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12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Stage 3
 
By Fabio
Date: 6/11/2005
12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Stage 3
 

Poland's Przemyslaw Niemec of the Miche Component team added a new excellent result to his excellent season tally as he captured Saturday's third stage of the Slovenian race, which took the bunch from the Italian city of Tarvisio (near both the Australian and Slovenian borders) to Vršic over 133km, with two "lesser" ascents (the Cat. 2 Sella Nevea and Predil) on the menu before the final climb to the line.

Niemec scored his second success thus far in the season, after opening his 2005 account in a Tour of Trentino stage this past April, as he soloed in for the win with a margin of half a minute over Italian Fortunato Baliani and Croatia's Radoslav Rogina. Janez Brajkovic of Krka-Adria Mobil (but soon a full-time rider for the Discovery team) was the top finisher from the host country as he took fourth, 45 seconds behind the winner, and one second clear of fellow coutryman Valter Bonca, while the reigning champion, Perutnina's Mitja Mahoric, stage winner at Vrsic in the Y2K edition of the "Dirka", didn't place higher than seventh today, so that his chances to score the hat-trick afetr his GC wins in both the 2003 and 2044 editions are very slim.


Stage winner Przemyslaw Niemec crossed the line
with his arms raised in triumph.

Besides taking line honors, Niemec also grabbed the overall leader's yellow jersey, while New Zealand's Fraser Mc Master captured the polka-dot mantle reserved for the king of the mountains classification leader. And Brajkovic will be wearing the "Bela Majica" (white jersey) reserved for the best young rider into Sunday's fourth and final stage, going from Šentjernej to Novo Mesto over 147 km.

Fraser Mc Master made the right move, in polka-dot jersey terms, as he went on the attack early into the stage, along with Austrian Hans-Peter Obwaller of Sava Kranj. The kiwi was first across the top of the Sella Nevea mountain, while Italian Eddy Ratti of Japan's Team Nippo led the bunch over the summit and took third at the KOM Prime.


While Matic Strgar opted for quite a different way.

After having his mission accomplished, McMaster lost contact to Obwaller, who continued on a solo breakaway and built a maximum lead of about seven minutes by km. 81. Then the pack, led by Ruggero Marzoli's Acqua & Sapone teammates as well as the KRKA boys (both teams have Adria Mobil as second main sponsor) finally put in some more serious chasing efforts, and the gap kept coming down.

Obwaller won the hot spot sprint at km. 70.3, with Holland's Rabo-boy Lars Boom (gold medallist at the World Cyclocross Championships as a junior in early 2003) and KRKA's Vid Ogris filling the other top three places. Obwaller won also the KOM prime at Pereil (km. 83), and the Intermediate Sprints at Soca, about 30 km. later, and at Trenta after 120 km. But the Austrian's breakaway adventure came to end a few minutes later, as Obwaller was caught by a group of about 40 riders on the first slopes of the final climb. As the ascent progressed, the leading bunch was down to 20 riders, also courtesy of the fast pace set by some Androni Giocattoli riders.


Today's podium: Baliani (L) Niemec (C) and Croatia's Rogina(R).
Plus some other (very welcomed) presences, of course.

But it was a guy from the KRKA team, Robert Kiserlovski, who made the next move, which Przemyslaw Niemec countered, and, after catching the Slovene, he sped off in his own, starting his winning ride to the line. The Pole was leading a chasing group of eight (Mitja Mahoric, Matija Kvasina, Miha Svab, obert Kiserlovski, Valter Bonca, Italians Fortunato Baliani and Raffaele Ferrara as well as Croatia's Radoslav Rogina) by 35" with 3.5k to go. Nobody was going to keep him from scoring a prestigious victory anyway, while the fireworks continued in the chasing peloton, with Baliani attacking and Rogina as the only rider able to follow his wheel. Neither riders could even get close to Niemec, but the Italian managed to put a few seconds into Rogina in the last metres to clinch the runner-up spot.

Stage 3 (Tarvisio/Trbiž-Vršic, 133 km.) - Top 7 Places
1. NIEMEC, Przemyslaw - POL - MICHE - 03h40'02"
2. BALIANI, Fortunato - ITA - CERAMICA PANARIA-NAVIGARE - at 26"
3. ROGINA, Radoslav - CRO - TENAX-NOBILI RUBINETTERIE - at 29"
4. BRAJKOVIC, Jani - SLO - KRKA-ADRIA MOBIL - at 44"
5. BONCA, VALTER - SLO - SAVA KRANJ - at 45"
6. FERRARA, RAFFAELE - ITA - ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI-3C - at 45"
7. MAHORIC, Mitja - SLO - PERUTNINA PTUJ - at 54"

GC after Stage 3 - Top 7 Places
1. NIEMEC, Przemyslaw - POL - MICHE - 11h54'09"
2. BALIANI, Fortunato - ITA - CERAMICA PANARIA-NAVIGARE - at 26"
3. ROGINA, Radoslav - CRO - TENAX-NOBILI RUBINETTERIE - at 35"
4. BRAJKOVIC, Jani - SLO - KRKA-ADRIA MOBIL - at 54"
5 FERRARA, RAFFAELE - ITA - ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI-3C - at 55"
6. BONCA, WALTER - SLO - SAVA KRANJ - at 55"
7. MAHORIC, Mitja - SLO - PERUTNINA PTUJ - at 01'02"

Points
1. Ruggero Marzoli (Ita - Acqua & Sapone-Adria Mobil)

Mountains
1. Fraser Mc Master (Nzl - Volksbank Leingruber Ideal)

Under 23 Riders
1. Janez Brajkovic (Slo - KRKA-Adria Mobil)

 
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