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89th Giro d'Italia - GT

Italy, May 6-28, 2006

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Stage 1 - Saturday, May 6: Seraing - Seraing ITT, 6.2 km

Il Falco flies fastest in Seraing

By Anthony Tan & Les Clarke in Seraing, with additional reporting from Tim Maloney

Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel)
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Today in Seraing, 2005 Giro champion Paolo Savoldelli began his title defence in the best way possible, blitzing the entire field in a short but tough opening stage of the 89th Giro d'Italia. The only rider to go under the eight-minute mark with a time of 7'50, Il Falco's average speed was an incredible 47.489 km/h - eleven seconds faster than his closest rival, Australian prologue specialist Bradley McGee, and thirteen quicker than Phonak's Jose Enrique Gutierrez.

It must have been a déja-vu moment for Savoldelli, who began the 2006 Giro d'Italia as he ended the last edition: wearing the maglia rosa. Seemingly stunned, he explained that "I'm really good at these kind of races, but didn't think I could win today. I went all-out on the climb and then I came into that dangerous last turn too fast and almost crashed. But I kept the bike up and now I'm happy to start the Giro with the maglia rosa, just like I left it last year."

Looking like wearing the maglia rosa until the very, very end, it was a cruel way to face facts for Francaise des Jeux's Bradley McGee, but the 30 year-old Sydneysider admitted the best man won today: "I'm really pleased with that result. It was a bit of a surprise really; I thought it might be closer but there ended up being like four seconds or something like that in it - that's bloody huge. I really surprised myself.

Bradley McGee (Francaise des Jeux)
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"I'm happy with the ride - and it's not bad considering I put it all together in a week! I went into Romandie expecting to do well but got smashed there, so I just kept it quiet coming into this race and did the preparation. To come out and do this today feels really good," he said.

About holding the course in the small industrial town of Seraing, McGee smiled before answering: "I love what the Italians do with this race; we've already got one Tour de France, so we don't need another one."

The day's surprise packet was fourth-placed Gerolsteiner rider Stefan Schumacher, who held the provisional best time till McGee bettered him near the end, prompting the question: "You're almost as fast as your namesake, but on two wheels?"

Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner)
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Blushed this year's winner of the Circuit de la Sarthe: "Oh, I think he'd be a bit quicker than me in a car on this course! I'm good in chrono, but it's not my speciality. I'm think I'm a guy for the classic races," Schumacher said. "But right now, I'm in good form so I rode well today."

Apart from Savoldelli, the rest of the favourites appeared to be close to optimal condition, setting the scene for a battle royal in the high mountains. Big favourite Ivan Basso was solid in today's opener but looked a clearly disppointed with his 13th place, saying: "Today was a very hard race but it was a good test for me. I feel good and although I though I might go a little bit better, but there is still a lot of racing to go."

Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel)
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Crowd favourite Danilo Di Luca, who has openly declared placing his sole focus on winning this year's Giro, also showed he's nearing top form, the Liquigas leader just scraping into the top ten with an 8'09. Last year's runner-up and 2003 champion Gilberto Simoni wasn't too far off the mark, either, just 26 seconds behind Savoldelli and one place behind 2004 Giro champ Damiano Cunego, the Kid's time of 8'15 fifteenth best on the day.

For better or worse, notable others included the T-Mobile pair of Serguei Gonchar and Michael Rogers (5th and 8th respectively), Illes Balears' Francisco Perez Sanchez and José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (6th and 7th), American Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel, 12th @ 0'21), Colombian flyweight José Rujano (Selle Italia, 46th @ 0'39), Mauricio Ardila (Rabobank, 76th @ 0'48) and Wim Van Huffel (Davitamon-Lotto, 116th @ 0'58).

Tom Danielson (Discovery Channel)
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"Today was okay," said Danielson. "I wasn't really aiming too much for the time trial, but I've been working on it a bit and I'm pretty happy. We've been working really hard on the climbs and that's where I hope to do well."

Asked whether Discovery has the team to get the job done, he said: "The team's great - like our Tour de France team we've got a strong team here and I'm sure they'll work great. It'll be good to get a solid result here and build on that for the rest of the race."

How it unfolded

The Giro d'Italia
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On a beautiful spring afternoon, the 89th edition of the Giro d'Italia kicked off in Seraing, Belgium, a gritty working class suburb of Liège of 60,000. The last time the Giro started in Belgium was in Verviers, thirty-three years ago and for the kick-off of the 2006 Giro, the Wallonne region of Belgium was hosting the first four stages of the Giro, as the Italian Grand Tour started for the eighth time outside of Italy.

The first rider off was Czech neo-pro Frantisek Rabon (T-Mobile), who departed at 14:34 but it was local lad Philippe Gilbert (Française des Jeux) who set the early fast time of 8'29, an average speed of 43.85 km/h. Chechu Rubiera (Discovery Channel) bested Gilbert by five seconds, but suddenly Marzio Bruseghin (Lampre-Fondital) powered across the line in 8'10, a fast average speed of 45.5 km/h. Francisco Perez (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) unseated Bruseghin with a 8'06 as the fastest time began to approach the bar of going under eight minutes. Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile Team) posted a respectable 8'39.

Bobby Julich (CSC)
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Two months ago, CSC's Bobby Julich won the prologue TT at Paris-Nice and was one of the favorites. But Julich clearly wasn't going all out and finished in 8'35. His team-mate Jens Voigt has a solid ride for 8'15, while Discovery Channel's Jason McCartney had a solid effort for 8'21. Then T-Mobile's Giro leader, big-gear humper Gonchar had a fast start behind Voigt and once on the descent, pounded his 55x11 across the line with the new fastest time of 8'05. Former world TT champ Gonchar explained after his race that "I thought I would ride well here but the course is a little short for me. But it's a good time for me anyway."

The Ukrainian's fast time didn't last long as Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) then blasted across the line in 8'03", an average speed of 46.211 km/hr to take the lead away from Gonchar. Schumacher explained after that "I'm good in TT's but I'm really an all round rider. Right now, I'm in good form so I rode well today".

Michael Rogers (T-Mobile)
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Wearing dossard #2, Discovery Channel's Tommy Danielson was back at the Giro d'Italia again and was looking to ride well at this year's edition after his frustrating abandon last year from knee problems. Danielson blasted up the climb and posted an excellent time of 8'11. But just behind the American, world TT champ Mick Rogers (T-Mobile) showed off his beautiful rainbow jersey and his beautiful form with a speedy 8'07, but the Aussie was still five seconds behind leader Schumacher.

Rogers former Quick.Step teammate Bettini then came across in 8'32. Bettini didn't want to lose too much time as the Olympic champion's plan is to stay close and get some time bonuses on Stage 2, then win the third stage to Namur and steal the maglia rosa when the Giro returns to Italy. After the stage, Bettini managed to gasp, "I went all out and didn't hold anything back."

Jose E. Gutierrez (Phonak)
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Next up was mini-me super-climber José Rujano (Selle Italia-Serrementi Diquigiovanni), who had a respectable time despite his recent return to racing. The tension mounted as raging bull Jose' Gutierrez (Phonak) rode the new fastest time, just besting Schumacher's time.

With the Phonak rider done and dusted, the next Giro danger man up was Française des Jeux's Brad McGee, who won the Giro prologue two years ago in Genova. McGee's health problems have slowed the speedy Sydneysider of late, but today Brad didn't disappoint, coming in fastest at the end of his run with 8'02 (46.402km/h avg. speed).

As the start list got shorter and shorter, it was now the time for the Giro favourites to exit the start house in Seraing. The tension mounted as Liquigas-Bianchi's Danilo Di Luca streaked up the climb with the fastest time of 5'58 but Killer Dani lost some time on the descent to finish in a strong and surprising 8'08. Next Giro favourite up was Gibo Simoni (Saunier Duval), who was fast up the climb and then bombed the descent and finished with an 8'16. Simoni said afterwards that "it was a good ride for me... I knew I had to go all out and so I'm happy where I finished."

Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital)
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Many tipped Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne), resplendent in his Spanish TT champion's jersey to be a real threat. Gutierrez was close but no cigar with his 8'06". Next to finish was 2004 Giro winner Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Fondital), who posted an 8'16". "It was a short fast prologue and in a race like this, it's hard to make the difference so all the favourites are pretty close."

Sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (Team Milram) bested Bettini by seven seconds with his 8'25, an excellent time for the big sprinter. CSC's Ivan Basso looked deceptively slow on the climb and in fact was slow on the speedy course, losing four seconds to Di Luca as he finished in 8'13, but was still ahead of Simoni and Cunego in the overall standings.

Ivan Basso (CSC)
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McGee was still in the lead, sitting in the Giro hot-seat, but now it was the turn of the only man who could still beat the Aussie, the rider with dossard #1, defending Giro d'Italia champion Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel). Despite his recent stomach problems that forced him to abandon the Tour of Romandie, Savoldelli threw it down from the get-go, with the fastest splits all the way around the 6.2km course to cross the line with the incredible time of 7'50, 11 seconds faster than McGee at an average speed of 47.489 km/h.

With Di Luca at 0'19, Basso at 0'23, Cunego at 0'25 and Simoni at 0'26, Savoldelli has at least gained a small psychological edge over his key rivals at this year's Giro d'Italia with his dramatic win in today's ITT. Can Savoldelli keep his maglia rosa until Thursday's Stage 5, when his powerful Discovery Channel squad take on the 38km team time trial?

Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel)
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The Discovery Channel rider is 35 seconds ahead of sprinter Petacchi and 0'42 up on Bettini. Each stage has time bonuses with time bonuses at the finish of 20, 12 and 8 seconds and intermediate bonuses of 6, 4 and 2 seconds,. Theoretically, Savoldelli could keep the maglia rosa, but Discovery Channel may choose not defend the precious pink tunic. One thing is certain though after today's opening stage: the baby-faced rider is more than ever a strong contender to win his third Giro title.

Sunday May 7 - Stage 2: Mons - Charleroi/Marcinelle, 203 km

A fast, flat stage for the sprinters from Mons to the grimy industrial burg of Charleroi, with a wide open last 2km on Avenue E.Mascaux that should be perfect for Ale-Jet Petacchi and Rockin' Robbie McEwen to fight it out for the victory.


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1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             7.50 (47.489 km/h)
2 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                0.11
3 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems               0.13
4 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
5 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                   0.15
6 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears          0.16
7 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears         
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                    0.17
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                    0.18
10 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                        0.19
11 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                               0.20
12 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               0.21
13 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                            0.23
14 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                            0.25
15 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                     
16 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                           0.26
17 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                                          0.27
18 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC                                      
19 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                             
20 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                0.28
21 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            0.29
22 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                  
23 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas                                     0.30
24 Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team             0.31
25 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole                                 
26 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                        
27 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               0.32
28 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     0.33
29 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team     0.34
30 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) AG2R Prevoyance                                  0.35
31 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                    
32 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                    
33 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick Step-Innergetic                       0.36
34 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                       
35 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                       
36 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                                 
37 Francisco J. Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital                       
38 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone       0.37
39 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                 
40 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems               0.38
41 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                          
42 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
43 Inigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Team CSC                          0.39
44 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas                                               
45 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic                          
46 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni          
47 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux                                 
48 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                
49 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital                                  0.40
50 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   0.41
51 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                   
52 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                          
53 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                            
54 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         0.42
55 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                        
56 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                    
57 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                          
58 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Milram                                           
59 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                                
60 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni       0.43
61 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux                                     
62 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare          0.44
63 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems                                 
64 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
65 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
66 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                          0.45
67 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital                                    
68 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital                                 0.46
69 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                               
70 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
71 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                     
72 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
73 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas                                         
74 Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                         0.48
75 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole                                
76 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank                              
77 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Française des Jeux                             
78 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram                                   0.49
79 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas                                          
80 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                          
81 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
82 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  0.50
83 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                      
84 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       0.51
85 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                                          
86 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                0.52
87 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                           
88 Jose Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            
89 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                        
90 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram                              0.53
91 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                   
92 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team          0.54
93 Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems                   
94 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                      
95 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    
96 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
97 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas                                   0.55
98 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     
99 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                              
100 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Team Milram                                    
101 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Davitamon-Lotto                                   
102 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare              
103 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                    
104 Joerg Ludewig (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       
105 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Rabobank                                    0.56
106 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                              
107 Peter Mazur (Pol) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                  
108 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                         
109 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                     
110 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                       0.57
111 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                       
112 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
113 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             0.58
114 Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Spa) AG2R Prevoyance                         
115 Matthias Russ (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        
116 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                    
117 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                   0.59
118 Elia Rigotto (Ita) Team Milram                                          
119 Jose Cayetano Julia Cegarra (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    1.00
120 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Team Milram                                    
121 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                   
122 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Liquigas                                         
123 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                      1.01
124 Guido Trentin (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                
125 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni              
126 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2R Prevoyance                                  1.02
127 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             
128 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram                                       
129 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                               
130 Marcos A. Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team            
131 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                              1.03
132 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                     
133 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                                        
134 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                             1.04
135 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                   
136 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                        
137 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R Prevoyance                                    
138 Benoit Joachim (Lux) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                 
139 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank                                          1.05
140 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                        
141 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                         
142 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni        
143 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                1.06
144 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team        
145 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole                           1.07
146 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                   1.08
147 Jose Serpa (Col) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                  
148 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir                             
149 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
150 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team               1.09
151 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            
152 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
153 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile Team                                 1.10
154 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                1.11
155 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic                             1.12
156 Ivan Mayoz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                                      
157 Henk Vogels (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                   1.13
158 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Team Milram                                      
159 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir                          
160 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                       
161 Koen De Kort (Ned) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                           
162 Nick Gates (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                        
163 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              1.14
164 Anton Luengo Celaya (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         1.15
165 Marc De Maar (Ned) Rabobank                                             
166 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                  
167 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Liquigas                                          
168 Santo Anza' (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                 
169 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                   
170 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                            1.16
171 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                          
172 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          1.17
173 Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
174 Aaron Olson (USA) Saunier Duval-Prodir                                  
175 Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                     1.19
176 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                             
177 José Antonio Garrido Lima (Spa) Quick Step-Innergetic               1.20
178 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  
179 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni              
180 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank                                        1.21
181 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas                                   
182 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone         1.22
183 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                             1.23
184 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic                          1.24
185 Raffaele Illiano (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni            
186 Axel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare            1.25
187 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                       1.27
188 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             1.29
189 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                1.31
190 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                    
191 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                      
192 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone             1.32
193 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni           1.39
194 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                             1.44
195 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank                                         1.49
196 Benat Albizuri Aransolo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     1.50
197 Iker Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         1.52
198 Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance                                    1.53
1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               33 pts
2 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                  23
3 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                 20
4 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    15
5 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                     12
6 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                           12
7 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            10
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                      10
9 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears        9
10 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                      7
11 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                  5
12 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  4
13 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                               3
14 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               2
15 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                    1
1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                3 pts
2 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                   2
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                            1
110 Gazzetta
1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                5 pts
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                            4
3 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                  3
4 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                   2
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                       1
6 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      

1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team               60 pts
2 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française des Jeux                                  54
3 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                           43
4 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                 39
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                      27
6 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                    24
7 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                     22
8 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears            19
9 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears       16
10 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                                     13
11 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                 10
12 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                  8
13 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                               6
14 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC                                               4
15 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital                                    2

Most combative
1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team      11 pts
2 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française des Jeux                          7
3 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems         7
4 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas                                   4
5 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            3
6 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                             2
7 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears    1
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                              1
Azzurri d'Italia
1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team       4 pts
2 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française des Jeux                          2
3 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems         1
Trofeo Fast Team
1 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                          24.22
2 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                               0.09
3 T-Mobile Team                                                0.13
4 Gerolsteiner                                                 0.20
5 Team CSC                                                     0.23
6 Lampre-Fondital                                              0.28
7 Liquigas                                                     0.36
8 Francaise Des Jeux                                           0.37
9 Phonak Hearing Systems                                       0.43
10 Quickstep-Innergetic                                        0.47
11 Cofidis                                                     0.55
12 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                        0.59
13 Credit Agricole                                             1.06
14 Bouygues Telecom                                            1.08
15 Davitamon-Lotto                                                 
16 Team Milram                                                 1.14
17 Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                                      
18 Rabobank                                                        
19 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                                   1.22
20 Ag2R Prevoyance                                             1.25
21 Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                       1.31
22 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                           1.48
Trofeo Super Team
1 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team                             29 pts
2 Gerolsteiner                                                   29
3 T-Mobile Team                                                  29
4 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears                                 29
5 Francaise Des Jeux                                             19
6 Phonak Hearing Systems                                         18
7 Team CSC                                                       18
8 Lampre-Fondital                                                16
9 Liquigas                                                       11
10 Saunier Duval-Prodir                                           5
11 Rabobank                                                       4
12 Quickstep-Innergetic                                           2
13 Cofidis                                                        1
14 Davitamon-Lotto                                                 
15 Credit Agricole                                                 
16 Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                                      
17 Bouygues Telecom                                                
18 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                 
19 Team Milram                                                     
20 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                                       
21 Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                           
22 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                               

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