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2005 Giro d' Italia 5/7 - 5/29

Old 05-05-05, 11:22 PM
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2005 Giro d' Italia 5/7 - 5/29

For the four of us that care .

OLN®, the home of professional cycling, announced an expanded weekend schedule of same-day coverage for the 2005 Giro d’Italia, the 88th edition of the Italian national tour, along with an exclusive option to view streaming, live world feed of weekday stages on the network’s Web site, OLNTV.com.

OLN’s Cyclysm television coverage will be hosted by cycling experts Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll and will include same-day coverage of the race on Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET beginning May 7. For cycling fans longing for minute-by-minute Giro action weekdays, OLNTV.com will offer streaming video of the world feed and archives of those stages. Cycling fans will be able to watch all the action of the Italian Grand Tour online without commercial interruption for only $5.95.

Between the network’s television and Web coverage, sports fans will have a first-hand look at all of the ups and downs of the 2005 Giro experience. America’s Discovery Team, with 2002 winner Paolo Savoldelli, is in top form to take first place, but they’ll have to contend with 21 other teams, which include 2004’s defending champion Damiano Cunego and his teammate Gilberto Simoni, who won in both 2001 and 2003. Far from a three-man race, other hopefuls include Ivan Basso, who placed third in last year’s Tour de France, and four-stage 2003 Tour winner Alessandro Petacchi, who set a record-winning, nine-stage sweep at last year’s Giro. Stefano Garzelli of Liquigas-Bianchi could also be a strong Giro contender.

On the heels of Lance Armstrong’s announcement to retire after his quest this July for a seventh consecutive Tour de France title, the Giro is sure to provide edge-of-your-seat thrills as cycling fans around the globe tune in to assess the form of some of his biggest rivals. The 21-day race features arduous climbs through the Dolomites and the Central Alps and is sure to provide ample drama throughout OLN’s weekend television coverage and LIVE weekday world feed on OLNTV.com.

The television schedule for the Giro d’Italia follows (same-day; subject to change):

Saturdays, 5-7 p.m. ET

May 7: Prologue TT – Reggio Calabria (1.15 km)

May 14: Stage 7 – Marina de Grosseto to Pistoia (205 km)

May 21: Stage 13 – Mezzocorona to Ortisei (217 km)

May 28: Stage 19 – Savigliano to Sestriere (190 km)

Sundays, 5-7 p.m. ET

May 8: Stage 1 – Reggio Calabria to Tropea (208 km)

May 15: Stage 8 – Lamporecchio to Florence - ITT (41 km)

May 22: Stage 14 – Egna to Livigno (210 km)

May 29: Stage 20 – Albese con Cassano to Milan (121 km)



Hey, it's better than nothing, I guess.
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From CyclingNews:

With defending champion Damiano Cunego and two-time Giro winner Gilberto Simoni still riding for the same team this year - Lampre-Caffita - it's going to take a very strong rider to topple them in the 88th Giro d'Italia. Both riders have had solid leadups to the Giro, with Cunego winning a tough mountain stage and finishing second overall in the Tour de Romandie last week, and Simoni winning the Mont Faron stage in Paris-Nice as well as the Giro dell'Appennino. It remains to be seen which rider has the legs to make it to the top of the podium in Milano on May 29. And if they both have good legs, like last year, then it will take a firm hand by Lampre's team management to ensure that intra-team rivalry does not ruin the plan.

As always, there are other riders who are capable of winning the maglia rosa in Milan. CSC's talented Italian Ivan Basso is probably chief among the challengers, even though he has not yet shown all his cards so far this season. Basso didn't ride in Romandie, and his last race was in Liege-Bastogne-Liege on April 24, where he finished 18th. A fourth overall in the Criterium International is his other result of note so far this season, but don't be surprised to see him butting heads with Cunego and Simoni throughout the Giro.

Perennial challenger Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas-Bianchi) is coming into form at the right time, evidenced by his fifth place in the final time trial in the Tour de Romandie - just 3 seconds behind Cunego. On the previous day in the mountains, he was again just nipped by Cunego in the sprint for third place. The 2000 Giro winner looks to have everything in order for the start in Reggio Calabria, but he may need a little bit extra to succeed in the mountains. Garzelli will have last year's fourth place getter Dario David Cioni and ProTour leader Danilo Di Luca at his side, which should make for a very powerful Liquigas squad.

2002 Giro winner Paolo Savoldelli is back from the wilderness of T-Mobile, where he has suffered for the last two years with various problems. Now riding for Discovery Channel, Savoldelli was good in the prologue of Romandie, where he finished second, but didn't do better than 27th overall, after suffering in the mountains. Savoldelli has the experience, but when the road goes uphill, it could be his young teammate Tom Danielson who shines. Danielson brilliantly won the Tour de Georgia recently, thanks to his climbing prowess on the Brasstown Bald stage. He will be an interesting rider to watch on the Colle della Finestre and up to Sestriere in stage 19, if not before then.

Finally, and just limiting ourselves to the main favourites, last year's "meat in the sandwich" between Cunego and Simoni, Serguei Gonchar (Domina Vacanze) should not be underestimated. Gonchar's excellent time trialling abilities and his doggedness in the mountains saw him ride to a career best second overall in the 2004 Giro. Can he do it again, or even go one better in 2005?

While the GC riders tear each other apart in the mountains, the sprinters are likely to dominate the other half of the Giro as they have done in recent years. Foremost among these is Fassa Bortolo's fuoriclasse sprinter Alessandro Petacchi, who set a post-war record last year by winning an incredible nine stages. This year, Fassa is not even bothering about the GC, as all the other eight riders picked for the team will be there in support of Petacchi.

Can anyone take a flat stage away from Ale-Jet? The quality is there this year, especially as the ProTour has forced more of the top teams into riding the Giro. Davitamon-Lotto also has a sprint squad, with the luxury of Tom Steels and Robbie McEwen in its lineup. Steels is in reasonable form at the moment, while McEwen has been rather quieter in the leadup. It will be interesting to see who the team rides for if they both come to the finish in the lead bunch.

Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) has just celebrated his first victory of the season in the tough Rund um den Henninger Turm in Frankfurt. As a result, Zabel changed his race program and is now riding the Giro along with Olaf Pollack and André Korff, who should be able to provide him with support in the finales.

Baden Cooke will lead the Francaise des Jeux charge, with fellow Aussies Matt Wilson and Mark Renshaw at his side. Another Aussie sprinter to watch is Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis), who is more likely to try and get himself into a long breakaway in order to win, rather than challenging Petacchi head to head. Look out also for Paride Grillo (Panaria) and Isaac Galvez (Illes Balears) to be in the bunch sprinting mix.
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yeah, better than nothing.. now i wish i had tivo.. hope they have lots of midweek reruns.
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Dammit! I missed the start and I don't see any replays listed .
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Top 20 after 2 road stages:

Spoiler:
1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 9.45.14
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step 0.08
3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.22
4 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Illes Balears 0.27
5 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 0.30
6 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.33
7 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita
8 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Quick.Step
9 Baden Cooke (Aus) Francaise Des Jeux
10 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
11 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 0.34
12 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 0.35
13 Andre' Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team
14 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team
15 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
16 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Davitamon-Lotto 0.36
17 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 0.37
18 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze
19 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 0.38
20 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Domina Vacanze

Petacchi's thunder was stolen both days. Bettini made a brilliant move up the final small hill to take the first sprint, and McEwen outdueled Alejet today when Petacchi's team again fell apart late.
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