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Garzelli In Pink – Rider Comments & Results

Today’s action really happened on Saint Nicola’s hill, the same place that decided Liege-Bastogne-Liege: Casagrande attacked, Garzelli replied, and caused a break of 9 riders.

Garzelli beat Casagrande in the sprint, while 3rd went to the german Heppner and 4th to Rebellin who lost the “winning train”. The winner of 1st stage, Cipollini, lost 1’19” and lost also the leader jersey. The 2001 winner, Gilberto Simoni, also lost 25” from Garzelli and Marco Pantani lost 35”. This is the second victory for Stefano, after the one at Gp of Larciano: but on these roads he got also a wonderful 2nd place at last Liegi-Bastogne-Liegi, won from his team mate Paolo Bettini, who in this stage suffered a crash caused by a fan on the road-side.

The riders had these words following the stage:

Garzelli: “When I won the Giro 2 years ago I could have been considered a surprise. Now no: I intend to arrive in Milano with the Pink Jersey, I’ve a great team which can help me, so this is my place. We are happy to have already the leader’s jersey, also if we won’t die to keep it. I will live at the day, for give everything in the last 7 days. And if in these days I will be in 2nd or 3rd position, it won’t be a drama. Today we did all the cotes at a really fast speed, Casagrande forced the speed and I cannot let him get away. And Paolo was here for help me. Anyway now Casagrande and Frigo are the most dangerous opponents, and not only because the overall ranking says so: the first has run really fast in the Saint Nicolas, the 2nd is fast also at the time trial. Simoni is a bit behind, but in mountains he does the numbers. I don’t know if I’m already at the max of my condition or if I arrived at it too soon. I know only that compared to my first 5 seasons, my program before Giro is always the same. So I say that I will live day by day, without trying to defend the jersey until it’s possible. And anyway, it’s better have some seconds of advantage than be catching up.”

Cipollini: “It has been a really difficult stage. The last hill cut me out of the games. Anyway I’m satisfied of the work of my team mates. Before the hill Mapei was ahead. There is the satisfaction to have worn the Pink Jersey at this Giro d’Italia. Tomorrow we will try to win again”.

Stage Results
1. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
2. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
3. Jens Heppner (Ger-Tel) Team Telekom
4. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
5. Tyler Hamilton (USA) CSC-Tiscali
6. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
7. Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
8. Cadel Evans (Aus) Mapei-Quick Step
9. Michailov Kalilov (Ukr) Colombia-Selle Italia
10. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems

Giro GC – Stage 2

1. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
2. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast 0.13
3. Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 0.19
4. Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 0.21
5. Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom 0.23
6. Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
7. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.31
8. Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Colombia-Selle Italia 0.33
9. Matthias Buxhofer (Aut) Phonak Hearing Systems 0.34
10. Cadel Evans (Aus) Mapei-Quick Step 0.37

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