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Stage 19 - May 28: Savigliano - Sestriere (Le Valli Olimpiche), 190 km
Commentary by Jeff Jones, with additional reporting from John Trevorrow
Complete live report
Live coverage starts: 14:30 CEST
Estimated finish: 17:15 CEST
Welcome once again to Cyclingnews'
commentary position in the Hindenburg IV, our very own dirigible that
is powered by environmentally friendly hot air. Today we are bringing you the
penultimate stage of the Giro d'Italia, which promises to be the most exciting
races in living memory. Failing that, it should at least be pretty good.
Today's 190 km between Savigliano and Sestrière is a bit of a brute, you might
say. In addition to two times up the 2035m Sestrière climb (km 101, km 190),
there is also the seriously nasty never before used climb of the Colle della
Finestre at km 164.1. This is an 18.5km monster with an average gradient of
9.2%, and is said to be harder than the Passo Gavia. Also, the final 7.9km of
Finestre is on a gravel "strada bianca" that will make the climb even more difficult.
It's basically going to be like riding up a dirt road.
maglia rosa of the Giro d'Italia is up for grabs today, with 2002 winner
Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel) coming into the stage with a 2'09 gap over
Gilberto Simoni (Lampre), 3'00 to Jose' Rujano Guillen (Selle Italia), 3'08
over Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas), and 3'13 to Juan Manuel Garate (Saunier Duval).
If Savoldelli has a bad day, then any one of these riders could take the jersey
and wear it into Milan today.
The weather at the start was perfect
for the 154 riders who left Savigliano at 11:23am. It was hot, sunny, and there
was not a cloud in the sky.
14:23 CEST 101km/89km to go
It was fast out of
the blocks as Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Mark Renshaw (Francaise des Jeux)
and Ruslan Ivanov (Domina Vacanze) set off together in the first few kilometres,
with Niermann and Renshaw taking the first two sprints at Monasterolo and Ruffia,
then Niermann again at Villanova Solaro and Ivanov at Torre S. Giorgio - all
within the first 15 km!
None of the three riders are even a remote
threat to any of the GC men, as Grischa Niermann is the best placed on GC in
58th at 1:39:07 down. So there was no attempt to chase the breakaways by the
peloton. After 14 km, they already had 7'05, as Renshaw took another sprint
in Villafranca Piemonte and Pinerolo. The three leaders covered 44.2 km in the
first hour and built up a maximum lead of 17'12 at km 55, the foot of the 45
km ascent to Sestrière.
CSC and Selle Italia have been leading the
peloton, as they want to make it as hard as possible on the climbs. Renshaw
lost contact after about 75 km and is now riding alone, 5'12 behind the two
leaders, who are just about at the top of Sestrière.
spoke to Renshaw this morning, and he told us that he was "Confident of getting
to Milan. I've just gotta get through the day and save the legs."
How do you save the legs on a day like today? "I don't know. I've got to try
to optimise how to put the least amount of pressure on the pedals, because my
biggest goal is to get on the podium and my last chance is tomorrow. I'm really
geed for it." ["geed" comes from to "gee up"].
Ruslan Ivanov (Domina Vacanze) is
first to the top of Sestrière, with Niermann right behind him. Renshaw is coming
up on his own, but is now 6'40 behind the two leaders at the summit. The gruppo
maglia rosa was 15'12 back at the last check, but it should make some time
up on this climb.
14:40 CEST 113km/77km to go
The peloton is now
at the summit of the first climb of Sestrière, trailing Ivanov and Niermann
by 14'35. Renshaw is still halfway in between, as the two leaders reach the
feed zone at Cesana.
Renshaw's teammate Matt Wilson told us this
morning that, "This is really the last day. I've just gotta get through it.
It'll be a great race up the front but I won't see any of it."
14:51 CEST 124km/66km to go
Renshaw does a good
descent, and pegs back 1'20 of his disadvantage to Ivanov and Niermann, but
he's still at 5'20 back. The gruppo is being led by Andrea Peron (CSC) and is
now at 14'16.
We spoke to the maglia nera
(last rider on GC), Russell Van Hout (Selle Italia) before the start today.
Russell was the subject of a big interview in La Gazzetta dello Sport,
where it was revealed that he started off as a tennis player, before starting
cycling at 21.
"I've been copping a lot of flak from my teammates
who said I made the wrong choice - I should have stuck with tennis!" said Van
Hout. "I've got the standard legs like every day. I am nervous. I want to get
through today but it's such a really tough day. If a group goes out the back
early, it'll be hard to get in the time limit. I'm confident I'll get through,
15:06 CEST 130km/60km to go
The gruppo rides
through Oulx with a 12'30 deficit to the two leaders, so the chase has been
in effect on the steady descent towards the Finestre. Ivanov and Niermann at
some 15 km from the foot of the monster climb.
15:12 CEST 135km/55km to go
The CSC train is
in full flight on the descent, and well catch Renshaw on the Finestre. The Australian
trails the two leaders by 6'50 now.
15:14 CEST 138km/52km to go
Ivanov and Niermann
are flying along, enjoying the last part of this loooong descent before the
ominous Finestre starts. At least the first 10 km of this climb is on asphalt.
It's just the last 8 km that are worrying most.
The peloton is still
quite large, as there wasn't a big selection made on the first climb.
15:16 CEST 142km/48km to go
Niermann and Ivanov
are just 3 km from the Intergiro at Susa, which is at the bottom of the descent.
They have 6'50 on Renshaw and 9'30 on the gruppo maglia rosa.
15:18 CEST 146km/44km to go
Lampre is also helping
CSC in the chase, as Simoni fancies his chances today.
the Intergiro from Ivanov, but the pair didn't bother sprinting.
15:21 CEST 148km/42km to go
It looks like Ivanov
and Niermann will start the Finestre with about 9'00 lead over the gruppo maglia
rosa, which has just caught Mark Renshaw, who was with the two leaders at the
start of the stage, but was dropped on the way up to Sestrière.
15:31 CEST 150km/40km to go
The peloton hits
the Finestre with CSC at the front, and almost immediately, the attacks start.
Illiano accelerates first, with teammate Rujano on his wheel. Simoni is up there,
as is Valjavec and Garate.
Savoldelli and Di Luca are already in
Basso is also with the Rujano group,
which is now growing. Di Luca has made it back, but Savoldelli is still chasing
with Karpets and Gonchar. He looks calm though. No panic yet.
still on the front of the Rujano/Simoni/Garate group, which has about 15 riders
In front of the race, Ivanov has
ridden away from Niermann, and has 36 seconds on him. The first bit of the peloton
is at 7'15.
The front bit of the peloton has
Illiano (well, he has just pulled off), Rujano, Simoni, Valjavec, Basso, Van
Huffel, Simoni, Di Luca, Gonchar, Lobato, Cunego, Garate. Savoldelli is chasing
with another group with Belli (not Gonchar), and he's just picking up Cunego.
15:37 CEST 151km/39km to go
in the front and Rujano reacts right away. They're riding through the trees
now, and it's very steep. But it's on asphalt.
Valjavec and Gonchar
get up to Simoni and Rujano, as do the rest of the group. Ruben Lobato is sitting
on 176/195 bpm. He's in the Simoni group too.
Savoldelli is leading his group 15
seconds behind Simoni/Rujano's group.
Basso is dropped from the
Simoni group. He doesn't look that good today. But Rujano and Simoni do.
Rujano drives around a hairpin and
signals for Simoni to come through. The Lampre man obliges.
who was in front for a while, is caught by the Savoldelli group, which is not
quite as large as the front group of 13. Basso is dropped from the Savoldelli
group. No triple stage win for him, but that's understandable.
15:43 CEST 153km/37km to go
Savoldelli is now
24 seconds behind the Simoni/Rujano/Di Luca/Garate group. He can take that back
on the descent, easy. But there is still a lot of climbing to come.
Now Di Luca gets to the front. He's having a good day!
No sign of
Ivanov and Niermann, who are still several minutes up the road. But they may
not survive until the top of this climb.
Di Luca looks back and sees Simoni,
Basso is about 15 seconds behind Savoldelli's group,
where it looks like Caucchioli working.
Karpets is struggling to
hold this front group, which has Rujano, Simoni, Valjavec, Van Huffel, Di Luca,
Gonchar, Rodriguez, Atienza, Montgomery, Parra, Lobato, Garate and Karpets.
Well, Parra has just been dropped.
Savoldelli asks for more help.
Bruseghin and Caucchioli oblige. The gap is 36 seconds to Simoni/Rujano etc.
15:48 CEST 154km/36km to go
The road twists and
turns through the trees as more riders drop off the Simoni group, which is several
hairpins ahead of Savoldelli now. The maglia rosa gets to the front and tries
to lift the pace. He won't get much help.
Karpets is in trouble in
the front group. He's dropped. Simoni looks back after every hairpin.
15:50 CEST 155km/35km to go
Cunego is dropped
from the Savoldelli group, which now trails Simoni and co. by 44 seconds. They'll
need at least 2'00 at the top because Il Falco can go downhill fast.
Di Luca puts his radio earpiece back in. He looks somewhat drawn.
The front group: Rujano, Valjavec, Van Huffel, Simoni, Di Luca, Gonchar, Atienza,
Montgomery, Lobato, Garate.
15:52 CEST 156km/34km to go
It's now 49 seconds
between the two main groups. Caucchioli is leading the chase with Savoldelli,
who keeps looking back. No help there. Everyone in this group is not here because
they enjoy the company.
Simoni and Di Luca are working well in front,
but Rujano is not doing a great deal in third wheel.
Savoldelli is using a fairly small
gear, but he's still got a couple to spare for later. Simoni looks like he's
got a 27 cog on the back.
Savoldelli is now working hard, as
Selle Italia's team car drives past his group, which means the gap is more than
Simoni asks Rujano to do a bit of work, but the man in
green is glued to third wheel. Garate and Lobato are next, then Valjavec.
The Simoni group is 4'50 behind sole leader Ruslan Ivanov. Remember him?
15:56 CEST 157km/33km to go
is now half the size of the Simoni group, which still has 10 men in it. Savoldelli
has Belli (who isn't working of course, as Gonchar is in front), Bruseghin,
Ardila, Caucchioli and now Parra.
Montgomery is dropped from the lead
group as Simoni and Di Luca continue their relentless forcing on the Finestre.
It's Joaquin Rodriguez, not Lobato, in the Simoni group.
Savoldelli is eating and drinking
on the climb, and is feeling better. He grabs a bottle from a soigneur on the
side of the road. He now has Belli on his wheel, with Caucchioli and Ardila
following. The gap is down to 47 seconds!
Caucchioli is dropped from Savoldelli's
group, which now numbers three. Savoldelli, Belli and Ardila. That's it. Ardila
is not much use to Savoldelli though, but the maglia rosa has grown a new set
of wings after refueling. 41 seconds!
Simoni is setting a strong
tempo in front, with Di Luca and Rujano following.
They're on the dirt road now, with
Simoni leading the group. This could be interesting, as punctures are a high
Simoni's group has less than 7 km
to the summit. Leader Ruslan Ivanov has about 6 km, maybe a bit more.
Di Luca pushes the pace and now there
are just five riders left in this group: Rujano, Simoni, Valjavec, Di Luca,
and Garate. They are less than 3'00 behind Ivanov.
Garate is now
in trouble! Four left.
16:06 CEST 157km/33km to go
It's just Di Luca,
Simoni, Rujano and Valjavec leading the remnants of their group as the Finestre
gets harder. Savoldelli, Belli and Ardila are still together, some 40-50 seconds
No sign of Niermann yet - he's still behind leader Ivanov somewhere.
It's all Di Luca and Simoni, as Gianni
Savio gives Rujano a bottle on the climb. Valjavec hangs on in fourth wheel.
16:08 CEST 158km/32km to go
Looks like Savoldelli
got a bottle too from the Discovery car. He is 1'15 behind Simoni's quartet.
He can lose 2'09 before he loses the jersey.
Valjavec is dropped.
And then there were three. Rujano hasn't done a turn yet. And Ivanov is still
2'00 in front.
Di Luca now in front, looking good
today. Simoni looks very smooth, while Rujano is suffering a little. Savoldelli
is doing all the work in his group, because Belli won't work, and Ardila can't.
He's 1'15 or so behind Simoni's trio.
16:11 CEST 159km/31km to go
It's an interesting
climb, but it's not too bad yet because it's dry.
Valjavec and Garate
aren't too far behind Simoni's group, and they could get on on the descent.
The Lotto car goes past Savoldelli's group and they swallow a cloud of dust.
1'22 between Simoni's group and Savoldelli.
Behind Savoldelli, Caucchioli, Parra
and Karpets are trying to get back to him.
Rodriguez and Montgomery
are caught and passed by the maglia rosa.
16:14 CEST 160km/30km to go
Savoldelli is now
3'04 behind the leader Ivanov, as Belli actually does a turn. But Simoni's group
is at 1'22, which means the important gap is 1'42. Simoni is now virtually very
close to pink.
Ivanov is still struggling along on his own, but will
be caught by Simoni's group soon. Haven't spotted Niermann anywhere yet.
Ivanov grinds along as Niermann follows
at about 40 seconds.
Savoldelli gets a big push from a fan, and risks
a time penalty.
Simoni's group has just caught and passed Niermann.
Ruslan Ivanov has 4 km to the summit,
which means he's not going to make it ahead of Simoni's trio. He's sitting on
159/190 max heart rate, so he's probably out of gas. And he looks it as he rides
across the grey stones.
Di Luca leads Simoni and Rujano past
the exhausted Ivanov. Now Savoldelli is reported at 1'53 behind the leaders!
Simoni in virtual pink, if he wins the stage. SAvoldelli will have to ride an
incredible descent to rescue this. Even his podium position is in doubt.
16:21 CEST 161km/29km to go
Ivanov is quickly
dropped by the leading trio, where Di Luca is doing most of the work. Rujano
is sticking to Simoni's wheel like a limpet.
The leaders have less
than 3 km to go to the summit of the Finestre. A Lampre soigneur offers Simoni
a bottle and a pair of wheels. He doesn't need either at the moment.
Savoldelli is now just with Ardila, at 2'00 behind the three leaders. Van Huffel
and Gonchar are at 1'05 behind the lead.
16:23 CEST 162km/28km to go
Di Luca, in a rapidly
greying white outfit, is leading Simoni and Rujano towards the top of the Colle
delle Finestre. It's dirt all the way to the top, and the leaders can now see
the summit which looks a long way up. It's only 2 km away though.
Ardila finally does a turn for Savoldelli.
It's going to be an interesting descent - the road is asphalt, but only 3 metres
Clusters of people line the summit
of the climb, clinging to the rocks.
Savoldelli and Ardila are catching
16:25 CEST 163km/27km to go
The gap is now 2'12!
Simoni is the virtual leader of the Giro. And there's still another climb to
Ardila actually slows and waits for the maglia rosa.
Savoldelli, Ardila and the crab-like
Atienza, who climbs like Escartin, are now together, wondering when this climb
will finish. It's pretty tough going on this dirt road.
Di Luca is
incredible today. He's working in front all the way, as Simoni and Rujano follow.
He could be getting himself back on the podium as a result. But Savoldelli isn't
Thousands of fans cheer the riders
on as they near the summit of the Finestre, with snow lining the sides of the
Simoni's group is hovering at 2'08 ahead of Savoldelli's trio.
It's extremely close.
16:30 CEST 164km/26km to go
Di Luca is strong
as he sits up and has something to eat. They reach the summit of the Finestre
with Di Luca crossing first ahead of Simoni and Rujano. There was no sprint,
as Di Luca did all the work.
Savoldelli's group has caught and passed
Ivanov and Niermann.
Ardila is good today, as he keeps
gapping Savoldelli. But he also keeps waiting for him. Savoldelli will probably
drop him on the descent now :-)
16:32 CEST 165km/25km to go
On one of the last
corners, a Lotto car gets in the way of the maglia rosa group.
Huffel and Gonchar cross the summit at 2'00, riding through the dust. Valjavec
and Garate were before them. Savoldelli's trio comes over at 2'19.
Simoni and Di Luca lead on the descent, with Rujano clinging on for dear life.
16:34 CEST 167km/23km to go
This road is insanely
narrow, but at least the surface is good. The gap is still 2'23.
The top 10 over the Finestre: Di Luca, Simoni, Rujano, Valjavec, Garate, Gonchar,
Van Huffel, Savoldelli, Atienza, Ardila.
16:35 CEST 168km/22km to go
Savoldelli is now
leading his group on the descent, but Ardila has got his wheel and is following
well. Atienza has been dropped.
The three leaders are also together.
Valjavec, Garate, Gonchar and Van Huffel are in between the two groups.
16:36 CEST 169km/21km to go
Ardila and Savoldelli
are now pulling back Gonchar and Van Huffel. They have them now and there are
four chasers with a total of five riders in front of them.
16:37 CEST 170km/20km to go
The leading trio
are now off the nice asphalt but the descent is still on fairly good roads.
They have 20 km to go, and Simoni is still the virtual leader of the Giro. Just.
16:39 CEST 171km/19km to go
The road opens out
a bit now and the landscape is fairly bar. But they're heading towards the trees
It's 2'05, which means Sav is back in virtual pink. Well, there
are 20, 12, 8 second time bonuses too...
16:40 CEST 172km/18km to go
Savoldelli is picking
up time, gradually, but it might not be enough as the foot of the descent is
getting close for the three leaders.
Gonchar is having problems following
the pace of Savoldelli, Ardila and Van Huffel.
Simoni takes a good line around yet
another hairpin, while Rujano decides to check out the scenery and nearly goes
straight ahead. He corrects, and is back with the leaders.
2'03. Savoldelli will need a lot more than that to save his Giro.
16:43 CEST 175km/15km to go
Di Luca sits in third
wheel, trying to refuel and get some feeling in his legs. No sign of Garate
and Valjavec, but they're still in between the two small groups.
The road is flattening out now as Simoni grabs a bidon from a team car. Di Luca
is having problems with cramps. Rujano grabs a bottle too. 15 km to go.
16:44 CEST 176km/14km to go
Di Luca is cramping
badly and gets a bottle from the Liquigas car. He can barely pedal. But he tries.
Probably a result of all his work on the Finestre.
Garate and Valjavec are now together,
about 40 seconds ahead of Savoldelli's quartet of chasers.
16:46 CEST 177km/13km to go
Ardila and Van Huffel
are now working with Savoldelli, while Gonchar is doing his best to hold on.
There is nearly a crash between a moto and the Lotto car. That was close.
Rujano and Simoni are working together now, as Di Luca is dropped. The gap is
1'50 to Savoldelli. Di Luca is pedaling again though, and is at 11 seconds.
Rujano is now doing a lot of work,
and Simoni will need all the help he can get. They're on the flat before the
last climb, and Savoldelli's group is still making up time.
16:48 CEST 178km/12km to go
Di Luca looks like
a bike rider again and is hammering back to Simoni and Rujano.
Valjavec and Garate have been caught by the Savoldelli quartet. That could help
the maglia rosa.
Simoni and Rujano should wait for
Di Luca, as they need his power now. The group behind numbers six: Savoldelli,
Valjavec, Garate, Van Huffel, Ardila, Gonchar.
Rujano is now working very hard,
with Simoni following. They ain't working for Di Luca. This might even cost
Simoni the Giro.
16:51 CEST 180km/10km to go
Simoni is on the
front with a little grimace, but he still looks good. They go under 10 km to
go, and now the climb to Sestrière starts again. They have 9 seconds to Di Luca
and 1'40 to Savoldelli's group.
16:51 CEST 180.5km/9.5km to go
for some support from the Discovery car, and he gets a bidon. He drinks half
16:52 CEST 181km/9km to go
The chasers go under
10 km to go at top speed, 1'37 behind Gibo and Rujano. Wow, what a finish this
16:53 CEST 182km/8km to go
Simoni and Rujano
are past 9 km to go, and Rujano is giving it full gas. Di Luca is at 18 seconds,
and is not coming back. Oh well.
Ardila, Gonchar, Savoldelli, Valjavec,
Garate and Van Huffel are all working hard to chase down the three in front,
and save their respective GC places.
Rujano obviously doesn't want
Di Luca to come back, as he's not far behind him on GC.
The road starts to steepen as the
chase group pulls it back to 1'30. If Simoni wins, he needs to beat Savoldelli
by 1'50 to take the maglia rosa.
Simoni grimaces as he unloads some
weight out of his pockets. Rujano does another big turn.
16:56 CEST 183km/7km to go
Simoni now gets out
of the saddle, but the two leaders are still losing time. 7 km to go and it's
just 1'27. Simoni gets rid of more food.
Di Luca is not done yet.
He's at 15 seconds.
16:57 CEST 183.5km/6.5km to go
Rujano now in
front, working hard out of the saddle. Di Luca chases at 25 seconds. The road
is now climbing a bit more steeply, but it's a much nicer road than the Finestre.
16:58 CEST 184km/6km to go
Savoldelli is out
of the saddle, obviously hurting a lot. Ardila leads and the gap is 1'24. Ardila
is having a good ride today.
Savoldelli is really digging deep,
the pain showing on his face, the pedaling rhythm a bit sloppy. But at the moment,
he's still in pink.
Simoni is hurting too, but never shows it that
17:00 CEST 185km/5km to go
Ardila continues to
drive the pace in Savoldelli's group. He has Van Huffel there, who is 26 today.
Rujano and Simoni have 5 km to go and are giving it everything.
17:01 CEST 185.5km/4.5km to go
The climb is steeper
now as Rujano asks Simoni to do a turn. Nope. Simoni stays put.
17:02 CEST 186km/4km to go
Di Luca is now at
33 seconds, but he could hold on for third place. The chasers are going well.
Rujano is leaving Simoni behind!! Simoni empties a bidon over his face and grits
his teeth to hold on. Ouch. Ouch.
Simoni has got it all to do as Rujano
rides away, slowly. He has 5 seconds.
Rujano might be on his way to not
only a stage win, but also second on GC! Or first...
17:04 CEST 186.5km/3.5km to go
Jose Rujano has
8 seconds on Gibo. He needs more than that.
17:05 CEST 187km/3km to go
Gibo is fighting hard,
but he's not coming back to the Incredible Hulk.
Di Luca is 55 seconds
behind Rujano. His podium in Milan is not going to happen, but he has ridden
a great race.
Savoldelli is 1'35 behind Rujano. He looks like saving
Simoni is full of pain now, trying
to get to the top. He has 1'27 on Savoldelli's group, which is catching Di Luca.
But it's Rujano who will win the stage. He has 3 km left.
Simoni fights and fights, as does
Savoldelli, who looks a little stressed. Van Huffel is following him, now does
a turn. Savoldelli is lucky he has riders with him.
Ardila has dropped off Savoldelli's
group. No surprise there.
Simoni gets it together and looks
slightly better, but can he do enough to put 1'58 or so (not counting bonus)
17:08 CEST 188km/2km to go
Simoni out of the
addle as Rujano reaches 2 km to go. The Venezuelan ex-coffee planter will win
the stage. Gibo is at 22 seconds.
Savoldelli still has a bit of work
to do, but it looks like he'll keep the pink. He would have struggled without
the Lotto boys, but that's racing.
Van Huffel leads that group now.
The Belgian is strong. There aren't many climbs like this in Gavere!
Di Luca is past 2 km at 1'25. Savoldelli
is at 1'53 from Rujano!!
Rujano struggles as he reaches 1
km to go. He's there. Now it's easier. He needs to beat Sav by 2'41 to win the
17:11 CEST 189km/1km to go
Simoni is past 1 km
to go, still 20 seconds behind Rujano. The Giro is very much up for grabs.
Rujano reaches 500m to go and looks
a bit tired, but he will win the stage, his biggest victory in his career. What
a ride by the tiny Venezuelan! Second on GC? First?
17:13 CEST 190km/0km to go
Rujano crosses the
line, having given it everything on the last climb. Incredible ride by the mountains
leader, who is definitely the best climber in this race. He wins the stage with
a determined grimace, slowing in the final metres.
Simoni is next
at 26 seconds.
Di Luca comes in third at 1'34, looking
annoyed with himself. Then Garate leads the maglia rosa group in at 1'54, then
Van Huffel, Gonchar, Valjavec then Savoldelli at 1'53. Savoldelli saves it!!!
In the end, the top 3 on GC remain
the same, even though Simoni came within 28 seconds of the maglia rosa, and
Rujano within 45. Di Luca and Garate keep fourth and fifth, and Gonchar sixth.
It was a thriller in Sestrière, that's for sure. Had Simoni stayed with Rujano,
Well, that's all folks until tomorrow's final stage into
Milan, and after that I think we'll need a new blimp. Or at least a new hot
1 Jose' Rujano Guillen (Ven) Selle Italia-Colombia 5.49.30
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 0.26
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 1.37
4 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 1.53
5 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 1.55
6 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze
7 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team
8 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems
9 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Davitamon-Lotto 2.38
10 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 5.06
General classification after stage 19
1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 88.01.43
2 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 0.28
3 Jose' Rujano Guillen (Ven) Selle Italia-Colombia 0.45
4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 3.26
5 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 4.11
6 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze 4.22
7 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears 11.15
8 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole 11.38
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