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McEwen takes stage in another strange day at the Giro

It was a day the Giro d’Italia race organizers were happy to get over with. Doping controversies threatened to overwhelm the race with the mostimportant racing still to go. Unfortunately for the already haggard race officials, there's likely more to come. The winner of the 2000 Giro d'Italia, Stefano Garzelli (Mapei), didn't start Wednesday's stage 10 after the test of a second urine sample, taken last week in Belgium, came back positive, while 2001 Giro winner Gilberto Simoni stayed in the race but had his own battlesto fight against a positive test for cocaine back in April. Cynical

By Andrew Hood

McEwen now turns his attention to France.

McEwen now turns his attention to France.

Photo: Graham Watson

It was a day the Giro d’Italia race organizers were happy to get over with. Doping controversies threatened to overwhelm the race with the mostimportant racing still to go. Unfortunately for the already haggard race officials, there’s likely more to come.

The winner of the 2000 Giro d’Italia, Stefano Garzelli (Mapei), didn’t start Wednesday’s stage 10 after the test of a second urine sample, taken last week in Belgium, came back positive, while 2001 Giro winner Gilberto Simoni stayed in the race but had his own battlesto fight against a positive test for cocaine back in April.

Cynical cycling hacks were already cracking jokes. At this rate, maybethe winner will be Marco Pantani – the disgraced 1998 champion, kicked outof the 1999 Giro for doping, is already more than 12 minutes back. Ouch.

McEwen wins stage 10

Wednesday’s short 118-kilometer 10th stage from Maddaloni to Beneveto startedlate in the afternoon and finished fast. It was a warm, sunny day, withtemperatures in high 80s.

Riders string off the front going into the day’s only obstacle – the Category II climb at Monteforte Irpino at 38 km –and Colombian Joaquim Castelblanco (Colombia-Selle Italia) is first over the top, but Italy’s Ruggero Marzoli (Formaggi Trentini) crossed second to earn enough points to take the climber’s jersey forfeited by Garzelli.

The break is pulled back for the Intergiro points sprint at 45 km andItaly’s Massimo Strazzer (Phonak) earning the points to maintain his hold on the Intergiro jersey. Several riders tried to slip off the front, but the sprinters’ teams are hungry for another chance before Thursday’s climbing stage and worked to keep the bunch together.

The stage finished with three circuits through Beneveto, an ancient Roman city in the lush green hills southeast of Rome. Lampre’s Milan Kadlec attacked with 1 km to go, but was reeled in 300 meters to the finish.

Kadlec’s attack may not have been successful, but it did have an impact, as Acqua & Sapone’s Mario Cipollini was caught out of position, leaving the sprint to top leadout man Giovanni Lombardi.

But Australian Robbie McEwen (Lotto), winner of the fourth stage, was inperfect position to spring past Kadlec and wins easily, finishing three bike lengths ahead of Fabrizio Guidi (Coast) and Lombardi, who crossed the line third.

As expected, McEwen announced his withdrawal from the Giro soon after his win.

“I would have had no chance of winning the next few stages, they are just too tough for me,” the Lotto rider said. “My next big objective is the Tour de France. The first week looks favorable for sprinters and I’m dreaming about wearing the yellow jersey if I do well in the prologue.”

Garzelli gone

The only official notice of Garzelli’s dramatic departure was a rather innocuous note on the official stage results: Non partiti (126 GARZELLI, Stefano).

Garzelli made the papers, however, with headlines screaming of his forced exit from the Giro across newspapers throughout Italy on Wednesday. ‘Garzelligoes home,’ wrote La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Garzelli, forced to retire from the Giro while in second place overall,was also stripped of his two stage victories (stages 2 and 5). He now facessanctions after his B sample came in late Tuesday confirming traces of a banned diuretic used as a masking agent for steroids called Probenecid.

Reaction varied throughout the peloton. CSC-Tiscali’s team boss Bjarne Riis said the ongoing scandals were a blight on cycling.

“The Garzelli case has been a distraction for the whole sport,” Riissaid. “It’s really hard for the sport right now. The riders today haveto think differently. In the future, we are going to have similar positivecases, for sure, but I’ve been telling my team the whole year to stay outof trouble. I watch my riders closely because I don’t want — and my sponsorsdon’t want — any shit. We have to race properly. I think it’s unfortunate what’s been happening.”

“I told the guys this morning, ‘Is this what we want? Are you aware that maybe in a few months all of us are out of a job and looking for work somewhere else?’” the 1996 Tour de France champion continued. “I really think that some of the riders should have an IQ test before they are allowed to race. This is just stupid.”

After Wednesday’s stage, Mapei riders piled into the team bus and quicklyleft.

The Giro rolls on, somehow trying to keep the focus on racing. The Girohas been reeling from high-profile drug scandals ever since Marco Pantaniwas kicked out on the penultimate stage while leading the 1999 Giro because of an elevated hematocrit level. Last year, Dario Frigo was fired by his Fassa Bortolo team while in second place overall after police found banned substances in his hotel room during the infamous San Remo raids.

Simoni next?

Yet another bomb hit the Giro late Tuesday night when 2001 Giro winner Gilberto Simoni tested positive for cocaine during a random out-of-competition test conducted by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) on April 24 just before the start of the Giro de Trentino.

In a press conference before Wednesday’s stage, Simoni said the cocaine, a stimulant on UCI’s banned list, was present in his system following a visit to his dentist.

Simoni fans don't care if their hero is under fire.

Simoni fans don’t care if their hero is under fire.

Photo: Graham Watson

“I can already see the papers tomorrow – Simoni: Cocaine – but you have to make the difference between a positive test and someone who is cheating,” Simoni said. “I went to the dentist to fix my teeth. I was only thinking about the pain, not a positive control. This is not NESP, EPO or something like that. This is not doping.”

Late Wednesday, the dentist in question, Dr. Grosselli Bruno, sent a fax corroborating Simoni’s statement.

Saeco’s team manager Claudio Corti said Simoni would stay in the race – for now.

“This is no doping affair. This is an incident,” Corti said. “He stays in the race for now. We will see in the coming days if the pressure becomes ridiculous for him.”

Meanwhile, the UCI and the Italian Cycling Federation traded jabs overjurisdiction. The UCI threw the matter to the ICF, saying the test of “outof competition” and the matter did not affect the outcome of the Giro.

The ICF said Simoni has five days to ask for a second test before a formalinvestigation can begin.

Tyler hanging toughTyler Hamilton has had his own melodramatics, but his involve stayingupright on the bike. Following his violent crash in the Giro’s fifth stage,Hamilton remains confident in the coming days despite scrapes and bruisescovering his arms and legs.

“I’m not recovered 100-percent, but it’s better,” Hamilton said at Wednesday’s finish. “These past few stages haven’t been bad. My arm is sore. My ribs are as well. I have some bruised ribs, possibly some small fractures. It takes awhile to heal. I’ll probably be feeling it for the rest of the Giro. I’m lucky to be in the race still. The form is good. I just hope the body holds up. My confidence is good. I’m excited for these next few days.”

Hamilton is sitting quietly in 12th-place overall at 4:46 back, butlooks to make a move in the coming string of decisive stages, includingThursday’s climbing stage and Sunday’s first individual time trial.

“He’s recovered from his crashes, which were really bad. I was afraid that he would be out of the Giro. I thought for sure his shoulder was broken,” said Riis. “Now the next three-four stages are really important for the team. Tyler’s riding comfortable and we have a good team around him.”

“We have to watch out for Simoni, Casagrande, Belli, but we should useany opportunity we have to make some time. If he’s feeling strong, he willgo for it,” Riis said. “The time trials are good for Tyler to get some time. We have worked half a year now for this position. He’s ready.”

Pack of Fools

Doping fever has gripped the Giro d’Italia press room. Just like BenBradley said during the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, “It hasn’t been thisgood since Watergate,” it seems some journalists haven’t been this happysince the scandal-ridden 1998 Tour de France. Racing is being pushed off of the front pages and replaced by the scandal de jour.

There’s no better way to sum up this mania than the following scene:

It’s an hour or so after Wednesday’s stage. Hundreds of smelly, sweaty journalists are packed into a school gymnasium in Beneveto. In this competitive, ego-driven environment, no one can afford to be scooped. Just as all are busy typing away on laptops, an Italian TV reporter and cameraman suddenly jump up and rush out the door with the melodramatic flourish only an Italian can manage.

There’s a growing murmur. “What’s going on?” becomes the question that flies through the press room. A couple of nervous scribes grab notebook and pen and scramble out the door. Suddenly, not wanting to risk being beaten to something important, the entire Giro press contingent of 200 or so hackspiles out the door.

The big scoop? The TV truck parked outside needed an extra videotape. Lemmings couldn’t have done it better.

Where it stands: 85th Giro d’Italia

Stage 10, Maddaloni to Benevento
Stage winner: Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto
Overall leader: Jens Heppner (G), Telekom
Points jersey: Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Intergiro jersey: Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Climber’s jersey: Ruggero Marzoli (I), Formaggi Trentini
Best team: Kelme-Costa Blanca

Up next: Stage 11, Beneveto to Campitello Matese, 140 kilometers

The second summit finish so far in this year’s Giro, stage 11 will helpsettle the overall standings.

Germany’s Jens Heppner will likely see his five-day hold on the magliarosa evaporate on the steep 13.57-km, 885-meter (2920-foot) climb toCampitello Matese, a small ski resort at 1430 meters (4917 feet) deep inthe mountains of south central Italy.

It’s certainly not the hardest climb in the Giro, but with an averagegrade of 6.8 percent with sections as steep as 12 percent, the stage willbe decisive for anyone challenging for the overall.
 


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Results

1. Robbie MCEWEN (Aus), Lotto, 12

2. Fabrizio GUIDI (I), Coast,

3. Giovanni LOMBARDI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo,

4. Mykhaylo KHALILOV (Ukr), Colombia-Selle Italia,

5. Massimo STRAZZER (I), Phonak,

6. Cristian MORENI (I), Alessio,

7. Mariano PICCOLI (I), Lampre,

8. Uros MURN (Slo), Formaggi-Trentini,

9. Yaroslav POPOVYCH (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago,

10. Davide REBELLIN (I), Gerolsteiner,

11. Denis LUNGHI (I), Team Colpack-Astro,

12. Michael BOOGERD (Nl), Rabobank,

13. Dario FRIGO (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi,

14. Grischa NIERMANN (G), Rabobank,

15. Eddy MAZZOLENI (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi,

16. Paolo LANFRANCHI (I), Index Alexia,

17. Andrea NOE: (I), Mapei,

18. Georg TOTSCHNIG (A), Gerolsteiner,

19. Francesco CASAGRANDE (I), Fassa Bortolo,

20. Gilberto SIMONI (I), Saeco,

21. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS (Sp), Kelme,

22. Cadel EVANS (Aus), Mapei,

23. Aitor GONZALEZ JIMENEZ (Sp), Kelme,

24. Sven TEUTENBERG (G), Phonak,

25. Franco PELLIZOTTI (I), Alessio,

26. Francisco J. LARA RUIZ (Sp), Coast,

27. Paolo SAVOLDELLI (I), Index Alexia,

28. Tyler HAMILTON (USA), CSC-Tiscali,

29. Igor ASTARLOA (Sp), Saeco,

30. Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (I), Alessio,

31. Kurt VAN DE WOUWER (B), Lotto,

32. Matthias KESSLER (G), Telekom,

33. Vladimir MIHOLIEVIC (Cro), Alessio,

34. Marc LOTZ (Nl), Rabobank,

35. Wladimir BELLI (I), Fassa Bortolo,

36. Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Sp), Phonak,

37. Jan BOVEN (Nl), Rabobank,

38. Serhiy HONCHAR (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo,

39. Juan Manuel GARATE (Sp), Lampre,

40. Ivan GOTTI (I), Alessio,

41. Matteo CARRARA (I), Team Colpack-Astro,

42. Jens HEPPNER (G), Telekom,

43. Pavel TONKOV (Rus), Lampre,

44. Daniele DE PAOLI (I), Alessio,

45. Rik VERBRUGGHE (B), Lotto,

46. Addy ENGELS (Nl), Rabobank,

47. Fernando ESCARTIN (Sp), Coast,

48. Ellis RASTELLI (I), Gerolsteiner,

49. Juan DE LOS ANGELES (Sp), Kelme,

50. Milan KADLEC (Cz), Lampre,

51. Manuel BELTRAN (Sp), Coast,

52. John Freddy GARCIA (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia,

53. Denis ZANETTE (I), Fassa Bortolo,

54. Torsten HIEKMANN (G), Telekom,

55. Michele SCARPONI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo,

56. Gustavo OTERO GOMEZ (Sp), Kelme,

57. Gianni FARESIN (I), Gerolsteiner,

58. Luca MAZZANTI (I), Mercatone Uno,

59. Joaquim CASTELBLANCO (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia,

60. J. Carlos DOMINGUEZ (Sp), Phonak,

61. Sergiy ADYEYEV (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago,

62. Marco PANTANI (I), Mercatone Uno,

63. Roberto SGAMBELLURI (I), Mercatone Uno,

64. Francisco CEREZO PERALES Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali,

65. Daniele NARDELLO (I), Mapei,

66. Fabio SACCHI (I), Saeco,

67. Massimo CODOL (I), Lampre,

68. Dario David CIONI (I), Mapei,

69. Gabriele MISSAGLIA (I), Lampre,

70. Davide BRAMATI (I), Mapei,

71. Oscar CAVAGNIS (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago,

72. Manuel CALVENTE (Sp), CSC-Tiscali,

73. Hernan Dario MUNOZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia,

74. Cayetano JULIA CEGARRA (Sp), Kelme,

75. Vladimir DUMA (Ukr), Panaria,

76. Bo HAMBURGER (Dk), Index Alexia,

77. Marius SABALIAUSKAS (Ltu), Saeco,

78. Ruben Alverio MARIN (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia,

79. Michele COLLEONI (I), Team Colpack-Astro,

80. Andrei MIZOUROV (Kz), Mercatone Uno,

81. Juan D. RAMIREZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, all s.t.

82. Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (Mex), Panaria, at 0:19

83. Steven DE JONGH (Nl), Rabobank, at 0:21

84. Biagio CONTE (I), Saeco, at 0:21

85. Igor PUGACI (Mda), Saeco, at 0:23

86. Massimo APOLLONIO (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 0:23

87. Mario CIPOLLINI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 0:28

88. Aart VIERHOUTEN (Nl), Lotto,

89. Christophe DETILLOUX (B), Lotto,

90. Thorwald VENEBERG (Nl), Rabobank, all s.t.

91. Sylvester SZMYD (Pol), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 0:33

92. Luis LAVERDE JIMENEZ (Col), Formaggi-Trentini,

93. Marcelino GARCIA ALONSO (Sp), CSC-Tiscali,

94. Matteo TOSATTO (I), Fassa Bortolo,

95. Matthias BUXHOFER (A), Phonak,

96. Bert GRABSCH (G), Phonak,

97. Sergio BARBERO (I), Lampre,

98. Volodymyr BILEKA (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago,

99. Alessandro BERTOLINI (I), Alessio,

100. Francisco LEON MANE (Sp), Kelme,

101. Oscar MASON (I), Saeco,

102. Mathew HAYMAN (Aus), Rabobank, all s.t.

103. Dmitri KONYSHEV (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 0:39

104. Simone BERTOLETTI (I), Lampre,

105. Ruggero MARZOLI (I), Formaggi-Trentini,

106. Maximilian SCIANDRI GBR Lampre,

107. Andrea PERON (I), CSC-Tiscali,

108. Fabrice GOUGOT FRA Phonak, all s.t.

109. Martin DERGANC (Slo), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 0:43

110. Ief VERBRUGGHE (B), Lotto, at 0:49

111. Carlos SASTRE CANDIL (Sp), CSC-Tiscali,

112. Gian Mario ORTENZI (I), Mercatone Uno,

113. Jan SCHAFFRATH (G), Telekom,

114. Marc STREEL (B), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago,

115. Daniele RIGHI (I), Index Alexia, all s.t.

116. Kai HUNDERTMARK (G), Telekom, at 0:52

117. Stephan SCHRECK (G), Telekom, at 0:55

118. Alexandre MOOS SUI Phonak, s.t.

119. Mauro RADAELLI (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:00

120. Alessandro PETACCHI (I), Fassa Bortolo,

121. Mario SCIREA (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo,

122. Denis BONDARENKO (Rus), Formaggi-Trentini, all s.t.

123. Angelo FURLAN (I), Alessio, at 1:18

124. Yauheni SENIUSHKINE BLR Panaria, at 1:20

125. Matteo GIGLI (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 1:27

126. Raphael SCHWEDA (G), Coast, at 1:39

127. Daniele CONTRINI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 2:09

128. Lars MICHAELSEN (Dk), Coast,

129. Serguei YAKOVLEV (Kz), Telekom,

130. Yuri MITLUSHENKO (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago,

131. Jimmi MADSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, all s.t.

132. Lorenzo BERNUCCI (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 2:12

133. Alessio GALLETTI (I), Saeco, at 2:12

134. Geert VERHEYEN (B), Rabobank, at 2:26

135. Danny JONASSON (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 3:17

136. Frank HOJ (Dk), Coast, at 3:17

137. Alessandro SPEZIALETTI (I), Saeco, at 3:21

138. Renzo MAZZOLENI (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 3:22

139. Hector MESA MESA (Col), Formaggi-Trentini,

140. Guido TRENTI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo,

141. Gabriele COLOMBO (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, all s.t.

142. Moreno DI BIASE (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 3:27

143. Andre: KORFF (G), Coast, at 4:11

144. Malte URBAN (G), Coast,

145. Ralf GRABSCH (G), Telekom,

146. Domenico GUALDI (I), Formaggi-Trentini,

147. Miguel Angel MEZA (Mex), Team Colpack-Astro,

148. Rolf SORENSEN (Dk), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago,

149. Isaac GALVEZ LOPEZ (Sp), Kelme,

150. Thierry MARICHAL (B), Lotto, all s.t.

151. Peter WROLICH (A), Gerolsteiner, at 5:04

152. Rene: HASELBACHER (A), Gerolsteiner, at 5:10

153. Enrico DEGANO (I), Panaria, s.t.

154. Paolo FORNACIARI (I), Mapei, at 5:58

155. Stefan VAN DIJCK (Nl), Lotto, s.t.

156. Roberto CONTI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 6:01

157. Michael RASMUSSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 6:03

158. Mauro GEROSA (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 7:02

159. Dario ANDRIOTTO (I), Index Alexia, at 7:06

160. Ivan QUARANTA (I), Index Alexia,

161. Steve ZAMPIERI SUI Tacconi Sport-Emmegi,

162. Zoran KLEMENCIC (Slo), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi,

163. Mario MANZONI (I), Index Alexia,

164. Saja GAJICIC (Yu), Formaggi-Trentini,

165. Fabiano FONTANELLI (I), Mercatone Uno,

166. Hidenori NODERA (Jp), Team Colpack-Astro,

167. Cristian GASPERONI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo,

168. Eddy SERRI (I), Index Alexia,

169. Antonio RIZZI (I), Formaggi-Trentini,

170. Mauro ZINETTI (I), Index Alexia, all s.t.

DNF Riccardo FORCONI (I), Mercatone Uno,

DNF Fredy GONZALEZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia,

DNS Stefano GARZELLI (I), Mapei,

 

OVERALL AFTER 10 STAGES

1. Jens HEPPNER (G), Telekom, 48:49:48

2. Yaroslav POPOVYCH (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 3:50

3. Eddy MAZZOLENI (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 3:57

4. Francesco CASAGRANDE (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 4:08

5. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS (Sp), Kelme, at 4:09

6. Paolo SAVOLDELLI (I), Index Alexia, at 4:27

7. Gilberto SIMONI (I), Saeco, at 4:29

8. Wladimir BELLI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 4:39

9. Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (I), Alessio, at 4:41

10. J. Carlos DOMINGUEZ (Sp), Phonak, at 4:43

11. Fernando ESCARTIN (Sp), Coast, at 4:44

12. Tyler HAMILTON (USA), CSC-Tiscali, at 4:46

13. Cadel EVANS (Aus), Mapei, at 4:47

14. Aitor GONZALEZ JIMENEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 4:49

15. Davide REBELLIN (I), Gerolsteiner, at 4:52

16. Dario FRIGO (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 5:02

17. Gianni FARESIN (I), Gerolsteiner, at 5:05

18. Michael BOOGERD (Nl), Rabobank, at 5:08

19. Rik VERBRUGGHE (B), Lotto, at 5:10

20. Kurt VAN DE WOUWER (B), Lotto, at 5:17

21. Franco PELLIZOTTI (I), Alessio, at 5:19

22. Andrea NOE: (I), Mapei, at 5:20

23. Michele SCARPONI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 5:24

24. Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Sp), Phonak, at 5:25

25. Georg TOTSCHNIG (A), Gerolsteiner, at 5:30

26. Cristian MORENI (I), Alessio, at 5:31

27. Juan Manuel GARATE (Sp), Lampre, at 5:32

28. Pavel TONKOV (Rus), Lampre, at 5:38

29. Juan D. RAMIREZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 6:02

30. Juan DE LOS ANGELES (Sp), Kelme, at 6:04

31. Matthias KESSLER (G), Telekom, at 7:16

32. Daniele DE PAOLI (I), Alessio, at 7:34

33. Serhiy HONCHAR (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 7:36

34. Torsten HIEKMANN (G), Telekom, at 8:05

35. Manuel BELTRAN (Sp), Coast, at 8:07

36. Grischa NIERMANN (G), Rabobank, at 8:29

37. Ivan GOTTI (I), Alessio, at 8:47

38. Vladimir DUMA (Ukr), Panaria, at 9:00

39. Joaquim CASTELBLANCO (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 9:22

40. Hernan Dario MUNOZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 10:10

41. Igor PUGACI (Mda), Saeco, at 10:14

42. Fabrizio GUIDI (I), Coast, at 10:17

43. Igor ASTARLOA (Sp), Saeco, at 11:26

44. Gustavo OTERO GOMEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 11:51

45. Paolo LANFRANCHI (I), Index Alexia, at 12:03

46. Denis LUNGHI (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 12:05

47. Matthias BUXHOFER (A), Phonak, at 12:22

48. Marco PANTANI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 12:31

49. Addy ENGELS (Nl), Rabobank, at 12:57

50. Francisco J. LARA RUIZ (Sp), Coast, at 13:15

51. Massimo CODOL (I), Lampre, at 13:39

52. Luca MAZZANTI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 13:56

53. Vladimir MIHOLIEVIC (Cro), Alessio, at 14:02

54. Dario David CIONI (I), Mapei, at 14:59

55. Andrei MIZOUROV (Kz), Mercatone Uno, at 15:14

56. Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (Mex), Panaria, at 15:16

57. Daniele NARDELLO (I), Mapei, at 15:50

58. Carlos SASTRE CANDIL (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 16:02

59. Geert VERHEYEN (B), Rabobank, at 16:05

60. Francisco CEREZO PERALES Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 16:46

61. Mariano PICCOLI (I), Lampre, at 17:40

62. Luis LAVERDE JIMENEZ (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 17:59

63. Maximilian SCIANDRI GBR Lampre, at 18:25

64. Alexandre MOOS SUI Phonak, at 18:46

65. Sergio BARBERO (I), Lampre, at 19:59

66. Giovanni LOMBARDI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 20:04

67. Sylvester SZMYD (Pol), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 20:33

68. Manuel CALVENTE (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 20:42

69. Marius SABALIAUSKAS (Ltu), Saeco, at 21:20

70. Matteo CARRARA (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 23:11

71. Daniele RIGHI (I), Index Alexia, at 24:33

72. Ruggero MARZOLI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 25:31

73. Gabriele MISSAGLIA (I), Lampre, at 25:35

74. Fabio SACCHI (I), Saeco, at 25:35

75. Matteo TOSATTO (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 25:38

76. Roberto SGAMBELLURI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 25:53

77. Davide BRAMATI (I), Mapei, at 25:58

78. Jan BOVEN (Nl), Rabobank, at 27:14

79. Gian Mario ORTENZI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 27:40

80. Sergiy ADYEYEV (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 29:19

81. Lorenzo BERNUCCI (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 29:20

82. Milan KADLEC (Cz), Lampre, at 29:25

83. Alessandro SPEZIALETTI (I), Saeco, at 29:39

84. Alessandro PETACCHI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 29:54

85. Uros MURN (Slo), Formaggi-Trentini, at 29:55

86. Bert GRABSCH (G), Phonak, at 29:57

87. Marcelino GARCIA ALONSO (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 31:10

88. Steven DE JONGH (Nl), Rabobank, at 31:50

89. Thorwald VENEBERG (Nl), Rabobank, at 32:20

90. Andrea PERON (I), CSC-Tiscali, at 32:22

91. Francisco LEON MANE (Sp), Kelme, at 32:32

92. Michael RASMUSSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 32:33

93. Mykhaylo KHALILOV (Ukr), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 33:09

94. John Freddy GARCIA (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 33:46

95. Mario CIPOLLINI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 33:57

96. Oscar MASON (I), Saeco, at 34:09

97. Ruben Alverio MARIN (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 35:12

98. Marc LOTZ (Nl), Rabobank, at 36:38

99. Mathew HAYMAN (Aus), Rabobank, at 37:19

100. Bo HAMBURGER (Dk), Index Alexia, at 37:42

101. Raphael SCHWEDA (G), Coast, at 37:48

102. Robbie MCEWEN (Aus), Lotto, at 38:02

103. Michele COLLEONI (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 38:42

104. Cayetano JULIA CEGARRA (Sp), Kelme, at 39:02

105. Serguei YAKOVLEV (Kz), Telekom, at 39:21

106. Paolo FORNACIARI (I), Mapei, at 39:33

107. Aart VIERHOUTEN (Nl), Lotto, at 39:41

108. Stephan SCHRECK (G), Telekom, at 39:43

109. Peter WROLICH (A), Gerolsteiner, at 40:12

110. Kai HUNDERTMARK (G), Telekom, at 40:20

111. Mauro GEROSA (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 40:54

112. Denis BONDARENKO (Rus), Formaggi-Trentini, at 41:02

113. Martin DERGANC (Slo), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 41:05

114. Mario SCIREA (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 41:25

115. Rene: HASELBACHER (A), Gerolsteiner, at 43:53

116. Lars MICHAELSEN (Dk), Coast, at 44:15

117. Biagio CONTE (I), Saeco, at 44:47

118. Ralf GRABSCH (G), Telekom, at 44:56

119. Renzo MAZZOLENI (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 45:24

120. Andre: KORFF (G), Coast, at 46:16

121. Oscar CAVAGNIS (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 46:28

122. Jan SCHAFFRATH (G), Telekom, at 47:14

123. Massimo APOLLONIO (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 48:11

124. Thierry MARICHAL (B), Lotto, at 48:11

125. Roberto CONTI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 48:29

126. Volodymyr BILEKA (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 48:43

127. Mauro RADAELLI (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 49:21

128. Massimo STRAZZER (I), Phonak, at 49:55

129. Isaac GALVEZ LOPEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 50:21

130. Alessio GALLETTI (I), Saeco, at 50:48

131. Alessandro BERTOLINI (I), Alessio, at 50:49

132. Sven TEUTENBERG (G), Phonak, at 51:48

133. Frank HOJ (Dk), Coast, at 52:02

134. Guido TRENTI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 52:46

135. Hector MESA MESA (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 53:00

136. Dmitri KONYSHEV (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 53:23

137. Stefan VAN DIJCK (Nl), Lotto, at 53:24

138. Fabrice GOUGOT FRA Phonak, at 54:37

139. Jimmi MADSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 54:51

140. Simone BERTOLETTI (I), Lampre, at 55:31

141. Denis ZANETTE (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 56:01

142. Rolf SORENSEN (Dk), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 57:23

143. Gabriele COLOMBO (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 57:38

144. Christophe DETILLOUX (B), Lotto, at 58:05

145. Steve ZAMPIERI SUI Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 58:19

146. Danny JONASSON (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 58:31

147. Angelo FURLAN (I), Alessio, at 58:37

148. Miguel Angel MEZA (Mex), Team Colpack-Astro, at 58:45

149. Yauheni SENIUSHKINE BLR Panaria, at 59:28

150. Ellis RASTELLI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 59:43

151. Daniele CONTRINI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 1:00:37

152. Yuri MITLUSHENKO (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:03:06

153. Fabiano FONTANELLI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 1:03:24

154. Ief VERBRUGGHE (B), Lotto, at 1:03:27

155. Marc STREEL (B), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:04:34

156. Malte URBAN (G), Coast, at 1:06:10

157. Cristian GASPERONI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:08:49

158. Matteo GIGLI (I), Team Colpack-Astro, at 1:10:04

159. Moreno DI BIASE (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:11:38

160. Mario MANZONI (I), Index Alexia, at 1:12:12

161. Hidenori NODERA (Jp), Team Colpack-Astro, at 1:13:46

162. Enrico DEGANO (I), Panaria, at 1:15:17

163. Zoran KLEMENCIC (Slo), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:17:47

164. Domenico GUALDI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:18:58

165. Ivan QUARANTA (I), Index Alexia, at 1:21:42

166. Antonio RIZZI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:25:04

167. Mauro ZINETTI (I), Index Alexia, at 1:25:15

168. Dario ANDRIOTTO (I), Index Alexia, at 1:26:20

169. Eddy SERRI (I), Index Alexia, at 1:27:04

170. Saja GAJICIC (Yu), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:30:03