CEREZO PERALES Francisco (Sp) CSC Tiscali, at 46:56

60. Torsten HIEKMANN (G) Telekom, at 47:39

61. Fabrizio GUIDI (I) Coast, at 48:11

62. Maximilian SCIANDRI (GB) Lampre-Daikin, at 49:18

63. Alessandro SPEZIALETTI (I) SAE 50:48

64. J. Carlos DOMINGUEZ (Sp) Phonak Hearing Systems, at 51:02

65. Manuel CALVENTE (Sp) CSC Tiscali, at 51:07

66. Oscar MASON (I) SAE 51:32

67. Bert G Rabobank, SCH (G) Phonak Hearing Systems, at 53:05

68. Andrea PERON (I) CSC Tiscali, at 53:11

69. Sergio BARBERO (I) Lampre-Daikin, at 53:30

70. Milan KADLEC CZE Lampre-Daikin, at 55:56

71. Sergiy ADYEYEV (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 56:39

72. Thorwald VENEBERG (Nl) Rabobank, at 56:54

73. Fabio SACCHI (I) SAE 56:57

74. Davide BRAMATI (I) Mapei-Quick Step, at 57:02

75. Lorenzo BERNUCCI (I) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 58:40

76. Marco PANTANI (I) MER 58:43

77. Matteo TOSATTO (I) Fassa Bortolo, at 59:04

78. Luca MAZZANTI (I) MER 1:00:03

79. Raphael SCHWEDA (G) Coast, at 1:01:57

80. Matteo CARRARA (I) CPK 1:02:25

81. Gabriele MISSAGLIA (I) Lampre-Daikin, at 1:05:16

82. Marc Lotto-Adecco, Z (Nl) Rabobank, at 1:07:57

83. John Freddy GARCIA (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:08:18

84. Mykhaylo KHALILOV (Ukr) Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:09:52

85. Daniele RIGHI (I) Index Alexia, at 1:11:25

86. Peter WROLICH (A) Gerolsteiner, at 1:11:51

87. Giovanni LOMBARDI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:12:26

88. Ruggero MARZOLI (I) FOT 1:12:41

89. Michele COLLEONI (I) CPK 1:13:35

90. Serguei YAKOVLEV (Kaz) Telekom, at 1:13:59

91. Mathew HAYMAN (Aus) Rabobank, at 1:14:23

92. Martin DERGANC (Slo) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:16:06

93. Simone BERTOLETTI (I) Lampre-Daikin, at 1:17:04

94. Francisco LEON MANE (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:17:53

95. Paolo FORNACIARI (I) Mapei-Quick Step, at 1:18:16

96. Gian Mario ORTENZI (I) MER 1:18:37

97. Bo HAMBURGER (Dk) Index Alexia, at 1:18:40

98. Kai HUNDERTMARK (G) Telekom, at 1:18:53

99. Ruben Alverio MARIN (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 1:20:21

100. Alessandro PETTACHI (I) Fassa Bortolo, at 1:21:25

101. Alessandro BERTOLINI (I) Alessio, at 1:21:48

102. Uros MURN (Slo) FOT 1:22:54

103. Steven DE JONGH (Nl) Rabobank, at 1:23:45

104. Cayetano JULIA CEGARRA (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:25:17

105. Mario CIPOLLINI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:25:53

106. Renzo MAZZOLENI (I) CPK 1:26:33

107. Denis BONDARENKO (Rus) FOT 1:29:10

108. Frank HOJ (Dk) Coast, at 1:29:19

109. Jimmi MADSEN (Dk) CSC Tiscali, at 1:29:31

110. Roberto CONTI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:29:55

111. Aart VIERHOUTEN (Nl) Lotto-Adecco, at 1:30:33

112. Thierry MARICHAL (B) Lotto-Adecco, at 1:30:50

113. Stephan SCHRECK (G) Telekom, at 1:32:24

114. Mauro GEROSA (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:32:58

115. Rene: HASELBACHER (A) Gerolsteiner, at 1:34:15

116. Mario SCIREA (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:34:25

117. Biagio CONTE (I) SAE 1:36:18

118. Ralf G Rabobank, SCH (G) Telekom, at 1:36:46

119. Alessio GALLETTI (I) SAE 1:36:50

120. Dmitri KONYSHEV (Rus) Fassa Bortolo, at 1:36:56

121. Lars MICHAELSEN (Dk) Coast, at 1:37:01

122. Hector MESA MESA (Col), FOT 1:37:34

123. Oscar CAVAGNIS (I) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:38:57

124. Andre: KORFF (G) Coast, at 1:39:07

125. Jan SCHAFFRATH (G) Telekom, at 1:40:43

126. Ellis RASTELLI (I) Gerolsteiner, at 1:40:53

127. Massimo APOLLONIO (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:40:54

128. Massimo STRAZZER (I) Phonak Hearing Systems, at 1:41:25

129. Mauro RADAELLI (I) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:41:38

130. Christophe DETILLOUX (B) Lotto-Adecco, at 1:41:51

131. Volodymyr BILEKA (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:42:04

132. Isaac GALVEZ LOPEZ (Sp) Kelme-Costa Blanca, at 1:42:06

133. Steve ZAMPIERI SUI Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:43:12

134. Guido TRENTI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:46:09

135. Denis ZANETTE (I) Fassa Bortolo, at 1:47:33

136. Fabrice GOUGOT (F) Phonak Hearing Systems, at 1:47:35

137. Cristian GASPERONI (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:47:59

138. Gabriele COLOMBO (I) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:50:11

139. Angelo FURLAN (I) Alessio, at 1:50:16

140. Rolf SORENSEN (Dk) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:50:18

141. Daniele CONTRINI (I) Gerolsteiner, at 1:50:38

142. Danny JONASSON (Dk) CSC Tiscali, at 1:50:58

143. Yauheni SENIUSHKINE BLR Ceramiche Panaria, at 1:51:19

144. Miguel Angel MEZA (Mex) CPK 1:52:57

145. Marc STREEL (B) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:54:00

146. Yuri MITLUSHENKO (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:56:41

147. Malte URBAN (G) Coast, at 1:57:48

148. Matteo GIGLI (I) CPK 1:58:42

149. Fabiano FONTANELLI (I) MER 1:58:43

150. Moreno DI BIASE (I) FOT 2:06:15

151. Mario MANZONI (I) Index Alexia, at 2:07:06

152. Hidenori NODERA (Jp) CPK 2:09:51

153. Enrico DEGANO (I) Ceramiche Panaria, at 2:10:32

154. Domenico GUALDI (I) FOT 2:11:17

155. Zoran KLEMENCIC (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 2:12:58

156. Dario ANDRIOTTO (I) Index Alexia, at 2:20:47

157. Mauro ZINETTI (I) Index Alexia, at 2:21:19

158. Eddy SERRI (I) Index Alexia, at 2:22:54