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Giro d'Italia: The Prosciutto Report - Stage 2
 
By Locutus
Date: 5/10/2004
Giro d'Italia: The Prosciutto Report - Stage 2
 
Golden Hams of the Day
  • Damiano "The Omen" Cunego (Saeco). What a day for the young Italian! He rode like a man possessed, leading his man Simoni up the final climb and contributing to the powerhouse Saeco-led descent to the finish. After all that, he had enough legs to come around McGee in the final sprint to win the stage. Add to that his move up to 4th in the GC and 1st in the Points competition, and you have one happy guy. Tomorrow, though, he will get right back to work helping his leader Simoni win the first uphill finish of the Giro.
  • "Mad" Bradley McGee (FDJeux.com). He was able stay only a few seconds behind the lead group over the top of the final climb and then rejoin on the descent. He led out a fierce sprint, and almost had enough to hold everyone off at the finish. Alas, he came in 2nd, but he reclaimed the Pink Jersey and now holds a 32" lead over Popovytch (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) in the GC. Once again, McGee has shown his talent and his class, but I'd be surprised if he was still in Pink after tomorrow.
  • Alexandre "Bullwinkle" Moos (Phonak). Moos had a great Tour of Romandie, and now he's having a great Giro. He was right with the leaders today, finishing 12th on the stage. More importantly, his sprint at the top of the final climb gave him maximum mountain points to put him in the Green Jersey. Moos is a good climber, and could pose a real threat to men like Freddy Gonzalez (Colombia-Selle Italia) if he made up his mind to go after that competition for the whole race.
  • Gorazd Strangelj (Saeco). He was the last man of the 23-man break to hold off the peloton. He played the role of the perfect teammate, and both Simoni and stage-winner Cunego owe him a lot for his efforts today.
Ham-Gazers of the Day
  • Olaf Pollack (Gerolsteiner). That Pink Jersey seemed to weigh a lot today. Pollack rode brilliantly in the Prologue and in yesterday's stage, but today he had to confront the fact that he is a sprinter and not a climber. He was shelled on the final climb and lost over 1' 30" by the top, but who can fault him? He was out of his terrain. Still, it's been a brilliant Giro so far for the German, and I expect him to take a sprint victory by the end of the race.
  • Alessandro "The Great" Petacchi . He lost his Points Jersey to Cunego, but he didn't come here to win the Points Jersey this year. Like Pollack, he was out of his element today, but he held on to the peloton on the Passo del Prattello for a long time. That 10% section finally did him in, but with his strong team and solid form, we'll see him winning some sprints again in no time.
  • Julio "Smiley" Perez (Ceramiche Paneria-Margres). The amazing Mexican climber with the rebuilt smile finished in 113th today at 10' 57" back of the winner. While he might just be saving his legs for the uphill finishes, today's performance doesn't bode well for his chances on the climbs to come.
 
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