Welcome to the live coverage of the 18th stage of the 86rth Giro D’Italia. Thursday’s stage may be the decisive one, with three different ascents, including the “Cima Coppi” (highest peak in the race) coming before the final climb into Ponte Chianale Val Varaita. With such a gruelling parcours, encompassing “Col d’Esischie (partially on the same road as the “Fauniera”, riders will just take a differern turn with 1200m to the top)” and the “Sampeyre”, it has got everything a stage needs to become an epic one.
Also including plenty of reasons for several riders to give it all. First, it’s now or never for Stefano Garzelli: the Vini Caldirola –SO.DI. leader needs to attack to make up for the time he has lost to Gilberto Simoni so far in the race. The rider from Varese still has a chance to win the contest, but he can’t wait any longer to make his move. As for Simoni, the current Maglia Rosa wearer will counter any eventual attack from his main challenger, but could also go for another stage win to add to his palmares. It would be the third one in this Giro edition.
But the 174 kms. stage between the Vicoforte Sanctuary and Ponte Chianale is not just Simoni vs. Garzelli. Other riders could burst into spotlight and go for the glory. To start from Marco Pantani, who might complete his so far uncomplete “comeback” with a sensational stage win (you may figure the reactions from thousand of Italian fans in this case). On to Yaroslav Popovych, who is near to get an extraordinary result and climb on a GT podium at the age of 23, but why not going for more ? And even Francesco Casagrande and/or Andrea Noé may have a shot at the podium, or go for the line honors. And perhaps it might be the right time for a breakaway (probably containing any Selle Italia’s Colombian) to make it to the line.
The “Gazzetta dello Sport” newspaper took a more in-depth look at the route, and summarized it with the following words:
STAGE 18: ... which will take the racers from the Vicoforte Sanctuary to Chianale on Thursday, May 29: 175 km. of uphill road including the Esischie pass (20.6 km. with a 7.5 % average gradient), the Sampeyre Pass (16.4 km. at 8%) and the final slope up to Chianale, last obstacle at 4.14% along the last 20 kms. of the lap.
Stage 18: Santuario Di Vicoforte - Valle Varaita (Chianale), Km. 174
The stage is off to a hectic start, with several skirmishes coming right after the gun, mainly courtesy of the Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé riders. At the km. 7 mark two Alessio guys (Denis Lunghi and Franco Pellizotti) try to break away, but their attempt fails. One kilometre later, it’s the turn of De Nardi’s Leonardo Giordani and CCC-Polsat’s Tomas Brozyna. But also their adventure outside the bunch is short-lived, as the Italo-Polish duo is caught by the km. 12 mark. In the meantime, Gerolsteiner’s Ronny Scholz has pulled out of competition. Soon later, at the km. 23 mark. a breakaway group of some 20 riders formed, but couldn’t put more than a few hundered metres into the bunch. It didn’t take long for the peloton to bring them all back.
About 15 minutes later a more serious breakaway attempt gets underway: 24 riders go clear, and are soon joined by 6 more guys. The 30-strong leading bunch includes the likes of Pietro Caucchioli (Ita – Alessio), Fortunato Baliani, Kelme’s Nacho Gutiérrez, Jordi Riera and Garcia Quesada plus Wladimir Belli, not new to make his moves early in long mountain stages.
Other escapees are Radoslaw Romanik (Pol-CCC-polsat), Scott Davis (Aus – Panaria), Colombians Castelblanco and Fredy Gonzalez (Selle Italia-Colombia), Italy’s Graziano Gasparre (De Nardi-Colpack), France’s Carlos Da Cruz (FDJeux.com), Denmark’s Bo Hamburger (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé), Italian veteran Gianni Faresin (Gerolsteiner), Landbouwkediet’s Bileka, Bernucci, Gryschenko and neopro Scamardella, Belgium’s Koos Moerenhout (Lotto-Domo), Saeco’s Marius Sabaliauskas, Aussie Scott Sunderland (Team fakta-Pata Chips), Italy’s Cristiano Frattini (Tenax), Garzelli’s teammate Steve Zampieri, Poland’s Baranowski and Brozyna (both with the CCC-Polsat outfit), plus Secchiari, Spezialetti and Gerolsteiner’s Uwe Hardter.
The 30 leaders soon open a three-minute gap on the peloton, but then 9 riders (Faresin, Frattini, Lanfranchi, Gonzalez, Baliani, Gutiérrez, Zaballa, Bernucci and Sunderland) manage to distance themselves from the rest of the break and put 34” on the 21 chasers. Soon later the lead over the chasing group extended to more than a minute, with the peloton 5’05” down.
Results from the Intergiro in Caraglio
1. Fortunato Baliani (Ita-Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavé) -1h07' 15'' (47,910 Km/h)
2. Scott Sunderland (Aus-Team fakta-Pata Chips)
3. Tino Zaballa Gutiérrez (Spa – Kelme-Costa Blanca)
The bunch including all main contenders came in 05'54" behind
As the race hit the town of Dronero, and the first ascent of the day (Montemale di Cuneo, km. 4.2 - average gradient 7.36 %) was about to start, the 9-strong break had a 01’25” lead over the next chasers. In the following climb it went up to 01’46”, with the main bunch further behind at 06’38”
Results from the Cat. 3 KOM PRIME at Montemale
1. Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita-Panaria-Fiordo) -1h07' 15'' (47,910 Km/h)
2.Tino Zaballa Gutiérrez (Spa – Kelme-Costa Blanca)
3. Fredy González Martínez (Col - Colombia-Selle Italia).
On he climb the first chasing bunch splintered, with Davis, Secchiari, Riera, Scamardella and Gryschenko getting dropped, and only Lunghi, Dacruz, Hamburger, Hardter, Belli, Bileka, Moerenhout, Sabaliauskas and Zampieri trailing some two mins behind the nine escapees.
With the 9 leaders getting closer to the first slopes of Colle dell'Esischie, the main peloton is further behind: the gap is 07'45". And the first chasing bunch has splintered further instead, with several riders scattered here and there between the nine escapees and the Simoni-Garzelli group. Secchiari, Scamardella and Bileka were 02’20” down to the leaders, while Davis and Gryschenko were in big trouble, and quickly lost more than 6 minutes to the escapees.
As the race hit the Esischie climb, two members of the leading bunch, Italians Cristiano Frattini and Lorenzo Bernucci, got dropped, while the gruppo maglia rosa kept cutting down the gap: halfaway through the stage, the 7-strong break had an advantage of 06'35" over Simoni & co. In the meantime Slovenia's Martin Hvastija (Tenax), a protagonist of yesterday's stage, abandoned the race.
On the Colle dell’Esichie (km. 20.6 - average gradient 7.5 %), the main pelton splintered, and many riders got dropped. But the same happened to the first chasing bunch, with only eight riders (Caucchioli, Baranowski, Garcia Quesada, Belli, Bileka, and Sabaliauskas) out of the previous 21 still part of the group. Soon later the leading bunch and some of the chasers merge into a 10-strong breakaway group, featuring Dariusz Baranowski, Paolo Lanfranchi, Fredy González Martinez, Gianni Faresin, Adolfo Garcia Quesada, Tino Zaballa Gutiérrez, Wladimir Belli, Marius Sabaliauskas, Scott Sunderland and Steve Zampieri. The Mercatone-led main peloton, with Spain's Daniel Clavero forcing the pace and Pantani right behind him, is trailing 6 minutes behind.
But here comes the big news: the first surpriseof the day: on the Col d'Esischie slopes, one of the (presumed) best climbers around, Francesco Casagrande, is visibly in trouble. He struggles first, then gets dropped. The reason is that he's not fit: his stomach has been suffering with gastroenteritis from a few hours. And, at the the km. 97 mark, FRANCESCO CASAGRANDE ABANDONS THE RACE !!! A big blow for the Italian, that once again has to postpone his first time in maglia rosa in Milan
Back to the first bunch now, where three more riders join the breakaway group: with Pietro Caucchioli, Volodymyr Bileka and Alessandro Spezialetti regaining the lead, it’s 13 men at the front now, with some 4 km. to the top of the Esischie climb. With just 3 km. to the top of the climb, Simoni made a move to test Garzelli's form, but the overall runner-up immediately countered his attack, while Pantani was a bit in trouble. And Popovych too. But the peloton regrouped soon later, and Pantani regained the Simoni-Garzelli bunch on the following descent. Andrea Noé needed a help from a teammate to regain the bunch, not a good sign with 2 climbs left.
Results from the Cat. 1 KOM PRIME at Colle D’Esichie (Cima Coppi. 2366 meters above sea level)
1. Fredy González Martínez (Col - Colombia-Selle Italia)
2.Tino Zaballa Gutiérrez (Spa – Kelme-Costa Blanca)
3. Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita-Panaria-Fiordo)
4. Dariusz Baranowski (Pol – CCC-Polsat)
5. Scott Sunderland (Aus – Team fakta-Pata Chips)
In the following descent, the bunch halved, with just 5 riders reimaining in the lead: Fredy Gonzalez Martinez (on the way to his second victory in the Giro KOM Classification), Tino Zaballa Gutiérrez, Paolo Lanfranchi, Gianni Faresin, and Wladimir Belli (the Lampre rider might now harbour hopes to take stage victory) has a 53-second lead over a 7-strong chasing bunch, featuring Caucchioli, Baranowski, Adolfo Garcia Quesada, Spezialetti, Sabaliauskas, Sunderland and Zampieri, at the end of the Esischie descent, with a little more than 50 km. and two gruelling ascents to go. the main peloton is 04'35" behind. Austria's Georg Totschnig, another rider that attacked on the Eschisie, is one minute clear of Simoni and his group.
On the Sampeyre ascent, Fredy González lost the wheels of his breakaway companions, and is caught by the seven chasers, currently 24" behind Belli, Zaballa, Lanfranchi and Faresin, with Totsching two minutes down to the leaders and the main peloton, now riding under heavy rains, 60 more seconds down.
The seven chasers have just bridged the gap to 10", while Fredy González has lost further time and is now 30" down. As if the route wasn't difficult enough, today's bad weather will make things harder to everyone.
The leading quartet (Belli, Zaballa, Lanfranchi and Faresin) and the first chasing bunch (Baranowski, Adolfo Garcia Quesada, Spezialetti, Sabaliauskas, Sunderland and Zampieri, not Caucchioli who got dropped though) just merged into a 10-man breakaway, with a little more than 40 km. to go, and 7 km. to the top of the Sampeyre ascent. Fredy Gonzalez is 30" down, Totsching is at 01'25" and the main peloton at 02'43".
Back in the main bunch, Simoni and Pellizotti force the pace and put 50 some metres into the others, while Noé gets dropped again and Dario Frigo is the first trying to bridge the gap to the duo!!!!
4k to the top of the climb for Simoni, Pellizotti and Frigo. Things going from bad to worse for Garzelli, that lost his last teammates, Eddy Mazzoleni, whereas two of Simoni’s domestiques and Spezialetti still part of Garzelli’s bunch.
Totsching joins the leading bunch, while the Garzelli bunch splintered, with Popovych and Rumsas now gaining a few metres on the Vini Caldirola rider. Pantani in trouble again. It’s still raining over the peloton, while people at the finish line could see the sun come out for a few secs.
Pellizotti lost the wheels of Frigo and Simoni. The duo caught the first chasing bunch, featuring Zampieri and the others. A trio with Garzelli, Rumsas and Popovych just formed 35” behind Simoni and Frigo.
1518 - Pantani and Garzelli's teammate Mazzoleni regain the above quoted trio is to come soon.
1520 - Simoni and Frigo just caught Lanfranchi and are about to join current leaders Totsching and Spezialetti, while Garzelli is now helped by both Mazzoleni and Zampieri.
1522 - Yarolsav Popovych attacks and puts a few metres into the Garzelli-Rumsas group.
1525 - A quartet now in the lead. Totschnig, Frigo, and the Saeco duo Simoni-Sabaliauskas. Garzeli is about 30" down to the leaders, and more than 10" down to Popovych.
1524 - Three in the lead after Sabaliauskas got dropped. Simoni, Totsching and Frigo are riding on very slippery roads now. Could be a big problem in the next descent.
1527 - The large hail that fell a few minutes ago over the road might take its toll on the descent, riders are on a "black-and white" road now.
1528 - Simoni, Frigo and Totsching getting closer to the Sampeyre mountain top. Popo a few metres behind, and Pantani regained the Garzelli group.
1531 - The trio just got to the top of the climb, and so did Popovych a few seconds later. But the Ukrainin joined Simoni, Totschnig and Frigo as the descent began. Garzelli some 40" down.
1532 - The gap is 44". Both leaders and chasers are on the slippery 14-km. descent into Sampeyre town. Sabaliasukas caught by Garzelli bunch.
1533 - Simoni was the first across the top of Sampeyre, Totsching second, Frigo third, Popovych fourth.
1534 - On such wet roads, they are not riding faster than 25-30 km/h. Pantani and Rumsas trying to chase the leaders down.
1534 - Popovych attacks on the descent and puts a dozen metres into the three other leaders.
Arvesen (Fakta), the Norske champ, is flying down the road. He's used to crap weather, growing up in Norway and all.
1537 - Riders will have just 2 km. to take it "easier," between the end of this descent and the start of the next, final climb into Ponte Chianale.
At least it's only rain now, and not snow. Simoni has attacked his group, and has a 10" gap.
These look like goat paths, not big enough for cars even. Tiny, narrow roads suitable for Yugos.
1539 - Popovych still on a solo lead, while Garzelli, Rumsas and Pantani are now together on the descent. Spezialeti, Pellizotti, Mazzoleni and Lanfranchi are a little behind them.
30k to go for solo leader Popovych, and some good news for the peloton: there's the SUN over the finishing line!!
1540 - 5k to go to end of the descent. Popovych leading, Simoni and Tosching chasing, Frigo further behind. Then Rumsas. Garzelli and Pantani 30" down to the pink jersey.
1543 - Garzelli and Pantani crashed !!!
1544 - Both guys hit the ground on the descent. Garzelli immediately got back on his bike, while Pantani is still there, touching his wrist.
With Casagrande out and Frigo going strong, it looks like Fassa Bortolo will overtake Lampre in the team competition.
Pantani is still down. He is in pain. He is being covered with a towel and has taken his helmet off.
He's sitting up in the roadside grass and is being looked over by doctors.
1545 - problems for Garzelli too, he's back on his bike, but it's hard for him to ride now. Noé caught and dropped him, while Mazzoleni is beside his team leader.
The fog has really come up, limiting visibility for some of the riders and muddying the pictures.
1547 - Popovych and his next chasers are getting closer to the end of the Sampeyre descent in the meantime.
Marco Pantani gets back on his bike!!
1550 - Popovych finished the descent. 22k to go for him.
1551 - Solo leader Popovych on a flat piece. Frigo some 150 meters behind him, and both Simoni and Totsching a dozen meters further behind.
1552 - Pantani resumed the race. Garzelli is now 01'45" behind Popovych, who could take the second place overall from him.
Popo is really building a name for himself this Giro!! What a force he is turning out to be! Only a man with amazing bike handling skills could drop SIMONI on a descent like that....
1553 - Popovych turns his head. He's probably waiting for Dario Frigo to join him. Simoni and Totsching (who is not helping the current overall leader) behind.
This is DARWIN day in the Giro...the strongest are surviving and pulling away, and those with any weakness are culled from the herd.
1555 - Frigo still halfway between Popovych and Simoni. While Pantani has got more problems now, courtesy of his bike frame.
1557 - Simoni and Totsching are 20" down to Popovych, Garzelli has problems in both his left elbow and leg after the crash.
1558 - Garzelli losing time after time, in spite of the help from Mazzoleni. Pellizotti and Noé are 02'10" behind the leader. Popovych and Frigo are together at the front of the race now.
Simoni is still trying to cath them.
1559 - Simoni and Totsching are 15" down to the leading duo, while Garzelli already lost 03'05".
Popovych is now 2nd in GC on the road. Garzelli will have to make a great comeback to save his 2nd. Or more likely, save 3rd...
1600 - Garzelli and Mazzoleni, just joined by Belli, are still trailing 3 minutes behind Popovych.
Garzelli has mud up his right side, and looks to have skinned his right knee.
There's a lot more than 15km left for most of the other riders.
1601 - Noè, Pellizotti, Lanfranchi, Rumsas and Saeco's Spezialetti and Sabaliauskas are between the Popovych group and Garzelli.
1602 - The last ascent just began and Popovych dropped Frigo !!
1603 - Frigo caught by Simoni, They are 15" down. Totschnig dropped.
1605 - 19k to go for pantani. He enjoys help from Sylvester Szmyd. Colombia's Castelblanco with them.
Frigo and Simoni caught Popovych !! Garzelli, Belli and Mazzoleni still 3 mins behind.
1606 - Frigo, Popovych and Simoni on an almost flat piece now. Gradient is about 2-3%. Frigo sets the pace, Popo in 2nd wheel, Gibo in pink on the back of the lead group. They're working together.
1608 - More riders are about to join the Garzelli group. Stefano could find additional help.
Popovych looks strong as he pulls through for his turn. Totschnig also looks good as he chases the 3 leaders.
1609 - Popovych, Simoni and Frigo leading Totsching by 25". Totschnig will climb way up the GC tonight.
1610 - Popovych dropped!!!!! The Ukrainian was in trouble and lost the wheels of both Gibo and Frigo. Two men in the lead now.
So the young gun has had a great ride today, but still has some learning to do. The older men push on.
1612 - The bunch featuring Noé, Pellizotti, Rumsas etc., is currently trailing 02'21" behind Frigo and Simoni.
As for Frigo, this is really a great turnaround from his horrible start in the mountains.
1613 - 9.5 to go for Popovych. He lost a dozen seconds to the leading duo, with Frigo riding tempo now.
1614 - Totsching is 46" down to the leaders. Garzelli is a 6-strong bunch now, with Mazzoleni still doing an awesome job.
Popovych is riding prudently now. He couldn't hang with Simoni and Frigo, but he's keeping a good tempo and not panicking.
The helmets of the leaders come off.
1615 - Noé and his friends are 02'21" down to Frigo and Simoni. Popovych still losing a bit more time.
Totschnig started the day in 7th on GC at 6' 57", and now will threaten for the podium.
1618 - the gap between the leaders and Popovych extended to 33".
Totschnig started the day 4' 59" behind Garzelli, and 1' 41" behind Noe.
1619 - LBK-Colnago's Olivano locatelli just talked of Popovych's "crisis": he made a bit of a mistake by not following advices and attacking too early, but Yarolsav followed his instinct, and now is a little paying the price for that.
Popovych now looks like he is dying on his bike, but he's gritting his teeth and pushing forward.
1621 - Noé Pellizotti, Lanfranchi and Rumsas lost more seconds. 30" in about 4 kms. They are 02'54" behind now.
Garzelli is at 04'05".
Rumsas and Noe are far behind. They will likely lose their 5th and 4th GC positions (respectively) to Totschnig.
1622 - 5k to go for Simoni and Frigo, the duo is working well together now. Popo is more than 01'10" behind.
Frigo looks focused without his helmet, setting the pace. Simoni has nothing to gain by attacking at this point. All his danger men are behind him.
1623 - Simoni seems to have the Giro won, while Frigo should likely be the next stage winner.
Frigo will certainly have earned the win, with all his pace-setting. He started the day in 13th on GC at 12' 45", so he'll climb a few notches tonight.
1625 - Popo lost 14 more secs. 5 to go for Pellizotti. Rumsas, Noé dropped Lanfranchi but are 3'19" down to the leaders.
1626 - Stefano Garzelli is now 03'02" down to Popovych, who has been caught and dropped by Totschnig.
Popo is really bonking hard. It will take all his "grinta" to preserve his gains.
Simoni actually looks like he's having to work his butt off just to sit on Frigo. No Simoni pulls through to set the pace.
The leaders are 2km from the finish now. Frigo comes back to the front.
Behind, Garzelli grits his teeth and pushes hard in pursuit of the leaders.
Pelozzoti and Rumsas are working together further down. Simoni now taking his turn on the front of the lead duo as the come into the final kilometer.
Frigo will win the stage, while Simoni will strengehe his overall ledaership.
1632 - DARIO FRIGO TAKES THE STAGE FROM SIMONI!
The fans are wearing a lot of pink...scary thought: Pink Simoni Hooligans.
1633 - Frigo attacked in the last metres and "dropped" Simoni, Not that it annoyed Gibo that much.
Simoni looked dead tired crossing the line, but not as tired as Popo further down the slopes.
1633- Totsching is about to get to the line, while Popovych is under the red triangle.
Now the clock will tell if Totschnig and Popo have climbed up the podium placings.
1634 - Gerolsteiner 's Georg Totschnig of Austria takes third at 02'37".
Popovych closer to the line now - the Ukrainian comes fourth at 03'12". Huge time gaps between the stage winner and the 3rd and 4th men across the line.
1636 - Noé, Pellizotti, and Rumsas get to the line now at 04'00"; Rumsas takes fifth, Noé sixth, Pellizotti 7th.
1637 - Garzelli saved his second place as he came in at 05'08". Amazing recovery for Garzelli!!
Garzelli will still have to hold off Popovych tomorrow and in the final time trial.
1638 - Garzelli 07'08" is down to Simoni in the GC. Popovych is third overall at 07'19". Garzelli saved his second place by just 11". Noé is fourth overall.
If the first time trial is any indication, Garzelli will have a hard time holding off Popo in the Time Trial.
1639 - But what a great fighting spirit the Vini Caldirola rider displayed throughout the stage, and notably after the crash that involved him.
Frigo lives up to his name, riding through the snow and cold air to take the stage.
1642 - First words from Dario Frigo after he crossed the line: "Finally I had a good day. And finally it was a cold day at the Giro. Iit has has been hot throughout the race, It looked like we were at the TdF."
And yes, as his name might suggest, Frigo is used to have better performances in colder days.
Simoni dons another Pink Jersey. His 7' lead is Armstrong-like in its dominance.
1649 - Pantani just finished the stage, almost 16 mins down to the winner (he lost 7 mins before getting on his bike after the crash).
1 Frigo 5h23'43"
2 Simoni a 10"
3 Totschnig a 2'38"
4 Popovych a 3'12"
5 Rumsas a 4'01"
1 Simoni 79h24'54"
2 Garzelli a 7'08"
3 Popovych a 7'19"
4 Noè a 9'19"
5 Totschnig a 9'29"
Thanks to Locutus for the additional commentary, and thanks to you for joining us today! Tomorrow is a very long stage with an uphill finish, so please tune back in again. Check back here shortly for full results. Interviews later. Ciao!
Stage 18 Results
1 Frigo Dario Ita Fas 5:23:43 /20" (32,250 Km/H)
2 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 0:10 /12"
3 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 2:38 /8"
4 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 3:12
5 Rumsas Raimondas Ltu Lam 4:01
6 Noe' Andrea Ita Als 4:01
7 Pellizotti Franco Ita Als 4:04
8 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 5:08
9 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Dnc 5:08
10 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 5:08
11 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Vin 5:29
12 Lanfranchi Paolo Ita Pan 5:37
13 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Ccc 6:59
14 Belli Wladimir Ita Lam 6:59
15 Garcia Quesada Adolfo Esp Kel 6:59
16 Faresin Gianni Ita Gst 7:43
17 Sabaliauskas Marius Ltu Sae 9:01
18 Spezialetti Alessandro Ita Sae 9:36
19 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 11:54
20 Zaballa Gutierez Constan Esp Kel 12:23 /2"
21 Sunderland Scott Aus Fak 15:42 /4"
22 Codol Massimo Ita Mer 15:59
23 Pantani Marco Ita Mer 15:59
24 Szmyd Sylvester Pol Mer 15:59
25 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 15:59
26 Zampieri Steve Sui Vin 16:03
27 Castelblanco Joaquim Col Clm 17:46
28 Lunghi Denis Ita Als 21:10
29 Laverde Jimenez Luis F Col Fpf 21:21
30 Vila Errandonea Franc Esp Lam 25:24
31 Cunego Damiano Ita Sae s.t.
32 Brozyna Thomas Pol Ccc s.t.
33 Hardter Uwe Ger Gst s.t.
34 Gutierrez Cataluna Ignacio Esp Kel s.t.
35 Duma Vladimir Ukr Lan s.t.
36 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan s.t.
37 Bernucci Lorenzo Ita Lan s.t.
38 Tonti Andrea Ita Sae s.t.
39 Clavero Daniel Esp Mer s.t.
40 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Als s.t.
41 Bileka Volodimir Ukr Lan s.t.
42 Andriotto Dario Ita Vin s.t.
43 Wegelius Charles Gbr Dnc s.t.
44 Gasperoni Cristian Ita Mer s.t.
45 Frattini Cristiano Ita Ten s.t.
46 Velo Marco Ita Fas 26:48
47 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 26:50
48 Marin Ruber Alverio Col Clm s.t.
49 Lombardi Giovanni Ita Dve s.t.
50 Trampusch Gerhard Aut Gst s.t.
51 Tonetti Gianluca Ita Ten s.t.
52 Munoz Hernan D Col Clm s.t.
53 Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor Esp Fas s.t.
54 Hamburger Bo Den Fpf s.t.
55 Conti Roberto Ita Mer s.t.
56 Moerenhout Koos Ned Lot s.t.
57 Chmielewski Piotr Pol Ccc s.t.
58 Gerosa Mauro Ita Vin s.t.
59 Cheula Gian Paolo Ita Vin s.t.
60 Baliani Fortunato Ita Fpf s.t. /6"
61 Colombo Gabriele Ita Dve s.t.
62 Dacruz Carlos Fra Fdj s.t.
63 Miholievic Vladimir Cro Als 28:21
64 Massi Rodolfo Ita Clm 28:21
65 Bertoletti Simone Ita Lam 29:42
66 Bertagnolli Leonardo Ita Sae 29:42
67 Gasparre Graziano Ita Dnc 31:50
68 Usano Martinez Julian Esp Kel 32:56
69 Stremersch Tom Bel Lan 33:00
70 Adyeyev Sergiy Ukr Lan 33:00
71 Giordani Leonardo Ita Dnc 33:00
72 Gobbi Michele Ita Dnc 33:00
73 Manzoni Mario Ita Mer 33:23
74 Scirea Mario Ita Dve 33:23
75 Verstrepen Johan Bel Lan 33:23
76 Romanik Radoslaw Pol Ccc 33:23
77 Baldato Fabio Ita Als 33:23
78 Secchiari Francesco Ita Dve 33:23
79 Illiano Raffaele Ita Clm 33:23
80 Pozzi Oscar Ita Ten 33:23
81 De Angeli Luca Ita Clm 33:23
82 Barbero Sergio Ita Lam 33:23
83 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 33:23
84 Quinziato Manuel Ita Lam 33:23
85 Fornaciari Paolo Ita Sae 33:28
86 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 36:40
87 Backstedt Magnus Swe Fak 36:40
88 Joergensen Rene' Den Fak 36:40
89 Winn Juilian Gbr Fak 36:40
90 Nocentini Rinaldo Ita Fpf 36:40
91 Zanotti Leonardo Ita Dnc 36:40
92 Riera Valls Jordi Esp Kel 36:40
93 Pietropolli Daniele Ita Ten 36:40
94 Scamardella Salvatore Ita Lan 36:40
95 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas 36:40
96 Fontanelli Fabiano Ita Mer 36:40
97 Mesa Mesa Hector O Col Fpf 36:40
98 Casper Jimmy Fra Fdj 40:27
99 Carrara Matteo Ita Dnc s.t.
100 Sacchi Fabio Ita Sae s.t.
101 Rodriguez Alexis Esp Kel s.t.
102 Derepas David Fra Fdj s.t.
103 Guesdon Frederic Fra Fdj s.t.
104 Apollonio Massimo Ita Vin s.t.
105 Pieri Dario Ita Sae s.t.
106 Kohut Seweryn Pol Ccc s.t.
107 Aug Andrus Est Dnc s.t.
108 Lhuillier Regis Fra Fdj s.t.
109 Forster Robert Ger Gst s.t.
110 Steegmans Gert Bel Lot s.t.
111 Hoj Frank Den Fak s.t.
112 Palumbo Giuseppe Ita Dnc s.t.
113 Bondariew Bogdan Ukr Ccc s.t.
114 Weigold Steffen Ger Gst s.t.
115 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas s.t.
116 Riebenbauer Werner Aut Fak s.t.
117 Trenti Guido Usa Fas s.t.
118 Mondini Gianpaolo Ita Dve s.t.
119 Bennati Daniele Ita Dve s.t.
120 Wiggins Bradley Gbr Fdj s.t.
121 Davis Scott Aus Pan s.t.
122 Gryschenko Ruslan Ukr Lan s.t.
123 Muraglia Giuseppe Ita Fpf s.t.
124 Gates Nick Aus Lot s.t.
125 Furlan Angelo Ita Als s.t.
126 Bak Lars Ytting Den Fak s.t.
127 Petersen Jorgen Bo Den Fak s.t.
128 Ongarato Alberto Ita Dve s.t.
129 Garcia John Freddy Col Clm 40:35
130 Di Biase Moreno Ita Fpf 40:36
131 Cioni Dario David Ita Fas 50:44
132 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 50:45
General Classification after Stage 18 (Maglia Rosa)
1 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 79:24:54
2 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 7:08
3 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 7:19
4 Noe' Andrea Ita Als 9:19
5 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 9:29
6 Rumsas Raimondas Ltu Lam 10:14
7 Frigo Dario Ita Fas 12:27
8 Pellizotti Franco Ita Als 13:48
9 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Dnc 14:48
10 Belli Wladimir Ita Lam 19:36
11 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Ccc 20:51
12 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Vin 21:30
13 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 25:44
14 Pantani Marco Ita Mer 26:12
15 Scarponi Michele Ita Dve 26:19
16 Codol Massimo Ita Mer 28:47
17 Faresin Gianni Ita Gst 30:37
18 Garcia Quesada Adolfo Esp Kel 32:20
19 Lanfranchi Paolo Ita Pan 41:40
20 Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor Esp Fas 42:24
21 Velo Marco Ita Fas 44:58
22 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 46:17
23 Szmyd Sylvester Pol Mer 46:41
24 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan 46:42
25 Sunderland Scott Aus Fak 48:31
Points Classification after Stage 18 (Maglia Ciclamino)
1 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 138
2 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 131
3 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 129
4 Backstedt Magnus Swe Fak 104
5 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 73
6 Eisel Bernhard Aut Fdj 60
7 Lombardi Giovanni Ita Dve 56
8 Noe' Andrea Ita Als 52
9 Frigo Dario Ita Fas 50
10 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Vin 47
11 Gasparre Graziano Ita Dnc 46
12 Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor Esp Fas 45
13 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 42
14 Rumsas Raimondas Ltu Lam 40
15 Pellizotti Franco Ita Als 36
16 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Dnc 36
17 Pantani Marco Ita Mer 32
18 Colombo Gabriele Ita Dve 32
19 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan 30
20 Baldato Fabio Ita Als 29
21 Zaballa Gutierez Constan Esp Kel 29
22 Duma Vladimir Ukr Lan 29
23 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 28
24 Lanfranchi Paolo Ita Pan 28
25 Kirchen Kim Lux Fas 23
KOM after Stage 18 (Maglia Verde)
1 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 100
2 Zaballa Gutierez Constan Esp Kel 65
3 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 63
4 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 36
5 Lanfranchi Paolo Ita Pan 24
6 Frigo Dario Ita Fas 19
7 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 15
8 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 12
9 Totschnig Georg Aut Gst 12
10 Rumsas Raimondas Ltu Lam 8
11 Noe' Andrea Ita Als 6
12 Baranowski Dariusz Pol Ccc 6
13 Lunghi Denis Ita Als 6
14 Gobbi Michele Ita Dnc 6
15 Baliani Fortunato Ita Fpf 5
16 Sunderland Scott Aus Fak 4
17 Backstedt Magnus Swe Fak 4
18 Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor Esp Fas 3
19 Laverde Jimenez Luis F Col Fpf 3
20 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Vin 2
21 Pantani Marco Ita Mer 2
22 Faresin Gianni Ita Gst 2
23 Caucchioli Pietro Ita Als 2
24 Pozzi Oscar Ita Ten 2
25 Belli Wladimir Ita Lam 1
Intergiro after Stage 18 (Maglia Azzura)
1 Backstedt Magnus Swe Fak 44:00:15
2 Di Biase Moreno Ita Fpf 0:28
3 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 1:44
4 Zaballa Gutierez Constan Esp Kel 2:16
5 Casper Jimmy Fra Fdj 2:32
6 Palumbo Giuseppe Ita Dnc 2:34
7 Baliani Fortunato Ita Fpf 2:42
8 Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor Esp Fas 2:44
9 Gutierrez Cataluna Ignacio Esp Kel 2:54
10 Hvastija Martin Slo Ten 3:10
11 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 3:12
12 Winn Juilian Gbr Fak 3:12
13 Casar Sandy Fra Fdj 3:12
14 Hamburger Bo Den Fpf 3:15
15 Fontanelli Fabiano Ita Mer 3:15
16 Bondariew Bogdan Ukr Ccc 3:16
17 Sunderland Scott Aus Fak 3:18
18 Nocentini Rinaldo Ita Fpf 3:18
19 Usano Martinez Julian Esp Kel 3:18
20 Miholievic Vladimir Cro Als 3:18
21 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 3:18
22 Arvesen Kurt Asle Nor Fak 3:18
23 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Dnc 3:18
24 Frattini Cristiano Ita Ten 3:19
25 Faresin Gianni Ita Gst 3:20
Trade Team after Stage 18 (Fast Team)
1 Saeco - Macchine Per Caffe' 239:10:54
2 Lampre 1:42
3 Alessio 10:50
4 Vini Caldirola - Sidermec 23:29
5 Fassa Bortolo 28:10
6 Mercatone Uno - Scanavino 37:34
7 Gerolsteiner 45:30
8 CCC Polsat 55:54
9 Kelme - Costa Blanca 1:02:33
10 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 1:12:46
11 De Nardi - Colpack 1:13:30
12 Colombia - Selle Italia 1:49:31
13 Fdjeux.Com 2:20:32
14 Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave' - Ciarrocchi 2:23:11
15 Team Fakta - Pata Chips 2:34:19
16 Domina Vacanze - Elitron 2:43:49
17 Tenax 3:46:48