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  Saturday, 18 May, 2002, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Garzelli loses pink jersey
Giovanni Lombardi
Lombardi's win was overshadowed by doping scandals
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Stefano Garzelli's day ended in further misery as the Italian, who had earlier tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, lost the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia.

Garzelli, who faces a possible suspension, lost the leader's pink jersey to Jens Heppner as he finished five minutes behind winner Giovanni Lombardi in Saturday's sixth stage.

  Garzelli tests positive

Heppner, a 38-year-old German from Team Telekom, was in a small group outsprinted by Italian Lombardi at the finish line in Varazze.

Lombardi, a teammate of Italy's top sprinter Mario Cipollini, edged Ruggero Marzoli and Ralf Grabsch as he completed the stage in four hours, 56 minutes, 45 seconds.

Garzelli, the 28-year-old captain of the Mapei team, started in the 191km (118.4-mile) leg from Cuneo to Varazze hours after Giro organisers announced he tested positive for a banned diuretic.

Jens Heppner
Germany's Heppner took the leader's jersey

Two cyclists from the Ceramiche Panaria team did not start in Saturday's stage because of doping-related cases.

The doping scandal inevitably overshadowed the race results, with the stage decided by a breakaway of 12 cyclists who stretched out into a seven-minute lead.

Six of them held on until the finish, 5:05 minutes ahead of the main group which included Garzelli and race favourites Francesco Casagrande and Gilberto Simoni.

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Heppner became the first German cyclist since 1981 to wear the pink jersey of overall leader.

He takes an overall lead of 3:33 minutes over second-place Garzelli into Sunday's seventh stage, from Viareggio to Lido di Camaiore in the Tuscan region.

Stage Six results:
Cuneo to Varazze, 191km

1. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita), Acqua e Sapone, 4 hours 56 minutes 45seconds
2. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) same time
3. Bert Grabsch (Ger) s.t.
4. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) s.t.
5. Angel Vicioso (Spa) s.t.
6. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) s.t.
7. Jens Heppner (Ger) s.t.
8. Mariano Piccoli (Ita) s.t.
9. Francisco Leon (Spa) at 18sec
10. Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) s.t.

Overall standings:

1. Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom 31 hours 19 minutes 45 seconds
2. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) at 3min 33sec
3. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) 3:43
4. Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) 3:45
5. Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) 3:57
6. Angel Vicioso (Spa) 4:09
7. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) 4:16
8. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) 4:27
9. Gilberto Simoni (Ita) 4:33
10. Santiago Perez (Spa) 4:36

See also:

18 May 02 |  Cycling
Giro rider tests positive
17 May 02 |  Cycling
Garzelli extends Giro lead
17 May 02 |  Cycling
Chesini arrested in drugs probe
15 May 02 |  Cycling
McEwen upsets Cipollini
14 May 02 |  Cycling
Cipollini snatches stage victory
13 May 02 |  Cycling
Garzelli moves ahead
12 May 02 |  Cycling
Super Mario in pink
11 May 02 |  Cycling
Dutch delight for Dominguez
18 May 02 |  Photo Galleries
Controversy mars Giro d'Italia
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