Tour of Lombardy, Italy

World Cup Round 10


Varese-Bergamo 250km, via the climbs of:

Olgiate Comasco 	415m - 	34.5 km
Valbrona 		494m -	72.9 km
Madonna del Ghisallo 	754m -	94.7 km
Colle Brianza 		558m - 125.1 km
Roncola 		854m - 157.0 km
Colle Valpiana		989m - 180.0 km
Colle de Gallo 		753m - 230.0 km

Tour of Lombardy, World Cup Round 9, 250-kms

 1. Andrea Tafi (Italy) 		     5.51.46 
 2. Fabian Jeker (Switzerland) 			2.19
 3. Axel Merckx (Belgium) 			2:22 
 4. Daniele Nardello (Italy) 			2:29
 5. Davide Rebellin (Italy) 			s.t. 
 6. Gianni Bugno (Italy) 			3:03  
 7. Richard Virenque (France) 			3:04
 8. Mauro Gianetti (Switzerland) 
 9. Laurent Jalabert (France) 
10. Andrea Peron (Italy) 		       all s.t. 
11. Stefano Cattai (Ita)          		7:10
12. Dimitri Konyshev (Rus)       		8:27 
13. Johan Museeuw (Bel)          	       12:06
14. Stefano Zanini (Ita)       
15. Oskar Camenzind (Swi)         
16. Laurent Brochard (Fra)       
17. Massimo Apollonio (Ita)       
18. Francesco Casagrande (Ita)    
19. Alessandro Calzolari (Ita)    
20. Alberto Elli (Ita)           	       all s.t. 

21. Chiappucci
22. Den Bakker
23. Roscioli
24. Roux
25. Fois
26. Lebreton
27. Mauleon
28. Lecchi
29. Faustini
30. Bobrik
31. Faresin
32. Pistore
33. Breukink
34. Herve
35. Johnsen
36. Fincato
37. Bartoli
38. Dufaux
39. Furlan
40. Meinert
41. Leblanc
42. Blanco
43. Escartin
44. Gonzalez Arrieta
45. Coppolillo
46. Andersson
47. Santaromita
48. Rominger   all s.t.

(176 starters, 48 classified)

Finished outside time limit: Bontempi, Paluan


Italian Andrea Tafi made a late breakaway on Saturday to win the 250-km Tour of Lombardo as team mate and World Cup holder Johan Museeuw of Belgium failed to sew up the title.

Tafi's late surge at the Colle del Gallo hill just outside Bergamo left no chance for Swiss Fabian Jeker, who finished more than two minutes behind the Italian but managed to beat Belgium's Axel Merckx in a final sprint for second place.

``This is the best day of my life, after marrying my wife,'' said the Tuscan rider, who also won the Paris-Brussels race and the Tour of Lazio this year.

Two thirds of the race was dominated by Swede Michael Andersson, who took an early lead but fell back at the 170-km mark, when he was caught by a group of 10 riders including France's Laurent Jalabert and Italians Daniele Nardello, Davide Rebellin and Gianni Bugno.

Nardello and Rebellin finished joint fourth, Bugno was fifth and Jalabert was joint eighth.

Fatigued, Andersson was unable to stay with the leaders when they broke away 37 kms from the finish. They rode side by side until Tafi turned on the heat at the Colle del Gallo, two kms from the line in this northern hill town.

``I tried a first breakaway, looked back and saw the other two, then tried another, looked back and there was nothing,'' said Tafi.

``To win in cycling you've got to be willing to make sacrifices, and I have made them and now I have been justly awarded,'' added Tafi, who rides with Museeuw's Mapei-GB team and is now ranked fifth in the World Cup standings.

Museeuw, who won the World Cup crown in Bergamo last year despite failing to finish, ended back in the pack. He will now have to wait until the final race of the 11-event series, the Japan Cup on October 27, to try to clinch the title again.

World Cup Standings after Round 10

 1. Johan Museeuw (Belgium)             	162 points
 2. Andrea Ferrigato (Italy)                  	126
 3. Michele Bartoli (Italy)                   	124
 4. Stefano Zanini (Italy)                     	 88
 5. Andrea Tafi (Italy)                        	 87
 6. Lance Armstrong (U.S.)                     	 81
 7. Fabio Baldato (Italy)                      	 77
 8. Alexandre Gonchenkov (Russia)              	 67
 9. Gabriele Colombo (Italy)                   	 58
10. Andrea Tohmil (Ukraine)                   	 56
10 equal. Fabiano Fontanelli (Italy)          	 56
12 equal. Udo Bolts (Germany)                 	 50
12 equal. Pascal Richard (Switzerland)        	 50
12 equal. Davide Rebellin (Italy)             	 50
12 equal. Nicola Minali (Italy)               	 50
16. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita)    		 47 
17. Richard Virenque (Fra)      		 46 
18. Maximilian Sciandri (Gbr)   		 45 
19. Laurent Jalabert (Fra)      		 44 
20. Stefano Cattai (Ita)        		 41