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STAGE 14 - Post Race Interviews: Dario Frigo
By Fabio
Date: 5/27/2002
STAGE 14 - Post Race Interviews: Dario Frigo

Besides Sunday's winner, "Gazzetta dello Sport" picked up post-stage opinions also from the Time-Trial's big loser: Dario Frigo. The Tacconi Sport-Emmegi leader had quite a disappointing performance, as he lost 59" to Hamilton and is now behind the American (and Casagrande) in the GC. He tried to explain his quite poor performance by blaming two things: bad luck but also a worse condition than last year.

As for the former, he might easily mention the crash he was victim of on Sunday morning, while he was testing the route: "I hit a knee and it still hurts. It's quite an annoying thing, which I don't want to use as an excuse, but it definitely played its part in my performance".

But this wasn't the only reason behind Frigo's unsatisfactory result: as he honestly acknowledged, he is no longer accustomed to race Time-Trials. "I already noticed it at the Tour de Romandie. Regardless of the result I had, I didn't have the same good sensations I got in last year's TTs".

As for Tyler Hamilton's victory, Frigo said that the American "Has gone very fast. He's a specialist after all. I already said it yesterday. He did well in more than one TT at the the TdF, he came to the Giro aiming for the GC, and is going fast."

The former Fassa-Bortolo rider does not regard the outcome of Sunday's stage as completely negative anyway: "I put time on more than one rival. Hamilton just gained on me what he lost yesterday, the Giro still is an open race. I said I would give it all until Milan, and so I did today, even if not in top condition. There are still many contenders, including Evans who went very fast today. Tomorrow I'll take a rest, recover lost energies and treat my knee, which still hurts. Just hope the pain won't get stronger in the next days".

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