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2004 Giro D'Italia

87th edition: May 8 - May 30, 2004

Results, stages with running GC, live updates, photos, maps and stage profiles

2003 Giro | 2005 Giro | Giro d'Italia database | Final GC | Stage results with running GC | Giro summary | Startlist with backnumbers | Predictions

 


2004 Giro d'Italia complete final General Classification

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 88hr 40min 43sec
  2. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 2min 2sec
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 2min 5sec
  4. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 4min 36sec
  5. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 5min 5sec
  6. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 5min 31sec
  7. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) s.t.
  8. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 6min 15sec
  9. Tadej Valjavec (Phonak) @ 6min 34sec
  10. Juan Garate (Lampre) @ 7min 47sec
  11. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 9min 45sec
  12. Emanuele Sella (Panaria) @ 10min 26sec
  13. Pavel Tonkov (Vini Caldirola) @ 10min 43sec
  14. Christophe Brandt (Lotto-Domo) @ 10min 50sec
  15. Luis Filipe Laverde (Formaggi Pinzolo) @ 13min 43sec
  16. Ruben Lobato (Saunier Duval) @ 21min 11sec
  17. Andrea Noè (Alessio) @ 22min 33sec
  18. David Canada (Saunier Duval) @ 22min 52sec
  19. Steve Zampieri (Vini Caldirola) @ 25min 53sec
  20. Giuseppe Di Grande (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè) @ 26min 5sec
  21. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 27min 44sec
  22. Francisco Vila (Lampre) @ 30min 50sec
  23. Ruggero Marzoli (Acqua & Sapone) @ 31min 41sec
  24. Vladimir Miholjevic (Alessio) @ 32min 6sec
  25. Cristian Moreni (Alessio) @ 35min 24sec
  26. Gerhard Trampusch (Acqua & Sapone) @ 39min 16sec
  27. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) @ 46min 16sec
  28. Ruggero Borghi (De Nardi) @ 47min 2sec
  29. Andrea Tonti (Saeco) @ 47min 11sec
  30. Oscar Mason (Vini Caldirola) @ 50min 2sec
  31. Mauricio Ardila (Chocolade Jacques) @ 51min 5sec
  32. Philippe Gilbert (FDJ) @ 57min 58sec
  33. Julio Perez Cuapio (Panaria)@ 58min 21sec
  34. Rinaldo Nocentini (Acqua & Sapone) @ 58min 53sec
  35. Raffaele Illiano (Colombia-Selle italia) @ 1hr 5min 13sec
  36. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) @ 1hr 6min 5sec
  37. Leonardo Bertagnolli (Saeco) @ 1hr 7min 10sec
  38. Bo Hamburger (Acqua & Sapone) @ 1hr 7min 49sec
  39. Fortunato Baliani (Panaria) @ 1hr 9min 35sec
  40. Marlon Alirio Perez (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 1hr 11min 35sec
  41. Niki Aebersold (Phonak) @ 1hr 12min 52sec
  42. Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Acqua & Sapone) @ 1hr 13min 5sec
  43. Sylvester Szmyd (Saeco) @ 1hr 15min 5sec
  44. Alessandro Vanotti (De Nardi) @ 1hr 20min 55sec
  45. Daniel Schnider (Phonak) @ 1hr 22min 38sec
  46. Luca Mazzanti (Panaria) @ 1hr 26min 22sec
  47. Oliver Zaugg (Saunier Duval) @ 1hr 27min 53sec
  48. Charly Wegelius (De Nardi) @ 1hr 32min 14sec
  49. Geert Verheyen (Chocolade Jacques) @ 1hr 34min 21sec
  50. Volodymyr Bileka (Landbouwkrediet) @ 1hr 35min 31sec
  51. Nicolas Fritsch (FDJ) @ 1hr 36min 22sec
  52. Rubens Bertogliati (Saunier Duval) @ 1hr 38min 22sec
  53. Alessandro Bertolini (Alessio) @ 1hr 39min 29sec
  54. Dario Andriotto (Vini Caldirola) @ 1hr 40min 16sec
  55. Marco Fertonani (Phonak) @ 1hr 50min 51sec
  56. Igor Astarloa (Lampre) @ 1hr 42min 8sec
  57. Giuseppe Muraglia (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè) @ 1hr 45min 37sec
  58. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1hr 46min 46sec
  59. Mariano Piccoli (Lampre) @ 1hr 48min 33sec
  60. Denys Kostuk (Chocolade Jacques) @ 1hr 49min 17sec
  61. Paolo Lanfranchi (Panaria) @ 1hr 50min 25sec
  62. Mauro Gerosa (Vini Caldirola) @ 1hr 50min 43sec
  63. Marcus Ljungqvist (Alessio) @ 1hr 51min 37sec
  64. Thomas Ziegler (Gerolsteiner) @ 1hr 53min 33sec
  65. Volodimyr Duma (Landbouwkrediet) @ 1hr 56min 13sec
  66. Alessandro Spezialetti (Saeco) @ 1hr 54min 7sec
  67. Juan Gomis Lopez (Suanier Duval) @ 1hr 55min 39sec
  68. Nico Sijmens (Landbouwkrediet) @ 1hr 56min 13sec
  69. Massimo Codol (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1hr 56min 19sec
  70. Igor Pugaci (De Nardi) @ 1hr 56min 20sec
  71. Marco Serpellini (Gerolsteiner) @ 1hr 56min 52sec
  72. Oscar Pozzi (Tenax) @ 2hr 1min 24sec
  73. Ellis Rastelli (Alessio) @ 2hr 3min 26sec
  74. Nicola Loda (Tenax) @ 2hr 3min 33sec
  75. Leonardo Giodani (De Nardi) @ 2hr 5min 22sec
  76. Manuele Mori (Saunier Duval) @ 2hr 9min 30sec
  77. Gianluca Sironi (Vini Caldirola) @ 2hr 9min 36sec
  78. Graziano Gaspare (De Nardi) @ 2hr 10min 47sec
  79. Alejandro Albert Borrajo (Panaria) @ 2hr 12min 3sec
  80. Daniele Pietropolli (Tenax) @ 2hr 13min 39sec
  81. Nicolas Vogondy (FDJ) @ 2hr 14min 10sec
  82. Andrej Hauptman (Lampre) @ 2hr 14min 38sec
  83. Ruber Alvaro Marin (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 2hr 15min 8sec
  84. Andrea Ferrigato (Acqua & Sapone) @ 2hr 15min 21sec
  85. David Derapas (FDJ) @ 2hr 15min 45sec
  86. Sergey Avdyeyev (Landbouwkrediet) @ 2hr 16min 12sec
  87. Radoslav Rogina (Tenax) @ 2hr 17min 10sec
  88. Michael Albasini (Phonak)@ 2hr 18min 18sec
  89. Alessio Galletti (Domina Vacanze) @ 2hr 21min 16sec
  90. Scott Davis (Panaria) @ 2hr 21min 33sec
  91. Simone Masciarelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 2hr 22min 36sec
  92. Uros Murn (Phonak) @ 2hr 23min 26sec
  93. Michele Gobbi (De Nardi) @ 2hr 24min 26sec
  94. Johan Verstrepen (Lanbouwkrediet) @ 2hr 24min 34sec
  95. Gorazd Stengelj (Saeco) @ 2hr 24min 36sec
  96. Daniele Righi (Lampre) @ 2hr 26min 5sec
  97. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2hr 27min 44sec
  98. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) @ 2hr 37min 48sec
  99. Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) @ 2hr 28min 10sec
  100. Paolo Fornaciari (Saeco) @ 2hr 30min 9sec
  101. Marco Velo (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2hr 30min 9sec
  102. Fabio Sacchi (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2hr 34min 12sec
  103. Volodymir Gustov (Fassa Bortolo) 2 2hr 34min 26sec
  104. Francis Mourey (FDJ) @ 2hr 35min 51sec
  105. Marcel Strauss (Gerolsteiner) @ 2hr 36min 19sec
  106. Andris Nauduzs (Domina Vacanze) @ 2hr 37min 29sec
  107. Matteo Tosatto (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2hr 37min 41sec
  108. Florent Brard (Chocolade Jacques) @ 2hr 39min 4sec
  109. Alberto Ongarato (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2hr 39min 50sec
  110. Aart Vierhouten (Lotto-Domo) @ 2hr 40min 13sec
  111. Renzo Mazzoleni (Tenax) @ 2hr 41min 6sec
  112. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) @ 2hr 42min 1sec
  113. Nick Gates (Lotto-Domo) @ 2hr 44min 56sec
  114. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) @ 2hr 43min 2sec
  115. Ief Verbrugghe (Lotto-Domo) @ 2hr 44min 56sec
  116. Robert Forster (Gerolsteiner) @ 2hr 45min 24sec
  117. Gabriele Colombo (Domina Vacanze) @ 2hr 46min 59sec
  118. Giancarlo Ginestri (Tenax) @ 2hr 47min 3sec
  119. Giovanni Lombardi (Domina Vacanze) @ 2hr 48min 6sec
  120. Simone Cadamuro (De Nardi) @ 2hr 48min 28sec
  121. Mario Scirea (Domina Vacanze) @ 2hr 48min 41sec
  122. Jan Van Velzen (Chocolade Jacques) @ 2hr 49min 28sec
  123. Crescenzo d'Amore (Acqua & Sapone) @ 2hr 49min 38sec
  124. Brett Lancaster (Panaria) @ 2hr 50min 32sec
  125. Gorik Gardeyn (Lotto-Domo) @ 2hr 51min 16sec
  126. Trent Wilson (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 2hr 54min 57sec
  127. Martin Derganc (Domina Vacanze) @ 3hr 0min 23sec
  128. Angelo Furlan (Alessio) @ 3hr 0min 46sec
  129. Philippe Schnyder (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 3hr 3min 50sec
  130. Bostjan Mervar (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè) @ 3hr 7min 33sec
  131. Gert Steegmans (Lotto-Domo) @ 3hr 11min 11sec
  132. Matthew Wilson (FDJ) @ 3hr 22min 2sec
  133. Maxim Rudenko (Chocolade Jacques) @ 3hr 22min 9sec
  134. Russel Van Hout (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 3hr 25min 27sec
  135. Mario Manzoni (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè) @ 3hr 26min 45sec
  136. Benoît Vaugrenard (FDJ) @ 3hr 30min 0sec
  137. Gabriele Bosisio (Tenax) @ 3hr 30min 36sec
  138. Dean Podgornik (Tenax) @ 3hr 46min 50sec
  139. Domenico Gualdi (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè) @ 3hr 55min 37sec
  140. Corrado Serina (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè) @ 4hr 3min 22sec

Points (sprinter)

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 250 points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 153
  3. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 148
  4. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) 111
  5. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) 102

Climber

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 56
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 54
  3. Gilberto Simoni 36
  4. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) 33
  5. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) 27

Intergiro

  1. Raffaele Illiano (Colombia-Selle Italia) 49hr 38min 14sec
  2. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone) @ 13sec
  3. Mariano Piccoli (Lampre) @ 19sec
  4. Marlon Alirio Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 22sec
  5. Alessandro Vanotti (De Nardi) @ 36sec

Team Classification

  1. Saeco 265hr 52min 5sec
  2. Vini Caldirola @ 19min 15sec
  3. Lampre @ 26min 12sec
  4. Alessio @ 29min 13sec
  5. Saunier Duval @ 39min 21sec

Team Points Classification

  1. Alessio 384 points
  2. Saeco 359
  3. Fassa Bortolo 339
  4. Lampre 327
  5. Acqua & Sapone 315

The Stages. I've noted the major climbs:

Saturday, May 8: 6.9 km Prologue, GENOA (individual time trial)

Weather (3:30 PM Italy): 61F (16C), Wind SSE 8 MPH (13 KPH), mostly sunny.

Results:

  1. Bradley McGee (FDJ) 8min 30sec
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) @ 10sec
  3. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 20sec
  4. Gerhard Trampusch (Aqua & Sapone) @ 24sec
  5. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) @ 27sec
  6. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 30sec
  7. Marco Velo (Fassa Bortolo) @ 32sec
  8. Magnus Backstedt (Alessio) s.t.
  9. Dario Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 33sec
  10. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Saunier Duval) @ 34sec
  11. Mario Cipollini (Domina Vacanze) @ 35sec
  12. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) s.t.
  13. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 46sec

Sunday, May 9: Stage 1, GENOA - ALBA, 143 KM.

Colle di Cadibona (elevation 436 meters) -10.3 km - Average gradient 4.1%

Results for Stage 1:

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 3hr 41min 56sec
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  3. Crescenzo D'Amore (Aqua & Sapone) s.t.
  4. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) s.t.
  5. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  6. Philippe Gilbert (FDJ) s.t.
  7. Jan Svorada (Lampre) s.t.
  8. Luciano Mendonca Pagliarini (Lampre) s.t.
  9. David Derpas (FDJ) s.t.
  10. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  11. Mario Cipollini (Domina Vacanze) s.t.

GC after stage 1:

  1. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 3hr 50min 24sec
  2. Bradely McGee (FDJ) @ 2sec
  3. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) @ 20sec
  4. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 22sec
  5. Gerhard Trampusch (Aqua & Sapone) @ 26sec
  6. Crescenzo D'Amore (Aqua & Sapone) @ 32sec
  7. Marco Velo (Fassa Bortolo) @ 34sec
  8. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 35sec
  9. Mario Cipollini @ 37sec
  10. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  11. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) s.t.
  12. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 48sec

Other competitions:

Points (sprinter) Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)
Mountains: Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner)
Team GC: Lampre


Monday, May 10: Stage 2, NOVI LIGURE - PONTREMOLI, 184 KM

Ascents:

Passo del Bocco (elevation 956 meters) - 15.3 km- Average gradient 5%.
Passo del Brattello (elevation 953 meters) - 10 km - 5.4%

Stage 2 results:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 4hr 37min 8sec
  2. Bradley McGee (FDJ) s.t.
  3. Cristian Moreni (Alessio) s.t.
  4. Igor Astarloa (Lampre) s.t.
  5. Eddy Mazzoleni(Saeco) s.t.
  6. Gerhard Trampusch (Aqua & Sapone) s.t.
  7. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  9. Giuseppe Di Grande (Formaggi Pinzolo) s.t.
  10. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

  1. Bradley McGee (FDJ) 8hr 27min 22sec
  2. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 32sec
  3. Gerhard Trampusch (Aqua & Sapone) @ 36sec
  4. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) @ 37sec
  5. Cristian Moreni (Alessio) @ 39sec
  6. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 45sec
  7. Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) @ 47sec
  8. Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Aqua & Sapone) s.t.
  9. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) s.t.
  10. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 48sec
  11. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 58sec

Other Competitions:

Sprinter's Jersey:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 25 points
  2. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 25
  3. Crescenzo D'Amore (Aqua & Sapone) 22

Mountains:

  1. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) 5 points
  2. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 3
  3. Steve Zampieri (Vini Caldirola) 3

Team GC:

  1. Lampre 24hr 57min 12sec
  2. Saeco s.t.
  3. Aqua & Sapone s.t.

Live updates:

The finish: McGee's teammate Gilbert leads out McGee who goes early. Cunego comes around him for the win. And Popovych must have made contact as well since he came in 10th.

6 Km. to go: A group of 8 with Astarloa and McGee have just made contact with the lead group. The Pink Jersey is over a minute behind.

Km 171: Over the top, Saeco's Cunego put the hammer down and about 40 riders are clear. Looks like all the big boys are there, but no one has seen Popovych yet. Simoni's Saeco is driving the group hard down the hill. Saeco has what looks like 5 riders up at the front. what a masterful job they have done. And... Landbouwkrediet is chasing, so Popovych must have been caught snoozing.

Km 161: Garzelli's Yellow Vini's are riding hard tempo on the climb. Simoni is right at the front keeping an eye on things.

Km 158: Saeco's Stangelj is away from the break which has come apart. In the peloton Saeco red is at the front. Will we see Simoni try to leap up to his teammate. He's done this before.

Km 155: At the base of the climb, the lead is 1 minute.

Km 141: 16 riders left in the group with a lead of 2min 38sec. they are working well together.

Km 127: On the descent after the Passo del Bocco, the lead group of 23 has 4min 5 sec.

Km 90: The lead has grown to 4min 5sec with Gerolsteiner's Robert Forster the virtual Maglia Rosa.

At Km 76, 23 riders are away with a lead of 3min 15 sec having broken away at Km 36. The group include Fornaciari, Stangelj, Hamburger, Forster, Marin, Svorada and Zampieri.


Tuesday, May 11: Stage 3, PONTREMOLI - CORNO ALLE SCALE, 191 KM.

Ascents:

Foce Carpinelli (elevation 842 meters) -10 km - Average gradient 5.2%
Corno alle Scale (elevation 1,426 meters) - 12.8 km - 5.2%

Stage 3 results:

  1. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 5hr 46min 9sec
  2. Damino Cunego (Saeco) @ 15sec
  3. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 16sec
  4. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) s.t.
  5. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  6. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 32sec
  7. Gerhard Trampusch (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 34sec
  9. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.
  10. Andrea Noe (Alessio) s.t.
  11. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 2min 21sec

GC after stage 3:

  1. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 14hr 13min 58sec
  2. Daminao Cunego (Saeco) @ 13sec
  3. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 21sec
  4. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 29sec
  5. Gerhard Trampusch (Gerolsteiner) @ 41sec
  6. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 45sec
  7. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 52sec
  8. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 58sec
  9. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 1min 5sec
  10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) s.t.

Sprinter (points):

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 45 points
  2. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 26
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 25

Climber:

  1. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 13
  3. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) 8

Intergiro: Crescenzo D'Amore (Aqua & Sapone)

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 46hr 16min 26sec
  2. Alessio @ 1min 29sec
  3. Panaria @ 2min 1sec

Live updates:

2 Km to go. Saeco's Mazzoleni and Cunego cover another rider's move and get away. Then BAM! Simoni sprints out, up to Cunego and away. Simoni has wings! No one can answer. Garzelli falls back. Popovych loses ground then claws up to the 1st group behind Simoni.

6 Km to go: Saeco continues to lead. All the GC contenders are gathered at the front.

Km 180: The attacks are coming one after another. So far no one has any particular lead. Saeco is still at the front of the pack.

Around Km 177: Mazzoleni is caught. He blows a kiss to the camera. We're all together for the final assault.

Km 169: The lead is down to 3min 38sec. Saeco is at the front of the pack, in the big ring, on the climb pounding away. Garzelli's Yellow Vinis are up at the front, but keeping their noses out of the wind for now.

Km 160: Mazzoleni is in Poretta now and the final climb is starting. His lead is down to 7min 18sec.

Km 151: On the descent and the lead is down to 8min 48sec. The Saeco team is at the front doing almost all of the work.

Over the Passo del Oppio: the pack just went through a little over 9 minutes behind. The gap is going down and Mazzoleni is looking tired.

Km 133, 2 km from the top of the climb. Mazzoleni's lead is down to 11 minutes. Saeco's Fornaciari is leading the pack in the big ring!

Km 127: Mazzoleni is in the small ring as he heads for the Passo del Oppio. He still has a lead of over 12 minutes. The chase can't be too hard as the pack isn't very strung out. It is comforting to see that the pros must occasionally at least get out of the saddle for a moment on this mountain. I was just riding up here a month ago and I found it really, really hard going.

Km 102. The lead is down to 13min 35sec. Saeco and Gerolsteiner are leading the chase. After the 3rd hour, the average speed has been lifted to 33.45 km/hr. They'll be putting their bikes in the small ring pretty soon. The climb to the Passo del Oppio is a good, hard ride.

Km 97: Mazzoleni has a lead of 16min 5sec. The average speed after the second hour was 30.8 km/hr.

Km 75: Renzo Mazzoleni of Tenax is away alone with a lead of 12min 50sec. He broke away at km 36 He is on the descent of the first rated climb, the Foce Carpinelli. They are riding in the Apuan Alps, the rugged land of northern Tuscany. Yesterday two riders retired. There are now 167 riders in the Giro. Giro race news reports that the weather at the start was a bit overcast, but no rain or wind. For a while now, the riders will be in river valleys. But then the roads will really bite hard.


Wednesday, May 12: Stage 4, PORRETTA TERME - CIVITELLA IN VAL DI CHIANA, 187 KM

Stage 4 Results:

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 4hr 55min 40sec
  2. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) s.t.
  3. Simone Cadamuro (De Nardi) s.t.
  4. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  5. Fred Rodriguez (Aqua & Sapine) s.t.
  6. Massimo Strazzer (Saunier Duval) s.t.
  7. Magnus Backstedt (Alessio) s.t.
  8. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  9. Alejandro Borrajo (Panaria) s.t.
  10. Graziano Gasparre (De Nardi) s.t.

GC after Stage 4:

  1. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 19hr 09min 38sec
  2. Daminao Cunego (Saeco) @ 13sec
  3. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 21sec
  4. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 29sec
  5. Gerhard Trampusch (Gerolsteiner) @ 41sec
  6. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 45sec
  7. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 52sec
  8. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 58sec
  9. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 1min 5sec
  10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 1min 6sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 51points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 45
  3. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 34

Climber:

  1. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16 points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 13
  3. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 12

InterGiro Leader: Alessandro Vanotti (De Nardi)

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 57hr 3min 26sec
  2. Alessio @ 1min 29sec
  3. Panaria @ 2min 1sec

Live updates:

The sprint. A tough elbows-and-belly-buttons everywhere sprint. Cipollini was up there, faded and then in the middle of the bunch, crashed hard. La Gazzetta Dello Sport says that Cipollini ran into his teammate Andrus Aug 250 meters from the line. Cipollini is being sent to the hospital to make sure there isn't any real damge to his knee.

11 Km to go. The rain has come back for the finishing curcuit. A lot of riders were caught in a crash at the back of the field before entering the circuit. They seem to be badly gapped. No CG contenders seem to be involved. Garzelli's team has moved up to the front behind Fassa. Does Garzelli feel lucky?

Km 159: Still all together with 5 Fassas in front doing the work. A bunch of Saecos are right behind them with Simoni keeping an eye on things.

Km 146: The break is caught. As they say in Italy, gruppo compatto.

Km 131: Petacchi has regained the pack. A break of 6 (A. VANOTTI, G. MURAGLIA, N. LODA, F. WEGMANN, ARANAGA-AZKUNE, M. PICCOLI) has a 48 second lead. Fassa is leading the chase. It looks like the rain has stopped.

Km 120: It's raining. It looks like Petacchi has crashed on the Poggio di Sugame. He has almost the entire Fassa team pacing him back up.

166 riders started. At kilometer 56, they were all together. The first hour was covered at the blinding speed of 33.2 km/hr. The weather in Pistoia, which they rode through in the first hour: 57 F (14C). The wind is 7 mph (11 KPH) ENE. It's cloudy. Rain is possible.


Thursday, May 13: Stage 5, CIVITELLA IN VAL DI CHIANA - SPOLETO, 177 KM

Stage 5 results:

  1. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 4hr 24min 57sec
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  3. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  4. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  5. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
  6. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) s.t.
  7. Andris Naudusz (Domina Vacanze) s.t.
  8. Simone Cadamuro (De Nardi) s.t.
  9. Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
  10. Alejandro Borrajo (Panaria) s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

  1. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 23hr 34min 35sec
  2. Daminao Cunego (Saeco) @ 13sec
  3. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 21sec
  4. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 29sec
  5. Gerhard Trampusch (Gerolsteiner) @ 41sec
  6. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 45sec
  7. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 52sec
  8. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 58sec
  9. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Calidrola) @ 1min 5sec
  10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 1min 6sec

Points (Sprinter):

  1. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 59 points
  2. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 55
  3. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 45

Climber:

  1. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16 points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 13
  3. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 12

Intergiro leader : Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone)

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 70hr 18min 17sec
  2. Alessio @ 1min 29sec
  3. Panaria @ 2min 1sec

Live updates:

The sprint. Fassa lead it out for a while, but Petacchi lost his position in the last corner. McEwen started from way out and barely won it. If the line had been a few inches further down the road, Pollack probably would have been the winner. The sprinters again have shown that nowadays they have the power to survive high speed climbs like the finishing circuits of today's stage. They surprised me. Cipollini finished the stage way back.

7 km to go: McGee and company are caught before the start of the last climb.

On the second circuit of Spoleto, Bradley McGee gets away on the climb and take Moos and Marzoli (?) with him. they are stuggling to stay with him, but they have 9 seconds. Fassa and Lampre are at the front of the pack.

Km 165: They are in Spoleto now. The break has been caught.

Km 142: here are the riders in the break: B. HAMBURGER, M. BACKSTEDT, T. ZIEGLER, M. ALBASINI, M. MORI, D. PODGORNIK. They are working well together. Fassa is leading the chase. The roads are dry.

Km 136: The break has formed into two groups with a lead group of six containing Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt about 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the break and over a minute ahead of the field. The second group contains Cioni. The second group is disorganized and appears to be falling apart.

Km 129: A break of 15 riders has a lead of 1min 12 sec. Dario Cioni who is high up in GC (at 52sec) is in the break, so the peloton is chasing hard. De Nardi is leading the pack at the moment.

Weather at 2 PM local time in Perugia, which is near the race route (see map above): Rain, 57F (14C), wind from the North at 8 mph (13 kph). Mario Cipollini did start the stage. He has some stiches, but the report from La Gazzetta Dello Sport is that he has no broken bones.


Friday, May 14: Stage 6, SPOLETO - VALMONTONE, 164 KM

Valico della Somma (elevation 646 meters) - 5.6 km - 4.3% gradient

Results:

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 4hr 55sec
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  3. Alejandro Borrajo (Panaria) s.t.
  4. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) s.t.
  5. Andris Nauduzs (Domina Vacanze) s.t.
  6. Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapoine) s.t.
  7. Andrus Aug (Domina Vacanze) s.t.
  8. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  9. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) s.t.
  10. Michael Albasini (Phonak) s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 27hr 35min 30sec
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) @ 13sec
  3. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 21sec
  4. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 29sec
  5. Gerhard Trampusch (Gerolsteiner) @ 41sec
  6. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 45sec
  7. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 52sec
  8. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 58sec
  9. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Calidrola) @ 1min 5sec
  10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 1min 6sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 80 points
  2. Robbie Mcewen (Lotto) 66
  3. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 62

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 17points
  2. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16
  3. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) 14

Intergiro Leader: Crescenzo d'Amore (Acqua & Sapone)

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 82hr 21min 2sec
  2. Alessio @ 1min 29sec
  3. Panaria @ 2min 1sec

Live updates:

At about Km 146, in the hard rain the pack was all together. Over the next few kilometers, there was a series of counter attacks. Fassa's pace leading into town was nothing short of blistering. In the heavy rain, riders were coming off the back (including Cipollini and Quaranta) as Petacchi's team made sure things stayed together. With a couple of kilometers to go, World Champion Astarloa tried to get away, but Fassa was having none of that. He was caught with about 500 meters to go. It was "gruppo compatto" for a big sprint. Petacchi easily won. Just over the line, it looked as if Andrus Aug touched the rear wheel of the man in front of him. Aug went down heavily and was taken away in an ambulance.

Km 112: Baliani is 2 min ahead of Fertonani and 4 min 15 sec ahead of the field. Cipollini is having trouble staying in contact with the pack. Fassa is at the front stringing things out. They want the break caught. Next update will be in a little over an hour.

Km 99: A lone Fortunato Baliani (Panaria) is leading solo Marco Fertonani (Phonak) by 42 seconds and the field by 2 min 25 seconds.

The weather: Partly cloudy, 60F (16C), wind from the Southeast at 10 MPH (16 KPH) 165 riders started today, there were no overnight abandonments. In La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Cipollini said that he suffered badly in Thursday's stage because of his Wednesday crash. "It was a miracle I made it. What an ordeal," he said. Also, Petacchi noted that he had been ordered to make sure he stayed out of trouble during the circuits of Spoleto in yesterday's race. That would probably explain why he let himslef lose position so easily in the last corner before the sprint. He did feel bad that he didn't properly contest the sprint after his team worked so hard.


Saturday, May 15: Stage 7, FROSINONE - MONTEVERGINE DI MERCOGLIANO, 214 KM.

Ascents

Monteforte Irpino (elevation 519 meters) - 6.1 km - Average gradient 3.8%
Montevergine (elevation 1,270 meters) - 17.1 km - 5%

Results:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 5hr 26min 25sec
  2. Bradley McGee (FDJ) s.t.
  3. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) s.t.
  4. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) s.t.
  5. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 3sec
  6. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) s.t.
  7. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) s.t.
  8. Andrea Noè (Alessio) s.t.
  9. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) s.t.
  10. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.

GC after Stage 7:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 33hr 1min 48sec
  2. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 10sec
  3. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 28sec
  4. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 31sec
  5. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 52sec
  6. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 1min 8sec
  7. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 10sec
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 1min 15sec
  9. Andrea Noè (Alessio) @ 1min 17sec
  10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 1min 25sec

Points (sprinter)

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 80 points
  2. Daminao Cunego (Saeco) 70
  3. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 66

Climber:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28 points
  2. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 17
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro Leader: Massimo Strazzer (Saunier Duval)

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 98hr 40moin 36sec
  2. Alessio @ 1min 51sec
  3. Lampre @ 5min 4sec

Live updates:

About km 200: All the breakaway riders had been caught on the final climb. The break had broken up and they were reeled in one by one. During the final kilometers, Giuliano Figueras tried to get away several times. The last couple of kilomters saw blistering pace. Saeco's Damiano Cunego was the perfect domestique, marking each attack. At the end, Simoni led it out and Cunego took off and won the sprint. There was a real gap between Cunego and 2nd place Bradley McGee. The 20-second time bonus for winning the stage puts Cunego in pink.

Km 180. At the start of the climb, the lead is down to 3min 40 sec. I'll post the results of the stage at about 9:30 AM PDT.

Km 155: At Km 12, Rubens Bertogliati and Massimo Strazzer (both Saunier Duval) broke away. They were joined by Michele Gobbi (De Nardi), Niki Aebersold (Phonak), Luca Mazzanti (Panaria) and Daniele Righi (Lampre). The six riders now enjoy a lead of 5min 5sec. Saeco is leading the chasing pack. The average speed of today's race is much higher than the earlier Giro stages. By Km 149, the average was at 42.150 KPH.

The weather in Caserta, through which the stage will pass at Km 142: 70F (21C), mostly sunny with the wind at 5 MPH (8 KPH) from the Northeast. Three riders did not start today's stage: Mario Cipollini, still suffering from his Stage 4 crash, Andrus Aug, who is still in the hospital after yesterday's crash, and Ondrej Sosenka of Acqua & Sapone. 161 riders rolled off to start Stage 7.


Sunday, May 16: Stage 8: GIFFONI VALLE PIANA - POLICORO, 214 KM

Results: Robbie McEwen was second across the line but relegated to the back of his group for getting a madison hand-sling from a teammate just before the sprint.

Damiano Cunego in pink

Daimano Cunego in pink

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 4hr 52min 49sec
  2. Tomas Vaitkus (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  3. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  4. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  5. Jan Svorada (Lampre) s.t.
  6. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  7. Zoran Klemencic (Tenax) s.t.
  8. Albert Borrajo (Panaria) s.t.
  9. Alberto Loddo (Saunier Dival) s.t.
  10. Robert Forster (Gerolsteiner) s.t.

GC after Stage 8:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 37hr 54min 37sec
  2. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 10sec
  3. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 28sec
  4. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 31sec
  5. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 52sec
  6. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 1min 8sec
  7. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 10sec
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 1min 15sec
  9. Andrea Noè (Alessio) @ 1min 17sec
  10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 1min 25sec

Points (Sprinter)

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 105 points
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 78
  3. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 70

Climber:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28 points
  2. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 17
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro Leader: Massimo Strazzer (Saunier Duval)

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 113hr 19min 3sec
  2. Alessio @ 1min 51sec
  3. Lampre @ 5min 4sec

Live updates:

With about 20 Km to go, the break was caught. Then, the Fassa Bortolo train delivered Signor Petacchi on time and in place for his 4th stage win this Giro.

Km 172: Now the lead is down to 1min 55sec. Looks like it's probably another bunch sprint.

Km 164: The break's lead is down to 2min 55sec.

Km 130: This stage is really rolling along. The average speed so far is 40.430 KPH. Since Kilometer 52, there has been a break. At one time, the group of six had a lead of 7min 5sec. At present it is 6min 16sec. Off the front are: A. BERTOLINI, J. PEREZ CUAPIO,M. VELO,M. PICCOLI,J. DURAND, and M. PEREZ ARANGO .

The weather at 2:00 PM, local time: 64F (18C), partly sunny with an 11 MPH (18 KPH) wind from the north. 159 riders started today. Davide Rebellin and Juan Carlos Dominguez have retired from the race.


Monday, May 17: Stage 9, POLICORO - CAROVIGNO, 142 KM

Results:

  1. Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) 4hr 4min 38sec
  2. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.
  3. Angelo Furlan (Alessio) s.t.
  4. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) s.t.
  5. Jan Svorada (Lampre) s.t.
  6. Andris Nauduzs (Domina Vacanze) s.t.
  7. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  8. Robert Forster (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  9. Simone Cadamuro (De Nardi) s.t.
  10. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.

GC after Stage 9:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 41hr 59min 15sec
  2. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 10sec
  3. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 28sec
  4. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 31sec
  5. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 52sec
  6. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 1min 8sec
  7. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 10sec
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 1min 15sec
  9. Andrea Noè (Alessio) @ 1min 17sec
  10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 1min 25sec

Points (Sprinter)

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 125 points
  2. Robbie Mcewen (Lotto) 80
  3. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 78

Climber:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28 points
  2. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 17
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro Leader: Massimo Strazzer (Saunier Duval)

Team Classification

  1. Saeco 125hr 32min 57sec
  2. Alessio @ 1min 51sec
  3. Lampre @ 5min 4sec

Live updates:

The finish. Out of the last corner, Petacchi bides his time on the wheel of his last leadout man and up the side, Fred Rodriguez jumps hard. Petacchi goes and slowly closes the gap, but it's too little, too late. Fred Rodriguez gets a good, clean win!

Km 129: The breakaways have been caught. Now we'll have 3 times around the finishing circuit. Gerolsteiner's sprinter Olaf Pollack was caught in the crash. There are two big groups chasing, one at 22 seconds and one at 3 minutes behind the main field.

Km 116. Illiano and Vanotti are working well together, but their lead continues to fall. It is now at 30 seconds. There was a big crash at the back of the field. Fredy Gonzalez has been taken away in an ambulance. Intergiro Leader Massimo Strazzer was badly delayed.

Km 112: the lead is down to 1min 5sec as the Blue Meanies of Fassa Bortolo are all lined up at the front to make sure things are together at the end their printer Alessandro Petacchi.

Km 80: Rafaele Illiano and Alessandro Vanotti are away with a lead of 1min 5sec on a slow moving pack.

There were no overnight retirements. 159 riders started today's stage which largely follows the coastline of the arch of the boot of Southern Italy along the coast of the Gulf of Taranto. It should be a short sprinter's stage. The first hour was done quite slowly, at 27.6 KPH. After 2 hours, the group is still together.

Weather at Taranto today: 64F (18C), mostly sunny with a 12 MPH (19 KPH) wind from the NNE.


Tuesday, May 18: Rest Day. No Giro today. The racers will travel north to the region of Le Marche, on the northwest coast of Italy for the start of Stage 10 on Wednesday.


Wednesday, May 19: Stage 10, PORTO SANT'ELPIDIO - ASCOLI PICENO, 146 KM

Ripatransone (elevation 494 meters) - 4.8 km - Average gradient 4.3%

Stage 10 results

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 3hr 24min 17sec
  2. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  3. Andris Naduzs (Domina Vacanze) s.t.
  4. Magnus Backstedt (Alessio) s.t.
  5. Albert Borrajo (Panaria) s.t.
  6. Jan Svorada (Lampre) s.t.
  7. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  8. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  9. Simone Cadamuro (De Nardi) s.t.
  10. Manuele Mori (Saunier Duval) s.t.
  11. Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.

GC after Stage 10:

  1. Damiano Cunego 45hr 23min 32sec
  2. Gilberto Simoni @ 10sec
  3. Franco Pellizotti @ 28sec
  4. Yaroslav Popovych @ 40sec
  5. Giuliano Figueras @ 52sec
  6. Stefano Garzelli @ 1min 15sec
  7. Andrea Noè @ 1min 17sec
  8. Serhiy Honchar s.t.
  9. David Dario Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 19sec
  10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 1min 29sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 150 points
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 86
  3. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) 85
  4. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 81

Climber:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28points
  2. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 23
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro Leader: Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone)

Team Classification

  1. Saeco 135hr 45min 48sec
  2. Alessio @ 1min 51sec
  3. Lampre @ 5min 13sec

Live updates:

With 2 kilometers to go, out of seeming chaos, Fassa Bortolo gets its train going and gives Petacchi a perfect leadout and Petacchi doesn't fail. A clean, perfect win for Petacchi. The fight for his wheel was very fierce with serious bumping and pushing. Marco Zanotti was on Petacchi's wheel and would not give it up. That makes the 12th win of the season and the 5th of this Giro for Petacchi.

5 km to go: Bradley McGee take a flyer and looks beautiful. The pack is just moving too fast and he's quickly caught.

Km 136, 10 to go: The break is caught, though Bo Hambuger fought as long as he could. The speed is high with Fassa, Tenax and Lotto at the front pulling. Just back, the Saeco squad is guarding Simini and Cunego.

20 to go. The pack can just see the break, about 40 seconds up the road, but the break continues to push on.

25 to go: It's down to a minute. Lotto and Tenax are pulling at the front of the peloton now, as well.

Km 116: The gap is down to 1min 40sec. The Blue Meanies of Fassa Bortolo have the pack strung out as they work to bring back the break. The riders in the break continue to take short hard pulls.

Km 109: At the Intergiro the lead is down to 2min 15sec.

Km 95: Lanfranchi (not Illiano as I wrote earlier) came off the break. The remaining 7 are working hard and brought their lead back up to 3 minutes.

Km 80: The break is being brought back. The lead is now 2min 35sec. Petacchi and others had come unglued from the pack on Monte Gilbeto, but the peloton is back together.

At about the 20th kilometer, 8 riders escaped:. They are Bo HAMBURGER (14), Kyrylo POSPYEYEV (17), Paolo LANFRANCHI (35), Raffaele ILLIANO (55), Giuseppe MURAGLIA (107), Fabian WEGMANN (118), Daniele RIGHI (128), Oliver ZAUGG (168). At kilometer 52, their lead is 3min 22sec.

155 riders started today. Massimo Strazzer, the Intergiro leader, crashed in Stage 9. He finished the stage being pushed by a teammate. He has retired. Also quitting are Thomas Vaitkus and Gianni Farasin.

The weather at Anconca, just north of the finish: Mostly sunny. 71F (22C) with the wind from ENE at 6MPH (10KPH)

The race jury has added 9 seconds to the riders who came in 25th to 87th in Stage 9. The pack was split up because of a crash in the run-in to town. Of the top 10 GC riders this affects Popovych, Honchar and Cioni.


Thursday, May 20: Stage 11, PORTO SANT'ELPIDIO - CESENA, 228 KM

Major climbs:

San Marino (elevation 554 meters) - 5.3 km - Average gradient 5.3%
Sogliano al Rubiconde (elevation 382 meters) - 4.5 km - 4.1%
Sorrivoli -2.3 km, average gradient of 13.1% with a section of 18%.

Stage 11 results:

  1. Emanuele Salla (Panaria) 5hr 19min 8sec
  2. Cristian Moreni (Alessio) @ 30sec
  3. Steve Zampieri (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  4. Bo Hamburger (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
  5. Ruben Lobato Elvira (Saunier Duval) s.t.
  6. Juan Garate (Lampre) s.t.
  7. Francisco Vila (Lampre) s.t.
  8. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) @ 49sec
  9. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) s.t.
  10. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  11. Bradley McGee (FDJ) s.t.
  12. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) s.t.
  13. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) s.t.
  14. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) s.t.
  15. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) s.t.

GC after Stage 11:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 50hr 43min 39sec
  2. Gilberto Simoni @ 10sec
  3. Franco Pellizotti @ 28sec
  4. Yaroslav Popovych @ 40sec
  5. Giuliano Figueras @ 52sec
  6. Stefano Garzelli @ 1min 15sec
  7. Andrea Noè (Alessio) @ 1min 17sec
  8. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) s.t.
  9. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 19sec
  10. Emanuele Sella (Panaria) @ 1min 25sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 150 points
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 86
  3. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) 85

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 30points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro Leader: Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia)

Team Classification

  1. Saeco 151hr 47min 5sec
  2. Alessio @ 6sec
  3. Lampre @ 3min 9sec

Live updates:

Sella comes in alone for his first pro win. What a ride! Cunego arrives 49 seconds later, so he keeps the pink jersey. It was a fast stage, 43.994 KPH!

5 km to go: Sella leads the 4 chasers by 1min 30sec and the field is another 30 seconds back. More red Saeco jerseys have shown up at the front of the pack. I think Selle has it.

Km 212: Sella has lost time. His lead on the field is down to 2min 30sec after going over the top of the Sorrivoli, the last rated climb. Bradley McGee forced the pace of the field over the top. Simoni and Cunego seem to be alone with no teammates. I wonder if they cooked their team early defending the Maglia Rosa.

Km 203: Saeco has hit the panic putton. It's about 3min 30sec from the Maglia Rosa group (the main field) up to Selle. They've called Betagnolli out of the intermediate chase group back to the main field to help with the chase.

Km 191: Sella is pounding. He crashes in a declining radius corner, gets back up and goes hard again. A few others following in the same corner crash. Selle is ahead of 4 (L. BERTAGNOLLI, F. VILA ERRANDONEA, M. FERTONANI, R. LOBAT) by 25 seconds. Others follow, then the pack at about 3 minutes.

Km 180: The break has fallen into several groups on the first rated climb. On the descent the dropped riders are scrambling to get back on. It looks like Emanuele Selle (Panaria) is off the front of the break by a minute, and a group of 14 of the breakers has formed on the descent. They are about 1min 30sec ahead of the field.

Km 150: On the lower slopes of the first climb, the lead is down to 2min 18sec.

Km 118: around Km 66, 20 riders got away: Presently their lead is 2min 50sec. After they went through the feed zone (the big "R" in the maps above), they became disorganized. They are back together again. The riders are: R. NOCENTINI (13), Bo HAMBURGER (14), B. LANCASTER (34), M. PEREZ ARANGO (52), A. VANOTTI (68), G. COLOMBO (73), M. DERGANC (74), M. TOSATTO (87), F. MOUREY (96), G. MURAGLIA (107), M. STRAUSS (117), F. WEGMANN (118), Jan SVORADA (124), J. VERSTREPEN (138), N. GATES (147), M. FERTONANI (154), R. BERTOGLIATI (161), G. BOSISIO (171), N. LODA (174), D. PODGORNIK (177)

153 riders started this Giro's second longest stage. There were no overnight retirements.

The weather at Ancona, on today's route: Sunny, 72F (22C), wind from the NE at 8 MPH (13 KPH). A nice day for a bike race.

The first two hours were covered at a very fast pace, 50.200 KPH! Bradley McGee hopes to regain the Pink Jersey in Saturday's only real individual time trial. He is down 1min 58 sec, sitting in 13th place. He will have to ride very well and make sure Cungeo and Simoni don't gain any real time on him today's tough stage.


Friday, May 21: Stage 12, CESENA - TREVISO, 210 KM

Results:

There was a split in the field during the sprint, so Simoni, Pellizotti and a few others lost 6 seconds. This is Petacchi's 6th win this Giro. He's won half of the stages.

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 4hr 48min 12sec
  2. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) s.t.
  3. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  4. Zoran Kemencic (Tenax) s.t.
  5. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  6. Alberto Loddo (Saunier Duval) s.t.
  7. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
  8. Maxim Rudenko (Chocolade Jacques) s.t.
  9. Andris Nauduzs (Domina Vacanze) s.t.
  10. Simone Cadamuro (De Nardi) s.t.

GC after Stage 12:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 55hr 31min 41sec
  2. Gilberto Simoni @ 10sec
  3. Franco Pellizotti @ 28sec
  4. Yaroslav Popovych @ 40sec
  5. Giuliano Figueras @ 52sec
  6. Stefano Garzelli @ 1min 15sec
  7. Andrea Noè (Alessio) @ 1min 17sec
  8. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) s.t.
  9. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1min 19sec
  10. Emanuele Sella (Panaria) @ 1min 25sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 175 points
  2. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 101
  3. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 98
  4. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) 85

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 30points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro Leader: Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia)

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 161hr 1min 53sec
  2. Alessio @ 6sec
  3. Lampre @ 2min 57sec

Live updates:

The finish. Petacchi takes another in a furious bump and push sprint. The fight for Petacchi's wheel seems to grow more fierce each stage. McEwen is number 2 and just can't come around. Vini Caldirol's Zanotti is pushed (by Klemencic?) and crashes hard.

Km 194: Oops. Now they have him. We have everyone together. Gruppo compatto. It's a long straight 1.2 km finish for what will probably be a real drag race for the sprint win. A perfect Petacchi setup. I count all 9 Fassa Bortolo riders at the front with Petacchi the last of the 9 in the line. Alessio has a parallel train moving up.

Km 193: Steegmans jumped from his breakaway companions at the Intergiro (the "I" on the maps above). He is alone and away by 35 seconds. The other two have been caught.

35 Km to go. After having written about Saeco in the posting below, now they are at the front, working. I dunno why. No one in the break is a GC threat. The gap is down to 1min 30sec

Km 165: The gap is down to 2min 10 sec. Fassa Bortolo has this well in hand. Just behind the train of Fassa policemen, the Lotto boys are also in a line. In previous stages, Saeco has been running a parallel line next to Fassa in some of these situations, using what appears to be a lot of energy. Perhaps with yesterday's Saeco burnout when Simoni and Cunego didn't have any help, Saeco realized they were squandering their team. Right now Saeco seems nicely tucked in the front third of the pack with their noses safely out of the wind. In the break, Lotto's Steegmans sems to have stopped working.

Km 145: Fassa is bringing the gap down. The lead is now 3min 30sec.

Km. 138: The break is still at 3min 58sec with Fassa Bortolo at the front of the pack. After 3 hours, the average speed is a bit higher, 43.350 KPH.

Current weather at Triviso, where the stage finishes: 74F (23C), partly sunny with the wind at only 1mph (2KPH) from the ENE. The weather could be unsetteld for tomorrw's important time trial, however. For tomorrow, rain is predicted for Trieste, where the time trial will be held.

Km 96: 3 riders broke away at km 16. They currently have a lead of 4 min 18sec. They have had a lead of as much as 5min 5sec. The riders are: Leonardo SCARSELLI (Colombia-Selle Italia), Gert STEEGMANS (Lotto), Radoslav ROGINA (Tenax).

152 riders started the stage at 12:00 Noon. Massimo Iannetti (Domina Vacanze), who was one of the riders caught in a surprising declining radius curve and crashed in one of the wild curving descents did not start. He has a fractured clavicle. After 2 hours of racing, the average speed of today's stage is a brisk 43.3 KPH.


Saturday, May 22: Stage 13, TRIESTE - Altopiano Carsico - (Individual Time Trial), 52 KM

Rupingrande (elevation 309 meters) - 2.9 km - Average gradient 3.5% with a patch of 14%

Stage 13 Individual Time Trial results:

  1. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) 1hr 6min 45sec
  2. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 18sec
  3. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 34sec
  4. Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) @ 44sec
  5. Rubens Bertogliati (Saunier Duval) @ 1min 32sec
  6. Rinaldo Nocentini (Acqua & Sapone) @ 1min 43sec
  7. Magnus Backstedt (Alessio) @ 1min 52sec
  8. Russel Van Hount (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 2min 14sec
  9. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 2min 18sec
  10. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) @ 2min 21sec
  11. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 2min 30sec
  12. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 2min 31sec
  13. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) @ 3min 2sec

GC after Stage 13:

  1. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) 56hr 39min 40sec
  2. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 3sec
  3. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 1min 2sec
  4. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 1min 27sec
  5. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 1min 32sec
  6. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) @ 1min 48sec
  7. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 2min 30sec
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 2min 31sec
  9. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2min 34sec
  10. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) @ 3min 9sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 175 points
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 104
  3. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 101

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 30points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro Leader: Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia)

Team Classification

  1. Alessio 169hr 38min 49sec
  2. Saeco @ 2min 43sec
  3. Lampre @ 4min 25sec

Live updates:

The rain started to fall as the last riders (and the serious GC contenders ) got on the road. It stopped before the end of the stage, but there were some problems. Simoni slipped and tore himself up. Garzelli got a flat and needed a bike change. In light of those problems, their times weren't bad at all. And Bradley Mcgee didn't have the suds today to take the Pink Jersey.

With 84 riders in the barn, Marzio Bruseghin of Fassa Bortolo has raised the bar. He came in at 1:07:29. With the riders going out in reverse GC order, the times should continue to fall.

With 30 riders finished, big Magnus Backstedt of Alessio has the best time with 1:08:37.

I just looked at CNN's weather site and it says that it is 65F (18C), mostly cloudy with at 12 MPH (19 KPH) wind from the SSE. Showers are predicted. The course starts at about sea level, climbs to 369 meters elevation before returning to 3 meters elevation.


Sunday, May 23: Stage 14, TRIESTE - PULA/POLA ,175 KM

Stage 14 results:

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 4hr 8min 58sec
  2. Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
  3. Marco Velo (Fassa Bortolo) s.t.
  4. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  5. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  6. Jan Svorada (Lampre) s.t.
  7. Luciano Mendonca Pagliarini (Lampre) s.t.
  8. Angelo Furlan (Alessio) s.t.
  9. Albert Borrajo (Panaria) s.t.
  10. Philippe Gilbert (FDJ) s.t.

GC After Stage 14:

  1. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) 60hr 48min 38sec
  2. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 3sec
  3. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 1min 2sec
  4. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 1min 27sec
  5. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 1min 32sec
  6. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) @ 1min 48sec
  7. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 2min 30sec
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 2min 31sec
  9. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2min 34sec
  10. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) @ 3min 9sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 200 points
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 118
  3. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 101

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 30points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro Leader:

  1. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone)
  2. Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia) s.t.

Team Classification:

  1. Alessio 182hr 5min 43sec
  2. Saeco @ 2min 43sec
  3. Lampre @ 4min 25sec

Live updates:

The finish: Petacchi gets his 7th win of this Giro. He ties the postwar recod of De Vlaeminck, Maertens and Sarroni. Now, how About Alfredo Binda's all time record of 12 stage victories that he earned in the 1927 Giro? Not very likely with the Giro headed into the high mountains this week.

Km 166: The break is caught as they ride the first of two 6.5 km finishing circuits.

Km 162: It's down to 53 seconds.

Km 139: The gap is down to 1min 26sec

Km 110: Pavel Tonkov has gone back to the peloton, so now the break is three: Illiano, Marzoli and Muraglia. Their lead starting on the race's last sharp little climb is 3 minutes. Lotto is helping Fassa Bortolo at the front of the pack.

Km 90. Hauptman couldn't stay with the break and is back in the peloton. The remaining 4 have had their lead shaved to 1min 22sec.

Km 56: A break went at km 16 and is still off the front with 1min 56sec. After going over the Svi Sveti, they are still together. The riders are: Ruggero MARZOLI, Rafaele ILLIANO, Aandrej HAUPTMAN, Pavel TONKOV, Giuseppe MURAGLIA. Fassa Bortolo is at the front keeping things in check.

The weather in Trieste: 63F (17C), Sunny with the wind only 2MPH (3 KPH) from the north, a slight tailwind.

150 riders started today. Sven Montgomery and Zoren Klemencic have retired. Both crashed in yesterday's time trial. The stage goes through Slovenia and finish in Croatia. The climb (the yellow "GPM" in the maps above) at Svi Sveti is rated 2nd Category. It should not present any problem to Petaccchi and the other in-form sprinters, being so early in the stage. Their teams should make sure that things are together for the finish.


Monday, May 24: Stage 15, POREC/PARENZO - SAN VENDEMIANO, 234 KM

The last sprinter's stage until the final stage on Sunday with its 10 circuits in Milan.

Stage 15 results:

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 5hr 59min 52sec
  2. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) s.t.
  3. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  4. Andris Nauduzs (Domina Vacanze) s.t.
  5. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  6. Fred Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
  7. Angelo Furlan (Alessio) s.t.
  8. Simone Cadamuro (De Nardi)s.t.
  9. Jan Svorada (Lampre) s.t.
  10. Luciano Mendonca Pagliarini (Lampre) s.t.

GC after Stage 15:

  1. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) 66hr 48min 30sec
  2. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 3sec
  3. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 1min 2sec
  4. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 1min 27sec
  5. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 1min 32sec
  6. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) @ 1min 48sec
  7. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 2min 30sec
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 2min 31sec
  9. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 2min 34sec
  10. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) @ 3min 9sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 225 points
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 134
  3. Robbie McEwen (Lotto) 121

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 30points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 28
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) 16

Intergiro:

  1. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone)
  2. Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 9sec

Team GC:

  1. Alessio 200hr 5min 19sec
  2. Saeco @ 2min 51sec
  3. Lampre @ 4min 25sec

Live Updates:

The sprint. It's a furious last 2 kilometers with Acqua & Sapone trying to get a rival train going to put Fred Rodriguez in position, but they are too early. Petacchi bides his time. Even though it looks too late to me, he goes and beats McEwen who looks as if he slows a bit and squeezes through a hole in the right hand side between Pollack the barriers. Petacchi wins by a wheel and gains the post-war record of stage wins in a single Giro. The sprint was clocked at 68.8 KPH (42 MPH). Now it's 8!

Km 222: The break is caught.

Km 213: Fassa pounds at the front and the gap is down to 1min 13sec.

Km 200: The gap is about 2min. There was a crash at the back of the field, but everyone is up and back in the shelter of the pack.

Km 182: The gap is down to 2min 23sec. Fassa Bortolo is at the front of the pack as is usual in the flat sprinter's stages and is slowly bringing the breakaways back.

Km 164: The lead is down to 4 minutes. Alessio's Magnus Backstedt retired from the Giro as the pack went through the feed zone. There are presently 9 out of the 19 starting teams with all their riders. OLN just reported that the Gavia Pass, the highest pont of this Giro and a monument in Italian cycling is still snowed in. The schedule calls for it to be an important part of Stage 18 on Friday.

Km 120: 4 riders are away after some early attacks and counter attacks. Presently they have 6min 35sec although at one point they had as much as 9min 35sec. The riders away are: Russell VAN HOUT (58, Colombia-Selle Italia), Mario SCIREA (79, Domina Vacanze), Daniele RIGHI (128, Lampre), Giancarlo GINESTRI (172, Tenax).

This is the 2004 Giro's longest stage. 150 riders started today at 11:25 AM. There were no overnight retirements. The weather: a nice day for a bike race, sunny, 63F (17C) with a 5 MPH (8KPH) wind from the SSW.


Tuesday, May 25: Stage 16, SAN VENDEMIANO - FALZES, 217 KM

Major ascents:

Forcella Staulanza (elevation 1,773 meters) - 12.4 km - Average gradient 6.8%
Valparola (elevation 2,200 meters) -15.4 km - 5.8%. 889 meters of elevation gain, 14% maximum gradiet, near the top.
Passo Furcia (elevation 1,759 meters) -12 km - 6.2%, 758 meters of elevation gain. 14% maximum gradient, also near the top.
Terento (elevation 1,252 meters) - 7 km - 7.1%, 532 meters of elevation gain. 12% gradient with lots of 8% to 12%. The climb eases near the top as the profile of the mountain is rounded.

Forcast for the weather for Tuesday in Bolzano, just to the west of the route, is Sunny and warm, 69F (21C).

Stage 16 results:
145 classified finishers

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 6hr 11min 23sec
  2. Rinaldo Nocentini (Acqua & Sapone) @ 1min 16sec
  3. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) @ 1min 38sec
  4. Raffaele Illiano (Colombia-Selle Italia) s.t.
  5. Giuseppe Di Grande (Formaggi Pinzolo) s.t.
  6. Julio Perez-Cuapio (Panaria) s.t.
  7. Chirstophe Brandt (Lotto) s.t.
  8. Luis Laverde Jimenez (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 1min 58sec
  9. Ruggero Marzoli (Acqua & Sapone) @ 2min 29sec
  10. . Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) s.t.
  11. Rubens Bertogliati (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  12. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 2min 39sec
  13. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) s.t.
  14. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) s.t.
  15. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 3min 23sec
  16. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 3min 50sec
  17. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 4min 18sec
  18. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 5min 27sec

GC after Stage 16:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 73hr 1min 21sec
  2. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 1min 14sec
  3. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 2min 22sec
  4. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 2min 38sec
  5. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 3min 31sec
  6. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 3min 52sec
  7. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) @ 4min 20sec
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 4min 26sec
  9. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 4min 31sec
  10. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 5min 31sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 225 points
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 134
  3. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 102

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 45points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 38
  3. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) 27

Intergiro:

  1. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone)
  2. Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 9sec

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 218hr 52min 34sec
  2. Panaria @ 1min 10sec
  3. Alessio @ 3min 20sec

Live updates:

The finish: Cunego had been dragging Nocentini up the climb, but dropped him. Simoni seemed content to drop Popovych and then sit in on his group.

2 Km to the summit: Cunego is all alone and pedaling smoothly. Figueras has attacked the Maglia Rosa group and has a real gap. As Popovych tried to close the gap up to Figueras, Simoni could see that Popo didn't have it. So, Simoni goes and take about 3 riders with him, but not Garzelli or Popovych. Popovych is alone and chasing.

15 km to go: Cunego is riding like a man possessed. He's lost his Saeco helpers and is sweeping up the riders in the break up front. Aebersold is turning squares now. Cungeo has caught everyone. The Popovych-Simoni group is without Garzelli (I think) and is about 3 minutes down the hill.

Under the 20 km to go banner: Aebersold alone, then the original break @ 1min 30sec. Cunego's group no longer has Wegman, who blew up. They are 3 minutes behind Aebersold and 3 minutes ahead of Popovych and Simoni.

Km 190: Mountains Leader Fabian Wegman is also with the Cunego group and he's taking monster pulls wanting to get up to the break ahead and get some more climbing points.

Km 185: Cunego's group now has about 3 minutes on the Pink Jersey group of about 18. Pellizotti has rejoined and even Bradley McGee is there with Simoni and Popovych. Up the road, Aebersold is alone followed by what remains of the original big break.

Km 175: Brilliant: Saeco's Eddy Mazzoleni drops out of the front break and waits for Cunego at the top of the Furcia. Up the road, Tonti, also of Saeco, sits up and waits for Mazzoleni and Cunego. Cunego will have 2 Saeco along with Marzoli who was also caught by Cunego riders to help him. Popovych has trouble as Saeco uses their classic "rabbits up the road" strategy.

Km 160: On the Furcia. Phonak's Aebersold has attacked the lead group of 17. then, @ 1min 25 is the big break. Then following them at 4min are Piccoli, Marzoli and Pozzi. then a small group of elite GC riders in what is left of the field. Garzelli is having trouble and Pellizotti has been tossed. Cunego attacks and Popovych stays glued to Simoni's wheel.

Km 129, Descending the second major climb, the Valparola. A break went early, Km 21 with 17 riders. Noteably, Mountains Competition Wegman is in this break sucking up climbing points. A few kilometers later, another group of 5 went. As expected, super sprinter Alessandro Petacchi is having trouble on the climbs.

The group of 17, about 10 minutes ahead of the peloton: Eddy MAZZOLENI (5), Aandre TONTI (9), Rinaldo NOCENTINI (13), Alessandro BERTOLINI (23), Julio PEREZ CUAPIO (32), Fortunato BALIANI (38), Raffaele ILLIANO (55), Michele GOBBI (66), Charly WEGELIUS (69), Giuseppe DI GRANDE (106), L. LAVERDE JIMENEZ (108), Fabian WEGMANN (118), Christophe BRANDT (142), Niki AEBERSOLD (152), Alexandre MOOS (155), Rubens BERTOGLIATI (161), Oscar MASON (186)

Following them, 4min 43sec behind, 5min 17sec ahead of the pack, the ficve are now 4: Ruggero MARZOLI, Mariano PICCOLI, Renzo MAZZOLENI, Oscar POZZI

It looks like the prediction for good weather for this crucial stage in the high mountains has come true. Sunny, 75F (24C) and only a slight breeze (2 mph, 3 kph headwind) for the 147 starters. Lotto's Robbie McEwen fulfilled his promise and went home to get ready for the Tour de France.


Wednesday, May 26: Rest Day


Thursday, May 27: Stage 17, BRUNICO - FONDO SARNONICO, 153 KM

Passo della Mendola (elevation 1,363 meters) -14.8 km - average gradient 6.5%. Maximum gradient, 10% about 2/3 the way up the climb. 958 meters of elevation gain.

There is also a finishing circuit in the Val di Non that entails some climbing, but nothing like the Mendola.

Stage 17 results:

  1. Pavel Tonkov (Vini Caldirola) 3hr 40min 5sec
  2. Alessandro Bertolini (Alessio) 2min 14sec
  3. Bradley McGee (FDJ) 2min 49sec
  4. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) s.t.
  5. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) s.t.
  6. Ruggero Marzoli (Acqua & Sapone) s.t.
  7. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  8. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) s.t.
  9. Emanuele Sella (Panaria) s.t.
  10. Ruben Lobato (Saunier Duval) s.t.

Sprinters' group with Petacchi and Figueras @ 13min 53sec

GC after Stage 17:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 76hr 44min 15sec
  2. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 1min 14sec
  3. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 2min 22sec
  4. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 2min 38sec
  5. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 4min 4sec
  6. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) @ 4min 20sec
  7. Stefano Garzlli (Vini Caldirola) @ 4min 26sec
  8. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 4min 31sec
  9. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) @ 5min 31sec
  10. Tadej Valjavec (Phonak) @ 5min 40sec
  11. Giuliano Figueras (Panaria) @ 14min 35sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 225 points
  2. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 134
  3. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 116

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 45 points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 38
  3. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) 27

Intergiro:

  1. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone)
  2. Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 9sec

Team Cllassification:

  1. Saeco 230hr 1min 16sec
  2. Alessio @ 2min 46sec
  3. Vini Caldirola @ 7min 34sec

Live updates:

The finish: Tonkov extended his lead over Bertolini and came in all alone. Correction to the earlier posting: McGee nails the field sprint and edges out Cunego.

Km 146, under the 7 km to go banner: Tonkov is gone, Bertolini is a minute behind him. The group of seven has been caught just after Colombia's Rafaele Illinao took off on his own. Honchar's De Nardi is leading the pack.

Km 138: Tonkov just gets out of the saddle on the final series of climbs at the finish and rides away from Bertolini. Tonkov is looking smooth and strong as he rides to what will probably be a stage win.

Km 128: Under the 25 Km to go banner on the finishing Val di Non circuit: Bertolini and Tonkov are hammering. The group of seven (R. ILLIANO (55), O. ZAUGG (168), L. LAVERDE JIMENEZ (108), R. NOCENTINI (13), F. VILA ERRANDONEA (129), S. ZAMPIERI (188), M. GOBBI (66), O. POZZI (178) follows at 2min 30sec

The Maglia Rosa group has all the GC contenders except Figueras, who is clearly not up to his normal superb form. They follow the gang of 7 at 1min 27sec. The sprinters group with Petacchi and Figueras is abou 9 minutes back and is being led by Fassa Bortolo.

Km 103: Over the top of the Mendola: Tonkov (Vini Caldirola) took off after Pozzi and Bertolini. Bertolini dropped Pozzi but was caught by Tonkov near the top of the Mendola. Giuliano Figueras, who is normally quite a good climber is having a bad day and is not with the Maglia Rosa. So:

Bertolini (he has 10 pro victories) and Tonkov (former Giro winner), then Pozzi at 50sec

Then a new group of 7 containing Nocentini and Zampieri (but not Garzelli) at another 30sec.

At another 1min 30 sec is the Maglia Rosa. And Damiano Cunego has had another bike change. It looks like Firgueras' GC hope are dashed as his group is 5min behind the Maglia Rosa.

Km 91: Oh, this is interesting. Pozzi and Bertolini are still away. On the climb, 11 riders scooted off the front. Stefano Garzelli took off after them and is now in that break. At that moment, Damiano Cunego had a mechanical. Cunego is back in the pack. It's 2min 52sec from the Pozzi/Bertolini break back to the Garzelli group and then 56sec back to the Pink Jersey group which still has Alessandro Petacchi (they can't be going that hard).

Km 78: The weather in Bolzano: Light rainshowers, 59F (15C) with a light 2 mph (3kph) wind from the west.

Km 72: Oscar Pozzi (Tenax) and Alessandro Bertolini (Alessio) are away with a lead of 1min 30sec. Saeco is doing the work of pulling the field.

Stage 17: 145 riders started the stage. There were no overnight retirements. Bradely McGee had threatened to quit after being accused of taking a tow from a team car and being penalized 20 seconds. McGee submitted testimony from the riders around him at the time, but to no avail. Simoni clearly wants to win the Giro, but has vowed not to attack his fantastic teamate in Pink, Damiano Cunego. We'll see. The race is presently in the downhill run-in to the major climb, the Mendola. the average sped has been high, 51.650 kph for the first hour. The have been many attacks and counter-attacks. Jan Svorada and Luciano Paglianrini Mendonca crashed and have retired from the race.


Friday, May 28: Stage 18, CLES Val di Non - BORMIO 2000, 118 KM.

Ascents:

Passo del Tonale (elevation 1,883 meters) - 15.2 km - Average gradient 6%, maximum gradient is 10%, about 2/3 the way up the climb. It has a rounded profile with the last 1.5 km being less than 5%. 918 meters of elevation gain.

Passo di Gavia (elevation 2,618 meters) - 16.7 km - 7.9% average gradient with a maximum of 16%. 1,322 meters of elevation gain. this is an unbelievably hard climb. Simoni says that when he's on the Gavia, he doesn't know if he's going to make it to top. The descent on the north side is pretty hairy as well.

Bormio 2000 (elevation 1,938 meters) - 9.9 km - 7.5% average graient with a maximum of 12%. 742 meters of elevation gain.

Damiano Cunego wins stage 18

Stage 18 results:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 3hr 56min 31sec
  2. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 5sec
  3. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) s.t.
  4. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 9sec
  5. Julio Perez Cuapio (Panaria) @ 17sec
  6. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 35sec
  7. Juan Garate (Lampre) s.t.
  8. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 41sec
  9. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) s.t.
  10. Andrea Noè (Alessio) @ 43sec
  11. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 1min
  12. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 2min 3sec

GC after stage 18:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 80hr 40min 26sec
  2. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) 1min 31sec
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 3min 7sec
  4. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 3min 23sec
  5. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 4min 44sec
  6. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) @ 5min 21sec
  7. Bradley McGee @ 5min 24sec
  8. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 6min 45sec
  9. Juan Garate (Lampre) @ 6min 56sec
  10. Andrea Noé (Alessio) @ 6min 58sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 225 points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 141
  3. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 134

Climber:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 53
  2. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 50
  3. Alexandre Moos (Phonak) 27

Intergiro:

  1. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone)
  2. Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 9sec

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 241hr 51min 33sec
  2. Alessio @ 10min 18sec
  3. Lampre @ 16min 30sec

Live updates:

The finish: The 5 were looking edgy and Cunego kept looking back for Simoni. I assume he wanted to lead Simoni out for a stage win and the time bonus. Honchar was leading and then Cunego kicked it and NO ONE could stay with him. He came in alone. Simoni has dragged himself up onto the podium.

3 Km to go. Cioni has dragged Honchar and Cunego up to Simoni. And now Julio Perez Cuapio is bridged.

4 Km to go: Fassa's Cioni attacks and take Honchar and Cunego. They are slowly getting up to Simoni.

5 Km to go: Simoni dropped Sella. Cunego's group has Popovych hanging on for dear life. I think the gap up to Simoni may have grown to 30 seconds. Miholievic has been caught.

8 km to go: Saeco's Mazzoleni hits the front hard. Garzelli and Pellizotti are tossed.

BAM! Here it is. Simoni goes. Cunego stays in the group. Panaria's Sella goes after him

Selle easily bridges up to Simni and takes the point. This is not the old, masterful Simoni. Now Cunego attacks and loses some riders. Fassa's Cioni and Honchar are still with him. Now Cioni is leading the Cunego group up to Simoni/Sella.

!0 Km to go. Garzelli is caught. Miholievic still has a good lead, maybe 2minutes. Helmets and jackets off for the final climb. All the big boys are in the Maglia Rosa group.

Km 98. Through Bormio at the Intergiro: Miholievic, then the garzelli goup at 1min 54sec and the the Saeco (now I count 5 Saecos) at 2min 20 behind the leader. Everyone is eating, fortifying themselves for the final climb. Garzelli is riding as if he knows he will be caught.

About Km 90: They are off the steep part of the descent and headed to the town of Bormio. Miholievic is still in the lead. Garzelli with Gomes, Vila and Moreni is at 1min 15sec.

Cunego with 3 other Saeco's (including Simoni) in the chase group of about 15 is another 1min 20sec back. They are closing the gap to Garzelli. They rode the Gavia economically and saved their energy for the final ascent.

KM 73: Over the top of the Gavia. Alessio's Miholievic is still out front. Garzelli who has picked up Saunier Duval's Gomis comes across 1min 5sec later. Then there are some riders from the break and then the Maglia Rosa Group at about 3 minutes. Garzelli gained about 2minutes on the Gavia. There are steep walls of snow . The riders are picking up jackets for the (OK, for me it was scary) very scary descent down the north face of the Gavia.

Km 70: Garzelli is hauling. He's sweeping up the breakways and has dropped Mason.. There are only 4 men in front of him now. He has about 40 seconds on the Cunego group.

Km 65: Garzelli looks very good. Oscar Mason, also a Yello Vini, who was in the break up front has come back to help him. Belli is trying to get up to Garzelli, but is not making headway. The domestiques of Saeco are still leading the peloton with Cunego sitting 3rd.

Garzelli takes off from the Maglia Rosa peloton. No reaction .It's a really steep and narrow road here.

Kilometer 59: On the lower slopes of the Gavia. The front break is coming apart and the Saeco-lead pack is 3 minutes back. The weather on the Tonale was wet and cold. It looks better here.

Kilometer 50: Wegman lead the break over the Tonale and scooped up more mojntain points. The Maglia Rosa pack followed at about 2min 45sec.

Kilometer 38: The riders have a 2min 38sec lead near the top of the Tonale. Petacchi is in trouble in that group. The riders averaged 33.6 kph for the first hour. This is at the slower end of the Giro organization's projections for the stage.

Kilometer 30: 20 riders have broken away and have a lead of 2min 18sec. None seem to be be GC threats. Fabian Wegman is there, looking for more King of the Mountains points. The riders away are: L. BERTAGNOLLI (2), G. STANGELJ (7), K. POSPYEYEV (17), V. MIHOLYEVIC (25), C. MORENI (26), L. MAZZANTI (36), I. PUGACI (67), A. NAUDUZS (78), A. PETACCHI (85), P. GILBERT (94), M. STRAUSS (117), F. WEGMANN (118), D. RIGHI (128), F. VILA ERRANDONEA (129), V. BILEKA (131), N. SIYMENS (136), D. SCHNIDER (157), R. BERTOGLIATI (161), J. GOMIS LOPEZ (164), O. MASON (186).

Super breakaway rider Jacky Durand retired from the race. I don't know why.

141 riders started today's stage. The highest point of the Giro, the "Cima Coppi" is the monster Gavia Pass. Panaria's Giuliano Figueras had stomach trouble yesterday and did not start today. Also, Lampre sprinters Svorada and Pagliarini who crashed yesterday, also did not start.

The weather in Trento, just south of the start is 66F (19C) partly sunny with a wind from the ESE of 8mph (13kph). Thunderstorms are predicted for today.


Saturday, May 29: Stage 19, BORMIO - PRESOLANA, 122 KM.

Passo del Mortirolo (elevation 1,855 meters) - 12.8 km - average gradient 10.2%, 18% maximium. 1322 meters of elevation gain.

Passo del Vivione (elevation 1,827 meters) - 19.8 km - 6.9%, average gradient with a maximum of 13%. 1,378 mewters of elevation gain.

Presolana (elevation 1,297 meters) - 7.9 km - 6.9% average gradient with a maximum of 16%. 547 meters of elevation gain.

Stage 19 results:

  1. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) 3hr 52min 16sec
  2. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 2sec
  3. Tadej Valjavec (Phonak) @ 23sec
  4. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 52sec
  5. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) s.t.
  6. Eddy Mazzoleni (Saeco) @ 1min 23sec
  7. Pavel Tonkov (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  8. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) s.t.
  9. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 1min 43sec
  10. Franco Pellizotti (Alessio) s.t.
  11. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) s.t.
  12. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 2min 34sec

GC after Stage 19:

  1. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 84hr 33min 34sec
  2. Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi) @ 2min 2sec
  3. Gilberto Simoni (Saeco) @ 2min 5sec
  4. Dario David Cioni (Fassa Bortolo) @ 4min 44sec
  5. Yaroslav Popovych (Landbouwkrediet) @ 5min 5sec
  6. Stefano Garzelli (Vini Caldirola) @ 5min 31sec
  7. Wladimir Belli (Lampre) s.t.
  8. Bradley McGee (FDJ) @ 6min 15sec
  9. Tadej Valjavec (Phonak) @ 6min 34sec
  10. Juan Garate (Lampre) @ 7min 47sec

Points (sprinter):

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 225 points
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 153
  3. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) 134

Climber:

  1. Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) 56
  2. Damiano Cunego (Saeco) 54
  3. Gilberto Simoni 36

Intergiro:

  1. Raffaele Illiano (Colombia-Selle Italia)
  2. Crescenzo D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone) @ 9sec
  3. Marlon Perez Arango (Colombia-Selle Italia) @ 18sec

Team Classification:

  1. Saeco 253hr 30min 38sec
  2. Vini Caldirola @ 19min 28sec
  3. Lampre @ 26min 6sec

Live updates:

The rest of the race: Garzelli, Simoni and Valjavec went over the Vivione about 2 minutes ahead of the Cunego/Honchar group. Emanuelle Selle tried to get up to Garzelli, but couldn't do it. Honchar worked hard to keep the chase moving to keep Simoni from taking his second place in GC. On the run-in to the Presolana, several Fassa Boys made it to Cunego/Honchar/Cioni group and helped on the chase

On the Presolana climb, Cioni, answering a Pellizotti attack, took Cunego with him. Cunego stuck to Cioni all the way to the top and easily preserved his Pink Jersey. Simoni and Garzelli dropped Valjavec on the climb. Simoni lead out the sprint, knowing the very quick Garzelli would win. Simoni couldn't get quite enough time to budge Honchar out of second place.

Km 82, on the Vivione. It's Simoni/Garzelli/Valjavec with the Maglia Rosa Cunego/Honchar group about 1min 40sec back. I think this puts Simoni in second place unless Honchar and the De Nardis put some hustle in the chase. This is the last update until the finish. I'll post the results about 9:30 AM PDT.

On the run in to the Vivione. Illiano has been joined by Bertolini and they lead. Simoni and Garzelli have picked up many of the riders of the first break and are working to catch the lead duo a little over a minute up the road. Cunego/Cioni/Honchar/Popovych have are still about 55 seconds back of them and their group has grown. Simoni better be full of lots of energy as well as anger if he is going to work this hard this early and still be able to stay away.

Over the top of the Mortirolo: Raffaele Illiano went over alone with members of his break scattered on the hill. Simoni/Garzelli/Valjavec are a little over a minute behind him. Cunego with Honchar and the others are another 45 seconds back. La Gazzetta Dello Sport's headline: "Simoni-Cunego: Il Grande Freddo (literally, "The big cold)". Ouch.

On the slopes of the massive Mortirolo:Garzelli attacked and took a furious (at Cunego) Simoni and Valjavec with him. Cunego and the other big boys are about 20 seconds back. It's early days in this stage.

At Km 10, a break went. None are GC contenders, but Fabian Wegman is hoping to get some mountains points so that he might retake the Green Jersy from Cunego. The break is falling apart. The riders are: R. MARZOLI (11), A. BERTOLINI (23), R. ILLIANO (55), I. PUGACI (67), F. WEGMANN (118), M. PICCOLI (127), F. VILA ERRANDONEA (129), N. SIYMENS (136), O. POZZI (178), O. MASON (186)

This is the last challenging stage with tomorrow's finale in Milan. 140 riders started today, there were no overnight retirements. Gilberto Simoni is learning that winners of Grand Tours are almost never over 32 years old. Simoni was born in 1971 and it looks as if Father Time has caught up with him. Despite every effort on the part of Saeco and Cunego to set Simoni up for a stage win yesterday, Simoni's legs just couldn't respond the way they did a year ago.


Sunday, May 30: Stage 20, CLUSONE - MILANO, 149KM

The race: All 140 finishers of yesterday's stage started today. The weather is very fine. It is 75F (24C) and will get warmer in Milan. It's partly cloudy with a mild breeze of 4mph (6kph) from the ESE. The riders will have a 10 lap finishing ciruit in downtown Milan. The first hour was covered at only 30.3 kph with everyone together. The Giro is basically over and no one is in any rush at this point.

The peloton slowly cruised into Milan. As they started their 10 circuits in the city, Fassa Bortolo took over the duties of leading the pack from Saeco. They kept the speed high enough to prevent any breakaways from succeeding. At the end, they perfectly delivered Petacchi to the line for his 9th win this Giro. Damiano Cunego safely crossed the line for what is sure to be the start of a legendary cycling career.

Damiano Cunego and Gilberto Simoni on the final podium

Damiano Cunego and Gilberto Simoni

Stage 20 results:

  1. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) 4hr 7min 1sec
  2. Marco Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) s.t.
  3. Aart Vierhouten (Lotto) s.t.
  4. Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
  5. Albert Borrajo (Panaria) s.t.
  6. Alexandre Usov (Phonak) s.t.
  7. Marco Velo (Fassa Botolo) s.t.
  8. Simone Cadamuro (De Nardi) s.t.
  9. Angelo Furlan (Alessio) @ 3sec
  10. Marcus Ljungvist (Alessio) s.t.

Final Complete 2004 Giro d'Italia General Classification


Summary of the Race:

 

2002

2003

2004

STAGES

20 and prologue

21

20 and prologue

TOTAL KILOMETERS

3,363

3,485.5

3,435 about

DAILY AVERAGE

168.150

165.980

171.750 about

KIND OF STAGE:    
Level

11

11

12

Semi Mountain

3

3

4

Mountain

4

5

3

Time Trial

2

2

1

AGAINST THE CLOCK

81

82

59

Gradient in meters

18,200

17,300

18,500

REST DAYS

2

2

2

Final 2004 Giro d'Italia General Classification:


The Teams. Provisional Giro rider start list with backnumbers:

Saeco
1 SIMONI, Gilberto ITA
2 BERTAGNOLLI, Leonardo ITA
3 CUNEGO, Damiano ITA
4 FORNACIARI, Paolo ITA
5 MAZZOLENI, Eddy ITA
6 SPEZIALETTI, Alessandro ITA
7 STANGELJ, Gorazd SLO
8 SZMYD, Sylvester POL
9 TONTI, Andrea ITA
Acqua & Sapone-Caffe Mokambo
11 MARZOLI, Ruggero ITA
12 FERRIGATO, Andrea ITA
13 NOCENTINI, Rinaldo ITA
14 HAMBURGER, Bo DEN
15 D'AMORE, Crescenzo ITA
16 RODRIGUEZ, Fred USA
17 POSPYEYEV, Kyrylo UKR
18 SOSENKA, Ondrej CZE
19 TRAMPUSCH, Gerhard AUT
Alessio-Bianchi
21 BACKSTEDT, Magnus SWE
22 FURLAN, Angelo ITA
23 BERTOLINI, Alessandro ITA
24 LJUNGQVIST, Marcus SWE
25 MIHOLIEVIC, Vladimir CRO
26 MORENI, Cristian ITA
27 NOE', Andrea ITA
28 PELLIZOTTI, Franco ITA
29 RASTELLI, Ellis ITA
Ceramiche Panaria-Margres
31 FIGUERAS, Giuliano ITA
32 PEREZ-CUAPIO, Julio A. MEX
33 DAVIS, Scott AUS
34 LANCASTER, Brett AUS
35 LANFRANCHI, Paolo ITA
36 MAZZANTI, Luca ITA
37 SELLA, Emanuele ITA
38 BALIANI, Fortunato ITA
39 BORRAJO, Alejandro Alberto ARG
Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf
41 ARANGA-AZKUNE, Andoni ESP
42 ARDILA CANO, Mauricio Alberto COL
43 BRARD, Florent FRA
44 KOSTYUK, Denys UKR
45 GADRET, John POL
46 RUDENKO, Maxim UKR
47 VAN DE WALLE, Jurgen BEL
48 VERHEYEN, Geert BEL
49 VAN VELZEN, Jan NED
Colombia-Selle Italia
51 GONZALEZ MARTINEZ, Fredy COL
52 PEREZ ARANGO, Marlon Alirio COL
53 MARIN, Ruber Alverio COL
54
55 ILLIANO, Raffaele ITA
56 SCARSELLI, Leonardo ITA
57 SCHNYDER, Philippe SUI
58 VAN HOUT, Russel AUS
59 WILSON, Trent AUS
DeNardi
61 HONCHAR, Serhiy UKR
62 BORGHI, Ruggero ITA
63 CADAMURO, Simone ITA
64 GASPARRE, Graziano ITA
65 GIORDANI, Leonardo ITA
66 GOBBI, Michele ITA
67 PUGACI, Igor MDA
68 VANOTTI, Alessandro ITA
69 WEGELIUS, Charles GBR
Domina Vacanze
71 CIPOLLINI, Mario ITA
72 AUG, Andrus EST
73 COLOMBO, Gabriele ITA
74 DERGANC, Martin SLO
75 GALLETTI, Alessio ITA
76 IANNETTI, Massimo ITA
77 LOMBARDI, Giovanni ITA
78 NAUDUZS, Andris LAT
79 SCIREA, Mario ITA
Fassa Bortolo
81 BRUSEGHIN, Marzio ITA
82 CIONI, Dario David ITA
83 CODOL, Massimo ITA
84 ONGARATO, Alberto ITA
85 PETACCHI, Alessandro ITA
86 SACCHI, Fabio ITA
87 TOSATTO, Matteo ITA
88 GUSTOV, Volodymir UKR
89 VELO, Marco ITA
FDjeux.com
91 BICHOT, Freddy FRA
92 DEREPAS, David FRA
93 FRITSCH, Nicolas FRA
94 GILBERT, Philippe BEL
95 McGEE, Bradley AUS
96 MOUREY, Francis FRA
97 VAUGRENARD, Benoit FRA
98 VOGONDY, Nicolas FRA
99 WILSON, Matthew AUS
Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave'
101 QUARANTA, Ivan ITA
102 MANZONI, Mario ITA
103 MERVAR, Bostjan SLO
104
105 GUALDI, Domenico ITA
106 DiGRANDE, Giuseppe ITA
107 MURAGLIA, Giuseppe ITA
108 LAVERDE JIMENEZ, Luis Filipe COL
109 SERINA, Corrado ITA
Gerolsteiner
111 FARESIN, Gianni ITA
112 FORSTER, Robert GER
113 MONTGOMERY, Sven SUI
114 POLLACK, Olaf GER
115 REBELLIN, Davide ITA
116 SERPELLINI, Marco ITA
117 STRAUSS, Marcel SUI
118 WEGMANN, Fabian GER
119 ZIEGLER, Thomas GER
Lampre
121 GARATE, Juan Manuel ESP
122 BELLI, Wladimir ITA
123 ASTARLOA, Igor ESP
124 SVORADA, Jan CZE
125 HAUPTMAN, Andrej SLO
126 PAGLIARINI MENDONCA, Luciano A. BRA
127 PICCOLI, Mariano ITA
128 RIGHI, Daniele ITA
129 VILA ERRANDONEA, Francisco ESP
Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
131 BILEKA, Volodymyr UKR
132 DUMA, Vladimir UKR
133 DURAND, Jacky FRA
134 GASPERONI, Cristian ITA
135 POPOVYCH, Yaroslav UKR
136 SIJMENS, Nico BEL
137 VAITKUS, Tomas LTU
138 VERSTREPEN, Johan BEL
139 ADYEYEV, Sergiy UKR
Lotto-Domo
141 McEWEN, Robbie AUS
142 BRANDT, Christophe BEL
143 GARDEYN, Gorik BEL
144 WADECKI, Piotr POL
145 VIERHOUTEN, Aart NED
146 DETILLOUX, Christophe BEL
147 GATES, Nick AUS
148 STEEGMANS, Gert BEL
149 VERBRUGGHE, Ief BEL
Phonak Hearing Systems
151 ALBASINI, Michael SUI
152 AEBERSOLD, Niki SUI
153 BENNATI, Daniele ITA
154 FERTONANI, Marco ITA
155 MOOS, Alexandre SUI
156 MURN, Uros SLO
157 SCHNIDER, Daniel SUI
158 USOV, Alexandre BLR
159 VALJAVEC, Tadej SLO
Saunier Duval-Prodir
161 BERTOGLIATI, Rubens SUI
162 CANADA GRACIA, David ESP
163 DOMINGUEZ, J. Carlos ESP
164 GOMIS LOPEZ, Juan ESP
165 LOBATO ELVIRA, Ruben ESP
166 LODDO, Alberto ITA
167 MORI, Manuele ITA
168 ZAUGG SWI
169 STRAZZER, Massimo ITA
Tenax
171 BOISISIO, Gabriele ITA
172 GINESTRI, Giancarlo ITA
173 KLEMENCIC, Zoran SLO
174 LODA, Nicola ITA
175 MAZZOLENI, Renzo ITA
176 PIETROPOLLI, Daniele ITA
177 PODGORNIK, Dean SLO
178 POZZI, Oscar ITA
179 ROGINA, Radoslav CRO
Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie
181 GARZELLI, Stefano ITA
182 TONKOV, Pavel RUS
183 ANDRIOTTO, Dario ITA
184 GEROSA, Mauro ITA
185 MASCIARELLI, Simone ITA
186 MASON, Oscar ITA
187 SIRONI, Gianluca ITA
188 ZAMPIERI, Steve SUI
189 ZANOTTI, Marco ITA

Predictions:

Our fearless group of experts is willing to put their predictions on the record. All of them said things will be much more clear after Tuesday's Stage 3 up the Corno Alle Scale.

Felice Gimondi: One of the greatest riders of all time. He was Champion of the World and won both the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia.

Pink Jersey: 1st Damiano Cunego, 2nd Gilberto Simoni, 3rd Yaroslav Popovych
Sprinter: Alessandro Petacchi, 2nd Mario Cipollini
Climber: 1st Stefano Garzelli, 2nd Gilberto Simoni, 3rd will be one of the Colombians.

Franco Bitossi, 90 victories, so complete a rider he has won both Sprinter and climber's jerseys in the Giro. Also, he was KOM in the Tour de France. One of cycling's immortals:

Pink Jersey: 1st Gilberto Simoni, 2nd, Damiano Cunego, 3rd Stefano Garzelli. Signor Bitossi thinks Andrea Noe could have a superb Giro and should be watched.
Sprinter: 1st Alessandro Petacchi, 2nd Mario Cipollini
Climber: 1st Damiano Cunego, 2nd one of the Colombians

Gianni Bugno, twice champion of the world, winner of the Giro d'Italia

Pink jersey: 1st Stefano Garzelli, 2nd Gilberto Simoni, 3rd Yaroslav Popovych
Sprinter: 1st Alessandro Petacchi 2nd Olaf Pollack
Climber: 1st Gilberto Simoni, 2nd Daminao Cunego

Paolo Guerciotti, former Champion of Italy, bike builder and really good guy:

Pink jersey: 1st Gilberto Simoni, 2nd Damiano Cunego, 3rd Stefano Garzelli
Sprinter: 1st Alessandro Petacchi, 2nd Mario Cipollini
Climber: 1st Stefano Garzelli, 2nd Gilberto Simoni

Giuseppe Martinelli, Saeco Manager and former DS of Mercatone Uno.

He says that Simoni is stronger than in previous years, better than ever.

Pink Jersey: 1st Gilberto Simoni, 2nd Damiano Cunego, 3rd Yaroslav Popovuy. He says Popovych really needs watching. It sounds like Martinelli really respects his qualities as a rider.
Climber: 1st Simoni because of the hilltop finishes, 2nd Cunego.
Sprinter: Alessandro Petacchi, of couse.

Antonio Mondonico: World famous frame builder:

Pink Jersey: 1st Gilberto Simoni, 2nd Yaroslav Popovych, 3rd Stefano Garzelli
Sprinter: 1st Alessandro Petacchi, 2nd Ivan Quaranta, 3rd Mario Cipollini if he can get over the mountains of the 3rd week, which is doubtful.
Climber: 1st Gilberto Simoni, 2nd Stefano Garzelli

Chairman Bill

Pink Jersey: 1st Stefano Garzelli, 2nd Gilberto Simoni, 3rd Yarosalv Popovych. Garzelli is in superb form right now and there are early race tests such as stage 3. Simoni plans to ride into shape for the 3rd week. It may be too late.
Sprinter: 1st Alessandro Petacchi, of course. 2nd Mario Cipollini
Climber: 1st Gilberto Simoni, 2nd Stefano Garzelli, 3rd, Perez-Cuapio