GIRO D'ITALIA - STAGE 11 (BENEVENTO-CAMPITELLO MATESE, KM. 140) - LIVE TICKER:
RESULTS AND GC :
STAGE RESULT - TOP 10:
1. GILBERTO SIMONI (ITA - SAECO-LONGONI SPORT) - 4h03'37"
2. FRANCESCO CASAGRANDE (ITA -FASSA-BORTOLO) -S .T.
3. FRANCO PELLIZOTTI (ITA - ALESSIO) - AT 4"
4. FERANANDO ESCARTIN (SPA - TEAM COAST) - AT 4"
5. DARIO FRIGO (ITA - TACCONI SPORT-EMMEGI) - AT 4"
6. ANDREA NOE' (ITA - MAPEI-QUICK STEP) - AT 4"
7. JOAQUIN CASTELBLANCO (COL - SELLE ITALIA) - AT 4"
8. PIETRO CAUCCHIOLI (ITA - ALESSIO) - AT 4"
9. AITOR GONZALEZ (SPA - KELME-COTSA BLANCA) - AT 11"
10. JUAN MANUEL GARATE (SPA - LAMPRE-DAIKIN) - AT 11"
14. CADEL EVANS (AUS - MAPEI-QUICK STEP) - AT 18"
23. TYLER HAMILTON (USA - CSC-TISCALI) - AT 42"
OVERALL - TOP 20:
1. Jens Heppner - Ger - Team Telekom - 52h54'27"
2. Francesco Casagrande - Ita - Fassa Bortolo - at 2'58"
3. Gilberto Simoni - Ita - Saeco-Longoni Sport - at 3'15"
4. Paolo Savoldelli - Ita - Index Alexia - at 3'43"
5. Pietro Caucchioli - Ita - Alessio
6. Fernando Escartin - Spa - Team Coast - at 3'46"
7. Yaroslav Popovych - Ukr - Landbouwkrediet-Colnago - at 3'50"
8. Wladimir Belli - Ita - Fassa Bortolo - at 3'55"
9. Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez - Spa - Kelme-Costa Blanca - at 3'58"
10. Cadel Evans - Aus - Mapei-Quick Step - at 4'03"
11. Dario Frigo - Ita - Tacconi Sport-Emmegi - at 4'04"
12. Franco Pellizotti - Ita - Alessio - at 4'17"
13. Andrea Noe' - Ita - Mapei-Quick Step - at 4'22"
14. Tyler Hamilton - USA - CSC- Tiscali - at 4'26"
15. Eddy Mazzoleni - Ita - Tacconi Sport-Emmegi - at 4'43"
16. Georg Totschnig - Aut - Gerolsteiner - at 4'46"
17. Juan Manuel Garate - Spa - Lampre-Daikin - at 4'48"
18. Rik Verbrugghe - Bel - Lotto-Adecco - at 4'50"
19. Davide Rebellin - Ita - Gerolsteiner - at 4'52"
20. Michael Boogerd - Ned - Rabobank - at 4'56"
STAGE 11 - LIVE TICKER:
SIMONI'S TIME 4h 03'37"
HEPPNER STILL IN THE OVERALL LEAD - CASAGRANDE AT 2'58" -SIMONI AT 3'15"
SIMONI: "IT'S A BIG SATISFACTION FOR ME, AFTER WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY. I DEDICATE THIS WIN TO MY WIFE AND MY MOTHER."
GREAT SPRINT INDEED
SOME 45" LOST BY HAMILTON AND TONKOV... HEPPNER AND EVANS LOST ABOUT 1 MINUTE... INTERVIEW WITH SIMONI NOW ON ITALIAN TV
A TWO MAN SPRINT ... 1.SIMONI 2.CASAGRANDE
...NO NEWS YET ON HAMILTON
THE ASCENT IS OVER, LAST KM IS FLAT OR SLIGHTLY DOWNHILL
- 50" THE LEAD ON HEPPNER NOW
- ESCARTIN IS IN THE CHASING BUNCH ALONG WITH FRIGO
- CASAGRANDE STILL ON SIMONI'S WHEEL
THERE'S A CHASING BUNCH OF 6-7 INCLUDING FRIGO AND NOE', BUT HAMILTON IS FURTHER BEHIND THEM - HEPPNER LOSING ONLY 45-50" TO THE LEADERS - 1 KM TO GO WITH A STRONG HEAD WIND NOW
HAMILTON NOW HELPED BY SASTRE - 2 MEN IN THE LEAD NOW... SIMONI, CASAGRANDE, AITOR GONZALEZ- 2 KM. TO GO,(1 KM. UPHILL, THE REST FLAT)
3 MEN - GONZALEZ DROPPED - IT'S A BATTLE OF TWO MEN
FRIGO AND EVANS AND VERBRUGGHE ARE IN THE MAIN BUNCH - SIMONI TRIES AGAIN, AND CASAGRANDE FOLLOWS HIM
SIMONI AND CASAGRANDE GAIN SOME METERS ON THE OTHERS, WHILE
PELLIZZOTTI AND AITOR GONZALEZ TRY TO BRIDGE THE GAP... TROUBLES FOR HAMILTON AND EVANS!!
HAMILTON DROPPED, NOW IS HELPED BY SASTRE
CAUCCHIOLI AND CASTELBLANCO CAUGHT... ONLY PEREZ CUAPIO NOW
IN THE LEAD - 3 KM TO GO .. REBELLIN POPOVYCH HEPPNER GONTCHAR AND CIONI ARE AMONG THOSE DROPPED, THEY ARE JUST 100 MT. DOWN ON SIMONI'S BUNCH.
PEREZ CUAPIO CAUGHT... SO THERE'S A LEADING BUNCH WITH ALL THE BEST RIDERS NOW. THE PINK JERSEY IS 20" DOWN
CAUCCHIOLI AND CASTELBLANCO CAUGHT.. ONLY PEREZ CUAPIO NOW IN THE LEAD
...AND DROPPED HIM...
SIMONI TRIES TO DROP CASAGRANDE BUT CAN'T -TAILWIND NOW
CAUCCHIOLI PUTS SOME 50 METERS ON THE PELOTON, 4 KM TO GO
FOR PEREZ CUAPIO AND CASTELBLANCO. STRONG WIND ON THE FINISH LINE - CAUCCHIOLI CAUGHT CASTELBLANCO
ATTACK BY CAUCCHIOLI (ITA - ALESSIO)
HEPPNER IS STRUGGLING TO STAY WITH THE BEST, POPOVYCH
CASTELBLANCO AND PEREZ LEADING BY 12", FOLLOWED BY
VERBRUGGHE AND THE PELOTON STILL BEHIND
PEREZ REGAINS THE LEAD (ALONG WITH CASTELBLANCO)- HAMILTON IS IN THE PELOTON'S THIRD PLACE, RIGHT ON
GOTTI & PELLIZZOTI ARE IN THE MAIN BUNCH TOO - GREAT PERFORMANCE BY POPOVYCH - ALSO GONTCHAR IS IN THE MAIN BUNCH
SABALIAUSKAS (SAECO) GOT CLEAR TOO, HE'S WITH VERBRUGGHE
..ABOUT A 14" LEAD FOR CASTELBLANCO
HEPPNER AND POPOVYCH ARE IN THE MAIN BUNCH, JUST LIKE
SIMONI, CASAGRANDE AND HAMILTON AND EVANS
STILL A 20-STRONG PELOTON WITH THE BIGS INSIDE - CASTELBLANCO JOINED PEREZ CUAPIO, WHILE RIK VERBRUGGHE
ATTACKS - CASTELBLANCO DROPS PEREZ
ANOTHER ATTACK BY CASTELBLANCO...
PEREZ DROPPED MAZZOLENI AND ZAMPIERI.. NOW IS IN A SOLO
SIMONI RESPONDS AND COUNTER-ATTACKS, FOLLOWED BY NOE AND BELLI - GARATE AND HAMILTON ARE IN THE BUNCH
Verbrugghe attacked, Rebellin countered and Casagrande
tried to follow them, while Perez Cuapio Joins the leaders
PEREZ IS 30" DOWN ON THE LEADERS, THE BUNCH IS 12" BEHIND
HIM - PEREZ IS ABOUT TO CATCH THE DUO ... SIMONI AND CASAGRANDE ARE NECK TO NECK IN THE PELOTON
Heppner still in the main bunch (so should be Hamilton, no mention of it in the last minute) ... PEREZ CUAPIO ATTACKS !!! - PEREZ CUAPIO PUTS 100 METERS ON THE BUNCH, HE'S PUSHING A BIG GEAR AS USUAL
Casteblanco gave up, stopped and waited for the peloton to come...
Still Casteblanco trying to chase Zampieri and Renzo
Columbia's Casteblanco (Selle-Italia) attacked and got clear of the peloton. 9 km. to go for the 1997 Colombian Champion, he's using a 39x19 gear.
Zampieri and Mazzoleni will likely be caught in 3-4 km. Pantani has 3'00" gap on the leaders
9.5 km. to go, (10 for the peloton) troubles for Nardello, 1'47" the lead
The leading duo regroups ... waiting to be caught
Prologue winner Dominguez now struggling to stay with the
best ... no chances for him... Mazzoleni catches again Zampieri
A colombian attacks .. Hector Mesa Mesa (Formaggi Trentini) gets clear from the peloton, but is immediately caught
Many riders already dropped, the chasing peloton is now
20-strong or so ..
Zampieri leading by 8" on Mazzoleni
Perez Cuapio at the front of the peloton. Zampieri leading by 2'20" on the bunch
Zampieri is a good climber (KOM winner at Romandie, 10th
last year in the famous Crans Montana Uphill TT won by Armstrong)
Peloton tackles the final climb ... pantani immediately
Zampieri drops Mazzoleni - Switzerland's Zampieri now in a solo breakaway
Intergiro results: 1. Renzo Mazzoleni 2. Zampieri 3.
Strazzer. A day for Fassa, according to how much they pulled in the last kms. Now the whole Fassa is up front riding tempo.
Popovych won more than 20 races as U23 last year, but could have won 30 or so .. he often let teammates win
Mercatone Team manager says Pantani not in good health
today...a day for Kelme?
Correction - max. gradient of the final ascent is at around 10-12%, in the first part of the climb, then it's steadily around 6-7 %, with a small 10% piece with some 5 km. to go
3'06" the lead now
Peloton behind is chasing hard .. few (if no) chances for
the escapees; Zampieri and Renzo Mazzoleni started the final climb... Popovych now in the first places of the peloton...
15 km to go, Zampieri and Mazzoleni are about to tackle the final climb
CSC'S Manager Riis just interviewed by Italian tv commentator; sounds like Hamilton's future performances are a mystery to himself too. He said Tyler is quite well,
after fearing he had broken something in the crashes .. Tyler's aim to stay with the best climbers today then go for the gold in the ITTs
23 km. to go, the leading duo made up of Zampieri and Renzo Mazzoleni has a 5'20" lead on the peloton.
The Fassas are leading the chase now ... 24 km to go for the leading duo. The peloton is 5'40" down
Some 13.5 km to the start of the final climb - 6 min the lead - the peloton with 30 km . to go now
Fassa and Telekom riding tempo up front, and the pace is
growing ... some 27 km. to go
30 km. to go, Zampieri and Mazzoleni leading by 6'23"
Lotto's Van dijck punctured
1550 - 8 mins ZAMPIERI AND MAZZOLENI'S lead now. With Team Telekom at the front of the "chasing" (??) peloton. Some 50 km .to go. The final ascent (featuring 15 bends) is some 13.7-km long. Schreck crashed, but no serious consequences for him
1545 - The gap is still increasing
1540 - It was Steve Zampieri (backnumber 179) who attacked first after 19 km. of racing, with Renzo Mazzoleni (196) joining him just a few minutes later. They are still leading by 7'40" now.. Mazzoleni is at his second year as a pro. Khalilov and Rizzi tried to join them but simply couldn't
1536 - As previously told, Robbie McEwen didn't take the startline this morning, as he preferred to drop out of competition after he won two stages. He'll start his build-up for the Tour de France (and find time to stay with his recently born son).
1532 - After 77 km. of racing, two riders in the lead: Steve Zampieri (Swi - Tacconi Sport Emmegi) and Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita - Coplack Astro), which happens to be the younger brother of Eddy Mazzoleni, Zampieri's teammate at Tacconi. The duo has a 7'17" lead on the peloton
Welcome to Giro d'Italia Stage 10 Live Coverage on the Daily Peloton. Today's stage features the second uphill finish of this year's Tour of Italy. The stage ends in Campitello Matese, a town located on the mountains of the Campania Region, in the Caserta province of Southern Italy. This place has turned into an almost "traditional" stage finish, as riders climbed to this small town in the Appennines already 5 times, and two stage winners were later on the top of the podium in Milan. A further motivation for climbers aiming at the overall win to give it all ... (But also for all other main contenders to prove how in good condition they are). Click Here for a stage profile
The first time the Giro got to Campitello was in 1969 (with Carlo Chiappano outsprinting Ugo Colombo), the second in 1982 (with a prestigious winner: Bernard Hinault, future pink jersey wearer in Milan), the third in 1983 (winner: Spain's Alberto Fernandez). Another big name (Franco "Coppino" Chioccioli) won in 1988, three years before taking the Giro title, while in 1994 young and (then) promising Eugeni Berzin burst into spotlight, starting here his successful ride to Milan. Wearing the Cyclamen jersey, he took both the stage win from breakaway companion Oscar Pelliccioli (in that period riding for Polti, now team manager at De Nardi) and a pink jersey he would have carried until the end, becoming a "rising star" who unfortunately turned a "falling star" quite too early.
Today's stage is quite flat for more than 100 km. and goes through big cities such as Campobasso, but the finish line comes at the end of a 15-km. climb, featuring an average gradient of about 6%: it's the first big chance for climbers to show off their skills and shake the ranking.
And could be the first real battle in the "war" between the Giro's main favorites (after Garzelli pulled out of competition for reasons we all know), Simoni and Casagrande, with the former still at risk of a possible disqualification after the results of a test carried out one month ago (when he gave positive for a derivative of cocaine) were made public yesterday. But the clouds on the Saeco rider are a little less dark now, after even a medical certificate confirmed that he was treated by a dentist on that day, (the dentists himself spoke to Italian Tv today and confirmed it all). According to to the certificate, the detected substance was just part of the anaesthetic useed by the doctor. So Simoni could also finish the Giro. Let's wait and see what happens in the coming days.
As for the other overall contenders, tody's stage could be a good test for Dario Frigo (who didn't show a particularly execllent shape in the previous uphill stage) and Tyler Hamilton, who has proved he can hold on to the best climbers (so far at least) and might go for a podium spot, with the most difficult ascents (and descents) still to come anyway. And don't forget Michael Boogerd. But also any Spaniard or Colombian not going for the Overall could benefit from the reciprocal control among the "bigs" and have his glory day.