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Young (and very young) guns - September 6, 2002
 
By Fabio
Date: 9/7/2002
Young (and very young) guns - September 6, 2002
 

JUNIOR - GIRO della LUNIGIANA - Stage 1a: One of the most important competitions reserved to Junior category riders, and one of the few at international level, got underway on Thursday in Tuscany: the "Giro della Lunigiana", a stage race featuring the presence of rider from Italy, several youngsters from all over Europe and even Aussies !!!

Just like Richard Moffatt, the very young gun from OZ who had an excellent start of the race, with two TOP 10 placings in both halves of the opening day stage. Moffat took seventh in the first ride, a 62.4-km. half stage from La Spezia in the Liguria region to ... Podenzana (a small town in Tuscan territory bearing the same name of the former pro rider), as he got to the finishing line 21" behind the winner, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali of the Tuscan team.

Stage 1a Results - TOP 10 Places:
1. Vincenzo Nibali - Ita - Toscana 1h26'29" (43.292 km/h);
2. Miha Svab - Slo - Slovenia - at 03";
3. Mirko Tognetti - Ita - Liguria - at 05";
4. Marc De Maar - Hol - Rabobank - at 08";
5. Michael Mick - Ger - Germany - at 13";
6. Marco Mordini - Ita - Emilia Romagna - at 17";
7. Richard Moffatt - Aus - Australia - at 21";
8. Valerio Agnoli - Ita - Lazio - at 24";
9. Dmytro Grabovskyy - Ukr - Ukraine - at 32";
10. Grega Bole - Slo - Slovenia - s.t.

JUNIOR - GIRO della LUNIGIANA - Stage 1b: Tuscany's Vincenzo Nibali repeated victory in the second half-stage of the day, a 10.6-km-long ITT from Masero to Aulla in the Massa Province of Tuscany. The home rider beat by the very narrowest of margins (less than one second) Germany's Michael Muck. But Nibali was not the only recidive guy: Australia's Richard Moffett once more ranked into the stage Top 10, even improving his position, from 7th to 5th. And was also fourth Overall, behind "Cannibal" Nibali, Muck and Slovenia's Miha Svab.

Stage 1b Results - TOP 10 Places:
1. Vincenzo Nibali - Ita - Toscana 13.52.30 - 45.848 km/h -
2. Michael Muck - Ger - Germany - at 00"05;
3. Jukka Vastaranta - Fin - Rabobank - at 01";
4. Lars Boom - Hol - Rabobank - at 15";
5. Richard Moffatt - Aus - Australia - at 22";
6. Javier Moreno Bazan - Spa - Spain - at 23";
7. Dmytro Grabovskyy - Ukr - Ukraine - at 24";
8. Miha Svab - Slo - Slovenia - at 30";
9. Leon Makarovic - Slo - Slovenia - at 32";
10. Aldo Ilesic - Slo - Slovenia - s.t.

GC after Stage 1b - Top 10 Places :
1. Vincenzo Nibali - Ita - Toscana - 1h40'15" (43.645 km/h)
2. Michael Muck - Ger - Germany - at 19";
3. Miha Svab - Slo - Slovenia - at 35";
4. Richard Moffatt - Aus - Australia - at 49";
5. Dmytro Grabovskyy - Ukr - Ukraine - at 1'02";
6 .Mirko Tognetti - Ita - Liguria - at 1'08";
7. Enrico Giordano - Ita - Veneto - at 1'19";
8. Grega Bole - Slo - Slovenia - at 1'20";
9. Vitaliy Kondrut - Ukr - Ukraine - at 1'22";
10. Marco Mordini - Ita - Emilia Romagna - at 1'24";

JUNIOR - GIRO della LUNIGIANA - Stage 2: Friday wasn't that glory day for Richard Moffatt. The Aussie didn't get into the stage top 10, but as leg 2 of the contest, a 124-km. ride finishing into Cerbaia di Lamporecchio (riders were in Andrea Tafi's territory) ended up in a bunch sprint, there were no big changes in the GC, such that the youngster from OZ retained his fourth place overall, as well as Thursday's dominator Vincenzo Nibali kept himself atop the ranking, ahead of Muck and Svab.

Stage winner was Michel Delage, a 17-year-old from the Aquitanie region of France that maybe could follow the steps of his idol Oscar Freire, if his sprinting skills are the ones he showed in this occasion. And in 9 more races at least, as Delage got his tenth victory of the season by edging out Italy's Marcato and Spain's Gil Rojas.

Despite the massive sprint at the end, the stage was marked by several attacks, with protagonists from both Italy and abroad (Spain's Uranga launched the last, solo attack with some 25 kms. to go and was brought back about 10 km.later). But in the end it was "gruppo compatto" again, and time for the fastest wheels of the peloton to battle for the day's honours.

Besides the Overall Leader's Green jersey, Nibali retained the Points ranking "Maglia Blu", while fellow Tuscan Francesco Tomei is the Intermediate Sprints leader, and Liguria's Mirko Tognetti is pretty in red as the KOM competition's leader.

Stage 2 Results - TOP 10 Places:
1. Michael Delage - Fra - France - 2h54'05" (42,738 km/h)
2. Marco Marcato - Ita - Veneto - s.t.;
3. Josť Joaquin Rojas Gil - Spa - Spain - s.t.;
4. Luca Lencioni - Ita - Rappres. Massa Carrara - s.t.;
5. Marco Belli - Ita - Lazio - s.t.;
6. Alexandre Zhdonov - Rus - Russia - s.t.;
7. Giorgio Cabeto - Ita - Lazio - s.t.;
8. Andrea Silvestri - Ita - Lazio - s.t.;
9. Antonio Di Lorenzo - Ita - Abruzzo - s.t.;
10. Ruslan Sambris - Mda - Moldavia - s.t.

GC after Stage 2 - Top 10 Places :
1. Vincenzo Nibali - Ita - Toscana 4h34'20" (43.086 km/h)
2. Michael Muck - Ger - Germany - at 19";
3. Miha Svab - Slo - Slovenia - at 35";
4. Richard Moffatt - Aus - Australia - at 49";
5. Dmytro Grabovskyy - Ukr - Ukraine - at 1'02";
6. Mirko Tognetti - Ita - Liguria - at 1'08";
7. Grega Bole - Slo - Slovenia - at 1'20";
8. Marco Mordini - Ita - Emilia Romagna - at 1'24";
9. Valerio Agnoli - Ita - Lazio - at 1'27";
10. Thierry Hupond - Fra - France - at 1'36"


ITALY - GIRO della TOSCANA (U23/El.2 Riders) - Stage 3: The third stage of the competition had two winners: Ivan Fanelli, the guy that repeated his opening leg victory by crossing the line first for the seventh time in this season (rumours say fans would likely have the chance to see him as a pro wearing the Panaria-Fiordo jersey next year) and Antonio De Conto, runner-up in the stage but new owner of the GC Leader's Fucsia jersey.

The first part of Friday's 156-km-long stage was marked by a 3-man break, as Solari, Pavone and Bonini went clear after 50 km. of racing and stayed clear until 20 km. to the finishing line. After they were caught, a group of 17 formed, with Overall leader Giairo Ermeti (Vellutex) soon trailing 55" behind them, and virtually losing the fucsia jersey. Later a bunch of six (Fanelli, Belarusian Kuchinsky, De Conto, Bragazzi and Checchi, plus Miholjevic) managed to put time on their breakaway companions and made its way to the finish line, with Fanelli taking the stage and De Conto, Bragazzi and Kuchinski (all of them with the same time) battling for the fucsia jersey.

In the end De Conto's wheels crossed the line ahead of his 2 rivals and earned him a well-deserved Overall Leadership. San Paolo-Saeco, now without their main star Roman Luhovyy (the Ukrainian is currently stagiare, with excellent results, at Colpack-Astro), found some solace in Checchi's third place.

Stage 3 Results - TOP 5 Places:
1. Ivan Fanelli (Ita - Grassi Mapei) 156 km in 3h41'18" media 42,296;
2. Antonio De Conto (Ita - Marchiol Site Frezza) - at 2";
3. Giancarlo Checchi (Ita - San Paolo Saeco) - s.t.
4. Mihojlevic (Cro - Slovenia) - s.t.
5. Aliaksandar Kuchinsky (Blr - Grassi Mapei) - s.t.

GC after Stage 3 - Top 5 Places :
1. Antonio De Conto (Ita - Marchiol Site Frezza)
2. Aliaksandar Kuchinsky (Blr - Grassi Mapei) - at 6";
3. Davide Bragazzi (Ita - Italfine Podenzano) - at 12";
4. Ivan Fanelli (Ita - Grassi Mapei) - at 15";
5. Maurizio Varini (Ita - VC Sintofarm Feralpi) - at 38"

Part two of Friday's news, with the latest results and reports on Spanish and Portuguese races for El.2 and U23 riders (Volta a Galicia, Vuelta a Salamanca, Tour of Tenerife, Volta ao Portugal do Futuro) to come ...

For previous results of Giro della Toscana and Spanish, Portuguese races just click on the first link below.

 
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