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42nd Giro Friuli Venezia Giulia - 2.6

Italy, June 4-8, 2003

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Stage 5 - June 8: Mortegliano-Mortegliano, 156 km

Australian Team Report

By Brian Stephens, AIS U23 manager

The last stage of the Giro Friuli included a short, very steep climb at the 60 km mark and a flat run to the finish whish should have been at 158km but ended up being 173km as we did an extra lap of the finish.

A group including the overall leader Pidgornyy, went clear on the climb and was never caught. For us, Ashley Hutchinson was dropped on the climb and lost so much time that he withdrew. Lee Godfrey also withdrew close to the finish suffering from diarrhoea. Bruce McIntosh and Peter Dawson just finished in the main bunch.

Maksym Rudenko from Podenzana won the stage with Ruslan Pidgornyy taking 3rd place and the tour win comfortably. 2nd was Alessandro Ballan.


1 Maksym Rudenko (Ukr) Italfine Podenzano               3.44.04 (44.183 km/h)
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Modall Faresin Cyber Team
3 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) Marchiol Famila Site Frezza Safi  0.03
4 Martin Riska (Svk) Slovak Cycling                        2.07
5 Igor Zanetti (Ita) Gazzera Videa
6 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Marchiol Famila                     2.19
7 Francesco Ghiarč (Ita) Fracor Modolo
8 Manuele Mori (Ita) Grassi Colnago
9 Nicola Peccolo (Ita) Italtecnica Due S.Doną
10 Drasutis Stundzia (Ltu) Modall Faresin Cyber Team
Final general classification
1 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) Marchiol Famila               15.05.51 (42.190km/h)
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Modall Faresin Cyber Team        0.30
3 Maksym Rudenko (Ukr) Italfine Podenzano                  1.21
4 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Vezza Brunero                       2.17
5 David George (RSA) Barloworld                            2.22
6 Manuele Mori (Ita) Grassi Colnago                        2.24
7 Guido Balbis (Ita) Vezza Brunero                         2.27
8 Drasutis Stundzia (Ltu) Modall Faresin                   2.57
9 Giacomo Cariulo (Ita) Grassi Colnago                     3.09
10 Ryan Cox (RSA) Barloworld                               3.25
Sprints classification
1 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ita) Marchiol Famila, Ukr
Mountains classification
1 Giacomo Cariulo (Ita) Grassi Colnago
Young rider classification
1 Mattia Turrina (Ita) Trevigiani Dynamon
Foreign rider classification
1 David George (RSA) Barloworld

Courtesy of Massimo Bolognini & Paola Argelli/