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1. Stefano Garzelli
2. Francesco Casagrande
3. Gilberto Simoni
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By Mike Price
MILAN, Italy, June 4 (Reuters) - The Giro d'Italia wheel of
fortune has turned full circle.
On Sunday Stefano Garzelli stood in triumph on the Milan podium,
resplendent in the pink of victory. Yet a year ago he and
his team mates shunned the final stage to this city in protest
at the Giro expulsion of Marco Pantani.
That was the misery that followed Pantani's
positive blood test, 48 hours before he was due to mount the
podium for his second Giro triumph.
A year later the supermarket-sponsored squad
have plenty to celebrate.
Not just Garzelli's overall win by one minute
and 27 seconds from fellow Italian Francesco Casagrande, but
a strong signal that Pantani's comeback is finally on course.
After 3,698 kilometres the Giro curtain
came down with Mariano Piccoli scoring a 13th stage win for
Italy after the final 189 kilometres from Turin, but the day
belonged to Garzelli, and Pantani.
When Pantani arrived in Rome 22 days ago
to start the Giro it was his first encounter with racing for
almost a year. It soon showed as he lost time even on the
climbs where he normally rules.
Then on Friday he had the fans celebrating
his second placing at Briancon. In a sense it was victory
for a man fighting his way back to the form of 1998 when he
won the Giro and the Tour de France.
On Sunday the banners were out, saluting
Garzelli's victory, and declaring Pantani as favourite for
next month's Tour de France.
After days of stalemate among the contenders
in the mountains Garzelli broke Casagrande's 11-day grip on
the leader's jersey.
His aim was to start strongly in Saturday's
mountain time trial to Sestriere to ``psyche out'' the solemn
Tuscan, but Garzelli did not realise that Casagrande had a
During the mountain stages he had trouble
with his sciatic nerve, which numbed his left leg, and in
the time trial Casagrande struggled through the first 10 kilometres,
able to use only his right leg strongly.
This revelation answered those who criticised
his failure to attack. Casagrande said: ``If I could have
given more to gain time I would have.
``I am sorry to lose the Giro like this,
but I have no regrets. I still have two or three years in
which to try again.''
One consolation for Casagrande was that
his Giro successes have raised him to number one in the world
SESTRIERE, Italy, June 3 (Reuters) - Stefano
Garzelli snatched the Giro d'Italia lead from fellow Italian
Francesco Casagrande on Saturday's penultimate stage.
He finished one minute 52 seconds faster
than Casagrande in a 34 km time trial.
Casagrande, first overall for 11 days, had
his 25-second advantage turned into a 1:25 deficit.
Garzelli was third on the stage behind Czech
winner Jan Hruska. Casagrande struggled home ninth.
Casagrande hit trouble on the climb to the
summit of Montginevro, which he reached 1:45 slower than Garzelli
and almost a minute behind Italian Gilberto Simoni, who started
But Casagrande fought back to stay second
overall by the narrow margin of six seconds.
|May 13 - Prologue time trial, Rome, 6 kms
|May 14 - Rome to Terracina, 125 kms
|| Ivan Quaranta
|May 15 - Terracina-Maddaloni, 225 kms
|| Cristian Moreni
|May 16 - Paestum-Scalea, 177 kms
|| Jan Svorada
|May 17 - Scalea-Matera, 233 kms
|| Mario Cipollini
|May 18 - Matera-Peschici, 232 kms
|| Danilo Di Luca
|May 19 - Peschici-Vasto, 170 kms
|| Dmitri Konyshev
|May 20 - Vasto-Teramo, 171 kms
|| David McKenzie
|May 21 - Corinaldo-Prato, 255 kms
|| Axel Merckx
|May 22 - Prato-Abetone, 140 kms
|| Francesco Casagrande
|May 23 - San Marcello Pistoiese-Padova,
|| Ivan Quaranta
|May 24 - Lignano-Bibione time trial, 45
|| Victor Pena
|May 25 - Rest day
|May 26 - Bibione-Feltre, 191 kms
|| Enrico Cassani
|May 27 - Feltre-Selva Gardena, 195 kms
|| Jose Luis Rubiera
|May 28 - Selva Vardena-Bormio, 205 kms
|| Gilberto Simoni
|May 29 - Bormio-Brescia, 171 kms
|| Biagio Conte
|May 30 - Brescia-Meda, 102 kms
|| Fabrizio Guidi
|May 31 - Meda-Genoa, 224 kms
|| Alvaro Gonzalez
|June 1 - Genoa-Pratonevoso, 176 kms
|| Stefano Garzelli
|June 2 - Saluzzo-Briancon, 177 kms.
|| Paolo Lanfranchi
|June 3 - Briancon-Sestriere time trial,
|| Andrea Noe
|June 4 - Turin-Milan, 198 kms
|| Mariano Piccoli