88th Giro d'Italia - PT
Italy, May 7-29, 2005
Results & report
Stage 5 - May 12: Celano - L'Aquila, 223 km
Complete live report
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vantage point, from where we are watching the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia.
At 223 km, today's stage is another long one - the third one over 200 km in
a row, in fact. Starting in the heart of Abruzzo in Celano, the parcours winds
its way north to L'Aquila, climbing into the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo with
two KOM's within 60km of each other. Then there's a long descent that leads
to the toughest GPM of the day, Goriano Sicoli, a steep 4 km ramp with some
sections up to 16%. From there, it's a rolling romp to the finish in L'Aquila
The Intergiro is located at Sulmona (km 136), while the
three climbs are at km 46.5, km 91, and km 161. The finish is also uphill, so
it's definitely not a day for the sprinters. A breakaway of lesser knowns might
succeed today, or the main GC men will fight it out, with Di Luca, Cunego, Bettini,
and Garzelli favourites if all the breaks are caught.
Today's stage started at 11:18 am
with all 191 riders who finished yesterday, including a rather sore Baden Cooke,
rolling out from Celano. After 10 km, Gerolsteiner's Frank Høj made the first
attack, and was caught by another seven riders before the peloton pegged them
back at km 12. At km 16, Angel Gomez Gomez (Saunier Duval) made the next move,
but it too only lasted 2 km.
Ruslan Ivanov (Domina Vacanze) was
slightly more successful when he went at km 20, winning an intermediate cash
sprint at Ortucchio before being caught by Andrea Moletta (Gerolsteiner), Rory
Sutherland (Rabobank), Angel Gomez Gomez (again), and Erik Baumann (T-Mobile).
They were joined by Dmitri Fofonov (Cofidis), Rene Andrle (Liberty Seguros),
and Matteo Tosatto (Fassa Bortolo) at km 25.
Within a few km, the
group had two minutes and there was a counter attack from the peloton, with
Vladimir Miholjevic (Liquigas), Filippo Pozzato (Quick.Step), Christian Werner
(T-Mobile) and nine others going off in pursuit. They managed to peg the gap
back to 40 seconds, with the main bunch another minute back. But Werner and
Pozzato were both suffering, as was Baumann in the front group.
maglia rosa, Paolo Bettini, and Wim Van Huffel (Davitamon-Lotto) were next to
go, catching the chasing group after 37 km to form 14 chasers against seven
in front. Steve Zampieri (Phonak) also tried to get across on his own as the
leaders reached the first climb of the day, the Passo del Diavolo. Ivanov was
first over, followed by Moletta and Sutherland.
On the descent, the
14 chasers caught the seven in front to form a group of 21, while Zampieri was
captured by the main bunch. The leaders: Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step), Matteo
Tosatto (Fassa), Vladimir Miholjevic and Charly Wegelius (Liquigas), Jose Rujano
Guillen and Ivan Parra (Selle Italia), Angel Gomez Gomez and Joaquin Rodriguez
Oliver (Saunier), Ruslan Ivanov (Domina), Dariusz Baranowski, Rene Andrle, Koldo
Gil Perez (Liberty Seguros), Andrea Moletta (Gerolsteiner), Wim Van Huffel (Davitamon-Lotto),
Evgeni Petrov (Lampre), Rory Sutherland and Theo Eltink (Rabobank), Dmitri Fofonov
(Cofidis), Sandy Casar (FDJ), Dmitri Muravyev (CA), David Lopez Garcia (Euskaltel).
14:58 CEST 120km/103km to go
And that's not all
At 62 km, David Lopez (Euskaltel) and Joaquin Rodriguez (Saunier)
attacked the front group, but were caught 10 km later. The main peloton was
now at 5'30 and losing time, with the average speed after two hours at 36 km/h.
On the second climb, the Cat. 2 Valico di Monte Godi, Tosatto attacked with
Rujano and Miholjevic, and they crossed the summit in that order. It all came
back on the descent, and the main peloton was at 8'50 back after three hours
of racing, with the average speed at 36.45 km/h. We're now at about 100 km to
go, with the same 21 riders together - including maglia rosa Bettini.
Paolo Bettini is definitely a favourite
for this stage, as he's in the break. It's not often that the other GC riders
will let the race leader go, but Bettini isn't going to threaten in the big
mountains later on. And he probably wants revenge for being relegated to fourth
after shutting the door on Baden Cooke in yesterday's sprint. Bettini and his
team continue to deny that there was any wrongdoing on his part, but it is fairly
clear that he started near the middle of the road and finished on the left.
Cyclingnews' John Trevorrow spoke to Baden Cooke again this morning,
and the Australian was in surprisingly good spirits as he oversaw his new bike
being set up. He was a bit concerned that it was done to perfection, as he is
quite meticulous. "The injuries aren't too bad," he said. "But my neck is bloody
sore and I see why when I looked at Gazzetta dello Sport this morning. The photo
shows my neck at right angles to my body.
"I smashed the bike, smashed
the forks, broke the seat...Hopefully it's not too far out. You don't want to
go up the hills with slightly the wrong position. You can blow up a knew or
something. Trying to get the plumb bob on the side of a hill doesn't make much
Cooke said that he hadn't spoken to Bettini this morning,
although just after we interviewed him, the Italian came over and Cooke ignored
him. Bettini then went over to the FDJ officials and explained his point (that
his chain slipped and he didn't know Cooke was there).
giving an inch," said Cooke. "He will not admit he's wrong. A few Italian journalists
asked me if I'll shake his hand today. I'll shake hands with him when he admits
he put me into the barriers. One minute he's saying my chain slipped, next he's
saying he didn't do anything. So which is it? Chain slipping or didn't do anything?
"Some of the Italian media are saying he didn't do anything wrong. Silvio Martinello
is quoted as saying 'Cooke's wrong. The rules are clear; a rider can't change
their line in the last 200m, but Cooke made a mistake to try and pass on the
inside' I was just trying to get around him! What was I going to do? Go up on
the footpath? Anyone who says I chose the wrong side...there was only 20 centimetres
in it. We were almost in the middle of the road. If anything, the road was bending
the other , so I've really come around the outside. There was no wind. I didn't
go for any advantage there. I could have gone left or right. I only had 20 centimetres
more on the other side - there was no difference."
15:16 CEST 137km/86km to go
The 21 leaders have
now reached the Intergiro after a long descent off the Monte Godi climb. The
peloton has stepped on the gas a bit, and has cut the deficit back to 4'05.
15:21 CEST 140km/83km to go
The lead group is
still big at 20 riders or so, and Bettini is marking time at the back of the
Bettini won the Intergiro, gaining 6 actual bonus seconds,
8 points for the points classification, 30 Intergiro seconds for the Intergiro
GC, and 1000 euros. Yes, it's that simple. In second place was Baranowski, then
Miholjevic, Van Huffel and Petrov.
15:22 CEST 153km/70km to go
The cooperation is
fairly poor in the front group, and that's probably why the organised peloton
is pulling them back. There should be some attacks soon.
15:26 CEST 155km/68km to go
The 21 leaders are
now riding through Corfinio. It's not really a sunny day, but it doesn't look
like rain at the moment. The next and last climb is starting quite soon.
15:32 CEST 157km/66km to go
Some HR info, as
they start to climb. Charly Wegelius, who is in the front group, is sitting
on 139 / 195, so he's got a bit in the tank, so to speak. We do believe that
the high numbers are the riders' maximums, and not their ATs. But it could be
that the maximums are a 5 bpm out, depending on how they were measured.
Rory Sutherland (Rabobank) has attacked the lead group. That'll make the heart
rates go up. He's in Raiano, just before the main climb of Monte Urano. No reaction
The peloton is getting closer too,
and is at 2'48. Sutherland has 18 seconds on the 20 followers, who are being
led by Van Huffel.
15:34 CEST 158km/65km to go
back and sees that he has a decent gap. He gets out of the saddle and starts
the climb with 30 seconds. There are more trees up here, but it's not quite
like the bush back home in Canberra.
The chase group is starting
15:37 CEST 160km/63km to go
Rujano and Fofonov
go after Sutherland as the climb gets really steep. Rujano rides away from the
Kazakh rider, who rejoins the group. Wegelius and Rodriguez, both in the lead
group, are at 170/195 (roughly the same maximums and heart rates). That's starting
Lampre and Discovery are leading
the peloton, which is rapidly closing in on the main break. Discovery had a
bad day yesterday, with both Paolo Savoldelli and Tom Danielson losing 40-50
seconds after being caught behind crashes.
We spoke to Discovery's
Ryder Hesjedal this morning to ask about yesterday's stage: "Yeah, we had a
bit of bad luck yesterday with Paolo getting caught up in that crash at the
end. A bunch of us were caught up and there wasn't enough guys to help him get
back. That's how it goes. Today's hills and stuff, so we've got to keep it together
to limit the damage yesterday."
Rujano has caught Sutherland and
goes right past. Sutherland doesn't even attempt to catch the Venezuelan.
Bettini's group is at 43 seconds, with the peloton at 2'25.
15:43 CEST 160km/63km to go
Koldo Gil (Liberty)
has now caught Sutherland, who lets him go. Rujano still leads.
the peloton, it's Panaria chasing. It's only four kilometres, but it's not a
nice climb. Cunego, Di Luca, Basso are all near the front. Simoni is a bit further
back. The peloton is still 100+ riders.
Various spectators run after Rujano
and Gil, but no hooligans today. Apparently the idiots who ripped Bramati's
number off two days ago were "professional hooligans" and known by police.
15:48 CEST 161km/62km to go
Rujano looks good
as he nears the summit of Monte Urano. He's at the top, taking the 10 points
for the Cat. 1 climb. That should give him the green jersey.
Koldo Gil is next over, the Liberty
rider wrestling with his bike over the final 500m. He crosses at 54 seconds.
Van Huffel, Eltink, Parra, Bettini
and another rider are at 1'05. Then Sutherland and Lopez at 1'32, then Wegelius
and Miholjevic at 1'50, Casar and Andrle at 1'53. Then the peloton, which catches
Tosatto, Moletta and Baranowski at the top at 2'30.
15:55 CEST 166km/57km to go
Rujano and Gil are
now together, after Rujano waited a bit on the descent. Two leaders, with Bettini's
group at about 20 seconds.
16:00 CEST 168km/55km to go
The cooperation is
really poor in front of the race. They'll never get to the finish. Rujano and
Gil have now been caught, and we have a group with: Jose Rujano Guillen and
Ivan Parra (Selle Italia), Koldo Gil Perez (Liberty Seguros), Paolo Bettini
(Quick.Step), Evgeni Petrov (Lampre) Wim Van Huffel (Davitamon-Lotto), Theo
Eltink (Rabobank), Charly Wegelius (Liquigas), Joaquin Rodriguez (Saunier Duval).
Then there's a chase group with Casar, Baranowski, Ivanov, Miholjevic and Sutherland.
The cooperation is pretty ordinary in the peloton too. They've sat up. Who's
going to chase? Panaria? Lampre? Petrov is in the front group, so Lampre doesn't
have to do much.
16:03 CEST 173km/50km to go
The leaders have
50 km to go as a few Lampre riders - Marius Sabaliauskas and Gorazd Stangelj
- get to the front of the peloton. There's also a Discovery and Cofidis rider
there. O'Grady is in the main peloton.
1'00 between the two front
groups, with the peloton at around 3'00.
16:06 CEST 174km/49km to go
The peloton is getting
more organised now with the two Lampres in front, then one each from Discovery
and Cofidis, then a couple from CSC.
The leading nine have 3'35 to
the main bunch now, with the chase group of six - Sutherland (Rabobank), Lopez
(Euskaltel), Casar (FDJ), Baranowski (Liberty), Miholjevic (Liquigas), Ivanov
(Domina Vacanze) - at 1'00-ish.
Basso has a bit of a joke with Selle
from Panaria. They're not riding that hard yet.
The temperature is
16 degrees at the moment. There's a lot of grey cloud cover.
is now at 156/194 (80%), and he knows it.
We spoke to Lotto's Nick Gates this
morning before the start. Gates has been doing a good job for his teammate McEwen
up until now, but he had a bit of a scare yesterday when he crashed at 50 km
to go, and took the skin off under his thigh (somehow). "I had a big one. I
had to get back up and ride at the front. I'm a bit sore today I can tell you,"
His director Allan Peiper added, "I was right behind
him. He hit this rock, and went straight up in the air. He was soaring through
the air, like he was flying, come down and hit the gutter. And another bloke
landed on the top of him."
16:12 CEST 176km/47km to go
six man push is now at 1'35 from the nine leaders. They ain't coming back. The
peloton is at 3'28. Steady.
Stangelj and Sabaliauskas have been
the main riders working in the peloton to try to get the front group back.
In front, Bettini (maglia rosa), asks for some help from Lampre's Petrov, who
is probably under orders not to work with the race leader. The two Selle Italia
riders, Parra and Rujano, are working hard though, because they have a decent
chance of winning today. It you take Bettini out of the equation :-)
In front, Rodriguez attacks, and
his heart rate goes from 160 to 176 (max of 195) in quick time. It's uphill
now, but this is not a classified climb.
A couple of Liquigas riders have
moved to near the front of the peloton behind the two Lampres, probably to start
things moving for Di Luca. Despite having Wegelius in front, Liquigas will probably
want to bring the break back because Bettini's going to be hard to beat.
In any case, Joaquin Rodriguez (Saunier Duval) is leading the race at the moment.
He's on 168/196, while Wegelius is on 147/194. It's harder on your own.
16:22 CEST 181km/42km to go
Peloton still at
3'30, but now just one minute behind the second chase group with Baranowski
There's a bit of action in the first chase group behind
Rodriguez, as Eltink and Bettini stir things up. Bettini goes again in pursuit
of Parra. Wegelius on his wheel. It comes together. Still eight riders chasing.
Aha, now Liquigas is working in front of the peloton.
16:24 CEST 182km/41km to go
Eltink attacks the
Bettini group, and there's a reaction.
Behind, the Baranowski/Casar/Miholjevic/Sutherland/Ivanov/Lopez
group is caught by the peloton, led by Liquigas' green team. Benoît Joachim
(Discovery) is in third wheel, then Vasseur (Cofidis).
16:26 CEST 183km/40km to go
Rodriguez goes under
the 40 km to go banner, which is at the top of the climb. The Bettini group
is about 25 seconds back.
16:28 CEST 185km/38km to go
hammers on the descent, and tries to hold off the group behind him. The peloton
is hurting en masse, as Beloki moves up towards the front. Haven't seen much
of him lately. He's working for his teammates in this Giro, especially Scarponi,
with a view to the Tour and beyond.
Miholjevic, Andriotto and Milesi
are the men working for Liquigas.
The peloton is at 3'12 at the top
of the climb.
16:30 CEST 188km/35km to go
to drive it down a steady descent, on slightly wet roads. There are a few spots
of rain. He goes under 35 km to go with 26 seconds on Bettini's chase group
of eight, which is as organised as it's ever going to be, i.e. not very.
In the Bettini group, no-one can
really decide who is meant to work. Wegelius looks back - he doesn't want to
work, as his team is chasing hard on the front of the peloton!
The Bettini group moseys along around
a few hairpins, with the two Selle Italias trying to keep some momentum going.
33 seconds to Rodriguez, who is on 144/195. Doing it easy on the descent.
16:33 CEST 191km/32km to go
It's a fairly sinuous
descent. Tortuous even. The rain is coming down a little harder but Rodriguez
isn't too bothered. That'll make it harder to chase.
Rodriguez now has 40 seconds on Bettini's
group (Bettini, Rujano, Parra, Gil, Petrov, Van Huffel, Eltink, Wegelius) and
3'00 on the bunch.
Now it's slippery for Rodriguez,
who crosses a train track and is at the bottom of the descent. Now it goes uphill
again. So simple is it.
16:38 CEST 192km/31km to go
Bettini leads his
group to the bottom of the descent and up the final climb. The gap is 36 seconds
to the leader, with the peloton slowly closing at 2'48. Bettini, if he has the
legs, will want to close the gap on this climb.
16:39 CEST 193km/30km to go
goes under the 30 km to go banner, getting into his rhythm on this fairly small
climb. The chasers, led by maglia rosa Bettini, are at 45 seconds.
The peloton is in one long line now
as it reaches the last climb. Prologue winner Brett Lancaster (Panaria) is still
there, but a long way back. Lancaster also crashed in the fourth stage, as he
explained to his this morning: "I crashed, yes, and hurt my knee. I'll just
have to see what happens. I was in the big crash at 10km to go. But that's cycling.
It only hurts when I pedal.
"The muscles are badly bruised, and I
have a cut knee. I'll just try to get through it. It was a great day for our
team yesterday (with Mazzanti's win), but I really feel sorry for Cookie. It's
a shame for Cookie because he definitely had the legs. Mazzanti said he didn't
see it, he had his head down. He heard it but didn't see it."
16:46 CEST 195km/28km to go
and Andriotto are driving the peloton on this final climb up from Fontecchio.
The rain has stopped, but it could start again at any moment. Plenty of riders
are being shelled now, and it looks like Brian Vandborg (CSC) is one of the
last in a group.
Rodriguez is riding in his big chainring with a
42 second lead on Bettini's group, and 2'40 to the peloton. He definitely has
a good chance of winning today. He's really hurting now.
16:48 CEST 197km/26km to go
Rodriguez goes through
the centre of Fontecchio on a road that's about 2m wide. That's going to be
interesting for the peloton. The chasers have closed it to 20 seconds or so.
16:49 CEST 198km/25km to go
It's all Liquigas,
all the time in the main bunch as Joaquin Rodriguez gets to 25 km to go. He's
pedaling in rectangles, and the chasers are just 14 seconds behind him.
The bunch is through Fontecchio, safely.
16:51 CEST 199km/24km to go
At 25 km to go, Liquigas
tows the peloton through at 1'23. Oh dear. Now there are six Liquigas men in
front, with Cioni and Di Luca there. I think it'll be another Di Luca / Cunego
16:52 CEST 200km/23km to go
In the chase group,
Van Huffel does a big turn and flicks the elbow to ask Wegelius to come through.
But the Brit doesn't, as he is under orders from his team. Instead it'sBettini
Rodriguez is caught at 23.56 km to go. All that breakaway
time gone down the sink.
Rodriguez is back to 142/195, while Wegelius
is at 156/196.
In response to a reader, yes we do
have Yoda on hand to dish out words of wisdom. Probably a hang over from the
garden gnome phenomenon that we had the other day.
16:54 CEST 202km/21km to go
The peloton is still
quite large - well over 100 riders. Matt White is at the back, signaling for
a drink or three. He'll be trying to help Stuey today.
16:56 CEST 204km/19km to go
Di Luca looks good
as he sits behind his green train. It looks like Petacchi and McEwen have survived
too, but we're not 100 percent sure.
The nine man break is at 0'43
with 20 km to go. Bettini's probably a bit annoyed at that.
Wegelius gives Petrov a push in the
break as Eltink and Parra attack!
16:58 CEST 205km/18km to go
Two riders are chasing
them, looks like Gil is one of them. Petrov is the other. Four leaders.
Seven Liquigas riders in front of the bunch. Joachim and Barry move Savoldelli
up. Di Luca chats to Sacchi.
Parra, Eltink, Gil and Petrov are
the leaders now with the peloton in full flight behind them, at 37 seconds.
Bettini and the rest of the break have been caught.
17:01 CEST 208km/15km to go
Now Wegelius is working
in the peloton, as the long green train gets going. They just need to catch
these four leaders and lead out Di Luca for the victory. Again, so simple is
17:02 CEST 209km/14km to go
CSC is also near
the front of the peloton, working for Basso of course. At 15 km to go, it's
still a good 40 seconds. Basso is getting advice from Peron on the finish.
17:04 CEST 210km/13km to go
Cunego moves up in
the peloton as Bettini takes Di Luca's wheel. That's probably a good spot to
be. It's very tight, with riders extremely close to each other. Zanini cruises
up next to Simoni. Wiggins also there. It's 42 seconds. The four are doing well.
17:06 CEST 212km/11km to go
Petacchi is in the
bunch too of course. Can he survive the finishing climb into l'Aquila? Hmm,
Liquigas is working a bit harder now. No help from
any of the other teams.
In the break, Petrov does a strong
turn, then Eltink. Parra rolls through next, followed by Gil. Then it starts
The Liquigas train hasn't done much damage to the break -
it's still 40 seconds. Now CSC moves up.
17:09 CEST 215km/8km to go
It's 38 seconds with
10 km to go. CSC and Liquigas are working, as other teams just move their riders
to the front without actually contributing.
Crash - Nardello is down.
And another Euskaltel. And a Phonak. Euskaltel's David Lopez, who was in the
early break, is down, but he's at least moving. Might have broken something.
Nardello is cut up but he's standing. He gets a spare bike and doesn't look
too happy about riding it.
Lopez is lying on his side in the gutter,
as the ambulance pulls up.
17:10 CEST 215.5km/7.5km to go
The leaders still
have 38 seconds with 8 km to go. No, now it's 30 seconds.
Lopez is out of the race. Bad luck for the Orange Team again.
17:11 CEST 216km/7km to go
CSC and Discovery
have brought some fresh blood into the chase. That's knocked a bit of time off.
17:12 CEST 216.5km/6.5km to go
CSC drives hard
and now Fassa puts two men up there. Is that Bruseghin? Maybe Petacchi is feeling
ok. Peron doing a turn, then Blaudzun and Sacchi.
25 seconds as the
leaders start to climb up to L'Aquila.
Sascha Urweider was also in
17:12 CEST 217km/6km to go
The leaders are losing
time to the CSC chase. The bunch is big, probably 80 riders. 15 seconds. It'll
be over soon.
17:13 CEST 218km/5km to go
Blaudzun does a big
turn in front and pulls off. The leaders have 6 seconds at 5 km to go. They're
riding at 50 km/h now.
17:14 CEST 219km/4km to go
It's over. Gruppo
compatto with 4 km left. Parra tries on his own, but he'll just put himself
into complete oxygen debt for the sake of his sponsors. He lasts 30 seconds.
CSC is mashing the peloton. Basso is in fourth wheel.
Petacchi's in about 10th wheel, ahead
of Di Luca. Mazzanti is there, and Cunego, Leukemans, Bettini, Cioni, Pozzato.
17:16 CEST 220km/3km to go
3 km and it's one
long line as CSC keeps its position at the top of the peloton. But they're running
out of men - just two left.
17:16 CEST 221km/2km to go
Panaria has two men
- Mazzanti and Tiralongo.
Rodriguez is toddling along at 105, so
he's probably not in the peloton any more.
Tiralongo leads the bunch up to 1.5
km. Then a Rabo rider hammers - Sentjens, with Valjavec on his wheel.
17:18 CEST 222km/1km to go
Mazzanti in third
wheel now as Sentjens pulls off at one km to go. Now Liquigas takes over. Di
Luca in third wheel. The next 500m is steep.
Ventoso attacks but can't get much
of a gap. Kessler and Valjavec are there, then Di Luca.
We can forget the sprinters as Kessler
and Valjavec lead to 500m left. Then Di Luca.
17:20 CEST 223km/0km to go
Di Luca chases a Fassa
rider on the right, gets around him, and wins the stage!! Bruseghin was second,
Ardila third, followed by Leukemans. Ouch, what a painful sprint.
Di Luca takes the maglia rosa. Bettini
will drop down to second, as he was right up there in the finale.
That's all from our commentary dirigible,
the Hindenburg IV, today. We'll be back in a bit with full results, report
and pics, and plenty of post race comments from our man on the spot, John Trevorrow.
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 6.01.18
2 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
3 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Davitamon-Lotto 0.02
4 Bjoern Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC
6 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita
7 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
8 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team
9 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole
10 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
11 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems
12 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole
13 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears
14 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
15 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank
16 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team
General classification after stage 5
1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 26.20.55
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step 0.03
3 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 0.25
4 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 0.28
5 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 0.30
6 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 0.36
7 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Davitamon-Lotto 0.37
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 0.51
9 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Domina Vacanze 0.56
10 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita
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