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96th Giro di Lombardia - CDM

Italy, October 19, 2002

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Start time: 10:10 CEST
Estimated finish time: 16:30 CEST

15:00 CEST
Welcome to Cyclingnews.com's live coverage of the 96th Giro di Lombardia, the 10th and final round of the UCI World Cup for 2002. One of the hilliest of all the classics, Lombardia is run over a 251 kilometre parcours, starting in Cantý, and finishing in Bergamo. The principal climbs are the Madonna del Ghisallo (754m, 70 km), Colle del Gallo (763m, 162 km), Selvino (962m, 190 km), Berbenno (665m, 223 km), and the short but steep Colle Aperto climb with 4 km to go.

Today's race will decide the World Cup for 2002, as series leader Paolo Bettini (Mapei) has 279 points compared to Johan Museeuw's 270 points, with Igor Astarloa (Saeco) a distant third on 180 points. It's mathematically possible that Astarloa can win, but it's far more likely that the cup will go to Bettini, as Johan Museeuw chose not to start.

15:06 CEST - 186 km/65 km to go
The race started in Cantý in sunny conditions, with Mario Cipollini showing off his World Championship gold but also not choosing to start.

Paolo Tiralongo (Fassa Bortolo) attacked from a leading group of seven on the Selvino climb. He dropped Guido Trenti (Acqua e Sapone), Alexandre Shefer (Alessio), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole), Enrico Cassani, Kim Kirchen (Fassa Bortolo), and Bram De Groot (Rabobank), who had escaped after only 15 km. These chasers have fallen back to the bunch, which is led by Francesco Casagrande and Joseba Beloki.

15:10 CEST - 188 km/63 km to go
The leader Paolo Tiralongo (Fassa) is approaching the top of the Selvino pass, which has its summit at 962m. He is being chased by a bunch of 20 or so riders, including Kirchen, and Casagrande (Fassa), Beltran (Coast), Beloki (ONCE), Bruylandts (Domo), Simoni (Saeco), and several Lampres. Bettini is not there, but is in a second chasing group.

Bruylandts attacks, and Casagrande is straight on his wheel. Simoni looks quite comfortable too has he brings the bunch back. Bruylandts is first to the feed zone and grabs a musette.

15:14 CEST - 190 km/61 km to go
Tiralongo reaches the top of the Selvino climb, with about 1'10 lead on the Casagrande chasing group, which is motoring along.

The Bettini/Di Luca chasing group is at 1'55.

15:14 CEST - 190 km/61 km to go
Tiralongo reaches the top of the Selvino climb, with about 1'10 lead on the Casagrande chasing group, which is motoring along.

The Bettini/Di Luca chasing group is at 1'55.

15:20 CEST - 196 km/55 km to go
Some more names in the 16 man group chasing Tiralongo: Mancebo, Piepoli (iBanesto), Casagrande, Basso, Kirchen (Fassa Bortolo), Astarloa, Simoni (Saeco), Frigo (Tacconi), Beltran (Coast), Guerra (Index), Rebellin (Gerolsteiner), Bruylandts (Domo), Vinokourov (Telekom).

They are being chased by a group containing Bartoli, Bettini, Nardello, Kessler, Flecha, Moos, and Di Luca, who have managed to bridge the gap on the descent.

15:28 CEST - 202 km/49 km to go
More riders have bridged up to the chasing group on the descent of the Selvino, and there are now about 40 riders chasing the lone Paolo Tiralongo, who is now climbing up towards Bracca.

Guerra (Index-Alexia) has attacked the peloton in pursuit of Tiralongo. Then Marcelino Garcia Alonso (CSC) goes after them, but can't get much of a gap.

15:33 CEST - 203 km/48 km to go
Simoni and Missaglia fall on the Bracca climb. There is a tangle of bikes, but they get going again and should catch the peloton.

Tiralongo has 45 seconds on Guerra, 55 seconds on Garcia Alonso, and 1 minute on the peloton.

15:36 CEST - 205 km/46 km to go
Tiralongo is negotiating this very technical descent after Bracca, with a 20 second lead on Guerra, and 30 seconds on Garcia Alonso. The peloton is not too far behind, and it looks as though Simoni and Missaglia have got back on after their fall a few km ago.

15:40 CEST - 209 km/42 km to go
Guerra catches Tiralongo at the base of the descent, and the pair start to work together, with Guerra looking strong. Garcia Alonso is still trying to close the gap, while the peloton is fooling around deciding whether to chase. The gap is 1'05.

15:46 CEST - 213 km/38 km to go
In front Guerra seems to be doing most of the work as Tiralongo has quite a few teammates in the chasing group. Garcia Alonso is still trying to bridge, but is at 50 seconds. The peloton is at 1'04, with attacks continuing to break things up.

Daniele Nardello (Mapei), Filippo Simeoni (Acqua e Sapone) and Caruso (ONCE) have a small gap to the peloton. They catch Garcia Alonso.

15:52 CEST - 216 km/35 km to go
Danilo Di Luca (Saeco) is doing a big turn on the front of the peloton to try and bring back the Nardello group. He succeeds at the base of the Berbenno. Di Luca is probably working for Simoni and Astarloa, who are the Saeco team leaders today.

The gap to Paolo Tiralongo and Alessandro Guerra is now 45 seconds. But Guerra is too strong for Tiralongo, and rides away from him at the bottom of the Berbenno.

15:58 CEST - 219 km/32 km to go
Casagrande decides that the Saeco train is not going fast enough, and ups the tempo on the Berbenno. He causes some damage and the peloton is down to 10 riders. Simoni and Astarloa are there, but Bettini isn't.

The pace slows again, as Mancebo leads the pursuit of Guerra who is rapidly coming back to the bunch.

16:03 CEST - 221 km/30 km to go
Guerra is caught by the 20 man bunch halfway up the Berbenno. Simoni sets the pace, with Beloki and Casagrande alongside him. Massimo Codol (Lampre) takes over as Beltran decides to attack. Codol goes after him and drags the peloton up.

16:07 CEST - 223 km/28 km to go
Basso is next to have ago, then Frigo who has been lurking at the back of the bunch. However the Fassa boys don't want to let Frigo go. He attacks again, this time it's Simoni and Duma? (Panaria) who chase him down.

16:11 CEST - 226 km/25 km to go
Paolo Bettini is in a small chasing group over the top of the Berbenno, but he should get back onto the leaders. He just needs to score 2 points today to ensure that he'll win the World Cup. That's providing Igor Astarloa wins the race and earns 100 points.

Massimo Codol (Lampre) attacks on the descent of the Berbenno.

Bettini's group gets back onto the 20 or so leaders. Dario Frigo tries to get up to Codol, but Simoni and the peloton are right on his wheel.

16:17 CEST - 231 km/19 km to go
There is a general regrouping of the peloton on the descent of the Berbenno, with Massimo Codol (Lampre) holding a 20 second lead in front. He has less than 20 km to go, with a couple more climbs.

16:21 CEST - 235 km/15 km to go
An attack by Cedric Vasseur bridges the gap to Codol, who waits for him. The pair have a much better chance of staying away if they are together. The peloton is at 15 seconds.

16:25 CEST - 239 km/12 km to go
Matthias Kessler (Telekom) attacks from the peloton, but is caught. Vinokourov counter attacks. Dave Bruylandts chases him as they hit another small climb. Bruylandts can't close the gap and Vinokourov makes it up to Vasseur and Codol.

Sacchi and Mancebo make a big effort to close it, but they can't.

Paolo Bettini is sitting on Igor Astarloa's wheel in the peloton.

16:30 CEST - 242 km/9 km to go
Vinokourov decides to attack the two leaders, and only Vasseur succeeds in staying with him. They two have less than 10 seconds lead on the peloton with 9 km to go.

The peloton, led by Sacchi and the Fassa Bortolos, are strung out in pursuit. They catch and pass Codol. They catch Vino and Vasseur, with Tossato and Stangelj (Fassa) leading the train.

16:33 CEST - 245 km/6 km to go
There are six Fassa Bortolo riders at the front of the peloton, setting things up for an attack on the Boccola climb by Basso or Casagrande (unless Bartoli has the legs). There are around 35 riders in the peloton.

16:35 CEST - 247 km/4 km to go
Pablo Lastras (iBanesto) attacks at the base of the Boccola. The climb is cobbled and steep. Lastras struggles as Simoni leads the peloton.

Vinokourov closes the gap to Lastras, followed by Mancebo, Basso and Casagrande.

16:37 CEST - 248 km/3 km to go
Casagrande attacks over the top, with Vinokourov on his wheel. It's not good enough, and six or seven riders get back on, including Mancebo, Beltran, Rebellin and Basso.

Bettini is in trouble, but should still finish in the World Cup points.

16:39 CEST - 250 km/1 km to go
Bartoli has survived the climb too - he can sprint. There are about 15 riders still in contention. Camenzind, Simoni, Astarloa, Beltran, are all there.

16:40 CEST - 251 km/0 km to go
It's an uphill sprint. Casagrande starts it, and Bartoli jumps from 250m and wins from Rebellin and Camenzind. Impressive finish! Bartoli was yo-yoing off the back of the lead pack all day, but came good at the end to take his sixth ever World Cup.

Bettini takes the World Cup overall from Museeuw and Bartoli, while Mapei-Quick Step takes the team classification in its last ever World Cup.

Thank you for following the live coverage of the World Cup (and everything else) on Cyclingnews this year. We'll be back with our live reports in the Tour Down Under in January next season. See you then!

Results

Unofficial
1 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 2 David Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 3 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak 4 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre 5 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 6 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 7 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport 8 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Panaria 9 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom 10 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast 11 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com 12 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco Final World Cup standings 1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 2 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 3 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo Teams 1 Mapei-Quick Step

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