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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, 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.

Leonardo Giordani
1m88cm / 63kg
Born 27.05.1977
76 Career Wins
5 in 1999, Including Giro del Regione
Will turn pro in 2000 with FASSA BORTOLI team

Italian gold and silver

By 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 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


Dmitri Dyakov               (Arm)   28-04-1980
Armen Gyozalyan             (Arm)   14-02-1980


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


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


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


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


Ramon Farias                (Bra)   06-04-1977
Luciano Pagliarini          (Bra)   18-04-1978


Ivaylo Gabrovski            (Bul)   31-01-1978
Gueorgui Koev               (Bul)   06-04-1977
Daniel Petrov               (Bul)   05-02-1978


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


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


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


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


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


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 


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 


Markku Ainsalu              (Est)   09-11-1979 
Innar Mandoja               (Est)   27-02-1978 


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 


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 


Irakli Darsalia             (Geo)   22-01-1980 
Dimitri Kapanadze           (Geo)   15-09-1977 
Mikheil Muradob             (Geo)   08-09-1979 


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 


Chily Guerrier              (Hai)   16-12-1978 
Hilaire Josa                (Hai)   06-08-1977 
Delma Rousseau              (Hai)   18-02-1980 


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 


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 


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 


Shusaku Takahashi           (Jpn)   03-08-1977 
Masamichi Yamamoto          (Jpn)   04-08-1978 
Yasuhiro Yamamoto           (Jpn)   05-01-1977 


Andrey Kashechkin           (Kaz)   21-03-1980 
Dmitriy Muravyev            (Kaz)   02-11-1979 


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 


Rafael Bayer                (Lie)   24-07-1978 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


Stefan Adamsson             (Swe)   03-01-1978 
Jonas Ljungblad             (Swe)   15-01-1979 
John Nilsson                (Swe)   12-09-1978 
Robert Österling            (Swe)   24-05-1977 


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 


Rafael Nuritdinov           (Uzb)   12-06-1977 


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 


Sasa Gajicic                (Yug)   29-12-1977 
Alexandar Nikacevic         (Yug)   26-01-1978 
Igor Pajovic                (Yug)   04-11-1977 


Gareth Barry                (Zim)   17-08-1979 
David Dickinson             (Zim)   12-09-1977