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12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Stage 4
 
By Fabio
Date: 6/12/2005
12th Dirka Po Sloveniji-Tour de Slovenie: Stage 4
 

Slovenia's own Bostjan Mervar finally gave the host country something to cheer for as he was the fastest guy in the sprint at the end of Sunday's fourth and last stage, going from Gabrje to Novo Mesto over 147 km. The Perutnina Ptuj athlete pipped Ruggero Marzoli (top three finisher for the third time out of four stages) and fellow Slovene Jure Kocjan of Radenska Rog at the line to claim line honours. Przemyslaw Niemec of the Miche team held onto his overall lead to become the first ever GC winner of the event from Poland.

Far from his Tour de Langkawi winning form, Graeme Brown took 10th in the stage classification, while kiwi Fraser McMaster finished second in the KOM standings, behind the same Niemec, that also led his "orange and black" squad Miche to victory in the teams classification. Panariaman in orange (but not black) Fortunato Baliani and Croatia's Radoslav Rogina of Tenax also figured on the eventual podium, while Marzoli was the unsurprising winner of the points competition, and Janez Brajkovic gave the host country the win in the Young Riders classification, ahead of (current) teammates and Miha Svab.

Instead of riding defensively, Niemec showed more of his mettle as he got into the "breakaway of the day", that formed after about 55 km. (and after Raffaele Ferrara outsprinted Vid Ogris and Graeme Brown at the Sentjerne Hot Spot Sprint) and contained the yellow jersey holder as well as his Italian teammate Pasquale Muto, Slovenia's Mitja Mahoric of Perutnina Ptuj, GC winner in the last two editions of the "Dirka" and unwilling to give up the fight without trying to make the headlines again, and Croat Robert Kiserlovski, another very active rider in this race.

The multinational quartet built a lead of more than 100 seconds over the chasing bunch, and came first over the top of the Gabrje second category climb (with Niemec displaying more of his good legs as he took the points from Muto and Mahoric) at km. 76 and the sprint some 20 km. later, where the Perutnina rider took (a small) revenge. The peloton, led by Tenax, Panaria and Amore & Vita, finally put in some more serious chasing efforts though, cut the gap down to 32" at the km. 121 point - when riders had already crossed the line at Novo Mesto and were covering the second lap of a small final circuit of seven km. around the town. And the bunch was together again a few kilometres later.

As Niemec, Muto, Mahoric and Kiserlovski were chased down, it was the turn of Markus Eibegger of the Austrian National Squad to make a move and get some TV exposure. And TV exposure is what he certainly got, also when - after taking a few hundred meters out of the peloton - the boy crossed the line with his arms raised in triumph. Unfortunately for the Austrian, that was NOT the end of the road, as there were some laps left, even if it's likely that nobody had told him before. Poor Eibegger was later reeled in too, and the sprinters teams took control of things in the last kilometres, with Androni Giocattoli, Panaria and Acqua & Sapone riding hard for their appointed fastmen. But in the last km. of the stage we could see two yellow and green jerseys of the Perutnina Ptuj squad move to the front, with Mervar finishing off the job and beating Marzoli in a very close sprint, thus scoring his second victory of the season, after his winning ride against the clock at the Jadranska Magistrala stage race on Croatian soil this past March.


Courtesy Tour of Slovenia

Stage 4 Gabrje to Novo Mesto, 147 km): Top 10 Places
1. MERVAR, Boštjan - SLO - PERUTNINA PTUJ - 03h40'24"
2. MARZOLI, Ruggero - ITA - ACQUA & SAPONE-A. MOBIL - s.t.
3. KOCJAN, Jure - SLO - RADENSKA ROG - s.t.
4. MURN, Uroš - SLO - PERUTNINA PTUJ - s.t.
5. MARCATO, Marco - ITA - TEAM ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI-3C - s.t.
6. CARTA, Maurizio - ITA - MICHE - s.t.
7. WEISSINGER, René - GER - VOLKSBANK LEINGRUBER-IDEAL - s.t.
8. VAN DER VEN, Remco - NED - RABOBANK - s.t.
9. PRECECHTEL, Michal - CZE - ED' SYSTEM ZVZ - s.t.
10. BROWN, Graeme - AUS - PANARIA-NAVIGARE - s.t.

Click here for full stage results (RTF file).

12th Tour of Slovenia - Final GC: Top 10 Places
1. NIEMEC Przemyslaw - POL - MICHE - 15h34'33"
2. BALIANI Fortunato - ITA - PANARIA-NAVIGARE - at 30"
3. ROGINA Radoslav - CRO - TENAX-NOBILI RUBINETTERIE - at 35"
4. FERRARA Raffaele - ITA - TEAM ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI-3C - at 50"
5. BRAJKOVIČ Janez - SLO - KRKA-ADRIA MOBIL - at 54"
6. BONČA Valter - SLO - SAVA-KRANJ - at 55"
7. MAHORIČ Mitja - SLO - PERUTNINA PTUJ - at 59"
8. KIŠERLOVSKI Robert - CRO - KRKA-ADRIA MOBIL - at 01'02"
9. KOHUT Slawomir - POL - MICHE - at 01'09"
10. KVASINA Matija - CRO - PERUTNINA PTUJ - at 01'13"

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Points
1. MARZOLI, Ruggero - ITA - ACQUA & SAPONE-ADRIA MOBIL - 65 p.
2. WEISSINGER, René - GER - VOLKSBANK LEINGRUBER-IDEAL - 42 p.
3. MARCATO, Marco - ITA - TEAM ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI-3C - 37 p.

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Mountains
1. NIEMEC Przemyslaw - POL - MICHE - 15 p.
2. MC MASTER Fraser - NZL - VOLKSBANK LEINGRUBER-IDEAL - 11 p.
3. STARE Matej - SLO - PERUTNINA PTUJ - 10 p.

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Young Riders
1. BRAJKOVIČ Janez - SLO - KRKA-ADRIA MOBIL - 15h35'27"
2. KIŠERLOVSKI Robert - CRO - KRKA-ADRIA MOBIL - at 08"
3. ŠVAB Miha - SLO - KRKA-ADRIA MOBIL - at 35"

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Teams
1. MICHE - 46h46'48"
2. KRKA-ADRIA MOBIL - at 20"
3. PERUTNINA PTUJ - at 01'19"

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1993
1. Boris Premužic (Slo - Rog Ljubljana)
2. Srecko Glivar (Slo - Krka Novo Mesto)
3. Gorazd Štangelj (Slo - Krka Novo Mesto)

1994
1. Tobias Steinhauser (Ger)
2. Boris Premužic (Slo - Rog Ljubljana)
3. Sandi Papež (Slo - Krka Novo Mesto)

1995
1. Valter Bonca (Slo - ZG Mobili)
2. Boris Premužic (Slo - Rog Ljubljana)
3. Marco di Renzo (Ita)

1996
1. Lorenzo di Silvestro (Ita)
2. Stefano Giraldi (Ita)
3. Marzo di Renzo (Ita)

1998
1. Branko Filip (Slo - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)
2. Gorazd Štangelj (Slo - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)
3. Pavel Šumanov (Bolgarija/Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)

1999
1. Tim Jones (Zim)
2. Tadej Valjavec (Slo - Sava Kranj)
3. Stefano Panetta (Ita)

2000
1. Martin Derganc (Slo - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)
2. Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)
3. Boris Premužic (Slo - Krka Telekom Novo Mesto)

2001
1. Faat Zakirov (Rus - Amore&Vita-Beretta)
2. Martin Derganc (Slo - KRKA Telekom)
3. Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro - KRKA Telekom)

2002
1. Evgeni Petrov (Rus - Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs)
2. Dean Podgornik (Slo - Hit Casino)
3. Hannes Hempel (Aut - Team Gericom Bikedrive)

2003
1. Mitja Mahoric (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj)
2. Jure Golcer (Slo - Volksbank)
3. Andreas Matzbacher (Aut - Austrian National Team)

2004
1. Mitja Mahoric (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj)
2. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (Blr - Amore & Vita)
3. Matic Strgar (Slo - Radenska Rog)

2005
1. Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol - Miche)
2. Fortunato Baliani (Ita - Panaria-Navigare)
3. Radoslav Rogina (Cro - Tenax-Nobili Rubinetterie)

 
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