90th Giro d'Italia - Young Guns & Maglia Bianca
A salute to the young guns of this years Giro in the
battle for the white jersey. Race sensation CSC's Andy Schleck won the
prize, but many riders in the class distinguished themselves on the road from
Caprera to Milan with five wearing the jersey.
The battle for the winner of the "other" General Classification in the Giro
d'Italia in the Best Young Rider classsification was led out by Enrico
Gasparotto who also took the race lead when his sprinters instinct took charge
and he led his Liquigas mates across the line in the stage one time trial in
Sardinia. In stage 4 Gasparatto passed the race lead off to his Danilo Di Luca
and the Young Guns shirt to team mate Vincenzo Nibali who held it for two
Danilo Di Luca and Andy Schleck congratulate each other on the final podium.
Photo c. Team CSC and
Tim De Waele
Quickstep's Hubert Schwab of Switzerland was next to take the white jersey
for three stages (6-8) with Russian Alexandr Arekeev taking the lead after stage
8 when he escaped with a group of 22 riders and finished tenth on the
Enrico Gasparotto the first young guns leader in the Maglia Bianca escorting
Danilo Di Luca on stage 4 spent two days in the Rosa jersey of race leader.
Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti
But when the Corsa Rosa took its first steps into the mountains it was CSC's
Andy Schleck capturing the lead of the youths jersey finishing third on the
summit Santuario Nostra Signora della Guardia in the company of the Giro's
strongest climbers. The young Luxembourg rider would seal the battle for the
white jersey on that stage and move into 12th place on the G.C. and only 1:05
seconds down on Danilo Di Luca the eventual winner. He also moved to the
position of Team CSC's race leader in his first effort in a Grand Tour... all
eyes turned to the rider as the revelation of this years Giro.
The result was almost an omen of what the positions would be in the final
General Classification with Di Luca winning the stage; by Milan Andy Schleck
would only lose 50 more seconds to the Di Luca and finish in second at 1:55.
As the race finished Andy Schleck's biggest result ever, in the shape of an
overall second place and a victory in the best young rider's competition, became
a reality and left the young rider with a happy smile on his face.
Team CSC's Andy Schleck
"It hasn't quite sunk in yet just how big this is. I was training towards the
Giro hoping to just be able to make it to the end of my first Grand Tour, but
after my eight place in Tour de Romandie I realized that I might actually be
able to get some good results. But an overall second place was more than I'd
dreamt of for sure," said the 21 year old Team CSC rider.
"I'm totally happy and I'd like to thank everyone on and around the team for
their support. They're all part of this. Now I'm gonna revel in the excitement
for a while till I come back down to earth again. I'd really like some time to
enjoy this," said Schleck.
Andy Schleck finishes stage 17 climb on the Zoncolan moving to a commanding lead
over Riccardo Ricco' in the Maglia Bianca and third on the G.C.
Photo c. Team CSC and
Tim De Waele
We would be remiss not to mention other Young Guns who distinguished
themselves in the race, Tinkoff's Mikhail Ignatiev who won both the Trofeo Fuga
Gilera for his serial attacks; and on the last day of the race in the final
battle took the Garibaldi Intermediate Sprints trophy. His countryman and
teammate Pavel Brutt was not far behind in fourth for the Fuga Gilera.
Saunier Duval's Riccardo Ricco a sensation in the mountains figured in the
multi pronged attempt of his team support for Gilberto Simoni's run at another
Giro win and not only finished second to Andy Schleck in the race of the
Giovanni classification added a stage victory to his palmares, fifth in the KoM
classification, sixth on the general classification and shared in the honors of
the top team.
One also can't forget the young guns that weighed in to support their team
leaders as support like Panaria's Domenico Pozzovivo among others. Or the the
sprinters class like Maximilian Richeze 4th in the Maglia Ciclamino competition,
Lampre's Matteo Bono, Loyd Mondory of AG2r, CSC's Matti Breschel, Oscar Gatto
and Thomas Fothen of Gerolsteiner.
All these "Young Guns" save one, including Oscar Gatto the "Maglia Nera" of
the last to finish, took home the greatest trophy shared by all those who
started and finished the 3486.2 kilometer 2007 edition of the Giro d'Italia.
Perhaps they've also won the a place in the hearts of the fans for their efforts
and to be placed on that list of riders names to remember and watch for the
future each of us have.
90th Giro d'Italia Maglia Bianca
Classification Giovani after Stage 21
3486.2 km - 93:01:34
1 SCHLECK Andy LUX CSC 93:01:34 0:00
Maglia Bianca Stage 10 -
2 RICCO' Riccardo ITA SDV 93:06:39 5:05 Winner
stage 15 6th G.C.
3 POZZOVIVO Domenico ITA PAN 93:23:34 22:00
Stage 5 Maglia Rosa and Maglia Bianca, Liquigas' Danilo Di Luca and Vincenzo
Nibali. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti
4 NIBALI Vincenzo ITA LIQ 29:47
Maglia Bianca Stage 4-5 19th G.C.
5 SAMOILAU Branislau BLR ASA 93:33:58 32:24
6 FACCI Mauro ITA QSI 94:08:34 1:07:00 34th
7 BONNAIRE Olivier FRA BTL 94:26:20 1:24:46
8 MOINARD Amael FRA COF 94:26:26 1:24:52
9 NAIBO Carl FRA A2R 94:34:45 1:33:11
10 RUSS Matthias GER GST 94:36:30 1:34:56
Hubert Schwab leads team mate Paolo Bettini on stage 7
Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti
11 SCHWAB Hubert SUI QSI 1:38:54
Maglia Bianca Stage 6 -8
12 WALKER William AUS RAB 94:42:35 1:41:01
Alberto Losada 4th in the Trofeo Garibaldi
Photo c. Abarca Sports
13 LOSADA ALGUACIL Alberto ESP GCE 94:50:12 1:48:38
14 LLOYD Matthew AUS PRL 94:51:13 1:49:39
15 VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen BEL PRL 95:09:03 2:07:29
16 VISCONTI Giovanni ITA QSI 95:10:08 2:08:34
17 RABON Frantisek CZE TMO 95:12:44 2:11:10
18 MORABITO Steve SUI AST 95:16:47 2:15:13
19 KUNITSKI Andrei BLR ASA 95:18:35 2:17:01
20 BRUTT Pavel RUS TCS 95:23:20 2:21:46 4th
21 PERGET Mathieu FRA GCE 95:27:18 2:25:44
22 RICHEZE Ariel Maximilian ARG PAN 2:26:26
4th Maglia Ciclamino
23 PAGOTO Andrea ITA PAN 95:29:54 2:28:20
24 GASPAROTTO Enrico ITA LIQ 2:33:36
Maglia Rosa Stage 1 & 3
25 KOZONTCHUK Dmitry RUS RAB 95:39:43 2:38:09
26 MONDORY Lloyd FRA A2R 95:49:32 2:47:58
27 BRESCHEL Matti DEN CSC 96:03:46 3:02:12
28 FOTHEN Thomas GER GST 96:07:36 3:06:02
29 ROCHE Nicolas IRL C.A 96:07:56 3:06:22
30 GERARD Arnaud FRA FDJ 96:08:57 3:07:23
31 PICHOT Alexandre FRA BTL 96:09:14 3:07:40
32 IGNATIEV Mikhail RUS TCS 3:14:02
Trofeo Fuga Gilera & Garibaldi
33 DRANCOURT Pierre FRA BTL 96:16:33 3:14:59
34 PATANCHON Fabien FRA FDJ 96:19:36 3:18:02
35 VALENTIN Tristan FRA COF 96:20:25 3:18:51
36 TRUSSOV Nikolai RUS TCS 96:20:29 3:18:55
37 KRAUSS Sven GER GST 96:29:06 3:27:32
38 BONO Matteo ITA LAM 96:33:16 3:31:42
39 GATTO Oscar ITA GST 96:41:18 3:39:44 "Maglia Nera"
Maglia Bianca DNF
AREKEEV Alexandr RUS ASA
Maglia Bianca Stage 9