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33rd Giro d'Italia U26 e U23 - 2.6

Italy, June 13-22, 2003

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Stage 4 - June 17: Asola - Parma, 156 km

Australian Team Report

By Brian Stephens, AIS U23 Team Manager

Today's stage was from Asola to Parma, with the first 95km being flat and two tough climbs to cross before the finish in Parma.

The pace was again furious with attack after attack - like every day so far. Again one group eventually got clear, but was picked up by a group coming off the main group on the last climb. For us, Ben Johnson and Dave McPartland made it to the front group but Dave lost contact on the last climb. Davide Silvestri from Parolin Bassano won the stage with del Puppo continuing to hold his lead.


1 Davide Silvestri (Ita) Bassano Parolin         3.43.24  (44.288 km/h )
2 Davide Bragazzi (Ita) Italfine 
3 Giancarlo Ginestri (Ita) Zalf Desiree Fior 
4 Alexander Bajenov (Rus) Cotto Ref 
5 Daniele Colli (Ita) Zalf Desiree Fior             0.06 
6 Alessio Signego (Ita) Promo Ciclo 
7 Harald Starzengruber (Aut) Trevigiani 
8 Benny De Schroeder (Bel) Go Pass
9 Daniele Balestri (Ita) Grassi Vannucci 
10 Federico Berta (Ita) Italfine
General classification after stage 4
1 Nicola Del Puppo (Ita) Promosport 93 
2 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Pagnoncelli                  0.52 
3 Riccardo Ricc˛ (Ita) Raimondi Costanzini          1.09 
4 Daniele Masolino (Ita) Parolin Bassano            1.10 
5 Cristian Murro (Ita) Pagnoncelli                  1.13 
6 Antonio D.Aniello (Ita) Italfine 
7 Davide Bragazzi (Ita) Italfine                    1.17 
8 Dimitri Dementiev (Rus) Italfine                  1.25 
9 Andrei Karpatchev (Rus) Viris Vigevano            1.33 
10 Daniele Balestri (Ita) Grassi Vannucci           1.34