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05/28/2005| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
Paolo Savoldelli. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Paolo Savoldelli. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Discovery Channel Team Report

Savoldelli increases lead at Giro with two stages remaining.

for tomorrow.  He's not one to panic - it's Simoni that has to be nervous."


The team's assistant sports manager Sean Yates echoed Bruyneel's stance.  "He's quietly confident," Yates said of Savoldelli.  "Barring disaster, it (the lead) should be enough.  He's in a good position. The way it's panning out, Basso will try and win again tomorrow so they (CSC) will do a hard tempo on the climbs and then it should be every man for himself in the last 30 kms.  Simoni is a strong climber and Paolo isn't a pure climber like him.  It's normal Paolo would expect to lose a bit of time on the climbs but he also knew he could pull some back in the time trial."


In the race's three time trials - totaling 80.1 kms including the opening 1.1 km prologue - Savoldelli has gained 3:26 on Simoni, 6:07 on Rujano, 2:26 on Di Luca and 2:29 on fifth placed Juan Garate of Saunier Duval, who trails Savoldelli by 3:13.


"He has to make hay while the sun shines," Yates added.  "Simoni is a specialist in the mountains but when it all adds up, it's better to be a strong time trial rider and a reasonable climber than a super climber and a weak time trialist."


The 88th Giro then finishes Sunday with a 119 km stage to
Milan.


Click here for complete stage 18 results and overall rankings.

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