|Giro d'Italia - Stage 5 (Fossano-Limone Piemonte, 150 km.)- RESULTS :
STAGE 5 RESULTS (TOP 15 PLACES):
1. Stefano Garzelli (Ita - Mapei-Quick Step) - 3h46'45"
2. Santiago Pérez (Spa - Kelme-Costa Blanca) - s.t.
3. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Saeco) - s.t.
4. Francesco Casagrande (Ita - Fassa-Bortolo) - s.t.
5. Wladimir Belli (Ita - Fassa-Bortolo) - at 7"
6. Fernando Escartin Coti (Spa - Team Coast) - s.t.
7. Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa - Kelme-Costa Blanca) - s.t.
8. Ivan Gotti (Ita - Alessio) - s.t.
9. Tyler Hamilton (Usa - CSC - Tiscali) - at 9"
10. Michele Scarponi (Ita - Acqua e Sapone-Cantina Tollo) - at 14"
11. Pavel Tonkov (Rus - Lampre-Daikin) - s.t.
12. Jens Heppner (Ger - Team Telekom) - at 17"
13. Georg Totschnig (Aut - Gerolsteiner) - s.t.
14. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita - Index-Alexia) - s.t.
15. Faat Zakirov (Rus - Panaria-Fiordo) - s.t.
OVERALL RANKING after STAGE 5 (TOP 10 PLACES):
1. Stefano Garzelli (Ita - Mapei-Quick Step) - 26h21'28"
2. Francesco Casagrande (Ita - Fassa-Bortolo) - at 43"
3. Gilberto Simoni (Ita - Saeco-Longoni Sport) - at 1'00"
4. Santiago Perez Fernandez (Spa - Kelme-Costa Blanca) - at 1'03"
5. Wladimir Belli (Ita - Fassa-Bortolo) - at 1'06"
6. Juan C.Dominguez (Spa - Phonak) - at 1'10"
7. Fernando Escartin Coti (Spa -Team Coast) - at 1'11"
8. Tyler Hamilton (Usa- CSC-Tiscali) - at 1'13"
9. Cadel Evans (Aus - Mapei-Quick Step) - at 1'13"
10. Davide Rebellin (Ita - Gerolsteiner) - at 1'13"
... Dario Frigo (Ita - Tacconi Sport-Emmegi) - at 1'29"
Franco Pellizotti (Ita - Alessio) - at 1'46"
Pavel Tonokov (Ita - Lampre-Daikin) - at 2'05"
Ivan Gotti(Ita - Alessio) - at 5'14"
LIVE TICKER :
WELCOME to the Live ticker of the fifth leg of Giro d'Italia from Fossano-Limone Piemonte, 150 km.
It's the first demanding leg of this year's Tour of Italy, as the race hits both the motherland and the first mountains.
That's all for now - but we'll be back soon with more detailed results, and later with post-race interviews, also focused on Tyler Hamilton and his "unusal" stage (crash and bike change included). THANKS FOR FOLLLOWING the LIVE TICKER ON THE DAILY PELOTON and COME BACK LATER to this site for news, details and interviews ...
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1720 - New Gc is featuring Garzelli in the lead, Casagrande at 53" than Simoni at 1'00" Santi Perez 1'03", Belli 1'06" Doimnguez at 1'10" followed by Escartin at 1'11" while Tyler Hamilton is eight overall, 1'13" Down on GC. Pantani crossed the line more than 7 minutes behind the winner.
1714 - kudos to Stefano Garzelli who took his second stage win and strengthened the overall lead. Still waiting for more detailed stage results to come ...
STEFANO GARZELLI WON THE STAGE BY OUTSPRINTING SANTI PEREZ, SIMONI AND CASAGRANDE in a winning time of 3h36'45" !!!- PELLIZZOTTI CAUGHT BY THE PELOTON WITH ABOUT 300 Mt. TO GO - HAMILTON LIKELY IN THE TOP 10
ALESSIO'S FRANCO PELLIZOTTI IS ABOUT TO WIN THE STAGE - BUT BEWARE GARATE HE IS COMING ...-
1709 - PELLIZOTTI IN A SOLO BREAK WITH LESS THAN 2 KM TO GO - FRIGO DROPPED BY THE PELOTON .. STILL EVANS WORKING HARD FOR GARZELLI - GARATE ATTACKS
1708 - DE LOS ANGELES AND LAVERDE BOTH CAUGHT BY THE PELOTON - STILL GRUPPO COMPATTO - BUT PELLIZOTTI ATTACKS AND GOES CLEAR !!!
1706 - DE LOS ANGELES (SPA - KELME) ATTACKED, CAUGHT AND DROPPED LAVERDE
1702 - Neopro Felipe Laverde (Col - Formaggi Trentini) managed to open a small gap on the peloton. Frigo looks like he's about to get dropped again ... Pantani 3'20" down
Pellizzotti and Scarponi still in the main bunch - 4 km.to go
1700 - Cioni, Noé and Evans stil leading the bunch with Garzelli and Simoni just behind them. Frigo at the bottom of the leading peloton. Colombia's Laverde attacked !!
1658 - Bettini lost contact to the leaders with about
6 km. to go - the real climb starts now
1656 - The leading (and Mapei-led) bunch is in Limone Piemonte town, the final (not very difficult) climb to Panice Soprana starts in a moment ...
1654 - Pantani 2'24" down with 10 km. to go, Nardello is just 1'40" down on the leaders ... the leaders (including Italo-British Dario Cioni and Mariano Piccoli as well) are about to tackle the last ascent.
1652 - Hamilton should be changing his bike again (getting his own bike back) soon - but he doesn't want to stop to change it ... Some 9 km. to go ... the Mapeis are still leading the bunch.
1649 - Also Tonkov and Frigo's bunch joined the leaders in this flat part. Now about 40 men in the lead !!!
1647 - Hamilton's bunch joined the leaders !! now the break is made up of 14 riders, also including Davide Rebellin, while Tonkov and Frigo's (and Gotti's) bunch is about 25" behind them.
1645 - Simoni is in the leading bunch, and that's the best reply to doubts concerning his state of form. But also Garzelli and Casagrande are there (with four more riders). The chasing group features Savoldelli and Evans, as well as Tyler Hamilton. Tonkov and Frigo are in third grup, Pantani in a fourth group way behind (Cipo and Lombardi are even more behind)
1642 - Savoldelli and Hamilton now just 15" down (Tonkov and Frigo at 42"), while the Kelme's man in the break should be Santi Pérez, not Otero.
1640 - Yes, Tyler Hamilton was able to follow the best riders wheels on the ascent, but lost contact in the descent, and really looks like he crashed, now he's some 30" down, in the chasing bunch togheher with Savoldelli and others. Hamilton is currently using Sastre's bike as his was damaged in the crash.
1637 - 7 men in the lead now: Bettini, Hiekmann, Simoni Casagrande, Belli, Garzelli, Otero ... no longer HAMILTON who lost contact to the leaders in the descent as he crashed (second crash in six days for him ...)
1635 - Pantani got to the Colletto del Moro top with a 2'05" gap to the leaders ...
1631 - Colletto del Moro is over - 23 km. to Go - Frigo is 1'05" down on the leaders, Perez Cuapio a little behind them
1629 - This ascent is damn hard - probs for many riders including Rebellin, while Simoni is able to follow Garzelli and Casagrande's wheels, Hamilton doing well too. Still Bettini and Hiekmann in the lead but the chasers are about to catch them !
Bettini leading now - followed by young German Thorsten Hiekmann
1625- GARZELLI and CASAGRANDE NOW LEADING THE CHASING BUNCH on COLLETTO DEL MORO - HAMILTON THERE TOO - PROBS FOR PANTANI ... SERIOUS TROUBLES for ENGELS (using a 39x25 gear, but almost unable to go ahead on this steep ascent !)
1620: The leaders are on the Colletto del Moro now - their advantage on the peloton is less than one minute only.
1600: the leaders are Fabio Sacchi (Ita - Saeco), Thorsten Schmidt (Ger - Gerolsteiner), Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita - LBK-Colnago), PAOLO BETTINI (Ita - Mapei) Mariano Piccoli (Ita - Lampre, but he just punctured and will have to make an effort to regain the leading bunch), V. Bileka (Ukr - LBK-Colnago), Y. Metklushenko (Ukr - LBK Colnago) S. Vand Dijk (Bel - Lotto) Gougot (Fra) Engels (Hol - Rabobank) lars Michaelsen (Den - Team Coast) Bert Grabsch (Ger - Gerolsteiner) and another "not yet known" rider.
Rizzi and Juliŕ have been caught by the peloton. Just about 15 minutes to go before tackling the gruelling "Colletto del Moro" (climb named after a local river)
15:57: There's a bunch of 13 riders in the lead (list in a while) with 2 riders (Rizzi and Julia') chasing more than 2 minutes behind them. The mainm peloton is about 2 and a half minutes down.
There are 4 non-starters today: Danilo Hondo of Telecom will leave the race as he learned of the death of his mother on the rest day, Domenico Romano of Colnago-Landbouwkrediet has also retured, and Marco Pantani loses two of his men as Daniel Clavero and Francesco Secchiari of Mercatone Uno throw in the towel as well.
STAGE 5 - PROFILE (Written in November, 2001)
As the race hits Italian soil, it's also time for the first, serious climbs of the race, and for Overall Standings to change a bit.
The first ascent (Colletto di Rossana, up to an altitude of 617 metres - Km. 6 of climbing and a gap of 392 meters - an average gradient of 6,76%), already clibed in 1999 during Stage 14, is too far from the end to make any selection. But when the race hits Colletto del Moro (up to an altitude of 949 metres; with 3 Km. of climbing, at an average gradient of 11,60% !!! but a max. gradient going up to 22%) things get much harder, and the first real selection begins.
The Colletto del Moro is something new to the Giro, as it was climbed during the 1979 Tour of Piedmont only. As the street gets narrow at the beginning of the ascent (3-meter wide only !) expect a big fight among riders wishing to start the climb in the front of the peloton. But even if they get it, many of them won't keep in the front for long as, after the first 1000 metres at about 4-5%, the slope goes up to almost 15%, and the remaining 2 kilometres will be the first place for the main riders to tell us whether they are serious candidates for the final podium or not.
Former Pro and Italian TV commentator Davide Cassani had to use a 39x25 gear over there, and I guess the Giro participants, despite being younger and in a (presumably) better shape, will be forced to use at least a 39x23.
In the following descent riders can go very fast, as the street is broad, but it's also possible that anybody dropped on the ascent might bridge the gap.
The climb to Limone Piemonte (on the Col Du Tende) starts with 12 km. to go, and it's 10-km.-long, with an average gradient of about 4%. Riders will get in front of the French border but, instead of expatriating again, they take a right-hand turn up to the stage finish, with a 1000-meter ascent where the most powerful amongst the riders remained at the front could go for the win. Do not expect a great climber to solo in for the first place.
Riders aiming for the GC won't give it all now, with 15 stages to go and so many mountains to climb.