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Amica Chips - Knauf/Tafi's comeback
Il Gladiatore
I've left the pack 3 years ago, and since then I've been working at my holiday houses in Lamporrechio, Tuscany. But since I left in 2005, I'm feeling a bit empty, I had the feeling I wasn't finished yet. So, after a few conversations with Mirko Selvaggi, who lives here to, I decided to make my comeback in the peloton. At the age of 42, I hope I can still follow the young guys in some big races.

Tafi's stats:
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Edited by Il Gladiatore on 21-04-2009 14:01
 
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Il Gladiatore
Season start
After I signed with my new team Knauf - Amica Chips, there where 3 weeks of intensive training near my house in Tuscany. I don't have a good form yet, but the sponsers aren't putting a lot of pressure on me. After those 3 weeks we went to Argentina for the Tour of San Luis, and I am selected. It starts with a prologue, where I can test my legs, here is the startlist:

Astana
1. H.Zubeldia
2. J.Hern√°ndez
3. C.Horner
4. B.Kupeshov
5. B.Noval
6. B.Raimbekov
7. C.Rubiera
8. A.Zeits

Caisse d'Epargne
11. V.Kiryienka
12. A.Charteau
13. P.Lastras
14. D.López
15. D.Moreno
16. L.Pasamontes
17. N.Portal
18. M.Pérez

Team Columbia
21. M.Pinotti
22. M.Albasini
23. M.Barry
24. G.Henderson
25. C.Lewis
26. M.Possoni
27. F.Rabon
28. K.Siutsou

Garmin - Slipstream
31. D.Millar
32. M.Bäckstedt
33. S.Cozza
34. H.Dekkers
35. T.Duggan
36. M.Friedman
37. R.Hesjedal
38. K.Patour

Katusha
41. E.Petrov
42. A.Botcharov
43. A.Colom
44. N.Eskov
45. J.Horrach
46. I.Rovny
47. S.Vandenbergh
48. M.Vantomme

Euskaltel
51. E.Martínez
52. J.Azanza
53. S.De Lis
54. M.Irizar
55. M.Nieve
56. J.Oroz
57. A.Txurruka
58. G.Verdugo

Fuji - Servetto
61. D.Ca√Īada
62. I.Cama√Īo
63. E.Capecchi
64. D.De la Fuente
65. H.Gonz√°lez
66. B.Intxausti
67. J.Megías
68. A.Tonti

Amica Chips
71. M.Kvasina
72. S.Cadamuro
73. R.Infantino
74. A.Kunitski
75. T.Miyazawa
76. B.Samoilau
77. M.Selvaggi
78. A.Tafi


Saxo Bank
81. J.Van Goolen
82. L.B√łchman
83. F.H√łj
84. D.Klemme
85. A.Lund
86. J.McCartney
87. A.Steensen
88. C.Sörensen

Acqua & Sapone
91. S.Garzelli
92. A.Donati
93. F.Failli
94. F.Masciarelli
95. S.Masciarelli
96. G.Palumbo
97. L.Paolini
98. L.Pierfelici

Rota dos Móveis
101. C.Zaballa
102. M.Barbosa
103. B.Barbosa
104. R.Calvo
105. M.Candil
106. C.Pinho
107. H.Sabido
108. V.Santos

CSF - Navigare
111. M.Gaia
112. A.Bisolti
113. R.Bongiorno
114. T.Dall'Antonia
115. A.Marangoni
116. D.Pozzovivo
117. Max.Richeze
118. M.Richeze

Besson Chaussures
121. F.Morizot
122. J.Galland
123. J.Marino
124. J.Simon
125. Y.Talabardon

Madeinox
131. S.Pérez
132. R.Couto
133. C.Sousa

Colombia es Pasion
141. F.Duarte
142. D.Atapuma
143. R.Chalapud
144. F.Gordillo
145. C.Martinez
146. W.Mu√Īoz
147. D.Pantoja
148. C.Su√°rez

Barbot - Siper
151. R.Pinto
152. A.Amorim
153. S.Coelho
154. L.Fern√°ndez Oliveira
155. B.Pinto

Colavita
161. G.Palma
162. A.Borrajo
163. Ani.Borrajo
164. L.Damiani
165. D.Frattini
166. L.Haedo
167. A.Olson
168. L.Romero
 
alexkr00
hmm... nice, but he's a little bit too old.
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Il Gladiatore
I know, but he's a friend of mine and when Armstrong said that he would make his comeback, Tafi said: I can do it to, so that gave me the idea, and it's just fantasyWink
 
alexkr00
of course it's fantasy. But he's old even for PCMPfft
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fenian_1234
You should edit Bartoli into the .db too. Wink
 
Il Gladiatore
Tour of San Luis stage 1:
Stage 1 is a prologue of 5,3km.

I was one of the first riders to start, the first of my team, I realy liked being in competition again.
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Start_Sanluis.png

My legs didn't feel very good, I'm not in a realy good shape.
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Turn_Sanluis1.png

But I managed to get a good time, 29th!
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Finish_Sanluis1.png

Results:
1. David Millar Garmin - Slipstream 7'36
2. Magnus Bäckstedt Garmin - Slipstream + 6
3. André Steensen Team Saxo Bank + 8
4. Haimar Zubeldia Astana Cycling Team + 9
5. Ryder Hesjedal Garmin - Slipstream + 10
6. Matija Kvasina Amica Chips - Knauf s.t.
7. Egoi Martínez Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
8. Rafael Abreu Infantino Amica Chips - Knauf + 11
9. Markel Irizar Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
10. Steven Cozza Garmin - Slipstream + 12
29 Andrea Tafi Amica Chips - Knauf + 18
Edited by Il Gladiatore on 21-04-2009 14:04
 
E_Hagen
Yay!

But 42 years? Thought he was about as old as Lance!
 
Il Gladiatore
He is 42, actualy he will be 43 next week, I'll be at his birthdaySmile
 
Il Gladiatore
Tour de San Luis stage 2:
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Profile_sanluis2.png
A stage which I like, because I'm not in great form.

Guess what, I was in the break! Attacking is my speciality, so, I decided to have a go!
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Breakaway_Sanluis2.png

I even got the mountain points!
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_KOM_Sanluis2.png

But then the pack caught us...
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Caught_Sanluis2.png

The only thing I could do the rest of the stage was getting water of my teammates.
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Water_Sanluis2.png

After doing that, I was dropped,
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Dropped_Sanluis2.png

Cadamurro had a hard time getting in the right position for the sprint.
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Cadamuro_Trouble_Sanluis2.png

Borrajo won the stage,
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sprint_Sanluis2.png

I was in 1 of the chasing groups, but i've got the mountain jersey!
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Finish_Sanluis2.png

Results:
1 Alejandro Borrajo Colavita / Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light 3h54'56
2 Magnus Bäckstedt Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
3 Michael Albasini Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
4 Luca Paolini Acqua & Sapone - Caffé Mokambo s.t.
5 Domenik Klemme Team Saxo Bank s.t.
6 Hugo Sabido Paredes Rota dos Móveis s.t.
7 Greg Henderson Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
8 Lasse B√łchman Team Saxo Bank s.t.
9 Francesco Failli Acqua & Sapone - Caffé Mokambo s.t.
10 Maxime Vantomme Team Katusha s.t.
118 Andrea Tafi Amica Chips - Knauf + 3.22
 
Il Gladiatore
Tour de San Luis Stage 3:
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Profile_sanluis3.png

Strange country, this seems kinda weird...
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Fissure.png

Another weird thing, the final Km is on grass! I attacked with 2 km to go
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Attack_Sanluis3.png

I got to the leader, Cozza
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Sprint_sanluis3.png

Who can stop me today? Perhaps Garzelli....
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_Lose_Sanluis3.png

And a lot of other guy can do that too...
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Tafi_finish_Sanluis3.png

7th place, I thought i was winning for a moment, but that feeling that it gave to me... I've got more motivation than ever!
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Results:
1 Stefano Garzelli Acqua & Sapone - Caffé Mokambo 3h47'23
2 Constantino Zaballa Paredes Rota dos Móveis s.t.
3 Antonio Colom Team Katusha s.t.
4 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
5 Marco Pinotti Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
6 Amets Txurruka Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
7 Andrea Tafi Amica Chips - Knauf s.t.
8 David López Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
9 Benjamín Noval Astana Cycling Team s.t.
10 Mikel Nieve Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.

Overall:
1 Magnus Bäckstedt Garmin - Slipstream 7h49'49
2 David Millar Garmin - Slipstream + 6
3 Stefano Garzelli Acqua & Sapone - Caffé Mokambo + 7
4 Alejandro Borrajo Colavita / Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light s.t.
5 Antonio Colom Team Katusha + 13
6 André Steensen Team Saxo Bank + 14
7 Haimar Zubeldia Astana Cycling Team + 15
8 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin - Slipstream + 16
9 Egoi Martínez Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
10 Matija Kvasina Amica Chips - Knauf s.t.
117 Andrea Tafi Amica Chips - Knauf + 3'46
 
Il Gladiatore
You should edit Bartoli into the .db too.


Look at the newsflashWink
Edited by Il Gladiatore on 22-04-2009 09:25
 
wackojackohighcliffe
surely a 42 yr old would have a worse sprint
 
alexkr00
maybe he took some lessons from Zabel. Pfft
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Il Gladiatore
wackojackohighcliffe wrote:
surely a 42 yr old would have a worse sprint


Then why does the 46 year old (if i remember correct) Elliot still have a decent sprintPfft it's just so he can get some nice results to keep it interestingWink
 
MrContador
Great start! Exciting with Tafi making a comeback. Smile
Keep up the good work!
 
Gustavovskiy
Yay nice story

I think it's great idea

keep it up Gladiatore Wink
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Il Gladiatore
Tour de San Luis Stage 4:
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sanluis4_Profile.png
This timetrail seems a bit too long for me, but we'll see.

I lost a lot of time in stage 2, so thats why I'm one of the first riders to start.
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sanluis4_Tafistart.png

But it is going terrible, after my efforts of the previous days, I'm broke...
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sanluis4_Tafifast.png

Whew, I'm glad that this is over, 70th place, actualy not even too bad.
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sanluis4_Finish.png

Results:
1 David Millar Garmin - Slipstream 25'53
2 Magnus Bäckstedt Garmin - Slipstream + 20
3 Jason McCartney Team Saxo Bank + 30
4 Marco Pinotti Team Columbia - High Road s.t.
5 Evgeni Petrov Team Katusha s.t.
6 Haimar Zubeldia Astana Cycling Team + 44
7 André Steensen Team Saxo Bank + 48
8 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin - Slipstream + 49
9 Vasil Kiryienka Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
10 Chris Horner Astana Cycling Team + 54
70 Andrea Tafi Amica Chips - Knauf + 1'57


Overall:
1 David Millar Garmin - Slipstream 8h15'48
2 Magnus Bäckstedt Garmin - Slipstream + 14
3 Evgeni Petrov Team Katusha + 50
4 Haimar Zubeldia Astana Cycling Team + 53
5 Marco Pinotti Team Columbia - High Road + 54
6 Jason McCartney Team Saxo Bank s.t.
7 André Steensen Team Saxo Bank + 56
8 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin - Slipstream + 59
9 Vasil Kiryienka Caisse d'Epargne + 1'04
10 Egoi Martínez Euskaltel - Euskadi + 1'09
117 Andrea Tafi Amica Chips - Knauf + 5'37
 
Il Gladiatore
News Flash:

Hi guys, I've got some interesting news facts for you, at first, when I was on the podium of the Tour de San Luis, to get the mountain yersey, I met my former teammate, Michele Bartoli. He wanted to return in Cycling, but his sponsor ISD didn't realy help him, so he stopped his plan. After some discussions with my manager, he said that we might give him a contract! Also, I met the Mapei boss! After years of sponsoring the Mapei team, he stopped the Mapei team in 2002, he continued to sponsor some smaller teams, but he also had some interests in our team! But if they sponsor us, that means that we have to promote to the Protour, or else it will be over after 1 season. We decided to talk at the Tour of the Mediteranian Sea, because they sponsored this race a little, he liked me to come, so I obtained an email from him:

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Il Gladiatore
Tour de San Luis Stage 5:
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sanluis5_Profile.png
Today will be a hard day for me, very heavy climb...

Still I did enjoy the nice forrests.
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sanluis5_Tafi.png

The devil reconized me!
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sanluis5_Tafidevil.png

Martinez won the stage, Kvasina and Samoilau managed to stay in the first group.
i340.photobucket.com/albums/o323/seanmartens/Sanluis5_finish.png

Results:
1 Egoi Martínez Euskaltel - Euskadi 3h39'16
2 Haimar Zubeldia Astana Cycling Team s.t.
3 Stefano Garzelli Acqua & Sapone - Caffé Mokambo s.t.
4 Domenico Pozzovivo CSF Group - Navigare s.t.
5 Dani Moreno Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
6 David López Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
7 Alexandre Botcharov Team Katusha + 1'06
8 Amets Txurruka Euskaltel - Euskadi s.t.
9 Chechu Rubiera Astana Cycling Team s.t.
10 Evgeni Petrov Team Katusha s.t.
11 Vasil Kiryienka Caisse d'Epargne s.t.
12 Iker Cama√Īo Fuji - Servetto s.t.
13 David Millar Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
14 Matija Kvasina Amica Chips - Knauf + 1'34
15 Chris Horner Astana Cycling Team s.t.
16 Branislav Samoilau Amica Chips - Knauf s.t.
17 Michele Gaia CSF Group - Navigare s.t.
18 David Ca√Īada Fuji - Servetto + 1'42
19 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin - Slipstream s.t.
20 Constantino Zaballa Paredes Rota dos Móveis s.t.

Overall:
1 Haimar Zubeldia Astana Cycling Team 11h55'45
2 Egoi Martínez Euskaltel - Euskadi + 8
3 David Millar Garmin - Slipstream + 25
4 Stefano Garzelli Acqua & Sapone - Caffé Mokambo + 28
5 Evgeni Petrov Team Katusha + 1'15
6 Dani Moreno Caisse d'Epargne + 1'22
7 Vasil Kiryienka Caisse d'Epargne + 1'29
8 David López Caisse d'Epargne + 1'36
9 Iker Cama√Īo Fuji - Servetto + 1'46
10 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin - Slipstream + 2'00
11 Marco Pinotti Team Columbia - High Road + 2'11
12 Domenico Pozzovivo CSF Group - Navigare + 2'21
13 Antonio Colom Team Katusha + 2'24
14 Chris Horner Astana Cycling Team + 2'26
15 Be√Īat Intxausti Fuji - Servetto + 2'29
16 Constantino Zaballa Paredes Rota dos Móveis s.t.
17 Chechu Rubiera Astana Cycling Team + 2'38
18 Matija Kvasina Amica Chips - Knauf + 2'42
19 Michele Gaia CSF Group - Navigare + 2'51
20 David Ca√Īada Fuji - Servetto + 2'52
 
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