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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2001
After 10 stages, Fassa Bortolo’s Dario Frigo continues to hold on to a slim lead in the Giro d’Italia as the race left Italy for a two-day detour into neighboring Slovenia. Liquigas’s Denis Zanette won the stage that finished in this former Yugoslav republic’s capital city of Ljubljana.
Zanette broke away from a nine-man lead group about six kilometers from the finish of this 212km stage. Zanette finished three seconds ahead of another Italian, Marion Manzoni, with Spain’s Isidro Nozal in third. Frigo came home more than 10min off the pace but since none of the lead group posed much of an overall threat, he retained a slim three-second lead over Jose Azevedo of Portugal. It was 31-year-old Zanette’s first Giro stage win since 1995 although he showed early season form by finishing third in the Tour of Flanders last month.
Superstar sprinter Mario Cipollini was denied the chance to join his teammates in wearing their non-regulation “Black Lightning” jerseys Tuesday after officials told the Italian that he had violated uniform requirements so many times this year, that he risked expulsion from the race rather than a simple fine. Copyright AFP2001