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More Giro Shorts – Wednesday

The Columbia Selle-Italia team manager Giovanni Savio, called “the prince”, is apparently having problems with Contreras, one of his best riders. The Colombian climber, 8th at Giro 2001 and winner of one stage, didn’t start the 3rd stage. Savio likes to leave his riders to train as they prefer, but now he is thinking that this rider didn’t train so much and just….had fun. Why? perhaps because his pay is 3 times bigger than last year.

The Italian TT2 team is having financial problems, and if they don’t win or have a good performance in any stage at this Giro, they will lose their sponsor. They have some good riders, as Di Biase, Murn and Marzoli.

Asian riders in the pro bunch are a rare site. At this Giro there is just one, Hidenori Nodera. Last year he didn’t finish the Giro, but this year he started more
determinated. Bevilaqua, his team manager, said that he is a very good person, and he didn’t find very much problems here in Italy. At the question if he has any particular difficulties asymmilating into an Italian team, he says only that at the meetings if he doesn’t understand what they say, he simply smiles and says says “yes”.

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