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3rd Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali - 2.3

Italy, March 26-30, 2003

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Stage 1b - March 26: Rimini - Rimini TTT, 8.2 km

Lampre stay in control

Lampre TTT
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The Lampre team finished off a perfect day's work by taking the second half stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali, an 8.2 kilometre team time trial around Rimini. The Lampre boys clocked an impressive 8'47 for the distance, an average speed of over 56 km/h. They beat the Saeco team by just two seconds, with Landbouwkrediet-Colnago finishing third, 4 seconds behind. Marco Pantani's Mercatone Uno-Scanavino team also rode well, finishing in fifth spot, only 8 seconds off the winning time.

The win means that Lampre's Jan Svorada and Alberto Loddo keep their top two positions on the classification, with Saeco's Ivan Quaranta in third place at 6 seconds. Tomorrow's stage is from Riccione to Faenza, and will be run over 233 km, the longest of the five day race.


Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

  • Marco Pantani leads the Mercatone Uno-Scanavino team during the team time trial
  • Lampre was the best team in the second half stage of the Settimana Coppi&Bartali
  • The Lampre boys on the podium after stage 1b


1 Lampre                                                8.47 (56.015 km/h)
2 Saeco                                                 0.02
3 Landbouwkrediet                                       0.04
4 Fassa Bortolo                                         0.06
5 Mercatone Uno                                         0.08
6 Cofidis                                               0.10
7 Alessio                                               0.12
8 Domina Vacanze                                        0.14
9 Panaria                                               0.16
10 Formaggi Pinzolo                                     0.18

General classification after stage 1b

1 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre                           2.02.41 (40.298 km/h)
2 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Lampre                            0.02
3 Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Team Saeco                        0.06
4 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre
5 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Lampre
6 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre
7 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre
8 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre
9 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Saeco                         0.08
10 Cristian Pepoli (Ita) Team Saeco
11 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco
12 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Saeco
24 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       0.12
28 Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Scanavino          0.14