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89th Giro d'Italia - Stage 19 Interviews & Photos
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Date: 5/26/2006
89th Giro d'Italia - Stage 19 Interviews & Photos

89th Giro d'Italia - Stage 19 Interviews & Photos
Rider interviews from todays finish at San Pellegrino: Stage winner Manuel Garate. CSC's Jens Voight, and Gilberto Simoni. Updated with Photos of Today's Race action


Saunier Duval's Ruben Lobato leads the chase on the Pordoi with Ivan Basso and his able team of CSC mates in attendance at the front of affairs in the peloton. Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

Spanish Champion Manuel Garate Celebrates Victory
Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

Manuel Garate couldn't hide his satisfaction with his first ever stage success on the roads of, "this race I got to know when I turned a professional rider, and immediately helped Gilberto Simoni to win. I was eager for a victory here at the Giro. In the past I managed to take 4th, and 5th, I made the top 10, but I missed victory. Despite not having good legs this year, I had a go today, and I got it. I rode well and launched my attack early in the final ascent, but Voigt was stronger than me. Thankfully he's a great person: he noticed all the work my team had done throughout the stage, and told me to go, told me that we were the best teams and that I was a well-earned winner".

Garate and "Gentleman" Jens Voigt during their final attack.
Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

From the Live coverage.
"Just 700m to go. "Time for a two-man sprint to come soon. Gibo and Basso follow. Gutierrez  is only slightly behind Cunego. Vila is somewhere in between.
We're NOT going to have a sprint...Voigt pats Garate on his back, and told him to go and Garate thanked him. What an interesting display of sportsmanship. Manuel Garate takes the stage with Jens Voight second...Garate did all the work, so Voigt just let him have the win. Garate deserved it for sure. Voigt was just there for Basso..."

Jens Voigt acted like a true sportsman also in front of the RAI microphones "Our tactics of the day was to get into the break, but stay off the back of it and not cooperate. So I just didn't deserve to win. I want to win only when I deserve to, and after I sat on their wheels for most of the stage, this wasn't the case. Garate is the right winner".

Gibo leads Ivan Basso on the Passo San Pellegrino
Photo c. Fotoreporter Sirotti

Gilberto Simoni
Neither Saunier's chasing work nor Piepoli's leadout job were properly rewarded today, but the man succeeded in  extending his margin over the other podium contenders. The man is Gilberto Simoni, that briefly talked after the stage and said. "my team worked hard to help me either to try and win the stage or at least tighten my grip on the third place overall. But with all those climbs on the menu, I had just few men left up front, so we couldn't do that much.  It's true that we got close, but this is pointless now. Tomorrow's stage? Well, it's gonna be tougher than today's, but I I'll definitely keep looking for the win again."


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