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Lombardi Wins in Varazze, Garzelli Tests “Non-Negative”

Giovanni Lombardi of the Acqua e Sapone squad won today’s 6th stage of the Giro d’Italia, a 181km run from Cuneo across the Ligurean mountains to the Mediterranean town of Varazze. It was a long a rainy day, with the riders spending 5+ hours in the saddle, and battling news that yesterday’s pink jersey – Stefano Garzelli, has tested positive for drugs after last Monday’s Giro stage in Liege, Belgium.

Official news of Garzelli’s test is that his first screening indicated the presence of a banned substance called Probenecid (a diuretic), but that no official ruling would be made until a second screening of his sample was completed later this week in Rome. Garzelli is still in the race, but now it seem shrouded by storm clouds.

Lombardi was part of an early escape group that at one point held a 7:30 minute advantage over the main peloton. It all came down to a sprint for the stage and the new overall leader’s jersey. Lombardi edged Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) and Bert Grabsch (Ger) for the top 3 spots.

Jens Heppner (Telekom) was seventh on the day, but has taken a 3:33 lead over Garzelli, as the new maglia rosa.

News of Garzelli’s positive dope test will continue to drip in throughout the day, so we’ll keep you posted. You can also check MORE HEADLINES for the latest updates from the international news wire.

Stage 6 Results – Cuneo – Varrazze
1. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 4.56.45
2. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Formaggi Tret – st
3. Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak – st
4. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Tacconi Sport – st
5. Angel Vicioso (Spa) Kelme – st
6. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago – st
7. Jens Heppner (Ger) Team Telekom – st
8. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin – st
9. Francisco Leon Mane (Spa) Kelme 0.18
10. Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank – st

Overall Standings
1. Jens Heppner (Ger) Team Telekom 31.19.45
2. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step +3.33
3. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago +3.43
4. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio +3.45
5. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Tacconi Sport +3.57
6. Angel Vicioso (Spa) Kelme +4.09
7. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo +4.16
8. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport +4.27
9. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport +4.30
10. Santiago Perez Fernandez (Spa) Kelme +4.36

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