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By Fabio
Date: 5/12/2002

Michele Bartoli Out - Unfortunately the Giro is already over for the Amstel Gold Race winner who crashed in the very final part of the stage (maybe as he hurt Konyshev), along with the Russian and 5 more riders (all but Bartoli got to the Finish line anyway) and likely suffered a hip fracture.

Casagrande and Frigo lost Time: Bad news for Francesco Casagrande (Fassa again !) and Dario Frigo, as neither of them got into the first bunch. Due to the crashed whih happened with just 1.5 km. to go (had it happened 5600 metres later, eventual time differences had been nullified), Both the Tuscan and the Tour of Romandie winner lost 23" to main rivals Simoni and Garzelli, a loss that could prove important later in the Giro. Also Tyler Hamilton lost 28" (another guy who didn' start this race in the best way) while Gotti, Pantani and Tonkov lost 28". Savoldelli lost even more than 40".

Cipo praises his team: In the first post-stage interview, given to RAI TV, Mario Cipollini regretted yesterday's bad luck and prsiased his team for the perfect leadout work they did: "For the first time I was hoping to win a prologue, and was feeling good, but with two km. to I realized there was something wrong with my tyre ... a pity that prevented me to compete for the win. But today the whole team was eager for victory, and they all did a perfect job, starting from Derganc, Colombo and Simeoni, to Trenti and Lombardi who did the leadout work in the very final part of the stage. A very good bunch indeed" .

As for fellow Tuscan Bartoli's crash, Cipo said "I feel sorry for Bartoli, but sometimes this kind of crashes happen as everyone wants to stay in the front places of the bunch, unfortunately these things may occur in cycling, especially during the first stages, when all riders have all their energies at disposal, and the presence of so many people along the route is a further motivation for them to try and show off their skills".

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