2005 Giro d'Italia, Stage 11 to Stage 20

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The 2005 Giro d'Italia began on May 7, 2005, with the eleventh stage being held on May 19 and the twentieth stage being held on May 29. The winner of the race was Paolo Savoldelli.

11th stage[edit]

Already one kilometer after the start, Benoît Joachim raced away from the field. After about 100 kilometers, shortly after the first mountain standing which Joachim won, he was captured by the field. Twenty-six kilometers before the end, and following an attack by "Gibo" Simoni, Ivan Basso raced away with only very few riders able to keep up. Only Paolo Savoldelli, who had picked up a twenty seconds advantage on the descent and therefore was able to reserve strengths, could stand Basso's rhythm, and he beat the Varesian rider at the summit of Zoldo Alto. Simoni came up 21 seconds later, but defending champion Damiano Cunego lost around six minutes and was ruled out from the list of contenders.

Standings after the 11th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Discovery Channel 4:13'43" 1 Ivan Basso (ITA) Team CSC 49:05'20"
2 Ivan Basso (ITA) Team CSC 0" 2 Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Discovery Channel 18"
3 Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Lampre-Caffita 21" 3 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi 1'04"
4 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi 1'01" 4 Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Lampre-Caffita 2'27"
5 Daniel Atienza Urendez (ESP) Cofidis 1'50" 5 Serhiy Honchar (UKR) Domina Vacanze 3'45"

12th stage[edit]

Alessandro Petacchi's efforts during winter, striving to gain ability in the mountains, paid off just as they had done in Milan – San Remo, enabling him to recover from the gruelous Dolomiti stage far better than any of his opponents, and the Italian from Fassa Bortolo sprinted to his second victory in this Giro.

Standings after the 12th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Alessandro Petacchi (ITa) Fassa Bortolo 4:50"00' 1 Ivan Basso (ITA) Team CSC 53:55"20'
2 Paride Grillo (ITA) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 0" 2 Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Discovery Channel 18"
3 Isaac Gálvez (ESP) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 0" 3 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi 1'04"
4 Robert Forster (GER) Gerolsteiner 0" 4 Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Lampre-Caffita 2'27"
5 Jaan Kirsipuu (EST) Crédit Agricole 0" 5 Serhiy Honchar (UKR) Domina Vacanze 3'45"

13th stage[edit]

Colombian Iván Parra won the stage in St. Ulrich by breaking ahead of his fellow breakaways on the previous climb. Spaniard Juanma Gárate, fourth in the 2004 Giro d'Italia, came in second. As for the GC, Ivan Basso, with gastrical problems, lost one minute and the maglia rosa to "Il Falco" Paolo Savoldelli.

Standings after the 13th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Iván Parra (COL) Colombia-Selle Italia 6:31'34" 1 Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Discovery Channel 60:31'12"
2 Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP) Saunier Duval-Prodir 23" 2 Ivan Basso (ITA) Team CSC 50"
3 José Rujano (VEN) Colombia-Selle Italia 23" 3 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi 53"
4 Pietro Caucchioli (ITA) Crédit Agricole 27" 4 Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Lampre-Caffita 2'16"
5 Tadej Valjavec (SLO) Phonak 1'46" 5 Juan Manuel Garate (ESP) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2'39"

14th stage[edit]

It was in this stage that Ivan Basso's illness was really going to take its toll. Upon the first gradients of the Stelvio Pass, Cima Coppi of this edition, the Team CSC rider was left behind and unable to react because of his health problems. He lost eighteen minutes to the other GC riders. Savoldelli lost time to Simoni and Di Luca, who arrived in Livigno 3' 15" later than Iván Parra, scored an impressive Dolomiti double.

Standings after the 14th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Iván Parra (COL) Colombia-Selle Italia 6:46'33" 1 Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Discovery Channel 67:21'28"
2 Tadej Valjavec (SLO) Phonak 1'50" 2 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi 25"
3 José Rujano (VEN) Colombia-Selle Italia 1'50" 3 Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Lampre-Caffita 1'48"
4 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (ESP) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 2'51" 4 Juan Manuel Garate (ESP) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2'11"
5 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi 3'15" 5 José Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia 2'18"

15th stage[edit]

This stage, originally 205 kilometres long, was reduced to a length of 147 kilometres due to bad weather conditions at Forcola di Livigno, one of the mountain climbs that the peloton had to go through that day. Alessandro Petacchi, after the abandon of sprinters such as Baden Cooke, Robbie McEwen, Stuart O'Grady or Jaan Kirsipuu, had only Erik Zabel to challenge him, but the Italian's speed was too much for the veteran T-Mobile rider.

Standings after the 15th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Alessandro Petacchi (ITA) Fassa Bortolo 3:32'41" 1 Paolo Savoldelli (ITA) Discovery Channel 70:54'09"
2 Erik Zabel (GER) T-Mobile Team 0" 2 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi 25"
3 Paolo Bettini (ITA) Quick Step-Innergetic 0" 3 Gilberto Simoni (ITA) Lampre-Caffita 1'48"
4 Simone Cadamuro (ITA) Domina Vacanze 0" 4 Juan Manuel Garate (ESP) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2'11"
5 Marco Velo (ITA) Fassa Bortolo 0" 5 José Rujano (VEN) Colombia-Selle Italia 2'18"

16th stage[edit]

After the second rest-day, the peloton did not want to spend too much energies on a flat stage, so it was easy for a break-away of eighteen men to gather an advantage of 10 minutes. Amongst these breakaways, there was Crédit Agricole rider Christophe Le Mével, who outpowered his fellow breakaways to notch up his first pro victory.

Standings after the 16th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Christophe Le Mével (Fra) Crédit Agricole. 4:50'51" 1 Paolo Savoldelli (It) Discovery Channel 76:07'16"
2 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 9" 2 Danilo Di Luca (It) Liquigas-Bianchi 25"
3 Alessandro Vanotti (It) Domina Vacanze 16" 3 Gilberto Simoni (It) Lampre-Caffita 1'48"
4 Dimitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis 16" 4 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2'11"
5 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 16" 5 José Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia 2'18"

17th stage[edit]

Standings after the 17th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Ivan Basso (It) Team CSC 5:15'46" 1 Paolo Savoldelli (It) Discovery Channel 81:24'50"
2 José Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia 1'06" 2 Gilberto Simoni (It) Lampre-Caffita 58"
3 Gilberto Simoni (It) Lampre-Caffita 1'06" 3 José Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia 1'24"
4 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 1'32" 4 Danilo Di Luca (It) Liquigas-Bianchi 1'36"
5 Iván Parra (Col) Colombia-Selle Italia 1'48" 5 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir 2'11"

18th stage[edit]

Standings after the 18th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Ivan Basso (It) Team CSC 45'05" 1 Paolo Savoldelli (It) Discovery Channel 82:10'18"
2 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 9" 2 Gilberto Simoni (It) Lampre-Caffita 2'09"
3 David Zabriskie (USA) Team CSC 20" 3 José Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia 3'00"
4 Paolo Savoldelli (It) Discovery Channel 23" 4 Danilo Di Luca (It) Liquigas-Bianchi 3'08"
5 Dario Cioni (It) Liquigas-Bianchi 28" 5 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir 3'13"

19th stage[edit]

Standings after the 19th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 José Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia 5:49'30" 1 Paolo Savoldelli (It) Discovery Channel 88:01'43"
2 Gilberto Simoni (It) Lampre-Caffita 26" 2 Gilberto Simoni (It) Lampre-Caffita 28"
3 Danilo Di Luca (It) Liquigas-Bianchi 1'37" 3 José Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia 45"
4 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir 1'53" 4 Danilo Di Luca (It) Liquigas-Bianchi 2'42"
5 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 1'55" 5 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir 3'11"

20th stage[edit]

Standings after the 20th stage
Stage Tour (Maglia rosa)
# Name Team Time   # Name Team Time
1 Alessandro Petacchi (It) Fassa Bortolo 3:24'08" 1 Paolo Savoldelli (It) Discovery Channel 91:25'51"
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team 0" 2 Gilberto Simoni (It) Lampre-Caffita 28"
3 Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0" 3 José Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia 45"
4 Mirco Lorenzetto (It) Domina Vacanze 0" 4 Danilo Di Luca (It) Liquigas-Bianchi 2'42"
5 Marco Velo (It) Domina Vacanze 0" 5 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Saunier Duval-Prodir 3'11"

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