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85th Giro d'Italia (GT)

Italy, May 11-June 2, 2002

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Prologue - May 11: Groningen ITT, 6.5 km

JC Dominguez one better that Rik Verbrugghe

By Jeff Jones
Juan Carlos Dominguez
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Spaniard Juan Carlos Dominguez has given his Phonak team a perfect start in the Giro d'Italia, winning the prologue in Groningen by just one second from pre-race favourite Rik Verbrugghe. In good conditions, Dominguez clocked 8'12 for the 6.5 kilometres to average 47.5 km/h, an excellent ride considering there were 17 corners to negotiate. In third place was Paolo Savoldelli (Index-Alexia), another prologue specialist who has finished as high as second on GC in the Giro.

The prologue in the Dutch town of Groningen was well attended, providing some form of relief to the nation after the shocking death of radical politician Pim Fortuyn last week. The airwaves have been dominated by that event, and no doubt will be for some time to come. However today it was 'Gironingen Day', and that was cause for celebration.

Early leader in the race was Rabobank's Grischa Niermann. Although German, Niermann was quite popular due to the nationality of his team. His time of 8'22 stood for a while until Austrian Matthias Buxhofer (Phonak) went two seconds better, and no-one could beat him.
Stefano Garzelli
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As the riders continued to roll in, Buxhofer's time was starting to look quite good, perhaps even a podium finish which would be a great result for his team who are in their first Giro d'Italia. As the clock wound down, riders such as Dario Frigo, Serguei Gontchar and Paolo Bettini couldn't better it, while the GC favourites Francesco Casagrande and Stefano Garzelli finished in the 8'30s.

Then came Rik Verbrugghe. The fire-topped but otherwise cool and calm Belgian won this stage last year, and meant to do it again. He rode extremely well and was clearly satisfied with his time as he crossed in 8'13, eight seconds quicker than Buxhofer. There were still a few riders to come though, including Mario Cipollini, Michael Boogerd and Gilberto Simoni.

Cipollini was clad in a tiger-striped skinsuit, with a bike to match and it looked as though he meant business. A good time in the prologue would set things up for him to take the pink jersey in the early stages, provided he was sprinting well. Unfortunately for the Lion(?) King, Cipollini's rear wheel developed what looked like a slow leak, and he had trouble controlling it around the corners. His time of 8'27 wasn't bad considering.

Another rider who had a bad ride was CSC's Tyler Hamilton, who was on target for a time in the 8'20's when he slipped on some paint around a corner and crashed heavily into a barrier. He hurt his hand, and went onto finish in 8'46. Hopefully the injury is nothing serious, as he's considered a GC contender.
Juan Carlos Dominguez
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After Cipollini finished, it was the turn of Juan Carlos Dominguez to come sprinting to the line. The Spaniard who's no slouch in a time trial, and has won several stage races, surprised more than a few observers by going under Verbrugghe's time. 8'12 was going to be very hard to beat, considering there were not too many behind him.

That turned out to be correct, as Boogerd came through in 8'25 for an eventual 9th place, and Simoni who was riding two 650c wheels, finished in a respectable 8'46. The defending champion was quite positive with his result, saying "I gave it my all. What more do you want?"

Dominguez also surprised the Italians, who had no Phonak sticker to put on his pink jersey on the podium. An unfortunate oversight, and one that his team manager was not too happy about. "I guess they didn't really think that I was going to win," smiled Dominguez who described himself as "Very, very happy. I gave it all my force."

"The general classification might be tough for me in a big Tour," he added. "I won a lot of one week races, but I've never really gone well in a Grand Tour. Usually in the last week I croak."

His team will have the task of defending the jersey when the Giro travels from Groningen to Münster tomorrow, over a distance of 215 kilometres. It's not a tough stage, and he should have no problems in staying in pink, provided Phonak can control the race sufficiently.


Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti


1 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems        8.12 (47.56 km/h)
2 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                         0.01
3 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Index Alexia                       0.04
4 Matthias Buxhofer (Aut) Phonak Hearing Systems            0.08
5 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Coast                                0.09
6 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                        0.10
7 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
8 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                            0.12
9 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC Tiscali               0.13
10 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Team Telekom                      0.14
11 Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Lotto-Adecco
12 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems           0.15
13 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
14 Marc Streel (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
15 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
16 Cadel Evans (Aus) Mapei-Quick Step
17 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Lampre-Daikin                   0.17
18 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
19 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
20 Massimo Strazzer (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems
21 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
22 Robert Hunter (Rsa) Mapei-Quick Step
23 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio                            0.18
24 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
25 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                        0.19
26 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
27 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      0.20
28 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
29 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
30 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                      0.21
31 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
32 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
33 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                    0.22
34 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
35 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
36 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC Tiscali
37 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner
38 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
39 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
40 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago           0.23
41 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
42 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast
43 Francisco Leon Mane (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
44 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre-Daikin                  0.24
45 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank
46 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Alessio
47 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
48 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
49 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                         0.25
50 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
51 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
52 Ief Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
53 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
54 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
55 Denis Bondarenko (Rus) Formaggi Trentini                 0.26
56 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
57 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
58 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Lotto-Adecco
59 Malte Urban (Ger) Team Coast
60 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
61 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Telekom
62 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
63 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Formaggi Trentini                  0.27
64 Hernan Dario Munoz (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia
65 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo                      0.28
66 Kai Hundertmark (Ger) Team Telekom
67 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Gerolsteiner
68 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
69 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                    0.29
70 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner
71 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Adecco
72 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
73 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
74 Fortunato Baliani (Ita) Colombia-Selle Italia
75 Stephan Schreck (Ger) Team Telekom                       0.30
76 Vladimir Miholievic (Cro) Alessio
77 Fernando Escartin (Spa) Team Coast                       0.31
78 Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
79 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom
80 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast
81 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
82 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
83 Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
84 Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                      0.32
85 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team Coast
86 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
87 Rolf Sorensen (Den) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
88 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
89 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
90 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
91 Biagio Conte (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
92 Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
93 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco-Longoni Sport
94 Carlos Contreras (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia
95 Daniele Righi (Ita) Index Alexia                         0.33
96 Yuri Mitlushenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
97 Addy Engels (Ned) Rabobank
98 Uros Murn (Slo) Formaggi Trentini
99 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
100 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC Tiscali
101 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
102 Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            0.34
103 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
104 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
105 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
106 Graeme Brown (Aus) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo             0.35
107 Francisco J. Lara Ruiz (Spa) Team Coast
108 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Gerolsteiner
109 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio                      0.36
110 Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno
111 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu) Gerolsteiner
112 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Longoni Sport
113 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom
114 Fredy Gonzalez (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia              0.37
115 Mykhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Colombia-Selle Italia
116 Matteo Gigli (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
117 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
118 Antonio Rizzi (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
119 André Korff (Ger) Team Coast                            0.38
120 Domenico Romano (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
121 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Telekom
122 Santiago Perez Fernandez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
123 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
124 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank
125 Martin Derganc (Slo) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
126 Gian Mario Ortenzi (Ita) Mercatone Uno
127 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
128 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
129 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         0.39
130 Guido Trenti (USA) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
131 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
132 Daniel Clavero (Spa) Mercatone Uno
133 Ivan Gotti (Ita) Alessio
134 Julio Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
135 Juan D. Ramirez (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia
136 Mario Scirea (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo         0.40
137 Mauro Zinetti (Ita) Index Alexia
138 Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
139 Joaquim Castelblanco (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia
140 Roberto Conti (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo        0.41
141 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin
142 Saja Gajicic (Yug) Formaggi Trentini
143 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Index Alexia
144 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport              0.42
145 Jens Heppner (Ger) Team Telekom
146 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
147 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio                             0.43
148 Danny Jonasson (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
149 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Team Coast                         0.44
150 Michele Colleoni (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
151 Mario Manzoni (Ita) Index Alexia
152 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Mercatone Uno
153 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Mercatone Uno
154 Bo Hamburger (Den) Index Alexia
155 Francisco Cerezo Perales Francisco (Spa) Team CSC Ti    0.45
156 Cayetano Julia Cegarra (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
157 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio
158 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
159 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
160 Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Index Alexia
161 Faat Zakirov (Rus) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo             0.46
162 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
163 Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno
164 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
165 Luis Laverde Jimenez (Col) Formaggi Trentini            0.47
166 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
167 Oscar Mason (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
168 Yauheni Seniushkine (Blr) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
169 Andrei Mizourov (Kaz) Mercatone Uno
170 Moreno Di Biase (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
171 Cédric Fragniere (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems           0.48
172 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC Tiscali
173 Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Alessio
174 Vladimir Smirnov (Ltu) Team Colpack-Astro               0.49
175 Marcelino Garcia Alonso (Spa) Team CSC Tiscali
176 Hector Mesa Mesa (Col) Formaggi Trentini
177 Miguel Angel Meza (Mex) Team Colpack-Astro              0.50
178 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio
179 Domenico Gualdi (Ita) Formaggi Trentini
180 Juan De Los Angeles (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca            0.51
181 Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Index Alexia
182 Enrico Degano (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo            0.52
183 Filippo Perfetto (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo
184 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo   0.53
185 John Freddy Garcia (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia
186 Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita) Mercatone Uno
187 Ruben Alverio Marin (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia
188 Riccardo Forconi (Ita) Mercatone Uno                    0.55
189 Sergiy Adyeyev (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            0.56
190 Eddy Serri (Ita) Index Alexia                           0.57
191 Gustavo Otero Gomez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca            0.59
192 Ruggero Borghi (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi               1.00
193 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom                       1.05
194 Nicola Chesini (Ita) Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo           1.10
195 Hidenori Nodera (Jpn) Team Colpack-Astro                1.11
196 Jesus Manzano Ruaño (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca            1.12
197 Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali                     1.16
198 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo                     5.31

Fair play

1 Ceramiche Panaria - Fiordo                                   0
2 Colombia - Selle Italia                                      0
3 Fassa Bortolo                                                0
4 Formaggi Trentini                                            0
5 Gerolsteiner                                                 0
6 Index Alexia                                                 0
7 Kelme - Costa Blanca                                         0
8 Lampre - Daikin                                              0
9 Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                                    0
10 Lotto - Adecco                                              0
11 Mapei - Quick Step                                          0
12 Mercatone Uno                                               0
13 Phonak Hearing Systems                                      0
14 Rabobank                                                    0
15 Saeco - Longoni Sport                                       0
16 Tacconi Sport                                               0
17 Team Coast                                                  0
18 Team Colpack - Astro                                        0
19 Team Csc - Tiscali                                          0
20 Team Telekom                                                0
21 Acqua&Sapone - Cantina Tollo                               30
22 Alessio                                                    30

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