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Stage 5 results(10 posts)

Stage 5 resultsgregario
May 17, 2002 8:07 AM
Just out of curiousity, does anyone know how Pantani did today. I see he was not in the top 20 for the stage.
re: Stage 5 resultslonefrontranger
May 17, 2002 9:09 AM
Last report on the Velonews site said over 4 minutes had elapsed since Garzelli's win time, with no sign of Pantani - he was over 2 minutes down by the base of the big climb apparently.
Career Over!Wayne
May 17, 2002 9:48 AM
He came in just over 7 minutes behind Garzelli, nursed the whole way by a couple of teammates and ex-teammate turned Cipo gregario Roberto Conti.
Hamilton continues to surprise even after taking a nasty fall, he may have a rough time over the next week.
You speak too soon...TJeanloz
May 17, 2002 10:49 AM
Pantani can come back from anything. The Giro is over for him, but we have not seen the last of the Pirate. At this point, how big a horse's ass would Jean-Marie look if he had invited Mercatone Uno to the Tour?

And did anybody else notice that ESPN Page Two cast Pantani as Yoda in their all-athlete Star Wars cast?
Pantani can come back from anything?Wayne
May 17, 2002 12:45 PM
That's what people said last year when he got dropped on the first climb of the Giro. Twelve months later with a team built entirely around him, not even the hint of a result in that period. I wouldn't have minded it if he would have come back to his old self, but at this point it's become a farce. I think cyclingnews.com got it right, "Although today's stage was not decisive, it does show that the three strongest riders at the year's Giro are Garzelli, Casagrande and Simoni, with Tyler Hamilton an increasingly likely candidate for the podium, while Frigo, Tonkov and Boogerd are just not on the same level. Contrast that with poor Pantani, progressively a study in pain and pathos at the '02 Giro d'Italia."
Oh, I don't think he can win,TJeanloz
May 17, 2002 1:03 PM
I'm not saying he can come back and win the Giro or Tour, just that the man won't quit. He'll keep coming back to the big races until the promotors refuse to invite him.
Career Over!gregario
May 17, 2002 12:16 PM
It's too bad really. Pantani has become the punch line of a joke. It's not like I was rooting for him, I thought his career was over before this and that he would blow up in this Giro. I've always thought it was hilarious the way he refers to himself in the 3rd person. Like, "They'll be sorry they didn't invite Pantani to the Tour". Reminds me of a Seinfeld episode when George started doing that. "George is upset!"

I would REALLY like to see Hamilton make the podium. I think he can do it. I hope he has good support. Does Mercatone have anyone for GC other than Pantani???
OK, show of handsspeedisgood
May 20, 2002 5:49 AM
Who here thinks Pantani "sucks" now because he's one of the few who isn't doping?

I have no proof but that's what my gut says (in addition to "feed me!")
Pantani isn't performing because he is sickBAi9302010
May 23, 2002 8:47 PM
Or at least that's what I read. According to AOL's sports page, he has brochitis and was contemplating whether or not to drop the Giro. Also, I think that one reason why he might not be performing as well as he should be, is that he just isn't trying. You don't just go from being the best climber in the world (even if you are being helped by drugs) to a nobody, who has to be pulled up the mountains.
So he's been sick for the past 2 years? (nm)Wayne
May 24, 2002 4:26 AM