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Tirreno - Adriatico (HC)

March 13 - March 19, 2003

Podium history of Tirreno-Adriatico

Wednesday, March 19: 7th and Final Stage, San Benedetto - San Benedetto, 162 km. Pozzato took the lead by gaining precious time in intermediate sprints. With Milano-San Remo coming Saturday, have we seen a prelude of the World Cup sprint today? Cipo doesn't like to lose and it doesn't happen very often. It looks like Freire is ready to go.

1. Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 4hr 24min 25sec, 36.783 km/hr
2. Mario Cipollini (Domina Vacanze) s.t.
3. Erik Zabel (Telekom) s.t.
4. Biagio Conte (Formaggi Pinzolo) s.t.
5. Julian Dean (CSC) s.t.

Final GC after Stage 7:

1. Filippo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo) 29hr 45min 22sec. 1088 km ridden at an average speed of 36.564 km/hr
2. Danilo Di Luca (Saeco) @ 4sec
3. Ruggero Marzoli (Alessio) @ 12sec
4. Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) @ 13sec
5. Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) @ 21sec
6. Marcus Zberg (Gerolsteiner) s.t.
7. Andreas Kloden (Telekom) @ 22sec
8. Erik Zabel (Telekom) @ 23sec
9. Luca Paolini (Quick Step) @ 27sec
10. Andrea Noe (Alessio) @ 33sec
11. Javier Pascual (iBanesto) s.t.
12. Bo Hamburger (Formaggi Pinzolo) s.t.
13. Giuseppe Palumbo (De Nardi) s.t.
14. Serguei Ivanov (Fassa Bortolo) @ 35sec
15. Aitor Osa (iBanesto) @ 40sec
16. Juan Antonio Flecha (iBanesto) s.t.
17. Xavier Florencio (ONCE) s.t.
18. Oscar Mason (Sidermec) s.t.
19. Paolo Bossono (Sidermec) s.t.
20. Martin Elmiger (Phonak) s.t.

Tuesday, March 18: Stage 6, Teramo - Torricella Sicura, 179 km.

1. Danilo Di Luca (Saeco) 4hr 59min 47sec
2. Filippo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1sec
3. Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

1. Danilo Di Luca (Saeco) 25hr 21min 11sec
2. Filippo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1sec
3. Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) @ 9sec

Monday, March 17: Stage 5, Monte San Giusto - Rapagnano, 181 km.

1. Ruggero Marzoli (Alessio) 4hr 45min 5sec
2. Luca Paolini (Quick Step) s.t.
3. Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) s.t.

GC after Stage 5:

1. Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) 20hr 21min 27sec
2. Luca Paolini (Quick Step) @ 1sec
3. Filippo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo) @ 3sec

Sunday, March 16: Stage 4, Foligno - Ortezzano, 154 km.

The stage was canceled because of atrocious weather, snow and ice. I got an e-mail from Mauro Mondonico who is at the race saying that the weather was unbelieveably bad.

Saturday, March 15: Stage 3, Tarquinia - Foligno, 168 km

1. Mario Cipollini (Domina) 5hr 27min 47sec
2. Erik Zabel (Telekom) s.t.
3. Dario Pieri (Saeco) s.t.

GC after Stage 3

1. Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) 15hr 36min 24sec
2. Filippo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo) @ 1sec
3. Dario Pieri (Saeco) @ 1sec

Friday, March 14: Stage 2, Sabaudia - Tarquinia, 213 km.

1. Filippo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo) 5hr 54min 16sec
2. Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) s.t.
3. Romans Vainsteins (Sidermec) s.t.

GC after Stage 2:

1. Filippo Pozzato (Fassa Bortolo) 10hr 8min 38sec
2. Paolo Bettini (Quick Step) @ 4sec
3. Dario Pieri (Saeco) s.t.
4. Fabio Sacchi (Saeco) s.t.

Thursday, March 13: Stage 1, Sabaudia - Sabaudia, 178 km. This is a nearly flat stage with the biggest climb to 98 meters. There will be two big clockwise loops off the coast of Southern Italy, just south of Anzio, then 3 counter-clockwise small 6 km loops in Sabaudia. I'm sure Cipollini is licking his chops.

1. Mario Cipollini (Domina) 4hr 14min 22sec
2. Dario Pieri (Saeco) s.t.
3. Fabio Sacchi (Saeco) s.t.
4. Luca Paoloni (Quick Step) s.t.