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Giro d'Italia: The Prosciutto Report - Stage 12
 
By Locutus
Date: 5/21/2004
Giro d'Italia: The Prosciutto Report - Stage 12
 
Golden Hams of the Day
  • Alessandro "The Great" Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo). So yeah, like I said in the ticker, this was Petacchi's 6th win in 12 road stages. The Italian Stallion has won half of the road stages so far. Of course that will change in the final week, but you've got to admit, that's just darned impressive. His sprint victory today showed not only his speed, but his tactical savvy as well. When his leadout man Velo got passed by McGee and Furlan, Petacchi immediately jumped across, found the right wheel, and came blazing around in the final 200 meters for the win. If he decides to ride to Milan, there is no way anybody will touch him in the race for the Ciclamino Jersey. Tomorrow, finally, Alessandro will have to give the other boys a chance to win again.
  • "Studly" Geert Steegmans (Lotto-Domo). His presence in the long three-man breakaway made Fassa Bortolo spend a lot of energy in the chase while his Lotto mates got to sit on and rest. When the others in the break faded, Steegmans pushed on and held out as long as he could. McEwen couldn't quite come around Petacchi once again in the sprints, but Steegmans did everything possible to help his man win the day.
  • Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner). I missed this one yesterday. The young German finally regained the lead in the Green Jersey competition on yesterday's climbs, taking a 2 point lead over Cunego. He could lose that lead as soon as tomorrow, though he could very well hold on until the big climbs next week. Whatever happens, Wegmann has made the most of his first time in the Giro.
Ham-Gazers of the Day
  • Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego (Saeco). Tomorrow their boys get a day off while the bosses have to go all out. Today, however, Simoni and Cunego just took it easy and followed wheels. Simoni was initially given a 6" loss on the stage, but because this was due to the crash of Zanotti (Vini Caldirola) in the final kilometer, Simoni (and all the other GC contenders) were eventually given the same time at the end of the day. Tomorrow Simoni and Cunego will attack the climb on the first half of the course, as that will be their big opportunity to make up time on the pure time-trialists like McGee and Honchar. It should be an exciting battle to watch.
  • Serhiy Honchar (De Nardi). He came across the line in 49th today, taking it easy and saving his legs for the big showdown tomorrow. While McGee (FDJeux.com) was attacking in the final kilometer, Honchar was trying to remain anonymous; he'll spring his "surprise" during the time trial. He has shown good form and has won a time trial stage of the Giro before. We'll see if the climb in the profile tomorrow will be enough to keep him from challenging for the Pink Jersey.
 
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