57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Vai Dani! Danilo Di Luca's Vuelta diary
Danilo Di Luca
Photo: © Sirotti
Team: Saeco-Longoni Sport
Italian speedster Danilo Di Luca from the Saeco-Longoni Sport Team will be
writing a diary for Cyclingnews.com during this year's Vuelta a España.
The classy rider has been in excellent form leading into the 2002 Vuelta, with
a recent victory in the Giro Del
Veneto showing he has hit Spain's major tour with motivation and speed.
With his consistent performances in Italy during August, Di Luca is looking
to the Vuelta with confidence. "The Giro del Veneto was my last race before
the Vuelta... we've got big plans for the Spanish race. Simoni will be going
for the overall and I'm looking for stage wins."
Index to all entries
Stage 14 - September 21: Santander - Gijón, 190.2 km
Normal stage until the disaster
Yes guys, today's stage could have been a Xerox of yesterday's stage with
the long break...the group didn't close down on the break because the leaders
teams were not that interested with the big climbing stage coming up tomorrow.
The program of the stage was almost identical to Friday until...a big surprise
happened and our destiny came along wholesale.
The escort motorcycles that were riding just ahead of the race kind of crashed
into each other and one even lost it's side mirror. Then badabing-badaboom!
We all fell down...the group was riding hard at 60km/hr so it all became a big
mess. 60 riders hit the deck!! Bikes were all over the place...eventually all
they all piled up in big heap. I saw Lombardi and Escartin on the ground and
a lot of others like Ferrara who had a hard time finishing the stage after this
I ended up OK after the big crash so I want to conclude today's diary with
best get-well wishes to all the riders who crashed in the stage. Tomorrow the
see you soon,
Danilo Di Luca's official
website - www.danilodiluca.com
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