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Giro d'Italia Prosciutto Awards, Stage 13
By Locutus
Date: 5/23/2003
Giro d'Italia Prosciutto Awards, Stage 13
Golden Hams of the Day:
  • Stefano Garzelli (Caldirola-Sidermac-Caldirola Duval). He attacked hard on the final ascent of the Salita della Rosina, and broke the peloton to pieces. He was chased down by a pack of the other GC men, but he was able to shed most of the sprinters from the lead group. Then, he was able to use his fine sprint to take 3rd in the sprinter-depleted finale, picking up the 8" bonus and moving that much closer to Simoni on GC. A very clever and well-executed piece of strategy by Garzelli. The next two days should be spectacular with the race this close.
  • Alessando Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo). He was able to rejoin the lead group after Garzelli's big attack, and his teammates led him out perfectly for the victory. He took his 4th stage win and also increased his lead in the Points competition. This year's Giro has really seen the emergence of Petacchi into the elite, as he has been able to put the wood to the best time and again. It will be interesting to see if he plays a big role in the Tour Points competition as well.
  • Daniele Bennati (Domina Vacanze-Elitron). He came in 2nd in the sprint, and his teammate Giovanni Lombardi finished ninth. This was yet another great performance by non-Mario zebras. Michele Scarponi is also 12th on GC at 7' 03", and could easily be in the top 10 after tomorrow. Are you watching, Jean Marie? HellooOOOooo???

Ham-Gazers of the Day:
  • Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo). Robbie's team looked weak today, and he struggled when Garzelli launched his big attack. He was unable to reintegrate with the lead group, and finished in 51st at 1' 09". Still, he has looked in great form and should be ready to duke it out with Stuey O'Grady and Erik Zabel in defense of his Green Jersey during the Tour de France.
  • Gilberto Simoni (Saeco). He finished in 17th today and did a good job leading the chase when Garzelli attacked, but he gave up that time bonus to his main GC rival. Garzelli won the battle today, so Simoni will definitely have to make good on his threat to attack on the vicious climbs tomorrow. It should be a real dogfight, and Simoni will have to make the most of the mountains he has left to separate himself from the field.

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