35th Tirreno-Adriatico - 2.HC

Italy, March 14-21, 2001

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Stage 5 - March 18: Campli-Torricella Sicura ITT, 14.2 km

Fassa Bortolo TT's into the lead

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Roberto Petito
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Serguei Ivanov (Fassa Bortolo) has become the new leader in the ever-changing Tirreno-Adriatico. The Russian placed third in the 14.2 kilometre stage 5 time trial, finishing behind teammate Roberto Petito (1st) and Festina's David Plaza (2nd). Ivanov now leads Petito by just 1 second, with Gabriele Colombo (Cantina Tollo) another second behind.

Petito, winner of the Trofeo Pantalica, clocked 19'47 (43.061 km/h) on the flat course that started in Campli and finished in Torricella Sicura. It was a good comeback for the Italian, who had spent 6 months of last season out with illness.

"I owe a lot to Giancarlo Ferretti [DS of Fassa Bortolo] who continued to trust in me," said Petito. "I gave it everything today and rode very well, but I don't know if I am back to my former level."

"I made a bet with the team doctor that I could finish in the top 3. I won," he added. However, he said it will be up to Ferretti and Ivanov to see whether he will try for the leadership in the race. "Ivanov is going strong - if he can win, none of us would try to steal it."

As for Ivanov, the Russian commented that "There are seven riders within ten seconds. I enjoy first place, to say who will win is impossible".

Tomorrow's 136 kilometre sixth stage is from San Patrizio Monte to San Pietrangeli, and is considered to be reasonably hard.


1 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo              19.47 (43.061 km/h)
2 David Plaza (Spa) Festina                        0.02
2 Sergei Ivanov (Rus)  Fassa Bortolo               0.04
4 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Cantina Tollo             0.05
5 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Saeco Macchine per Caffe  
6 Bradley McGee (Aus) Francaise des Jeux           0.08
7 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio                      0.12
8 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas                   0.13
9 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                   0.15
10 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                       
11 Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Panaria                    0.16
12 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin             0.21
13 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre                   0.24
14 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo        0.28
15 Abraham Olano (Spa) ONCE                        
40 Romans Vainsteins (Let) Domo-Farm Frites        0.53
119 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites           2.09
164 Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom                       3.02

General classification after stage 5

1 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo            16.31.20
2 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo               0.01
3 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Cantina Tollo             0.02
4 David Plaza (Spa) Festina                        0.03
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas                   
6 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Saeco Macchine per Caffe  0.06
7 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                   0.08
8 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio                      0.13
9 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                        0.16
10 Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Panaria                    0.20
Points classification
1 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo            22 pts
2 Biagio Conte (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe    20 
3 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                    19 
Mountains classification
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Cantina Tollo             17 pts
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                 15 
3 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei Quick Step             8