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STAGE 7 INTRODUCTION: Here we are, folks. After one week of crashes, breakaways unable to make it to the line, bunch sprints and people asking what's going on with Mario Cipollini, the time has come for all big guns to start move their legs and show how good they are. Saturday, May the 17th is "T-Day", the day of the Terminillo, the first top mountain finish in the 86th Giro d'Italia. And the day all main overall contenders, most of them taking it easy inside the peloton during the first week (Stage 3 aside), will have to start taking the race in their hands.
Saturday's seventh leg covers 146 kms. between Avezzano and the top of the Terminillo, a 16.1-km. climb whose gradient is about 7.3% (and whose profile is available HERE, while you can find the mountain's official website by clicking HERE. The first part of the stage is quite easy,. with a KOM Prime (Valico Fonte Capo La Maina) after 23.6 kms. Then a long decent into Magliano dei Marsi comes, followed by a predominantly flat section. But in the last part of the route things completely change: first there's another climb (peaking in the town of Castelfranco, with less than 18 km. to go) then, after a short descent, the road keeps going toward the sky again, and the first, difficult ascent of the Giro begins.
So who's going to steal the show today ? Simoni, Pantani, Frigo, Casagrande, Garzelli, Aitor González, Rumsas, anyone else ? And what will the man who stole the show throughout first week, Alessandro Petacchi, do ? Will he be struggling to amaze everybody one more time and save his Maglia Rosa ? The "Daily Peloton" cast a glance at the stage, its (alleged) main protagonist and their Team Managers.
First of all, we'd better make things clear about Alessandro Petacchi. After watching his "show" during the first week, when he never got lower than 4th, and having a look at the gap between the man and his closest challengers in the GC, one may dare to think that "the Real Lion King" might want to keep the jeresy even after the stage. The man has showed that he can climb somehow, and the Terminillo is not known for being an extremely selective ascent, after all.
But it's enough to hear what the same Petacchi said more than once to realize that such way of thinking couldn't be further from the truth. All that Petacchi wants today is to give a hand to his team leaders. With two guys (Frigo and "TerminAitor") in the roster going for the overall, both of them seemingly in need of help after they showed their condtion is not at 100%, it would be nonsense for Fassa-Bortolo to spend energies trying to save Petacchi's leadership in a 16-km. climb. And we can't help but agree with former rider turned Italian TV commentator Silvio Martinello when he says that watching an unselfish Maglia Rosa work hard to help his teammates would only improve further Petacchi's image after all.
Add the fact that in the first week of racing the Fassa Bortolo fastman spent so many energies, and you may perfectly realize why Petacchi would love to climb the Terminillo inside the sprinters' gruppetto, recovering energies instead of making further efforts in a (likely unsuccessful) attempt to keep the pink jersey. He has done so much in the first week, he'll certainly do well again in stages to come. But Saturday will not be Petacchi's day.
Most cycling fans and journalists expect good things from other riders. To start from Gilberto Simoni: the 2001 Giro champion was picked by many as overall winner of the competition, and his condition looked good during the first week, when he didn't make more efforts than he needed, and didn't keep losting time the Frigo and González way. Interviewed by "Gazzetta dello Sport" during the rest/transfer day, Simoni sounded quiet and self-confident. Some may think that the efforts made in the flat (but not so easy …) stages of the first week might take their toll on the GC contenders, but Gibo doesn’t seem to agree. According to the Saeco team leader, it’s just the climb and what’s going to happen there that will be decisive: "16 km. uphill will not be decisive enough to decide the Giro outcome, but may tell us plenty of things anyway" in Simoni’s words. He added that "I sure know that my rivals are top-quality ones. But I think my condition is good, and hope I may have a good day."
One man believing in Simoni’s chances is definitely Pietro Cabras, a journalist writing for the Rome–based "Corriere dello Sport" newspaper. According to Cabras, the kind of Simoni you can see these days is similar to Marco Pantani in 1998 and 1999: "He’s well-determined, strong and ready. He’s confident that he can do well. He comes from a negative 2002 Giro, when he was suspended by his team after winning the Campitello Matese stage. But he has left all this behind and is back now. Simoni talks like Pantani was used to in 1998 and 1999, he wants his team to be up front on the Terminillo, forcing the pace and splitting the peloton. And just like Pantani in the late 90s, he’s got a whole team at his disposal, something not so common in today’s cycling, with most squads usually having more than one big name in the roster during a Grand Tour. Simoni – and Pantani as well - can win this Giro only by putting time on their rivals in the mountains, and that’s what Gibo will try to.
As for the Terminillo stage, Cabras adds his voice to the ones of pundits thinking it will not tell us the name of the Giro winner, but may tell something about the GC contenders in trouble, just like (or even more than) the first week did, with Frigo and González losing a few seconds. Historically, the gaps at the end of the Terminillo ascent have never been that big, and this year will hardly be an exception to the rule, although much will depend on the way riders will tackle it.
Not only Cabras, but also other media seem to believe in the chances of both Gibo and "Il Pirata": "Simoni and Pantani ready for redemption day, was what Turin-based "La Stampa" wrote on Friday, while another paper from the same city, "Tuttosport", talked of an alleged "alliance" between Simoni and Lampre's Francesco Casagrande. But what has Simoni's (once Pantani's) Directuer Sportif Giuseppe Martinelli to say about all that ? "Well, tomorrow we'll see who may win the Giro and who's going to lose. In the past the Terminillo has claimed more than one victim. Gilberto is in good shape, and we hope that any of out main rivals may be in not such a good day. Certainly Gibo's challengers will not let him go, they'll even try and attack. But our team will make a move too. We'll try to make the race hard since the beginning. As for our main challengers, Casagrande and, even more, Garzelli look like they are in great condition. Frigo and Aitor González may have had some unlucky day, but still are very good riders, with a strong team to help them, and whose condition is excellent. Martinelli downplayed to so-called "alliance" between Simoni and Casagrande "This stuff is good for the headlines of a newspaper. What is true is that riders going fast on the climbs are our "natural allies", who could help us put more time into González, Frigo and Garzelli, who are better time-triallists (than Simoni). In this sense, I even hope we may find a great Pantani as ally".
As for Mercatone Uno-Scanavino, Marco Pantani still is the man most Italian fans are waiting for, and would love to see with his arms raised in triumph. The Pirate said his main objective is no less than wearing the pink jersey on the poidium in Milan, but still needs time to get in top form. Certainly, as Mercatone's Team manager Marino Amadori (formerly the coach of another successful rider such as Fabiana "Pantanina" luperini, before crossing the bridge to men's cycling) admitted, "Saturday's stage is important, and Marco will have some significant answers concerning his condition, compared to his rivals. It's true that, after not being able to get any good result in the last two years, he needs time to find back his ancient condition, and it will not be an easy task. He'll do his best anyway, and we'll wait and see how things go, trying to find the best possible race tactics".
Pantani's former team-mate Stefano Garzelli is the man who showed the best condition in the arly part of the Giro. Thanks to his stage victory at Terme Luigiane (third leg) and other excellent placings he gained important time on his rivals. And besides that, his excellent performances thus far in the race could further boast his morale. Some might regard the 2000 Giro winner as the red hot favourite to claim Saturday's stage, but what did his team manager Franco Gini (Vini Caldirola) say about that ? "Garzelli is serene, and in a very good state of form. He's hoping to continue the way he has started this Giro. Our main goal for tomorrow's stage is to be there with the other main contenders. The Giro has just begun, and there's a long way to go, so we'll not spend too many energies too early. We'll wait and see how things go. Sure that, if given a chance, we'll do our best not to waste it" were his words. Unlike Martinello, Gini sounded like he's going to opt for a more conservative attitude on Saturday, while when it comes to the "alliances" topic, the Caldirola DS said that "it doesn't make much sense to talk of alliances now. Their importance is relative. In stages like tomorrow's, every rider has to push as hard as he can, without thinking too much of alliances".
From Garzelli to Casagrande. From Vini Caldirola to Lampre. Pietro Algeri, the experienced coach of the boys in pink and blue, spoke in front of the RAI TV microphones and said that "on Saturday there's a 15-km. ascent, where all main contenders will have to show their condition. They can't hide themselves any longer. We'll be working for Casagrande, such that he may tackle the Terminillo in the best possible position, and also try to have two man at least staying beside and helping him as much as possible. He's really eager to do well, such that we even had to calm him down a little, as the race is three-week long and it's better not to spend too many energies now. But tomorrow's (Saturday's ) stage will be decisive anyway, and he has to go fast". Asked about Raimondas Rumsas' role, Algeri made things clear: the Lithuanian's task will be to help Casagrande and work for him: closing the gap in case of any attacks from his rivals, or leading him out as much as possible. And according to veteran Algeri, support from Rumsas will be fundamental to the Tuscan climber.
And if the above quoted Pietro Cabras believes in Simoni, RAI TV commentator Davide Cassani thinks that Casagrande might be "the man" on the Terminillo slopes. Cassani, a former rider who. among other things, came second in the 1995 Amstel Gold Race, is not that optimist about Fassa Bortolo instead ("teams like Caldirola, Lampre, Saeco and others has not spent any energies more than they should, while the Fassas have worked a lot in the first week") and thinks they could pay a price for that on the Terminillo.
STAGE 7 (AVEZZANO - TERMINILLO Campoforogna, Km 146) - COVERAGE:
The stage got underway at 13h15 local time. Nothing worthy of mention happened in the first 30 mins, with the peloton regrouped. And the same (did not) happen in the first part of the "Valico Fonte la Maina" ascent.
But with just 1 km. to the top of the climb, three riders, namely Kelme's super-combative Tino Zaballa, Colombia's Fredy Gonzalez Martinez (who else?) and young Ukrainian Ruslan Gryschenko of Landbouwkrediet-Colnago attacked and opened the gap. Zaballa was the first across the top, ahead of the East-European neo-pro, with KOM Classification leader Fredy González snatching third place.
It seems that they were just going for the KOM points anyway, as the trio was caught soon later, and the peloton (who covered 33.050 kms. in he first hour) regrouped in the following descent, with the Team fakta guys setting the pace. Ief Verbrugghe (Bel - Lotto-Domo) made a move on the descent, but was caught and dropped by Colombia's Ruber Alveiro Marin (Colombia-Selle Italia) and Italy's Michele Gobbi (De Nardi-Colpack). Also their attempt was short-lived though, as both of them were reabsorbed by the km. 41 mark.
Some skirmishes followed, with more than one rider trying in vain to go clear. But all breakaway attempts were nullified by the peloton, mainly led by Gilberto Simoni's Saeco teammates and Garzelli's Vini Caldirola domestiques. It looks like those two big names of the peloton are well intentioned not to let anyone go. So, when the race hit the town of San Elpidio, it was Gruppo Compatto again. Saeco's Fabio Sacchi is one of the most active guys pushing hard up front.
At about 15h10 local time, the peloton was in the hamlet of San Agapito: 71 kilometers left behind, but still 75 to go. Two hours into the stage, the average speed was not that bad: 36.750 km/h.
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Julian Winn has been nicknamed "the ghost" (il fantasma) by the peloton since the other night he could not sleep and wrapped a sheet around him to protect from the mosquitoes, and was spotted on his hotel room balcony...
Saeco boys definitely trying to set this stage up for Simoni - they are controlling the peloton very correctly.
1537 - 57 km. to go, and 5 men in the break now: Palumbo, Aggiano, Frattini, Pozzi and Sweden's Magnus Backstedt, leading by some 20".
1540 - The gap slightly increased: the five leaders are now 28" clear of the Saeco-led peloton.
Palumbo is having a good season, having won the second stage of the Giro della Liguria in February this year.
1543 - 50 km. to go now.
1544 - The gap has increased further, it's 49" now!
Meanwhile in Germany in the Peace Race Tim Johnson tries an attack on the Telekom-led peloton, but he is brought back while Kazimierz Stafiej (Mroz) takes up the pace.
1545 - The 5 riders in the breakaway group are: Elio Aggiano (Ita), Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita), Cristiano Frattini (Ita), Oscar Pozzi (Ita), Magnus Backstedt (Swe), none of them a GC threat.
Frattini (dob 17/4/73) is from Varese and has been a pro since 1996; he joined the small Tenax team from Maglierie Cage-Olmo this year.
1550 - The leading quintet put more time into the field. The gap is 01'11".
1553 - Aggiano, Pozzi, Frattini, Backstedt and Palumbo currently leading by 01'18".
PEACE RACE NEWS - Stafiej (Mroz) is brought back by the Telekom-led peloton.
1554 - Elio Aggiano is a professional rider since 1997, has won than 10 races so far in his career, and is taking part in his fourth Giro.
Oscar Pozzi (Tenax - dob 27/12/71) has been a pro since 1997 - he is from Lecco and joined Tenax this season from Fassa Bortolo.
1557 - Less than 40k to go, the peloton is getting closer to the Integiro in Rieti, and the "fab five" are leading by 01'39".
Vuelta Asturias news: The last stage was won by Samuel Sanchez, 2nd Edo and 3rd Moss. Jeker of Milaneza wins the overall, his first victory as a pro, which he dedicates to his mother.
PEACE RACE NEWS - Telekom still lead the peloton and it is the man from Colorado - Bobby Julich - again setting the pace- he has probably spent more time leading the peloton than any other rider. Hondo as ever riding shotgun for Wesemann.
Asturias: Sanchez may be disqualificated for an irregular sprint.
PEACE RACE 4 kilometres to go it will end in a mass sprint...
Peace Race: Wesemann is working for Hondo - as they approach the final lkm straight...
1605 - 32k to go. Of the 5 current leaders, 2 belong to the Tenax team (Frattini and Pozzi), Aggiano rides for Formaggi Pinzolo, Palumbo for De Nardi, and Backstedt wears the Team Fakta jersey.
Peace Race: Enrico Degano takes it from Hondo.
1607 - The 5-strong break is entering the city of Rieti, the gap is about 01'40".
Vuelta Asturias: Sanchez has been judged the winner of the stage.
Peace Race: Enrico Degano takes the stage ahead of Hondo - Wesemann wins the Peace race for a record 5th time - full report and results later.
1609 - Intergiro: Backstedt crossed the line first.
1610 - The Lampre boys have moved up front and are now leading the chase. A fruitful chase, as the gap is down to 01'13".
Peace Race: Degano says the main difficulty was keeping up with Wesemann when he led the peloton into the final turn; once he was in the final straight he felt super strong and he is pleased that his team Mercatone Uno have achieved good reults in this race.
1615 - The leaders are on the Cestelfranco ascent. Oscar Pozzi attacked and is now on his own at the front of the race.
1618 - Intergiro: Official Results: 1. Backstedt 2. Palumbo 3. Aggiano.
1619 - Two men in the lead now, Pozzi and Frattini, the three others are 12" down, while the peloton is at 30". Cipo and Brown dropped. Pozzi and Aggiano at the front of the race.
1620 - The average speed is 40.079 km/h - they will not be in the lead for long.
1621 - Petacchi is struggling at the bottom of the pack, while the escapees have been caught.
1622 - 20km. to go, Stefano Garzelli's teammates are riding tempo, Sidermec boys at the front.
1623 - Just 1 km. to the top of the climb, will Fredy Gonzalez have a go for the sprint again? Kelme moving dangerously up the right hand side of the peloton.
1624 - Of course he did: Gonzalez took the KOM prime.
1624 - Kelme's Tino Zaballa mistook a turn while going for the sprint and almost hit the ground. No irregular sprinting from Gonzalez anyway. Zaballa almost went into the barriers on the corner.
1627 - Oscar Pozzi indeed actually hit the ground on the following descent. His thigh is badly cut as he bravely continues.
1629 - The Terminillo ascent has just begun, with Garzelli's domestiques still forcing the pace, and Petacchi 30" down. Pantani took off his helmet again. Aitor Gonzalez did the same.
Perez Cuapio now throws his helmet to a team worker who is at the side of the road.
1631 - Pantani and Perez Cuapio inside the peloton, while three Saecos are forcing the pace. Mercatone Uno have won already today in the Peace Race and will be hoping to make it Mercatone Double today. Pantani is gaining places, while Frigo is losing time.
1633 - Frigo is having a very bad time, while Pantani is just behind Simoni. TerminAitor dropped too. Garzelli is now behind Simoni, while Pantani lost a few metres.
1634 - Pantani regained the leading bunch, Simoni, Garzelli and Cuapio now up front.
1635 - Pellizotti, Noé, Scarponi, Tonkov, Popovych, Sabaliauskas, Caucchioli and Totsching are part of the leading bunch too. And of course Casagrande is there, while Pantani is struggling again, while Garzelli, many peoples' favourite for the stage, is looking very comfortable. Pantani slightly dropped, while Szmyd is helping him.
1637 - CASAGRANDE DROPPED!!!
1638 - Only about a dozen guys left in the leading bunch now. Garzelli, Simoni and Tonkov at the head of affairs. Belli is trying to help Casagrande to regain the bunch.
1639 - Simoni, Garzelli, Tonkov and Pellizotti looking good, while Cuapio was dropped too. 9 guys in the lead, also Popovych, Rumsas, Sabaliauskas and Mazzoleni are there. Figueras was dropped.
1642 - Pantani and Garcia Quesada joined the bunch with Belli and Casagrande. Charles Wegelius, from York, is having a good day as he passes Casagrande. 9 people left in the head group now.
1642 - Noe, Pellizotti, Tonkov, Rumsas, Simoni, Sabalisuakas, Garzelli and Mazzoleni are 15" ahead of Perez Cuapio.
Mazzoleni is doing great work as gregario for Gazelli today.
1643 - 10k to go - the bunch with Belli and Casagrande is 30" down, while Pantani and Velo are 10" further down.
Also Popovych is still part of the 9-strong leading bunch, while Pantani and Sunderland joined the Casagrande bunch. Eddy Mazzoleni is doing awesome leadout work for his team leader Garzelli.
1645 - The Casagrande bunch splintered again, and Pantani lost his wheels one more time.
1647 - 9k to go, And Scott Sunderland is still on Pantani's wheels, while Casagrande is getting closer to Perez Cuapio. With Totsching on his wheels, they are some 20" down on the 9 leaders.
1650 - Pellizotti lost contact with the leading bunch. Aitor Gonzalez, 01' 50" down, now helped by Bruseghin and another teammate. Frigo is further behind.
1651 - Pellizotti regained the leading pack, while Cuapio and Totsching are still 20" down. Casagrande lost some more time.
Figueras 50" down to the 9-strong leading bunch.
1653 - Change at the front of the bunch: Now it's Saeco's Sabaliauskas forcing the pace. Tonkov is having a good day, the winner of the Giro in 1996 is looking very comfortable in the front group.
1654 - First results of Sabaliauskas' efforts: Pellizotti and Rumsas were dropped. 7 men in the lead now. Cuapio and Totsching are 23" behind. Rumsas sprinted and regained the bunch. Pellizotti couldn't. Sabaliauskas, from Kaunaus Lithuania (dob 15/11/1978), has been a revelation this year.
SIMONI ATTACKS! GARZELLI COUNTERS HIS ATTACK! NOE AND TONKOV FOLLOWED.
1655 - Simoni does it again, only Garzelli follows. ONLY TWO MEN IN THE LEAD, with 5k to go.
Tonkov and Noé are 10" down, Pellizotti, Rumsas and Popovych are further behind.
Pellizotti and Tonkov are losing time as the two former Giro winners, Simoni and Garzelli, tackle the climb mano a mano.
1659 - Garzelli comfortably stays on Simoni's wheels, Tonkov and Noè' still 10" down, Popovych, Mazzoleni, Rumsas and Sabaliauskas follow. Pellizotti further behind. 4 k to go for Garzelli and Simoni.
Pantani more than 1 minute down. Noe' dropped Tonkov and is now trying to join the leading duo.
Simoni out of the saddle, Garzelli sitting comfortably in his wheel.
1700 - Gilberto Simoni finished 9th in the Terminillo stage of the 1997 Giro. Simoni and Garzelli side by side, no quarter asked or given, these two champions are giving an epic display.
1703 - Rumsas, Popovych, Bertagnoli, Mazzoleni are 25" down, Perez Cuapio is at 01'10", while both Casagrande and Pantani (caught and dropped by Fredy Gonzalez) are more than 2 MINUTES down.
NOE' CAUGHT GARZELLI AND SIMONI! While Popovych attacked and is currently trying to bridge the gap to the leaders...
Simoni ups the pace now, three men at the front of the race, with just 2 kilometres to go.
Three men in the lead, the gradient is about 8-9%.
SIMONI ATTACKS AGAIN! Noe is dropped again.
1706 - Pantani is also "fighting" with the excessive enthusiasm of some fans. Simoni and Garzelli, side by side, what mountain could seperate these two champions?
NOE comes back again!!!! Rumsas, Popovych, Mazzoleni and Sabaliauskas now 40" down.
Simoni, Garzelli and Noe all together 1 kilometre to go. Pellizotti joined the bunch with Rumsas and Popovych.
600M TO GO. Time for a three man sprint!
2. SIMONI, 3. NOE, 4. TONKOV AT 14", 5. MAZZOLENI, 6. SABALIASUKAS, 7. RUMSAS.
1711 - Simoni on TV: "I lost the battle. Not the war."
Perez Cuapio got to the line, lost some 01'30". Casagrande finished the stage. He and Scarponi lost 02'32"!!!
Sabaliasukas is a Saeco domestique - very strong. He has ridden for Saeco three years; was excellent in Aragon.
Figueras at 02'46". Gonzalez and Belli at a little less than 03' down. Pellizotti finished 8th at 53", by the way.
Charles Wegelius has a great ride - the man from York...er Finland...er Italy, will be pleased with that performance.
More than 6 minutes have passed since Garzelli crossed the line, and TerminAitor just crossed the line. As for the GC, Garzelli is now in "Maglia Rosa", Simoni is 31" down and Noé's sitting in third place.
STAGE 7 RESULTS - TOP 8 PLACES :
1. Stefano Garzelli (Ita - Vini Caldirola)
2. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Saeco) - s.t.
3. Andrea Noé (Ita - Alessio) - s.t.
4. Pavel Tonkov (Rus - CCC-Polsat) - at 14"
5. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita - Vini Caldirola) - at 37"
6. Marius Sabaliauskas (Lit - Saeco) - at 38"
7. Raimondas Rumsas (Lit - Lampre) - at 40"
8. Franco Pellizotti (Ita - Alessio) - at 53"
GC AFTER STAGE 7 - TOP 8 PLACES :
1. Stefano Garzelli (Ita - Vini Caldirola)
2. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Saeco) - at 31"
3. Andrea Noé (Ita - Alessio)
4. Marius Sabaliauskas (Lit - Saeco) - at 01'28"
5. Franco Pellizotti (Ita - Alessio) - at 01'36"
6. Pavel Tonkov (Rus - CCC-Polsat) - at 01'40"
7. Raimondas Rumsas(Lit - Lampre) - at 01'54"
8. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr - Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) - at 01'56"
Correction on Vuelta Asturias stage reported earlier in this ticker: Samuel Sanchez was indeed disqualified for an irregular sprint, giving Edo the win for the day.
This ends our live coverage of Stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia, but check here for full stage and classifications results which will be posted shortly.
Thank you for joining us today, and we hope to see you again tomorrow for live coverage of Stage 8, 217 km from Rieti to Arezzo. Ciao!
Stage 7 Results
1 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 3:55:19 /20" 36,461 Km/H
2 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae s.t. /12"
3 Noe' Andrea Ita Als 0:02 /8"
4 Tonkov Pavel Rus Ccc 0:14
5 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Vin 0:37
6 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae 0:38
7 Rumsas Raimondas Ltu Lam 0:38
8 Pellizotti Franco Ita Als 0:53
9 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 0:59
10 Perez Cuapio Julio A. Mex Pan 1:21
11 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 1:21
12 Casagrande Francesco Ita Lam 2:33
13 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 2:33
14 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan 2:47
15 Bertagnolli Leonardo Ita Sae 2:57
16 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 2:57
17 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Ccc 2:57
18 Belli Wladimir Ita Lam 2:57
19 Sunderland Scott Aus Fak 3:12
20 Velo Marco Ita Fas 3:12
21 Garcia Quesada Carlos Esp Kel 3:43
22 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Als 3:46
23 Codol Massimo Ita Mer 3:46
24 Wegelius Charles Gbr Dnc 3:46
25 Pantani Marco Ita Mer 3:46
26 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Dnc 3:46
27 ROMANIK Radoslaw POL CCC 3:46
28 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot 3:56
29 Szmyd Sylvester Pol Mer 3:56
30 Fritsch Nicolas Fra Fdj 4:05
31 Petersen Jorgen Bo Den Fak 4:15
32 Faresin Gianni Ita Gst 4:31
33 Munoz Hernan D. Col Clm 4:46
34 Castelblanco Joaquim Col Clm 4:46
35 Trampusch Gerhard Aut Gst 5:24
36 Clavero Daniel Esp Mer 5:24
37 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 5:47
38 Cioni Dario David Ita Fas 5:47
39 Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor Esp Fas 5:47
40 Tiralongo Paolo Ita Pan 5:47
41 Brozyna Thomas Pol Ccc 5:47
42 Gutierrez Cataluna Ignacio Esp Kel 5:47
43 Zampieri Steve Sui Vin 5:47
44 Miholievic Vladimir Cro Als 5:47
45 Mason Oscar Ita Vin 5:50
46 Cunego Damiano Ita Sae 5:50
47 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas 6:17
48 FRIGO Dario ITA FAS 6:17
49 Zanetti Mauro Ita Ten 6:27
50 Zanotti Leonardo Ita Dnc 6:27
51 Gasparre Graziano Ita Dnc 6:40
52 Vila Errandonea Franc Esp Lam 6:40
53 Moreni Cristian Ita Als 6:51
54 Laverde Jimenez Luis F. Col Fpf 6:51
55 Arvesen Kurt Asle Nor Fak 7:11
56 Conti Roberto Ita Mer 7:11
57 Mazzanti Luca Ita Pan 7:11
58 Baliani Fortunato Ita Fpf 7:11
59 Adyeyev Sergiy Ukr Lan 7:49
60 Duma Vladimir Ukr Lan 8:07
61 Illiano Raffaele Ita Clm 8:15
62 Garcia Quesada Adolfo Esp Kel 8:22
63 Zaballa Gutierez Constan Esp Kel 8:48
64 Rodriguez Alexis Esp Kel 8:48
65 Lanfranchi Paolo Ita Pan 9:09
66 Hamburger Bo Den Fpf 9:25
67 Stremersch Tom Bel Lan 9:25
68 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 9:43
69 Mesa Mesa Hector O. Col Fpf 9:52
70 Giordani Leonardo Ita Dnc 10:03
71 Derepas David Fra Fdj 10:57
72 Spezialetti Alessandro Ita Sae 11:19
73 Barbero Sergio Ita Lam 11:19
74 Tonti Andrea Ita Sae 11:19
75 Lunghi Denis Ita Als 11:35
76 Chmielewski Piotr Pol Ccc 11:49
77 Carrara Matteo Ita Dnc 12:46
78 Cheula Gian Paolo Ita Vin 12:46
79 Sacchi Fabio Ita Sae 15:01
80 Gasperoni Cristian Ita Mer 15:01
81 Nocentini Rinaldo Ita Fpf 15:12
82 Pozzi Oscar Ita Ten 15:58
83 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 16:29
84 Fornaciari Paolo Ita Sae 16:29
85 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas 16:29
86 Frattini Cristiano Ita Ten 16:29
87 Bernucci Lorenzo Ita Lan 16:29
88 Verbrugghe Ief Bel Lot 16:29
89 Pietropolli Daniele Ita Ten 16:29
90 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 16:29
91 Joergensen Rene' Den Fak 16:29
92 Hardter Uwe Ger Gst 16:29
93 Gates Nick Aus Lot 16:29
94 Dacruz Carlos Fra Fdj 16:29
95 Khalilov Mykhaylo Ukr Clm 16:29
96 Bileka Volodimir Ukr Lan 16:29
97 Riera Valls Jordi Esp Kel 16:29
98 Davis Scott Aus Pan 16:29
99 Kohut Seweryn Pol Ccc 16:29
100 Winn Juilian Gbr Fak 16:29
101 Hoj Frank Den Fak 16:29
102 Backstedt Magnus Swe Fak 16:29 /6"
103 Strauss Marcel Sui Gst 16:29
104 Muraglia Giuseppe Ita Fpf 16:29
105 Colombo Gabriele Ita Dve 16:29
106 Marichal Thierry Bel Lot 16:29
107 Gerosa Mauro Ita Vin 16:29
108 Aggiano Elio Ita Fpf 16:35 /2"
109 Massi Rodolfo Ita Clm 19:52
110 Marini Mirko Ita Ten 19:52
111 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 19:52
112 Cipollini Mario Ita Dve 19:52
113 Di Biase Moreno Ita Fpf 19:52
114 Scamardella Salvatore Ita Lan 19:52
115 Bertoletti Simone Ita Lam 19:52
116 Lhuillier Regis Fra Fdj 19:52
117 Marin Ruber Alverio Col Clm 19:52
118 Balducci Gabriele Ita Vin 19:52
119 Gryschenko Ruslan Ukr Lan 19:52
120 Bondariew Bogdan Ukr Ccc 19:52
121 Garcia John Freddy Col Clm 19:52
122 Verstrepen Johan Bel Lan 19:52
123 Scholz Ronny Ger Gst 19:52
124 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot 19:52
125 Nauduzs Andris Lat Ccc 19:52
126 Trenti Guido Usa Fas 19:52
127 Guesdon Frederic Fra Fdj 19:52
128 Andriotto Dario Ita Vin 19:52
129 Lombardi Giovanni Ita Dve 19:52
130 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve 19:52
131 Apollonio Massimo Ita Vin 19:52
132 Conte Biagio Ita Fpf 19:52
133 Tonetti Gianluca Ita Ten 19:52
134 Mondini Gianpaolo Ita Dve 19:52
135 Bennati Daniele Ita Dve 19:52
136 Quinziato Manuel Ita Lam 19:52
137 Weigold Steffen Ger Gst 19:52
138 Aug Andrus Est Dnc 19:52
139 Usano Martinez Julian Esp Kel 19:52
140 Scirea Mario Ita Dve 19:52
141 Riebenbauer Werner Aut Fak 19:52
142 Hvastija Martin Slo Ten 19:52
143 Forster Robert Ger Gst 19:52
144 Baldato Fabio Ita Als 19:52
145 Furlan Angelo Ita Als 19:52
146 Contrini Daniele Ita Gst 19:52
147 Steegmans Gert Bel Lot 19:52
148 Lelekin Sergei Rus Ten 19:52
149 Manzoni Mario Ita Mer 19:52
150 Ongarato Alberto Ita Dve 19:52
151 Casper Jimmy Fra Fdj 19:52
152 Gobbi Michele Ita Dnc 19:52
153 Bak Lars Ytting Den Fak 19:52
154 Palumbo Giuseppe Ita Dnc 19:52 /4"
155 Galvez Lopez Isaac Esp Kel 19:52
156 Wiggins Bradley Gbr Fdj 19:52
157 De Angeli Luca Ita Clm 19:52
158 Fontanelli Fabiano Ita Mer 19:52
159 Pieri Dario Ita Sae 19:52
160 D'amore Crescenzo Ita Ten 19:52
161 Ravaioli Ivan Ita Mer 19:52
162 Lancaster Brett Aus Pan 19:52
163 Brown Graeme Allen Aus Pan 19:52
164 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 19:52
165 Van Impe Kevin Bel Lot 19:52
General Classification after Stage 7 (Maglia Rosa)
1 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 31:39:24
2 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 0:31
3 Noe' Andrea Ita Als 0:44
4 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae 1:28
5 Pellizotti Franco Ita Als 1:36
6 Tonkov Pavel Rus Ccc 1:40
7 Rumsas Raimondas Ltu Lam 1:54
8 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 1:56
9 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 2:16
10 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Vin 3:02
11 Casagrande Francesco Ita Lam 3:11
12 Perez Cuapio Julio A. Mex Pan 3:22
13 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 3:33
14 Velo Marco Ita Fas 3:59
15 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan 4:00
16 Bertagnolli Leonardo Ita Sae 4:09
17 Belli Wladimir Ita Lam 4:11
18 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Ccc 4:36
19 Pantani Marco Ita Mer 4:41
20 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Dnc 4:49
21 Garcia Quesada Carlos Esp Kel 5:04
22 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Als 5:06
23 Codol Massimo Ita Mer 5:09
24 Wegelius Charles Gbr Dnc 5:23
25 Faresin Gianni Ita Gst 5:33
Points Classification after Stage 7 (Maglia Ciclamino)
1 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 131
2 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 71
3 Cipollini Mario Ita Dve 58
4 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 49
5 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 44
6 Galvez Lopez Isaac Esp Kel 44
7 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 37
8 Gasparre Graziano Ita Dnc 34
9 Backstedt Magnus Swe Fak 32
10 Casagrande Francesco Ita Lam 32
11 Colombo Gabriele Ita Dve 32
12 Baldato Fabio Ita Als 29
13 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 29
14 Brown Graeme Allen Aus Pan 28
15 Duma Vladimir Ukr Lan 24
16 Di Biase Moreno Ita Fpf 23
17 Noe' Andrea Ita Als 23
18 Lombardi Giovanni Ita Dve 23
19 Pellizotti Franco Ita Als 22
20 Furlan Angelo Ita Als 19
21 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan 18
22 Moreni Cristian Ita Als 18
23 Nauduzs Andris Lat Ccc 17
24 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 16
25 Pieri Dario Ita Sae 16
26 Aggiano Elio Ita Fpf 15
27 Tonkov Pavel Rus Ccc 14
28 Velo Marco Ita Fas 14
29 Casper Jimmy Fra Fdj 13
30 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Vin 12
31 Sacchi Fabio Ita Sae 12
32 Hamburger Bo Den Fpf 11
33 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae 10
34 Lanfranchi Paolo Ita Pan 10
35 Rumsas Raimondas Ltu Lam 9
36 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 9
37 Arvesen Kurt Asle Nor Fak 9
38 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 8
39 Pantani Marco Ita Mer 8
40 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Dnc 8
41 Palumbo Giuseppe Ita Dnc 8
42 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 7
43 Zaballa Gutierez Constan Esp Kel 7
44 Khalilov Mykhaylo Ukr Clm 7
45 Balducci Gabriele Ita Vin 7
46 Perez Cuapio Julio A. Mex Pan 6
47 Gutierrez Cataluna Ignacio Esp Kel 6
48 Lunghi Denis Ita Als 6
49 Bennati Daniele Ita Dve 6
50 Usano Martinez Julian Esp Kel 6
51 Fontanelli Fabiano Ita Mer 6
52 Laverde Jimenez Luis F. Col Fpf 5
53 Forster Robert Ger Gst 5
54 Riebenbauer Werner Aut Fak 4
55 Hvastija Martin Slo Ten 4
56 Pozzi Oscar Ita Ten 3
57 Strauss Marcel Sui Gst 3
58 Conte Biagio Ita Fpf 3
59 Bak Lars Ytting Den Fak 3
60 D'amore Crescenzo Ita Ten 3
61 Belli Wladimir Ita Lam 2
62 Frattini Cristiano Ita Ten 2
63 Bertagnolli Leonardo Ita Sae 1
64 Frigo Dario Ita Fas 1
65 Mazzanti Luca Ita Pan 1
66 Petersen Jorgen Bo Den Fak 1
67 Carrara Matteo Ita Dnc 1
68 Manzoni Mario Ita Mer 1
KOM Classification after Stage 7 (Maglia Verde)
1 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 17
2 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 16
3 Zaballa Gutierez Constan Esp Kel 14
4 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 10
5 Noe' Andrea Ita Als 6
6 Gryschenko Ruslan Ukr Lan 6
7 Moreni Cristian Ita Als 5
8 Tonkov Pavel Rus Ccc 4
9 Garcia Quesada Carlos Esp Kel 3
10 Laverde Jimenez Luis F. Col Fpf 3
11 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Vin 2
12 Casagrande Francesco Ita Lam 2
13 Pozzi Oscar Ita Ten 2
14 Strauss Marcel Sui Gst 2
15 Backstedt Magnus Swe Fak 2
16 Tiralongo Paolo Ita Pan 1
17 Nocentini Rinaldo Ita Fpf 1
18 Bileka Volodimir Ukr Lan 1
Intergiro after Stage 7 (Maglia Azzura)
1 Di Biase Moreno Ita Fpf 19:22:52
2 Nauduzs Andris Lat Ccc 0:17
3 Aggiano Elio Ita Fpf 0:22
4 Backstedt Magnus Swe Fak 0:24
5 Palumbo Giuseppe Ita Dnc 0:52
6 Cipollini Mario Ita Dve 0:54
7 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 0:54
8 Fontanelli Fabiano Ita Mer 0:57
9 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 1:00
10 Gutierrez Cataluna Ignacio Esp Kel 1:00
11 Zaballa Gutierez Constan Esp Kel 1:00
12 Usano Martinez Julian Esp Kel 1:00
13 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 1:01
14 Forster Robert Ger Gst 1:02
15 Moreni Cristian Ita Als 1:06
16 Casper Jimmy Fra Fdj 1:06
17 Hvastija Martin Slo Ten 1:06
18 Pozzi Oscar Ita Ten 1:10
19 Conte Biagio Ita Fpf 1:10
20 Furlan Angelo Ita Als 1:10
21 Frattini Cristiano Ita Ten 1:15
22 Khalilov Mykhaylo Ukr Clm 1:15
23 Petersen Jorgen Bo Den Fak 1:20
24 Brown Graeme Allen Aus Pan 2 1:20
25 Aug Andrus Est Dnc 1:24
Trade Team Classification after Stage 7 (Fast Team)
1 Saeco - Macchine Per Caffe' 95:04:15
2 Alessio 0:54
3 Lampre 2:25
4 Vini Caldirola - Sidermec 3:55
5 Ccc Polsat 5:29
6 Ceramiche Panaria - Fiordo 7:08
7 Gerolsteiner 8:00
8 Mercatone Uno - Scanavino 8:56
9 De Nardi - Colpack 10:38
10 Fassa Bortolo 11:05
11 Kelme - Costa Blanca 14:59
12 Colombia - Selle Italia 15:01
13 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 15:20
14 Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave' - Ciarrocchi 20:07
15 Team Fakta - Pata Chips 20:34
16 Fdjeux.Com 22:47
17 Tenax 38:37
18 Domina Vacanze - Elitron 41:41
19 Lotto - Domo 55:45