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96th Milan - San Remo - PT

Italy, March 19, 2005

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Petacchi magnificent in 96th Milano-Sanremo win

Monumental victory for career consecration

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)
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With a roar of raw emotion that was heard in his hometown of La Spezia 200km down the Italian coast, Alessandro Petacchi won Milano-Sanremo in a thrilling, emotional finale. In one of the best Milano-Sanremos in years, Ale-Jet put on the afterburners on via Roma today with a magnificent sprint of power and audacity, the most important sprint of his life to win La Classicissima di Primavera.

"That was everything, really everything for me," an emotional Petacchi said of his primal yell after gaining his first-ever classic win. "My victory today was the best moment of my career and it was also a liberation for me...today the race lasted seven hours, but it was a lot more for me. Last night I think I dreamed of all the corners on the descent of the Poggio...I didn't sleep that well because I was nervous about the race. But that feeling gives you what you need to win. Today I showed I could do it."

For the last three seasons, Petacchi has been looking for a breakthrough classics win; the word was that he could win any field sprints, but couldn't take the pressure or didn't have the legs to win a classic. At this year's Fassa Bortolo team presentation, his team boss Giancarlo Ferretti said that "Petacchi can win a classic and he will." Today the 31 year-old showed he has taken his form and confidence to another level with one of the best race winning sprints in years to triumph in Sanremo.

Over the winter, Petacchi lost 3 kg, gave up his usual vacation and prepared for the season under the tutelage of his preparatore Dr. Cecchini with new focus and desire. Despite his extensive wins over the last few seasons and 11 wins so far in 2005 before Sanremo, the speedster from La Spezia came into this season. with a chip on his shoulder. After Milano-Sanremo today, a defiant Petacchi said "After what I've done today, I've closed the mouths of people who said I couldn't win after a long distance or take the pressure in the big races."

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)
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Petacchi is now the 49th Italian to win in Sanremo, but with one kilometre to go, everything was up in the air in La Classicissima di Primavera. Today's sprint was not your normal charge to the line. As the front group of 50 riders came sweeping from Corso Raimondi onto via Roma with 350m to go, Paolo Bettini was leading and saw that Petacchi was on his wheel. Bettini swept left almost next to the barriers, perhaps to distract Petacchi, or to help his teammate Boonen get a better position. And it almost worked. Petacchi seemed to hesitate for an instant - he explained that, "In the finale, it was kind of dangerous when I was on Bettini's wheel, but I just wanted to win."

He is not a lead-out sprinter but one that has an irresistible progression to the finish line. At that point, the Fassa man almost got swarmed on his right, but suddenly he leaned over his handlebars and literally leaped for the finish line with an incredible jump, gapping the riders behind and blowing the best sprinters in the world away. "This morning, I told Ferretti and my direttore sportivo Alberto Volpi that I was going win today," explained Petacchi. "I felt strong on the Turchino and on Cipressa, I knew I was having a great day today."

La Classicissima di Primavera is a hard race to predict. With almost 300km distance, it's a strange race that's very difficult to interpret tactically. Today's edition was a muscle flexing exercise between the super strong teams fielded by Petacchi's Fassa Bortolo squad and World Champion and defending Sanremo winner Oscar Freire's Rabobank team.

Post-race, Gianni Bugno, who won Milano-Sanremo 15 years ago commented, "Petacchi won per the predictions, but the race today was also won by his (Fassa Bortolo) team, not just Petacchi. All the riders did a great job for him and Alessandro showed that he is really the best sprinter; he really has no rivals."

Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step)
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Two bike lengths behind Petacchi was German sprinter Danilo Hondo (Gerolsteiner), who is having his best season ever, Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) who earned his best-ever result in one of the five monuments of cycling. Stuart O'Grady had a good ride for fourth and his Cofidis squad was strong today, while World Champ and ProTour leader Oscar Freire (Rabobank) may have been jinxed, as the new ProTour rules forced the Spanish sprinter to leave his rainbow striped jersey in his suitcase today. Big boy Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) seemed to get lost in the sauce today and only finished 8th, while Mario Cipollini looked good all day, but finished well out of the money in what ended up as his last Classicissima.

"This will be my last time I'll see via Roma as a racer," said an eloquent Mario Cipollini post-race today after his 17th participation in La Primavera. "The race was positive for me today and I'm happy how it went, said the soon to be 38 year-old Cipollini. "But when we got to the finale, it was impossible to beat Petacchi, because Fassa Bortolo did a really great job. I managed to get Petacchi's wheel, but in the last 300 metres, Zabel got in there and my chance went up in smoke. Today's win is the consecration of Petacchi."

USPRO Champ Fred Rodriguez (Davitamon-Lotto), runner-up to Cipo on via Roma three years ago, yo-yo'ed off the back on the Cipressa and Poggio in the last 30km and finally finished out of the game. "I crashed in Paris-Nice, and I still haven't recovered from that," he told Cyclingnews. "My left leg's not working - I've been getting therapy, but it's [the leg] not recovering. I felt it in the last 30k, when you have to put out full gas; I don't have 100 percent yet."

How it unfolded

The start
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On a warm Saturday morning, the 96th edition of Milano-Sanremo, La Classicissima di Primavera, left Milano's Piazza Sant'Ambrogio at 9:35. Two big names, McEwen (Davitamon-Lotto) and Hincapie (Discovery Channel) as well as Ivan Fanelli (LPR) didn't start today because both riders had been hit by the influenza that's decimated the peloton this spring. Armstrong, Ullrich, Cunego and Simoni sat out, Cipo was there for the 17th time, a record that equalled that of his fellow Tuscan Gino Bartali.

After a fast, nervous start on the flat roads leading out of Milano, there was a series of attacks that finally led to the right break. Amid the rice paddies south of Pavia near the S.Martino Siccomario after 32km, five riders were able to escape from the peloton: chunky sprinter Jimmy "Ghost" Casper (Cofidis), Iñaki Isasi Flores (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Daniele Righi (Lampre-Caffita), twenty year old Mauro Santambrogio (LPR) and Filippo Simeoni (Naturino). The first hour of Milano-Sanremo was raced at 42.785 km/h average. After 50 km in Casteggio, the lead quintet had a 4'20 over a two Tony chasing group of Antonio Bucciero (Acqua&Sapone) and Antonio Salomone (Barloworld-Valsir), with the gruppo at 6'15. In the next five kilometres, the gruppo sat up and gained another five minutes to increase their lead to 11'15 in Voghera.

By Tortona after 72km, the race situation was that the two Tonys were chasing at 5'40, while the gruppo was rolling along at 17'40, with the average pace of 40.6 km/h. The quintet then climbed to the highest point of Milano-Sanremo, the Turchino Pass (532m) after 135km of racing, where the break had 13'05 on the two Tonys Bucciero and Salomone and 15'05 on the gruppo. Then it was the long descent to the Ligurian coast, where the weather turned out to be other than expected. Instead of the warm and sunny conditions on the north side of the mountains, it was cool and mixed overcast, with a west headwind that slowed the breaks.

Once they hit the via Aurelia along the coast, the sprinter squads upped the pace, absorbed the two Tony break and began to close down on the five fugitives. There were huge crowds spectating along the coast road and after 209km of racing in Finale Ligure, with 94km to go, the break had 7'30 with Rabobank, Fassa Bortolo and Liberty Seguros riding tempo.

The peloton
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At the second feed zone in Ceriale 24km later, the break had less than two minutes and the chasers had them in sight. Tafi (Saunier Duval-Prodir) attacked solo to try and bridge across to the break on Capo Mele. But Fassa upped the pace with Ongarato hammering on the front. The break had less then a minute lead, with Tafi in between as the race flashed through Andorra Marina, the hometown of Mirko Celestino and little shoreside village was adorned with celeste blue bunting and balloons to celebrate Mirko's 31st birthday today, 19 March 1974, San Giuseppe, the same day Felice Gimondi won Milano-Sanremo.

It was gruppo compatto with 50km to race, when CSC's Andrea Peron crashed and abandoned the race. Before Capo Cervo, the easiest of i tre capi, Cofidis came to the front for O'Grady and took up the tempo from Fassa Bortolo. Next up, Cofidis then sent Vasseur to the front on Capo Berta to hammer hard, when an attack by Naturino's other talented youngster, 20 year-old Valerio Agnoli got away solo. But then the orange jerseys of Ceramica Panaria-Navigare hit the front, upped the pace even more and sucked the kid up by the summit of Capo Berta with 40km to go.

Down the other side of Capo Berta and into the narrow streets of Onelia, there was a big crash with 33km to race that took out Italian champ Moreni, Discovery's Hoste, T-Mobile's Schreck, Francaise des Jeux's Eisel and Liquigas's Milesi. This split the gruppo in two and Naturino's leader Marinangeli was caught in a second group of 30 that was chasing at 40. Up front, Rabobank was pounding away on the front as the day's penultimate climb, the 5.6km Costa Rainera, also called the Cipressa, which begins in S.Lorenzo a Mare, hit with 30km to go to Sanremo. As the team cars came from behind the crash to the front group, Simone Masciarelli (Acqua&Sapone) and others desperately tried to get across the gap.

Erik Zabel (T-Mobile)
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As the first slopes of the Cipressa began, Fassa had positioned Kirchen on the front as a stopper to quash any attacks. Panaria had been telegraphing a move for several kilometres and sure enough, Luca Mazzanti went hard and got a gap, but it didn't go anywhere as the sprinters teams' tempo was just too strong.

After 3km of the Cipressa, Francesco Casagrande (Naturino) attacked hard, was caught, and then Panaria's Tiralongo made a move and Casagrande went with him. But once again, it was nothin' doin' and after 3.5km of the ascent, it was gruppo compatto again. Another Panaria rider went, this time Lele Sella, but he left his move too late. At the summit of the Cipressa, everyone was still together and the ascent had been climbed in 9'30, a record time.

On the tricky, twisting descent of the Cipressa back down to the via Aurelia coast road, Mirko Celestino (Domina Vacanze) made a move with 22km to go, but once again, the Silver Train of Fassa Bortolo was right on him. At that point, Bettini and Rebellin had also made it to the front to the race, while Fred Rodriguez was having trouble on the tough Cipressa descent. The USPRO champ was dropped out of the front group, but then chased hard to get back with some Rabobank and Quick.Step chasers.

Once back on the coast road after the Cipressa, there were 10km to the foot of the day's final ascent, il Poggio. Bettini then hit the front and upped the pace, getting a gap that would make Fassa Bortolo chase hard and help his teammate Boonen. But Petacchi, Freire, Cipo, Boonen, Hondo Hushovd and O'Grady were all still there, so Fassa and Rabobank were powering away on the front.

With 18km to go in S.Lorenzo a Mare, Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) made it across to Bettini and this duo quickly got 15 seconds. In olive oil center Arma di Taggia, the front duo had gained more time and had 30 as only Fassa Bortolo were chasing. As the lead then hit half a minute, Rabobank's Boven and Den Bakker joined the chase behind, but the Olympic champion and his former teammate Kashechkin were working well together.

The gap between the break and the chase at the base of Poggio was 15 seconds and the table was set for yet another nail-biting, tension fraught Milano-Sanremo finale. Bettini and Kashechkin knew the jig was up, but they just didn't know when. After a kilometre of the Poggio, Vicioso (Liberty Seguros) attacked and blasted past the front duo.

Behind the Spaniard, the gruppo was stretched out in one long multicolored ribbon in pursuit and behind him, multiple attacks by Tiralongo (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) and Vinokourov (T-Mobile) brought him back. Halfway up the Poggio, the stage was set for the most dangerous attack of the 96th Milano-Sanremo. Pellizotti (Liquigas) countered Vino, then Rebellin made a powerful surge. The Gerolsteiner man went to the front for a rare attack and his move carried Pellizotti and chasers Celestino, Kirchen and Merckx clear.

At the top of the Poggio, climbed at a pace of 6'10, the lead five had a 0'06 advantage over the strung-out gruppo led by Alejandro Valverde (Illes Baleares), who got across to the front group in the first kilometre. Daring descender Celestino bombed the sinuous ribbon back down to Sanremo, but with Kirchen playing stopper, the break was absorbed with 2km.

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo)
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Fassa Bortolo had some trouble getting organized after the descent but with 1.5km to go, Fabio Sacchi came up to Petacchi to give him a good wheel to ride on. At the 1km mark, Laurent "Broche" Brochard (Bouygues) tried a solo move but he was pulled back with 600m to go. Petacchi got on Bettini's wheel and when the riders hit the finishing straight, the Quick.Step rider zigged, Petacchi hurled himself up the left side of the road with 250m to go and halfway home, he was two bike lengths clear of runner-up Hondo. Petacchi's sprint was so strong he could turn around twice in the last 100m to look back at the vanquished field and with 25m to go, the speedster from La Spezia threw his arms in the air, yelled at the top of his lungs and won his first ever classics victory today in Milano-Sanremo.


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Results - 294 km

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                            7.11.39 (40.866 km/h)
2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                           
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                        
4 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                     
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                                         
6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française Des Jeux                                 
7 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil                          
8 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step                                               
9 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                  
10 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                  
11 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                 
12 Josu Silloniz Aresti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             
13 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  
14 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                           
15 Allan Davis (Aus) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                             
16 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Davitamon-Lotto                                       
17 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                     
18 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                        
19 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
20 Angel Edo (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                     
21 Roger Hammond (GBr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   
22 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
23 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                         
24 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                         
25 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                           
26 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team CSC                                            
27 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                    
28 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                     
29 Axel Merckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                        
30 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                       
31 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                             
32 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                            
33 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne         
34 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                                 
35 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
36 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                   
37 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                       
38 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                   
39 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                           
40 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                                      0.05
41 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                           0.06
42 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step                                       0.07
43 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                     0.09
44 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                           
45 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                                
46 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                            
47 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                           
48 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto                                     
49 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
50 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Credit Agricole                                  
51 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                        
52 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                               0.12
53 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       0.38
54 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Rabobank                                      
55 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step                                            
56 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                
57 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                          
58 Francisco J. Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                  
59 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                              1.05
60 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  
61 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       
62 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                           
63 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                     
64 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
65 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française Des Jeux                                   
66 Guido Trenti (USA) Quick Step                                            
67 Joerg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                           
68 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                         
69 Mario Aerts (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                    2.29
70 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas-Bianchi                                     
71 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                                        
72 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                           
73 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               4.15
74 Joerg Ludewig (Ger) Domina Vacanze                                       
75 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                                
76 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil                        
77 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team              
78 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                    
79 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                       
80 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                        
81 Bo Hamburger (Den) Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil                            
82 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
83 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank                                                 
84 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                     
85 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
86 Luca Ascani (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                                
87 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                                 7.13
88 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Credit Agricole                                    
89 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   
90 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 
91 Baden Cooke (Aus) Française Des Jeux                                     
92 Guillermo Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                
93 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                    
94 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Française Des Jeux                                   
95 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                        
96 Julian Dean (NZl) Credit Agricole                                        
97 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Domina Vacanze                                     
98 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                          
99 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
100 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Domina Vacanze                              
101 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems                               
102 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne               
103 Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                       
104 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
105 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                  
106 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Team Barloworld-Valsir                             
107 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                         
108 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     
109 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                       
110 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                      
111 Jure Golcer (Slo) Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil                            
112 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                            
113 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank                                            
114 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner                                     
115 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Team L.P.R.                                       
116 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                        10.28
117 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
118 Sergio Marinangeli (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                        
119 Matti Breschel (Den) Team CSC                                           
120 Constantin Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                 
121 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Française Des Jeux                                   
122 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                          
123 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick Step                                         
124 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team         12.30
125 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                     
126 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne    13.40
127 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne            
128 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     
129 Pedro Arreitunandia (Spa) Team Barloworld-Valsir                        
130 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil                      
131 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil                     
132 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                                             
133 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                       
134 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
135 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               
136 David George (RSA) Team Barloworld-Valsir                               
137 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                 
138 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                     
139 Ivan Ravaioli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
140 Maryan Hary (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
141 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                         
142 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Team Barloworld-Valsir                       
143 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                      
144 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick Step                                         
145 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Domina Vacanze                               18.00
146 Eddy Serri (Ita) Team Barloworld-Valsir                                 
147 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                   
148 Giosuè Bonomi (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                      
149 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                                      
150 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Domina Vacanze                                      
151 Michele Gobbi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                                      
152 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil                       
153 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Française Des Jeux                                 
154 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team L.P.R.                                     
155 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
156 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
157 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                            
158 Jose Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne           
159 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                              
160 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                      
161 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                   
162 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick Step                                            
163 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
164 Jans Koerts (Ned) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                      
165 Sergio Miguel M. Paulinho (Por) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team              
DNF Gerben Löwik (Ned) Rabobank                                             
DNF Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil                       
DNF Enrico Degano (Ita) Team Barloworld-Valsir                              
DNF Antonio Salomone (Ita) Team Barloworld-Valsir                           
DNF Giulio Tomi (Ita) Team Barloworld-Valsir                                
DNF Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
DNF Jérome Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
DNF Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             
DNF Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                     
DNF Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Credit Agricole                                  
DNF Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                     
DNF Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  
DNF Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze                                     
DNF Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                    
DNF Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Française Des Jeux                                 
DNF Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
DNF Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne                
DNF Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Caffita                                      
DNF Aaron Kemps (Aus) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                            
DNF Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas-Bianchi                                 
DNF Marco Milesi (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi                                     
DNF Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                    
DNF Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                           
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
DNF Robert Hunter (RSA) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
DNF Cristian Moreni (Ita) Quick Step                                        
DNF Andrea Tafi (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                  
DNF Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                             
DNF Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                           
DNF Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
DNS Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                     
DNS George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                
DNS Ivan Fanelli (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                          

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