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87th Giro d'Italia - Stage 3
 
By Staff
Date: 5/11/2004
87th Giro d'Italia - Stage 3
 
Welcome to the Daily Peloton's coverage of Stage 3 of the 87th Giro d'Italia, Pontremoli-Corno alle Scale (190 km.). The race preview we wrote after the Giro route presentation the Last November introduced the stage with the following words:

Stage 3 - Preview: Should your favorite fastmen miss both chances in the two previous days, you'd have to wait a bit longer to see them go for a first win, as Stage 3, going from Pontremoli to the Bolonian Appennine town of Corno alle Scale over 190 km., features the first of three uphill finishes.

Corno alle Scale, coming after a first "rehearsal" at Foce Carpinelli (km. 10. Gradient: 5.2 percent), is not a tremendous climb, and it's far from the kind of ascents we are going to find in the last week. But a 12-8 km. hill with an average gradient of 5.2% can be a good first test to know who's hot and - more important - who's not. Even more if the route doesn't climb steadily, but flat pieces, giving riders the chance to recover, alternate with steep ones (it's not a coincidence that "scale" is the Italian word for "stairs"), where any in-form mountain goat could make his move.

The three final kilometers are very demanding anyway. And that's one of the things that could make Gilberto Simoni determined to have a shot at winning this stage. The other one being, in Gibo's own words, that "the finish at Corno will be special for me because it finishes near the Saeco headquarters (located in nearby Gaggio Montano) and I don't want to miss out doing well there".

87th Giro d'Italia - Stage 3 Coverage

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Our commentary today is by Fabio and Locutus.

KM. 0: The stage got underway at 12:08 hours local time, under cloudy skies and in atemperature of 18°. All 167 riders that crossed the finish line yesterday were at the Pontremoli startline. Unfortunately Daniele Bennati (Ita - Phonak) and Cristian Gasperoni (Ita - Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) are no longer in the peloton, as both pulled out of the race on Monday. Not to the delight of Yaroslav Popoyych, who lost one of his most experienced teammates.

1230 CEST: The stage got off to a quiet start, with no attacks in the first 6 kms. of the stage; the peloton stayed together.

1250 CEST: The peloton is still regrouped as the race hits the town of Aulla after about 20 kms. of racing. Aulla is a Tuscan hamlet that on the occasion of the Giro set up a monument to honor Marco Pantani. Just one of the several homages paid to one of the best climbers of all times, and not only in Italy.

1330 CEST: The only things worthy of particular mention in the first hour of racing, with the peloton averaging 30.300 Kph., were some small breakaway attempts by Tenax riders, none of which prospered, and notably the unexpected stop of about three and a half minutes the bunch was forced to at a level crossing.

1345 CEST: A Tenax boy finally succeeded in breaking away: Italy's Renzo Mazzoleni, younger brother of Simoni's super-domestique Eddy, attacked at the km. 38 mark and quickly put more than a minute into the bunch. His lead went up to 02'35" by km. 43.

1350 CEST: The main topic of discussion before the start of the stage was, needless to say, Damiano Cunego. The Saeco youngster, the "next big thing" of Italian cycling according to more than one pundit, stepped into Giro limelight after winning yesterday's stage, and might have a shot at winning today's leg too. But more than Monday's winning sprint, most of the talks concerned Cunego's future attitude in the race. Will the 22-year-old from Verona remain a domestique of appointed leader Gilberto Simoni, and help Gibo in his "drive for three", as the same Cunego keeps repeating, or will he learn the lesson from Chiappucci's "domestique" Marco Pantani in the 1994 Giro, and even Gino Bartali's "domestique" Fausto Coppi in 1940? Both started with the task to help their respective leaders, both ended as absolute stars of the race, with their leaders now working hard for them.

Before giving an answer to such questions, Cunego may enjoy his recent glory anyway, and the headlines of today's Italian sport papers, most (if not all) of them focussing on his accomplishments "Goosebumps for Cunego. "But I am still a gregario of Simoni" (Gazzetta dello Sport); "Cunego, the pleasure of being astonishing" (Tuttosport, that also drew comparisons between Damiano and both Pantani -for his climbing skills- and Giuseppe Saronni -for his abilty to win in small bunch sprints); "Cunego, a star is born" (Il Giorno) "Cunego: I like to entertain fans" (Il Giorno) "Keep an eye on Cunego, he will surprise you" (Il Giorno, quoting Alfredo Martini, former coach of the Italian National team).

1405 CEST With the peloton unwilling to set up anything similar to a chase, Renzo Mazzoleni could easily achieve the impressive gap of 06'25". And he is likely going to extend his advantage further in kilometres to come.

1420 CEST Renzo Mazzoleni's adventure up front goes on: the Tenax rider took the KOM Prime at Foce Carpinelli, and is now on the following descent. The bunch, still unwilling to start the chase, remains way behind him.

1430 CEST KOM Prime #1 - Foce Carpinelli (Cat. 2): Results

1. Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita - Tenax)
2. Fabian Wegmann (Ger - Gerolsteiner) - at 10'10"
3. Alexandre Moos (Swi - Phonak Hearing Systems)

1440 CEST Speaking of Cunego, a man that surely knows him well is the Giro's youngest participant, neopro Massimo Iannetti, who raced with him in minor classes. Talking in front of the Italian TV cameras, 21-year-old Iannetti of Domina Vacanze said he has been well aware of Damiano's talent for a long time, but also that now Cunego can win in the sprints too, and that "today we'll see what he can do in the mountains".

1445 CEST Solo leader Renzo Mazzoleni extended his lead to 12'50" by km. 75. A 27-year-old from Bergamo, Mazzoleni turned professional in the year 2001 with Colpack-Astro. He moved to Switzerland's Team Macandina in 2003, the year he got his (so far) only victory, at the Schynberg-Rundfarht contest. The man joined the Team Tenax ranks at the end of the past season.

1455 CEST A lot has been said on Damiano Cunego thus far; but what did the man himself have to say before today's stage start? Things like "I'm very emotional now. I took a lot of satisfaction from yesterday's victory. I beat well-known athletes, and this can only boast my confidence. But it must be a starting point only. We gotta look forward. Today's stage is a demanding one, and I'll do my best to help Simoni. We all shall try and do the best we can. We'll see how things work out. We still have a long way to go in this Giro".

1500 CEST Front runner Renzo Mazzoleni hit the 87km. mark, and increased his lead to a stunning 16 minutes. There's no doubt that his team will get lots of publicity once the TV coverage of the stage starts.

1510 CEST In another pre-stage interview, Gilberto Simoni didn't want to unveil much of Saeco team tactics for today; the reigning champion of the race just said that "Cunego is going fast in this period, and I think I'm fine too. We have an additional responsibility in today's stage, as the race hits the "home roads" of our sponsors, and I hope supporters over there will provide us with further motivation to do well".

1525 CEST The peloton, with the Saecos and Gerolsteiners at the front, sligthly brought the gap down to 15'19", while Mazzoleni took the Intergiro Prime at Fornaci di Barga, with Italy's Massimo Strazzer taking second as he won the "bunch sprint" from Lampre's Czech rider Jan Svorada. The average sped after three hours of racing was up to 33.450 Kph.

1530 CEST You'd better not expect Igor Astarloa to take line honors today: talking to RAI's Alessandra de Stefano, the World Champion confessed he'll be working for Lampre's team leader in the stage, who is none else but his fellow Spaniard (and Basque) Juan Manuel Garate.

You'd better not expect Mario Cipollini to win today either. the "Lion King" always pleased with the immense popularity he enjoys among fans, said he'll try to save his legs for the upcoming stages (Wednesday's and Thursday's might be the good ones for him) and at the same time not to lose too much time to the best riders.

You may also expect Stefano Garzelli to do well today instead. Before taking the start, the Varesino said that "Today's stage is a significative ione. It won't be decisive, but will definitely tell us a lot about the condition of the main contenders. And I think Cunego will compete for stage victory, he has got a strong team, and I'm sure that in the end they'll be there to battle it out".

1535 CEST As the race hits the feeding zone at Bagni di Lucca, Renzo Mazzoleni is now leading the bunch, that seemingly started the chase, by 13'35".

Riders in the pack are going through the feed zone. They are stuffing their shirts, replacing their bottles, and cramming food in their faces as they ditch their bags. Meanwhile, Renzo Mazzoleni has a 13' 20" advantage. FDJeux.com has two men on the front setting the pace in the pack.

75km to go Saeco has a couple of men in line immediately behind the FDJeux.com riders. So while Pink Jersey wearer McGee's FDJeux.com boys are setting the pace now, the men from the teams of the GC threats are well positioned to take over.

Strazzer (Saunier Duval-Prodir) took second at the intergiro sprint, and Svorada (Lampre) took third. D'Amore (Acqua & Sapone) now leads that competition.

The peloton is just cruising along with the lone man Mazzoleni off the front still by a bit over 13'. They must be taking in the beautiful scenery of Tuscany.

Meanwhile, Alexandre Moos (Phonak), whose name has made me come up with many stupid "Moos" nicknames for him, came in 3rd over the first climb to defend his lead in the mountains competition. He seems to be serious about that competition. I almost wish he was riding for Chocolade Jacques, where I could call him "Chocolade Moos" and be done with it.

Gerolsteiner has now sent men to the front of the race to set the pace. Perhaps Rebellin is dreaming of a stage win and a Pink Jersey today. He's obviously on fire, having won so many of the Ardennes classics last month.

Saeco and Vini Caldirola are also contributing men to the front of the peloton to start to chase down Mazzoleni. The Tenax rider's lead is now down to 12' 20" after the acceleration in the peloton brought about by the new teams leading the chase.

60km left. Mazzoleni is now climbing the road that leads to the Passo di Oppio, a Cat 3 climb that should see little real action... the riders are likely saving that for the Corno Alle Scale at the end.

And now, it's FDJeux.com back on the front again. Hmmm....

Freddy Bichot (FDJeux.com) is leading the pack. He has some road rash on his left elbow and arm from a crash on the first day. The lead is now just about 12' for Mazzoleni. He could take the mountain jersey at the end of the day if he keeps this up.

The peloton, now led by Paolo Fornaciari (Saeco), is looking up at the beautiful green slopes of the Passo di Oppio. This is truly a picturesque part of Italy.

Mazzoleni looks at the road map as he winds up the shallower slopes of the climb. He still has a 12' advantage, but the peloton is now strung out and looks to be accelerating even more.

There is a long line of Vini Caldirola riders nearing the front of the peloton, making sure Garzelli is in position. Three Saeco riders and a Vini Caldirola rider now lead the peloton up the climb, where the riders are having to get out of the saddle quite often to keep pace.

57km to go. Mazzoleni is making an "aw shucks" grimace as he grinds up the hill out of the saddle, shaking his head slightly as the strain of his long breakaway takes its toll.

55km left. Mercifully, Mazzoleni has now crested the Passo di Oppio, taking maximum points and moving into the virtual Green Jersey. Meanwhile, Saeco continues to lead the peloton up the climb. The gap is now about 11'.

Mazzoleni now faces 18km of a relatively shallow descent, and then it's up, up, UP to the top of the Corno Alle Scale.

Thomas Ziegler (Gerolsteiner) has now taken up the pacemaking. It looks like Rebellin, Simoni (and Cunego), and Garzelli are positioning for a showdown at the end of the day.

50km to go. Mazzoleni is flying down the descent while the peloton still toils up the Passo di Oppio. Cunego looks happy in his Points Jersey, well positioned near the front of the pack. He's obviously a talent, but I'm sure he's aware that he's not quite ready to challenge Simoni for the team leadership. The gap is a bit over 10', while a Gerolsteiner now sets the tempo.

Fabien Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) took 2nd over the top of the Passo di Oppio, and he took 2nd over the top of the first climb as well. So now it appears that he may actually hold the Green Jersey by the end of the day.

Cipollini (Domina Vacanze) is taking on bottles at the back of the pack in the car now that the peloton is over the top of the climb. The pack is strung out through the valley that leads to the base of the Corno Alle Scale.

The gap is now just over 9' for Mazzoleni. Mazzoleni still holds the most mountain points right now, just ahead of Wegmann.

All nine Saeco riders are now strung out at the front of the peloton. Cunego sits in the Points Jersey at 8th wheel, right ahead of Simoni. Mazzoleni now has just over 8' 30" lead. He's fading, and likely won't stay away until the finish.

33km left. Mazzoleni is rubbing his, umm, lower back in pain as he's now paying for his long breakaway. His lead is still a bit over 8 minutes.

A lone Gerolsteiner rider sets the pace ahead of the long line of Saeco men in the pack. They are getting near the foot of the final uphill section of 28km.

28km to go. Mazzoleni has been off the front for 125km. He's out of the saddle trying to stretch out what looks like cramps and soreness. No surprise that, really. Now Mazzoleni is starting the climb to the finish.

Saeco is really pushing the pace on the front as they scorch what's left of the descent. With so long left to climb, they'll catch Mazzoleni.

The gap is now 7'. The peloton is reaching the base of the climb. While the published profile says that there are about 26km left, Mazzoleni just went under a banner that said 30km left. Cruelty, mismarking of the course, or accurate description of the distance left? Who knows...

McGee is near the front of the pack in his Pink Jersey. He won't give it up without a fight, though he has a (pardon the pun) uphill battle to keep it today.

The gap is down to about 5' now. Mazzoleni seems to have hit the wall.

25km left. Mazzoleni seems to be going through 31 different flavors of hell right now on the climb. Meanwhile, men are being shelled in droves out of the peloton as they roll up the climb.

Just to remind everyone, that's Renzo Mazzoleni (Tenax) on the attack. His brother Eddy is a climber in the service of Simoni at Saeco.

The gap has fallen to 4'. Garzelli is sitting with his men right behind the Saeco boys now.

20km left. Mazzoleni is still rolling along, waiting for the men behind to catch him already. As the peloton rolls through a town on the climb, riders are still being shelled off the back.

Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) is off the back now, being shepherded by a couple of his royal attendants.

The peloton still has over 100 men, though it has thinned a bit. The gap is about 3' now to Mazzoleni.

19km left. The lead is now only 1'. The riders have a brief downhill in 4km, then it's all steep uphill to the finish (including a section at 14%).

Mazzoleni waves to the camera and blows a kiss. He's done for. The peloton is almost on top of him now.

Saeco still has four men pushing the pace up the climb. Mazzoleni is being shelled out the back now, his legs drained from his great escape. Now the climbers will get to go at it.

15km. Nicola Loda (Tenax) and Leonardo Giordani (De Nardi) have attacked on the short downhill section before the final ascent. They have a small gap.

McGee is still near the front. He's well positioned so far, but the final ascent is a real kicker.

Lampre is helping Saeco with the chase. Their man Garate must be feeling frisky today.

Giordani has now dropped Loda, and is pushing up the climb solo.

12km to go. The peloton is now blowing to pieces on the final climb. No serious attacks yet, just lots of men not able to keep up with the pace being set by Saeco.

10km left. Giordani is still off the front. Astorloa (Lampre) was just dropped by the peloton. Giuseppe Muraglia (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave) is off the front chasing Giordani.

Muraglia is now alone off the front. But there are five Saeco boys driving the pace up the climb. Cunego is 4th wheel, right in front of Simoni.

8km left. Pink Jersey McGee is still there with the much smaller peloton. So is Green Jersey Moos. Muraglia is out of the saddle pushing up the increasingly steep climb.

Now the Saeco-led peloton sweeps up Muraglia. Pellozotti (Alessio-Bianchi) is near the front. He's a dark horse for the GC, but he is one heck of a climber.

Simoni is in front of Cunego now. There are still five Saecos on the front. Rebellin and Garzelli hover behind Cunego.

6km left. Saeco has really whittled down the field. There are some riders from other teams starting to swamp them a bit. The serious grade in the climb starts now, so look for some major attacks any moment.

Simoni is on Garzelli's wheel now, and Garzelli is following Cunego. Popovych is there, and Saeco is still setting the pace on the front.

McGee is now being dropped! He has been doing well to hang with them this far, and he's still fighting to try to keep his lead.

4km left. Tonkov and his magic mullet move to the front of the pack, working for Garzelli. Here comes an attack from a Phonak rider. It is Marco Fertonani. He only has a few meters though. Eddy Mazzoleni easily chases him down for Saeco.

Now there's a split! Cunego and Mazzoleni are on the wheel of Fertonani, and the trio has a gap. It's now up to the other teams to chase with Cunego up the road a bit.

2km left. Garzelli is in trouble! Simoni attacked when Popovych tried to close the gap to Cunego, and when Simoni saw Popo falter, he launched!

Simoni flew by Cunego, and is solo flying up the climb! Garzelli is struggling to close, as is Popovytch. They are in a small group chasing. Figueras is leading the chase, with Cunego on his wheel, and with Popo and Garzelli struggling to stay in this group.

1.5km left. Simoni is still alone, driving it towards a victory. Garzelli is a ways behind, grinding his gears, laboring to try to force the pace in pursuit.Popovytch now takes up the pacemaking in the chase. Garzelli has lost contact with the Popovytch group.

Final kilometer. Simoni off the front, he'll win it. In the next group is Figueras, Cunego, and Pellizotti. Then a bit further back is Popovytch alone. Then a bit further back is Garzelli.

Popovytch has rejoined the Pellizotti group. Simoni is pushing a huge gear in the final straight, up in the snow line of the mountain.

Simoni is out of the saddle. He points to himself like Petacchi did a couple of days ago, as he crosses the line! Simoni has won it! Cunego comes across in 2nd, Pellizotti looks to have been 3rd. Garzelli loses about 30" to Simoni.

So Simoni was pointing to the "Saeco" on his chest, as his sponsor is headquartered nearby. He has made good on his promise to win in his sponsor's back yard!

Simoni is very very happy on the ski resort podium, shaking up a magnum of champagne to spray on the crowd.

Simoni is the new race leader, his teammate Cunego in second, and Landbouwkrediet-Colnago's Popovych is third.

Brief Stage Results

1. G. Simoni
2. D. Cunego :15
3. F. Pellizotti :16
4. G. Figueras m.t.
5. Y. Popovych m.t.
6. E. Mazzoleni :32
7. G. Trampusch m.t.
8. S. Garzelli :34

General Classification - Unofficial

1. G. Simoni
2. D. Cunego :13
3. Y. Popovych :21
4. F Pellizotti :29
5. G. Trampusch :41
6. G. Figueras :45
7. D. Cioni :52
8. S. Honchar :58

So an impressive show by Saeco today near the headquarters of their sponsor, and an equally impressive Saeco 1-2 on the leadership podium. Sprinter McGee has fallen out of the top five after today's climbing day, Trampusch drops a bit while Cunego moves up and Popovych does nicely, actually bettering himself time-wise (he was 32 seconds down in second place yesterday) though he drops a spot on the overall podium.

First post-win words from new overall leader Gilberto Simoni: "It was of huge importance for us to win here, to win for Saeco [the company]. The stage finished near their HQs, and they organized a great welcome to the stage, with a wonderful crowd. Yes, the fans have been sensational (today)." [The plant closed today so that the employees could watch the finish.]

"Every overall contender wanted to do well in the stage, as this was the first time we could really show our condition. But there's a long way to go to the end. The race is far from over".

Thanks for joining us today, and be sure to be with us tomorrow for Stage 4.

Stage 3 Results

1 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 5:46:09
2 Cunego Damiano Ita Sae 0:15
3 Pellizotti Franco Ita Alb 0:16
4 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan m.t.
5 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan m.t.
6 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Sae 0:32
7 Trampusch Gerhard Aut A&S m.t.
8 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 0:34
9 Cioni Dario David Ita Fas m.t.
10 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb m.t.
11 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Den m.t.
12 Belli Wladimir Ita Lam 0:43
13 Tonkov Pavel Rus Vin 0:55
14 Montgomery Sven Sui Gst 0:57
15 Garate Cepa Juan Manuel Esp Lam 0:57
16 Sella Emanuele Ita Pan 0:59
17 Rebellin Davide Ita Gst 0:59
18 Ardila Cano Mauricio Al Col Cho 1:09
19 Vila Errandonea Franc Esp Lam m.t.
20 Lobato Elvira Ruben Esp Sdv m.t.
21 Moos Alexandre Sui Pho m.t.
22 Codol Massimo Ita Fas 1:17
23 Tonti Andrea Ita Sae m.t.
24 Fertonani Marco Ita Pho m.t.
25 Mazzanti Luca Ita Pan m.t.
26 Valjavec Tadej Slo Pho m.t.
27 Nocentini Rinaldo Ita A&S 1:22
28 Borghi Ruggero Ita Den 1:22
29 Moreni Cristian Ita Alb 1:26
30 Brandt Christophe Bel Lot 1:36
31 Canada Gracia David Esp Sdv 1:38
32 Miholyevic Vladimir Cro Alb 1:52
33 Laverde Jimenez Luis Fil Col Fpf 1:52
34 Bertagnolli Leonardo Ita Sae 1:52
35 Pospyeyev Kyrylo Ukr A&S 2:00
36 Sosenka Ondrej Cze A&S 2:00
37 Gomis Lopez Juan Esp Sdv 2:00
38 Zampieri Steve Sui Vin 2:14
39 Fritsch Nicolas Fra Fdj 2:21
40 Lanfranchi Paolo Ita Pan m.t.
41 Hamburger Bo Den A&S m.t.
42 Mc Gee Bradley Aus Fdj m.t.
43 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas m.t.
44 Muraglia Giuseppe Ita Fpf m.t.
45 Perez Arango Marlon Al Col Clm 2:52
46 Di Grande Giuseppe Ita Fpf 2:55
47 Perez Cuapio Julio a. Mex  Pan 2:59
48 Gilbert Philippe Bel Fdj 3:07
49 Faresin Gianni Ita Gst 3:07
50 Iannetti Massimo Ita Dve 3:18
51 Szmyd Sylvester Pol Sae 3:25
52 Kostuk Denys Ukr Cho 3:25
53 Verheyen Geert Bel Cho 3:35
54 Borrajo Alejandro Albert Arg Pan 3:35
55 Wegmann Fabian Ger Gst 4:08
56 Pugaci Igor Mda  Den 4:40
57 Mason Oscar Ita Vin 4:47
58 Rogina Radoslav Cro Ten 5:46
59 Avdyeyev Sergey Ukr Lan 5:46
60 Astarloa Igor Esp Lam 5:46
61 Marzoli Ruggero Ita A&S 5:46
62 Scarselli Leonardo Ita Clm 5:46
63 Wegelius Charly Gbr Den 6:03
64 Wadecki Piotr Pol Lot 6:44
65 Vanotti Alessandro Ita Den 7:16
66 Illiano Raffaele Ita Clm 7:26
67 Masciarelli Simone Ita Vin 7:26
68 Sironi Gianluca Ita Vin 7:26
69 Gasparre Graziano Ita Den 7:41
70 Schnider Daniel Sui Pho 8:07
71 Aebersold Niki Sui Pho m.t.
72 Ziegler Thomas Ger Gst m.t.
73 Bertogliati Rubens Sui Sdv m.t.
74 Siymens Nico Bel Lan 8:42
75 Giordani Leonardo Ita Den 8:45
76 Righi Daniele Ita Lam 8:45
77 Gustov Volodymir Ukr Fas 8:45
78 Bileka Volodymyr Ukr Lan 8:45
79 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 8:45
80 Marin Ruber Alverio Col Clm 8:45
81 Vaitkus Tomas Ltu Lan 9:32
82 Loda Nicola Ita Ten 9:32
83 Mori Manuele Ita Sdv 10:04
84 Zaugg Oliver Sui Sdv m.t.
85 Ljungqvist Marcus Swe Alb m.t.
86 Derepas David Fra Fdj m.t.
87 Duma Volodimyr Ukr Lan m.t.
88 Brard Florent Fra Cho m.t.
89 Pozzi Oscar Ita Ten 11:05
90 Serpellini Marco Ita Gst 11:46
91 Piccoli Mariano Ita Lam 11:48
92 Davis Scott Aus Pan 11:48
93 Rastelli Ellis Ita Alb 11:48
94 Baliani Fortunato Ita Pan 11:55
95 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 11:55
96 Hauptman Andrej Slo Lam 12:00
97 Murn Uros Slo Pho 12:00
98 Gerosa Mauro Ita Vin 12:00
99 Andriotto Dario Ita Vin 12:00
100 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb 12:46
101 Ferrigato Andrea Ita A&S 13:00
102 Stangelj Gorazd Slo Sae 13:07
103 Spezialetti Alessandro Ita Sae 13:07
104 Strazzer Massimo Ita Sdv 13:07
105 Sacchi Fabio Ita Fas 16:51
106 Tosatto Matteo Ita Fas m.t.
107 Backstedt Magnus Swe Alb m.t.
108 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas m.t.
109 Rodriguez Fred Usa A&S m.t.
110 Velo Marco Ita Fas m.t.
111 Van Velzen Jan Ned Cho m.t.
112 Pietropolli Daniele Ita Ten m.t.
113 Zanotti Marco Ita Vin m.t.
114 Usov Alexandre Blr  Pho m.t.
115 Gobbi Michele Ita Den m.t.
116 Cipollini Mario Ita Dve 19:00
117 Scirea Mario Ita Dve m.t.
118 Galletti Alessio Ita Dve m.t.
119 Gadret John Fra Cho m.t.
120 Klemencic Zoran Slo Ten m.t.
121 Aranaga Azkune Andoni Esp Cho m.t.
122 Aug Andrus Est Dve m.t.
123 Forster Robert Ger Gst m.t.
124 Nauduzs Andris Lat Dve m.t.
125 Van Hout Russell Aus Clm m.t.
126 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot m.t.
127 Pagliarini Mendonca Luciano Bra  Lam m.t.
128 Albasini Michael Sui Pho m.t.
129 Derganc Martin Slo Dve m.t.
130 Lancaster Brett Aus Pan m.t.
131 Schnyder Philippe Sui Clm m.t.
132 Verbrugghe Ief Bel Lot m.t.
133 Wilson Trent Aus Clm m.t.
134 Gardeyn Gorik Bel Lot m.t.
135 Svorada Jan Cze Lam m.t.
136 Rudenko Maxim Ukr Cho m.t.
137 Dominguez J. Carlos Esp Sdv m.t.
138 Mervar Bostjan Slo Fpf m.t.
139 Detilloux Christophe Bel Lot m.t.
140 Verstrepen Johan Bel Lan m.t.
141 Strauss Marcel Sui Gst m.t.
142 Fornaciari Paolo Ita Sae m.t.
143 Lombardi Giovanni Ita Dve m.t.
144 Cadamuro Simone Ita Den m.t.
145 Vaugrenard Benoit Fra Fdj m.t.
146 D'amore Crescenzo Ita A&S m.t.
147 Gates Nick Aus Lot m.t.
148 Vogondy Nicolas Fra Fdj m.t.
149 Colombo Gabriele Ita Dve m.t.
150 Ongarato Alberto Ita Fas m.t.
151 Pollack Olaf Ger Gst m.t.
152 Mourey Francis Fra Fdj 19:08
153 Wilson Matthew Aus Fdj 19:08
154 Steegmans Gert Bel Lot 19:08
155 Furlan Angelo Ita Alb 19:39
156 Ginestri Giancarlo Ita Ten 19:41
157 Podgornik Dean Slo Ten 19:41
158 Bosisio Gabriele Ita Ten 19:41
159 Mazzoleni Renzo Ita Ten 19:46
160 Bichot Freddy Fra Fdj 20:02
161 Manzoni Mario Ita Fpf 20:10
162 Gualdi Domenico Ita Fpf m.t.
163 Durand Jacky Fra Lan m.t.
164 Serina Corrado Ita Fpf m.t.
165 Quaranta Ivan Ita Fpf 20:33
166 Loddo Alberto Ita Sdv 20:54

General Classification after Stage 3

1 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 14:13:58
2 Cunego Damiano Ita Sae 0:13
3 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 0:21
4 Pellizotti Franco Ita Alb 0:29
5 Trampusch Gerhard Aut A&S 0:41
6 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan 0:45
7 Cioni Dario David Ita Fas 0:52
8 Honchar Serhiy Ukr Den 0:58
9 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 1:05
10 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Sae 1:06
11 Noe' Andrea Ita Alb 1:07
12 Rebellin Davide Ita Gst 1:19
13 Garate Cepa Juan Manuel Esp Lam 1:25
14 Belli Wladimir Ita Lam 1:33
15 Montgomery Sven Sui Gst 1:33
16 Moreni Cristian Ita Alb 1:38
17 Tonkov Pavel Rus Vin 1:39
18 Sella Emanuele Ita Pan 1:45
19 Vila Errandonea Franc Esp Lam 1:49
20 Moos Alexandre Sui Pho 1:50
21 Nocentini Rinaldo Ita A&S 1:51
22 Mc Gee Bradley Aus Fdj 1:54
23 Valjavec Tadej Slo Pho 2:00
24 Tonti Andrea Ita Sae 2:07
25 Canada Gracia David Esp Sdv 2:16
26 Brandt Christophe Bel Lot 2:19
27 Pospyeyev Kyrylo Ukr A&S 2:20
28 Bertagnolli Leonardo Ita Sae 2:21
29 Lobato Elvira Ruben Esp Sdv 2:22
30 Miholyevic Vladimir Cro Alb 2:29
31 Sosenka Ondrej Cze A&S 2:29
32 Mazzanti Luca Ita Pan 2:34
33 Borghi Ruggero Ita Den 2:36
34 Lanfranchi Paolo Ita Pan 3:14
35 Perez Arango Marlon Al Col Clm 3:18
36 Di Grande Giuseppe Ita Fpf 3:23
37 Gilbert Philippe Bel Fdj 3:28
38 Szmyd Sylvester Pol Sae 4:01
39 Iannetti Massimo Ita Dve 4:16
40 Codol Massimo Ita Fas 4:24
41 Ardila Cano Mauricio Al Col Cho 4:38
42 Wegmann Fabian Ger Gst 4:40
43 Fertonani Marco Ita Pho 4:49
44 Laverde Jimenez Luis Fil Col Fpf 5:22
45 Bruseghin Marzio Ita Fas 5:23
46 Gomis Lopez Juan Esp Sdv 5:27
47 Muraglia Giuseppe Ita Fpf 5:33
48 Zampieri Steve Sui Vin 5:44
49 Fritsch Nicolas Fra Fdj 5:44
50 Hamburger Bo Den A&S 5:59
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51 Astarloa Igor Esp Lam 6:22
60 Wegelius Charly Gbr Den 9:27
61 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 9:34
65 Masciarelli Simone Ita Vin 10:53
73 Perez Cuapio Julio a. Mex  Pan 12:39
79 Piccoli Mariano Ita Lam 15:00
80 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 15:01
89 Bertogliati Rubens Sui Sdv 16:37
92 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 19:33
97 Rodriguez Fred Usa A&S 20:05
105 Pollack Olaf Ger Gst 21:22
107 Strazzer Massimo Ita Sdv 21:46
108 D'amore Crescenzo Ita A&S 21:54
115 Mazzoleni Renzo Ita Ten 23:16
126 Cipollini Mario Ita Dve 29:51
128 Aug Andrus Est Dve 29:56
132 Scirea Mario Ita Dve 30:15
133 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 30:17
143 Furlan Angelo Ita Alb 31:00
150 Wilson Trent Aus Clm 34:03
154 Backstedt Magnus Swe Alb 37:06
155 Van Hout Russell Aus Clm 37:14
160 Durand Jacky Fra Lan 40:47
161 Bichot Freddy Fra Fdj 40:55
164 Quaranta Ivan Ita Fpf 41:34
166 Loddo Alberto Ita Sdv 44:25 (Maglia Negro)

Points Classification after Stage 3 (Maglia Ciclamino)

1 Cunego Damiano Ita Sae 45
2 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 26
3 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 25
4 D'Amore Crescenzo Ita a&S 25
5 Mazzoleni Eddy Ita Sae 22
6 Mc Gee Bradley Aus Fdj 20
7 Pollack Olaf Ger Gst 20
8 Trampusch Gerhard Aut a&S 19
9 Moreni Cristian Ita Alb 19
10 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 18
11 Pellizotti Franco Ita Alb 16
12 Garzelli Stefano Ita Vin 16
13 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan 15
14 Astarloa Igor Esp Lam 14
15 Mc Ewen Robbie Aus Lot 14
16 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 13
17 Zanotti Marco Ita Vin 12
18 Gilbert Philippe Bel Fdj 10
19 Rebellin Davide Ita Gst 9
20 Perez Arango Marlon Al Col Clm 8

Mountains Classification after Stage 3 (Maglia Verde)

1 Simoni Gilberto Ita Sae 16
2 Cunego Damiano Ita Sae 13
3 Mazzoleni Renzo Ita Ten 8
4 Wegmann Fabian Ger Gst 8
5 Moos Alexandre Sui Pho 6
6 Pellizotti Franco Ita Alb 6
7 Figueras Giuliano Ita Pan 4
8 Zampieri Steve Sui Vin 3
9 Popovych Yaroslav Ukr Lan 2
10 Gonzalez Martinez Fredy Col Clm 2
11 Baliani Fortunato Ita Pan 2
12 Moreni Cristian Ita Alb 1
13 Laverde Jimenez Luis Fil Col Fpf 1
14 Marzoli Ruggero Ita a&S 1

Intergiro Classification after Stage 3 (Maglia Azzurra)

1 D'Amore Crescenzo Ita a&S 9:00:06
2 Mazzoleni Renzo Ita Ten 0:08
3 Marzoli Ruggero Ita a&S 0:08
4 Perez Arango Marlon Al Col Clm 0:08
5 Strazzer Massimo Ita Sdv 0:14
6 Vanotti Alessandro Ita Den 0:14
7 Svorada Jan Cze Lam 0:20
8 Vierhouten Aart Ned Lot 0:20
9 Borrajo Alejandro Albert Arg Pan 0:20
10 Rodriguez Fred Usa a&S 0:20
11 Bertolini Alessandro Ita Alb 0:24
12 Moreni Cristian Ita Alb 0:24
13 Baliani Fortunato Ita Pan 0:29
14 Petacchi Alessandro Ita Fas 0:34
15 Piccoli Mariano Ita Lam 0:34
16 Stangelj Gorazd Slo Sae 0:34
17 Klemencic Zoran Slo Ten 0:38
18 Furlan Angelo Ita Alb 0:38
19 Forster Robert Ger Gst 0:38
20 Vaitkus Tomas Ltu Lan 0:38

Trofeo Fast Team after Stage 3 (Teams Classification)

1 Saeco 42:16:26
2 Alessio-Bianchi 1:29
3 Ceramiche Panaria-Margres 2:01
4 Lampre  2:02
5 Acqua&Sapone-Caffe' Mokambo 3:07
6 Saunier Duval-Prodir 4:08
7 Gerolsteiner 4:16
8 Phonak-Hearing Systems 5:43
9 Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie 5:45
10 De Nardi 8:28
11 Fassa Bortolo 8:43
12 Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave'  11:47
13 Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf 15:35
14 Fdjeux.Com 17:33
15 Colombia-Selle Italia 18:20
16 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 19:23
17 Lotto - Domo 24:46
18 Tenax 33:41
19 Domina Vacanze  1:01:33

Trofeo Super Team after Stage 3

1 Saeco 94
2 Lampre  61
3 Acqua&Sapone-Caffe' Mokambo 54
4 Gerolsteiner 52
5 Vini Caldirola-Nobili Rubinetterie 50
6 Alessio-Bianchi 47
7 Fdjeux.Com 46
8 Fassa Bortolo 32
9 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 30
10 Ceramiche Panaria-Margres 28
11 Domina Vacanze  24
12 Phonak-Hearing Systems 20
13 Lotto - Domo 20
14 De Nardi 16
15 Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave'  16
16 Saunier Duval-Prodir 14
17 Chocolade Jacques Wincor-Nixdorf 11
18 Tenax 10
19 Colombia-Selle Italia 5


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