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32nd Giro Ciclistico d'Italia Internazionale U26 - 2.6

Italy, June 15 - 23, 2002

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Stage 4 - June 18: - Civitanova Marche, 168 km

Australian Team Report

By Brian Stephens, AIS U23 manager

Today's stage was again in hot conditions in the mid 30s and the pressure didn't come off in the race. A group of about 25 went clear at about the 30 km mark and immediately pulled out a fair lead. More groups came across until there was over 50 including Scott Davis, Gerrans and McPartland.

Scott was the best placed on classification so the others worked as hard as they could to build up a bigger gap. It went out to over 5 minutes at one stage but some other teams joined in and helped Casprini pull it back. They did just enough to hold the pink jersey, comming in at 1'27" enough to stay in front by a scant second from Aussie, Scott Davis who is now 2nd by only "that" second. The whole team deserves a pat on the back for the work they did today.


1 Murilo Fischer (Bra) IMA Veneta Brugnotto Cucine     4.01.37 (41.918 km/h)
2 Mauro Busato (Ita) F. Coppi Gazzera
3 Marco Zendron (Ita) Team Parolin
4 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Marchiol Hit Casino’s Site Frezza
5 Domenico Loria (Ita) Bedogni Fama
6 Andrea Baccani (Ita) Impruneta
7 Simone Meda (Ita) Zalf desirè Fior
8 Thomas Bastianel (Ita) F. Coppi Gazzera
9 Mirko Lauria (Ita) Bedogni Fama
10 Fabio Borghesi (Ita) San Paolo Saeco
38 Scott Davis (Aus) Australia               
43 Simon Gerrans  (Aus) Australia                         0.27
55 Simone Guidi (Ita) Team Casprini                       1.27
44 David McPartland  (Aus) Australia           
71 Gene Bates  (Aus) Australia
103 Adrian Laidler  (Aus) Australia            
General classification after stage 4
1 Simone Guidi (Ita) Team Casprini                    14.05.18
2 Scott Davis (Aus) Australia                             0.01
3 Cristian Climent (Spa) Cafè Baque                       0.04
4 Marco Bertini (Ita) MCS Bedogni Fama
5 Joseba Albizu (Spa) Cafè Baque 
6 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Marchiol Hit Casino’s Site Frezza
7 Fabio Quercioli (Ita) Grassi Mapei
8 Dmitri Semov (Rus) Russia                               0.16
9 Gene Bates (Aus) Australia                              0.24
10 Gabriele Pacini (Ita) Maltinti                         0.58
43 Adrian Laidler (Aus) Australia                        13.23
44 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Australia                         13.53
93 Dave McPartland (Aus) Australia                       34.27
Points classification
1 Giancarlo Ginestri (Ita) Zalf desirè Fior
Mountains classification
1 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita) Marchiol Hit Casino’s
Sprints classification
1 Fabio Borghesi (Ita) San Paolo Saeco
Best young rider
1 Simone Guidi (Ita) Team Casprini
Best foreigner
1 Scott Davis (Aus) Australia