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85th Giro d'Italia (GT)

Italy, May 11-June 2, 2002

News for May 12, 2002

Latest newsflashes

May 25 - Mathew Hayman interview: Making hay while the sun shines
May 25 - Stage 12 wrap up, Post stage comments, Lunghi wins 12th stage, Simoni out, Saeco cancels journos' football game, Perfetto denies doping
May 24 - Stage 11 wrap up, Post stage comments, Simoni not in the clear yet, Cadel Evans re-launches website, Garzelli case to be heard on June 3, Frigo taken for a ride, Saeco pulls Simoni before B sample announced, Mercatone flicks Sgambelluri
May 23 - Stage 10 wrap up, Post stage comments, Simoni allowed to continue, regardless of B test, Mapei to continue in the Giro
May 22 - Stage 9 wrap up, Garzelli's B sample positive, Post stage comments, Gutted Garzelli to take a break from cycling, Cipollini comments, Castellano comments, Why probenecid?, Policeman admits to supplying Varriale and co. with doping products, Simoni non-negative for cocaine
May 21 - Stage 8 wrap up, Post stage comments, Santi Perez hospitalised with cranial trauma, Garzelli's counter-analysis due on Tuesday, Varriale and the wicked fridge

Complete story index

Post stage comments

Juan Carlos Dominguez (Phonak, 1st)

Juan Carlos Dominguez
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"I was surprised at the turnout of the public. I already saw a lot of people when I rode the course four times in the morning. Then, in my hotel room, I tried to envision it mentally and to memorize it. But I do not think that I won by being the best in the corners, it is more that I took the right lines at the correct time."

"It is by far the best result of my career. After the Vuelta a Aragon last month, Oscar Camenzind had to forfeit the Giro due to a virus. Alvaro Pino [DS] convinced me. At first I was not keen because a three week race such as the Giro does not suit me. But I thought that if I had a good result, it is important for the team as I have had confidence in Alvaro for a long time."

"At the beginning of last season, I was in contact with an Italian team after the disappearance of the Linda McCartney team for which I had signed for. But, finally, I went to Spain. Now, I hope to keep the pink jersey for two days. Beyond that is another question."

Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto-Adecco, 2nd)

Rik Verbrugghe
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"Of course, I am disappointed. One second less...I slipped on the first corner, no doubt due to being too nervous. I lost also time on two or three other corners. But Dominguez is a specialist in these kind of efforts. The gaps are small and bonuses can change a lot of things, with McEwen in our team, who is equally well placed."

Mario Cipollini (Acqua e Sapone 13th)

Mario Cipollini
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"The condition is good but I lost time due to a puncture. In the final few corners, I saw the seconds disappearing. Now, to take the pink jersey, I must win the intergiro (intermediate sprint) and the stage. I will try."

First casualty: Gorazd Stangelj

Slovenian Gorazd Stangelj (Fassa Bortolo) became the first casualty in the Giro when he crashed and broke his collarbone during the prologue in Groningen. He took a corner badly acting on advice from his team [proof that radios aren't always useful] and fell heavily on his left side. He eventually finished the race more than five minutes behind the winner. He was taken to hospital where was diagnosed with a minor concussion as well as a broken left collarbone.

Other riders also fell during the prologue, including CSC's Tyler Hamilton, who crashed into a barrier after slipping on a corner. He remounted and finished the race 34 seconds behind Dominguez, and suffered no major damage.

New Italian national jersey to be revealed during Giro

The jersey to be worn by members of the Italian national team for the next World Championships in Zolder will be presented during stages 15 and 16 of the Giro (Terme Euganee-Conegliano and Conegliano-Corvara in Badia) at the end of May. Contrary to the last few years, the jersey will once again be completely blue, and supposedly made with a new high tech fabric.

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