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Giro d'Italia Cycling News for May 9, 2006

Date published:
May 09, 2006, 1:00 BST
  • Top tips for Fantasy Giro game 2006

    Maxxis Courchevels
    Article published:
    May 09, 2006, 1:00 BST
    By:
    Les Clarke in Namur

    The full prize list for this year's Fantasy Giro game here at Cyclingnews has been confirmed. It's...

    The full prize list for this year's Fantasy Giro game here at Cyclingnews has been confirmed. It's not too late to join in the fun at this year's Fantasy game. You can join until stage 6 begins (12th May) and there is no disadvantage in joining after the Giro has begun. Here's some top tips from team manager "Kleppers" from Amsterdam who won in last year's Giro Fantasy Game with team "Basso basta!"

    "After the first five stages a few must haves emerged: Lancaster, McEwen and Di Luca. Although he failed in the first stages I also picked Petacchi. Because of the relatively low weighting of the general classification as compared to other cycling games, I chose more stage hunters (mainly sprinters of course) than I usually do. For me the most difficult decision was what to do with Bettini. He took a lot of points in the beginning of the Giro, indicated that he was aiming at the points jersey but was also one of the most expensive riders. I ended up playing with 3 teams to spread my chances and it paid off. Good luck to everyone, Kleppers."

    Fantasy Giro Prize list

    Grande Prize: Bianchi bicycle with Campagnolo groupset painted in Liquigas colours

    Runners-up prizes

    • Hed Stinger wheels
    • 10 pairs of Maxxis Courchevel tyres
    • 3x complete sets of Santini wear
    • 3x...
    • What's in a name?

      Article published:
      May 09, 2006, 1:00 BST
      By:
      Cycling News

      By Les Clarke in Namur Giro stage 3 winner Stefan Schumacher shares a famous name; at today's...

      By Les Clarke in Namur

      Giro stage 3 winner Stefan Schumacher shares a famous name; at today's post-race press conference journalists more accustomed to discussing the exploits of a Schumi in Ferrari red couldn't focus on the Schumi in Gerolsteiner blue.

      After his storming win up the difficult pave pass, Schumacher was asked questions about his car, his drivers' license and whether he'd ever received any speeding tickets, all of which were received and answered with a smile.

      Schumacher seemed bemused by all the attention on Herr Michael Schumacher when the former Formula 1 world champion has little to do with cycling besides some pre-season training on a mountain bike, which the Ferrari rider and many of the F1 paddock say they enjoy.

      He was also asked about the incident during last year's Rheinland Pfalz stage race that resulted in false accusations of doping when in fact the 24-year-old had used an asthma treatment with elements on the Dutch national anti-doping agency's banned list.

      Regardless of the ambiguity surrounding the new maglia rosa's name, Schumacher proved with victory in today's stage that his name may no longer be so confusing in cycling circles in the near future, with the young German displaying a level of professionalism worthy of the maglia rosa.

      Asked about how it felt to be wearing the leader's jersey, 'the other Schumacher' replied, "It's crazy - I think I need some time to realise it," and just like a young Michael Schumacher, big success has come in good time for this man from Stuttgart.

    • Stage 3 post-race comments

      Article published:
      May 09, 2006, 1:00 BST
      By:
      Cycling News

      Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner, first & maglia rosa ) "This was the race of may life. That's what I...

      Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner, first & maglia rosa)

      "This was the race of may life. That's what I always dreamed about, and now the dream has come true. The victory, the pink jersey and this team. It's unbelievable, I'm overwhelmed. It's madness. I can't grasp it at all and it will surely take some time after the interviews and press conferences to sink in." Schumacher had hoped for the maglia rosa before the stage, "but you just can't plan and foresee something like this.

      "I can't even predict at all how long I will keep the maglia rosa as I've never done a three week race before. Today both Rebellin and I were keen to do well in the final and our teammate Moletta did a great job for us. So I'm really happy with the results."

      Christian Henn, Gerolsteiner directeur sportif

      "Andrea Moletta was going to do the work at the foot of the climb. And Stefan or Davide [Rebellin] were to attack," said Henn about the team's tactics. When Rubiera managed to follow Schumacher, "I gave the command to pull through."

      Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner, third)

      "It was a hard stage today with the rain. We rode well and my teammate Schumcher made just the right move and deserved to win today."

      Paolo Savoldelli (Discovery Channel, ninth)

      "It was a good stage for me despite the rain...we didn't want to crash or lose time and I even gained some time at the finish. So it went well."

      Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Innergetic, fourth)

      "I wanted to win today and even checked out the finish before. It's too bad since my teammates worked hard all day on the front in the rain in the wind. When Rubiera went, I hesitated a second and then it was too late because I was blocked by a scooter from the race organzation and that's when Schumacher went."

      Alessandro Petacchi (Milram, 195th)

      Immediately after the stage, and before he had been examined and found to have broken his knee, Petacchi told reporters...

    • Schumacher breaks through

      Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner)
      Article published:
      May 09, 2006, 1:00 BST
      By:
      Les Clarke in Namur

      Stage three of this year's Giro d'Italia was very impressively won by Gerolsteiner's Stefan...

      Stage three of this year's Giro d'Italia was very impressively won by Gerolsteiner's Stefan Schumacher, who was clearly the strongest on the day's tough final climb up to the Namur Citadel. Discovery's Chechu Rubiera started the uphill sprint early but Schumacher was able to ride right past him and snatch the victory - and the maglia rosa. Teammate Davide Rebellin was third, and pre-stage favourite Paolo Bettini finished in fourth place.

      After an early breakaway of four - Raffaele Illiano (Selle Italia), Amael Moinard (Cofidis), Markel Irizar (Euskaltel) and Moises Aldape Chavez (Panaria) - was caught again some 20 kilometres before the finish line, the finale was held in damp weather conditions which had lasted all day, causing Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) to crash about 50 kilometres off the finish. The Italian sprinter hurt his left knee and, in the company of some teammates, preferred to take things slow, eventually coming into Namur way behind the winners.

      Also see: Stage 3 full results, report & photos and .