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Young Guns & Women: News Roundup for July 01, 2005
By Staff
Date: 7/1/2005
Young Guns & Women: News Roundup for July 01, 2005

The Race Presentation.

34th Freccia dei Vini - Preview: Two things have traditionally featured the first week-end of July on the cycling scene: the Tour de France kickoff and ... the Freccia dei Vini. One of the Italy's top races reserved for Under 23 and Elite-2 riders, due to both its parcours and field, the "summer ride" from the flat lands of southwestern Lombardy to the hills of Oltrepó Pavese, organized by G.S. Orga Sport and the Viris Vigevano cycling team, reached its 34th edition, whose startline is located at Vigevano's magnificent Ducale Square, and the finish at the town of Broni. And found a new prestigious "co-organiser": Broni's best-known resident Evgueni Berzin. After setting up a top-class criterium that yearly draws close to all Giro d'Italia protagonists to the streets of Broni two days after the corsa rosa end (see 2005 race report here and full photo gallery here, the 1994 Tour of Italy champion - one of the few guys capable of beating both Indurain and Pantani at the same time in a stage race -, now a car dealer, entered the "Freccia dei Vini crew", also as one of the sponsors. Berzin's contribution to the event is not the only new feature of the race, back to Broni for the first time since 1998: Catalan Josè Ramon Dempere Roda of Tarragona, Spain, is the new President of the Freccia's jury, with Gianluca Crocetti, Andrea Picco, Daniele Rigoletti and Franco Nannini working under his guidance.

34th Freccia dei Vini: Route

The 34th Freccia dei Vini/Memorial Dottor Luigi Raffele/23rd Trofeo Mario & Pina Bazzigaluppi, from Vigevano to Broni over 172 km. is scheduled to start Sunday, July 4th, a few minutes past midday. The course is similar to previous editions in its first part, with some 70 km. of pure flat riding (both while covering two laps of a urban circuit inside Vigevano and winding through the plains of Lomellina), and the flatlanders around going from some breakaway and/or intermediate sprint prizes. But after traversing the Po river bridge near the town of Sannazzaro de'Burgundi (home to Team LPR's professional rider Daniele De Paoli) the race hits the Oltrepó Pavese, and straight after passing the town of Voghera, the landscape gets hillier, and the going tougher, with the flatlanders giving room to a different kind of riders on the first mountain prime (Oliva Gessi) after 80 km, if they didn't earlier.

1994 Giro d'Italia winner Evgeni Berzin (L)
is one of the organisers (and the sponsors) of the Freccia.

That's the first of three consecutive KOM primes, with Mornico Losana (km. 86) and Pietra de Girogi (km. 89.5) following, and that's the beginning of some uphill riding which, combined to the relative downhill riding on difficult descents, and the very calientes temperatures often making their appearance in the Freccia's history, has the potential to break the race apart and "separate the men from the boys", as much as it has happened close to every time in the past. And you can bet that, after those four more KOM primes (Canneto Pavese, Montú Beccaria, Cigognola, but notably the tremendous Muro di Donelasco "wall", a short but extremely steep ascent, with gradients up to about 20%) the Freccia parcours has in store in its second half, a solo escapee or a very, very, very tiny group of frontrunners will make it to the line to the line first. Just the way 2004 winner Antonio Quadranti, as well as 2003 champion Dimitri Dementiev of Russia, did.

34th Freccia dei Vini - Teams (and main riders)

A dozen teams are expected to line up for the start at Vigevano's Piazza Ducale come Sunday-

The mighty Ceramiche Pagnoncelli, one of the nation's top under 23 teams, will be coached by Alberto Cappelletti and led by "orange warrior" (orange being their jersey's traditional colour) Antonio Quadranti, aiming for new victory in Freccialand: but also fellow Lombard Marco Cattaneo, coming from an excellent performance in last Saturday's U23 Men RR at the Italian Nationals, might well have something to say in the saddle.

July 04, 2004: Antonio Quadranti takes the win at Canneto Pavese.

The Russian National Team: athletes from Moscow and surroundings have taken the spoils twice in the Freccia's history (see race palmares down in the page) and as, according to an Italian saying, every "second time" is followed by a "third time", why not prove that saying right and try to make this one the "third time"?

In the process, the Russian boys should expect stiff opposition from their Belarus National Team neighbours anyway. Belarusian superstar Branisalu Samoilau is not likely to be at the startline, but the team in red and green colours has delighted us with so many talented riders, the World U23 RR Champion (now a pro rider) Kanstanstin Sioutsou included, over the past years, that we would not be surprised to see Dimitrj Kazlov, Vladimir Autka, Jauhen Sobal, Vasil Kirjenka and/or Viachaslav Barei make the headlines.

Another team hoping for a third Russian victory in the race is "home team" Viris Isauto-Cosma Vigevano" coached by Leonardo Pirro, and with Russia's own Denis Sosnovshcenko as team leader. His recent victory at Trofeo Città di Imperia proved that the man's legs are good enough for him to go for the ... red (that's the colour of the jersey awarded to the race winner). But the squad from Vigevano have more aces up their sleeve, and among them Alex Broggi, third place finisher at Imperia, as well as Luca Santimaria and Matteo Buratto, both from the Pavia province.

Switzerland's own Team They are not among the main suspects to take the title, but don't rule out any possible surprises from them!

The GS Vitali squad, coached by Team Manager Lorenzo Carrara, and with Alberto Milani, eleventh place finisher at the Italian National Championship Elite-2 RR, as appointed leader.

Another squad from the Vigevano area, GS Garlaschese, whose President Tino Izzacane hopes the young riders they're going to field may steal the show.

The SC Calzaturieri Montegranaro, with former Viris rider Antonio Marotti (winner of Medaglia d'Oro Città di Monza in the past season, when still wearing the Vigevano-based team jersey) back to roads he knows well; and Danilo Andrenacci - 15th place finisher at the Italian Nationals in the Elite-2 category - as the team's (co)leader.

Nivo Betona Expressz 2000 bringing some Hungarian flavour to the race. The squad from Budapest, coming from the 2-2-rated Tour of Serbia, is coached by Stuban Ferencz, former Dircteur Sportif of the Hungarian Under 23 National Team.

Pool Cantù : a strong team from the north side of Lombardy, with young talent (and newcomer to their ranks) Domenico Traficante as appointed leader for this race.

GS Podenzano Italfine Brunero : along with Pagnoncelli, one of Italy's best squads on the young gun scene. They also know what tasting the joy of winning this race is about - courtesy of Dimitri Dmentiev, winner of the 2003 event - and might well have liked it so much that they may have thought about going for a second time on the podium.

And last but not least, the Ciclo Team, fielding one of the "icons" of this race, and the Italian Elite-2 scene in general: Sicilian veteran Ernesto Riboldi, aged 49 (50 in late October), but still running!!

1986 Freccia winner Johnny Carera (L), now the successful procuratore
(manager) of riders like a certain Cunego, Simoni, Petacchi et al.,
attended the Freccia dei Vini presentation Saturday, June 11.

Freccia dei Vini Palmares

  • 1972 Giovanni Battaglin (Ita - Jolly Ceramica)
  • 1973 Gianfranco Pala (Ita - Baggio Gaverina)
  • 1974 Giuseppe Martinelli (Ita - Europack)
  • 1975 Gabriele Landoni (Ita - Itla)
  • 1976 Vittorio Algeri (Ita - Itla)
  • 1977 Dino Porrini (Ita - Lema Mobili) (*)
  • 1978 Luigi Gritti (Ita - System Holz)
  • 1979 Emanuele Bombini (Ita - System Holz)
  • 1980 Juan Arroyo (Ven - Venezuela)
  • 1981 Fabrizio Verza (Ita - Ital-Tessari)
  • 1982 Tullio Cortinovis (Ita - Novartiplast)
  • 1983 Tullio Cortinovis (Ita - Novartiplast)
  • 1984 Stefano Bizzoni (Ita - Novartiplast)
  • 1985 Giuseppe Calcaterra (Ita - Legnanese)
  • 1986 Johnny Carera (Ita - Gloria)
  • 1987 Valerio Tebaldi (Ita - Remac)
  • 1988 Sergio Carcano (Ita - Gloria)
  • 1989 Stefano Cortinovis (Ita - Remac)
  • 1990 Mauro Consonni (Ita - Diana)
  • 1991 Massimo Maestri (Ita - Domus)
  • 1992 Massimo Donati (Ita - Cuoril)
  • 1993 Rosario Fina (Ita - Cosmos)
  • 1994 Marco Bellini (Ita - Brunero)
  • 1995 Walter Pedroni (Ita - Addax)
  • 1996 Simone Mori (Ita - MBM Rosa)
  • 1997 Ellis Rastelli (Ita - Sintofarm)
  • 1998 Alessandro Volpe (Ita - Pagnoncelli)
  • 1999 Eddy Ratti (Ita - Podenzano)
  • 2000 Andrei Moukhine (Rus - Viris Vigevano)
  • 2001 Damiano Giannini (Ita - Pagnoncelli)
  • 2002 Santo Anzá (Ita - Zoccorinese-Vellutex)
  • 2003 Dimitri Dementiev (Rus - Italfine-Podenzano)
  • 2004 Antonio Quadranti (Ita - Pagnoncelli-FMB Perrel)

    Freccia dei Vini Previous Editions: Links

  • 2004 Report & Results
  • 2004 Photo Gallery
  • 2004 Race Preview
  • 2003 Report & Results
  • 2003 Photo Gallery
  • 2002 Report & Results
  • 2002 Photo Gallery

    21st Giro Veneto e Dolomiti - Preview: The Tour of Veneto is back! After the 2004 event was cancelled, the "Giro del Veneto e delle Dolomiti", one of the nation's toughest stage races reserved for Under 26 riders, gets back to the roads of north-eastern Italy with its 21st edition, set to run from Friday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 6th. A very demanding race, bearing several resemblances to the recent Giro d'Italia, from having Marostica as "start town" of a stage, and Zoldo hosting another one, to climbs like Passo Duran (and Forcella Staulanza of previous Giros fame), to the fact that, as former professional rider Giovanni Battaglin, a man who certainly knows the Tour of Veneto 2005 roads told the press, this is "one for the climbers". And with so many ascents, both in the Veneto and Trentino regions, to be tackled, and a small ITT Prologue as only challenge against the clock, it's not easy to say he's wrong.

    Tour of Veneto 2005: Stages

    Stage 1 - Friday, July 1st (Marostica-Marostica, 7 km): the only ITT around (nope, Jean Marie "Le Tour" Leblanc is not from Veneto ...) covers seven kilometres from the Vicenza town of Marostica to Pianezze San Lorenzo and back to Marostica, with the only difficulty of the day, a small (but steep) ascent of 500m, around the halfway point.

    Stage 2 - Saturday, July 2nd (Grigno–Pian Longhi Nevegal, 136 km.): a leg running entirely on the roads of Trentino, through the towns of Primolano, Arsiè, Feltre, Valdobbiadene, Miane, Fadalto, Rione S.Caterina, Piaia and Pian dei Longhi Nevegal, before encountering the final climb to the line, an ascent of 11 km.

    Stage 3 - Sunday, July 3rd (Chiampo-Chiampo, 144 km): a "circuit stage" the Tour of Veneto is not new to. After an uphill start, with the Chiesa Nuova Mountain prime coming early, and the successive descent into San Pietro Mussolino and Ponte di Grumello, the peloton covers seven laps of a circuit of 18 km. One for either the sprinters or the all-rounders (and Aussie Gene Bates of the mighty Zalf-Desirèe Fior maybe among them) in what is basically a climber's race.

    Stage 4 - Monday, July 4th (Forno di Zoldo–Pecol, 129 km): while the U.S. celebrate their national holiday, the Dolomites celebrate the "queen stage" of this race, with mountain monsters like Forcella Staulanza (1773m asl), the Giau Pass (2236m asl), the Forno di Zoldo climb, and the last - short but extremely challenging - ascent into Coi, coming 3km from the finish, on the menu. Mountain goats, that's your day!

    Stage 5 - Tuedsay, July 5th (Zoldo Alto-Forno di Zoldo, 160 km): Well, yesterday was just one day for the mountain goats. But so is today. Another journey over the Dolomites, another horrible day for the legs of any very poor climbers around (provided any of them dares to challenge the mountains this race has on the menu): after the starting shot is fired at the mountain resort of Zoldo Alto (1400m asl), which hosted at stage finish at the past Tour of Italy, the race makes its way to Veneto through the towns of Longarone, Ponte nelle Alpi, Mel, Lentiai, Feltre, Santa Giustina and Agordo, at the foot of Passo Duran; then comes the descent into the line, covering the last 11 km. of the stage.

    Stage 6 - Tuedsay, July 5th (Farra d’Alpago–Farra d’Alpago, 116 km): perhaps we're not going to have a ceremonial run, but after so much uphill riding over the past 48 hours, things are easier today. The final stage consists of six laps (some 19 km. each) of the Santa Croce Lake circuit, with the strong winds usually blowing there likely to pose a major threat than today's route could ever do.

    Tour of Veneto: Jerseys

    Seven classifications, and as many jersey up for grabs:

  • Overall Classification: Red Jersey;
  • Points Classification: Blue Jersey;
  • KOM Classification: Green Jersey;
  • Intermediate Sprints: Polka-dot Jersey;
  • Intergiro: Yellow Jersey;
  • Best Young Rider (for those born in 1984, 1985 or 1986): White Jersey;
  • Best Foreign Rider: Cyclamen Jersey

    Tour of Veneto: Teams

    Below is the list of all participating teams and their main riders, among whom are several foreign athletes, from Australian Gene Bates to Uzbekistan's Muradjan Khalmuratov, from the U23 Panamerican Road Champion, Argentinian sprinter Maximiliano Richeze, to young Venezuelan Honorio Machado, challenging the Dolomites after he took on the Andes, and challenged the likes of José Rujano, in last January's Tour of Táchira,

  • Cyber Team Panni (Drasutis Stundzia)
  • S.C. Monturano (Luca Capodoglio)
  • GS Guidoni (Zdenek Stybar)
  • Marmande 47 (Adrien Brusson)
  • A.C. Ceramiche RB (Alessandro Dorio)
  • Fausto Coppi-Gazzera (Carlo Rebellin, Alessandro Mazzolani)
  • Mixed Team SC Mantovani Rovigo/Palazzago-AB Isolanti (Luca Zanasca, Ricardo Escuela)
  • Unione Ciclisti Trevigiani (Fabrizio Amerighi, Jonathan Righetto, Roberto Ferrari)
  • G.S. Concrete San Marco Caneva (Gianluca Coletta, Devid Garbelli)
  • S.C. Fimop Everest (Fabrizio Galeazzi, Mirko Bresaola)
  • Team 2004 Lucchini Gallina (Muradjan Khalmuratov)
  • Marchiol Ima-Famila Site (Mauro Da Dalto, Honorio Machado)
  • Team Parolin-Sorelle Ramonda (Max Richeze, Martino Marcotto)
  • Zalf Desirèe Fior (Gene Bates, Gianluca Geremia)
  • Team Aurora Named (Sergej Babenko, Riccardo Corbetta)
  • S.C. Centri Calzatura (Elio Saavedra, Gianandrea Marioli)
  • Team Friuli-Sanvitese (Erik Miorini, Alessandro Garziera)

    Tour of Veneto: Past Winners

  • 1976: Leonardo Mazzantini (Ita)
  • 1982: Morten Saather
  • 1983: Federico Ghiotto (Ita)
  • 1984: Massimo Podenzana (Ita)
  • 1985: Primoz Cerin (Yug)
  • 1986: Michele Moro (Ita)
  • 1987: Gianni Faresin (Ita)
  • 1988: Jouse Lopez (Por)
  • 1989: Ilario Scremin (Ita)
  • 1990: Ivan Parolin (Ita)
  • 1992: Cristian Zanolini (Ita)
  • 1995: Michele Poser (Ita)
  • 1996: Roberto Sgambelluri (Ita)
  • 1997: Antonino Figura (Ita)
  • 1998: Igor Pugaci (Mol)
  • 1999: Alessandro Romio (Ita)
  • 2000: Franco Pellizotti (Ita)
  • 2001: Denis Bondarenko (Rus)
  • 2002: Devid Garbelli (Ita)
  • 2003: Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr)

    Women's International Cycling Tour of Italy - Preview: With the Associazione Ciclosportivi Sovico as race organizer for the fourth time a row, the Women's Corsa Rosa, or "Giro Donne", is back to Italian soil for its 16th edition that, unlike the Under 26 Tour of Veneto, is not much for the climbers, and will be taking place on July 1-10, 2005, starting in the Venetian town of San Vendemmiano near Treviso and finishing in Milan after close to 900 km. on the roads of Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont ... and Switzerland: despite being significantly shorter, the 2005 race is definitely more "international" than its male counterpart. Here's a brief look at the race parcours, participating teams and palmares.

    All jerseys at stake in the upcoming Womens Tour of Italy. Photo courtesy

    16th Women's Tour of Italy: Stages

    ITT Prologue - Friday, July 1st (San Vendemmiano ITT; 1.7 km) The race gets underway challenging the clock for the 11th time in the Women Giro history. It's a small urban prologue of 1.7 km. with no uphill sections, but some dangerous turns that could well make some gap. As much as it happened in the Men's Giro about two months ago, the cronoprologo takes place in the late evening.

    Stage 1 - Saturday, July 2nd (San Vendemmiano-Caerano di San Marco, 100.8 km): After some 20 km. of pure flat ridng, the Giro meets a false-flat section on the Montello area, and the Asolano hilly roads. After four laps of a 7.5-km. circuit, the race ends in a lap of 30 km. around Caerano, with the summit of the three-kilometres Col de Mostaccin (Cat. 2) situated 6 km. from the line.

    Stage 2 - Sunday, July 3rd (Caerano di San Marco-Melara, 122 km): A kind of "transfer stage" through the flat lands of central and Southern Veneto, and the Treviso, Vicenza, and Rovigo provinces. Go fastwomen, that's your day!

    Stage 3 - Monday, July 4th (Bergantino-Chioggia, 129.4 km): Breaking News: we had the first case of "cycling clonation" in Italy, as Sunday's stage was in fact cloned! Well, that's what one may think after casting a glance at today's parcours into the Venice lagoon area: another pan-flat journey on the planes of the Veneto region, another one for the sprinters.

    Stage 4 - Tuesday, July 5th (Castelmassa-Ceneselli, 118.2 km): Another clonation case! Only results was slightly worse this time: today's stage, running entirely on Veneto soil (for the fifth straight day), and precisely alongside the shores of Italy's main river (Po), is overwhelmingly flat, but with some small uphill sections too.

    Stage 5 - Wednesday, July 6th (Castiglione delle Stiviere-Castiglione delle Stiviere, 111 km): The race gets out of the Venetian flatlands and makes it to Lombardy, for three laps of 37 km. each, over an undulating parcours, with two second category mountain primes. Not exactly the Tour de France queen stage, but finally a ride with the potential to make some gaps.

    Stage 6 - Thursday, July 7th (Cirié-San Francesco al Campo, 94.2 km): From Lombardy to the Turin area of Piedmont for a more difficult stage on the Canavese hills, consisting of two different circuits around the same town. The first is a 16.7-km. lap to be covered twice, with two third category climbs, the second is bigger (30.4 km.), has to be covered twice too, and features no less than four difficulties: two Cat.1 as many second category ascents.

    Stage 7 - Friday, July 8th Naters-Blatten (uphill ITT - 7.6 km). The Race Decider - Part One. An uphill "race of the truth" running on Swiss territory, with the average gradient up to 6%.

    Stage 8 - Saturday, July 9th (Briga-Domodossola, 69.6 km). The Race Decider - Part Two. One-third of this short but tough journey back onto Italian soil consists of uphill riding on the Cat. 1 Passo Sempione (Simplon Pass), which is followed by a difficult descent of 20 km. into the line. You can bet serious gaps will be made today.

    Stage 9 - Sunday, July 10th (Varese-Milano, 103.8 km): A ceremonial run from the Lombard town of Varese to the region's main city, that hosts the finish of both the Men's and Women's Giros this season. No climbs around today, so that fans at the line - situated in the Corso Sempione street, in front of the RAI Tv HQs - are supposed to watch a field sprint at the end of six laps of a 5.2-km. circuit around the city's medieval Castle (Castello Sforzesco). And the overall winner of the event, with the maglia rosa firmly on her shoulders, properly rewarded for her efforts.

    A well-known body-builder and fitness model, Californian Michelle Beltran
    (who, among other things, appeared in the television series "Baywatch")
    is also a talented rider, recently switching from Colavita to Italy's USC Chirio
    Forno d'Asolo. And is expected to take her first Giro d'Italia challenge.
    Click for larger image. Courtesy Colavita/Cooking Light Women's Cycling Team.

    16th Women's Tour of Italy: Teams


    Women's Tour of Italy: Palmares

  • 1988 Canins, Maria (Ita)
  • 1989 Bonanomi, Roberta (Ita)
  • 1990 Marsal, Catherine (Fra)
  • 1991 Race Cancelled
  • 1992 Race Cancelled
  • 1993 Llavaska, Lenka (Svk)
  • 1994 Fanini, Michela (Ita)
  • 1995 Luperini, Fabiana (Ita)
  • 1996 Luperini, Fabiana (Ita)
  • 1997 Luperini, Fabiana (Ita)
  • 1998 Luperini, Fabiana (Ita)
  • 1999 Somarriba, Joane (Spa)
  • 2000 Somarriba, Joane (Spa)
  • 2001 Braendli, Nicole (Swi)
  • 2002 Boubnenkova, Swetlana (Rus)
  • 2003 Braendli, Nicole (Swi)
  • 2004 Cooke, Nicole (GBR)

    Bono sprinting as a rockstar!: Okay, he might not be as famous as his U2 "almost namesake". But nonetheless Italian Matteo Bono knows how to "rock" the field: he showed such abilities tuesday night, as he sprinted to a quite unexpected victory in the ninth edition of the "Trofeo Cittá di Brescia" one-day (better, one-night) race, giving his Brescia-based team Egidio-Unidelta, coached by former professional rider Bruno Leali, their second straight victory in their "home race", after Claudio Corioni took the 2004 edition of the event.

    And if Corioni, currently a pro rider at Fassa Bortolo, recently made his name known to broader audiences through a stage win and other top performances in Spanish early season races, his 1983-born colleague might well walk the same way, as he's poised to make his debut in the professional cycling ranks (that his brother Paolo, a pro with Liquigas-Pata and Maglierie Cage in the 2001-2002 seasons, was also part of) with Cunego's and Simoni's Lampre-Caffita very soon, possibly at the upcoming Brixia Tour, running in the same Brescia area of northern Italy from July 22-24. Two good news coming together for the young gun from the Brescia province town of Ome, who was back to the top of the podium for the first time since the days of 2001 when - still as a junior - he had claimed his latest victory.

    Bono is gonna enter the pro ranks with some knowledge of how a man can beat the pros. Indeed his main "victim" at the Brescia circuit race (running over 23 laps and finishing at the Piazza Vittoria square) wasn't an "average" Under 23, but a pro fastman from Panaria who already knows what doing well at the Giro is about, Alejandro Alberto Borrajo of Argentina, that ended up second in a four-man sprint, with Francesco Reda of Promociclo filling the other podium position. "I still can't believe what's happening" Bono commented "first I clinched my victory in a such a prestigious race, and later on I got that "call" from the pro scene. It has been a wonderful night for real".

    Bono's victory came after he was in thick of things for most of the race, which ran under the glance of Italian Cycling Federation president Renato Di Rocco as well as pro riders like the aforementioned Corioni, Marco Velo (awarded a special prize for his career record) and 2002 World Junior Champion Anna Zugno. After a comparatively quiet start, with the 147-strong bunch staying together for the first seven laps, the fireworks started. And nobody could extinguish them. One attack after another, one breakaway group (featuring guys like Bono and Egidio-Unidelta's teammate Finetto, Borrajo and fellow Argentinian sprinter Maximilian Richeze, former Viris Vigevano rider Diego Vailati Facchini and many, many, many others) after another, we had four athletes with a small lead over the others in the last lap: Bono, Borrajo, Reda and Simone Stortoni. A quartet that was going to make it to the line, with some "inner skirmishes" in the last km. as Reda tried to surprise his breakaway mates with a powerful attack under the flamme rouge; but not powerful enough, as Borrajo wasn't taken by surprise at all, and paced the trio back to Reda's wheels. Then it was Stortoni's turn to have a go at riding away, but the same Argentinian countered his move too. And in the end it was Matteo Bono who made the most out of that all, and of his excellent legs, and put in a superb sprint. Maybe his last one before showing his mettle to bigger audiences (even if a huge crowd attended the Brescia event).

    9th Trofeo Cittá di Brescia (138 km) - Top 15 Places
    1. Matteo Bono (Ita - Egidio Unidelta-Garda) - 03h26'15" (40.145 kph)
    2. Alejandro A. Borrajo (Arg - Argentinian National Team) - s.t.
    3. Francesco Reda (Ita - Promo Ciclo) - s.t.
    4. Simone Stortoni (Ita - Tur-Man Team 2004 Lucchini Gallina) - s.t.
    5. Daniele Callegarin (Ita - Bottoli Artoni-Zoccorinese) - at 14"
    6. Bruno Bertolini (Ita - Feralpi-Denti Biciclette) - at 31"
    7. Anthony Di Luigi (Ita - Bergamasca 1902-Las Helmets) - at 31"
    8. Roberto Ferrari (Ita - UC Trevigiani-Dynamon) - at 31"
    9. Diego Vailati Facchini (Ita - Team 2004 Lucchini Gallina) - at 31"
    11. Federico Bontorin (Ita - TF Fil Mop) - at 31"
    12. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita - Egidio Unidelta-Garda) - at 31"
    13. Roberto Longo (Ita - F.W.R. Bata Moser) - at 31"
    14. Maurizio Bellin (Ita - Podenzano Tecninox-Brunero) - at 31"
    15. Marco Corsini (Ita - Vitali Cycling Team) - at 31"

    Janez Brajkovic adds news ITT triumph to his tally ...: After stamping his authority on the Under 23 World Champs, and before becoming a full-time rider of a certain team from the United States (all of you sure know which squad we're talking of) Slovenian wonderboy Janez Brajkovic gave a further display of his talent and power as he took the gold in the ITT at the recent World Military Games. Brajkovic averaged a speed of 48.476 kph to cover the 31.2-km route, beating Poland's Machael Ladosz by 28", with Russian Stanislav Belov ending up on the podium's lowest step, a further six seconds behind.

    ... while Tendero makes new gains too: If Brajkovic rode to victory in at the World Military Champs in Poland, two other young guns, Jesús Tendero and Eladio Sánchez, scored a great - but not surprising - 1-2 for the host country in Wednesday's ITT race, contested by 16 riders, at the 15th Mediterranean Games, currently underway in the southern Spanish town of Almería. Salmanca's own Tendero, recently crowned Spain's National champion in the same kind of event (U23 ITT race) covered the 28-km route in 35'14", while his fellow countryman from Cantabria clocked a time of 36'01", kicking France's Florian Morizot down to the bronze medal spot by a mere second. Both Spaniards were obviously satisfied with their respective accomplishments, and Tendero expressed the hope that such result may help him find a place in the professional cycling ranks, while recently unfit Sánchez was happy at getting back on the right track.

    12th GP Cittá di Corridonia: Australian Gene Bates took eighth in the 12th edition of this race of 117 kilometres, held Wednesday around the town of Corridonia, in the Marche region of central Italy. The Zalf Desirée Fior fastman was one of the guys who led the bunch home, more than a minute behind solo winner Pasquale Iachini, with Bates' teammate Nicola Peccolo, as well as Centri Calzature's Davide Laugelli, making the all-Italian podium complete. Best of the rest, and first of the next bunch, was one of the most promising Colombian youngsters around, Miguel Angel "Miky" Pérez Rubiano, recent winner of one of the hardest Italian stage races, the Giro delle Pesche Nettarine.

    12th GP Città di Corridonia - Top 10 Places
    1. Iachini, Pasquale (Ita - Italfer Solfer)
    2. Peccolo, Nicola (Ita - Zalf Desirée Fior) - at 07"
    3. Laugelli, Davide (Ita - Centri Calzature-Riviera Adriatica) - at 25"
    4. Chávez Rubiano, Miguel A. (Col - Centri Calzature-R.A.) - at 01'10"
    5. Senor, Pierluigi (Ita - Futura Matricardi Corade) - s.t.
    6. De Matteis, Micula (Ita - Zalf Desirée Fior) - s.t.
    7. Capasso, Rocco (Ita - Monturano) - s.t.
    8. Bates, Gene (Aus - Zalf Desirée Fior) - s.t.
    9. Pierfelici, Luca (Ita - Naturino-Sapore di Mare) - s.t.
    10. Garofalo, Vincenzo (Ita - Maltinti Lampadari-Solgomma) - s.t.

    Starters: 114. Finishers: 27.

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