2002 Giro d'Italia

2002 Giro d'Italia
Race details
Dates May 11 - June 2
Stages 20 + Prologue
Distance 3,354.5 km (2,084 mi)
Winning time 89h 22' 42"
Winner  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) (Index Alexia)
Second  Tyler Hamilton (USA) (CSC–Tiscali)
Third  Pietro Caucchioli (ITA) (Alessio)

Points  Mario Cipollini (ITA) (Acqua & Sapone)
Mountains  Julio Alberto Pérez (MEX) (Ceramiche Panaria–Fiordo)
Intergiro  Massimo Strazzer (ITA) (Phonak)
Team Alessio
Team Points Alessio

The 2002 Giro d'Italia was the 85th edition of the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's Grand Tours. The Giro began with a 6.5 km (4 mi) prologue that navigated through the streets of the Dutch city Groningen. The race came to a close with a mass-start stage that ended in the Italian city of Milan.[1] Twenty-two teams entered the race that was won by the Italian Paolo Savoldelli of the Index Alexia team.[1] Second and third were the American Tyler Hamilton and Italian Pietro Caucchioli.[1]

In the race's other classifications, Ceramiche Panaria–Fiordo rider Julio Alberto Pérez won the mountains classification, Massimo Strazzer of the Phonak team won the intergiro classification, and Acqua & Sapone rider Mario Cipollini won the points classification.[1] Alessio finished as the winners of the Trofeo Fast Team classification, ranking each of the twenty-two teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time.[1] The other team classification, the Trofeo Super Team classification, where the teams' riders are awarded points for placing within the top twenty in each stage and the points are then totaled for each team was also won by Alessio.[1]


A total of 22 teams were invited to participate in the 2002 Giro d'Italia.[2] Each team sent a squad of nine riders, so the Giro began with a peloton of 198 cyclists.[2] Out of the 198 riders that started this edition of the Giro d'Italia, a total of 140 riders made it to the finish in Milan.[1]

The 22 teams that took part in the race were:[2]

Route and stages

A mountain in the distance.
Campitello Matese hosted the end of the 140 km (87 mi) eleventh stage.

The route for the 2002 Giro d'Italia was unveiled by race director Carmine Castellano on 17 November 2001 in Milan.[3] It contained three time trial events, all of which were individual. In the stages containing categorized climbs, four had summit finishes: stage 5, to Limone Piemonte;[4] stage 11, to Campitello Matese;[5] stage 13, to San Giacomo;[6] and stage 17, to Passo Coe.[7] The organizers chose to include two rest days. When compared to the previous year's race, the race was 1.5 km (1 mi) shorter, contained one more rest day, and one more individual time trial. In addition, this race had an opening prologue like the year before.

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
P 11 May Groningen 6.5 km (4 mi) Individual time trial  Juan Carlos Domínguez (ESP)
1 12 May Groningen to Münster 215 km (134 mi) Flat stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
2 13 May Cologne to Ans 209 km (130 mi) Flat stage  Stefano Garzelli (ITA)
3 14 May Verviers to Esch-sur-Alzette 206 km (128 mi) Flat stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
4 15 May Esch-sur-Alzette to Strasbourg 232 km (144 mi) Flat stage  Robbie McEwen (AUS)
16 May Rest day
5 17 May Fossano to Limone Piemonte 150 km (93 mi) Medium mountain stage  Stefano Garzelli (ITA)
6 18 May Cuneo to Varazze 190 km (118 mi) Medium mountain stage  Giovanni Lombardi (ITA)
7 19 May Viareggio to Lido di Camaiore 159 km (99 mi) Medium mountain stage  Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)
8 20 May Capannori to Orvieto 237 km (147 mi) Flat stage  Aitor González (ESP)
9 21 May Tivoli to Caserta 41 km (25 mi) Flat stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
10 22 May Maddaloni to Benevento 118 km (73 mi) Medium mountain stage  Robbie McEwen (AUS)
11 23 May Benevento to Campitello Matese 140 km (87 mi) Medium mountain stage  Gilberto Simoni (ITA)
12 24 May Campobasso to Chieti 200 km (124 mi) Medium mountain stage  Denis Lunghi (ITA)
13 25 May Chieti to San Giacomo di Valle Castellana 190 km (118 mi) Medium mountain stage  Julio Alberto Pérez (MEX)
14 26 May Numana to Numana 30 km (19 mi) Individual time trial  Tyler Hamilton (USA)
27 May Rest day
15 28 May Terme Euganee to Conegliano 156 km (97 mi) Flat stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
16 29 May Conegliano to Corvara 163 km (101 mi) Mountain stage  Julio Alberto Pérez (MEX)
17 30 May Corvara to Folgaria 222 km (138 mi) Mountain stage  Pavel Tonkov (RUS)
18 31 May Rovereto to Brescia 143 km (89 mi) Flat stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
19 1 June Cambiago to Monticello Brianza 46 km (29 mi) Individual time trial  Aitor González (ESP)
20 2 June Cantù to Milan 141 km (88 mi) Flat stage  Mario Cipollini (ITA)
Total 3,354.5 km (2,084 mi)

Classification Leadership

In the 2002 Giro d'Italia, five different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on mass-start stages, the leader received a pink jersey. This classification is considered the most important of the Giro d'Italia, and the winner is considered the winner of the Giro.[8]

A statue on a mountain depicting a cyclist
The statue of Fausto Coppi on the Pordoi Pass from which the Coppi in Cima Coppi is derived.

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a mauve jersey. In the points classification, cyclists got points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. The stage win awarded 25 points, second place awarded 20 points, third 16, fourth 14, fifth 12, sixth 10, and one point fewer per place down the line, to a single point for 15th. In addition, points could be won in intermediate sprints.[8]

There was also a mountains classification, which awarded a green jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a mountain before other cyclists. Each climb was categorized as either first, second, or third category, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. The highest point in the Giro (called the Cima Coppi), which in 2002 was the Passo Pordoi, afforded more points than the other first-category climbs.[8]

The fourth jersey represented the intergiro classification, marked by a blue jersey.[8] The calculation for the intergiro is similar to that of the general classification, in each stage there is a midway point that the riders pass through a point and where their time is stopped. As the race goes on, their times compiled and the person with the lowest time is the leader of the intergiro classification and wears the blue jersey.[8]

There were also two classifications for teams. The first was the Trofeo Fast Team. In this classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team was the team with the lowest total time.[8] The Trofeo Super Team was a team points classification, with the top 20 placed riders on each stage earning points (20 for first place, 19 for second place and so on, down to a single point for 20th) for their team.[8]

The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run.

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Intergiro classification
Trofeo Fast Team Trofeo Super Team
P Juan Carlos Domínguez Juan Carlos Domínguez not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded not awarded
1 Mario Cipollini Mario Cipollini Mario Cipollini Mario Cipollini Phonak Phonak
2 Stefano Garzelli Stefano Garzelli Francesco Casagrande Fabrizio Guidi Mapei–Quick-Step Mapei–Quick-Step
3 Mario Cipollini Massimo Strazzer Phonak
4 Robbie McEwen
5 Stefano Garzelli Stefano Garzelli Fassa Bortolo
6 Giovanni Lombardi Jens Heppner Kelme–Costa Blanca Phonak
7 Rik Verbrugghe
8 Aitor González Massimo Strazzer
9 Mario Cipollini Mario Cipollini Phonak
10 Robbie McEwen Massimo Strazzer Ruggero Marzoli Kelme–Costa Blanca
11 Gilberto Simoni Gilberto Simoni Alessio
12 Denis Lunghi Joaquim Castelblanco Alessio Phonak
13 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio Francesco Casagrande Alessio
14 Tyler Hamilton
15 Mario Cipollini Joaquim Castelblanco
16 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio Cadel Evans Julio Alberto Pérez Cuapio
17 Pavel Tonkov Paolo Savoldelli
18 Mario Cipollini Mario Cipollini
19 Aitor González
20 Mario Cipollini
Final Paolo Savoldelli Mario Cipollini Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio Massimo Strazzer Alessio Alessio

Final standings

  Pink jersey   Denotes the winner of the General classification[1]   Green jersey   Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[1]
  Purple jersey   Denotes the winner of the Points classification[1]   Blue jersey   Denotes the winner of the Intergiro classification[1]

General classification

Rider Team Time
1  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Pink jersey Index Alexia 89h 22' 42"
2  Tyler Hamilton (USA) CSC–Tiscali + 1' 41"
3  Pietro Caucchioli (ITA) Alessio + 2' 12"
4  Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP) Lampre–Daikin + 3' 14"
5  Pavel Tonkov (RUS) Lampre–Daikin + 5' 34"
6  Aitor González (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca + 6' 54"
7  Georg Totschnig (AUT) Gerolsteiner + 7' 02"
8  Fernando Escartín (ESP) Team Coast + 7' 07"
9  Rik Verbrugghe (BEL) Lotto–Adecco + 9' 36"
10  Dario Frigo (ITA) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi + 11' 50"

Points classification

Rider Team Points
1  Mario Cipollini (ITA) Purple jersey Acqua & Sapone 184
2  Massimo Strazzer (ITA) Blue jersey Phonak 166
3  Aitor González (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca 106
4  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Fassa Bortolo 101
5  Tyler Hamilton (USA) CSC–Tiscali 86
6  Mykhaylo Khalilov (UKR) Colombia–Selle Italia 85
7  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Pink jersey Index Alexia 80
8  Cristian Moreni (ITA) Alessio 79
9  Dario Frigo (ITA) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 74
10  Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP) Lampre–Daikin 70

Mountains classification

Rider Team Points
1  Julio Alberto Pérez (MEX) Green jersey Ceramiche Panaria–Fiordo 69
2  José Castelblanco (COL) Colombia–Selle Italia 33
3  Pavel Tonkov (RUS) Lampre–Daikin 25
4  Daniele De Paoli (ITA) Alessio 22
5  Sergio Barbero (ITA) Lampre–Daikin 20
6  Dario Frigo (ITA) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi
7  Pietro Caucchioli (ITA) Alessio 19
8  Ruben Alverio Marin (COL) Colombia–Selle Italia 18
9  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Pink jersey Index Alexia
10  Cadel Evans (AUS) Mapei–Quick-Step 15

Intergiro classification

Rider Team Time
1  Massimo Strazzer (ITA) Blue jersey Phonak 55h 05' 46"
2  Serhiy Honchar (UKR) Fassa Bortolo + 4' 26"
3  Aitor González (ESP) Kelme–Costa Blanca + 4' 41"
4  Tyler Hamilton (USA) CSC–Tiscali + 4' 46"
5  Biagio Conte (ITA) Saeco Macchine per Caffè–Longoni Sport + 4' 55"
6  Mykhaylo Khalilov (UKR) Colombia–Selle Italia + 5' 04"
7  Mariano Piccoli (ITA) Lampre–Daikin + 5' 24"
8  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Fassa Bortolo + 5' 26"
9  Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Pink jersey Index Alexia + 5' 27"
10  Mario Cipollini (ITA) Purple jersey Acqua & Sapone + 5' 36"

Trofeo Fast Team classification

Team Time
1 Alessio 267h 57' 29"
2 Lampre–Daikin + 30' 10"
3 Rabobank + 40' 12"
4 CSC–Tiscali + 42' 03"
5 Mapei–Quick-Step + 45' 55"
6 Tacconi Sport-Emmegi + 57' 25"
7 Kelme–Costa Blanca + 58' 00"
8 Gerolsteiner + 1h 16' 29"
9 Colombia–Selle Italia + 1h 35' 57"
10 Fassa Bortolo + 1h 47' 08"

Trofeo Super Team classification

Team Points
1 Alessio 360
2 Phonak 306
3 Fassa Bortolo 284
4 Mapei–Quick-Step 260
5 Lampre–Daikin 259
6 Lotto–Adecco 254
7 Kelme–Costa Blanca 253
8 Gerolsteiner 226
9 Acqua & Sapone 223
10 Team Coast 213

Minor classifications

Other less well-known classifications, whose leaders did not receive a special jersey, were awarded during the Giro. Other awards included the Combativity classification, which was a compilation of points gained for position on crossing intermediate sprints, mountain passes and stage finishes.[8] Colombian Massimo Strazzer won the Most Combative classification.[1] The Azzurri d'Italia classification was based on finishing order, but points were awarded only to the top three finishers in each stage.[8] The Azzurri d'Italia classification was won by Mario Cipollini.[1] The Trofeo Fuga Piaggio classification rewarded riders who took part in a breakaway at the head of the field, each rider in an escape of ten or fewer riders getting one point for each kilometre that the group stayed clear.[8] The classification was won by Mariano Piccoli.[1] Teams were given penalty points for minor technical infringements.[8] Colombia–Selle Italia was the most successful in avoiding penalties after not being penalized during the race, and so won the Fair Play classification.[1]


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