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Simoni gets heave-ho as Giro tries to find its feet

How many punches can the Giro d’Italia take? The race lost its second superstar in four days, suffered through agrowing chorus of detractors who want the race canceled and faces the prospectof overall victory by Francesco Casagrande or Dario Frigo – both riderswho’ve served doping suspensions in the past. Gilberto Simoni was the latest victim of doping’s tightening noose. The defending Giro champion was kicked out of the race by his Saeco team Friday morning following pressure from Giro organizers and other teams. Mercatone Uno’s Roberto Sgambelluri, who failed a doping test for Nespon the

Lunghi wins a wet stage to

By Andrew Hood

He went, but not willingly.

He went, but not willingly.

Photo: Graham Watson

Yes, there was a bike race today and Denis Lunghi won

Yes, there was a bike race today and Denis Lunghi won

Photo: Graham Watson

How many punches can the Giro d’Italia take?

The race lost its second superstar in four days, suffered through agrowing chorus of detractors who want the race canceled and faces the prospectof overall victory by Francesco Casagrande or Dario Frigo – both riderswho’ve served doping suspensions in the past.

Gilberto Simoni was the latest victim of doping’s tightening noose. The defending Giro champion was kicked out of the race by his Saeco team Friday morning following pressure from Giro organizers and other teams.

Mercatone Uno’s Roberto Sgambelluri, who failed a doping test for Nespon the first day of the Giro, was also kicked off his team before the startof Friday’s 12th stage.

Race director Carmine Castellano said something had to be doneor the Giro risked becoming overwhelmed by scandal.

“We realized yesterday we couldn’t carry on,” Castellano said on ItalianTV. “We race organizers met and we decided to talk frankly with MercatoneUno and Saeco. They listened to us and made their decisions.”

Castellano said he met privately with Saeco’s team manager Claudio Corti,who later told Simoni the bad news. Italian reporters said they heard screams from inside the Saeco team bus Friday morning as Simoni and Corti had it out. The pair drove away together and did not speak to reporters.

The dramatic news comes just days after Mapei’s Stefano Garzelli was kicked out of the Giro and less than a day following Simoni’s dramatic victory in Thursday’s climbing stage.

Under current UCI testing rules, there is a two-step process to confirmpositive doping tests. Riders who fail a first “A” test are considered“non-negative” and until the second “B” test confirms the results and therider is classified as positive.Simoni tested positive for traces of cocaine on April 24 in an out ofcompetition test conducted by World Anti-Doping Agency officials (WADA)on the eve of the Giro de Trentino, but the results weren’t officiallyreleased until Wednesday. Because Simoni’s test was not conducted duringthe Giro, the UCI ruled Wednesday Simoni could continue in the Giro.Simoni insisted the cocaine was present in his system because of shotshe received during a visit dentist the same day the test was conducted.A dentist Wednesday produced a document confirming Simoni’s visit, butthere have been growing doubts about the truth of Simoni’s story.Italian police quickly opened an investigation and interviewed Simonifor two hours Thursday evening. Meanwhile, there was building pressureamong Giro insiders that Simoni had to go. A number of teams, apparentlyled by Acqua & Sapone and Lampre, contacted Castellano overnight todemand Simoni be removed from the race.Earlier this season, Italian teams reportedly made a gentlemen’s agreementto pull out riders who fail their “A” tests. Mapei was heavily criticizedafter Garzelli was allowed to continue racing despite being tested “non-negative”for a banned diuretic called Probenecid. Garzelli, however, forfeited themaglia rosa after the news broke Saturday and rode conservativelywhile awaiting news of his B-test, which confirmed the presence of themasking agent in his blood. Garzelli was yanked out of the Giro on Tuesday.Simoni, however, remained defiant and his stage-win Thursday seemedto consolidate the feeling among the Italian team bosses that Simoni hadto go.CSC-Tiscali’s directeur sportif Bjarne Riis said he wasn’t part of anyeffort to force out Simoni, but supported the decision.“I think it’s OK that he’s out. He has to follow the rules and he brokethem, so he has to pay for it like anyone else,” said the 1996 Tour deFrance champion. “This is the way it has to be. No discussion.”The Giro has been reeling with doping scandals dating back to MarcoPantani’s forced departure in the 1999 Giro and last year’s San Remo policeraids.How much more can the Giro take? Castellano said the integrity of therace is most important.“I don’t care if 10 riders finish the Giro, but the Giro will finish,”he said. “We need to find out why it took so long for the results to becomeknown. The teams want these tests and the race organizers want these testsbefore the major tours. Why does it take 20 days to get the results?”Oh yeah, the stageFriday at the Giro finished under a cloud in more ways than one. Despitethe melodrama off the bike, Friday’s 200-km 12th stage continued withoutmuch fanfare. It started in the rain and ended under dark cloudy skiesat Chieti.Two major climbs highlighted the stage’s parcours early on. ColombianJoaquim Castelblanco (Colombia-Selle Italia) saw the opening left by Simoni’sdeparture and captured the points at the Category II Valicio del Maceroneat 55 km. Again, the Colombian shot ahead at the category-one Valicio diRionero Sannitico at 68 km and bolstered his hold on the maglia verde.The main bunch stayed together until six riders broke off the frontat 131 km and built up a four-minute lead over the next 10 kilometers.The break included: Denis Lunghi (Colpack), Bert Grabsch (Phonak), LorenzoBernucci (Landouwkrediet), Alessandro Bertolini (Alessio), Matthias Buxhofer(Phonak) and Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner), none dangerous in the g.c. Thecourse finished with two 10-km circuits up and down a steep treacherousclimb at Chieti. Lunghi attacked off the front of the six-man break whilethe main bunch, worried about crashing on the descent, took no chances.“The bunch really slowed down in the descent once we realized how slickit was,” said CSC-Tiscali’s Michael Rasmussen. “Everyone agreed that itwasn’t worth the risk to attack. It’s not worth having 20 riders end upon the ground here. We all want to get to Milan. With everyone slidingaround and having difficulty braking in the corners, it’s obvious no onesgoing to protest against it. You wouldn’t be fun to be the one breakingthe rule for the rest of the Giro.”Lunghi held off the breakaway to win his first Giro stage of his careerwhile the main bunch came across at 7:47 back. Jens Heppner (Telekom) finishedsafely in the lead pack to retain the overall lead.Tyler stays steady on
Tyler Hamilton rebounded from difficulties in Thursday’s climbing stageand finished safely with the lead group of riders Friday. The CSC-Tiscalileader lost 42 seconds to race favorite Francesco Casagrande in the closingkilometers yesterday, but said he felt better Friday despite rain and cold.“I slept OK. I felt better this morning. Today was a tough day; toughweather,” Hamilton told VeloNews after the stage. “It wasn’t easy on anybody.It’s important not to think about it. It was cold and rainy for everybody.”Hamilton finished 25th with the main group that finished 7:47 behindLunghi. Hamilton moved up to 13th overall at 4:26 back after the departureof Simoni. Hamilton said he rode Saturday’s climb during training in March.“It was pretty hard today,” said CSC-Tiscali directeur sportif BjarneRiis. “The last lap they rode slowly, but it wasn’t an easy stage. Thefinal tomorrow is important. Every stage is important. Tyler has to begood tomorrow and follow with the best.”Jens gets no ink while in pink
Race leader Jens Heppner held a press conference Thursday and one journalistshowed up. That’s the kind of reception the German veteran is getting fromthe Italian press.Of course, the Italian hacks have more pressing matters with the dopingscandals. The news is big back in Germany, however, where the 37-year-old’sexploits are generating good coverage.“I’m very happy to have kept the jersey,” Heppner said Thursday afterdefending his lead going up the steep climb to Campitello Matese. “We calculatedI would lose 1 minute-30 seconds, so to only lose 1 minute (1:02), I amsatisfied.”Heppner held the lead through Friday’s challenging transition stageand said if the team can keep it Saturday, he expects he can hold the leadthrough Sunday’s time trial and all the way to the first stage of the Dolomiteson Wednesday. Doping scandals or not, a week in the “maglia rosa” deservesmention, no?Pantani vows to push on
Marco Pantani lost more than 24 minutes in Friday’s transition stage,but Il Pirata vows to press on. Suffering with a high temperature and bronchitis,the 1998 double Tour-Giro champion fell to 67th overall at 36:28 back.Pantani, who was forced out of the 1999 Giro with high hematocrit whileleading the race, remains an ambiguous figure in Italy.For some, he’s the image of a stubborn cheater who refuses to admithis sins of the past and many wish he would just go away. For thousandsof tifosi, however, he remains a national hero. Pantani still draws amongthe biggest cheers every morning at sign-in and sales of his official PantaniT-shirts remain brisk. Will the real slim and shady Pantani please standup?Ullrich-less Telekom Tour team wide open
With Jan Ullrich not starting the upcoming Tour de France, Telekomofficials say the team will ride without a designated team leader and insteadallow a handful of riders to go for it when they feel they have the form.“We are going to try to win a seventh green jersey with Zabel, but wehave several riders who have options,” said team spokesman Luuc Eisenga.“We are wide-open. Vinokourov, Livingston, Julich, Guerini, they can allattack when they have the form. We don’t have one rider who can stay withArmstrong, Sevilla or Beloki in every climbing stage. No one will havethe pressure, so we can attack. We think it’s a good tactic.”Where it stands: 85th Giro d’Italia
Stage 12, Campobasso to Chieti, 200 kilometers, May 24, 2002
Stage winner Denis Lunghi (I), Colpack, 26 years old,pro since 1998, first career Giro stage-win.
Overall leader Jens Heppner (G), Telekom – Kept the “magliarosa” for seventh day after finishing 13th in the lead group.
Points jersey Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Intergiro jersey Massimo Strazzer (I), Phonak
Climber’s jersey Joaquim Castelblanco (Col), Colombia-SelleItalia (Simoni held the jersey until being forced out of the race).
Best team  — Alessio moved into the overall teamclassification lead, moving 6:36 ahead of Kelme-Costa Blanca.
Peloton — Simoni and Sgambelluri did not start, bothforced out of the race from pressure surrounding doping scandals. Sevenabandons: Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), Ivan Quaranta (Alexia), StefanVan Dijck and Ief Verbrugghe, both Lotto, Saja Gajicic (Formaggi Trentini),Marius Sabaliauskas (Saeco) and Sven Teutenberg (Phonak).  160 ridersremain in the Giro.UCI jury decisions
Enrico Degano (I), Panaria, fined 50 Swiss francs for receiving illegalpush by a team car; Acqua & Sapone fined 100 Swiss francs for not respectingthe jury. The UCI also “reminded” the peloton about uniform rules for Sunday’stime trial following rumors that Mario Cipollini has something up his sleeve– if he’ll even be wearing sleeves. You never know how Super Mario willbe dressed.Injury report
Paolo Fornaciari (I), Mapei, crashed at 105 km without serious injury.Up next: Stage 13, Chieti to San Giacomo, 190 km
It’s another long stage with a difficult profile, perhaps good fora stage-hunter as the favorites will be watching each other closely goinginto Sunday’s first time trial. The course is dead flat along the AdriaticSea for the opening 75 km, then heads into highlands after the Intergirosprint at 100 km. The course steadily climbs to 1334 meters (4402 feet)for a category-two climb at Ceppo followed by a long descent. The stagefinishes with a summit finish to San Giacomo at 1105 meters (3646 feet).The finishing climb is 11.1 km up 671 meters (2214 feet), with gradesas steep as 15 percent with an average of 6 percent.
 


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1. Denis LUNGHI (I), Colpack-Astro, 5:38:16

2. Bert GRABSCH (G), Phonak, at 0:37

3. Lorenzo BERNUCCI (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 0:38

4. Alessandro BERTOLINI (I), Alessio, at 0:54

5. Matthias BUXHOFER (A), Phonak, at 0:54

6. Peter WROLICH (A), Gerolsteiner, at 3:44

7. Mykhaylo KHALILOV (Ukr), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 7:47

8. Mariano PICCOLI (I), Lampre, at 7:47

9. Alexandre MOOS SUI Phonak, at 7:47

10. John Freddy GARCIA (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 7:47

11. Kurt VAN DE WOUWER (Bel), Lotto, at 7:47

12. Grischa NIERMANN (G), Rabobank, at 7:47

13. Jens HEPPNER (G), Telekom, at 7:47

14. Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Sp), Phonak, at 7:47

15. Paolo LANFRANCHI (I), Index Alexia, at 7:47

16. Andrea NOE: (I), Mapei, at 7:47

17. Pavel TONKOV (Rus), Lampre, at 7:47

18. Igor PUGACI (Mda), Saeco, at 7:47

19. Michael BOOGERD (Nl), Rabobank, at 7:47

20. Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (I), Alessio, at 7:47

21. Cadel EVANS (Aus), Mapei, at 7:47

22. Gianni FARESIN (I), Gerolsteiner, at 7:47

23. Michele SCARPONI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 7:47

24. Rik VERBRUGGHE (Bel), Lotto, at 7:47

25. Tyler HAMILTON (USA), CSC-Tiscali, at 7:47

26. Francesco CASAGRANDE (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 7:47

27. Yaroslav POPOVYCH (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 7:47

28. Luis LAVERDE JIMENEZ (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 7:47

29. Georg TOTSCHNIG (A), Gerolsteiner, at 7:47

30. Aitor GONZALEZ JIMENEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 7:47

31. Vladimir MIHOLIEVIC (Cr), Alessio, at 7:47

32. Thorwald VENEBERG (Nl), Rabobank, at 7:47

33. Andrea PERON (I), CSC-Tiscali, at 7:47

34. Eddy MAZZOLENI (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 7:47

35. Ivan GOTTI (I), Alessio, at 7:47

36. Paolo SAVOLDELLI (I), Index Alexia, at 7:47

37. Dario David CIONI (I), Mapei, at 7:47

38. Matteo TOSATTO (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 7:47

39. Fernando ESCARTIN (Sp), Coast, at 7:47

40. Sylvester SZMYD (Pol), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 7:47

41. Dario FRIGO (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 7:47

42. Joaquim CASTELBLANCO (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 7:47

43. Gustavo OTERO GOMEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 7:47

44. Daniele NARDELLO (I), Mapei, at 7:47

45. Franco PELLIZOTTI (I), Alessio, at 7:47

46. Daniele DE PAOLI (I), Alessio, at 7:47

47. Juan DE LOS ANGELES (Sp), Kelme, at 7:47

48. Juan Manuel GARATE (Sp), Lampre, at 7:47

49. Massimo CODOL (I), Lampre, at 7:47

50. Francisco J. LARA RUIZ (Sp), Coast, at 7:47

51. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS (Sp), Kelme, at 7:47

52. Michael RASMUSSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 7:47

53. Marcelino GARCIA ALONSO (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 7:47

54. Juan D. RAMIREZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 7:47

55. Serhiy HONCHAR (Ukr), Fassa Bortolo, at 7:47

56. Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (Mex), Panaria, at 7:47

57. Oscar MASON (I), Saeco, at 7:47

58. Simone BERTOLETTI (I), Lampre, at 7:47

59. Maximilian SCIANDRI (GB), Lampre, at 7:47

60. Hernan Dario MUNOZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 7:47

61. Cristian MORENI (I), Alessio, at 7:47

62. Raphael SCHWEDA (G), Coast, at 7:47

63. Matthias KESSLER (G), Telekom, at 7:47

64. Wladimir BELLI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 7:47

65. Addy ENGELS (Nl), Rabobank, at 7:47

66. Frank HOJ (Dk), Coast, at 7:47

67. Martin DERGANC (Slo), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 7:47

68. Manuel BELTRAN (Sp), Coast, at 12:40

69. Jan BOVEN (Nl), Rabobank, at 12:59

70. Kai HUNDERTMARK (G), Telekom, at 12:59

71. Francisco CEREZO PERALES Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 12:59

72. Paolo FORNACIARI (I), Mapei, at 12:59

73. Fabrizio GUIDI (I), Coast, at 12:59

74. Davide BRAMATI (I), Mapei, at 12:59

75. Sergio BARBERO (I), Lampre, at 12:59

76. Jimmi MADSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 12:59

77. Alessandro SPEZIALETTI (I), Saeco, at 12:59

78. Mathew HAYMAN (Aus), Rabobank, at 12:59

79. Serguei YAKOVLEV (Kz), Telekom, at 12:59

80. Cristian GASPERONI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 13:05

81. Matteo CARRARA (I), Colpack-Astro, at 14:07

82. Mauro GEROSA (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 24:30

83. Bo HAMBURGER (Dk), Index Alexia, at 24:30

84. Christophe DETILLOUX (Bel), Lotto, at 24:30

85. Uros MURN (Slo), Formaggi-Trentini, at 24:30

86. Yuri MITLUSHENKO (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 24:30

87. Lars MICHAELSEN (Dk), Coast, at 24:30

88. Zoran KLEMENCIC (Slo), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 24:30

89. Ralf GRABSCH (G), Telekom, at 24:30

90. Denis ZANETTE (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 24:30

91. Domenico GUALDI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 24:30

92. Danny JONASSON (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 24:30

93. Geert VERHEYEN (Bel), Rabobank, at 24:30

94. Steven DE JONGH (Nl), Rabobank, at 24:30

95. Michele COLLEONI (I), Colpack-Astro, at 24:30

96. Alessandro PETacconi Sport-Emmegi, CHI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 24:30

97. Rolf SORENSEN (Dk), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 24:30

98. Fabrice GOUGOT (F), Phonak, at 24:30

99. Marc STREEL (Bel), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 24:30

100. Mauro RADAELLI (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 24:30

101. Fabio SACCHI (I), Saeco, at 24:30

102. Massimo APOLLONIO (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 24:30

103. Aart VIERHOUTEN (Nl), Lotto, at 24:30

104. Marc LOTZ (Nl), Rabobank, at 24:30

105. Andre: KORFF (G), Coast, at 24:30

106. Mario MANZONI (I), Index Alexia, at 24:30

107. Carlos SASTRE CANDIL (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 24:30

108. Gabriele MISSAGLIA (I), Lampre, at 24:30

109. Milan KADLEC (Cz), Lampre, at 24:30

110. Manuel CALVENTE (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 24:30

111. Jan SCHAFFRATH (G), Telekom, at 24:30

112. Igor ASTARLOA (Sp), Saeco, at 24:30

113. Torsten HIEKMANN (G), Telekom, at 24:30

114. Alessio GALLETTI (I), Saeco, at 24:30

115. Luca MAZZANTI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 24:30

116. Renzo MAZZOLENI (I), Colpack-Astro, at 24:30

117. Marco PANTANI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 24:30

118. Ruggero MARZOLI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 24:30

119. Ruben Alverio MARIN (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 24:30

120. Fabiano FONTANELLI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 24:30

121. Rene: HASELBACHER (A), Gerolsteiner, at 24:30

122. Massimo STRAZZER (I), Phonak, at 24:30

123. Angelo FURLAN, (I), Alessio, at 24:30

124. Malte URBAN (G), Coast, at 24:30

125. Steve ZAMPIERI SUI Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 24:30

126. Biagio CONTE (I), Saeco, at 24:30

127. Miguel Angel MEZA (Mex), Colpack-Astro, at 24:30

128. Hidenori NODERA (Jp), Colpack-Astro, at 24:30

129. Thierry MARICHAL (Bel), Lotto, at 24:30

130. Yauheni SENIUSHKINE (Blr), Panaria, at 24:30

131. Stephan SCHRECK (G), Telekom, at 24:30

132. Moreno DI BIASE (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 24:30

133. Volodymyr BILEKA (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 24:30

134. Dmitri KONYSHEV (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 24:30

135. Gian Mario ORTENZI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 24:30

136. Oscar CAVAGNIS (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 24:30

137. Sergiy ADYEYEV (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 24:30

138. Andrei MIZOUROV (Kz), Mercatone Uno, at 24:30

139. Dario ANDRIOTTO (I), Index Alexia, at 24:30

140. Mauro ZINETTI (I), Index Alexia, at 24:30

141. Daniele RIGHI (I), Index Alexia, at 24:30

142. Matteo GIGLI (I), Colpack-Astro, at 24:30

143. J. Carlos DOMINGUEZ (Sp), Phonak, at 24:30

144. Enrico DEGANO (I), Panaria, at 24:30

145. Cayetano JULIA CEGARRA (Sp), Kelme, at 24:30

146. Hector MESA MESA (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 24:30

147. Eddy SERRI (I), Index Alexia, at 24:30

148. Antonio RIZZI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 24:30

149. Roberto CONTI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 24:30

150. Ellis RASTELLI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 24:30

151. Mario SCIREA (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 24:30

152. Denis BONDARENKO (Rus), Formaggi-Trentini, at 24:30

153. Vladimir DUMA (Ukr), Panaria, at 24:30

154. Daniele CONTRINI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 24:30

155. Mario CIPOLLINI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 24:30

156. Guido TRENTI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 24:30

157. Gabriele COLOMBO (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 24:30

158. Francisco LEON MANE (Sp), Kelme, at 24:30

159. Giovanni LOMBARDI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 24:30

160. Isaac GALVEZ LOPEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 24:30

DNF Ivan QUARANTA (I), Index Alexia,

DNF Davide REBELLIN (I), Gerolsteiner,

DNF Stefan VAN DIJCK (Nl), Lotto,

DNF Saja GAJICIC YUG Formaggi-Trentini,

DNF Marius SABALIAUSKAS LTU Saeco,

DNF Sven TEUTENBERG (G), Phonak,

DNF Ief VERBRUGGHE (Bel), Lotto,

DNS Gilberto SIMONI (I), Saeco,

DNS Roberto SGAMBELLURI (I), Mercatone Uno,

 

Overall after 13 Stages

1. Jens HEPPNER (G), Telekom,

2. Francesco CASAGRANDE (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 2:58

3. Paolo SAVOLDELLI (I), Index Alexia, at 3:43

4. Pietro CAUCCHIOLI (I), Alessio, at 3:43

5. Fernando ESCARTIN (Sp), Coast, at 3:46

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

7. Wladimir BELLI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 3:55

8. Aitor GONZALEZ JIMENEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 3:58

9. Dario FRIGO (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 4:00

10. Cadel EVANS (Aus), Mapei, at 4:03

11. Franco PELLIZOTTI (I), Alessio, at 4:17

12. Andrea NOE: (I), Mapei, at 4:22

13. Tyler HAMILTON (USA), CSC-Tiscali, at 4:26

14. Eddy MAZZOLENI (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 4:43

15. Georg TOTSCHNIG (A), Gerolsteiner, at 4:46

16. Juan Manuel GARATE (Sp), Lampre, at 4:48

17. Michael BOOGERD (Nl), Rabobank, at 4:50

18. Rik VERBRUGGHE (Bel), Lotto, at 4:50

19. Kurt VAN DE WOUWER (Bel), Lotto, at 4:57

20. Cristian MORENI (I), Alessio, at 5:03

21. Pavel TONKOV (Rus), Lampre, at 5:18

22. Juan D. RAMIREZ (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 5:18

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

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

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

26. Gianni FARESIN (I), Gerolsteiner, at 6:50

27. Matthias KESSLER (G), Telekom, at 7:19

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

29. Ivan GOTTI (I), Alessio, at 8:17

30. Joaquim CASTELBLANCO (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 8:24

31. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS (Sp), Kelme, at 9:14

32. Daniele DE PAOLI (I), Alessio, at 9:19

33. Denis LUNGHI (I), Colpack-Astro, at 9:39

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

35. Grischa NIERMANN (G), Rabobank, at 10:14

36. Matthias BUXHOFER (A), Phonak, at 12:43

37. Igor PUGACI (Mda), Saeco, at 13:46

38. Francisco J. LARA RUIZ (Sp), Coast, at 14:01

39. Addy ENGELS (Nl), Rabobank, at 14:13

40. Gustavo OTERO GOMEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 14:19

41. Manuel BELTRAN (Sp), Coast, at 14:21

42. Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (Mex), Panaria, at 14:32

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

44. Paolo LANFRANCHI (I), Index Alexia, at 15:38

45. Massimo CODOL (I), Lampre, at 18:17

46. Luis LAVERDE JIMENEZ (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 19:20

47. Daniele NARDELLO (I), Mapei, at 19:25

48. Vladimir MIHOLIEVIC (Cr), Alessio, at 20:17

49. Mariano PICCOLI (I), Lampre, at 22:18

50. Sylvester SZMYD (Pol), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 23:09

51. Maximilian SCIANDRI (GB), Lampre, at 25:39

52. J. Carlos DOMINGUEZ (Sp), Phonak, at 26:31

53. Francisco CEREZO PERALES Francisco (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 27:03

54. Vladimir DUMA (Ukr), Panaria, at 27:04

55. Fabrizio GUIDI (I), Coast, at 28:27

56. Torsten HIEKMANN (G), Telekom, at 29:53

57. Sergio BARBERO (I), Lampre, at 30:16

58. Alexandre MOOS SUI Phonak, at 31:44

59. Marcelino GARCIA ALONSO (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 31:53

60. Carlos SASTRE CANDIL (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 32:25

61. Igor ASTARLOA (Sp), Saeco, at 33:14

62. Michael RASMUSSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 33:54

63. Andrei MIZOUROV (Kz), Mercatone Uno, at 33:57

64. Andrea PERON (I), CSC-Tiscali, at 34:07

65. Lorenzo BERNUCCI (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 34:45

66. Bert GRABSCH (G), Phonak, at 35:37

67. Marco PANTANI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 36:28

68. Luca MAZZANTI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 37:53

69. Davide BRAMATI (I), Mapei, at 38:24

70. Matteo TOSATTO (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 38:36

71. Thorwald VENEBERG (Nl), Rabobank, at 39:34

72. Jan BOVEN (Nl), Rabobank, at 39:40

73. Geert VERHEYEN (Bel), Rabobank, at 40:02

74. Alessandro SPEZIALETTI (I), Saeco, at 40:39

75. Manuel CALVENTE (Sp), CSC-Tiscali, at 41:00

76. Oscar MASON (I), Saeco, at 41:23

77. Matteo CARRARA (I), Colpack-Astro, at 42:09

78. Raphael SCHWEDA (G), Coast, at 45:02

79. Gabriele MISSAGLIA (I), Lampre, at 45:53

80. John Freddy GARCIA (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 46:44

81. Daniele RIGHI (I), Index Alexia, at 48:30

82. Mykhaylo KHALILOV (Ukr), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 48:36

83. Peter WROLICH (A), Gerolsteiner, at 49:07

84. Ruggero MARZOLI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 49:28

85. Fabio SACCHI (I), Saeco, at 49:32

86. Sergiy ADYEYEV (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 49:37

87. Giovanni LOMBARDI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 49:45

88. Serguei YAKOVLEV (Kz), Telekom, at 51:47

89. Milan KADLEC (Cz), Lampre, at 53:22

90. Martin DERGANC (Slo), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 54:03

91. Mathew HAYMAN (Aus), Rabobank, at 55:09

92. Francisco LEON MANE (Sp), Kelme, at 56:29

93. Alessandro BERTOLINI (I), Alessio, at 56:54

94. Ruben Alverio MARIN (Col), Colombia-Selle Italia, at 57:00

95. Gian Mario ORTENZI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 57:01

96. Paolo FORNACIARI (I), Mapei, at 57:43

97. Kai HUNDERTMARK (G), Telekom, at 58:30

98. Uros MURN (Slo), Formaggi-Trentini, at 59:16

99. Alessandro PETacconi Sport-Emmegi, CHI (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 59:35

100. Marc LOTZ (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:00:35

101. Steven DE JONGH (Nl), Rabobank, at 1:01:31

102. Bo HAMBURGER (Dk), Index Alexia, at 1:01:39

103. Cayetano JULIA CEGARRA (Sp), Kelme, at 1:02:59

104. Mario CIPOLLINI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:03:38

105. Frank HOJ (Dk), Coast, at 1:05:00

106. Renzo MAZZOLENI (I), Colpack-Astro, at 1:05:14

107. Jimmi MADSEN (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 1:07:17

108. Michele COLLEONI (I), Colpack-Astro, at 1:08:23

109. Simone BERTOLETTI (I), Lampre, at 1:08:29

110. Aart VIERHOUTEN (Nl), Lotto, at 1:09:02

111. Stephan SCHRECK (G), Telekom, at 1:09:24

112. Mauro GEROSA (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:10:35

113. Denis BONDARENKO (Rus), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:10:43

114. Mario SCIREA (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:11:06

115. Thierry MARICHAL (Bel), Lotto, at 1:12:08

116. Rene: HASELBACHER (A), Gerolsteiner, at 1:13:34

117. Lars MICHAELSEN (Dk), Coast, at 1:13:56

118. Hector MESA MESA (Col), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:13:58

119. Biagio CONTE (I), Saeco, at 1:14:28

120. Ralf GRABSCH (G), Telekom, at 1:14:37

121. Alessio GALLETTI (I), Saeco, at 1:14:45

122. Andre: KORFF (G), Coast, at 1:15:57

123. Oscar CAVAGNIS (I), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:16:09

124. Jan SCHAFFRATH (G), Telekom, at 1:16:55

125. Massimo APOLLONIO (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:17:52

126. Roberto CONTI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:18:10

127. Volodymyr BILEKA (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:18:24

128. Mauro RADAELLI (I), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:19:02

129. Massimo STRAZZER (I), Phonak, at 1:19:34

130. Isaac GALVEZ LOPEZ (Sp), Kelme, at 1:20:02

131. Steve ZAMPIERI SUI Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:21:51

132. Christophe DETILLOUX (Bel), Lotto, at 1:22:02

133. Guido TRENTI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:22:27

134. Dmitri KONYSHEV (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:23:04

135. Fabrice GOUGOT (F), Phonak, at 1:24:18

136. Denis ZANETTE (I), Fassa Bortolo, at 1:25:42

137. Rolf SORENSEN (Dk), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:26:44

138. Cristian GASPERONI (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:27:05

139. Gabriele COLOMBO (I), Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo, at 1:27:19

140. Danny JONASSON (Dk), CSC-Tiscali, at 1:28:12

141. Angelo FURLAN, (I), Alessio, at 1:28:18

142. Miguel Angel MEZA (Mex), Colpack-Astro, at 1:28:26

143. Yauheni SENIUSHKINE (Blr), Panaria, at 1:29:09

144. Ellis RASTELLI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 1:29:24

145. Daniele CONTRINI (I), Gerolsteiner, at 1:30:18

146. Yuri MITLUSHENKO (Ukr), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:32:47

147. Matteo GIGLI (I), Colpack-Astro, at 1:34:01

148. Marc STREEL (Bel), Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, at 1:34:15

149. Fabiano FONTANELLI (I), Mercatone Uno, at 1:35:46

150. Malte URBAN (G), Coast, at 1:35:51

151. Moreno DI BIASE (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:41:19

152. Mario MANZONI (I), Index Alexia, at 1:41:53

153. Hidenori NODERA (Jp), Colpack-Astro, at 1:43:27

154. Enrico DEGANO (I), Panaria, at 1:45:08

155. Zoran KLEMENCIC (Slo), Tacconi Sport-Emmegi, at 1:47:28

156. Domenico GUALDI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:48:39

157. Antonio RIZZI (I), Formaggi-Trentini, at 1:49:01

158. Mauro ZINETTI (I), Index Alexia, at 1:57:42

159. Dario ANDRIOTTO (I), Index Alexia, at 1:58:42

160. Eddy SERRI (I), Index Alexia, at 1:59:28