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Frigo On Form: Wins Tricolor TT

– Reported by Gazzetta dello Sport –

Frigo stops the second hand on the Tricolore

The Tacconi-Emmegi rider wins the Italin time-trial title in front of Pozzato and Alvisi: “Now I am ready for the Tour”.

ODERZO (Treviso), 25 June 2002 – The reign of Marco Velo has a new patron: after four seasons the Italian national trime-trial champion’s jersey has passed on to the shoulders of Dario Frigo, ready to throw himself into a full assault of the Tour de France in a little more than a weeks time. The italian from the Tacconi-Emmegi squad will go in search of reproving himself after his disapointing ride this year at the Giro d’Italia, which came to a standstill on the climb of Folgaria. Meanwhile he has proven himself in the opening days of the Italian national championships, dominating the professional’s
race against the clock at an average speed of 48.742 km/h. On the 37.2 km course from Roncadelle di Ormelle to Oderzo, Frigo had only one real rival, the twenty year old Filippo Pozzato, who was aiming for a podium placing in the year that he has celebrated
his first proffessional victory and 10 other successes. Destiny wanted that the rider from Vicenza would recieve this result on the day that he became aware of the end of his mighty Mapei squad at the end of the season.

The suprise third placing was Juri Alvisi, under 23 rider from Rome of the Bassano Zincheria squad, that placed himself in front of the ex-champion of Europe Maureno Quinziato. At the finish he had lost 47″ to Frigo, conferming the crisis in Italy of a specialty that is slow to churn out new talent, suffering from the lack of partecipation by many of the top Italian riders. Not one of these was Frigo, who has prepared himself
fully for an assault on the Tour de France which starts this July 6th. “There was also the Giro – said the new Italian champion – but we know how that went. Now it’s the Tour that is most important: a result there would give prestige to myself and the team. Armstong? I don’t think of adversaries and I don’t put myself at the top of the general classification, only that I do well”. Between the prolouge, the team time trial, and the other two individual time trials, there will be around 180 km of time trialing. The Italian title is, at least on paper, a good sign of things to come.

“At the Giro I could not have a great preperation”, observes Frigo, who re-entered competition in March at Paris-Nice after nine months of suspension for legal events that were a result of the San Remo Blitz of 2001. “This time is different, I’ve worked much on my power and agility. The morale is there, the legs are good, I only have ignorance of the heat and the distance”. The phrase pronounced at the finish line in Folgaria, “I
understand today that I am not a three week racer”, luckily that has already been forgotten. “After 220 km of difficulty and 20 stages anyone could come to say certain things. But I am a warrior, I will go to the Tour like always, to fight”. On July 6th he will take the roads of France to begin the battle, but first he will contesting the road race in San Vendemiano that concludes the Tricolore Week. “Me, the favorite? In reality – concludes Frigo – there will be many of them. More than anything else because the course is easy and it will be difficult to make a selection”.

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