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Photo highlights from Europe by Mario Stiehl - Part II

Photographer Mario Stiehl from World of Cycling.com has kindly provided Cyclingnews with photos from various races across Europe during the 2002 road season. Part I includes images from the Rund um den Henninger Turm, Rund um den Flughafen Köln-Bonn, Rund in Köln, Tour de Suisse and Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt.

Part I of Mario Stiehl's photo highlights

41st Rund um den Henninger Turm, Germany, May 1, 2002

Zabel too good, even for Oscar
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Zabel has another Turm

In cool, overcast conditions, the peloton set out from Frankfurt for a hilly 206 kilometre ride, incorporating three 33 km laps after an initial 76 km tour. The first breakaway to stick came from Polish strong man Piotr Przydzial (CCC-Polsat), Slovenian Gorazd Stangelj (Fassa Bortolo) and Belgian Dave Bruylandts (Domo). With Telekom and Gerolsteiner keeping a tight rein on the bunch, the trio were not allowed to get much more than 2 minutes in front.

A mass sprint was inevitable, with Zabel, Freire, Petacchi, Ivanov, Planckaert all in with a chance. The Telekom train had disintegrated by this stage, with Mapei and Fassa taking over the leadout. But Zabel was well placed, and started the sprint in second wheel. He had no problems coming around Ivanov to take the win, with Jo Planckaert sneaking up for second place.

14th Rund um den Flughafen Köln-Bonn, Germany, May 5, 2002

Rund in Köln, Rodenkirchen, Germany, May 19, 2002

66th Tour de Suisse, Switzerland, June 18-27, 2002

Casa couldn't break the Swiss
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Cool swiss Zuelle turns up the heat

Rivaling the Dauphiné Libéré and Volta a Catalunya for attention in June is the Tour de Suisse, Switzerland's biggest cycling race considered by many to be the most important stage race next to the Tour, Giro and Vuelta.

Most of the pictures are from stage 3 from Domat Ems to Samnaun, where the riders headed into the mountains for the first time, having to tackle the 2383m Flüalapass halfway through the stage, before the uphill finish to Samnaun (1828m). Alexander Vinokourov (Team Telekom) won the stage from a group of seven riders that included eventual race winner Alex Zuelle (Coast).

Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt, Germany, September 1, 2002

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