Giro de Puglia, Cat 2.3

Italy, September 30-October 3, 1997

1996 Results

The Stages

  • Stage 1 - Tuesday, September 30, Foggia - Molfetta, 223 km
  • Stage 2 - Wednesday, October 1, Bari - Lecce, 156 km
  • Stage 3 - Thursday, October 2, Otranto - Maruggio, 173 km
  • Stage 4 - Friday, October 3, Pulsano - Martina Franca, 171 km
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    The Tour of Puglia, is the last European stage race of the season, and began on Tuesday, September 30. Last year's overall winner Fabrizio Guidi will be defending his title and other Italians riding include Nicola Minali, Francesco Casagrande and Davide Rebellin. Neither Claudio Chiappucci nor Gianni Bugno are down to ride. The race will serve as the last evidence of form for Italian worlds team selector Alfredo Martini. Current world champion Johan Museeuw is also taking part and French riders include Luc Leblanc (who is not in Charly Mottet's pre-selection) and Stephane Barthe, Emmanuel Magnien and Christophe Moreau (who are and will have an opportunity to show their form). today

    Recent winners:

    1980 Saronni
    1981 Baronchelli
    1982 Segersall (Swe)
    1983 Noris
    1984 Mantovani
    1985 Contini
    1986 Pagnin
    1987 Bontempi
    1988 Saronni
    1989 Lecchi
    1990 Bontempi
    1991 Fontanelli
    1992 Arnould (Fra)
    1993 Calcaterra
    1994 cancelled
    1995 cancelled
    1996 Guidi


    Lotto: Planckaert, Farazijn, Wauters, Peers, De Wolf, Tchmil, Teteriuk, Fleischer.
    Mapei-GB: Museeuw, Steels, Peeters, Mattan, Bomans, Tafi, Bugno, Camenzind.
    Polti: Merckx, Leblanc, Baldinger, Jaksche.
    Rabobank: Bruyneel, Boogerd, Breukink, Boven, Dekker, Lotz,  McEwen, Piziks.
    Française des Jeux: Patrick D'hont, Rebellin, Gianetti.
    Telekom: Riis, Bolts, Aldag, Henn, Holm, Weseman, Hundertmark.
    Casino: Richard, Elli, Barthe, Massi.
    Saeco: Casagrande, Gotti, Martinello.
    Festina: Bortolami, Rous, Magnien, Boscardin.
    Batik: Berzin, Cenghialta, Minali, Volpi.
    Scrigno: Guidi, Conte, Casarotto.
    Asics: Chiesa, Roscioli.
    Refin: Aggiano, Puttini, Balducci.
    AKI: Pavanello, Zanotti.
    Mercatone Uno: Zberg, Checchin, Bottaro.
    Brescialat: Frattini, Contrini, Velo.
    Cantina Tollo: Valoti, Pozzi.
    Amore e Vita: Magnusson, Forconi.
    Kross: Biasci, Pulnikov, Frigo, Davidenko.
    Ross Mary: Bobrik, Dotti.

    Stage 1, Foggia - Molfetta, 223 km

      1. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino	           6.12.21 (5 sec bonus)
      2. Biagio Conte (Ita) Scrigno			   (2 sec bonus)
      3. Marcus Zberg (Swi) Mercatone Uno		   (1 sec bonus)
      4. Mirko Rossato (Ita) Scrigno
      5. Nicola Minali (Ita) Batik
      6. Fulvio Frigo (Ita) Kross
      7. Marco Bellini (Ita) Asics
      8. Alessio Di Basco (Ita) Saeco
      9. Marco Zanotti (Ita) AKI
     10. Claudio Camin (Ita) Brescialat
     11. Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom
     12. Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Team Polti
     13. Andrei Tchmil (Ukr) Lotto
     14. Franco Maragno
     15. Simone Biasci (Ita) Kross
     16. Casarotto (Ita) Scrigno
     18. Balducci (Ita) Refin
     23. Jo Planckaert (Bel) Lotto
     26. Bjarne Riis (Den) Telekom
     37. Robbie McEwen (Australia) Rabobank
     38. Nico Mattan (Bel) Mapei-GB
     47. Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto
     50. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Francaise des Jeux	0.15
     56. Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-GB			0.20
     58. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-GB			0.22
     59. Bortolami (Ita) Festina-Lotus
     68. Patrick D'Hont (Bel) Francaise des Jeux
     69. Steve De Wolf (Bel) Lotto			0.30
     72. Peter Farazijn (Bel) Lotto
     76. Johan Bruyneel (Bel) Rabobank
     82. Gianni Bugno (Ita) MG-Technogym		1.12
     83. Fra Casagrande (Ita) Saeco
     85. Carlo Bomans (Bel) Mapei-GB		1.12
     87. Brian Holm (Den) Telekom
     90. Caruso (Ita)
     94. Marc Wauters (Bel) Lotto
     95. Erik Breukink (Ned) Rabobank
    100. Ivan Gotti (Ita) Mercatone Uno
    104. Evgeny Berzin (Rus) Batik
    107. Wilfried Peeters (Bel) Mapei-GB
    113. Axel Merckx (Bel) Team Polti
    114. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-GB
    120. Pascal Richard (Swi) Casino
    128. Luc Leblanc (Fra) Team Polti
    131. M. Gianetti (Swi) Francaise des Jeux
    136. Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank			1.34
    144. Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank			2.31
    145. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank		2.31
    146. Guidi (Ita) Scrigno 			3.05

    GC after Stage 1

      1. Jan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino	     6.12.16
      2. Conte (Ita)			0.02
      3. Zberg (Swi)			0.04
      4. Rossato (Ita) 			0.05
      5. Minali (Ita)
      6. F. Frigo (Ita)
      7. Bellini (Ita)
      8. Di Basco (Ita)
      9. Zanotti (Ita)
     10. Camin (Ita)
     50. Rebellin 				0.20
     58. Tafi 				0.27
     59. Bortolami
     82. Bugno				1.17
     83. Fra. Casagrande
     90. Caruso
    146. Guidi				3.10

    Stage Report

    While Johan Museeuw looks to be getting in form for the coming week, Tom Steels is only a shadow of the fast athlete, who won Paris-Nice in March and then the National Championship. With only a few days to Paris-Tours (last year he was second) and the World's (on a course which is not suited to him) there is no good news for Steels. The first stage in the GP Puglia went to a mass sprint and Steels was not in contention.

    Jaan Kirsipuu (Casino) won. For the 28-year old Estonian this was his 9th win for the season, and his 26th win since he turned pro in 1993. Almost all stage wins in smaller tours. And almost all of them won in the last 100 metres by superior sprinting.

    Kirsipuu though took the stage which would have been ideal for Tom Steels. Steels won a month ago at Schaal Sels, and he said it was a sign that his condition was good. The Swiss tour, William Tell also was mean't to bring Tom some hope. But 4 weeks later he is not riding well at all.

    "I have nothing out on the road" Steels analysed. "I shall be nothing more than a helper for Museeuw on Sunday at San Sebastian. I cannot win. Over the last month I trained extra kms for each race, always in the hope that the next one would get better. And that is under almost continual Italian sun. The teammates think it was set up for my sprint, but in the last few kms I could not get a wheel. The doctors have found nothing. How can I know what is going wrong?"

    "Museeuw had everyone looking in the three classics last week" said Davide Rebellin. "Today he did long kms at the front. Our National Coach, Alfredo Martini has him and Jalabert as favourites for the World's Race next week. Museeuw took the compliments without comment.

    He was more concerned with the lot of Wilfried Peeters who along with 30 others hit the alsphalt in a mass pile up. "My knee is painful after it hit against the bars. But it is really not much. Tomorrow I will be the live of the party" Peeters said.

    Stage 2, Bari - Lecce, 156 km

      1. Silvio Martinello (Ita) Saeco		3.25.08 (5 sec bonus)
      2. Mirko Rossato (Ita) Scrigno			(3 sec bonus)
      3. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Festina-Lotus		(1 sec bonus)
      4. Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom
      5. Fulvio Frigo (Ita) Kross
      6. Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Amore e Vita
      7. Nicola Minali (Ita) Batik
      8. Biagio Conte (Ita) Scrigno
      9. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino
     10. Simone Biasci (Ita) Kross
     11. Stéphane Barthe (Fra) Casino
     12. Elio Aggiano (Ita) Refin
     13. Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Team Polti
     14. Claudio Camin (Ita) Brescialat
     15. Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-GB
     16. Marco Bellini (Ita) Asics
     17. M. Zberg (Swi) Mercatone Uno
     18. Andrei Tchmil (Rus) Lotto
     19. Nico Mattan (Bel) Mapei-GB
     20. Casarotto (Ita) Scrigno  
     21. Checchin (Ita) Mercatone Uno 
     22. Bottaro (Ita) Mercatone Uno 
     23. Jaermann (Swi) Casino
     24. Pavanello (Ita) AKI
     25. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-GB
     27. Bjarne Riis (Den) Telekom
     43. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-GB
     47. Wilfried Peeters (Bel) Mapei-GB
     54. Johan Bruyneel (Bel) Rabobank
     55. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
     66. Luc Leblanc (Fra) Team Polti
     69. Marc Waauters (Bel) Lotto
     71. Caruso (Ita)
     72. Evgeny Berzin (Rus) Batik
     73. Gianni Bugno (Ita) MG-Technogym
     77. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Francaise des Jeux
     85. Carlo Bomans (Bel) Mapei-GB		all s.t.
     96. Steve De Wolf (Bel) Lotto			   2.43
    104. Erik Breukink (Ned) Rabobank
    105. Patrick D'Hont (Bel) Francaise des Jeux
    106. Jo Planckaert (Bel) Lotto
    107. Peter Farazijn (Bel) Lotto
    111. Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
    115. Robbie McEwen (Australia) Rabobank
    116. Brian Holm (Den) Telekom
    118. Axel Merckx (Bel) Polti		all fell and were on 2.43
    Retired: Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto

    GC after Stage 2

      1. Jan Kirsipuu 	     9.37.24 	(10 points)
      2. Silvio Martinello	         s.t.	(34 points)
      3. Mirko Rossato 		0.02
      4. Biagio Conte
      5. Markus Zberg 		0.04
      6. Emmanuel Magnien
      7. Fulvio Frigo 		0.05
      8. Nicola Minali
      9. Steffen Wesemann
     10. Marco Bellini
     11. Claudio Camin
     12. Simone Biasci
     13. Ivan Quaranta
     14. Glenn Magnusson
     15. Andrei Tchmil
     20. Bjarne Riis
     21. Nico Mattan 		0.05
     46. Tom Steels 		0.25
     48. Andrea Tafi 		0.27
     56. Johan Bruyneel 		0.35
     64. Wilfried Peeters 		1.17
     66. Johan Museeuw
     69. Marc Wauters
     72. Carlo Bomans		1.17
     88. Michael Boogerd 		2.36
     90. Jo Planckaert 		2.48
     91. Rob McEwen
     98. Patrick D'Hont 		3.10
    101. Steve De Wolf
    102. Peter Farazijn 		3.18
    109. Erik Breukink 		4.00
    110. Brian Holm
    121. Axel Merckx (Bel) Polti
    132. Jan Boven (Bel) 			4.22

    Stage 2 Report

    If there is one time in the day when the Italians are likely to be occupied, it is the mid-afternoon. An Italian is then likely to be having some spaghetti, a glass of wine or an espresso coffee. But this is also the time when the attacks are on for bike riders. In Lecce, there were less than 30 people standing around the finish line when Olympic and World Champion pointscore holder Silvio Martinello won his second stage in the GP van Puglia. The riders rode so fast that the publicity boards were not yet hanging out until the whole spectacle was over.

    But for the best riders in the peloton the last kms were still very difficult on the legs. For them it was business with the World Championships only a matter of days away and there were no compromises to be made. Fabrizio Guidi knows what it is all about. On Tuesday he hit the asphalt for the 13th time this season. The National Coach was soon on the telephone. "Guidi knows what things are. And that he is riding well in Puglia. But it is not his business to be sprinting."

    Museeuw was at the front again. Yesterday, the last hectic meters were without him. "A km or 15 at the top is nothing. We have to do some extra training." said Museeuw. His doctor Yvan Van Molarrived in Lecce yesterday and said "Johan is riding well. He is just nearly there."

    Tom Steels came 15th yesterday.

    Stage 3, Otranto - Maruggio, 173 km

      1. Nicola Minali  (Ita) Batik        4.19.53 (39,989 km/h)
      2. Silvio Martinello (Ita) Saeco
      3. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino
      4. Biagio Conte (Ita) Scrigno
      5. Markus Zberg (Swi) Mercatone Uno
      6. Fulvio Frigo (Ita) Kross
      7. Mirko Rossato (Ita) Scrigno
      8. Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Festina
      9. Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Amore e Vita
     10. Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Refin    all s.t.
     11. Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Polti
     12. Stéphane Barthe (Fra) Casino
     13. Claudio Camin (Ita) Brescialat
     14. Andrei Tchmil (Rus) Lotto
     15. Franco Maragno (Ita)
     16. Elio Aggiano (Ita) Refin
     29. Guidi (Ita) Scrigno
     32. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-GB
     47. Bjarne Riis (Den) Telekom
     60. Caruso (Ita)
     78. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Francaise des Jeux
     79. Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Francaise des Jeux
     85. Gianni Bugno (Ita) MG-Technogym
     98. Fra. Casagrande a 7'28
    101. Bortolami (Ita) Festina
    121. Ivan Gotti (Ita) Saeco
    Started 144, Finished 140
    DNS: Apollonio (Ita), Zanotti (Ita), Bolts (Ger)
    Retired: Ritirati Calzolari (Ita), Fleischer (Ger), Bruyneel (Bel), Baldinger (Ger)


      1. Silvio Martinello (Ita) Saeco          13.57.14
      2. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino                 0.02
      3. Nicola Minali  (Ita) Batik                 0.03
      4. Mirko Rossato (Ita) Scrigno                0.05
      5. Biagio Conte (Ita) Scrigno                 s.t.
      6. Markus Zberg (Swi) Mercatone Uno           0.07
      7. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Festina             s.t.
      8. Fulvio Frigo (Ita) Kross                   0.08
      9. Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Amore e Vita
     10. Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Polti                both s.t.
     11. Claudio Camin (Ita) Brescialat
     12. Marco Bellini (Ita) Asics
     13. Stéphane Barthe (Fra) Casino
     14. Andrei Tchmil (Rus) Lotto
     15. Simone Biasci (Ita) Kross
     42. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Francaise des Jeux	0.23
     44. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-GB			0.30
     58. Caruso (Ita) 					1.20
     62. Gianni Bugno (Ita) MG-Technogym
     94. Guidi (Ita) Scrigno 			5.53
    113. Bortolami (Ita)		               10.41
    119. Fra. Casagrande (Ita) Saeco 	       11.31

    Stage 4, Pulsano - Martina Franca, 171 km/a>

     1. Sergio Barbero (Ita)	     4.09.38 (avs 40.379)
     2. Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Amore e Vita	0.01
     3. Silvio Martinello (Ita) Saeco	0.04
     4. Biagio Conte (Ita) Scrigno		s.t. 
     5. Marcus Zberg (Swi) Mercatone Uno 	s.t. 
     6. Stefano Cecchin (Ita) Mercatone Uno s.t. 
     7. Claudio Camin (Ita) Brescialat s.t. 
     8. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) s.t. 
     9. Stephane Barthé (Fra) Casino 	s.t. 
    10. Andrei Tchmil (Rus) Lotto	 	s.t. 
    12. Nico Mattan (Bel) Mapei-GB 		s.t. 
    59. Peter Farazijn (Bel) Lotto		2.33

    Final GC

     1. Silvio Martinello (Ita) Saeco   18.06.55
     2. Sergio Barbero (Ita) 		s.t.
     3. Glenn Magnusson (Swe) 		0.03
     4. Biagio Conte (Ita) 			0.06 
     5. Marcus Zberg (Swi)			0.08 
     6. Emmanuel Magniem (Fra) 		s.t. 
     7. Claudio Camin (Ita) 		0.09 
     8. Stephane Barthé (Fra) 		s.t. 
     9. Andrei Tchmil (Rus) 		s.t. 
    10. Ivan Quaranta (Ita) 		s.t. 
    14. Nico Mattan 			s.t. 
    49. Peter Farazijn 			5.51

    Stage 4 Report

    De Italiaan Silvio Martinello won the Tour of Puglia on Friday. The Saeco rider had taken the leader's jersey from the Estonian Jan Kirsipuu on Thursday. The fourth and last stage from Pulsano to Martina Franca was won by the Italian Sergio Barbero.

    Johan Museeuw and Axel Merckx completed their Italian preparation for Paris-Tours and the World Championships on Friday when they pulled out of the last stage after 75 kms. The World Champion and Axel put in extra kms on Thursday after the stage (Johan 50 kms and Axel 90 kms) as extra kms.

    They knew the peloton on Friday midday in Martina Franca had nine criterium laps, each one 10 kms, to complete over a dangerous circuit. No risks were to be taken. The preparation of the two Belgians was in constrast to Tom Steels. The Mapei rider rode with Gianni Bugno and Nico Mattan (who is not riding on Sunday) to the end.

    Nearly everyone had to get to the airport at Bari, 80 kms away over slow roads, in order to fly to Rome or Milan on Friday afternoon to pick up a flight to Paris.

    The last stage of the race was of interest to only a few riders. Barbero and Magnusson, tried get a break. But because Silvio Martinelllo waas third even a one second time bonus was significant and so he had an incentive to keep with the two. The end result was to be decided on points. And that meant that no-one could beat Martinello. The 34-year old Venetian is not for nothing - the world and olympic champion at the pointscore.