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88th Giro d'Italia - PT
Italy, May 7-29, 2005
Rest Day - May 17: Ravenna
Rest day wrap-up: 10 down, 10 to go
By Anthony Tan & Les Clarke
An interesting week and a half in Italia. It took eight swaps of the maglia rosa in eight days before it found a little more permanent place on the shoulders of Danilo Di Luca, but with the 29 year-old just nine seconds in front, it's bound to be a temporary resting spot.
Certainly, the opening week has shown the full benefit resulting from the controversial introduction of the ProTour. And no doubt, a number of its detractors will have changed their minds about UCI President Hein Verbruggen's master road plan, if they've seen the quality of racing so far.
In many minds, it's the closest - and best - Giro in over a decade, which, for years, has been dominated by Italians on Italian teams, simultaneously discouraging a serious bid from an outsider. However, in 2005, while there are still plenty of Italians to be found at the top of the leaderboard, there are now more challengers from more than one team, and not just Italian-registered squadre - but Danish, American, German and Spanish, with a little Belgian and French as well.
The competition's been exciting and outstanding - and it can only get better. Here's our wrap-up of the first 10 days.
Prologue - Saturday May 7: Reggio Calabria ITT, 1.150km
Yes, he was one of the favourites, but how often do favourites fail to live up to expectations?
A long-time member of the current world record-breaking team pursuit squad, and reigning Olympic champion in the event, 25 year-old Brett Lancaster knows all about pressure. Saturday evening in Reggio Calabria felt like a giant rice cooker, and the guy known as 'Big Bird' flew down the Lungomare Italo Falcomata like a chook out of hell, clocking a time fast enough to give him the first maglia rosa of the 2005 Giro. Three Australians also made the prologue top ten to kick off 'kangaroo week' in Italy.
Impressive, too, was third-placed super-sprinter Alessandro Petacchi and 2002 Giro champion Paolo Savoldelli in fourth; both finished one second behind and both showed they were nearing their best form for the three weeks to come.
Stage 1 - Sunday, May 8: Reggio Calabria-Tropea, 208km
Taking a leaf out of Lance's 'check out the course beforehand' book, Paolo Bettini knew even before this stage to Tropea started it was one tailor-made for him.
Coming into the final kilometer, it looked like Athens all over again, as Il Grillo sprung past the Fassa Bortolos, McEwen, Zabel, Cooke et al. like a grasshopper on 'roids. Sprinting to a easy victory, the 31 year-old from La California also leapt into the maglia rosa by the day's end, 12 second clear of McEwen and 14 clear of Petacchi.
None of the main contenders lost significant amounts of time in a day where most of them took it easy after a late evening the night before.
Stage 2 - Monday, May 9: Catanzaro Lido-Santa Maria Del Cedro, 182km
The first real bunch sprint finale had all of the world's best speedsters salivating at the prospect of a stage win, and with 150-odd riders screaming into Santa Maria del Cedro at breckneck speed, punters were certain they would see the imposing figure of Alessandro Petacchi first across the line.
But after the nine-stage domination that characterised his 2004 Giro, the Silver Train found their wheel falling off yet again. Monday was McEwen day, as the 32 year-old Queenslander restored order - and the race lead - back in favour of the Australians, unleashing the finishing speed that saw him as the best sprinter by far at the 2002 and 2004 Tours de France.
It was a tight finish to the stage after a gallant effort solo effort from Australian Russell Van Hout, who rode the better part of the stage out front alone. But the effort took its toll, and it was curtains for Russ with 30km to go.
Stage 3 - Tuesday, May 10: Diamante-Giffon Valle Piana, 205km
Well, the third stage of to Giffoni Valle Piana was supposed to be one for the sprinters.
However, Danilo Di Luca and his Liquigas crew topped up their engines with a little extra liquid oxygen, blasting their way through the final 30 kilometres as if their lives depended on it. After victories at Pais Vasco, Amstel Gold, and Flèche Wallonne, the current ProTour leader continued his winning streak, and as a consequence, got to within striking distance of the maglia rosa, just nine seconds behind Paolo Bettini by the end of the day.
Stage 4 - Wednesday, May 11: Giffon Valle Piana-Frosinone, 211km
In any Grand Tour, controversy is never far away, and on Wednesday, May 11, the '05 Giro reached boiling point. Yet again, the staged was mucked up for the sprinters by Olympic road champ Bettini, but there was one sprinter who was simply floating on the pedals; his name Baden Cooke.
As the only rider capable of holding the maglia rosa's wheel into the final 200, Cooke had moved towards the short side, carrying plenty of momentum. Then, with 150 to go, the La Française des Jeux rider glued himself to Bettini's wheel, and began his own sprint, looking a certain winner...
... until Bettini deviated from his line and sent the Cookie crumbling to pieces, the 29 year-old Benalla Bullet hitting the barriers at full speed and executing a slightly comical somersault. It was a move that cost the Italian the win, a whole lotta tifosi, mostly bad press - and almost a punch in the head.
Luckily escaping serious injury and walking straight to the commissaires' area to protest, they ruled in favour of Cooke, and the Australian was having none of Bettini's attempts to reconcile their differences at the finish line.
Back to the racing thing: as a result of Bettini's relegation to fourth, Luca Mazzanti (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) took the stage win by default, followed by Dario Cioni and Liberty Seguros' Michele Scarponi. Bettini retained the maglia rosa, but his post-race antics that included delaying the presentation ceremony by a good half-hour and pouring the champers 'down the drain' didn't win him any friends.
Stage 5 - Thursday, May 12: Celano-L'Aquila, 223km
With Bettini's relegation the day before leaving a bad taste in the mouth, a new hero was needed fast, and Danilo Di Luca was only too happy to oblige.
Yep, this day was Dani Day. If the finale of Stage 2 looked like Athens, Stage 5 to L'Aquila may have well been La Flèche Wallonne, as the 29 year-old sensation from the keep his cool, watched for a wheel, jumped on it, then pounced past it. Bongiorno maglia rosa, arrivederci Bettini.
It was a tough day for the peloton, explaining the lack of sprinters featuring at the finish.
Stage 6 - Friday, May 13: Viterbo-Marina Di Grosseto, 153km
Only the second real sprinters' stage in the opening week, Friday, May 13 was a for the fast and the furious, but being Friday the 13th, it was prone to disaster...
Fassa Bortolo were determined to give their so far winningless sprinter Alessandro Petacchi his first victory of the the 2005 Giro, who was rapidly losing patience, and were all set to do so coming into the seaside village of Marina Di Grosseto. But unbelievably, the Silver Train went off rails yet again with just a few kilometres to go, a clip of wheels sending Ale-Jet and two of his team-mates plummeting to the ground.
The team from Davitamon-Lotto couldn't believe their luck, and in a show of Aussie mateship, Robbie McEwen tried to give the win to his loyal lead-out man Henk Vogels. However, the big guy for the Classics fell metres short of his first Grand Tour stage, which was evenutally won by McEwen himself.
Il Grillo Bettini also found fortune once again, as his six second bonus from the day's Intergiro sprint was enough to take the race lead back off Di Luca, and this time the spumante didn't end up in the Adriatic...
Stage 7 - Saturday, May 14: Grosseto-Pistoia, 211km
After a week of trying, the Giro d'Italia witnessed its first successful breakaway. It was a 27 year-old from Pamplona by the name of Koldo Gil Perez, who rode as if he were back home "running the bulls", pedalling with the force of a man being chased for his life, and taking a bellissimo victory in Pistoia.
While many expected a breakaway would happen, most did not expect the stage to be decisive - but it was. Largely a result of the efforts of Lampre duo Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego, who share three overall wins between them, just 12 riders finished in the group behind Gil, with the most notable absentee being Team CSC's Ivan Basso.
Danilo Di Luca was a guy not expected to be there, but he was, and deservedly found his way back into the maglia rosa before the following day's all-important time trial. None of the favourites lost too much time overall, although the winning break managed to split things up more than any other day.
Stage 8 - Sunday, May 15: Lamporecchio-Firenze ITT, 45km
Sunday's 45 kilometre race of truth did not lie, as a number of favourites confirmed their tag, while others left questions unanswered.
But CSC was the team of the day. 26 year-old Dave Zabriskie, as one of the first off the rank, did exactly as ordered by his DS Bjarne Riis, setting a superb best time for his leader Ivan Basso to aim for. That superb best mark also stood the test of time for the rest of the day, with the American taking his second Grand Tour stage win, while Basso came back from his previous day's disappointment with vengeance, finishing second and jumping into second overall.
However, one rider who continued to impress was the maglia rosa of Danilo Di Luca, who simply would not give in, his top 10 placing keeping his hold on the race for yet another day. There weren't too many other surprises thrown up, with Savoldelli third, Cunego fourth and Garzelli sixth.
Stage 9 - Monday, May 16: Firenze-Ravenna, 140km
When one viewed the parcours from Firenze to Ravenna, it said one thing, and one thing only: bunch sprint. And if Alessandro Petacchi's the sprinter everyone says he is, it meant one thing, and one thing only: his victory.
Sven Krauss (Gerolsteiner), Mads Christensen (Quick.Step) and Eric Baumann (T-Mobile) got out to an early lead but never really got too far ahead; on the mostly flat course, the fast men were always going to feature at the end.
Yep, it was that simple, and in the end, it turned out exactly as predicted. Fassa Bortolo finally got their Silver Train a-chugging, Petacchi finally got his legs and arms a-pumping, and the tifosi finally saw their super-sprinter a winner in Ravenna.
Next up - Stages 10-15: Wednesday, May 18 - Monday, May 23
After a well-earned rest in Ravenna, the peloton slowly but surely makes their way north to the infamous peaks of the Dolomiti, the area that will invariably decide the race. Part II of the 2005 Giro d'Italia is comprised of six stages, taking place from Wednesday, May 18 to Monday, May 23. With half of these full-blown mountain stages - Stage 11, Stage 13 and Stage 14 - only the strongest scalatori (climbers) will prevail.
General classification after stage 9 1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 39.22.19 2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC 0.09 3 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 0.35 4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 1.15 5 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 1.27 6 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 1.35 7 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 1.38 8 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze 1.39 9 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner 2.10 10 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 2.11 11 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears 2.24 12 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step 2.25 13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 2.28 14 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 3.09 15 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 3.18 16 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Domina Vacanze 3.21 17 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 3.24 18 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 3.37 19 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 3.44 20 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 3.48 21 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Domina Vacanze 3.57 22 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Quick.Step 3.59 23 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Gerolsteiner 4.13 24 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4.22 25 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Davitamon-Lotto 4.30 26 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Caffita 4.35 27 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 4.49 28 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team 4.59 29 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 5.08 30 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 5.10 31 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole 32 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank 5.11 33 Daniel Atienza Urendez (Spa) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 5.15 34 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems 5.38 35 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 36 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 5.44 37 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 5.48 38 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole 5.55 39 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 6.02 40 Jose' Rujano Guillen (Ven) Selle Italia-Colombia 6.04 41 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 6.26 42 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze 6.39 43 Jan Hruska (Cze) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 6.56 44 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 7.04 45 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank 7.06 46 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 7.26 47 Francisco J Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Caffita 7.58 48 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Illes Balears 8.17 49 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Illes Balears 8.20 50 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 8.29 51 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas-Bianchi 8.35 52 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 8.49 53 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 9.22 54 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 9.39 55 Jose Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Illes Balears 10.34 56 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 10.43 57 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 11.00 58 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 11.02 59 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir 11.22 60 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole 11.29 61 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Caffita 13.06 62 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick.Step 13.23 63 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 13.34 64 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 13.52 65 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team 13.57 66 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 14.48 67 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC 16.49 68 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 17.04 69 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 17.21 70 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 71 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team 17.44 72 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 18.09 73 Raffaele Illiano (Ita) Selle Italia-Colombia 18.25 74 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 18.36 75 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Caffita 18.50 76 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole 19.55 77 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner 21.05 78 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 21.19 79 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas-Bianchi 21.31 80 Ivan Parra (Col) Selle Italia-Colombia 22.28 81 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC 22.46 82 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 22.53 83 Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 23.10 84 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick.Step 24.11 85 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC 24.47 86 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 24.58 87 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 25.04 88 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 25.21 89 Francisco J. Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 25.54 90 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) T-Mobile Team 26.22 91 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Domina Vacanze 26.25 92 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 27.21 93 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Gerolsteiner 27.24 94 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 27.46 95 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Domina Vacanze 28.01 96 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 28.55 97 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC 29.11 98 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 29.27 99 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 29.51 100 Cedric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 30.10 101 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 30.11 102 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Team CSC 30.13 103 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Lampre-Caffita 30.26 104 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems 31.32 105 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 31.57 106 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Quick.Step 32.01 107 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 32.02 108 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner 32.33 109 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 32.40 110 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 32.52 111 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo 33.04 112 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole 33.07 113 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 33.35 114 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank 34.02 115 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 34.10 116 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 34.11 117 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Illes Balears 34.45 118 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick.Step 35.11 119 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 36.07 120 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner 36.08 121 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Credit Agricole 36.30 122 Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 36.46 123 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Selle Italia-Colombia 37.01 124 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Credit Agricole 37.20 125 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 37.23 126 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 37.37 127 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 38.00 128 David Navas Chica (Spa) Illes Balears 38.13 129 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 38.37 130 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank 38.40 131 Antonio Tauler Llull (Spa) Illes Balears 38.47 132 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 38.58 133 Bjoern Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 39.05 134 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank 40.05 135 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 40.34 136 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 40.37 137 Bram Schmitz (Ned) T-Mobile Team 41.06 138 Sergio Escobar Roure (Spa) Illes Balears 41.15 139 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team 41.24 140 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 42.10 141 Baden Cooke (Aus) Francaise Des Jeux 42.31 142 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 42.48 143 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Illes Balears 144 Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 43.04 145 Rene' Andrle (Cze) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 43.42 146 Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 147 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Domina Vacanze 43.45 148 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 43.52 149 Nick Gates (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 43.57 150 Henk Vogels (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 44.10 151 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick.Step 44.14 152 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 45.17 153 Andre' Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team 45.32 154 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Rabobank 45.46 155 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 45.50 156 Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner 46.03 157 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Domina Vacanze 46.14 158 Antonio Cruz (USA) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 46.23 159 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 48.50 160 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 49.13 161 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team 49.19 162 Ignacio Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 49.22 163 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole 49.23 164 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 49.54 165 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Francaise Des Jeux 50.33 166 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Rabobank 51.10 167 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Francaise Des Jeux 52.29 168 Jason McCartney (USA) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 52.40 169 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 52.48 170 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team 52.52 171 Sascha Urweider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 53.58 172 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC 54.06 173 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 54.16 174 Mads Christensen (Den) Quick.Step 54.37 175 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi 54.45 176 Jose' Antonio Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick.Step 57.42 177 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Selle Italia-Colombia 58.20 178 Trent Wilson (Aus) Selle Italia-Colombia 58.48 179 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 59.06 180 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 1.01.29 181 Moreno Di Biase (Ita) Selle Italia-Colombia 1.02.04 182 Frank Hoj (Den) Gerolsteiner 1.03.13 183 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 1.08.10 184 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto 1.08.55 185 Russel Van Hout (Aus) Selle Italia-Colombia 1.27.16 Points classification 1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 92 pts 2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 91 3 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step 91 4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 62 5 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 59 Mountains classification 1 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 21 pts 2 Jose' Rujano Guillen (Ven) Selle Italia-Colombia 16 3 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank 7 4 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Domina Vacanze 6 5 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 5 Intergiro classification 1 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 21.01.01 2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step 0.46 3 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Quick.Step 0.50 4 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 1.24 5 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 1.28 Most combative classification 1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step 29 pts 2 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 22 3 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 20 4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 18 5 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 16 Azzurri d'Italia classification 1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 10 pts 2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 9 3 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step 6 4 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 5 5 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 4 Trofeo Fuga Piaggio classification 1 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 334 pts 2 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank 189 3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 168 4 Cedric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis-Le Credit Par Telephone 168 5 Russel Van Hout (Aus) Selle Italia-Colombia 166 Trofeo Fast Team classification 1 Liquigas-Bianchi 118.06.51 2 Domina Vacanze 2.13 3 Lampre-Caffita 2.31 4 Liberty Seguros-Wurth Team 2.58 5 Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 5.49 Trofeo Super Team classification 1 Liquigas-Bianchi 195 pts 2 Davitamon-Lotto 178 3 Domina Vacanze 130 4 Quick.Step-Innergetic 129 5 Fassa Bortolo 118