afternoon's events on the cruel slopes of Folgaria Passo Coe' will
certainly go down in the legends of cycling as one of the truly great days
of stage racing. In what has always been a wide open race,
today's events saw
the race take yet another dramatic twist and has
led to a nailbiting time
trial on the penultimate stage.
today's incredible stage
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general classification looks like this:
General classification after
1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Index Alexia 80.37.11
2 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio 0.55
3 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC Tiscali 1.28
4 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre-Daikin 1.39
5 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin 3.08
6 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast 3.19
7 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner 5.32
8 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 7.54
9 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca 8.12
10 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 9.41
Tomorrow's stage, Rovereto/Brescia, is tough, but more in a classic one day
than a stage to
lose minutes on - and there may be
loser on the
day - but it is hard to see there being a major reshuffle of the top ten.
for stage details.
So we come to the decisive
time trial - the perfect test of the tour cyclist
- 44 .2 kilometres ending on a nasty uphill finish on the "Madonna del Bosco."
If we look at those in the top ten on General Classification as regards to
performance on the 30 km time trial at Numana the results are as follows:
1 Tyler Hamilton (USA) CSC 41.21 (43.97 km/h)
4 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto 0.52
5 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Kelme 0.55
6 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 0.59
8 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre-Daikin 1.07
9 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
10 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio 1.15
14 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Index Alexia 1.35
15 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast
31 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin 2.33
The race for the pink jersey is now down to 5 men:
1) Paolo Savoldelli lost enough time in the last time trial to Caucchioli
and Hamilton to be ruled out mathematically - however the man in pink at
this stage always puts up an astonishing performance and the Falcon seems to
be getting stronger as the race goes on.
2) Pietro Caucchioli
(Ita) Alessio lost 1’55’’ to Hamilton in the time
trial but now leads him by 55’’ - last
year's double stage winner, ranked at
99th in the world, has been a major surprise, and a good indication how
strong a team the Alessio lads
On the time trial he will be on his own -
think the winner of last
year's San Remo stage might have a lot to
offer on this course.
3) Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC Tiscali - mathematically should take the
pink jersey on the stage. But he has had a hard race (early crashes) and
looked desperately tired after
today's stage (as did most riders
incredible race this is!) - still favourite for the stage - but the pink?
4) Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre-Daikin - as Tonkov was reeling in the
years, the muscle man from Irun was waiting patiently in the wings.
team player, he launched his own attack only when
Tonkov's victory was assured
good outside bet.
5) Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin came in a long way down on the last
time trial - but now everything has changed - long odds - but he does tend
to speak in terms like
"The Giro is the race
What a great race this has been!
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