De 94e editie van de Ronde van Italië werd verreden van 7 tot en met 29 mei 2011. The Cima Coppi, the race's highest point of elevation, awarded still more points than the other first-category climbs.  WADA celebrated the decision, calling the court "robust and thorough" in its jurisprudence of the World-Anti Doping Code. Cyclingnews.com: The world centre of cycling.  Though praised for his delicate handling of Weylandt's death, Zomegnan's handling of the teams' protest of and eventual removal of the Monte Crostis from the Giro race route was seen much less approvingly. Won by Diego Ulissi before Pablo Lastras (2nd) and Giovanni Visconti (3rd). Watch Queue Queue In addition, points could be won in intermediate sprints.  There was some stability in the overall standings at this point, as the race's top riders finished together, or nearly so, in the next three stages. De tekst is beschikbaar onder de licentie. Giro d'Italia 2011 var den 94. udgave af Giro d'Italia, og er en af cyklingens Grand Tours.Løbet startede den 7. maj i Torino med en holdtidskørsel, for at fejre 150-årsdagen for den italienske samling, hvor byen var landets første hovedstad. One sprinter who was expected to take part in the race, Farnese Vini–Neri Sottoli's Andrea Guardini, was not part of the start list. , Other awards included the Combativity classification, which was a compilation of points gained for position on crossing intermediate sprints, mountain passes and stage finishes. ", Two stages in the second half of the Giro had their courses altered shortly before they were run. , Along with the new organizational team came a certain measure of fan involvement in the direction of the 2012 Giro d'Italia. This time it was Astana's Paolo Tiralongo, a former teammate of Contador's. AG2R LA MONDIALE. Quick-Step and Team RadioShack sent two sprinters apiece—Gerald Ciolek and Francesco Chicchi for the Belgian team and Robbie Hunter and Robbie McEwen on the American squad. Instead, the stage was preceded by a minute's silence, and ridden as a procession in Weylandt's memory. 3:02:19. De ronde begon in Turijn en eindigde in Milaan.  A memorial was placed at the crash site, where Weylandt's pregnant girlfriend and his mother, along with cyclists, passersby and residents of nearby villages, placed flowers.  Doctors also gave Weylandt adrenaline and atropine to try to restart his heart, though Tredici stated that resuscitation efforts were rather clearly in vain, and that Weylandt was already dead by the time they got to him. , Scarponi, as well as John Gadret, the rider elevated onto the podium now in third place overall, both expressed sympathy for Contador and the feeling that being awarded these prestigious results in a court of law nearly a year after the race concluded kept them from feeling as good as they would were they attained on the road. Won by Eros Capecchi before Marco Pinotti (2nd) and Kevin Seeldraeyers (3rd). Commissaires from the UCI mandated it be removed the night before stage 14 was run. 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. Browse more videos. Their contingent for the Giro specifically excluded any riders or staff implicated in the investigation. The 2011 Giro d'Italia Femminile, or Giro Donne, was the 22nd running of the Giro d'Italia Femminile. Classification. Giro d'Italia 2011 Millar wint tijdrit Alberto Contador wint voor tweede keer Giro d’Italia. On the whole, success proved to be fairly widespread. On this day, which ended at the Grossglockner in Austria, he and Rujano again finished well ahead of the main field. ASTANA PRO.  Visconti was given the irregular race number of 150, wearing it as the Italian national champion to commemorate 150 years of Italian unification. 23.10. Each of the 23 teams took to the front of the peloton for about 15 minutes, and members of Leopard Trek, along with Farrar, were allowed to finish first with their arms around each other. The Spaniard himself hinted that such a move would be in his plans. The 2011 Giro d'Italia route was designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the unifiction of Italy, hence the start in Torino, Italy's first capital and the trip to Sicily where Garibaldi began his conquest of southern Italy. Ronde van Lombardije, "Ronde van Italië verblijdt vijf teams met wildcard", "Giro, the cast. Thus, the Crostis was eliminated, and the stage was reduced in length from its originally planned length of 210 km (130 mi). Four other teams – Androni Giocattoli, Euskaltel–Euskadi, Lampre–ISD, and Movistar Team – eventually repeated as stage winners. Sondaggio Merckx, Gimondi e altri campioni dicono che Andy Schleck nel 2012 deve puntare sul Giro, più adatto Il Giro d'Italia 2011, novantaquattresima edizione della "Corsa Rosa", si è svolto in ventuno tappe dal 7 al 29 maggio 2011, su un percorso di complessivi 3 479 km. View full results of Stage 17 in Giro d'Italia 2011 from Feltre to Tirano over 230 kilometre. The Belgian federation criticized this gesture, saying it would not bring Weylandt back and would only serve to continually remind fans and those in the sport of Weylandt's death.  Further reactions from other personalities within the sport toward the ruling and the case itself were near universally negative. Fans of the race were able to vote on its official Facebook page for two climbs, from an initial pool of 64, to appear in the race. P  The Movistar Team had winners in stage 6 with Francisco Ventoso on an uphill sprint and in the Giro's last road race stage with Vasil Kiryienka in a solo breakaway that finished almost five minutes better than the rest of the field.  Original general classification winner Alberto Contador won this award at the race's conclusion; upon his disqualification it passed to mountains category winner Stefano Garzelli. The race started on 7 May with a team time trial in Turin to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification, when the city served as the first capital of the single state.. Le 21 tappe del Giro d'italia 2011: percorsi e date. 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De klassementen na de 6de etappe van de Giro d'Italia 2011 Het etappeklassement van de 6de etappe: Orvieto > Fiuggi Terme 1/ Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team) 195 km in 5h15'39" 2/ Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) 3/ Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli-C.I.P.I.) This result put him nearly five minutes clear of the next-best rider, the largest such advantage he had ever held in any race. In early 2012, the points earned by Contador for overall placing were redistributed, and those gained for stage finishes were removed. Results. By Eurosport • 30/05/2011 at 12:45.  Reigning Giro champion Ivan Basso chose not to return, preferring to focus on the Tour de France later in the season. Nibali held second place on stages 13 and 14, but Scarponi overtook him on Gardeccia, finishing a minute and a half better (only six seconds the lesser of Contador), and never relinquished second place. View full results of Stage 2 in Giro d'Italia 2011 from Alba to Parma over 244 kilometre. The win earned 25 points, second place earned 20 points, third 16, fourth 14, fifth 12, sixth 10, and one point fewer per place down to a single point for 15th. They were set to be printed on the jersey along with tweets from Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador, and Vincenzo Nibali, in the respective riders' native languages.  Therefore, the length of the stage was shortened to 170 km (106 mi). Tutti i dettagli del percorso e delle tappe del Giro d'Italia 2020. The race started on 7 May with a team time trial in Turin to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification , when the city served as the first capital of the single state.  Kiryienka commented that the squad at the Giro hoped to get a further stage win (as Francisco Ventoso's win had come before Tondó's death) to honor him, while other members of the team grieved with Tondó's family. Discover Giro d'Italia 2014 Route at Gazzetta.it. This was not a matter under which they could exonerate him. Radsport Radsport Straßenrennen Italien Giro d'Italia 2011 14.  Roman Kreuziger, still eligible by a matter of months, won the youth competition with his ride to sixth place overall. It was held over ten stages from 1 to 10 July 2012, starting in Rome and finishing with an individual time trial in San Francesco al Campo near Turin. The HTC–Highroad squad won this stage, making their rider Marco Pinotti the first wearer of the race leader's pink jersey. With Acqua & Sapone's Garzelli claiming the mountains classification and Yaroslav Popovych from Team RadioShack the Trofeo Fuga Pinarello, 15 of the 22 teams that completed the race came away with some sort of victory. In the points classification, cyclists got points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage.  Additionally, the Trofeo Fuga Pinarello 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. They held that Giro organizers had sufficiently ensured rider safety on the course, but the necessary protocols did not protect the sporting aspect of the race. Although he was not a participant, his death caused his teammates and other members of the peloton to pay tribute to him in the subsequent stages.  The 2011 Giro was thus the third successive edition, and fourth in the last five, in which the reigning champion did not return to defend his championship. 2011 Giro d'Italia, Stage 12 to Stage 21; Gebruik op eu.wikipedia.org 2011ko Italiako Giroa; Gebruik op fr.wikipedia.org Tour d'Italie 2011; Gebruik op gl.wikipedia.org Giro de Italia 2011; Gebruik op hu.wikipedia.org A 2011-es Giro d’Italia szakaszai (1–11.) His winning margin ahead of second-placed Michele Scarponi was over six minutes. Their minute and a half time gap, plus the time bonus for second place, gave Contador a lead of over three minutes in the overall standings. The rows in the following table correspond to the jerseys awarded after that stage was run, and shows to whom each jersey would have been awarded each day had Alberto Contador been removed from the standings as the race was ongoing.  Contador later commented that the victory, the first of Tiralongo's 12-year career, was meant as a gesture of thanks to the Italian for all the support riding he did for him in 2010 when the two were on the same squad. Michele Scarponi and Vincenzo Nibali completed the podium, in that order, having targeted one another once it became obvious that Contador's advantage was insurmountable.  Attention was immediately drawn to the three stages preceding the second rest day, stages 13, 14, and 15, each of which featured summit finishes and multiple high-rated climbs, among them the Grossglockner, Monte Zoncolan, and the Passo Giau, this Giro's Cima Coppi, its tallest climb. , There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a green jersey.  Pieter Weening also gave the first pink jersey to be presented to him on the podium to Weylandt's surviving family, and stage 11 winner John Gadret stated that he had Weylandt in his thoughts as he crossed the line and dedicated his win to him, even though the two were not well acquainted. Seventeen of the 20 regions of Italy were visited in the race, as the 2011 race commemorated the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. , On 23 May, during the second rest day of the Giro, Xavier Tondó, the reigning Vuelta a Castilla y León champion and one of the leaders on the season for the Movistar Team, was killed in a freak accident at home while preparing to train with teammates. Deze pagina is voor het laatst bewerkt op 16 apr 2018 om 20:28. Race leader Alberto Contador, along with many others, rode the stage 16 individual time trial with black armbands. This classification was considered the most important of the Giro d'Italia, and the winner was considered the winner of the Giro. Stefano Garzelli was in the breakaway on the Gardeccia stage and took maximum points on three of the day's five climbs, and second place points on the other two. Find out the latest news, stage reports, race scores and expert analysis from the 2011 Giro d'Italia Stage 9. He was therefore stripped of the 2011 Giro title, and Scarponi became the new victor of the race, and the winner of the points classification.  As teams who have riders with a legitimate chance to win a race overall will generally try to avoid defending the lead for too many days, lest they tire their support riders out early and leave their leader vulnerable, there was speculation that Contador would tactically relinquish the jersey.  Team RadioShack's Yaroslav Popovych was first in this competition. 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In the Trofeo Fast Team 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; 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; and the Fair Play classification rewarded those teams that best avoided penalty points for minor technical infringements. Tondó's teammate Branislau Samoilau posted a time that was provisionally best much of the day and was visibly overcome with emotion when interviewed by assembled media after his ride. Il 32enne belga Philippe Gilbert (Bmc) ha vinto la 18/esima tappa del 98° Giro d’Italia, Melide-Verbania (170 km). All nine of their riders completed the race. Zomegnan had held the position since 2004, beginning with the 2005 Giro d'Italia. Follow. The 2008 Giro champion, who had likewise won the 2008 Vuelta a España and three editions of the Tour de France, announced in April 2010 that he would contest the Giro in 2011. Giro-Etappe - Hindley jetzt im Rosa Trikot.  Farrar later revealed that his inclusion with the Leopard Trek squad in the final moments of the neutralized stage was a decision made solely on their part, one for which he felt extremely grateful. The backdated ban meant any results obtained from the time of that test to the time the court announced its verdict were to be vacated and awarded in turn to previously second-placed riders.  Additional critical analysis concurred that the route was excessively difficult, for its incredible amount of vertical climbing (409 km (254 mi) in the route as originally announced), number of summit finishes and long transfers, and the unpaved or 'white roads' which featured in stages 5 and 20.  The Azzurri d'Italia classification was based on finishing order, but points were awarded only to the top three finishers in each stage.  Other riders named as contenders included Roman Kreuziger, riding as the leader of the Astana team and a protected rider in a Grand Tour for the first time in his career, 2010 Giro d'Italia runner-up David Arroyo, Lampre–ISD captain and 2010 Giro fourth-place finisher Michele Scarponi, and Joaquim Rodríguez. The ongoing Mantova doping investigation, involving members of the Lampre–NGC team, as it was known in 2009, had an effect on the race. Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec. Chaos-Tag beim Giro d'Italia He was replaced by former Omega Pharma–Lotto sporting director Roberto Damiani.  Six different teams – Liquigas–Cannondale, Androni Giocattoli, HTC–Highroad, Quick-Step, BMC Racing Team, and Colnago–CSF Inox – avoided incurring penalties over the course of the race, and so shared in winning the Fair Play classification. Race organizers mistakenly played an old Spanish anthem with lyrics favored by former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. The small Androni Giocattoli and Colnago–CSF Inox also sent sprinters, Roberto Ferrari and 2010 Giro stage winner Manuel Belletti, respectively.  The Leopard Trek team remained in the race for another day at the encouragement of Weylandt's family.  His number was a prominent part of signs held by fans on the roadside at not just the Giro but other events later in the season as well, including the Tour of California where his death was part of the reason the first stage of that race was canceled due to safety concerns. Other less well-known classifications, whose leaders did not receive a special jersey, were awarded during the Giro. , Reaction to the decision, and to the protracted nature of the case itself, was widespread and negative. The Giro's last stage, an individual time trial in Milan, was also shortened. The three additional invited teams were Acqua & Sapone, Colnago–CSF Inox, and Geox–TMC. Eurosport Live , where and when you want. He was replaced by RCS general director Michele Acquarone and Mauro Vegni, along with a team of former professional riders. , The near total dearth of flat, sprinter-friendly stages did not stop sprinters Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar, and Alessandro Petacchi, from all taking the start. , In spite of first-hand criticism from riders following the race that the route was excessively difficult and dangerous, Zomegnan remained staunch in his defense of the route..  It was won by Jan Bakelants of the Omega Pharma–Lotto team.  They were later announced to be part of the same stage for the 2012 Giro. Le tappe del Giro d'Italia 2009.  In his five previous Grand Tour wins, Contador had never lost the race lead after taking it, but he had also never taken it so early on in the race.  In stage 19, Contador again finished with another rider ahead of the main field. , The fourth jersey represented the young rider classification, marked by a white jersey. Your 2011 Giro d'Italia podium: Michele Scarponi (Lampre) 2nd + 6:10, Alberto Contador 1st 84:05:14, Vincenzo Nibali 3rd + 6:56: Astana won the team classification by 10 minutes over Movistar. The 2011 edition commemorated the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.The majority of the race was situated entirely within Italy – only the end of stage 13 and beginning of stage 14, in Austria, featured roads outside the home nation.  The second-category Tualis climb was added to the route for the day to offset the loss of the Crostis. Le tappe del Giro d'Italia 2009.  Fans could also participate in a promotion called "Tweet Your Maglia Rosa" where they would submit 140-character or fewer Twitter messages describing what the pink jersey means to them. 5 years ago | 3 views.  Race director Angelo Zomegnan balked at the criticisms, saying simply "It's a hard Giro but the Giro has to be hard. Won by Alessandro Petacchi before Mark Cavendish (2nd) and Manuel Belletti (3rd). Giro debutants Vacansoleil–DCM had among their squad Slovenian sprinter Borut Božič. This was decided the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1986 were eligible.. All cycling news with La Gazzetta dello Sport. Won by Igor Antón before Alberto Contador (2nd) and Vincenzo Nibali (3rd). The court held that the adverse finding itself was never in doubt, but merely how the substance had entered the athlete's body.  Although Contador claimed that he was not going to give his strongest effort in the stage 21 individual time trial, the Giro's final stage, his ride was still good enough for third place, extending his winning margin to over six minutes, giving him his sixth and statistically most dominant Grand Tour championship. Seilbahnen Sulden am Ortler 1.900 - 3.250 m. giro d'italia 2011 tappe  Team Sky sporting director Sean Yates called the route "brutal" and said that serious Tour de France contenders would not bother coming to the race since it was so difficult. Italian police, conducting an inquest into Weylandt's death, also took an official statement from the Portuguese rider at Team RadioShack's hotel. Each climb was categorized as either first, second, third, or fourth-category, with more points available for the higher-categorized climbs. Pochi giorni alle due tappe del giro d'Italia che quest'anno passeranno per la Sicilia e per la mia Etna. Stage 12 of the 2011 Giro d'Italia took place on 19 May, and the race concluded on 29 May.  Weylandt's death was the first at the Giro in 25 years, and the first at one of cycling's Grand Tours since Fabio Casartelli died during the 1995 Tour de France.  Though his status was put in doubt after a positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, he was cleared by his national federation in February 2011 and able to return to racing, though the case still pended a final appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport later in 2011. De Giro d’Italia zal volgend jaar van start gaan in Turijn. This was particularly in comparison with the similarly difficult, yet not as difficult, route for the 2011 Tour de France revealed days earlier. The remaining members of his team Leopard Trek, as well as training partner Tyler Farrar from the Garmin–Cervélo squad, crossed the finish line first with their arms around one another before withdrawing from the race that evening. It was immediately recognized as being quite difficult, featuring 40 categorized climbs among its 18 mass-start stages, seven of them summit finishes. Of the seven stages categorized as 'high mountain', six had summit arrivals, highlighted by the three stages before the second rest day ending at Grossglockner in Austria, the exceptionally steep Monte Zoncolan, and a tall and steep peak near the Fascia Valley in Gardeccia. Zomegnan remains as an RCS consultant and director of the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in Florence. Androni Giocattoli won the ill-fated stage 3 with Ángel Vicioso and later stage 13 with Rujano. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists. Largely under the impetus of Michele Scarponi's Lampre–ISD team, the breakaway group was caught before the finish. The foremost of these riders was former Giro winner Damiano Cunego, though Damiani felt he would eventually be cleared of any wrongdoing. It still ended, per its original design, at the Duomo di Milano.  This would be likeliest to happen in the heavily undulating stage 11. Millar led the rest of the field across the line a few seconds later. View full results of Stage 14 in Giro d'Italia 2011 from Lienz to Monte Zoncolan over 172 kilometre. [dead link], Mountains classification (maglia azzurra), Young rider classification(maglia bianca), Team classification(classifica a squadre). This classification is considered the most important of the Giro d'Italia, and the winner is considered the winner of the Giro. The breakaway group for this stage was hard-fought and late-forming, since someone from its number could potentially become the new race leader. Playing next.  While there were five stages classified as flat, and Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi claimed he saw as many as seven potential sprint finishes, consensus was overwhelming that the majority of the route favored the strongest of the climbers at the expense of other riders. Of the five, only Menchov and Nibali were considered realistic overall contenders. Contador was the overwhelming favorite for overall victory. After several rounds of voting, the Passo dello Stelvio and the Passo del Mortirolo were chosen. In the other sub-classifications, Stefano Garzelli won the mountains competition and Roman Kreuziger finished as the best rider aged 25 or under in the general classification; he finished the race fifth overall.