It’s Cipo – Who Else? Giro Stage 18
STAGE 18: ROVERETO – BRESCIA 143km
Super Mario did it again, stage win number 5 in this Giro, beating Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa) by a whisker. Cipo is now 2 wins away from the all-time Giro record held by Alfredo Binda. The Lion King is having the best season of any pro, and at 35 years is an inspiration to the geezers and gerbers in the peloton alike.
Christian Moreni of Alessio took advantage of a tired pack today, riding alone and gaining up to 3 minutes on the bunch, who covered the first 90km at 30 minutes slower than expected. Moreni got reeled in by Acqua & Sapone, looking to get Cipollini another win, and Salovdelli’s Index Alexia teammates, working to prevent any last minute escapes from challengers.
Inside Brescia, 3 laps of a 6km circuit made for some good action as several riders attacked on a short, switch-backed cobbled climb, including Colpack’s Denis Lunghi who lost control and took a heart-breaking fall on the slick stones as he launched his own bid for glory.
With no change on GC, the big day is tomorrow, and all eyes on this side of the pond will be focused on Tyler, and his bid to become only the second American to win the Giro, after Andy Hampsten in 1988.
1. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita-(Ina) 84.49.55
2. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita-Als) + 0.55
3. Tyler Hamilton (Usa-Cst) +1.28
4. Juan M. Garate Cepa (Spa-Lam) +1.39
5. Pavel Tonkov (Rus-Lam) +3.09