Once again the "Daily Peloton" brings you one of its particular features: the "Spotlight on Young Guns" report, a (usually weekly) wrap-up of news and results concerning the "stars of tomorrow", the U23 and Elite 2 riders currently racing in minor categories in Europe, but whom you may likely find as main protagonists of the pro cycling scene in the near future. Here are the latest infos and results about what happened in Italy, Spain, Belgium, during the week-end.
Italy - GP Fratelli Bagnoli: The 30th edition of "GP Fratelli Bagnoli" was held on Sunday in the Tuscan town of Corniola, not far from Florence. The competition, organized by GS Maltinti-Solgomma, was 99km. long and consisted of 21 different laps of a circuit. Both winners of the last two editiond (Daniele Bennati in 2000 and Belarus' Aliksander Kuchinski last year) belonged to the Grassi-Mapei team.
But this year the race wasn't won by a rider belonging to the Mapei-linked squad: indeed the 2002 Champion was 24-year-old Giulio Tomi (Impruneta Cotto Ref), from Viterbo city in central Italy. He took a 40-man sprint at the end of quite an hard-fought race, first marked by a 50-km. escape of three brave riders (Mannucci, Giuntoli and Balardone) who put about one minute on the group, but were reeled in with some 40 kms. to go. In the last part of the race there was another break attempt by Visconti (Cycling Team Casprini), but he was brought back too with some 3.5 kms. to the finish line. So it all came down to a bunch sprint, and Tomi crossed the line with his arms raised in triumph.
1. Giulio Tomi (Impruneta Cotto Ref) 98,7 km in 2h12' av. sp. 44,064 km/h
2. Dinucci (Etruria Ciaponi Edilizia) - s.t.;
3. Yuryi Ivanov (Ukr - Cycling Team Casprini) - s.t.;
4. Mario Russo (Ita - Maltinti Lampadari) - s.t.;
5. Fiorenza (Impruneta Cotto Ref)
Italy - 8th Memorial Gigi Pezzoni: The 138. km. event disputed on Sunday, and organized by Gruppo Ciclistico San Secondo in the town of San Secondo Parmense, had a UCI-1.13 status, and was featured by a top-class field (at an U23 level of course) of participants, including many of the best Italian riders in this category, as well as strong contenders from Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Russia in particular, but also Lithuania and Uzbekistan).
It was another hard-fought competition, but once again it ended in a bunch sprint, with the lastest escapees (including brave Luca Cappa of the mighty GS Sanpellegrino Bottoli Artoni team) brought back with a couple of kilometres to go. The first to cross he finish line was Danilo Napolitano of the Resine Ragnoli squad, who took revenge after losing to Marco Menin about two weeks ago in "Trofeo Gandolfi", another race held in the Parma region. Napolitano outsprinted two talented riders whose names you will likely hear many a time in the coming years: last year's winner Mirco Lorenzetto (Marchiol-Hit Casino's-Site Frezza) and talented Neapolitan Antonio Bucciero (Silver medalist in the Junior Road Race at the 2000 World Championships behind kiwi Jeremy Yates). The best-placed non-Italian rider was Russia's Wladimir Gusev, who ranked 11th.
RESULTS - TOP 25 PLACES:
1. Danilo Napolitano (Ita - Garda Calze-Resine Ragnoli) - 3h22'43" 40.904 km/h;
2. Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita - Marchiol-Hit Casino's-Site Frezza)
3. Antonio Bucciero (Ita - GS Garda-Egidio-Unidelta)
4. Fabio Borghesi (Ita - San Paolo-Saeco)
5. Daniele Callegarin (Ita - GS Sanpellegrino Bottoli Artoni)
6. Mario Serpellini (Ita - UC Bergamasca 1902)
7. Claudio Corioni (Ita - GS Garda-Egidio-Unidelta)
8. Manuele Spadi (Ita - San Paolo-Saeco)
9. Domenico Loria (Ita - MCS Bedogni)
10. Roberto Ferrari (Ita - SC Colibri Unidelta Egidio)
11. Vladimir Gusev (Rus - Russian National Team)
12. Marco Sagramoni (Ita - CTA Volvo Dorini - Aqua Water System)
13. Luigi Timpanaro (Ita - SC Canavesi Fiorenzo Magni)
14. Fabrizio Amerighi (Ita - SC Sergio Dalfiume-Cicli Cinzia)
15. Maicol Valgiusti (Ita - SC Rinascita Ravenna)
16. Luca Cappa (Ita - GS Sanpellegrino Bottoli Artoni)
17. Khusnhud Kamaldinov (Uzb - GS Garda-Egidio-Unidelta)
18. Roland Turelli (Ita - Sintofarm-Feralpi)
19. Denis Moro (Ita - Marchiol-Hit Casino's-Site Frezza)
20. Walter Banal (Ita - CTA Volvo Dorini - Aqua Water System)
21. Serguey Lagutin (Uzb - Vellutex-Zoccorinese)
22. Ivan Chtchegolev (Rus - Russian National Team)
23. Andrea Liverani (Ita - Juvenes Sterilitorn)
24. Francesco Rivera (Ita - Vellutex-Zoccorinese)
25. Oleg Borzov (Rus - GS 93-PromoSport)
All riders with the same time. 188 Starters. 70 finished.
Italy - 48th COPPA COMUNE DI PIUBEGA: Another U23 race held on Saturday, and featured by the presence of several big names of the "young guns" scene, and a multinational final podium. But this time the foreign his way through local riders was not one of the "usual" Russian or Ukrainians: instead it was a very promising youngster from Argentina, Ruben Bongiorno, riding for Bassano Birikina team, who came in second only to one of the fastest wheels of the U23 peloton: GS Sanpellegrino's Marco Menin.
The rider from the Veneto region of Italy won the 125 km. competition, raced at a very fast pace (av. speed, 45,455 km/h) ahead of Bongirno and two more well-known riders at the National Elite 2 - U23 level: 24-year-old Elite 2 rider Enrico Grigoli (a local cyclist of the Mapei-linked U.C. Trevigiani squad) and 19-year-old fastman Paride Gillo (winner of another race in the last week-end).
RESULTS - TOP 10 PLACES:
1. Marco Menin (Ita - San Pellegrino Bottoli Artoni)
2. Ruben Bongiorno (Arg - VC Bassano Birikina)
3. Enrico Grigoli (Ita - UC Trevigiani Mapei)
4. Paride Grillo (Ita - Ceramiche Pagnoncelli)
5. Mauro Busato (Ita - GC Fausto Coppi Gazzera)
6. Valeri Dimitriev (Rus - Edile Pref.-Rosa Carni)
7. Giacomo Vinoni (Ita - GS Maserati Synclean)
8. Diego Zannoni (Ita - VC Braganze - Ciclo Faresin)
9. Francesco Checchi (Ita - UC Trevigiani Mapei)
10. Marco Vettoretti (Ita - GS Meccanica 2P)
Starters: 149, Finishers 35.
Italy - 24th "Coppa Citta' di Lonigo": Venetian rider Nicola Scattolin crossed the line to win the 24th edition of the race, held in Vicenza province of Veneto (that's the area where Davide Rebellin was born) during the week-end. A triumphal day for Scattolin, who outsprinted Paduan rider Andrea Sanvido, and his Zalf Desirè Fior team, who got another podium spot thanks to Daniele Pietropolli, "bronze medal" of the contest.
The race was full of emotions right from the start, as 11 riders launched an all-out attack in the very early part of the race, and soon gained about 30 seconds on the peloton, which brought them back later anyway. then it wasthe turn of another dozen riders, much more motivated than the previous ones. They gained a 1'20" lead on the rest of the bunch, but the leading group soon halved, and only six brave escapers remained ahead.
Few riders, but very good ones: 2 members of the Zalf-Fior team, the same number of Trevigiani-Mapei guys, and two former Italian Champions such as Franzoi and Colli. The break worked well together. but also the bunch, led by Safi Hit Casinò and Team Parolin, was chasing hard, and manged to catch the breakaway heroes after about 2 hours of racing.
Still 3 laps of the circuit to go, including 3 ascents of the Busona climb. And during the second one, the decisive move came from Scattolin, who got away from the peloton, caught and dropped previous fugitive Bertolini (Ima Veneta Cucine). The group reacted and tried to chase him down, but Scattolin hold on and and made it to the finish line, saving a 8" margin on his chasers, led home by Sanvido and Pietropolli, with three Zalf's riders in the TOP 10.
RESULTS - TOP 10 PLACES:
1. Nicola Scattolin (Zalf Desirè Fior) 136.5 km. in 3h15’ - 41,903 km/h
2. Andrea Sanvido (Team Parolin Zincheria) - at 8";
3. Daniele Pietropolli (Zalf Desirè Fior)
4. Mauro Facciu (Tagicar Aqua Zen)
5. Enrico Franzoi (Trevigiani Mapei)
6. Elia Rigotto (Tagicar Aqua Zen)
7. Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr - Team Parolin Zincheria)
8. Emanuele Sella (Zalf Desirè Fior)
9. Ivan Buoso (Progetto Ciclismo)
10. Cristian Rossi (Safi Hit casinò).
LATEST UPDATE: Italy - 32nd Trofeo Attilio Strazzi: The race held on Sunday in Albenga, in the Ligurian coast of Italy, was won by Poland's Tomasz Dejewski who outsprinted a 15-man leading bunch that formed into the final descent, while the next group was lead home, approximately one minute later, by New Zealand's Jeremy Yates of the Australian Institute of Sport-Mapei U23 Team. One more outstanding result for Ireland's Mark Scanlon, as the Velo Club La Pomme Marseille rider took third.
1 Tomasz Dejewski (Pol - National Pacific) 3h43'47";
2 Stefano Boggia (Ita - Olio Vezza-Brunero) - s.t.;
3 Mark Scanlon (Irl- VC La Pomme Marseille) - s.t.;
4 Manuele Mori (Ita - Cycling Team Casprini) - s.t.;
5. Luca Solari (Ita - Marchiol Hit-Casino's) - s.t.
16. Jeremy Yates (NZl - AIS Mapei Aqua);
Spain - GP Primavera Alpagar: Besides the more known pro race (disputed in he Basque town of Anmorebeta), another "GP Primavera" was held this week-end in Spain. But it was an Under 23 version, raced over a very gruelling parcours on the mountains of the Sierra in the outskirts of Madrid, and finishing in the Alpagar town.
The winner was Héctor Guerra of the Alcosto team, who soloed to victory 39" ahead of Vicente Elvira and Juan Diego Navamuel of the Super Froiz squad. Another protagonist of the race was Julio Cano (Macario El Olivar-Iplacea), who spent most of the race out of the peloton, and took the KOM competition, before being caught and eventually dropped, but nonetheless managed to take a very honourable fourth spot. The Teams Competition was won by the Alcosto-Fuenlabrada squad.
RESULTS - TOP 10 PLACES:
1. Héctor Guerra (Alcosto-Fuenlabrada) - 3h39'43";
2. Vicente Elvira (Super Froiz) 3h42'02";
3. Juan Diego Navamuel (Super Froiz) - s.t.;
4. Julio Cano (Macario El Olivar-Iplacea) - 3h42'32";
5. Daniel Moreno (Alcosto-Fuenlabrada) - 3h43'18";
6. Iván Alberdi (Iberdrola) - s.t.;
7. Alberto Flores (Enypesa) - 3h43'21";
8. Javier Quintanilla (Angel Mir) - s.t.;
9. Fernando González Mora (Macario El Olivar-Iplacea) - 3h43'26";
10. Jesús del Nero (Alcosto-Fuenlabrada) - s.t.
Spain - 3rd Trofeo Mancomunidad de Aguas del Pusa: The 106-km. race, starting in San Martín de Pusa and finishing to Pueblanueva, close to Toledo, was an extremly demanding ride, encompassing 5 different KOM primes, and raced over not too comfortable and large roads. As a result, just 26 riders out of 102 starters finished the race. The winner was Miguel Leiro (Enypesa-GSC Chozas) , who made his winning move with just 4 km. to go, and crossed the line in first place, ahead of Fausto Lorenzo (Moguerza - San Sebastián de los Reyes), and Francisco Javier Carrasco (Enypesa-GSC Chozas). With two riders on the podium, no wonder that Enypesa also took the Teams Competition.
Spain - 61th "Gran Premio de Pascuas": The 149-km. race, disputed in Miguel Indurain's Navarra region of Spain, was the fifth leg of the "Copa de España" ("Spanish Cup") contest, reserved to Elite 2 and U23 riders. The prestigious race was won by Aitor Pérez of the Caja Rural teams
1. Aitor Pérez (Caja Rural) - 3h40'40";
2. Unai Elorriaga (Baqué) - at 10";
3. Dioni Galparsoro (Caja Rural) - at 1´09";
4. Pedro Aroca (Kelme) - at 1´48";
5. Moises Dueñas (Cropusa) - s.t.
6. Francisco Gutiérrez (Baqué) - at 2´15";
7. Juan Diego Navamuel (Madrid-Super Froiz) - s.t.
8. Iván Martínez (Madrid-Baqué) - s.t.
9. Jaume Rovira (Laciana) - s.t..
10. Ricardo Serrano (Baqué) - s.t.
11. Luis Pasamontes (Madrid-Alcosto) - s.t.
12. Rubén Pérez (Olarra) - s.t.
13. Juan Olmo (Kelme) - s.t.
14. Xavier Pérez (Artevi) - s.t.
15. Sergio Dominguez (Madrid-Alcosto) - s.t.
16. Julián Ruiz (Laciana) - s.t.
17. Jokin Ormaechea (Telcom) s.t.
18. Julio Alberto Dominguez (Super Froiz) - at 3´28";
19. Julián Sánchez (Super Froiz) - s.t.
20. Antonio Berasategui (Caja Rural) - s.t.
21. Pablo de Pedro (Cropusa) - s.t.
22. Luis Pérez Romero (Madrid-Saunier Duval) - s.t.
COPA DE ESPAÑA - RANKING AFTER FIVE RACES :
1. Francisco Gutiérrez (Café Baqué) - 175 points;
2. Dioni Galparsoro (Caja Rural) - 163 points;
3. Luis Pasamontes (Madrid-Alcosto) - 155 points;
4. Juan Diego Navamuel (Madrid-Super Froiz) - 148 points;
5. Ricardo Serrano (Café Baqué) - 137 points
COPA DE ESPAÑA 2002 - The Races :
03.03. Trofeo Guerrita (Winner: Luis Pasamontes - Alcosto)
10.03. Circuito Lasarte Oria (Winner: Ricardo Serrano - Cafés Baqué)
24.03. Gran Premio Macario (Winner: Javier Ramirez - Avila Rojas)
07.04. Memorial Valenciaga (Winner: Dioni Galparsoro - Caja Rural)
13.04. Circuito de Pascuas (Winner: Aitor Pérez - Caja Rural)
01.05 Prueba de Santa Cruz
05.05 Cursa del Llobregat
19.05 Clásica Ciudad de Torredonjimeno
26.05. Memorial Rodríguez Iguanzo
Spain - 6th G.P. "LA FOLÍA": This race held in the Cantabria region of Spain, with the finishing line located in the town of San Vicente de la Barquera, got a Catalan winner: Jordi Grau Socas, riding for Würth-Once. Shall we see this man in yellow and black beside Beloki, the Gladeanos, Hruska and Olano in the coming years ? Time will tell. In the meantime we saw him take the satisfaction to beat two guys of the mighty Café Baqué team.
RESULTS - TOP 20 PLACES:
1. Jordi GRAU SOCAS - WÜRTH - ONCE 3h07´00";
2. José D. AGUADO FERREIRA - CAFÉ BAQUÉ - s.t.;
3. Efraín GUTIÉRREZ SÁNCHEZ - CAFÉ BAQUÉ - at 18";
4. Angel GÓMEZ GÓMEZ - SAUNIER DUVAL - at 18";
5. Fernando MARTÍNEZ LANDERA - ALFUS - TEDES - at 18";
6. Pedro Luis MARICHALAR FERNÁNDEZ - SAUNIER DUVAL - at 18";
7. Aarón VILLEGAS TRAPAGA - SAUNIER DUVAL - at 18";
8. Angel GARCÍA DE CASTRO - WÜRTH - ONCE - at 01´21";
9. Ibon DEL PRADO UGALDE - PAN OCIO - BIZKAIBUS - at 01´21";
10. Vidal CELIS ZABALA - WÜRTH - ONCE - at 01´21";
11. Roberto COBO GONZÁLEZ - SAUNIER DUVAL - at 01´21";
12. León SANCHEZ GIL - WÜRTH - ONCE - at 01´21";
13. Carlos NOZAL VEGA - MARGUTSA- BESAYA - at 01´21";
14. Natxo MERINO ANGULO - MARGUTSA- BESAYA - at 01´21";
15. Fernando HERRERO GUTIERREZ - MARGUTSA- BESAYA - at 01´21";
16. Víctor Manuel GOMES COLINA - CIUDAD DE OVIEDO - TARTIERE AUTO - at 01´21";
17. Mariano SANTIAGO GONZÁLEZ - CORBATAS PINDAL - at 01´21";
18. Juanjo COBO ACEBO - SAUNIER DUVAL - at 01´21";
19. Luis ALVAREZ MARTIN - R MARGUTSA- BESAYA - at 01´21";
20. Mario SÁNCHEZ FERNÁNDEZ - MARGUTSA- BESAYA - at 01´21"
1. SAUNIER DUVAL - 9h21´54";
2. WÜRTH - ONCE - at 01´48";
3. CAFÉ BAQUÉ - at 02´33";
4. MARGUTSA- BESAYA - at 03´09";
5. CIUDAD DE OVIEDO - TARTIERE AUTO - at 03´09"
Belgium - Tweedaagse van de Gaverstreek: This is a two-day, three-stage competion reserved to Elite2 and U23 riders, and disputed all over the week-end in Belgium. The race saw an Australian participation too, with some good results for the OZ cyclists, but it was mainly a Belgium vs. Holland clash, with local riders eventually beating the Dutchmen, as Belgians won two stages (including the TTT) out of 3, and a Belgian was the Overall Winner of the contest: Nicki Nuyens, who took the opening leg and never surrendered the leader's jersey.
Stage 1 :
1. Nick Nuyens (Bel)
2. Hans Dekkers (Hol)
3. Tim Lenaers (Bel)
4. Gino De Weirdt (Bel)
5. Paul Redenbach (Aus)
Stage 2 :
1. Domo Farm Frites (Espoirs)
2. Rabobank (Espoirs)
3. Pro Cycling Team Limburg
4. Mez Team Belgium
Stage 3 :
1. Hans Dekkers (Hol)
2. Kevin D'Haese (Bel)
3. Karel Vereecke (Bel)
4. Mark Roland (Aus)
5. Piet Rooyakkers (Hol)
Final Ranking :
1. Nick Nuyens (Bel)
2. Hans Dekkers (Hol)
3. Bart Dockx (Bel)
4. Niels Scheuneman (Hol)
5. Youri Beliens (Bel)
6. Karel Vereecke (Bel)
7. Jurgen Deceuninck (Bel)
8. Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
9. Kenny Van Hummel (Hol)
10. Jens Mouris (Hol)
News and results of recent U23 Stage races such as "Circuit des Ardennes" and "Cinturon Internacional de Mallorca" to come later in separate posts. Stay tuned to the "Daily Peloton" for our broad "young guns" coverage