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GP Industria del Marmo - 1.6

Italy, May 11, 2003

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Australian team report

By Brian Stephens, AIS U23 manager

Today was the GP Industrie del Marmo, in and around the big marble quarry at Carrara. The course includes laps that go up a tough climb, through the quarry and through a long tunnel at the top of the climb, followed by a tricky descent and a loop down to and along the sea front of Marina di Carrara.

The AIS Mapei Aqua Australian team consisted of Peter Dawson, Ashley Hutchinson, Lee Godfrey, Aaron Kemps, Bernie Sulzberger, Brendan Cato, David Betts and Gene Bates.

The pace of the race was pretty high from the start and our first casualty was Ash Hutchinson who slipped and crashed on the first descent and could not catch the group again. Next time up the climb we lost Lee, Brendan and Bernie. Peter Dawson fought hard to stay with the group and help out Gene for as long as he could. He was dropped on the 3rd time up the climb. Aaron and David rode well to stay in the front group until the last time up the climb, but ended up being shelled in a group of about 30 riders.

Cristian Tosoni, from Grassi, attacked on the last climb and stayed clear for the remaining 20km for an impressive win. In the group behind, Gene Bates showed continued improvement in his 4th race back after his broken collar bone to finish in the front group and run 17th in the sprint behind Tosoni.

Results - 167.4 km

1 Cristian Tosoni (Ita) Grassi Colnago                 4.01.08  (41.676 km/h)
2 Denis Kostyuk (Ukr) Colnago Concrete                    0.08
3 Roman Luhovvy (Ukr) Vezza Brunero Boeris
4 Christian Murro (Ita) Pagnoncelli FMB Perrel
5 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Finauto Sport Team
6 Manuele Mori (Ita) Grassi Colnago
7 Kiril Goloubev (Rus) G.S. Promo Ciclo
8 Borut Bozic (Slo) Kopstal - Sidi
9 Juan Pablo Magallanes (Mex) Maltinti Lampadari Solgomma
10 Francesco Secci (Ita) Maltinti Lampadari Solgomma
11 Maksym Rudenko (Ukr) Podenzano
12 Blazey Janiaczyk (Pol) Pacific Daver Polonia
13 Mattej Stare (Slo) Kopstal - Sidi
14 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Pagnoncelli FMB Perrel
15 Philip Deignan (Fra) V.C. La Pomme Marseille
16 Szymon Kurdynowski (Pol) Pacific Daver Polonia
17 Gene Bates (Aus) AIS Mapei Aqua Australia
18 Carmelo Nicolosi (Ita) Pacific Daver Polonia
19 Manuele Spadi (Ita) Pratesi Saeco San Paolo
20 Emiliano Lombardi (Ita) Danton Caparrini
21 Giovanni Cortinovis (Ita) Bottoli Artoni
22 Davide Bonuccelli (Ita) Volvo Dorini Norda Studio Metra
23 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) Marchiol Famila Site Team
24 Alessio Ricciardi (Ita) MCS Bedogni Famā Givers
25 Rosario Ferlito (Ita) G.S. Cotto Ref

Starters: 171
Finishers: 40

Past winners

2002 Ezio Casagrande (Ita) Site Frezza

2001 Nicola Pavone (Ita) Italfine
2000 Simone Cadamuro (Ita) San Pellegrino Bortoli Artoni

Past winners courtesy of Mario Stiehl,