U23 Men's Road Race, 178.7 kms
12:00 Friday, October 8, 1999
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Verona: Corso Porta Nuova, 11 laps/ 178.7 km
Gli Azzuri Dominate
By Tim Maloney, cyclingnews.com correspondent
Once again, "gli azzuri" of the Italian team dominated the 1999 U23 World Road Championship, with 22 year-old Leonardo Giordani taking the solo victory, while his teammate Luca Paolini took the group sprint for the silver, ahead of bronze medalist Matthias Kessler of Germany.
Giordani broke away halfway through the race with Belaran Evgeni Seniouchkine and Norwegian Thor Hushvod. After Hushvod dropped back, Giordani and Seniouchkine who are teammates on the Vellutex team in Italy kept a consistent one minute lead on the peloton, with Giordani's blue-clad teammates keeping a lid on the chase.
After three laps, the first decisive action came from climber Perez Cuapio of Mexico, who attacked on the Torricelle climb and got a 20" lead, but he was swept up by a counter attacking group of 5 riders. This group came back and with 6 to go, Nikacevic of Yugoslavia went away on the climb, he was brought back on the descent, and Pavel Zernan of the Czech Republic attacked on the flat leading up to the finish line. His lead grew to 1'15" but with 5 to go, a counter behind Zernan by Reihs of Belgium and Gonzalez of Spain doomed the Czech riders lead as it provoked a massive chase from the 100 strong group.
With 4 laps to go, Norwegian Thor Hushvod attacked. The '98 U23 TT champ, newly signed by Credit Agricole for 2000 was quickly joined by Giordani and Seniouchkine, and the trio had 30" by the foot of the Torricelle. Either Hushvod had mechanical problems with his bike or his legs, but he dropped back to the peloton by the top and Giordani and Seniouchkine were all alone out front with 56km to race.
Behind, the chase was led by the Australian team, with Mick Rogers riding heroicly to keep Cadel Evans in striking range of the front duo, while Brit Jamie Burrow was active as well. But the Italians were just too strong, with Paolini, Lopeboselli and Gobbi covering every move. Giordani and Seniouchkine dangled out front just a minute in front of the chasers, and eventually, on the final lap, the chasers closed down the gap to the front pair to only 15 seconds. The Italian coach told Giordani to attack Seniouchkine on his radio and just at the base of the Torricelle, Giordani went on his own.
15" behind, Polish rider Silvester Szmid, Cadel Evans and Jaime Burrow chased down first Seniouchkine and at the top of the climb, Giordani only had 6" gap. But after Szmid took a huge pull on the downhill, gli azzuri moved in and smothered any more attacks. Giordani's lead went back up to 20" and he won the World U23 Road Championships solo, in front of thousands of screaming Italian fans.
Italian gold and silverBy Jeff Jones
The U-23 men's road race has been run and won in fine style by Italian rider, Leonardo Giordini from teammate Luca Paolini, giving Italy it's first gold medal of the Championships. It was an impressive ride by the Italian, who was away for the last 75 kilometers of the race finishing solo with some 9 seconds on the second placed Paolini and the bunch.
180 starters lined up for the race, and the pace was predictably high for the first few laps. Many attacks were launched, but nothing really sticking until the 3rd lap, when Mexican climber Julio Alberto Perez Caupio sped up the Toricelle, gaining a 15 second lead. In the bunch the Australians were setting the tempo for Cadel Evans and Matt Hayman, with Switzerland and Italy also prominent. Perez was caught by three others: Alexandar Nikacevic (Yug), Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) and Steve Zampieri (Swi).
However, this group did not hold together and there were more counterattacks until, on lap 6, Czech rider Pavet Zerzan went clear and established a good lead of a minute, before overcooking it on the descent and losing some time. On lap 7 he was caught by Michael Reims (Den) and Gorka Gonzalez (Spa), but the bunch rapidly closed in on these three.
Then, the key move of the race occurred: Giordani, Thor Hoshovd (Nor, last year's time trial champion), and Belarus rider Evgueni Seniouchkine attacked on the Torricelle climb, and built a lead of 20 seconds fairly quickly. Importantly, Seniouchkine rides for the same amateur team as Giordani and was probably prepared to sacrifice himself. The bunch were down to just 35 at this point, and not looking very organised.
Hushovd didn't last long and was dropped on lap 8, but the other two were slowly increasing their lead. However, in a heroic attempt to bring them back, Australian silver medallist in the TT, Michael Rogers drove the pack to within 15 seconds of the leaders. Rogers' teammates Cadel Evans and Matthew Hayman were looking strong and he wanted to give them the best possible chance of victory. However, when he pulled off exhausted, the peleton simply sat up and let the two leaders go, who by now were working really smoothly together.
The gap hovered at around a minute before a counterattack on the penultimate lap by Evans, Nicholas Fritsch (Fra) and Jamie Burrows (GBR) tried to bridge across. This again was unsuccessful and after another counterattack, the bunch was intact. The gap was coming down though to 35 seconds at the start of the bell lap.
On the last time up the Torricelli, Giordani attacked to get rid of Seniouchkine but still can only hold a 15 second gap to the top. The bunch, however could not match his descending skills and he stayed away to win by a margin of 9 seconds. A brave ride, and Italy's best result so far.
Capping off a great day for them (including a bronze in the Junior Women's event), Luca Paolini came in for the silver medal with German champion, Matthias Kessler sprinting into 3rd place.
Preview & Interviews on the start line:
Conditions: The weather in Verona today is forecast for hazy sun and warm all weekend.
After three years of domination by "gli azzuri" of the Italian team, there's no reason that with their home field advantage, the U23 Men of Italy won't bring home the medals in Verona. Dossard numero uno is Leonardo Giordani and the European U23 champ is the likely favorite, with teammates Michele Gobbi, Luca Paolini and climber Angelo Lopsobelli should be in the hunt.
But it won't be a cakewalk for the Italians. Australians Cadel Evans, Matt Hayman and Mick Rogers should also have a good chance to do something. British rider Jaime Burrow (newly signed with USPS for 2000) and fellow Brit Charlie Wegelius (newly signed with Mapei for 2000) will be up there as well.
Other U23 Mens riders to watch are Thor Hushvod of Norway, Gerhard Trampusch of Austria, Nicolas Fritsch of France, Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg, Slawmir Kohut of Poland, Dmitri Gainitdinov of Russia and Kirk O'Bee and Danny Pate of the USA.
One question being asked by many on the roadside inVerona is that of the World Cup mountain bike champion Cadel Evans: can he go one better than his World MTB Championship silver medal?
Tensions high before the start
Tension among the team boxes is high just prior to the start of the U23 Mens Road Race, with riders such as Norway's Thor Hushvod staying well out of range. However, Australian manager Brian Stephens told cyclingnews.com correspondent Tim Maloney that "we've got as good a chance as anyone today. Cadel is our man today and if the race is hard and the cards fall right, we're in there."
But not all competitors and their managers are as confident. The Austrian hopeful Gerhard Trampusch said "it's a really hard course - maybe too hard for me".
The Course itself is the urban circuit of Torricelle, which is set in the heart of the beautiful Verona, the city of Romeo & Juliet. The Torricelle are towers that remain from an Austrian castle and line the wooded hillside above Verona.
It's a technical course of 16.25km that winds through the historic heart of the city of 350,000. Starting on Corso Porta Nuova, the riders will head through the gate into the historic centre, and turn left at the famous Roman Arena on a 1km section on small cobblestones, then over the Adige River where the 8.3km climb begins. The climb is divided into two sections: 5.6km of an easy ramp with an average gradient of 1.6%, then at the Sanctuary of San Leonardo, the real climb begins of 1.6km at 8.1%.
The climb seems somewhat easy on sight, but the road Worlds competitors will ride up Torricelle so fast that it will take its toll. At the top, the descent is very fast, not too technical and after 4km, the circuit comes back into the city center, passes the team boxes and turns back onto Corso Porta Nuova for the final straight of 600 metres.
1 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) 4.22.36 (40.64 km/h) 2 Luca Paolini (Ita) .09 3 Matthias Kessler (Ger) 4 Kim Kirchen (Lux) 5 Patrick Calcagni (Sui) 6 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) 7 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) 8 Angelo F Lopeboselli (Ita) 9 Steven Kleynen (Bel) 10 Dmitri Dementiev (Rus) 11 Antonio Rizzi (Ita) 12 Steve Zampieri (Sui) 13 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) 14 Nuno Ribeiro (Por) 15 Christophe Brandt (Bel) 16 Addy Engels (Ned) 17 Philippe Koehler (Fra) 18 Juan Miguel Cuenca (Esp) 19 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) 20 Volodymyr Gustov (Ukr) 21 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) 22 Dmitri Gainitdinov (Rus) 23 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) 24 Cadel Evans (Aus) 25 Ricardo Costa (Por) 26 Jamie Burrow (Gbr) 27 Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) .13 28 Evgueni Seniouchkine (Blr) 1.32 29 Michael Larsen (Den) 1.47 30 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) 31 Stephan Schreck (Ger) 32 Claudio Fario (Por) 2.41 33 Michele Gobbi (Ita) 3.40 34 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) 4.06 35 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) 6.15 36 Sandy Casar (Fra) 37 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) 38 Thor Hushovd (Nor) 39 Christian Werner (Ger) 7.40 40 Alexander Giraldo (Col) 41 Henrik Simper (Den) 7.57 42 Jan Jespersen (Den) 9.15 43 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) 9.31 44 Jorge Capitan (Spa) 45 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) 46 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) 47 Radovan Husar (Svk) 14.03 48 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) 49 Marko Zepic (Slo) 50 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) 51 Yaroslav Popovytch (Ukr) 52 Mauricio Alb.Ardila Cano (Col) 53 Warren Clarke (NZl) 54 David O'Louglin (Irl) 55 Mathew Hayman (Aus) 56 Balazs Rothmer (Hun) 57 Uwe Hardter (Ger) 58 Alexandre Oussov (Blr) 59 Kurt Schwarzlmüller (Aut) 60 Oscar Stenström (Fin) 61 Marcel Duijn (Ned) 62 Csaba Szekeres (Hun) 63 Martin Cotar (Cro) 64 Michael Reihs (Den) 65 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) 21.41 66 Dawid Krupa (Pol) 67 Marek Blazej (Pol) 68 David Dickinson (Zim) 21.47 69 Luis Oran Castaneda Ramos (Col) 21.48 70 Valeriy Zayts (Mda) 21.50 71 Frank Schleck (Lux) 23.14 72 Remo Amsler (Swi) 73 Marco Roth (Swi) 74 Antonio Ponton (Spa) 75 David Sipocz (Hun) 76 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) 77 Dainus Kairelis (Ltu) 78 Pedro Costa (Por) 79 Christian Holzl (Aut) 80 Owen Hannie (Rsa) 81 Patxi Ugarte (Spa) 82 Juha Paajanen (Fin) 83 Tomas Buchanek (Cze) 84 Kirill Goloubev (Rus) 85 Florencio Ramos Torres (Mex) 86 Cameron McDonald (Aus) 87 Sean Sullivan (Aus) 88 Bram Schmitz (Ned) 89 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) 90 Leonid Baciu (Mda) 25.06 91 Hernan Antolinez (Col) 25.42 92 Jeroen Boelen (Ned) 30.12 93 Yasuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn) 94 Marek Salerno (Fin) 31.27
Complete Starting list
Armenia Dmitri Dyakov (Arm) 28-04-1980 Armen Gyozalyan (Arm) 14-02-1980 Australia Cadel Evans (Aus) 14-02-1977 Mathew Hayman (Aus) 20-04-1978 Cameron Mcdonald (Aus) 07-05-1978 Michael Rogers (Aus) 20-12-1979 Mark Roland (Aus) 12-01-1978 Sean Sullivan (Aus) 08-08-1978 Austria Christian Hölzl (Aut) 04-03-1979 Patrick Kofler (Aut) 08-11-1979 Christian Pfannberger (Aut) 09-12-1979 Ralf Scherzer (Aut) 27-10-1978 Kurt Schwarzlmüller (Aut) 21-12-1977 Jochen Summer (Aut) 28-05-1977 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) 08-11-1978 Belgium Christophe Brandt (Bel) 06-05-1977 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) 11-04-1978 Steven Kleynen (Bel) 22-12-1977 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) 01-07-1977 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) 07-11-1978 Tom Serlet (Bel) 01-06-1977 Nico Sijmens (Bel) 01-04-1978 Wesley Theunis (Bel) 29-01-1977 Belarus Anatoli Chaburka (Blr) 12-05-1980 Dzianis Isachenka (Blr) 18-03-1979 Alexandr Kozlov (Blr) 20-09-1973 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) 27-10-1979 Alexei Levdanski (Blr) 04-01-1977 Alexandr Oussov (Blr) 27-08-1977 Evgueni Seniouchkine (Blr) 18-04-1977 Sergei Stets (Blr) 18-03-1979 Andrei Voinau (Blr) 02-01-1980 Brazil Ramon Farias (Bra) 06-04-1977 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) 18-04-1978 Bulgaria Ivaylo Gabrovski (Bul) 31-01-1978 Gueorgui Koev (Bul) 06-04-1977 Daniel Petrov (Bul) 05-02-1978 Canada Alexandre Bernard (Can) 23-01-1978 Pascal Choquette (Can) 04-10-1978 Charles Dionne (Can) 15-03-1979 Bruno Langlois (Can) 01-03-1979 Martin St Laurent (Can) 19-07-1980 Colombia Hernan Antolinez (Col) 27-05-1977 Mauricio Alberto Ardilacano (Col) 21-05-1979 Castaneda Luis Oran (Col) 20-10-1977 Alexander Giraldo (Col) 26-06-1977 Rigoberto Ibanez (Col) 16-01-1977 Croatia Hrvoje Bosnjak (Cro) 13-06-1979 Martin Cotar (Cro) 10-07-1977 Massimo Demarin (Cro) 25-08-1979 Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro) 08-06-1979 Radoslav Rogina (Cro) 03-03-1979 Czechoslovakia Tomas Bauer (Cze) 26-12-1979 Tomas Buchacek (Cze) 07-03-1978 Ondrej Fadrny (Cze) 25-09-1978 Petr Klasa (Cze) 12-04-1977 Michael Mourecek (Cze) 23-04-1980 Pavel Zerzan (Cze) 15-05-1978 Denmark Anders Christensen (Den) 27-03-1980 Morten Helmernielsen (Den) 08-07-1977 Jan Jespersen (Den) 28-08-1977 Michael Larsen (Den) 10-03-1979 Jacob Nielsen (Den) 12-01-1978 Michael Reihs (Den) 25-04-1979 Henrik Simper (Den) 17-08-1979 Valentin Tabor (Den) 01-02-1979 Eritrea Amanuel Abraham (Eri) 08-11-1978 Mehreteab Kibreab (Eri) 01-01-1978 Ephrem Tewelde (Eri) 27-11-1977 Senay Tsegay (Eri) 16-12-1980 Even Zekarias (Eri) 15-03-1979 Spain Jorge Capitan (Esp) 01-03-1977 Juan Miguel Cuenca (Esp) 03-05-1977 Gorka Gonzalez (Esp) 28-09-1977 Francsico Lara (Esp) 25-02-1977 David Muñoz (Esp) 09-06-1979 Oscar Pereiro (Esp) 03-08-1977 Sergio Perez (Esp) 15-08-1978 Antonio Ponton (Esp) 19-02-1977 Xavier Tondo (Esp) 05-11-1978 Patxi Ugarte (Esp) 03-12-1977 Estonia Markku Ainsalu (Est) 09-11-1979 Innar Mandoja (Est) 27-02-1978 Finland Toni Lehtimäki (Fin) 27-09-1978 Juha Paajanen (Fin) 27-02-1979 Juha Posio (Fin) 23-05-1978 Marek Salermo (Fin) 16-01-1978 Oscar Stenström (Fin) 24-04-1978 France Sandy Casar (Fra) 02-02-1979 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) 30-06-1979 David Derepas (Fra) 09-03-1978 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) 30-11-1978 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) 19-12-1978 Sébastien Joly (Fra) 25-06-1979 Philippe Koehler (Fra) 03-05-1978 Stéphane Krafft (Fra) 16-10-1979 Régis Lhuiller (Fra) 28-05-1980 Freddy Ravaleu (Fra) 08-04-1977 Great Britain Yanto Barker (Gbr) 06-01-1980 Jamie Burrow (Gbr) 23-01-1977 Charles Wegelius (Gbr) 26-04-1978 Phillip West (Gbr) 20-07-1977 Georgia Irakli Darsalia (Geo) 22-01-1980 Dimitri Kapanadze (Geo) 15-09-1977 Mikheil Muradob (Geo) 08-09-1979 Germany Jörg Förster (Ger) 12-07-1979 Uwe Hardter (Ger) 14-01-1977 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) 17-03-1980 Matthias Kessler (Ger) 16-05-1979 Sebastian Lang (Ger) 15-09-1979 Torsten Nitsche (Ger) 22-05-1977 Stephan Schreck (Ger) 15-01-1978 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) 20-06-1980 Christian Werner (Ger) 28-06-1979 Markus Wilfurth (Ger) 12-07-1977 Haiti Chily Guerrier (Hai) 16-12-1978 Hilaire Josa (Hai) 06-08-1977 Delma Rousseau (Hai) 18-02-1980 Hungary David Arato (Hun) 09-03-1979 Balazs Rothmer (Hun) 14-04-1978 David Sipocz (Hun) 28-12-1978 Csaba Szekeres (Hun) 30-01-1977 Aurel Vig (Hun) 25-02-1978 Ireland Ross Blayney (Irl) 18-08-1978 Derek Finnegan (Irl) 12-10-1979 Keith Gallagher (Irl) 17-11-1977 Stephen Gallagher (Irl) 09-07-1980 David Mcquaid (Irl) 21-03-1979 Dermot Nally (Irl) 05-10-1980 David Oloughlin (Irl) 29-04-1978 Paul Roland (Irl) 27-04-1977 Mark Scanlon (Irl) 10-10-1980 Italy Leonardo Giordani (Ita) 27-05-1977 Michele Gobbi (Ita) 10-08-1977 Angelo Lopeboselli (Ita) 10-04-1977 Luca Paolini (Ita) 17-01-1977 Antonio Rizzi (Ita) 12-04-1978 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) 08-07-1977 Japan Shusaku Takahashi (Jpn) 03-08-1977 Masamichi Yamamoto (Jpn) 04-08-1978 Yasuhiro Yamamoto (Jpn) 05-01-1977 Kazakhstan Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) 21-03-1980 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) 02-11-1979 Latvia Remars Lauzis (Lat) 30-11-1977 Loias Reimanis (Lat) 21-03-1979 Andris Reiss (Lat) 10-03-1978 Andris Spehts (Lat) 28-08-1979 Maris Tiliskis (Lat) 25-05-1979 Janis Valdmanis (Lat) 09-05-1979 Liechtenstein Rafael Bayer (Lie) 24-07-1978 Lithuania Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) 06-04-1980 Dainus Kairelis (Ltu) 25-09-1979 Zydrunas Ragelskis (Ltu) 22-04-1978 Rolandas Razgauskis (Ltu) 14-08-1980 Rimvydas Rickus (Ltu) 16-03-1980 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) 15-11-1978 Valdemaras Saprykinas (Ltu) 30-01-1979 Drasutis Stundzia (Ltu) 01-10-1980 Raimondas Vilcinskas (Ltu) 05-07-1977 Andrejus Zubrovas (Ltu) 26-05-1977 Luxembourg Max Becker (Lux) 04-06-1978 Tom Flamang (Lux) 12-01-1978 Steve Fogen (Lux) 28-09-1979 Kim Kirchen (Lux) 03-07-1978 Christian Poos (Lux) 05-11-1977 Frank Schleck (Lux) 15-04-1980 Christian Theis (Lux) 13-10-1979 Michel Wolter (Lux) 15-10-1980 Moldova Sergiu Atamaneco (Mda) 29-09-1977 Leonid Baciu (Mda) 06-08-1977 Dmitri Bondari (Mda) 12-12-1980 Vladislav Dontov (Mda) 23-05-1978 Oleg Gamarta (Mda) 07-12-1977 Anatolie Pocotila (Mda) 01-09-1978 Serghei Smirnov (Mda) 26-12-1980 Valeriy Zayts (Mda) 19-09-1977 Mexico Miguel Angel Meza Flores (Mex) 19-05-1977 JulioAlberto Perezcuapio (Mex) 30-07-1977 Florencio Ramostorres (Mex) 24-11-1977 The Netherlands Jeroen Boelen (Ned) 27-01-1978 Bram De Waard (Ned) 12-06-1979 Marcel Buijn (Ned) 12-05-1977 Addy Engels (Ned) 16-06-1977 Bjorn Hoeben (Ned) 20-03-1980 David Orvalho (Ned) 21-03-1980 Bram Schmitz (Ned) 23-04-1977 Bram Tankink (Ned) 03-12-1978 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) 16-10-1977 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) 27-04-1978 Norway Lars Breiseth (Nor) 04-02-1980 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) 11-06-1977 Thor Hushovd (Nor) 18-01-1978 Rune Jogert (Nor) 15-02-1977 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) 22-02-1977 Lennart Slinning (Nor) 30-03-1977 Gisle Viköyr (Nor) 08-07-1978 New Zealand Gordon Bearman (Nzl) 29-05-1979 Warren Clarke (Nzl) 26-10-1977 John Ownsworth (Nzl) 02-06-1977 Ryan Russell (Nzl) 24-01-1979 Matthew Yates (Nzl) 06-08-1979 Poland Marek Blazej (Pol) 06-04-1977 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) 18-09-1977 Robert Koj (Pol) 27-11-1978 Dawid Krupa (Pol) 12-06-1980 Marek Maciejewski (Pol) 06-06-1977 Michal Olejnik (Pol) 09-05-1980 Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) 02-03-1978 Kamil Wolski (Pol) 14-06-1977 Zbigniew Wyrzykowski (Pol) 22-06-1980 Pawel Zugaj (Pol) 01-10-1979 Portugal Pedro Costa (Por) 20-11-1977 Ricardo Costa (Por) 23-07-1977 Claudio Faria (Por) 01-10-1977 José Felipe Oliveira Santos (Por) 12-07-1978 Sergio Paulinho (Por) 26-03-1980 Rui Pinto (Por) 24-09-1978 Nuno Ribeiro (Por) 09-09-1977 Hugo Sabido (Por) 14-12-1979 South Africa Ryan Cox (Rsa) 09-04-1979 Owen Hannie (Rsa) 02-06-1978 Tiaan Kannemeyer (Rsa) 14-12-1978 James Perry (Rsa) 19-11-1979 Russia Denis Bondarenko (Rus) 05-06-1978 Vladislav Borisov (Rus) 05-09-1978 Dmitri Dementiev (Rus) 17-01-1978 Dmitri Gainitdinov (Rus) 19-06-1978 Kirill Goloubev (Rus) 17-11-1978 Vladimir Karpiets (Rus) 20-09-1980 Serguei Klimov (Rus) 12-08-1978 Denis Menchov (Rus) 25-01-1978 Evgueni Petrov (Rus) 25-05-1978 Denis Smyslov (Rus) 05-01-1979 Slovenia Martin Derganc (Slo) 20-03-1977 Matija Kotnik (Slo) 15-07-1979 Uros Silar (Slo) 17-07-1978 Matej Stare (Slo) 20-02-1978 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) 13-04-1977 Marko Zepic (Slo) 27-02-1979 Switzerland Remo Amsler (Sui) 27-12-1977 Patrick Calcagni (Sui) 05-07-1977 Sandro Guettinger (Sui) 10-10-1979 Michel Klinger (Sui) 08-10-1977 Marco Roth (Sui) 10-02-1978 Uwe Straumann (Sui) 26-10-1977 Benoît Volery (Sui) 22-03-1977 Steve Zampieri (Sui) 04-06-1977 Slovakia Martin Cerepan (Svk) 16-10-1977 Jan Gazi (Svk) 03-10-1978 Radovan Husar (Svk) 22-09-1980 Andrej Kruzic (Svk) 11-09-1977 Jan Kruzic (Svk) 13-12-1979 Michal Laris (Svk) 05-08-1980 Sweden Stefan Adamsson (Swe) 03-01-1978 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) 15-01-1979 John Nilsson (Swe) 12-09-1978 Robert Österling (Swe) 24-05-1977 Ukraine Boris Gapitch (Ukr) 26-03-1977 Serguei Gretchin (Ukr) 09-06-1979 Vladimir Gustov (Ukr) 15-02-1977 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) 07-02-1979 Ruslan Podgorny (Ukr) 25-07-1977 Yaroslav Popovich (Ukr) 04-01-1980 United States Matt DeCanio (Usa) 05-04-1977 Kirk O'Bee (Usa) 09-04-1977 Danny Pate (Usa) 24-03-1979 Justin Spinelli (Usa) 31-08-1979 Joshua Thornton (Usa) 16-02-1979 Uzbekistan Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) 12-06-1977 Venuzuela Franck Chacon (Ven) 30-11-1979 Eduardo Malane (Ven) 30-11-1979 Erwin Mendez (Ven) 18-08-1978 John Navas (Ven) 10-06-1978 Javier Perez (Ven) 07-05-1977 Ruben Rangel (Ven) 12-08-1977 Yugoslavia Sasa Gajicic (Yug) 29-12-1977 Alexandar Nikacevic (Yug) 26-01-1978 Igor Pajovic (Yug) 04-11-1977 Zimbabwe Gareth Barry (Zim) 17-08-1979 David Dickinson (Zim) 12-09-1977