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Giro organisers RCS and the ProTour teams make a deal to avoid a race boycott, new Discovery talent

Giro organisers RCS and the ProTour teams make a deal to avoid a race boycott, new Discovery talent


Giro d'Italia organisers RCS and the 20 ProTour teams have agreed on a financial package that will ensure there is no rider boycott of next month's Tour of Italy. After discussions today between Giro chief Angelo Zomegnan and teams' representatives Patrick Lefevere, Manolo Saiz and Roberto Amadio, it has been decided that each team will receive an indemnity payment of 50,000 euros for participating in the Giro. The teams had been asking for 60,000 euros and the Giro was offering just 30,000 before today's talks in Belgium.

- 2004 Giro d'Italia runner-up Serhiy Honchar won the third stage of the Tour of Trentino today, beating young Slovenian rider Janez Brajkovic in a two-up sprint. The main contenders came in 25 seconds behind the pair, with race leader Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio among them.

World under-23 time trial champion Brajkovic, who will join the Discovery Channel team on July 31, began the winning move when he attacked after 130km of racing. Honchar got across to the young talent Brajkovic 15km later and the pair worked hard to maintain their advantage into the finish, where the much more experienced Honchar easily won the sprint.

Stage 3, Revo-Salo

1 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Domina Vacanze 177km in 4.32.55 (38.96kph)
2 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Krka
3 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 0.25
4 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) LPR
5 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Naturino
6 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
7 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Lampre-Caffita
8 Manuele Spadi (Ita) Flaminia
9 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
10 Paolo Bailetti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli


1 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 13.43.03
2 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Caffita 0.34
3 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Domina Vacanze 0.35
4 David Bernabeu (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 0.43
5 David George (SA) Barloworld 1.05
6 Tiaan Kannemeyer (SA) Barloworld 1.06
7 Julian Sanchez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo 1.14
8 Jose Rujano (Ven) Colombia-Selle Italia
9 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Krka 1.20
10 David Latasa (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 1.30

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