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87th Giro d'Italia Stage 2 - More Interviews
 
By Fabio
Date: 5/10/2004
87th Giro d'Italia Stage 2 - More Interviews
 

France-based Australian Brad McGee, back to the top spot overall after finishing second in the stage, talked Italian on RAI TV. His Italian was not as fluent as Petacchi's may be, but clear enough to explain well that he was very happy at getting the Maglia Rosa back onto his shoulders, and at the same time unhappy at losing the stage, which was his main objective of the day, after being passed by Damiano Cunego in the last 50 metres. He admitted Cunego was a well-deserved winner anyway. Quite a complete rider, that has got great time-trialking skills, but can also sprint well, and even climb, as he proved at Romandie, let alone his track cycling performances, McGee was also asked about tomorrow's leg and his chances to hold onto the jersey. He said he'll do the best he can in order to keep it, but couldn't say more, as he didn't know the Corno alle Scale ascent at all".

"There were strong winds (on the Brattello climb), and I couldn't launch any serious attacks, so I just chose to stay in the front group. But later made my move, albeit I never thought about the KOM primes". Alexandre Moos' condition was excellent at Le Tour de Romandie, where the Phonak Hearing Systems rider won a mountain stage, made the Top 10 in three more legs, finished sixth overall and even found the time to be a great domestique for GC winner Hamilton; and it is equally good at the Tour of Italy, where he just captured the KOM Leader's Green Jersey after winning the points at the Passo del Brattello Prime; a Gazzetta journalist asked Moos whether we should expect some more good things from him in the next stages, and the Swiss said "Yes, well, my objective in this Giro is winning a stage, I am not going for the overall, so I'll wait and see what can happen. One thing is for sure: the race got off to a a fast start. We rode hard in yesterday's final circuit, and today's stage was difficult too, also because of the narrow roads".

Stefano Garzelli spoke of today's stage "Our team rode hard up front, as we wanted to make a selection on the final climb and reduce the group. We succeeded, but in the bunch sprint I got boxed and paid for spending too much before, my legs were not that good. But I can't complain, after all. Besides this, I must say that Saeco did a great job in the stage", as well Tuesday's first mountain top finish "Tomorrow is the first day of truth, we'll see who's hot and who's not, although anyone not doing well at Corno alle Scale will have plenty of stages at disposal to recover".

Alessandro Petacchi didn't have a good time since Sunday's victory. First he reportedly had his bike stolen at Alba on Sunday evening, Then he was never a real threat in Monday's stage; the best sprinter in the professional peloton struggled to stay in the main bunch on the Brattello, and gave up as the end of th ascent was approaching. In the end he came in more than 02'30" behind the winners "I knew the route didn't suit my skills" Petacchi said in post-race interviews "but my legs are good in this period, so I tried to stay with the best ones in the climb as long as possible, unfortunately they were going very fast, and I got dropped in the very final kilometres of the ascent. I didn't lose much time , and with many of my team-mates still around me, I tried to bridge the gap in the descent, but unfortunately there were few kms. left, and we didn't succeed"

The last words were from another of Monday's losers, Davide Rebellin: "The (Brattello) climb was not extremely hard, such that making the selection there was difficult instead. So it all came down to a bunch sprint of 50-60 riders, as I expected to. As this kind of sprint finish suits me, I had a shot at winning the stage, but made some msitakes and faltered. I'll try again tomorrow anyway, even if I know that the Saecos are very strog and are going fast. Let's just wait and see what's going to happen (at Corno alle Scale)".

 
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