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Young Guns: Giro Friuli Venezia Giulia Stage 1
 
By Fabio
Date: 5/8/2008
Young Guns: Giro Friuli Venezia Giulia Stage 1
 

The 46th Giro Ciclistico della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, one of the top cycling events reserved for Elite-2 and Under 23 guys on Italian soil, kicked off in the northeastern corner of the nation Wednesday with a challenging trip of 158.8 kilometres from Ormelle town all the way to Vittorio Veneto.

A good 39 teams of five riders each - the oldest participant was born in the year 1974, the youngest in 1989 - were in attendance, resulting in a very multi-ethnic field, boys from Japan and the UK (Alex Dowsett, Andrew Tennant, Jonathan Bellis, Steven Burke and Jonathan McEvoy) included. The Neri Lucchini-Nuova Comauto team as much as Russian National Squad were also meant to compete, but unfortunately couldn't take to the start line as both squads had their bikes stolen the past night.

The pace of the stage was hectic since the beginning and in the end it came down to a battle of ten, with Uros Silar (Sava Kranj) claiming victory over the rest of the successful breakaway group, led across the line by Valeriy Dmitriev of Kazakhstan. The top Italian finisher Rudy Campo (Progetto Ciclismo-OTC Doors) snatched the remaining podium spot ahead of fellow countryman Andrea Piechele (Unione Ciclisti Trevigiani).

The 1978-born Slovene powered away from the leading bunch with 1.5 km to go and kept all other fugitives at bay to take both line and overall honours. After all earlier attacks had been covered by the fast-riding peloton, Silar and fifteen more colleagues finally managed to make the gap around the km. 50 mrk, but the breakaway was quickly down to thirteen men: the aforementioned top four finishers as well Andrey Klyuev (Rus - GS San Marco Concrete Caneva), Alessandro De Marchi and his compatriot Marco Padoan (Ita - Bibanese), Andrea Giacomin (Ita - Filmop Ramonda-Bottoli-Parolin), Mattia Ceola (Ita - Fausto Coppi Gazzera-Videa), Alessandro ColÚ (Ita - Brunero-Promociclo), Daniele Canziani (Ita - SC Pagnoncelli-NGC-Perrel) and Federico Vitali (Ita - Cyber Team) plus Mattia Barabesi (Ita - Ciaponi). But poor Barabesi, the youngest rider in the field, hit the tarmac because of an oil stain; he got back in the saddle but his hopes of victory, if any, vanished.

Those of the other fugitives did not: the dozen worked together to take their advantage up to new heights, such as 05 minutes and 10 seconds by the km. 107 check. The peloton reacted at last, but even if the chase was being led by the five-strong contingent of mighty Zalf-Desiree Fior (yes, the team the likes of Ivan Basso, Damiano Cunego and other stars of the peloton used to race for when in younger classes...), it was just too late. As much as the solo chase launched by Britain's Alex Dowsett proved to be unfruitful. With the breakaway group - now containing just ten men as both Padoan and Ceola were unable to follow the pace any longer - still holding on to a comfortable lead of 01'40" about 13 km. from the finish, Silar and his companions were bloody certain that nobody was going to bring them back.

The Slovene also knew that he did not have the fastest legs in the front group, and that's the reason why he decided to go on the attack in the last half mile. The right decision indeed: his move prospered, and everything the others could do was fight over the runner-up spot. The peloton came in 01'08" in arrears. Russia's Kluyev fell in the last kilometre, and despite crossing the line about half a minute behind the winner he was credited with the same overall time as the other top finishers.

Uros Silar, a bike racer since the year 1991, recently moved back into the Sava Kranj ranks after spending a couple seasons with an Austrian team. A comeback he celebrated by getting his first ever win on Italian soil, admittedly the most significant victory so far in his career. Stage runner-up Valeriy Dmitriyev is not new to raising his arms in Italy instead: he won a Giro delle Regioni stage back in 2004. In after-race interviews he didn't hide his disappointment as he was not able to add something new to his palmares, in a stage finish that suited his characteristics, the man being very good in small bunch sprints.

The race resumes Thursday with a flat sprinter's stage of 158 kilometres from Pordenone, one of Friuli's main cities, into Casarsa della Delizia, a town of approximately 8,500 people situated near the Tagliamento river.

Pictures from the race HERE

Stage 1: (Ormelle to Vittorio Veneto, 158.8 km): Top 10 Results
1. SILAR Uros (Slo - Sava Kranj) - 03h30'43" (Ita - 43.793 kph)
2. DMITRIYEV Valeriy (Kaz - Kazakhstan NT) - at 02"
3. CAMPA Rudy (Ita - Progettociclismo) - s.t.
4. PIECHELE Andrea (Ita - Trevigiani) - s.t.
5. VITALI Federico (Ita - Faresin Breganze) - s.t.
6. CANZIANI Daniele (Ita - Pagnoncelli) - s.t.
7. GIACOMIN Andrea (Ita - Parolin) - s.t.
8. DE MARCHI Alessandro (Ita - Bibanese) - s.t.
9. COLO' Alessandro (Ita - Promociclo) - at 06"
10. KLYUEV Andrey (Rus - San Marco Caneva) - at 26"

Complete Results HERE (pdf file)

GC after Stage 1: Top 10 Spots
1. SILAR Uros (Slo - Sava Kranj) - 03h30'43" (Ita - 43.793 kph)
2. DMITRIYEV Valeriy (Kaz - Kazakhstan NT) - at 02"
3. CAMPA Rudy (Ita - Progettociclismo) - s.t.
4. PIECHELE Andrea (Ita - Trevigiani) - s.t.
5. VITALI Federico (Ita - Faresin Breganze) - s.t.
6. CANZIANI Daniele (Ita - Pagnoncelli) - s.t.
7. GIACOMIN Andrea (Ita - Parolin) - s.t.
8. DE MARCHI Alessandro (Ita - Bibanese) - s.t.
9. KLYUEV Andrey (Rus - San Marco Caneva) - s.t.
10. COLO' Alessandro (Ita - Promociclo) - at 06"

Full GC after Stage 1 HERE (pdf file)

Points: Standings after Stage 1
1. SILAR Uros (Slo - Sava Kranj)
2. DMITRIYEV Valeriy (Kaz - Kazakhstan NT)
3. CAMPA Rudy (Ita - Progettociclismo)

Hot Spot Sprints: Standings after Stage 1
1. CANZIANI Daniele (Ita - Pagnoncelli)
2. ANDRENACCI Danilo (Ita - Hadimec)
3. CAMPA Rudy (Ita - Progettociclismo)

Mountains: Standings after Stage 1
1. VITALI Federico (Ita - Breganze)
2. PIECHELE Andrea (Ita - Trevigiani)
3. CAMPA Rudy (Ita - Progettociclismo)

Young Riders: Standings after Stage 1
1. PIECHELE Andrea (Ita - Trevigiani)
2. GIACOMIN Andrea (Ita - Parolin)
3. DE MARCHI Alessandro (Ita - Bibanese)


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