Results and Reports for April 5

GP Industry and Commerce Foligno

Umbria, Italy, April 1, 2000

The GP Fogliano, an Italian U23 national event, was held in showery weather with low temperatures. The course covered 2 laps of a fairly demanding circuit followed by 4 laps of a tough 20km circuit.

According to reports from the AIS National team, the race was pretty much controlled on the first circuit, with things getting serious when the field reached the second circuit. Australian's Baden Cooke and Mick Rogers lost contact over the last main climb, however Mark Roland (Pitti Shoes) managed to hold on and finish 6th in the race.

The race was won by Pole, Silvester Szmyd (San Paolo) with Grazziano Gasparre (Ita) Bergamasca taking second place.

Results - 143 km

1 Silvester Szmyd (Pol) San Paolo 	     3.33.30 (40.272 km/h)
2 Grazziano Gasparre (Ita) Bergamasca 		0.17
3 Francesco Belloti (Ita) Sintofarm
4 G. Paulo Caruso (Ita) Vellutex
6 Mark Roland (Aus) Pitti Shoes
18 Baden Cooke (Aus) Aust. National
20 Michael Rogers (Aus) Aust. National

151 starters

Results and reports courtesy of Brain Stephens, Australian coach.

GP Citta di Castello

Italy, April 2, 2000

The weather turned for the better on the following day and it was 20 degrees and sunny. The course contained 7 major climbs and the action started from the gun.

From an Australian point of view, the team rode an excellent race and were present in every break. Allan Davis showed a return to form getting in every major move for the first 100km.

On the final circuit it was Baden Cooke, Michael Rogers, Mark Roland (Pitti Shoes) and Scott Davis who were in the action, trying to mow down a group that escaped at the 110 km mark.

As the group continued to split Michael Rogers proved to be Australia's strongest rider, finishing 8th, a minute and a half down on eventual winner, David Trattini of Sintofarm. Baden Cooke punctured at a crucial moment and had to chase back on, and did not figure in the final placings.

Results - 152 km

1 Devid Trattini (Ita) Sintofarm 		     3.40.00 (41.4 km/h)
2 Dmitri Gainytdinov (Rus) San Paulo 			0.48
3 Aziaskan Kunchinski (Bul) Casprini
4 Giampao Caruso (Ita) Vellutex Zoccorinese
5 Matteo Gigli (Ita) Valdarno Modul Blok Papalini  
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Australian National Team		1.34
18 Mark Roland (Aus) Pitti Shoes

160 starters

Results and reports courtesy of Brain Stephens, Australian coach