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(Very) Young Guns: Tour of Lunigiana - Stage 3
By Fabio
Date: 9/7/2002
(Very) Young Guns: Tour of Lunigiana - Stage 3

Giro della Lunigiana - Stage 3: One more time an Australian rider was among the protagonists of a stage of Giro della Lunigiana, the international Junior Race currently underway in Liguria and Tuscany.

On Saturday it wasn't Richard Moffatt (who dropped to sixth place Overall), but one of Tasmania's most talented young cyclists: Mark Jamieson. The Tassie was among the protagonists of the first breakaway which marked Stage 3 of the competition (Sarzana-Sarzana, 102.5 km.), along with Holland's Stamsnijdel (Rabobank), Italy's Balloni (Rappresentativa Massa Carrara), Moldovan Sambris (Moldova's National Team) and Slovenia's Ilesic.

Jamieson also won the KOM prime at San Benedetto (km.31), and at the km. 40 mark the quintet was joined by two Spaniards: Rojas Gil and Moreno Bazan. The seven escapees increased their advantage over the chasers to 1'30" at the km. 50 mark (Piana Battola), but the main bunch, including Overall Leader Vincenzo Nibali, kept chasing hard and brought them back with about 30 km. to go.

On the following, demanding Fosdinovo climb Nibali himself attacked, together with other Italians (Tognetti, Agnoli, Ciavatta). The escapees were joined by Slovenia's Miha Svab and Greg Bole, and in the final descent into Sarzana a leading group of four (Svab, Bole, Nibali, Tognetti) formed.

They were soon joined by 11 riders, but with about 4 km. to the finishing line Greg Bole made the decisive move and said goodbye to the rest of the pack. The Slovene got to the finish with a 14-second margin on the bunch, led home by Marco Mordini (Emilia Romagna), with Leonardo Moser, nephew of cycling legend Francesco Moser, taking third.

Italy's Junior National Road Champion Vincenzo Nibali, a Sicilian living in Tuscany and now riding for the Tuscan Regional Team (his "usual" team is Associazione Sportiva Mastromarco anyway), keeps the Overall Leader's Green Jersey, and also the Blue Jersey of the Points ranking, while Mirko Tognetti is the current King of the Mountains, and fellow Ligurian Gabriele Benedetti wears the Yellow jersey reserved to the Intermediate Sprints Classification leader.

Stage 3 Results - TOP 10 Places:
1. Grega Bole (Slo - Slovenian National Team) km 102,5 in 2h2827 media 41,428 km/h
2. Marco Mordini (Ita - Emilia Romagna) - at 14;
3. Leonardo Moser (Ita - Trento e Bolzano) - s.t.;
4. Lukas Fus (Cze - Czech National Team) - s.t.;
5. Thierry Hupond (Fra - France) - s.t.;
6. Gianluca Sacchet (Ita - Veneto) - s.t.;
7. Paolo Ciavatta (Ita - Abruzzo) - s.t.;
8. Marc De Maar (Hol - Rabobank) - s.t.;
9. Maxim Belkov (Rus - Russian National Team) - s.t.;
10. Miha Svab (Slo - Slovenian National Team) - s.t.

Overall Ranking after Stage 3 - TOP 10 Places:
1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita - Toscana) km 299,5 in 7h0301 media 42,471;
2. Miha Svab (Slo - Slovenian National Team) - at 35;
3. Michael Muck (Ger - German Team) - at 45;
4. Grega Bole (Slo - Slovenian National Team) - at 56;
5. Mirko Tognetti (Ita - Liguria) - at 108;
6. Richard Moffatt (Aus - Australian National Team) - at 115;
7. Marco Mordini (Ita - Emilia Romagna) - at 118;
8. Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukr - Ukrainan National Team) - at 128;
9. Thierry Hupond (Fra - France) - at 136;
10. Marc De Maar (Hol - Rabobank) - at 143

Sunday's fourth and final stage will take riders from Colombiera di Castelnuovo Magra to Casano di Ortonovo over 122,9 km. encompassing two 2nd category KOM Primes at La Carlotta (km 21 and km 45). The "Daily Peloton" will deliver you news and results of the event.

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