47th Paris - Bourges, Cat 1.3

France, October 1, 1998

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The Coupe de France, which is a season long competition for French cyclists is finalised at Paris-Bourges and without doubt it will be Pascal Lino (Big Mat) who will take the overall trophy. But the race is more important than that because it will also serve as the second last chance that riders have to get a place in the French team for the World Championships next week.

Paris-Bourges is the last of 14 races that constitute the Coupe de France. The race is organised by Team Maestro (Laurent Fignon) and is over 206 kms between Gien (Loiret) Bourges.

Pascal Lino was third last Sunday in the Polymultipliée de l'Hautil and has a 31 point lead over second place holder Laurent Desbiens (Cofidis) and 32 over Pascal Hervé (Festina). The winner of this race will get 50 points, second 35 and third 25. So if he places in the top 3 he will be assured of taking the Coupe from last year's winner Nicolas Jalabert.

With 3 days to go before the Paris-Tours, there is a strong group of French riders entered and they will be under the watchful eye of Charly Mottet, who is the manager of the French Worlds team. Also present will be the National Technical Director Patrick Cluzaud who will finalise with Mottet the team for Valkenburg.

The teams which will be represented are: Crédit Agricole, Big Mat-Auber 93, Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne, Casino, Cofidis, La Française des Jeux, Festina, Rabobank, Lotto-Mobistar, Mapei-Bricobi, Post Swiss Team, Vlaanderen 2002, Palmans-Ideal, Home Market-Charleroi, Collstrop and Team Home Jack and Jones.

The race starts at 12.30 at Gien, which is 120 kms south of Paris. It is expected to arrive in Bourges around 17.15.

Race Report

Belgian Ludo Dierckxsens, who at 34-years of age is having his best season, won the last Coupe de France race - Paris-Bourges - in solo fashion. The Coupe de France (a points contest throughout the season) was won by Big Mat-Auber's Pascal Lino.

Dierckxsens deprived Laurent Brochard of one of his last chances to win while still wearing the rainbow jersey that he won at the World Championships last year. The Belgian attacked with 3 kms to go, and held off his 3 other breakaway companions until the end.

The 48th edition of Paris-Bourges, was held over 205.6 kms. The action began a little over 50 kms into the race when a group of 22 riders attacked off the front. Pascal Hervé, who was still in the race for victory in the Coupe de France, enlivened the top group with a series of attacks which were always met by Pascal Lino, who was intent on preserving his lead in the points score.

Brochard and Dierckxsens, accompanied by Dutchman Maarten Den Bakker and French rider Fabrice Gougot, got away in the last 20 kms of the race on the hills that precede the run into Bourges. Then, Dierckxsens, who did not turn professional until he was 30 years old, repeated his attacking flair which was revealed during the recently completed Vuelta. There he was one of the most aggressive riders in the Tour. Again today.

He told the press after the race: "Tchmil and Peter van Petegem are to be the leaders of the Belgian team for the Worlds. But I have been given carte blanche to take my chances at Valkenburg next week."

Gien - Bourges, 205.6 kms:

 1. Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar  		     4.53.01 (42.100)
 2. Laurent Brochard (Fra) Festina             			0.20
 3. Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
 4. Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Casino
 5. Henk Vogels (Aus) Crédit Agricole
 6. Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                			2.01
 7. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Festina
 8. Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
 9. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Bricobi
10. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
11. Erwin Thijs (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002
12. Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Casino
13. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
14. Pascal Lino (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
15. Jens Voigt (Ger) Crédit Agricole          			2.10
16. Roland Meier (Sch) Cofidis                		       10.18
17. Lauri Aus (Est) Casino
18. Kurt Van de Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar
19. Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
20. Pascal Hervé (Fra) Festina				       10.18

Started: 123
Classified: 20

Complete Starting List

Festina				La Francaise des Jeux		Rabobank

1. Brochard Laurent		11. Magnien Emmanuel		21. Van Bon Leon
2. Bassons Christophe		12. Guesdon Frédéric		22. Den Bakker Maarten
3. Belli Wladimir		13. Horner Christopher		23. Boven Jan
4. Hernandez Jaime		14. Jan Xavier			24. Dekker Erik
6. Hervé Pascal			15. McGee Brad			25. Hiemstra Bert
7. Kivilev Andrei		16. Morin Anthony		26. Koerts Jans
8. Korff André			17. Nazon Jean. Patrick		27. Vierhouten Aart
				18. Peron Andrea		28. Zberg Beat

Lotto-Mobistar			Casino				Cofidis

31. Tchmil Andrei		41. Agnolutto Christophe	51. Julich Bobby
32. Aerts Mario			42. Aus Lauri			52. Delbove Jerôme
33. De Waele Fabian		43. Barthe Stéphane		53. Desbiens Laurent
34. Diercksens Ludo		44. Bessy Frédéric		54. Gwiazdowski Grzegorz
35. Planckaert JO		45. Bouvard Gilles		55. Meier Roland
36. Van de Wouwer Kurt		46. Chanteur Pascal		56. Moreau Francis
37. Marichal Thierry		47. Durand jacky		57. Thibout Bruno
38. Peers Chris			48. Gougot Fabrice		58. Tombak Janek

Credit Agricole			Mapei-Bricobi			Big Mat-Auber 93

61. O'Grady Stuart		71. Nardello Daniele		81. Lino Pascal
62. Backstedt Magnus		72. Leysen Bart			82. Bergès Stéphane
63. Delalande Frédéric *	73. Codol Massimo		83. Auger Guillaume
64. Vasseur Cédric		74. Figueras Giuliano		84. Dacruz Carlos
65. Langella Anthony		75. Camenzind Oskar (DNS)	85. Ravaleu Stéphan
66. Vogels Henk			76. Mattan Nico			86. Joukov Oleg *
67. Simon Francois		77. Missaglia Gabriele		87. Sivakov Alexei
68. Voigt Jens			78. Spruch Zbigniew		88. Sweet Jay

Mutuelle Seine-et-Marne		Post Swiss Team			Vlaanderen 2002
91. Teyssier Francisque		101. Beuchat Roger		111. Cretskens Wilfried
92. Bernard Jerôme		102. Haymoz Yvan		112. Hoste Leif
93. Cueff Stéphane		103. Paradis Daniel		113. Gerits Kris
94. Delrieu David		104. Renggli Marcel		114. Stremersch Tom
95. Guilbert Charles		105. Wirz Guido			115. Thijs Erwin
96. Maignan Gilles		106. Zucconi Pietro		116. Van Lancker Kurt
97. Pillon Laurent						117. Vermaut Stive
98. Talmant Gilles						118. Wuyts Peter

Palmans-Ideal			Home Market-Polti		Collstrop

121. Bomans Carlo		131. Assez Ronny		141. De Neef Steven
122. Corvers Frank		132. Capelle Ludovic		142. Hendryckx Christ
123. De Clercq Hans		133. Rokia Anthony		143. Daelman Danny
124. Hammond Roger		134. Demarbaix Sébastien	144. De Clercq Eric
125. Hoj Frank			135. Landrie Jürgen *		145. Desmet Tom
126. Pauwels Karl		136. Laveur. Pedoux Jerome	146. Everaert Bart *
127. Vanderaerden Gert		137. Ramel Franck		147. Fofonov Dmitry *
128. De Geyter Johan		138. Swinnen Danny *		148. Vereecke Filip

Team home Jack and Jones

151. Skibby Jesper
152. Jacobsen Marc Strange
154. Kyneb Mickael Holst
155. Nelissen Danny
156. Nielsen Michael Steen
157. Piziks Arvis
158. Silovs Juris

Nos 5, 107, 108 and 153 and Camenzind did not start.
Complete starting list from Daniel Schamps, Paris

Past Winners

1913 Marceau Narcy (Fra)
1917 Charles Juseret (Bel)
1922 Godart (Fra)
1923 Jean Brunier (Fra)
1924 Marcel Bidot (Fra)
1925 Deschamps (Fra)
1947 Albert Bourlon (Fra)
1948 Marcel Dussault (Fra)
1949 Marcel Dussault (Fra)
1950 Armand Audaire (Fra)
1951 Jean-Marie Goasmat (Fra)
1952 Stanislas Bober (Fra)
1953 Robert Varnajo (Fra)
1954 Jean Stablinski (Fra)
1955 Jean-Marie Cieleska (Fra)
1956 Joseph Morvan (Fra)
1957 Raymond Guegan (Fra)
1971 Ricci (Fra)
1972 Cyril Guimard (Fra)
1973 A. Berland (Fra)
1974 Barry Hoban (GB)
1975 Jean-Paul Danguilaume (Fra)
1976 Jean-Paul Molineris (Fra)
1977 R. Delepine (Fra)
1978 Regis Ovion (Fra)
1979 Jean-René Bernaudeau (Fra)
1980 Yves Hézard (Fra)
1981 Francis Castaing (Fra)
1982 Didier Vanoverschelde (Fra)
1983 Stephen Roche (Ire)
1985 Niki Rüttimann (Swi)
1986 Domenique Lecrocq (Fra)
1987 Kim Andersen (Den)
1988 Patrice Esnault (Fra)
1990 Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1991 Andrej Tchmil (Rus)
1993 Bruno Cornillet (Fra)
1994 Lars Michaelsen (Den)
1995 Daniele Nardello (Ita)
1996 Tristan Hoffman (Ned)
1997 Laurent Roux (Fra)
Past Winners by Mario Stiehl, Berlin