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Super Mario wins 1st stage(9 posts)

Super Mario wins 1st stagecyclopathic
May 13, 2002 5:33 AM
pink zebra? hmm
Unfortunatelygrandemamou
May 13, 2002 5:43 AM
We won't be able to see a yellow zebra we'll have to make do with a pink one. I wonder if he's gonna break out the pink bike? Will it be zebra or tiger striped? Enquiring minds want to know.
Look out Alfredo Binda.Sintesi
May 13, 2002 5:50 AM
That's 35 stages to Binda's 41. Judging by Mario's form in his so called "autumn years" it's possible he will knock this record out in two years. Didn't he take 5 stages last year? People like Mario and JaJa and Museeuw just blow me away. Hats off to the 30-somethings!

Who's watching the race? Wanna describe the action on yesterdays sprint. Was anyone close? I heard McKewan got closed out by Mario's teammate.

What IS his secret? It's gotta be the clothes.
this is what on CNNcyclopathic
May 13, 2002 5:57 AM
The sprint of the group was the only thrill of an otherwise dull stage, a 224-kilometer (138.8-mile) flat course from Groningen to Munster.

"I took advantage of perfect team work. Guido [Trenti] and Giovanni [Lombardi] took me into a perfect position for the final sprint. I could not miss this victory after failing to clinch yesterday's prologue due to a flat tire. Now I hope to retain the pink jersey until we reach Italy," said Cipollini, who won the Milan-San Remo and the Ghent-Wevelgem classics earlier this year.

Second-place Brown was an unheralded top finisher while McEwen, a good sprinter, was possibly hampered by Lombardi during the sprint and ended up third, ahead of Germany's Danilo Hondo.
this is the gapscyclopathic
May 13, 2002 6:02 AM
http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/giro2002/ciclismo_eng/radiocorsa/

As long as Acqua e Sapone wouldn't let anyone break away Mario will sprint out for another stage win.
Garzelli Wins nmcyclopathic
May 13, 2002 8:31 AM
thought we were not doing this? (nm)Jekyll
May 13, 2002 8:38 AM
sorry my bad (nm)cyclopathic
May 13, 2002 8:46 AM
cycling news and official Giro site - yesterday's sprint.Jekyll
May 13, 2002 6:01 AM
http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2002/giro02/?id=results/stage1
http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/giro2002/ciclismo_eng/news/index.jhtml?arti_id=3.0.642221689

Lombardi did a beautiful job of leading the King out and did a pretty nasty job of forcing McEwen to the outside when he pealed off to set Mario free. McEwen was understandably pissed but it did not look like he would have had enough to catch Mario either way.