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33rd Giro d'Italia U26 e U23 - 2.6

Italy, June 13-22, 2003

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Stage 9 - June 22: Casacalenda - Casacalenda, 160 km

Australian Team Report

By Brian Stephens, AIS U23 Team Manager

The last stage of the Baby Giro was no parade as in many tours. The course was a tough one in an area devastated by an earthquake last October. The start and finish was in Casacalenda, in the Molise region. The day was one of the hottest on this years Giro, with temperatures getting to 37 degrees before a storm hit and dropped the temperature by 15 degrees. But it soon warmed up again, making the hilly stage even tougher.

The race went to the wire with the leader, Dainius Kairelis, withstanding attacks right to the line. Ben Johnson again was strong and ran somewhere around 15th. I expect that Ben maintained or slightly improved his overall from the previous day of 22nd, and Dave McPartland and David Betts would have also improved, while Caleb Manion withdrew during the storm.

Results

1 Massimiliano Maisto (Ita) Italfine Podenzano 4.00.36 (39.990 km/h)
2 Giacomo Cariulo (Ita) Grassi Vannucci           0.37
3 Daniele Colli (Ita) Zalf Fior                   0.39
4 Alexander Bajenov (Rus) Cotto Ref
5 Giancarlo Ginestri (Ita) Zalf Fior
6 Antonio D'Aniello (Ita) Italfine
7 Davide Bragazzi (Ita) Italfine                  0.45
8 Daniele Masolino (Ita) Bassano Parolin
9 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Ceramiche Pagnoncelli 
10 Aristide Ratti (Ita) Bottoli Artoni            0.51
11 Dainius Kairelis (Ltu) Modal Faresin

Final general classification

1 Dainius Kairelis (Ltu) Modal Faresin
2 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Ceramiche Pagnoncelli      0.03
3 Daniele Masolino (Ita) Bassano Parolin          0.23
4 Davide Bragazzi (Ita) Italfine                  0.27
5 Antonio D'Aniello (Ita) Italfine                1.04
6 Denis Skarpeta (Uzb) Raimondi Simec             2.22
7 Alessandro Conti (Ita) Promo Ciclo              2.34
8 Riccardo Ricc˛ (Ita) Raimondi                   2.35
9 Dimitri Dementiev (Rus) Italfine                2.47
10 Stefano Bonini (Ita) Bottoli                   3.00 

Courtesy of Giuseppe Villani