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33rd Giro d'Italia U26 e U23 - 2.6

Italy, June 13-22, 2003

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Prologue - June 13: Maerne ITT, 6.1 km

Australian Team Report

By Brian Stephens, AIS U23 manager

The Giro d.Italia Under 23 / Elite started with a prologue in Maerne in Veneto. The Australian National team is made up of Aaron Kemps, Gene Bates and David Betts from the AIS group, David McPartland and Caleb Manion from the Italian, Bibanese team and Ben Johnson from his French team based in Dijon. The rules of this race state that half the team must be Under 23 and the rest Under 26 years old. We have five riders under 23.

The prologue was held over a 6.1km flat course and our last rider turned in our best time with Aaron Kemps placing 9th, 11" behind winner Dario Benenati from IMA Veneta.


1 Dario Benenati (Ita) Ima Veneta                7.07 (51.428 km/h)
2 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) UC Trevigiani             0.06
3 Luca Celli (Ita) Reda
4 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Ima Veneta                0.08
5 David Boucher (Ita) Go Pass-Belgio             0.09
6 Daniele Masolino (Ita) VC Bassano
7 Stefano Brunelli (Ita) Reda                    0.10
8 Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) VC Bassano            0.11
9 Aaron Kemps (Ita) Australia
10 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Cyber Team            0.12
11 Koloubnev (Ukr) Promociclo                    0.13
12 Davide Bragazzi (Ita) Podenzano
13 Paride Grillo (Ita) Pagnoncelli               0.15
14 Andris Reiss (Lat) Pagnoncelli
15 Daniele Colli (Ita) Zalf                      0.16

48 Gene Bates (Aus) Australia Mapei Aqua         0.25
49 David McPartland (Aus) Australia Mapei Aqua   0.26
63 Ben Johnson (Aus) Australia Mapei Aqua        0.30
94 David Betts (Aus) Australia Mapei Aqua        0.38
119 Caleb Manion (Aus) Australia Mapei Aqua      0.46