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12th Tour of Slovenia Photo Gallery - Part One
 
By Fabio
Date: 6/14/2005
12th Tour of Slovenia Photo Gallery - Part One
 
12th Tour of Slovenia Photo Gallery
(June 09-12, 2005)

The national Tour of of Slovenia, known as "Dirka Po Sloveniji" in the local language, ran from the past Thursday through Sunday, with the kickoff situated at the town of Ptuj, the finishing line at Novo Mesto, and some racing on the roads of Slovenia as well as neighbouring countries Austria and Italy in between. Even if it was shorter than in previous editions, with no more than four stages on the menu this time, the Dirka had several moments of great cycling in store, and winded through some wonderful landscapes. Four English-speaking contenders from as many different nations (Australian Graeme Brown, New Zealand's Fraser McMaster, U.S. rider Tyson Apostol and Britain's Jamie Burrow), as well as U23 ITT World Champion Janez Brajkovic, the next talented addition to the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team roster, were among those battling it out on the way to Novo Mesto, and some of them (Brajkovic and McMaster) with excellent results too.

Below you can find a broad photo gallery of the event, with some great shots from all four legs. We start with pictures from Stages 1 & 2, but down in the page you can find the link to access the Stage 3 & 4 pictures.

Please Click here for our detailed preview of the race.



Click here for stage report and results


The bunch in action - Part One.


The bunch in action - Part Two.


The bunch in action - Part Three.


The bunch in action - Part Four.


Later on, A & S's Ruggero Marzoli won the sprint.


And ended up on the stage podium, along with the other top place getters,
Mexico's Magallanes (L) and Slovenia's National Road Champion Uros Murn (R).


All three having some fun with the champagne bottles.


More from Marzoli in post-stage podium action.


The three leaders: KOM leader Wolfgang Murer (L), GC leader
Ruggero Marzoli (C) and best young rider Simon Spilak (R).



Click here for stage report and results


The multi-national gang of jersey holders at the stage start:
Polka-dotted Wolfgang Murer from Austria, local glory
Simon Spilak and his white mantle, and yellow-jerseyed Italian Marzoli.
And blue-jerseyed Mexican Magallanes to the right.


Two of Slovenia's top athletes: Gorazd Stangelj (Lampre, L) and
Uros Murn (Phonak, R), with manager Milan Erzen sandwiched in between.


The pack is back into action - Part One.


The pack is back into action (with Uros Murn in the middle) - Part Two.


Zoran Klemencic of Tenax wins the "Intergiro" Sprint at Medvode (km. 23).


Italy's Marco Marcato got his first win
as a professional rider (hooooorraaay!).


But Friday was M-Day at the Dirka:
Marzoli (L), Marcato (C) and Magallanes (R)
celebrate their respective results.


More from Friday's top three finishers.


And the fun goes on and on for the Team Androni duo.


Matej Stare (L), Marzoli (C) and Marco Marcato (R) as respective leaders of the
Mountains, Overall and Best Young Rider classifications at the stage end.

Photos by Mitja Smid Bricelj. All rights reserved.

Tour of Slovenia 2005 Photo Galleries - Part Two


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