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2006 Giro d'Italia
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Overview of the stages
Race details
Dates 6-28 May
Stages 21
Distance 3,526 km (2,191 mi)
Winning time 91h 33' 36" (38.53 km/h/23.94 mph)
Palmarès
Winner Italy Ivan Basso (Team CSC)
Second Spain José Enrique Gutiérrez (Phonak)
Third Italy Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval-Prodir)

Points Italy Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Innergetic)
Mountains Spain Juan Manuel Gárate (Quick Step-Innergetic)

The 2006 Giro d'Italia, the 89th running of the race, was held from 6 May to 28 May 2006. It covered 3,526 kilometres (2,191 mi) beginning in the Belgian mining town of Seraing and ending in Milan. Italian riders such as Ivan Basso, Damiano Cunego, and defending champion Paolo Savoldelli vied to win their national Grand Tour.

The Giro was won by Ivan Basso riding for Team CSC in dominant fashion. Basso won three individual stages, as well as the team time trial, along with his fellow CSC riders. Basso won by more than 9 minutes over the next best rider, the largest margin of victory in a Grand Tour in the last three years.

The race introduced a team time trial stage upon its arrival in Italy. This discipline had been absent from the Giro since edition 1989. It also included 56.2 km (34.9 mi) of individual time trials, distributed between the prologue and the long time trial at Pontedera.

It also featured famous climbs, such as the steep Mortirolo and the Monte Bondone. The Plan de Corones was planned to be climbed for the first time, however, bad weather prevented the unpaved climb from being used. It instead saw its debut in the Giro d'Italia in 2008.

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Teams and cyclists

Stages

Except in the individual and team time trial, the first three riders in every stage receive a time bonus of 20 seconds, 12 seconds, and 8 seconds respectively.

Stage 1, 06-05-2006: Seraing, 6.2 km. (ITT)

Cyclist Team Time
1 (1) Paolo Savoldelli  Italy DSC 7' 50"
2 (91) Bradley McGee  Australia FDJ + 11"
3 (143) José Enrique Gutiérrez  Spain PHO + 13"

Francisco Pérez from Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears set the first strong time at the finish of the tough first stage of the Giro d'Italia, a time which stood quite a long time until it was bettered by Serhiy Honchar by one second. After Bradley McGee had set a very good time later on, it seemed as if the 2004 Giro d'Italia prologue winner would repeat his victory, but defending champion Paolo Savoldelli bested the Australian's time both at the intermediate and finish time checks.

Favourites such as Ivan Basso, Danilo Di Luca, and Damiano Cunego chose not to gamble on the risky descent and lose most of their time deficit in the second half of the course.

Stage 2, 07-05-2006: MonsCharleroi, 197 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (75) Robbie McEwen  Australia DVL 4h 51' 40"
2 (216) Olaf Pollack  Germany TMO s.t.
3 (152) Paolo Bettini  Italy QSI s.t.

Being a flat stage, this stage was always destined to be a shoot-out between Robbie McEwen and Alessandro Petacchi. After 23 km, a breakaway of four left the peloton and remained ahead in the race for the next 150 km. However, Team Milram controlled the peloton and pulled back the break with only 17 km to go. This allowed Team Milram to give Petacchi the perfect lead-out. However, with 200 m to go, Olaf Pollack jumped out into first place, allowing Robbie McEwen to get on his wheel and take the stage.

Stage 3, 08-05-2006: PerwezNamur, 202 km

Cyclist Team Time
1 (109) Stefan Schumacher  Germany GST 5h 14' 43"
2 (8) José Luis Rubiera  Spain DSC + 2"
3 (106) Davide Rebellin  Italy GST + 6"

German Stefan Schumacher became the second man in Gerolsteiner's history to wear the Maglia rosa (after Olaf Pollack in 2004) by winning the third stage in Belgium and surpassing Paolo Savoldelli, thanks to time bonuses. Quick Step-Innergetic led the peloton and chased down a breakaway of four. During the chase, Alessandro Petacchi fell and fractured his kneecap, prompting his withdrawal the next day. Paolo Bettini seemed to be the favourite to win, but was blocked by a scooter of the organisation just when Schumacher attacked and could not catch up to the German, who beat José Luis Rubiera to the line.

Stage 4, 09-05-2006: WanzeHotton, 193 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (75) Robbie McEwen  Australia DVL 4h 38' 51"
2 (152) Paolo Bettini  Italy QSI s.t.
3 (188) Alberto Loddo  Italy CLM s.t.

Day four was a flat stage, with a few hills around the middle of the 200 km course, however an early breakaway was caught in the last 50 kilometers and the peloton joined together for a bunch sprint. The long flat drag into the finish line would have suited a power sprinter like Alessandro Petacchi, however due to his injury the previous day he did not start.

On the sprint itself, T-Mobile's Olaf Pollack attacked first, but couldn't sustain his pace, and with only a few hundred meters to go, Robbie McEwen attacked, and despite being countered by Paolo Bettini, McEwen won by half of a bike length.

10-05-2006: Rest Day

Stage 5, 11-05-2006: PiacenzaCremona, 35 km. (TTT)

Team Country Time
1 Team CSC  Denmark 36' 56"
2 T-Mobile Team  Germany + 1"
3 Discovery Channel Team  United States + 39"
4 Liquigas-Bianchi  Italy + 42"
5 Française des Jeux  France + 1' 00"
6 Gerolsteiner  Germany + 1' 03"
7 Quick Step-Innergetic  Belgium + 1' 03"
8 Lampre-Fondital  Italy + 1' 04"
9 Phonak Hearing Systems  Switzerland + 1' 04"
10 Crédit Agricole  France + 1' 07"
11 Davitamon-Lotto  Belgium + 1' 08"
12 Team Milram  Italy + 1' 13"
13 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears  Spain + 1' 14"
14 Rabobank  Netherlands + 1' 17"
15 AG2R Prévoyance  France + 1' 22"
16 Bouygues Télécom  France + 1' 23"
17 Liberty Seguros-Würth  Germany + 1' 25"
18 Saunier Duval-Prodir  Spain + 1' 26"
19 Cofidis  France + 1' 34"
20 Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni  Italy + 1' 37"
21 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare  Italy + 1' 41"
22 Euskaltel-Euskadi  Spain + 1' 56"

Serhiy Honchar (T-Mobile Team) took the Maglia Rosa after the stage.

Stage 6, 12-05-2006: BussetoForlì, 227 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (75) Robbie McEwen  Australia DVL 5h 24' 13"
2 (216) Olaf Pollack  Germany TMO s.t.
3 (19) Tomas Vaitkus  Lithuania AGR s.t.

Olaf Pollack (T-Mobile Team) took the Maglia Rosa after the stage.

Stage 7, 13-05-2006: CesenaSaltara, 236 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (59) Rik Verbrugghe  Belgium COF 6h 42' 15"
2 (1) Paolo Savoldelli  Italy DSC + 14"
3 (42) Luca Mazzanti  Italy PAN + 14"

For the second time, Serhiy Honchar (T-Mobile Team) took the Maglia Rosa after the stage.

Stage 8, 14-05-2006: Civitanova MarcheMaielletta, 171 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (191) Ivan Basso  Italy CSC 4h 04' 19"
2 (111) Damiano Cunego  Italy LAM + 30"
3 (143) José Enrique Gutiérrez  Spain PHO + 30"

Stage 8 featured the first mountain finish of this year's Giro, and following a breakaway being caught on the last climb, a pack of favorites had assembled on the final climb. However, Jan Ullrich and provisional leader Serhiy Honchar were quickly dropped from the lead group, and following the pace setting by Ivan Basso's teammate Carlos Sastre favorites like Paolo Savoldelli were also dropped from the lead group.

Damiano Cunego launched an attack with less than 5 km to go, and Basso was the only one who could react, quickly catching up to Cunego and riding past him. Basso stayed ahead and gained time on all the other favorites and won the stage. Cunego outsprinted Phonak's Jose Gutierrez for second place. Cunego was the only pre-tour favorite who was able to limit the time loss to Ivan Basso (another favorite) to less that a minute. Gilberto Simoni, Danilo Di Luca, Paolo Savoldelli and Serhiy Honchar lost 77, 92, 140 and 155 seconds respectively.

Stage 9, 15-05-2006: Francavilla al MareTermoli, 127 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (19) Tomas Vaitkus  Lithuania AGR 3h 05' 13"
2 (152) Paolo Bettini  Italy QSI s.t.
3 (216) Olaf Pollack  Germany TMO s.t.

Stage 10, 16-05-2006: TermoliPeschici, 187 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (137) Franco Pellizotti  Italy LIQ 4h 39' 47"
2 (32) Vladimir Efimkin  Russia CEI s.t.
3 (129) Sergey Yakovlev  Kazakhstan LSW + 2"

A long breakaway consisting of 19 riders broke away after 52 km of the stage, and managed to stay away from the peloton despite hard work by the Lampre-Fondital team in trying to reel in the breakaway. Franco Pellizotti was the best placed rider in the General Classement out of the breakaway riders, and had an excellent day, as the peloton containing all the favorites finished 3 minutes and 23 seconds down on him, which vaulted Pellizotti from 23rd overall into 4th place provisionally.

17-05-2006: Rest Day

Stage 11, 18-05-2006: Pontedera, 50 km. (ITT)

Cyclist Team Time
1 (219) Jan Ullrich  Germany TMO 58' 48"
2 (191) Ivan Basso  Italy CSC + 27"
3 (178) Marco Pinotti  Italy SDV + 1' 01"

Stage 12, 19-05-2006: LivornoSestri Levante, 171 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (36) Joan Horrach Rippoll  Spain CEI 3h 55' 53"
2 (154) Addy Engels  Netherlands QSI + 5"
3 (41) Emanuele Sella  Italy PAN + 5"

Stage 13, 20-05-2006: AlessandriaLa Thuile, 218 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (177) Leonardo Piepoli  Italy SDV 5h 21' 12"
2 (191) Ivan Basso  Italy CSC + 44"
3 (143) José Enrique Gutiérrez  Spain PHO + 1' 19"

Stage 14, 21-05-2006: AostaDomodossola, 223 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (49) Luis Laverde  Colombia PAN 5h 27' 05"
2 (39) Francisco Perez Sanchez  Spain CEI s.t.
3 (117) Paolo Tiralongo  Italy LAM + 7"

Stage 15, 22-05-2006: MergozzoBrescia, 189 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (152) Paolo Bettini  Italy QSI 4h 15' 42"
2 (216) Olaf Pollack  Germany TMO s.t.
3 (101) Robert Förster  Germany GST s.t.

Stage 16, 23-05-2006: RovatoMonte Bondone, 173 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (191) Ivan Basso  Italy CSC 4h 51' 30"
2 (171) Gilberto Simoni  Italy SDV + 1' 27"
3 (177) Leonardo Piepoli  Italy SDV + 1' 38"

Stage 17, 24-05-2006: Termeno/Tramin - Furkelpass, 121 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (177) Leonardo Piepoli  Italy SDV 3h 31' 26"
2 (191) Ivan Basso  Italy CSC s.t.
3 (143) José Enrique Gutiérrez  Spain PHO + 15"

Stage 18, 25-05-2006: SillianGemona del Friuli, 210 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (109) Stefan Schumacher  Germany GST 5h 31' 33"
2 (35) Iván Gutiérrez  Spain CEI s.t.
3 (112) Marzio Bruseghin  Italy LAM s.t.

Stage 19, 26-05-2006: PordenonePasso San Pellegrino, 224 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (155) Juan Manuel Gárate  Spain QSI 7h 13' 36"
2 (196) Jens Voigt  Germany CSC + 4"
3 (119) Francisco Errandonea  Spain LAM + 1' 21"

With his team leader Ivan Basso behind them, Jens Voigt couldn't contribute to the breakaway with Juan Manual Gárate. In the closing meters, Voigt patted Gárate on the back and let him take the win. Voigt later said "I was always sitting on the back of the attack, but I couldn't win today because I didn't work at all. You can only win if you are the strongest and it wouldn't have been right if I did." [1]

Stage 20, 27-05-2006: TrentoAprica, 211 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (191) Ivan Basso  Italy CSC 6h 51' 15"
2 (171) Gilberto Simoni  Italy SDV + 1' 17"
3 (111) Damiano Cunego  Italy LAM + 2' 51"

Stage 21, 28-05-2006: Madonna del GhisalloMilan, 140 km.

Cyclist Team Time
1 (101) Robert Förster  Germany GST 3h 56' 03"
2 (48) Maximiliano Richeze  Argentina PAN s.t.
3 (216) Olaf Pollack  Germany TMO s.t.

Final standings

General Classification

Cyclist Team Time
1 Ivan Basso CSC 91h 33' 36"
2 José Enrique Gutiérrez PHO + 9' 18"
3 Gilberto Simoni SDV + 11' 59"
4 Damiano Cunego LAM + 18' 16"
5 Paolo Savoldelli DSC + 19' 22"
6 Sandy Casar FDJ + 23' 53"
7 Juan Manuel Gárate QSI + 24' 26"
8 Franco Pellizotti LIQ + 25' 57"
9 Víctor Hugo Peña PHO + 26' 27"
10 Francisco Errandonea LAM + 27' 34"

Points Classification

Cyclist Team Points
1 Paolo Bettini QSI 169
2 Ivan Basso CSC 158
3 José Enrique Gutiérrez PHO 132

King of the Mountains Classification

Cyclist Team Points
1 Juan Manuel Gárate QSI 64
2 Ivan Basso CSC 56
3 Fortunato Baliani PAN 52

Combination Classification (Maglia Blu)

Cyclist Team Points
1 Paolo Savoldelli DSC 775
2 José Enrique Gutiérrez PHO 651
3 Ivan Basso CSC 595

Trofeo Fast Team Classification

Team Country Time
1 Phonak Hearing Systems  Switzerland 274h 21' 31"
2 Lampre-Fondital  Italy + 7' 36"
3 Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team  United States + 16' 05"
4 Saunier Duval-Prodir  Spain + 29' 37"
5 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare  Ireland + 53' 06"
6 Liquigas-Bianchi  Spain + 56' 12"
7 Crédit Agricole  France + 1h 22' 59"
8 Team CSC  Denmark + 1h 31' 15"
9 Liberty Seguros-Würth  Spain + 1h 47' 58"
10 Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears  Spain + 1h 53' 19"

Other classifications winners

110 Gazzetta (Intergiro): Paolo Bettini, Quick Step-Innergetic

Most combative: Paolo Bettini, Quick Step-Innergetic

Azzurri d'Italia classification: Ivan Basso, Team CSC

  • 4 points for stage winner, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd.

Trofeo Fuga Piaggio: Christophe Edaleine, Credit Agricole

  • Most kilometres in a breakaway containing less than 10 riders.

Trofeo Super Team: Phonak Hearing Systems

  • 20 points for stage winner, 19 for 2nd etc., 20th gets 1 point.

Fair Play: Ceramica Panaria-Navigare

Retirements

  • 198 riders started the race.
  • 150 riders completed the race.
  • 48 riders retired.
  • Only Crédit Agricole, Lampre-Fondital and Team CSC finished with full line-ups.
  • The most retirements were seen in Stage 7 (7 riders from 6 teams) and Stage 18 (6 riders from 6 teams).
Stage Rider Country Team Information
DNS 4 Alessandro Petacchi Italy Team Milram Fractured kneecap
DNS 4 Christophe Brandt Belgium Davitamon-Lotto Cracked elbow
DNF 4 Leonardo Bertagnolli Italy Cofidis Allergies
DNS 5 Remmert Wielinga Netherlands Quick Step-Innergetic Fever
DNF 7 André Korff Germany T-Mobile Injuries due to crash
DNF 7 Alessandro Bertolini Italy Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni Stomach illness
DNF 7 Graeme Brown Australia Rabobank
DNF 7 Koldo Fernández Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF 7 Cristian Moreni Italy Cofidis
DNF 7 Thierry Marichal Belgium Cofidis
DNF 7 Sébastien Chavanel France Bouygues Télécom
DNF 10 Bradley McGee Australia Francaise des Jeux Back pain
DNF 10 Dariusz Baranowski Poland Liberty Seguros-Würth Team Gastroenteritis
DNS 11 Davide Rebellin Italy Gerolsteiner Broken rib
DNS 12 Andy Flickinger France Bouygues Télécom
DNS 12 Philippe Gilbert Belgium Francaise des Jeux Resigned
DNS 12 Michael Rasmussen Denmark Rabobank Minor back injury
DNF 12 Roberto Laiseka Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi Injuries due to crash
DNF 12 Mark Scanlon Ireland AG2R Prevoyance
DNS 13 Robbie McEwen Australia Davitamon-Lotto Stomach illness
DNS 13 Michael Rogers Australia T-Mobile Teeth infection
DNS 13 Marcos Serrano Spain Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
DNF 13 José Rujano Venezuela Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni Cold
DNF 13 Tomas Vaitkus Lithuania AG2R Prévoyance
DNS 14 Vladimir Miholjevic Croatia Liquigas
DNS 14 Moises Aldape Mexico Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
DNS 14 Giovanni Bernaudeau France Bouygues Télécom
DNF 14 Ronny Scholz Germany Gerolsteiner
DNF 14 Andoni Aranaga Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF 14 Staf Scheirlinckx Belgium Cofidis Broken collarbone
DNS 15 Axel Merckx Belgium Phonak Stomach illness
DNS 16 Rik Verbrugghe Belgium Cofidis
DNF 16 Alberto Loddo Italy Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni
DNS 17 Michele Scarponi Italy Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
DNS 17 Serhiy Honchar Ukraine T-Mobile
DNF 17 Serge Baguet Belgium Quick Step-Innergetic
DNF 17 Marc Wauters Belgium Rabobank
DNF 18 John Gadret France AG2R Prévoyance Broken collarbone
DNF 18 Marco Fertonani Italy Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears Stomach illness
DNF 18 Serguei Yakovlev Kazakstan Liberty Seguros-Würth team
DNF 18 Fabrizio Guidi Italy Phonak
DNF 18 Peter Mazur Poland Saunier Duval-Prodir
DNF 18 Sergio Barbero Italy Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni
DNF 19 Jan Ullrich Germany T-Mobile Back pain
DNF 19 Volker Ordowski Germany Gerolsteiner
DNS 20 Tom Danielson United States Discovery Channel Sinusitis and Fever
DNF 20 Wladimir Belli Italy Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni
DNF 21 Mirco Lorenzetto Italy Team Milram

Significance of the Belgian opening

The 2006 Giro opens, and has its first 4 stages in the South-East of Belgium in the Wallonia region. The Giro organisers chose to locate the opening in this region as a homage to the thousands of Italians who moved to the region following the end of World War II in order to find jobs in the coal mines of the area. It is estimated that as many as 300'000 Belgians of Italian origin live in this area. The 2006 Giro will commemorate the deaths of 136 Italian miners who died in the 1956 Bois du Cazier mine disaster.[1]

References

  1. ^ Tim Maloney, After Belgian antipasto, 2006 Giro has molto mountains for a tough climbers tour, CyclingNews, November 13, 2005

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