STAGE 17: MAY 30 Conegliano/Corvara in ValBadia
Welcome to the Stage 17 live ticker. Another mountain
stage today - two climbs immediately after the start, but the contenders will have sunny weather.
We are especially lucky today to have two of the Daily Peloton's best, Fabio and Manny, covering this ticker!
1. PAVEL TONKOV (RUS) 7h 24'57"
2. PAOLO SAVOLDELLI (ITA) at 2'10"
3. JUAN MANUEL GARATE (SPA) at 3'07"
4. GEORG TOTSCHING (AUT) at 3'10"
5. DENIS LUNGHI (ITA) at 3'17"
6. PIETRO CAUCCHIOLI (ITA) at 3'17"
7. HERNAN MUNOZ (COL) at 3'21"
8. FERNANDO ESCARTIN (SPA) at 4'01"
9. TYLER HAMILTON (USA) at 4'01"
10. ADDY ENGELS (HOL) at 4'14"
16. JULIO ALBERTO PEREZ CUAPIO (MEX) at 7'01"
1. PAOLO SAVOLDELLI (ITA) 80h 37'11"
2. PIETRO CAUCCHIOLI (ITA) at 55"
3. TYLER HAMILTON (USA) at 1'28"
4. JUAN MANUEL GARATE (SPA) at 1'39"
5. PAVEL TONKOV (RUS) at 3'09"
6. FERNANDO ESCARTIN (SPA) at 3'19"
7. GEORG TOTSCHNIG (AUT) at 5'32"
8. RIK VERBRUGGHE (BEL) at 7'54"
1753 - Cadel Evans finally got to the finishing
line, 17'11" behind the stage winner.
NEW OVERALL: Savoldelli leading by 55" on
Caucchioli, 1'28" on Hamilton, 1'39" on Garate, 3'08" on Tonkov
1752 - Still a few meters to go for Evans
1749 -700 METERS TO GO FOR CADEL!!
Il Falco gets his pink jersey while Cadel suffers on the
road....the irony of cycling
1748 - DARIO FRIGO GETS TO THE FINISH LINE NOW
- HE LOST 12'19"
1746 - the whole crowd is supporting Cadel - but
he still has trouble in going on .. the drama of cycling indeed
The tifosi are pushing Cadel...
Savoldelli goes up the podium to get his Maglia Rosa
1746 - Noč is there waiting for Evans .. Great
support by the Italian anyway
1744 - EVANS SIMPLY CAN'T GO ON - FANS ARE
PUSHING HIM ... LOST MORE THAN 8' and still has 1 km. to go
But watch out for him in the next years
1743 - Time for a well-deserved kiss by the miss for Pavel Tonkov
1742 - New OVERALL GC IS: 1. SAVOLDELLI 2. CAUCCHIOLI 3. HAMILTON
1740 - SAVOLDELLI - PINK JERSEY - IT'S
1739 - Then Totsching, Lunghi, Caucchioli and
1738 - SPAIN'S JUAN MANUEL GARATE TAKES THIRD -
1737 - Paolo Savoldelli takes second, 2'11"
behind Tonkov, and will very likely take the pink jersey too
The cameras go back and pick Il Falco who has taken the
bull by the horns. Paolo Savoldelli approaches the finish line...
PAVEL TONKOV WINS! TIME IS 7h24'57"
1735 - Last km for Tonkov who is about to win
the stage and Savoldelli going to take the pink jersey
1734 - Hamilton lost 12" to the Caucchioli-Munoz
1733 - Troubles for Hamilton, he lost some 20
metres to Munoz!!
Hamilton dropped from the chasing group...
Savoldelli lost 1:35 to Hamilton in the Numana ITT,
wonder what he'll do on Saturday...Garate attacks the Hamilton group...Tyler can't respond
1732- Garate tries to say goodbye to Tyler Hamilton's peloton, while Escartin got dropped
Tonkov starts to struggle on the bike...Savoldelli is
riding "like a man possessed"...
Ultimo Chilometro for Pavel Tonkov
Paolo Savoldelli doing the ride of his life...he hasn't changed the rhythm at all since he attacked...
1731 - 2 TO GO FOR TONKOV, while Popovych is struggling to stay with the best riders, but he's having a very good Giro anyway. Very good first time for a neopro
1730 - SAVOLDELLI GAINED 1'30 " ON HAMILTON!!!
Savoldelli is racing as if it was his last day as a
pro...leaving nothing to chance...nobody counted on Il Falco...
1727 - 3 to go for Savoldelli - his gap to
leader Tonkov is about 1'44"
The Hamilton groups starts to attack each other...
Il Falco chasing the flying Tonkov who has lead the race for quite some time now.
1725 - Tyler Hamiton now leading the chasing
Forget about the doping scandals...this is what we have
4kms all arrivo..and it's Tonkov, followed by Savoldelli
1724 - with Hamilton 1'10" down on Savoldelli
Il Falco looks very good...
1722 - Evans lost 3' to Savoldelli, and about 2'
about 1km between Tonkov and Il Falco
Perez is getting chased by the Lunghi-Hamilton group
1721 - PEREZ CUAPIO NOW CAUGHT AND DROPPED by
the Tyler Hamiilton group too !!
Paolo Savoldelli is storming up the final climb...
Tonkov is in front...followed by Savoldelli a few minutes
back Dennis Lunghi leads the chasing peloton
Evans bonked big time!!
Tonkov engages the 53 chainring...full speed ahead for the russian
Tonkov keeps his rhythm high...good for the Russian
1719 - Savoldelli is 30" down on Hamilton in the
GC, so he could take the Pink jersey at the end of today's stage
Savoldelli is right behind Perez Cuapio - passed and dropped him
1717 - Looks like Evans is following Dario
1716 - No teammates helping Evans either
1715 - FRIGO BIG WAY DOWN - losing 6'40" to
Frigo is gone...the Maglia Rosa is trouble
But Savoldelli's attack looks VERY INTERESTING,
while Evans lost 40" TO HAMILTON !!!
1715 - EVANS DROPPED lost time to Hamilton,
while SAVOLDELLI ATTACKS
Hamilton ATTACKS...just a bluff
The last 5kms will be the window for attacks...Evans, Hamilton and Savoldelli will have to do something
there...Hamilton is gone
A fan runs next to Tonkov...easy Pavel, don't throw any
1709 - TONKOV NOW LEADING BY 1'05" - he gained 25"
on 1 km. only, some 9 km. to go
Tonkov keeps his steady tempo...he's climbing up the GC
Seems the temperatures are quite hot...most of the
riders have their jerzeys unzipped...
1707 - 11 to go - Tonkov now leading by 25" on
Perez Cuapio and 2'35" on the pink jersey's peloton. Frigo is 4'21" behind
The Tacconi team car is next to Frigo, offering some moral support...he needs a new engine not moral support...
1705 - Tonkov leading by 20" on Perez Cuapio
Frigo is 3'41" behind now...and we still wait for the attacks to come...
1704 - Seems that also the battle for third place
overall is wide open now...
1703 - Aitor Gonzalez lost 30" to the pink
Tyler will have to suck it up and get with the program.
1702 - Seems that Russia's Pavel Tonkov is about
to put an end to his 4-year-long losing streak. FRIGO lost 1'20" to Evans and Hamilton
1701 - TONKOV ATTACKS AND DROPS PEREZ!!
2'20" for Tonkov...
1659 - Tonkov and Perez Cuapio keep the same
advantage - now it's 2'10"
1656 - Teammate Eddy Mazzoleni still around
Frigo, but he looks like going to lose many a minute in this final part of the stage
Meanwhile at the front, the two breakways have increased
the lead to 2'18"
1655 - FRIGO DROPPED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEEMS HIS
GIRO IS OVER !!!!
He looks over at the camera and doesn't look good at
1654 - DARIO FRIGO IN TROUBLE !!!!
Hamilton looks comfortable...so does Savoldelli.
1652 - 2'10" is the leaders' advantage now, they
keep the same advantage in the first 5 km. of the climb
Sastre and Garcia still police the back of the front
The tension is growing... Frigo looks like the one who will initiate the hostilites...
1651 - 15 to go, now Noč is up front setting the
pace for Evans
1650 - Cioni dropped now, after all the great
work he did for Evans
What a tremendous performance for the 27 year old
italian domestique. Sastre and Garcia are hanging at the back of the peloton..
Looks like Cioni is done for the day...
1648 - Pellizzotti now definitively dropped
while Tonkov and Cuapio's lead is 2'06"
1645 - Tyler Hamilton still on Cadel Evans'
What beautiful scenery in the Dolomites...perfect scenario for the battle
1644 - About 20 riders are with the pink jersey
1643 - Cioni STILL leading the peloton, ahead of
Noé and Cadel. They just began the final climb too.
Cioni takes his helmet off and hands it to the
motorcycle camera man. Here we go...the gloves are coming off...
1642 -Now the lead slightly down - 2'06"
1640 - Perez Cuapio and Tonkov (who won his last
Giro stage in 1998) leading by 2'18", they just began the final ascent - 18 km. to go
The lead is 2'18" for Tonkov and Perez Cuapio
The two fugitives are over 2'30" ahead.
1637 - Mapei's team director just said he advised Cadel Evans (a road novice, after all) to eat something more before the last climb, and greets Cioni and Noč for their hard work
The front group remains under the control of a very
inspired Dario Cioni, with Noe, Evans, Hamilton, Frigo, Savoldelli and company in tow.
Manny: Looks like Cioni will lead Noe and Evans once again.
Fabio: But if he doesn't drop Tonkov .. I can hardly
see him as a mexican Cipo
Cioni and Noe discuss the strategy for the final climb.
1629 - Tonkov and Perez Cuapio now leading by
1628 - Gonzalez, Pereiro and Caucchioli just
regained the main peloton
1627 - 30 km. to go - 11 to the foot of the Passo
Coe final ascent
1624 - Average speed so far is a little more
than 30 km/h, while Gonzalez is about to regain Cadel Evans' group. They are on the Bordala descent now
Aitor Gonzalez tries to rejoin the front group. He's in
1622 - Nothing in particular happening in the
peloton now, with Perez and Tonkov leading by more than 2' on the pink jersey's peloton, and riders on a descent. Aitor Gonzalez is about 30" behind the main peloton
Cioni goes back to the car to get bottles...after doing
all the pulling over the last two climbs.
Noe takes over the reins of the front group...
1617 - Today's final ascent is about 19.3-KM.
long, with a 7.4 % average gradient, and a max. gradient of about 12%
1616 - Peloton just got to the top of the
mountain, almost 2' behind the leaders
The gap has gone up to 1'57"
1613 - Perez Cuapio takes this KOM prime too,
Tonkov second again. CUAPIO just won the KOM competition and will be in green on the Milan podium. A well-deserved award for the most exciting protagonist of this Giro (along with Cipollini)
The two fugitives approach the Gran Premio della
Montagna...Carlos Sastre goes back to the car to load himself with bottles...and take a wild guess on who leads the front peloton....dare I say, Dario Cioni....
Evans will have to try and take time on the climb to the
(P.S. Bravo to JML. After Ullrich is out, now he's
going to keep Simoni out too.. who does he think can challenge lance, on paper at least, Virenque ??)
Seems like Sastre and Marcelino Garcia...they could be taking a page from Lance's book...pretend you are not going well and then shake them like a bad case of fleas...
Two CSC boys spotted at the back of the front
peloton....saving the energies for the final assault...
...or maybe just struggling to stay with the others
1609 - Gonzalez is currently 4th Overall, just
24" behind Evans, but seems he is about to lose all of his overall chances
And it's the man of the stage, Cioni showing the way,
1608 -Tonkov and Perez now leading by 1'35" on
Cadel Evans' group, while seems that AITOR GONZALEZ got dropped
1607 - Tonkov and Perez just began the Bordala
ascent, sorry but the max gradient is 13% not 23%
1606 - 44 km to go - Perez and Tonkov leading by
1'30" The next ascent (PASSO BORDALA) is just 4.1 km-long, but very hard, with a max. gradient of some 23%
44kms from the finish, with the escapees (Perez and
Tonkov) still over a minute ahead
1604 - Cioni was third in the KOM prime, ahead
of Spezialetti and Evans
The race enters its critical point
A Saeco rider has taken over the tempo, setting at the
front of the chasing peloton
1603 - The peloton with all main favorites gets
to the top of the climb, the gap to the leaders is 1'23" now
1600 - Perez Cuapio Takes the 1st Category KOM
prime, Tonkov second, now a short descent before a new demanding ascent
The lead duo arrives at the Gran Premio della Montagna...With Perez taking the points...he's sealing the
Noe moves behind Evans...perhaps to lead on the way down
and give Cioni a well deserved break..
1558 - 1 KM. to the Santa Barbara mountain top,
Tonkov now leading the break
1557 - Popovych struggling to stay with the main
contenders - a good Giro for the U23 World Champion
1556 - Perez and Tonkov leading by 1' now!!
They gained 20" in the last kilometer
Cioni ate his Wheeties (Cereal of champs) this morning...the man continues to lead the way...
1555 - 2 kms. to the Santa Barbara mountain top
1554 - Now Tonkov and Cuapio are leading by 35"
1553 - Gotti reeled in by the group
3kms to the top
The gradient is now lesser
Perez and Tonkov keep a steady tempo at the front...
1552 - While Hamilton's teammates are not around
him, but at the bottom of the (small) peloton
1551 - Perez and Tonkov leading by 21" on Gotti,
the peloton is 36" down on them
We can see Pellizzotti now sitting in the middle of the
1550 - Verbrugghe swallowed by the Pleoton, where Cioni is STILL setting the pace
Mr.Fassa has threatened to pull out of the sponsorship if
another team member is kicked out of the Giro...not what "Ferron" (Ferretti) wants to hear after such a
horrendous luck by his boys...
1549 - Perez and Tonkov are closing to the top
of the Santa Barbara climb - 46 km. to go
Cioni has them single file.... even though the pace is high, it's steady which benefits Hamilton.
1548 - Last year the Santa Barbara ascent was the scene of the famous "boxing match" between Wladmir "Tyson" Belli and a spectator abusing him.It was climbed on the opposite side though.
1547 - Now Perez Cuapio and Tonkov gained a few
metres on Gotti and Verbrugghe
1546 - Pellizzotti regained the peloton, while
the 4 leaders continue their action.
Pellizzotti is coming back....
1545 - After the Santa Barbara, a short descent
and immediately a new difficult ascent - PASSO BORDALA, with gradient going up to a max of 23%
The road is getting narrower, and Cioni continues to do
all the work in front of the Maglia Rosa...
Fabio, could we expect a dare devil descent by "IL Falco"...??
The descent is not that technical, he wouldn't gain that much
Paolo Savoldelli is looking good right behind Hamilton
and next to Frigo.
1544 - Cioni still leading the chase, followed
by Evans, with Hamilton and Frigo just behind him
The 4 fugitives have increased their speed...
1542 - The leading quartet has a 30-meter lead
on the Peloton, where Cioni still is riding tempo
1541 - Perez Tonkov and Gotti caught by RIK
Cioni's tempo is causing havoc at the back of the front
And Frigo (one more time) seems to have no
teammates there to help him.
1539 - NOW A MORE SERIOUS ATTACK - PEREZ CUAPIO!!! Followed by Gotti and Tonkov
Evans has Cioni and Noe with him....Hamilton seems to
have Garcia and Sastre sitting a behind him...
1538 - But his attempt was short-lived...
1537 - Another Selle Italia's Colombian
attacking now ... it's Dario Munoz again
Attacks are coming, but not gaining much on the tempo
set by the peloton...
1536 - The pink jersey is just behind Cioni, and
Tyler Hamilton is just behind him ...
1535 - Cioni (Evan's domestique) and Perez
Cuapio now at the front of the peloton - 50 km. to go
The mountain biker squad (Cioni, Evans and Rassmussen)
have done a good job through out the race.
1534 - Mesa Mesa swallowed again by the peloton
1533 - Bad news for Alessio's Franco
Pellizzotti. The Italian climber got dropped again, just like yesterday, and will likely lose plenty of time
1532 - On the opposite, Perez Cuapio is now
taking it easy inside in the peloton...waiting for the right moment to launch his attack?
At 52 kms all arrivo, seems like Mesa Mesa will have a
tough job staying clear.
1531 - Mesa Mesa, previously caught by the
peloton, tries again and gains a few metres on the rest of riders
1530 - The main peloton is now made up of about
1529 - One of yesterday's protagonists, Daniele
De Paoli, paid for the effort he did on the Marmolada and just got dropped
1527 - Mesa and Perez joined by another
Colombian, Selle italia's Hernan Munoz, winner of the 2002 Tour of Langkawi in February
1528 - Munoz just attcked and dropped his two
breakaway companions in a steep part of the ascent (gradient at about 10 % now)
Most be the warm weather setting the latin boys "EN
1526 - The peloton just at the beginning of the
Santa Barbara climb, and IMMEDIATELY PEREZ CUAPIO attacked, followed only by Colombia's Hector Mesa Mesa
As for the Intergiro in Trento, surprisingly
Strazzer outsprinted Cipollini. Piccoli took third
Julio Perez Cuapio is not waiting waiting for anyone
In the early part of the stage, 2 ascents were
already climbed. BARBAERO was first at the top of Passo Gardena, ahead of Perez and de Pali,
while Colombia's Marin took the Sella KOM prime ahead of De Paoli and Castelblanco
1522 - The current situation sees the peloton
with all main contenders regrouped. Riders are about to tackle the hardest ascent of the 2002
Giro: the "Santa Barbara"
1520 - Welcome to the live coverage of STAGE 17,
one of the two "queen stages" of this year's Tour of Italy. Riders will have two tackle 5 different and difficult climbs, including the uphill finish to Folgaria.