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Italian National Championships: Two Future Stars
By Fabio
Date: 7/1/2003
Italian National Championships: Two Future Stars

Mr. Gaetano Dall’Ora of the SC Verdellese Dielle-Telmec team provided the DP with several excellent pics from the Italian National Championships, where two boys of his squad brought home no less than one gold and two silver medals in the two Junior races held. He added some infos about these two talented guys, we’ll probably hear a lot of in years to come. Below are all the pics and details concerning Enrico Peruffo (Italy’s National Champion in the Junior Men’s Road Race) and teammate Mauro Finetto.

Photos and comments courtesy of Gaetano Dall’Ora.
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Mauro Finetto warming up at time trial

Mauro Finetto got 2 silver medals, one on the time trial and one on the road. This is very good if you think how different were these two races.

Finetto on the Time Trial Podium

Silver medallist Mauro Finetta

Enrico Peruffo placed 4th on the time trial at only few seconds from the 3rd. Think that he missed a turn during the race and lost at least 10 seconds there. Too bad! But then he won the road race and there he did his masterpiece. He said goodbye to the group at 1300 meters from the finish line and thanks to the help of Mauro who stopped all the attempts of the others he was able to close his race with a great victory. I was there just after the finish line and I could not believe it. Really an extraordinary emotion.

Both Mauro and Enrico are already in the National team for the Worlds in Canada. Mauro is 100% sure, while Enrico still not confirmed, because the National coach thinks that the Worlds this year will be more for the climbers rather than riders like Enrico. But now that he won the Italian Championship, they have to review their thoughts.

Be sure anyway that we will hear about both of them in the following years.

Enrico Peruffo warming up before the Time Trial

Peruffo at Time Trial start

L-R: Mauro Finetto, Emilio (team mechanic), Enrico Peruffo

Related Articles:
Italian National Championships Junior Road Race
Italian National Championships Junior Time Trial

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