82nd Giro d'Italia, Grand Tour

Italy, May 15-June 6, 1999


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Marco Pantani resisted the pressure from the rolleurs like Laurent Jalabert in the 45 kms ITT to retain his Maglia Rosa. Now he resumes command in the Dolomites for the next three days and only misfortune will see him lose the Giro overall. Meanwhile, in Treviso, Laurent Jalabert informed the Italian press that he will not ride in this year's Tour de France. He was third in the ITT - 41 seconds behind the winner Ukrainian Sergei Gontchar. Pantani only lost 57 seconds to Jalabert despite earlier predictions that he might lose up to 2 minutes. Jalabert had predicted that he would regain the leader's jersey going into the last mountain stages.

The big star of the day was Paolo Savoldelli who came second overall and is now only 0.44 down on Pantani on GC. He is nicknamed "Angel Face" by the Italian press as a result of his angelic physique. The said afterwards that he is now targetting the ITT World Championships in Italy later in the year.

The 26-year old Italian, 9th overall in the Giro last year, has always had moderate ambitions. He said: "I never forget that I am at least 10 kgs heavier than Pantani." He also countered suggestions that he had not behaved well on the climb up to Oropa when Pantani had chain and derailleur problems and Savoldelli led the charge to take time from him. He said: "I acted the same as any racer would have."

Pantani was very happy with his time. He took time out of Ivan Gotti, the only other rider who could really threaten him. He also matched Jalabert in time over the last 8 kms. Now there are three mountains stages in the next 3 days which are designed for Pantani.

At the finish, the riders were met by Alberto Tomba, the former ski champion. He congratulated 28-year old Serguei Gontchar. The Ukrainian actually changed his name from Gontchar to Honchar at the start of the year. Paul Slavchenko, a reader from Canada with Ukrainian heritage wrote to explain this to me. He said that Gontchar was a transation from Ukrainian from the Russians and was as such a relic of the days of the imposition of Russian on all of the nationalities of the USSR. There is no Ukrainian word which translates to Gontchar. Honchar, on the other hand, is an accurate translation for the Ukrainian word for potter (maker of ceramics).

Stage 18, Treviso - Treviso ITT, 45 kms:

  1. Sergei Gontchar (Ukr) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                 52.55
  2. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                        0.17
  3. Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                      0.41
  4. Martin Hvastija (Slo) Ballan-Alessio                           0.42
  5. Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                         0.57
  6. Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Navigare-Gaerne                          1.29
  7. Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                      1.38
  8. Victor Pena (Col) Vitalicio Siguros                            1.41
  9. Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Siguros                      1.50
 10. Ivan Gotti (Ita) Team Polti                                    2.17
 11. Santos Gonzalez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                       2.18
 12. Massimo Podenzana (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                  2.34
 13. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                 2.34
 14. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                           2.38
 15. Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Liquigas-Pata                           2.40
 16. Eugeni Berzin (Rus) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria                  2.42
 17. Vjatceslav Ekimov (Rus) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria              2.43
 18. Massimo Donati (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                   2.45
 19. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                              3.02
 20. Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                      3.08
 21. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                           3.12
 22. Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca               3.20
 23. Paolo Valoti (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave                        3.25
 24. Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  3.26
 25. Riccardo Forconi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                   3.41
 26. Daniel Clavero (Spa) Vitalicio Siguros                         3.42
 27. Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                          3.43
 28. Peter Luttenberger (Aut) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                    3.50
 29. Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas-Pata                              3.50
 30. Filippo Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec               4.00
 31. Andrea Noe' (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                             4.02
 32. William Chann Mcrae (USA) Mapei-Quick Step                     4.03
 33. Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                  4.04
 34. Diego Ferrari (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                        4.06
 35. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                            4.14
 36. Stefano Faustini (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                           4.15
 37. Ermanno Brignoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                   4.15
 38. Josť Manuel Uria Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca             4.24
 39. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                            4.30
 40. Nicola Miceli (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                              4.35
 41. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                                4.35
 42. Roberto Petito (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                          4.35
 43. Hendrik Van dyck (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites                         4.38
 44. Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                     4.41
 45. Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                            4.43
 46. Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                4.43
 47. Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                         4.44
 48. Pieter Vries (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                             4.46
 49. Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                              4.47
 50. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                             4.49
 51. Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Banesto                                 4.58
 52. Massimo Strazzer (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave                    4.59
 53. Simone Borgheresi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                  5.03
 54. Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                   5.03
 55. Angel Edo (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                             5.05
 56. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                               5.09
 57. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria              5.11
 58. Samuele Schiavina (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                    5.14
 59. Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria               5.16
 60. Carlo Marino Bianchi (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                 5.16
 61. Hernan Buenahora (Col) Vitalicio Siguros                       5.18
 62. Andrea Peron (Ita) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                          5.24
 63. Gines Salmeron Martinez (Spa) Vitalicio Siguros                5.26
 64. Inigo Cuesta Lopez de Castro (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank          5.27
 65. Enrico Zaina (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                       5.28
 66. Fabio Baldato (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                             5.36
 67. David Canada Garcia (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                   5.38
 68. Orlando Sergio Gomes Rodrigues (Por) Banesto                   5.42
 69. Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Navigare-Gaerne                           5.42
 70. Aleksandr Shefer (Kaz) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                     5.44
 71. Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                        5.44
 72. Amilcare Tronca (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria                5.46
 73. Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Vitalicio Siguros                      5.49
 74. Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                              5.49
 75. Andrea Brognara (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                     5.50
 76. Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                    5.51
 77. Marco Gili (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria                     5.57
 78. Dario Pieri (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                              5.58
 79. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                   6.01
 80. Richard Virenque (Fra) Team Polti                              6.01
 81. Oscar Mason (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                                6.06
 82. Miguel Angel Pena (Spa) Banesto                                6.06
 83. Biagio Conte (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                               6.06
 84. Rodolfo Ongarato (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                           6.09
 85. Eduardo Hernandez Bailo (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca               6.09
 86. Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                          6.13
 87. Denis Zanette (Ita) Team Polti                                 6.20
 88. Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave              6.25
 89. Fausto Dotti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                               6.28
 90. Jose' Luis Arrieta (Spa) Banesto                               6.29
 91. Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Navigare-Gaerne                            6.33
 92. Felice Puttini (Swi) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria                 6.37
 93. Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites                             6.38
 94. Pascal Richard (Swi) Mobilvetta-Northwave                      6.40
 95. Enrico Cassani (Ita) Team Polti                                6.45
 96. Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                       6.47
 97. Francisco J. Cerezo Perales (Spa) Vitalicio Siguros            6.48
 98. Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                  6.53
 99. Prudencio Indurain (Spa) Vitalicio Siguros                     6.57
100. Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                 6.58
101. Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                     7.04
102. Bo Hamburger (Den) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                        7.05
103. Guido Trenti (USA) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                        7.06
104. Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                     7.10
105. Marco Magnani (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                       7.11
106. Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Polti                               7.12
107. Andreas Klier (Ger) TVM-Farm Frites                            7.17
108. Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                      7.18
109. Francesco Arazzi (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria               7.19
110. Mario Scirea (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                            7.26
111. Oscar Pellicioli (Ita) Team Polti                              7.27
112. Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                7.29
113. Marco Della Vedova (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                         7.30
114. Nicola Minali (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                       7.31
115. Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                        7.45
116. Cristiano Frattini (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                         7.52
117. Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                     7.57
118. David Navas Chica (Spa) Banesto                                8.07
119. Miquel Van Kessel (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                        8.09
120. Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                  8.13
121. Josť Jaime Gonzalez Pico (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca              8.21
122. Giuseppe Calcaterra (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                     8.28
123. Olivier Asmaker (Fra) TVM-Farm Frites                          8.30
124. Josť Maria Jimenez Sastre (Spa) Banesto                        8.43
125. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                      8.43
126. Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                        8.54
127. Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank        8.54
128. Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                        9.29
129. Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                     10.09
130. Stefano Panetta (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                         10.52

GC after Stage 18

  1. Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                  79.30.09
  2. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                        0.44
  3. Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                      1.09
  4. Ivan Gotti (Ita) Team Polti                                    3.12
  5. Sergei Gontchar (Ukr) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                  4.19
  6. Daniel Clavero (Spa) Vitalicio Siguros                         4.47
  7. Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Navigare-Gaerne                          6.16
  8. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                           7.22
  9. Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) Vitalicio Siguros                      8.33
 10. Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                         9.10
 11. Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                 9.21
 12. Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                            9.43
 13. Roberto Heras Hernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca              11.13
 14. Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                     11.21
 15. Nicola Miceli (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                             11.54
 16. Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria              11.56
 17. Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                             12.47
 18. Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                 13.01
 19. Hernan Buenahora (Col) Vitalicio Siguros                      14.17
 20. Josť Manuel Uria Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca            15.01
 21. Peter Luttenberger (Aut) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                   15.44
 22. Enrico Zaina (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                      15.56
 23. Massimo Podenzana (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                 18.33
 24. Richard Virenque (Fra) Team Polti                             18.39
 25. Aleksandr Shefer (Kaz) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                    19.47
 26. Andrea Noe' (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                            20.41
 27. Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                             20.43
 28. Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Liquigas-Pata                          21.24
 29. Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                        22.25
 30. Josť Jaime Gonzalez Pico (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca             23.19
 31. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                  23.39
 32. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                              25.02
 33. Oscar Mason (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                               26.42
 34. Amilcare Tronca (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria               34.57
 35. Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                      36.45
 36. Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                 39.10
 37. Felice Puttini (Swi) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria                39.33
 38. Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Navigare-Gaerne                          45.15
 39. Josť Maria Jimenez Sastre (Spa) Banesto                       45.19
 40. Jose' Luis Arrieta (Spa) Banesto                              46.48
 41. Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                   49.03
 42. Simone Borgheresi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                 49.15
 43. Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                    51.55
 44. Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                    53.08
 45. Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave             54.09
 46. Francisco J. Cerezo Perales (Spa) Vitalicio Siguros           54.57
 47. Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                         55.49
 48. Prudencio Indurain (Spa) Vitalicio Siguros                    59.06
 49. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                          59.22
 50. Riccardo Forconi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                1.00.08
 51. Miguel Angel Pena (Spa) Banesto                             1.01.33
 52. William Chann Mcrae (USA) Mapei-Quick Step                  1.02.12
 53. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria           1.04.17
 54. Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                         1.05.08
 55. Massimo Donati (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                1.05.20
 56. Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Navigare-Gaerne                         1.06.51
 57. Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia             1.10.33
 58. Marco Magnani (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                    1.15.11
 59. Eugeni Berzin (Rus) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria               1.17.39
 60. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                         1.18.07
 61. Fausto Dotti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                            1.18.50
 62. Marco Della Vedova (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                      1.19.09
 63. Filippo Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec            1.20.38
 64. Victor Pena (Col) Vitalicio Siguros                         1.21.25
 65. Orlando Sergio Gomes Rodrigues (Por) Banesto                1.22.09
 66. Roberto Petito (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                       1.22.56
 67. Andrea Peron (Ita) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                       1.25.46
 68. Vjatceslav Ekimov (Rus) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria           1.27.18
 69. Bo Hamburger (Den) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                     1.27.34
 70. Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi              1.29.12
 71. Cristiano Frattini (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                      1.33.59
 72. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                             1.36.17
 73. Pascal Richard (Swi) Mobilvetta-Northwave                   1.38.37
 74. Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                  1.39.58
 75. Ermanno Brignoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                1.41.53
 76. Stefano Panetta (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                       1.42.13
 77. Paolo Valoti (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave                     1.42.22
 78. Mario Scirea (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                         1.42.24
 79. Enrico Cassani (Ita) Team Polti                             1.43.34
 80. Inigo Cuesta Lopez de Castro (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank       1.44.31
 81. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                   1.44.46
 82. Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec               1.46.16
 83. Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Liquigas-Pata                           1.49.27
 84. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                          1.51.16
 85. Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Polti                            1.51.17
 86. Dario Pieri (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                           1.51.43
 87. Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Banesto                              1.52.41
 88. Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                   1.53.25
 89. Diego Ferrari (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                     1.53.48
 90. Angel Edo (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                          1.54.30
 91. Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                       1.54.39
 92. Santos Gonzalez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                    1.54.42
 93. Martin Hvastija (Slo) Ballan-Alessio                        1.55.44
 94. Biagio Conte (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                            1.56.10
 95. Marco Gili (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria                  1.56.22
 96. David Canada Garcia (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank                1.56.41
 97. Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank     1.56.46
 98. Andreas Klier (Ger) TVM-Farm Frites                         1.58.51
 99. Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Vitalicio Siguros                   1.58.59
100. Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                  1.59.02
101. Eduardo Hernandez Bailo (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca            2.00.08
102. Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                   2.00.28
103. David Navas Chica (Spa) Banesto                             2.01.35
104. Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                     2.01.44
105. Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                           2.03.42
106. Rodolfo Ongarato (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                        2.03.48
107. Oscar Pellicioli (Ita) Team Polti                           2.05.32
108. Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites                          2.05.35
109. Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec             2.05.36
110. Samuele Schiavina (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil                 2.06.24
111. Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                     2.06.52
112. Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                     2.07.52
113. Denis Zanette (Ita) Team Polti                              2.14.51
114. Guido Trenti (USA) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                     2.15.08
115. Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank               2.15.14
116. Carlo Marino Bianchi (Ita) Riso Scotti-Vinavil              2.15.17
117. Gines Salmeron Martinez (Spa) Vitalicio Siguros             2.16.12
118. Massimo Strazzer (Ita) Mobilvetta-Northwave                 2.17.05
119. Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                2.17.12
120. Fabio Baldato (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                          2.19.24
121. Andrea Brognara (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                  2.20.41
122. Francesco Arazzi (Ita) Amica Chips-Costa Almeria            2.22.31
123. Nicola Minali (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia                    2.23.25
124. Pieter Vries (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                          2.26.07
125. Giuseppe Calcaterra (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                  2.29.27
126. Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale                     2.30.25
127. Miquel Van Kessel (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites                     2.35.05
128. Stefano Faustini (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                        2.36.21
129. Hendrik Van dyck (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites                      2.37.32
130. Olivier Asmaker (Fra) TVM-Farm Frites                       3.01.48

Overall Teams:

  1. Vitalicio Seguros                                         218.55.09
  2. Mercatone Uno-Bianchi                                          5.49
  3. Team Polti                                                    11.20
  4. Lampre-Daikin                                                 13.24
  5. Kelme-Costa Blanca                                            14.04
  6. Liquigas-Pata                                                 21.16
  7. Mapei-Quick Step                                              32.40
  8. ONCE-Deutsche Bank                                            39.36
  9. Amica Chips-Costa de Almeria                                  40.00
 10. Cantina Tollo-Alexia                                          43.04
 11. Banesto                                                     1.05.30
 12. Saeco-Cannondale                                            1.16.51
 13. Navigare-Gaerne                                             1.17.23
 14. Vini Caldirola-Sidermec                                     1.20.27
 15. Ballan-Alessio                                              1.52.09
 16. Riso Scotti-Vinavil                                         2.15.34
 17. Mobilvetta-Northwave                                        2.36.39
 18. TVM-Farm Frites                                             4.00.57