57th Vuelta a España Preview
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 2 - September 8: Valencia - Alcoy, 144.7 km
Hey you guys! I knew I could do it in the sprint and it went great!!!
When my team manager Claudio Corti explained the stage finish today, I really
thought I could do well. When I checked things out with just 2 km to go, it
looked good so our Saeco-Longoni Sport team went to the front to set things
up. Mapei-Quick Step closed down on Sevilla and the other four guys in the break
and with 1 km to go, it was looking better and better.
My teammates Fabio Sacchi and Gerrit Glomser from Austria did a great job
and I have to thank them above all for their great work when they were in front
in the last kilometre to keep the pace high. They were fantastic!
At 250m, Loda from Fassa Bortolo jumped. I was on his wheel, I went by him
and Zabel, who was coming up from behind couldn't pass me...VITTORIA!!!
I aimed, I shot...and The Killer hit the mark today!
I'm really happy now and it's great to share all these positive emotions with
Team Saeco, with my girlfriend, my family and all my fans all over the world.
Hey you guys, I hope that this is not the last time I'll get to write about
a win in this year's Vuelta.
See you tomorrow,
Danilo Di Luca's official
website - www.danilodiluca.com
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