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Giro d'Italia 2005

Date range:
May 7-29, 2005
  • Giro d'Italia, Italy, UPT (ProTour)
  • Stages. Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

      Reggio Calabria
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      Reggio Calabria
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      Catanzaro Lido
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      S.M. del Cedro
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      Giffoni Valle Piana
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      Giffoni Valle Piana
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      Marina Di Grosseto
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      Firenze ITT
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      Rossano Veneto
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      Zoldo Alto
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      Villa di Tirano
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      Limone Piemonte (Colle di Tenda)
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      Torino ITT
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      Sestriere (Le Valli Olimpiche)
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      Albese con Cassano
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  • Race history

May 7, Prologue: Reggio Calabria 0.115km

Big Bird Lancaster soars to Giro prologue win

Cycling News
May 9, 2005, 00:00,
April 29, 2009, 10:16

Italian poet, daredevil and WWI hero Gabriele D'Annunzio called the Lungomare Italo Falcomata' in Reggio Calabria "the most beautiful kilometre in Italy". For the thousands of spectators who came to see the evening's 1.15km prologue on the Lungomare along the Straits of Messina, with the looming profile of Monte Etna across the Straits in Sicily disappearing in the twilight, the bright lights and spectacle of the 88th Giro, the road along the front in Reggio Calabria offered a beautiful, festive atmosphere. But for the 197 riders who took the start at 18:45, the most beautiful kilometre was a difficult way to start the first ever Grand Tour of the ProTour. Planned for prime-time TV in Italy, the best riders went off after 21:30 under the floodlights and the palm trees along the seafront in Reggio Calabria.

For the second year in a row, an Australian kangaroo leaped into the Maglia Rosa at the Giro d'Italia prologue, as two-time world champion and reigning Olympic team pursuit champion Brett Lancaster (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) powered home to victory in the 1.15km drag race prologue for his third win as a professional cyclist. Nicknamed "Big Bird" and of course "Burt", Lancaster was the only rider to go under 1'21, and the superb ride by the 25 year-old speed merchant from Shepparton, Victoria, near Melbourne, was ridden at an average speed of 51.75 km/h. Lancaster finished just 29 hundredths of a second ahead of Fassa Bortolo rider Matteo Tosatto, with Alessandro Petacchi rounding out the Giro d'Italia prologue podium in third, only 72 hundredths behind Lancaster.

Cyclingnews spoke to Lancaster just after he had crossed the line with the new best time. "Yeah it was pretty good," he said in his dry, laconic drawl. "I might have to wait a while, there may be a few going a bit quicker." We asked him about his gear selection, and he explained, "I had the 15 from the start, then I clicked it down a bit. I don't really know what I went to. Felt good though."

Unlike his compatriot Stuart O'Grady, Lancaster didn't use a single speed bike. "I did give it a bit of thought, but it was a bit hard," he said. "This bike's pretty good. I started full on, made tempo in the middle, and brought it home."

Afterwards, Lancaster was blown away by what he'd done when we spoke to him. "It's pretty incredible," he said. "I don't think it's hit home yet. It was very nervous waiting for the last half a dozen riders to go. With those last few off, there were some really good riders, especially O'Grady. It just shows that now I'm full on road racing and left the track behind, I've had some good results this year. No wins, but this is a pretty good one to start with."

On his chances of retaining the jersey in tomorrow's stage, Lancaster replied, "I was just talking to a few of the guys and they reckon it might not even be a sprint finish. I'll just see what I can do."

Discovery Channel's GC main man Paolo Savoldelli was a surprising 4th in the Giro's Reggio Calabria prologue, finishing ahead of many top sprinters and prologue specialists like Pollack, O'Grady, Renshaw, Escobar and Wiggins on his 32nd birthday. "Il Falco" Savoldelli gained a few precious seconds on Giro favourites like defending champion Cunego and two time Giro winner Simoni (Lampre-Cafitta), Ivan Basso (CSC) and Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas-Bianchi). A smiling Savoldelli said after the finish that, "Today's result won't make the difference in the Giro, but it's good for the morale."

Giro 2005 winner Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Cafitta) was happy after his decent 22nd place today, just 0.04 behind Lancaster. Cunego knows that today wasn't really his kind of race, explaining afterwards that, "It won't be easy for me to win the Giro again. Today was a nice prologue but the short distance wasn't easy! Tomorrow will start the real Giro d'Italia."

Cunego's teammate and winner of the Giro d'Italia in 2001 and '03, Gilberto Simoni joked after the short race today, "The prologue seemed like it would never end!...but it's over anyway!" Simoni finished 0'04 slower than Cunego. Another major player in this year's Giro, Ivan Basso (CSC), had a respectable ride for 53rd; in his first Giro in five years, Basso has prepared meticulously for the Giro and is off to a good start. Another Giro challenger, Stefano Garzelli (Liquigas-Bianchi) was 51st, just 0'02 behind Cunego. The likeable rider from Varese was relieved to get the prologue over, saying afterwards, "This race was hard..a new experience for me!"

Although he wasn't an official competitor tonight, last man off in the 88th Giro d'Italia Prologue in Reggio Calabria was Mario Cipollini, who rode the 1150m on the Lungomare Falcomata' not for time, but for heart. He was clad in a pink and silver glow-in-the-dark bodysuit with his record 42 Giro stage wins printed on the side and the slogan "Sweet Years" on the shoulders. Cipo rode the prologue today not as a competitor but as a symbol of Italian cycling and to provide an addio (goodbye) to his fans worldwide. An emotional yet eloquent Cipollini explained, "Behind these last thousand meters of a career is my whole life. It's difficult to end my career, but everything comes to an end. The affection of the fans is my last victory."

How it unfolded

The 1150m Lungomare Italo Falcomata' is flat as a billiard table, so the only real difficulty Saturday night besides combating the lactic acid build-up that makes the riders legs feel like lead after 800m at full gas, was the 10 km/h crosswind blowing in from the Straits of Messina. Little known French pro Rony Martias (Bouygues Telecom) from Guadeloupe, who went off 41st at 19:28 had the best early fast time of 1'23" (49.879 km/h avg), and maintained the lead as virtual Maglia Rosa until 20:48 when Matteo Tosatto (Fassa Bortolo), nicknamed "il muratore di Castefranco", blasted past Martias into the lead with a 1'21.247 to become virtual Maglia Rosa. Tosatto, the first rider to beat 50 km/h average, kept his lead until race favourite Brett Lancaster (Ceramiche Panaria-Panaria) came through with 1'20.958, just three hundredths of a second ahead of Tosatto to become the new virtual Maglia Rosa.

Next up was 2004 Olympic pursuit champ Brad Wiggins (Credit Agricole), but the Brit couldn't touch Lancaster's time. Touted as the world's fastest sprinter, Alessandro Petacchi got within a second of Lancaster, but despite failing to take the Maglia Rosa Saturday, the practically unbeatable Petacchi looks good to take over the precious pink tunic Sunday with time bonuses.

Five years ago, Mark Renshaw (Francaise des Jeux) was Junior World Kilo champ in Italy and despite recent saddle sores, the young Aussie kicked well to post a 1'22.853, which was good for 8th. Next threat to Lancaster was Stuart O'Grady (Cofidis), who was riding a track bike with a 53x14 fixed gear, but Stuey came up a little short and only had enough for sixth. Once the final three riders started, it was clear that Australian Brett Lancaster would come up the winner of the first Maglia Rosa at the 88th Giro d'Italia.

For more about this week's racing see Cycling News HD

# Rider Name, (Country), Team Result
1 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
2 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step+0:00:01
3 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
4 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) T-Mobile Team
5 Olaf Pollack (Ger) Gerolsteiner+0:00:02
6 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
7 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) AG2r Prévoyance
8 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
9 Sergio Escobar Roure (Spa) Andorra-Grandvalira
10 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner
11 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) TEAM COLUMBIA
12 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Amica Chips - Knauf+0:00:03
13 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Predictor - Lotto
14 Rony Martias (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
15 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia - HTC
16 Thomas Ziegler (Ger) Gerolsteiner+0:00:04
17 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Davitamon - Lotto
18 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream
19 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) De Nardi - Pasta Montegrappa
20 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
21 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step
22 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - NGC
23 Jan Hruska (Cze) 3 Molinos Resort
24 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Silence - Lotto
25 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Mapei - Quick Step
26 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) De Nardi
27 Baden Cooke (Aus)
28 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Cantina Tollo - Acqua e Sapone
29 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare+0:00:05
30 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Quickstep - Davitamon
31 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) Amica Chips - Knauf
32 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio - Bianchi
33 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol)
34 Juan Manuel Gárate Cepa (Spa) Predictor - Lotto
35 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Quickstep
36 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
37 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
38 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Davitamon - Lotto
39 David Navas Chica (Spa)
40 Isaac Galvez Lopez (Spa) Illes Balears - Banesto
41 Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (Spa) Astana - Würth Team
42 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
43 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
44 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC
45 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
46 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo Bank
47 Tom Steels (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto+0:00:06
48 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears - Banesto
49 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Predictor - Lotto
50 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quickstep
51 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
52 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare
53 Ivan Basso (Ita) Amica Chips - Tacconi Sport
54 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare
55 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei - Quick Step
56 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom - ARD
57 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team
58 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
59 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
60 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
61 Andrea Peron (Ita) CSC - Tiscali
62 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir
63 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
64 Bram Schmitz (Ned) T-Mobile Team
65 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team
66 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana
67 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas
68 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Predictor - Lotto
69 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio - Bianchi
70 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita)
71 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo - Farm Frites
72 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana+0:00:07
73 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Jordan
74 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Davitamon - Lotto
75 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
76 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio - Bianchi
77 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Barloworld
78 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Predictor - Lotto
79 Robert Förster (Ger) Team Nürnberger Versicherung
80 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
81 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
82 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC - Tiscali
84 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team
85 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream
86 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor
87 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucía - Cajasur
88 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner
89 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
90 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei - Quick Step
91 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Quickstep - Davitamon - Latexco
92 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom+0:00:08
93 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
94 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team
95 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
96 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
97 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre - Caffita
98 Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Racing Team
99 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) De Nardi
100 Sven Montgomery (Swi) La Française des Jeux
101 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Illes Balears - Banesto
102 Uros Murn (Slo) Adria Mobil
103 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
104 Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
105 Sascha Urweider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
106 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team
107 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel
108 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Palmans - Collstrop
109 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Cafés Baqué
110 Ignacio Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Kelme - Costa Blanca
111 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare
112 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team Columbia - HTC
113 Jason McCartney (USA) Health Net Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis
114 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Fundacion Ciclista Euskadi
115 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93+0:00:09
116 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Ouch Presented By Maxxis
117 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
118 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Barloworld
119 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
120 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Predictor - Lotto
121 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step
122 Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Domina Vacanze
123 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Mercury Cycling Team
124 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
125 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Crédit Agricole Espoir
126 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
127 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner
128 Benoît Joachim (Lux) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
129 Guido Trentin (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec
130 Andrea Moletta (Ita) Team Barloworld - Androni Giocattoli
131 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
132 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
133 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Lampre - Caffita
134 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare
135 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Predictor - Lotto
136 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller+0:00:10
137 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto - Adecco
138 Henk Vogels (Aus) Davitamon - Lotto
139 Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
140 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Domina Vacanze
141 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
142 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
143 José Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Illes Balears - Caisse d'Epargne
144 Theo Eltink (Ned) Rabobank (TT III)
145 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramica Panaria - Gaerne
146 Marlon Alirio Perez Arango (Col) 05 Orbitel
147 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale
148 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
149 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Mapei - Quick Step
150 Mads Christensen (Den) Quickstep
151 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre - Caffita
152 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
153 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne - Illes Balears+0:00:11
154 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) De Nardi
155 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Katyusha
156 Raffaele Illiano (Ita) Colombia - Selle Italia
157 Daniel Schnider (Swi) La Française des Jeux
158 René Andrle (Cze) Liberty Seguros - Würth Team
159 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa)
160 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Fundacion Ciclista Euskadi
161 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Domina Vacanze
162 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
163 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) T-Mobile Team
164 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto
165 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance
166 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre - Caffita
167 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Mapei - Quick Step
168 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Hadimec - Nazionale Elettronica
169 Moreno Di Biase (Ita) Cantina Tollo - Regain+0:00:12
170 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio - Bianchi
171 Antonio Tauler Llull (Spa) Illes Balears - Banesto
172 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei - Quick Step
173 José Antonio Garrido Lima (Spa) Quickstep
174 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Quickstep - Innergetic
175 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Astana - Würth Team
176 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa)
177 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto
178 Matthew Wilson (Aus)
179 Russell Van Hout (Aus) Aguardiente Nectar - Selle Italia
180 Christian Werner (Ger) T-Mobile Team
181 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Fundacion Ciclista Euskadi+0:00:13
182 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step
183 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa)
184 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cafés Baqué
185 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir
186 Leonardo Scarselli (Ita) Predictor - Lotto+0:00:14
187 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Collstrop - Palmans
188 Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto
189 Freddy Excelino Gonzalez Martinez (Col) Aguardiente Nectar - Selle Italia
190 Ruben Lobato Elvira (Spa) Acqua e Sapone
191 Michael Rasmussen (Den) CSC - Tiscali
192 Alberto Lopez De Munain Ruiz De Gauna (Spa) Fundacion Ciclista Euskadi+0:00:16
193 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
194 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare
195 Nick Gates (Aus) Davitamon - Lotto
196 Daniel Atienza Urendeze (Spa) Saeco - Valli & Valli
197 Trent Wilson (Aus) Flanders -