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26th Giro Internazionale del Valdarno - 1.6

Italy, September 9, 2003


By Brian Stephens, AIS U23 Team Manager

Yesterday saw the running of the 26th Giro del Valdarno in Tuscany. The conditions were pretty wet at the start and showers continued throughout the day. Representing the AIS Mapei Aqua team was Peter Dawson, Aaron Kemps, Nick Sanderson, Dave Betts and John Cantwell.

The race was on right from the gun, with half the field of 171 starters making it over the first climb and down the treacherous descent in the first group. All the Australians were there until Nick Sanderson started to feel the efforts of the previous day and was dropped after 80km.

Falls and the tough course took its toll and a group of three riders went clear with 80km to go, with two managing to hold off fast finishing Mexican, Moises Aldape Chavez (Sc Centri Della Calzatura). The race was won by Ukrainian Andry Grivko from the Kopstal team. Peter Dawson rode a great race over such a tough course to out-sprint his group and run fifth. Our other finishers were Jon Cantwell in 17th and Dave Betts in 25th place.

Results - 171 km

1 Andry Grivko (Ukr) Team Cycling Kopstal Sidi          4.12.00 (40.71 km/h)
2 Nose Tomaz (Slo) Slovenian National Team                 0.01
3 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) Sc Centri Della Calzatura     0.50
4 Marco Bertoletti (Ita) Gs Podenzano Italfine             0.55
5 Peter Dawson (Aus) Australia National Team               4.35
6 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Vc Aran World
7 Giacomo Cariulo (Ita) Gs Grassi Colnago Vannucci Piante
8 Danilo Andrenacci (Ita) Sc Monturano Civitanova
9 Stelvio Michero (Ita) Sc Centri Della Calzatura
10 Sergev Babenko (Rus) Sc Zoccorinese Vellutex
11 Dmitri Nikandrov (Rus) Gs Carbonio Gomme
12 Alessio Gori (Ita) Team Mauro Mancini Danton
13 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Sc Reda Mulinari                    6.00
14 Borut Bozic (Slo) Team Cycling Kopstal Sidi             7.42
15 Eugeny Popov (Rus) Russian National Team                7.50
16 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Gs Vezza Brunero Boeris            7.55
17 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Australia National Team         8.10
18 Zrimsek Jure (Slo) Slovenian National Team
19 Michele Palini (Ita) Team Irsea Resine Ragnoli
20 Eugeny Jaskevitch (Rus) Russian National Team
21 Mattej Stare (Slo) Team Cycling Kopstal Sidi
22 Paolo Capponcelli (Ita) Gs Podenzano Italfine
23 Igors Dobrovolskis (Lat) Gs Fausto Coppi Team Rosini
24 Walter Aceti (Ita) Team Aurora Named
25 David Betts (Aus) Australia National Team
26 Patrick Martini (Ita) Sc Reda Mulinari
27 Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) Gs Citta' Del Ciclismo Alplast
28 Massimo Mazzanti (Ita) Sc Reda Mulinari
29 Spasojevic Marko Yug) Gs Valdarno & Tc Valdelsano
30 Brajkovic Janez (Slo) Slovenian National Team
31 Marco Cellini (Ita) Sc Centri Della Calzatura
32 Vincenzo Di Luca (Ita) Tc Icet Buca Del Gatto
33 Sergio Ceccarelli (Ita) Sc Centri Della Calzatura
34 Krjstian Fajt (Slo) Slovenian National Team

Starters: 160 
Classified: 34

Courtesy of ciclismotoscano