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Giro 2005 — Stage 14

May 22, 2005 — Colombian climber Ivan Parra (Selle-Italia) seems to have picked up where his older brother left off, winning a second hard mountain stage in a row as comfortably as one can in a mountain stage on a major tour. For this 14th stage of the Giro, and second serious mountain stage, the brother of 80s Tour de France star Fabio Parra delivered an astounding show of climbing force: the rider attacked in a group of nine on the very first climbs of the 210km stage, and broke away from the remnants of the break on the final climb to win the stage alone, almost two minutes ahead of his nearest rivals.

In the battle for the GC, Ivan Basso (CSC) effectively saw his Giro come to an end: paying the biggest price for his serious exertions and a stomach ailment, the rider finished almost three quarters of an hour behind the leaders. Pink jersey Paolo Savoldelli stayed under protective cover of his Discovery teammates for most of the race, before struggling to limit the damage to rising Giro strongman Gilberto Simoni (Lampre), who attacked on the final climb, the Passo di Foscagno, to finish with an almost 30-second gap on the race leader. Accompanying Simoni across the finish line was Danilo Di Luca, who led through part of last week and is making an unexpected renewed bid for the pink jersey in the mountains.

Stage 14 – May 22: Egna – Livigno, 210 km
Results
1 Ivan Parra (Col) Selle Italia-Colombia 6.46.33 (30.992 km/h)
2 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems 1.50
3 Jose’ Rujano Guillen (Ven) Selle Italia-Colombia
4 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) Illes Balears 2.51
5 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 3.15
6 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita
7 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir
8 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
9 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner 3.43
10 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team

120 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 42:59


GC after stage 14:
1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 67.21.28
2 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 0.25
3 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 1.48
4 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2.11
5 Jose’ Rujano Guillen (Ven) Selle Italia-Colombia 2.18
6 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Credit Agricole 3.25
7 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze 4.05
8 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 5.50
9 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 6.40
10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears 6.44

95 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel-Pro Cycling Team 2.05.01






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