Preview:Organized from the daily paper Ouest France, the GP Plouay will be raced today in Plouay, a town in Brittany. It is a UCI Cat 1.1 race over a circuit of 13.9 kms. The riders have to do the circuit 15 times for a total of 209 kms. The same circuit will be used for the World Championships in 2000. As this is an important race, there will be 22 teams riding and noted performers include Telekom with Riis and Lombardi, Casino with Rodolfo Massi, Brescialat-Liquigas with Contrini, Festina with Virenque, Cofidis with Fondriest and Lelli, Riso Scotti with Minali and Baldato and Vitalicio Seguros with Ferrigato (who won in 1997).
It will be the first time that Rodolfo Massi has raced since being allowed to race again while awaiting trial for drug charges. The race also marks the return to official competition in France for the Festina team after the Tour de France scandal.
Race Report:Pascal Hervé (Festina) who is under judicial inquiry for drugs crimes after the Tour de France, attacked Ludo Dierickxsens on a climb 6 kms before the finish to set up the winning move in the G.P. Ouest-France. After 11 of the 15 laps the race was defined. A small group of 11 riders (Guidis, Secchiari, Ferrigato, Napolitano, Rinero, Berges, Heulot, Madouas, Barthe, Hervé, Dierickxsens), attacked and rode away from the main bunch. Dierickxsens subsequently attacked the group and took Hervé and Guidi with him. But the French rider was able to drop the Belgian and took 1.19 out of him at the end, most of it on the final climb . Guidi dropped out on the last lap after doing a lot of the work to set up the break.
First of Italian riders who have been dominant in the post-Tour period was Francisco Secchiari (Scrigno-Gaerne), who came in joint fifth, followed by 1997 winner Andrea Ferrigato, in 8th place.
The other development after the race came from Richard Virenque. Upon hearing the stipulation from the French Cycling Federatino that none of the riders under investigation for drug abuse would be selected in the French team for the World Championships, he said he would looking for another country to ride for. He intimated that fellow French Festina riders would do the same.
Plouay, 15 laps for 209 kms:
1. Pascal Herve (Fra) Festina 4.57.13 (42.196) 2. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lotto=Mobistar 1.19 3. Stephane Heulot (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux 3.30 4. Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis 3.38 5. Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Scrigno-Gaerne 3.50 6. Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis 3.52 7. Laurent Madouas (Fra) Lotto=Mobistar 3.54 8. Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Vitalicio Seguros 4.00 9. Paolo Valoti (Ita) Cantina Tollo 4.05 10. Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Asics-CGA 5.02 11. Fabrizio Bontempi (Ita) Ros Mary 5.30 12. Bo Hamburger (Dan) Casino 13. Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Cofidis 14. Richard Virenque (Fra) Festina 15. Dirk Müller (Ger) Telekom 16. Christian Charrière (Sch) Riso Scotti 17. Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno 18. Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Mutelle de Seine-et-Marne 19. Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne 20. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto=Mobistar 5.30
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