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Giro d'Italia: The Prosciutto Report - Stage 10
 
By Locutus
Date: 5/19/2004
Giro d'Italia: The Prosciutto Report - Stage 10
 
Golden Hams of the Day
  • Alessandro "Italian Stallion" Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo). The Fassa train got it right today, controlling the chase and then driving home the leadout in the final two kilometers. There was no lull today in the final few hundred meters for anyone to take advantage of: once the last leadout man was through, Petacchi hit the front and it was over. Tomorrow will likely not be a day for the big man, but that's okay: he's won five stages and he's got the Points Jersey by the short ones.
  • Marco "Naughty" Zanotti (Vini Caldirola). Zanotti has been sprinting extremely well, and today he came in 2nd only to the flying Petacchi. He was the only man to even come close to challenging the Fassa train today, and for that noble effort he deserves a lot of praise. It would not surprise me at all to see him pull off a stage win soon. And he's now in 3rd in the points competition, only 1 point behind Pollack (Gerolsteiner) and 65 points behind Petacchi. If Petacchi decides to bail on the last week, it will be Zanotti and Pollack going head-to-head for the Ciclamino Jersey in Milan.
Ham-Gazers of the Day
  • "Furious" Freddie Rodriguez (Acqua & Sapone). He was up there again today, battling for Petacchi's wheel with Zanotti in the final kilometer. Perhaps he spent too much energy on that fight, as he faded to 12th place in the sprint to the line. But hey, who cares? I mean, he's still the only guy to really put the wood to Petacchi in this year's Giro. That victory was huge for his small, 2nd division Italian squad, and whatever else happens, Fred's performance will be considered by his team and his legions of fans as an unqualified success. And one more thing: after the sprint today, he rolled up (along with Alessio's Backstedt) to Petacchi and congratulated him. That was pure class.
  • "Rabid" Robbie McEwen. Hmmm… today was pretty much his worst showing in a sprint so far. He came across the line in 15th place, and was never really a factor in the final kilometer. The mighty McEwen will only have three more real chances to shine before the mountains hit on stage 16 (and he might even pull out before stage 13), so he'll have to make the most of them. Again, though, he's shown good form and will be going home with at least one stage win, regardless of what happens.
 
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