Two second places in the nation championships for blue-fuchsia colors.
In Italy, Adriano Malori could not confirm the title of champion in the time trial. On the course of Levico Terme, 37 km, the young Lampre-ISD’s athlete was second, at 2″ to the time that gave Dario Cataldo the white-red-green jersey. Third place for Pinotti.
Malori (photo Bettini) was the leader at the end of the two laps of the course, with 2″ on Pinotti and 7″ on Cataldo, but in the second lap he could not resist to the recover by Cataldo.
“One week ago, I lost the time trial in Tour de Slovenia for 1″; today 2″ between the victory and me there has been 1″, what a pity - Malori commented - I was willing to repeat last year victory, I trained in the best way but I had difficulties in the hilly part of the course, while Cataldo was very regular”.
In Bila Tserkva, Dmytro Krivtsov was very close to the victory of the Ukrainian title. He obtained the second place, behind Grivko, who obtained the road title after the time trial one he conquered on Friday.
Blue-fuchsia colors also in 4th place thanks to Buts.
“We raced in a good way, making demanding a course long but not so difficult - sport director Bondariew explained - We were with Krivtsov and Buts in the four men winning action, in which there were also Polivoda and Grivko. We tried to attack Grivko, but he was too strong”.
No way to battle for their national title for Niemiec (Polish championship to Golas), for Hondo, 8th (German title to Wegmann) and for Bole, 4th in the Slovenian championship that was won by Bozic in a 11 athletes sprint (11th Polanc, rider who could have a blue-fuchsia future).