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CIPOLLINI WINS MILAN SAN REMO - FABIO'S LIVE COVERAGE
 
By Fabio
Date: 3/23/2002
CIPOLLINI WINS MILAN SAN REMO - FABIO'S LIVE COVERAGE
 

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93rd MILANO - SAN REMO on the "Daily Peloton"

Welcome to the live coverage of the 93rd MILANO-SAN REMO, the opening race of the UCI WORLD CUP Calendar, to run in Italy on Saturday , March the 23rd, 2002.

RESULTS - TOP 10 PLACES.
1. MARIO CIPOLLINI (ITA - ACQUA E SAPONE-C.TOLLO-RDZ)
2. FREDDY RODRIGUEZ (USA - DOMO-FARM FRITES) (F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C !!)
3. MARKUS ZBERG (SWI - RABOBANK)
4. JO PLANCKAERT (BEL - COFIDIS)
5. OSCAR FREIRE (SPA - MAPEI-QUICK STEP)
6. TOMAS KONECNY (CZE - DOMO FARM FRITES)
7. ANDREI TCHMIL (BEL - LOTTO-ADECCO)
8. JAN SVORADA (CZE - LAMPRE)
9. PAOLO BOSSONI (ITA - TACCONI PORT-EMMEGI)
10. MARIO MANZONI (ITA - INDEX ALEXIA)
SOMEWHERE ... GEORGE HINCAPIE (USA - USPS)

- Erik Dekker : Femural Fracture (sigh ! Hope he may recovery as soon as possible)

- Wesemann : Back on his bike, even crossed the line and ranked 71th. No serious consequences for his crash - Good news !!

GREAT CIPO !! KUDOS TO FREDDY TOO !! WHAT A BAD LUCK FOR DI LUCA, ZABEL, DEKKER AND MCEWEN !! OTHERS ARE GOOD AT USING THEIR MOUTH, BUT NOT THEIR LEGS ...


(Report by Peter Cossins or Mick KNAPTON coming later !!)

ALL TIMES are in ITALIAN TIME:

1617:FINAL SPRINT - THE WINNER IS ...

CIPOLLIINNNNNIIIIIIIIIII AHEAD OF FREDY RODRIGUEZ !!

1614 - 2 KMS TO GO - HEADWINDS DON'T HELP THE LEADERS - THEY GET CAUGHT

1612 - 3 KM. TO GO - 2 MEN IN THE LEAD

1610 -BETTINI AND FIGUERAS IN THE LEAD - GROUP 8" BEHIND

1609 - FIGUERAS IS COMING - BETTINI'S MARGIN IS SLIGHTLY NARROWING - THE GROUP IS 10" DOWN - 4KMS. TO GO !!

1608 -BETTINI LEADING BY 6" ON FIGUERAS AND 14" ON THE BUNCH - THE POGGIO IS OVER NOW !!

BETTINI CAUGHT AND DROPPED SANCHEZ - GO CRICKET !!

1606 - REBELLIN CHASING SANCHEZ, BUT BETTINI AND SAVOLDELLI ATTACK

1605 - SANCHEZ LEADING BY 50 METRES - KIVILEV CRASHED

1604 - VINOKOUROV ATTACKS - SAMUEL SANCHEZ (EUKSALTEL) FOLLOWS - VINO STOPS SANCHEZ GOES ON TOUGH

1603 - Basso leading the bunch at the beginning of the Poggio

1602: RADAELLI CAUGHT - THE POGGIO IS ABOUT TO START ...

1601: TACCONI'S RADAELLI MAKES HIS MOVE ...

1600 - PERON and FLECHA CAUGHT - 12 KMS. TO GO

1559: POGGIO IS COMING !! STILL NO NEWS ABOUT WESEMANN

1558: PERON (ITALY'S ITT CHAMPION) AND FLECHA (BANESTO) ATTACK AND GAIN 14"

1557: TEAMS OF THE SPRINTERS CHASING HARD - GREAT WORK BY MAPEI'S LUCA PAOLINI !

1556: PELLIZOTTI IS IN THE MAIN BUNCH TOO - HE COULD ATTACK ON THE POGGIO ASCENT

1554: BARTOLI AND CELESTINO CAUGHT - PELOTON REGROUPED - 15 KMS. TO GO

1552: VERY BAD CRASH FOR WESEMANN. CELESTINO AND BARTOLI LEADING BUT THE GROUP IS COMING !! AND US CHAMPION RODRIGUEZ IS AMONG THEM. HE COULD HAVE HIS SAY IN AN EVENTUAL FINAL SPRINT, AS WELL AS PAOLO BOSSONI, ANOTHER FAST WHEEL.

1551: OTHER CRASHES WHILE ON THE CIPRESSA DESCENT - ONE OF THE RIDERS INVOLVED IS WESEMANN

1550: CELESTINO ATTACKS ON THE DESCENT

1549: 20 TO GO - LOOK OUT FOR CELSTINO - HE'S THE NEW SAECO LEADER AFTER DI LUCA'S CRASH. AS HE KNOWS THE ROUTE WELL. AND HE'S A GOOD DOWNHILLER - ZABEL AND MCEWEN 48" DOWN.S CIANDRI STILL IN THE LEADING BUNCH

1549: 21 KMS. TO GO - KIVILEV AND GUTIERREZ CAUGHT - PELOTON REGROUPED

1548: ARMSTRONG AND HINCAPIE STILL IN THE MIAN BUNCH - GREAT FORM mr. LANCE !!

1547: ZABEL MC EWN AND PANTANI 1 MINUTE DOWN !!

1546: ATTACK BY FIGUERAS !!

1545: SPANISH CHAMPION IVAN GUTIERREZ GETS CLEAR AND JOINS KIVILEV - ANOTHER RIDER TO WATCH OUT FOR: KONECNY,

1544 - kivilev to get caught soon - are we going towards a cipo vs. freire vs. petacchi final sprint ?? but beware Tchmil !! Zabel and McEwen still 30"

1542 - KIVILEV LEADS by about 12 seconds

1541: 2 KMS. INTO THE CIPRESSA. KIVILEV LEADING. RIZZI CHASING

1539: ATTACK BY ANDREI KIVILEV (KAZ - COFIDIS)

1538: CIPRESSA CLIMB STARTED - BETTINI ACCELERATED FOLLOWED BY VINOKOUROV AND SCIANDRI.

1536: MAPEI RIDING TEMPO AT THE FRONT OF THE MAIN BUCNH - ONLY NARDELLO INVOLVED IN THE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED CRASH. CIPO PETACCHI BETTINI FREIRE IN THE MAIN BUNCH, ZABEL AND MC EWEN IN THE CHASING GROUP (36" DOWN) WHILE THE CIPRESSA IS APPROACHING. GLOOMY PERPECTIVS FOR ERIK AND ROBBIE

1533: LEADERS CAUGHT - PELOTON REGROUPED (50-STRONG PELOTON) BUT ZABEL IS GETTING INTO THE FIRST CHASING GROUP, NOT THE LEADING BUNCH. DI LUCA CURRENTLY STILL RIDING, BUT HIS MILAN-SANREMO IS DEFINITELY OVER

1532: BROKEN COLLARBONE FOR DEKKER ??? IN THE MEANTIME ZABEL IS GETTING BACK INTO THE MAIN PELOTON - GOOD BUT HOW MANY ENERGIES IS HE SPENDING IN THIS EFFORT ???

1530: DI LUCA ABANDONS THE RACE - DEKKER STILL ON THE GROUND !!!!

1529: MC EWEN HAD SOME MECHANICAL DIFFS TO HIS BIKE and LOST SOME PRECIOUS TIME. ZABEL LOST TIME TOO !!!!!! WHY ?? HE CRASHED ... MC WEWEN GOT A NEW WHEEL FROM ONE OF HIS TEAMMATES .. ANOTHE CRASH - INVOLVING MORE RIDERS - DI LUCA INCLUDED !!!! DI LUCA'S SANREMO MIGHT BE OVER - DEKKER TOO ON THE GROUND !!! UNBELIEVABLE !!!

1526: 34" is the current lead of Olano, Hvastija, Duma and Cuesta:

1525: 40" is the lead of the 4 men while crossing the city of Imperia (34 km. to go)

1524: Bodrogi and Andrle dropped on the Berta climb. Only 4 leaders remained

1522: All main favorites, from Cipo to Bettini from Zabel to Dekker from Di Luca to Freire and Petacchi are in the first positions in the main bunch .

1520: De Jongh (a sprinter !) riding tempo on the Capo Berta ascent, Erik Dekker in second place (the guy is good from indeed !)

1517: Only 47" the lead of the 6-man break (Gerolsteiner's Schmidt dropped). They are fated to get caught very soon, while the peloton is approaching the Capo Berta with a little more than 40 km. to go. Schmidt Swallowed by the peloton

1514: 43 KMS. TO GO - 1'05" the lead while on the descent into San Bartolomeo al Mare

1510 USPS STILL RIDING TEMPO AT THE FRONT OF THE BUNCH !!!

1507: 50 kms. to go, and a new "Capo" to climb: CAPO CERVO. The gap is 1'10" while Saeco's Galletti broke away from the chasing bunch, USPS at the front of the bunch ...

1504: The "capes" started: the first ASCENT is CAPO MELE (52 kms. to go). And the gap has dropped to 1'30". JAJA not in top shape, it took the startline, but got dropped early, in the Bric Berton climb.

1500: Perfect collaboration among the leaders - verybody is pulling. But the same is in the chasing peloton, with 5 teams riding tempo up front.

1456: RAI BROADCAST FINALLY STARTED !! The 7 leading foreigners have a 2'40" advantage on the gap, with 60 km. to go

1455: PRIMAVERA ROSA - FINAL RESULTS:
1 MIRJAM MELCHERS (Hol - Farm Frites-Hartol),
2. DIANA ZILIUTE (Lit -Acca Due O)
3. CHANTAL BELTMAN (Holland)
4. VIRGINIE MOYNARD (France)

... Congrats to Mirjam Melchers for sprinting to victory in the Third Race of the UCI WOMEN'S ROAD WORLD CUP. More detailed results to come later ...

1450: The live broadcast of the race on RAI TV is going to start in a few minutes ... even more frequent updates since then ...

1445: Five hours of racing - The average speed is quite high (42,6 km/h), and the leaders have a current lead of 3'10" on the bunch.

1440: The leaders enter LOANO (Km. 211, 76 to go) while the chasers have cut the gap to 3'18"

1435: 3'33" - That's the current advantage of the seven-man break on the chasing peloton.

1425: The leaders are now entering BORGIO VEREZZI (km. 206, 81 to go) while the gap on the peloton is 3'48"

1405: While in the city of Savona, Lampre's Marco Serpellini gives up in his attempt to chase down the leaders: he's currently 1'35" down !

1355: After four hours of racing, the average speed was about 41 km/H. See you later ...

1350: The riders are now along the Ligurian coast, in Albissola Marina (km. 174, 113 km. to go). In the final part of the descent Hvastija has dropped Serpellini and bridged to the leaders. So now, after 4 hours of racing, there are 7 men in the break, with Serpellini 32" down and the (not so chasing) peloton far behind: the gap beteween the leaders and the bunch has increased to 4'32"

1335: 26-year-old Bodrogi (Mapei) just joined the five leaders. The now leading sextet has a 56" advantage on Hvastija and Serpellini, while the peloton is 1'30" down

1330: The situation while on the descent into Sassello: the five leaders have a slim 18-second lead on Bodrogi, 1'08" on Hvastija (Slo - Alessio) and Serpellini (ta - Lampre) who manged to get clear of the peloton, and 1'22" on the rest of the bunch.

1324: The leaders are at the top of the Bric Berton, the halfway point of the race. The first to get to the top of the climb was Olano, followed by Andrle, Schmidt, Duma and Inigo Cuesta. We are now in the Liguria region of Italy, with about 135 km. to go.

1315: The peloton is climbing the Bric Berton - Five riders in the lead as another Spaniard (Inigo Cuesta riding for Cofidis) just joined the leaders. The five breakaway guys have a 32-second lead on Mapei's Laszlo Bodrogi (Hungary) and still 1' on the chasing bunch.

1300: Olano's teammate René Andrle (Cze - Once) joins the three leaders. The quartet has a 1-minute lead on the Saeco-led peloton.

1247: An attack, at last !!! Three riders managed to get clear after 125 kms. or fracin: they are Abraham Olano (Spa - Once), Thorsten Schmidt (Ger - Gerolsteiner) and Vladimir Duma (Ukr - Panaria), who gain some hundred metres on the peloton. Olano wins the Intermediate Sprint in Cassinelle.

1200: The peloton just crossed the town of Pozzolo Formigaro and is heading southward now. 92 km. gone and 185 to go. We are near to the birthplace of one of the greatest (perhaps the greatest) cycling legends of all times: Fausto Coppi.

1155 Fantasy Games: just like in the previous games (Tour, Vuelta, World Championships) a special (but only Virtual, sorry) award will be given to the virtual team with the best, funniest and most original name ...

1150: Two hours of racing. 81.600 kms. are gone, some than 205 to go ... av. speed 40.800 km/h. Still waiting for something worthy of mention to come ... See you later ...

1125: The race is now in the Piedmont region of Italy (province of Alessandria). Still strong crosswinds, while the pace of the peloton is now a little slower. Just to remind you: another race is scheduled to start, at about 1130 AM, in the Ligurian town of Varazze: the 4th edition of the "PRIMAVERA ROSA" ("PINK SPRING"), that's also the third leg of the UCI WOMEN'S ROAD WORLD CUP. The race should finish in Sanremo's Via Roma (same finish line as MSR of course) about three hours later after 118 kms. of racing, with a route encompassing the most difficult ascents featuring MSR too: Capo Cervo, Capo Berta, Cipressa and the Poggio. The winner so f the three previous editions of the ladies were:

1999. Sara Felloni (Ita)
2000. Diana Ziliute (Ltu)
2001. Susanne Ljungskog (Swe)

While both previous legs of the Current Women's UCI WORLD CUP, disputed in Australia and NZ in the first part of, were won by Saturn's Petra Rossner (Germany). More updates to come later ...

1105:Km. 58 in VOGHERA (229 to go). The Peloton, heading for the Piemonte region of Italy, is still regrouped. Now there's a quite annoying croossind as the riders are going westward. Nothing important has happened so far. The average speed has a litle improved, the bunch is riding at approx. 40km/h. More to come later ...

1025: The riders are just outside the city of PAVIA, at about the Km. 32 Mark. Still 255 kilometres to go. PELOTON REGROUPED. None of "Suicidal Breakaway attempts" which marked some of the previous editions of this race has happened so far. Perhaps some riders will try to ride clear of the bunch and build an important gap such to get some TV exposure when the livve broadcast begins, but that will come later. The race is marked by an heavy heavy (even more than usual) wind, often a tailwind in this first part of the race going southward. Things could even go worse in the coastal part of the race, usually even more windy than the planes of Lombardia and Piemonte.

PS: I've taken some pictures of the peloton in the Pavia area. Hope I may be able to post them soon.

0940: The 287-KM. MILAN-SAN REMO race gets underway in Via della Chiesa Rossa in Milano. 196 Riders belonging to 25 different trade teams take the start in the opening contest of the 2002 UCI World Cup. Among the nonstarters is Teams Coast's sprinter Fabrizio Guidi.

FANTASY GAME: I'm still Checking your virtual teams. Most of them have been regularly accepted. But not all of them. Some teams weren't set up according to the rules, while some participants sent 2 different squads, and of course only the first one was admitted into the game. Several (predictable) last minute changes are going to affect many of your virtual teams. Consquently several replacements are likely to happen. No probs for participants including a proper number of substitutes in their line-ups. As for the ones who selected eventual nonstarters WITHOUT adding reserves, they'll play with a lesser number of riders. See you in a while for further updates of the race ... FABIO

 
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