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4th Giro della Provincia di Lucca - 2.3

Italy, October 1-4, 2002

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Stage 2 - October 2: Cappanori - Altopascio, 225 km

Bartoli and Freire 1-2 the rest

Michele Bartoli
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Michele Bartoli seems to be coming into form just in time not to be selected for the Italian World's team, after he was not included in the 14 man selection announced on Monday. The winner of the Giro dell'Emilia last Saturday today added the second stage of the Giro di Lucca to his palmares. Bartoli outsprinted none other than World Champion Oscar Freire to claim the win, after the two had caught Mercatone Uno's Massimiliano Mori with 100m to go. The race lead stayed in the hands of Mercatone Uno's Fabiano Fontanelli, whose team controlled the stage today.

Today's stage from Cappanori to Altopascio was the longest in the race, with four laps of a 30.7 km circuit followed by five laps of a 20.1 km circuit for a total of 225 km. The main difficulty was the climb of Montecarlo, a fairly steady 2.5 km climb that had to be repeated nine times.

After 10 km of racing, 22 riders attacked, including Giunti, Simeoni, Casagranda, Casarotto, Hvastija, Nikacevic, Carlstrom, Gronqvist, Laurent Jalabert, Miorin, Michele Bartoli, Basso, Petito, Cortinovis, Bettini, Freire, Mazzanti, Mori, De Groot, Gavazzi, Pepoli and Lunghi. As was the case yesterday, this turned out to be the winning break, although only five of the original 22 made it to the finish.

After two laps of the 30 km circuit, the distance between the break and the peloton was 2'51, with the chase being organised by the Domo-Farm Frites team. The speed after the first hour was a high 46.7 km/h, as those in front were obviously keen to stay away. However, the pace was starting to tell on the leaders, as Nikacevic, Casagranda, Casarotto, Hvastija and Gavazzi were all dropped and absorbed by the peloton, leaving 17 riders in front.

At the end of the third 30 km lap, the gap was up to 4'03, and the Formaggi Trentini team took over the chase from Domo. Their work was effective and reduced the gap to 1'47 with 100 km (5 x 20 km laps) to go. When the break hit the next climb of Montecarlo, Michele Bartoli (Fassa Bortolo) attacked in the company of Paolo Bettini and Oscar Freire (Mapei), with Massimiliano Mori (Mercatone Uno) and Thomas Gronqvist (Amore e Vita). The five extended their lead to a minute over the remainder of the break, with Massimo Giunti (Acqua e Sapone) and Devis Miorin (De Nardi) giving chase at the end of the lap. The peloton was still at 3'05 with 80 km to go, now led by Mercatone Uno.

On the second small lap, Massimo Donati (Tacconi) attacked from the peloton, succeeding in catching and dropping most of the breakaways in front of him. There were now seven in the lead, after Giunti and Miorin made the bridge to Bartoli, Bettini, Freire, Mori and Gronqvist, with Carlstrom on his own at 1'28, Donati at 2'38 and the peloton at 4'48.

Mercatone Uno chase
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On the third 20 km lap, Bettini was dropped from the front group on the Montecarlo climb. Freire then attacked at the top, succeeding in dropping Giunti while the rest regained his wheel on the descent. Donati had in the meantime caught Carlstrom, Bettini and Giunti, with the group also being joined by Luis Laverde (Formaggi Trentini).

The leading five worked well together on the fourth lap, having 1'50 advantage on Laverde and Donati, who were now chasing alone, and 5'19 to the peloton. On the final lap, Devis Miorin tried an attack on the Montecarlo climb, but he did not go far. Bartoli and co. caught him on the descent and it looked like being a five man sprint for the stage win. However with 3 km to go, an attack by Mori saw only Bartoli and Freire able to respond, with the pair catching the Mercatone Uno rider with just 100m to go. Bartoli was the better rider in the sprint, with Freire taking second in front of Mori. The peloton was led home 5'29 later by Mario Cipollini.


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1 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                   5.25.16
2 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
3 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Mercatone Uno                    0.04
4 Devis Miorin (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa            0.13
5 Thomas Gronqvist (Swe) Amore & Vita-Berretta             0.18
6 Luis F. Laverde Jemenez (Col) Formaggi Trentini          2.27
7 Massimo Donati (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi                3.51
8 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                     5.40
9 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites
10 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo-Farm Frites
11 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
12 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
13 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
14 Igor Kranjec (Slo) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
15 Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
16 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
17 Uros Murn (Slo) Formaggi Trentini
18 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index-Alexia
19 Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno
20 Luca De Angeli (Ita) Mercatone Uno
21 Dmitri Gaynitdinov (Rus) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
22 Giosué Bonomi (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
23 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
24 Jan Kruzic (Svk) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
25 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
26 Daniele Righi (Ita) Index-Alexia
27 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
28 Davide Casarotto (Ita) Alessio
29 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
30 Marco Gili (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
31 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Amore & Vita-Beretta
32 Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
33 Balazs Rohtmer (Hun) Amore & Vita-Beretta
34 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
35 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta
36 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
37 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
38 Sergey Avdyeyev (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
39 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
40 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
41 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
42 Andrea Peron (Ita) CSC-Tiscali
43 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin
44 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
45 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio
46 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index-Alexia
47 Robert Hunter (RSA) Mapei-Quick Step
48 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
49 Jörg Lüdewig (Ger) Saeco-Longoni Sport
50 James Perry (RSA) Amore & Vita-Beretta
51 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
52 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
53 Jamie Burrow (GBr) Amore & Vita-Beretta
54 Luca Scinto (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
55 Andrei Mizourov (Kaz) Mercatone Uno
56 Massimo Cigana (Ita) Mercatone Uno
57 Francisco Javier Cerezo Perales (Spa) CSC-Tiscali
58 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta
59 Claudio Bartoli (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
60 Bo Hamburger (Den) Index-Alexia
61 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
62 Marcelino Garcia Alonso (Spa) CSC-Tiscali
63 Salvatore Scamardella (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
64 Matteo Gigli (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
65 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
66 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
67 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Mercatone Uno
68 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
69 Aleksandr Shefer (Kaz) Alessio
70 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
71 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
72 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
73 Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) CSC-Tiscali
74 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
75 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
76 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio
77 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
78 Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
79 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
80 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
81 Seweryn Kohut (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta
82 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Longoni Sport
83 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
84 Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio
85 Yauheni Seniushkin (Blr) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
86 Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
87 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
88 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
89 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
90 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
91 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) CSC-Tiscali
92 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
93 Antonio Rizzi (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
94 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
95 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank
96 Pedro Horrillo Muñoz (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
97 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank
98 Mario Scirea (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
99 Fabio Bulgarelli (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
100 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
101 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre-Daikin
102 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
103 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
104 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
105 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio
106 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
107 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
108 Alexandar Nikacevic (Yug) Alessio
109 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites
110 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
111 Roberto Conti (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
112 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
113 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
114 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
115 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Mercatone Uno
116 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
117 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
118 Cristian Pepoli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
119 Nicki Sørensen (Den) CSC-Tiscali
120 Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Index-Alexia
121 Luca Paolini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
122 Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
123 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                    6.14
124 Mauro Zinetti (Ita) Index-Alexia                      11.23
125 Héctor Mesa Mesa (Col) Formaggi Trentini
126 Roberto Savoldi (Ita) Mercatone Uno                   15.56
127 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Amore & Vita-Beretta            15.57
DNF Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio
DNF Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramiche Panaria-
DNF Stefano Guerrini (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
DNF Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
DNF Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
DNF Samuele Vecchi (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
DNF Domenico Gualdi (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
DNF Eddy Serri (Ita) Index-Alexia
DNF Paolo Valoti (Ita) Index-Alexia
DNF Vincent Cali (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Claudio Lucchini (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank

General classification after stage 2

1 Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno                9.24.27
2 Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                              0.04
3 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                0.06
4 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo-Farm Frites                  0.07
5 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
6 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                      0.11
7 Andrea Peron (Ita) CSC-Tiscali                           0.13
8 Jamie Burrow (GBr) Amore & Vita-Beretta
9 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
10 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro                 0.16
11 Luca Scinto (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
12 Luca De Angeli (Ita) Mercatone Uno                      0.19
13 Andris Reiss (Lat) Index-Alexia                         0.32
14 Marcelino Garcia Alonso (Spa) CSC-Tiscali               0.43
15 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     8.47
16 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step               8.49
17 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Mercatone Uno                   8.55
18 Devis Miorin (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa           9.05
19 Thomas Gronqvist (Swe) Amore & Vita-Berretta            9.10
20 Luis F. Laverde Jemenez (Col) Formaggi Trentini        11.19
21 Massimo Donati (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi              12.43
22 Uros Murn (Slo) Formaggi Trentini                      14.32
23 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
24 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index-Alexia
25 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
26 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Amore & Vita-Beretta
27 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta
28 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
29 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin
30 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
31 Jörg Lüdewig (Ger) Saeco-Longoni Sport
32 Jan Kruzic (Svk) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
33 Daniele Righi (Ita) Index-Alexia
34 Andrei Mizourov (Kaz) Mercatone Uno
35 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
36 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
37 Bo Hamburger (Den) Index-Alexia
38 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
39 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites
40 Claudio Bartoli (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
41 Robert Hunter (RSA) Mapei-Quick Step
42 Igor Kranjec (Slo) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
43 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
44 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
45 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
46 Seweryn Kohut (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta
47 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
48 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
49 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
50 Balazs Rohtmer (Hun) Amore & Vita-Beretta
51 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
52 Dmitri Gaynitdinov (Rus) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
53 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
54 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
55 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
56 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
57 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
58 Massimo Cigana (Ita) Mercatone Uno
59 James Perry (RSA) Amore & Vita-Beretta
60 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
61 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
62 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio
63 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
64 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
65 Fabio Bulgarelli (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
66 Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio
67 Francisco Javier Cerezo Perales (Spa) CSC-Tiscali
68 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites
69 Aleksandr Shefer (Kaz) Alessio
70 Marco Gili (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
71 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio
72 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
73 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
74 Alexandar Nikacevic (Yug) Alessio
75 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
76 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
77 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
78 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
79 Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) CSC-Tiscali
80 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
81 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
82 Matteo Gigli (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
83 Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
84 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
85 Yauheni Seniushkin (Blr) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
86 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
87 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
88 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta
89 Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
90 Antonio Rizzi (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
91 Luca Paolini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
92 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) CSC-Tiscali
93 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
94 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
95 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Longoni Sport
96 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
97 Pedro Horrillo Muñoz (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
98 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio
99 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
100 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Mercatone Uno
101 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
102 Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
103 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre-Daikin
104 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
105 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Mercatone Uno
106 Nicki Sørensen (Den) CSC-Tiscali
107 Mario Scirea (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
108 Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Index-Alexia
109 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
110 Cristian Pepoli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
111 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
112 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
113 Roberto Conti (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
114 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
115 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Acqua e Sapone                   15.06
116 Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport              15.30
117 Davide Casarotto (Ita) Alessio
118 Giosué Bonomi (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
119 Sergey Avdyeyev (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
120 Salvatore Scamardella (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
121 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank
122 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
123 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank
124 Héctor Mesa Mesa (Col) Formaggi Trentini              20.15
125 Mauro Zinetti (Ita) Index-Alexia
126 Roberto Savoldi (Ita) Mercatone Uno                   24.48
127 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Amore & Vita-Beretta            24.49