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4th Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali - 2.3

Italy, March 24-28, 2004

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Stage 1b - March 24: Misano-Misano TTT, 10.7 km

Fassa dominates time trial

Marco Velo (Fassa Bortolo)
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The Fassa Bortolo team took the second half stage in the Settimana Coppi & Bartali, a 10.7 km team time trial in Misano. The silver team won in a time of 12'55, beating Lampre by just 1 second and Panaria by four seconds. Fassa Bortolo's Marco Velo took over the leader's jersey as a result, and dedicated it to his former teammate Marco Pantani.

"The team's victory gave me this jersey," said Velo. "Now we will take it from day to day. But this jersey I share with Marco: I bound my career to him, I lived with Pantani in his best years. In these parts, here in Romagna, we passed a lot of time together at Marco's house, in training, with his family. So this victory and this jersey I dedicate to the Pirate. I only want to remember Marco with his arms in the air, him taking pleasure from cycling. What happened, happened, let's suppose it was a stone from above. I didn't feel him any more and I saw that from the 2003 Giro; I invited him to my wedding but it was impossible to talk to him then. I married on October 24, I called him many times, but nothing. He had vanished.

Fassa Bortolo
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"What has changed with his passing? Pantani was a representative of cycling, I still remember the roar of the fans when he passed through. I still believe in this sport, in San Remo there were so many people. I await the heir of Marco, but he was unique.

"What do I miss about him most? I miss his grim expression, the push that it gave me when I was at his side. I am a rider that will give everything for his captain, yesterday to Marco, today to Petacchi.


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1 Fassa Bortolo                              12.55
2 Lampre                                      0.01
3 Panaria                                     0.04
4 Saeco                                       0.05
5 Alessio-Bianchi                             0.06
6 Domina Vacanze                              0.09
7 Barloworld                                  0.10
8 LBK                                         0.13
9 Vini Caldirola                              0.18
10 Acqua&Sapone

General classification after stage 1b

1 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo           2.21.22
2 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Fassa Bortolo
3 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
4 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
5 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
6 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
7 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre                0.02
8 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre
9 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre
10 Michele Scotto d'Abusco (Ita) Lampre