July 29, 2003
Eurosport offers a terrific Tour wrapup, handing out a number of prizes:
Best prediction:Gilberto Simoni , boasting to Italian reporters he'd wear the yellow jersey on the evening following the team time trial (his team finished 17th out of 21). If not then, the winner of the Giro promised the lead would be his atop l'Alpe d'Huez. He finished 45th that day, 6:10 behind Iban Mayo.
Most sporting gesture: the handshake initiated by Fabio Sacchi at the conclusion of his successful escape with Jakob Piil in the long straightaway leading to the finish in Marseille. The Dane would prevail some 800m laters.
Sign of Zorro, sort of: another toss up as first there was the Toulouse finish and Juan Antonio Flecha simulating Robin Hood with a bow and arrow (his name means arrow in Spanish), then not to be outdone by his fellow Spaniard, on the next stage, Carlos Sastre's pacifier in the mouth - in honour of his baby.
Definitely check it out....