Giro del Trentino – Stage 2 Report
Giro del Trentino 2
3rd stage from Foresta Lagundo to Coredo Val di Non.
Fassa Bortolo controls the race until the 66 km, when a group of 11 riders escape with a max advantage of 2’ and 22”.
In a downhill at 18 kms to the finish, Piccoli spurts, and tries to go away alone. The others escapers try to catch him. He gains a max advantage of 36”. But at 4 kms to the finish, his team mate, Garate, left the others riders, and caught him. Behind there is a group with the overall leader: Casagrande, Garzelli, Luttenberger, Perez, Figueras, Simoni, and a great Scarponi. Piccoli blew his energy, and so Garate continued alone. He gains 40” on the group. With Casagrande, there is Valjavec. He helped a lot his captain in the last hill, and he did a great work.
Simoni tries many times to break away, but Casagrande controls him.
Garate wins the stage with 28” on the group. Second place for Garzelli at the sprint on Casagrande.
Casagrande is the leader of the race with 28” on Perez Cuapio and 45” on Simoni.
Pantani arrived with 9 minutes of late, and he didn’t leave any interview. But he doesn’t seems worry for the next Giro d’Italia.
Garate: Yesterday I lost a lot of minutes, because they “did” the race, with many spurts, and I didn’t feel fine. Today me and Mariano (Piccoli) escaped, I felt fine, and so I tried my chance and I won. Yeah, I will run the Giro d’Italia, as Tonkov. He lost some minutes in these stages, but he doesn’t mind. He came back from Belgium where he caught a cold. So, he doesn’t want to risk his condition. But he will be ready for the Giro.
Casagrande: I must say thanks to the team, for the great work. Today I just have been with the leaders, because it wasn’t my interest to win the stage. After this race, maybe I will run the Larciano and Giro di Toscana. Who will be the most dangerous for the Giro d’Italia? Gilberto Simoni, the last winner. Simoni is growing up really well.