63rd Waalse Pijl/Flèche Wallonne, Cat HC
Belgium, April 14, 1999
PreviewToday the Walloon Arrow - the Waalse Pijl - the Fleche Walloone is staged and continues its comeback after declining as a large classic when it was not included in the World Cup. The race involves three ascents of the legendary wall of Huy, which has usually been the place where the race is won and lost. The wall of Huy is a narrow road climbing out if the village of Huy which sits next to the River Meuse (just south of Luik). It is only 1.4 kms long but has a slope of some 19 per cent and is very tough.
Rabobank has chosen this race as the first important target for Michael Boogerd this season. Adri van Houwelingen said: "It will not be good if Michael starts last climb of Huy with favourites like Jalabert, Rebbelin and Bartoli. He doesn't have the explosive power of these riders. We will thus have to make the race hard and start our fight on the second climb of Huy."
Another Rabobank rider wants to win as well - Maarten den Bakker. He said: "I had a lot of bad luck last Sunday in Paris-Roubaix. Vandenbroucke hit me with his bike in the corner before the Muur van Geraardsbergen. I was super that day." Den Bakker will wait until the final stages of the race. "Normally FW starts in the last 40 kms. The climbs are good for me, except the Muur of Huy. With my legs at this moment, I'm not afraid of anybody."
However, Laurent Jalabert (ONCE), the recent winner of the Catalan Week and then the Tour of the Basque Country is the logical favourite for the 63rd edition of the Waalse Pijl/Flèche wallonne, a race he has won twice before in 1995 and 1997.
He is aiming to join the Belgians Marcel Kint and Eddy Merckx, and also the Italian Moreno Argentin, who all won this classic three times. The race is often considered a better test than some of the World Cup races.
Italian Michele Bartoli (Mapei), the world number 1 is testing his fitness before the real race for him this week next Sunday - Luik-Bastenaken-Luik. Like Jalabert, Bartoli has all the athletic skills to be dangerous on the climb of the mur de Huy, the major difficulty in the race.
In contrast to the cobbles of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix, the Flèche Wallonne offers riders decent road surfaces but hilly terrain. Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) and Davide Rebellin (Polti) are well placed as climbers to push their hopes. Boogerd is however not as fast as Jalabert and Rebellin in the sprints and he will have to attack on the côtes de Bohissau and Ahin, which are situated, respectively, 26 and 11 kms from the end.
As is expected, German Jan Ullrich is not racing. And Belgian Franck Vandenbroucke has taken a day off after his efforts in Paris-Roubaix. The Italian Marco Pantani, who is suited to this course is also absent. He is recovering from a fall in the Catalan Week.
Another rider who may threaten is 25-year old Stefano Garzelli, the winner of the Tour de Suisse 1998, who is leading his team in the Ardennes races. A good climber and sprinter, Garzelli constitutes a definite danger to Jalabert and Bartoli.
How it unfolded:This morning 188 riders started and of those 25 riders are backing up from Paris-Roubaix last Sunday. Two of them: Johan Verstrepen and Ludo Dierckxsens were dropped on the first climb of the Muur de Huy. With still 93 km to go they are on the second climb of the Muur de Huy and there are 13 leaders, including Tobias Steinhauser (Mapei), Patrick Jonker (Rabobank), Bobby Julich (Cofidis), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole), Gilles Maignan (Casino), and Nicolas Vogondy (La Francaise des Jeux). At the top of Huy the leaders had 40 seconds.
The peloton was being led by Michael Boogerd, Markus Zberg, and Oscar Camenzind. Ludo Dierckxsens abandoned. The weather is bad - rain, cold but no wind. Last night and this morning there was even wet snow in the Benelux region.
13.50: After the second climb of the Muur de Huy the group of 13 leaders comes together with a lot of other riders. Up until now the average speed was 40.493 km/h. Cesar Solaun (Banesto) attacks but within a few minutes the peloton comes back to him and Bartoli comes to the front.
13.58: Michele Bartoli attacked over the top and only Maarten den Bakker and Oscar Camenzind could follow.
14.10: There were three leaders now consolidated - Michele Bartoli (Mapei), Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) and Maarten den Bakker (Rabobank). The weather is very cold and there is wet snow. This is April in the Ardennes! Bartoli is wearing a knee warmers and a jacket.
14.27: Peloton was at 2.00
14.35: Cote d'Ossogne - still 50.5 kms to go and the peloton was losing time.
14.40: Peloton at 2.41 with three leaders. Average speed 41.494 km/h.
14.42: The weather was deteriorating and Bartoli and Den Bakker change gloves to get dry ones. Oscar Camenzind wants to change his world championship shirt in a hurry. His zip is stuck. The problem with the zipper on Camenzind's shirt was responsible for him losing contact with Bartoli and Den Bakker. Team Polti and Lotto led the peloton behind.
14.44: Camenzind went to the mechanic in his team car for help with his half open shirt.
14.46: Camenzind gets his new shirt but he has now lost contact with the leaders. Bartoli and Den Bakker didn't wait for him. Mario Aerts (Lotto) led peloton at 2.36.
14.51: Two leaders: Michele Bartoli (Mapei) and Maarten den Bakker (Rabobank). Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) at 0.09, peloton at 2.29. Still 45 kms.
14.53: Camenzind at 0.22. Eric Vanderaerden, now a TV commentator for Belgium TV says: "It is bad sportspersonship for Bartoli and Den Bakker not to wait for Camenzind while he fixed his shirt problem. Camenzind did his work in the leader's group and helped them get away. The three has so much time, why can't you stop your legs for a minute? Okay, I can understand that Den Bakker doesn't wait - he thinks there is only one rider over instead of three, and I'm the weakest. Maybe Bartoli can see the result already next Sunday. He will not expect to get any help ever again from Lampre. You never forget such a thing. Even when you have to wait for 3 years, if you can do something back, you will. I know that for sure."
15.01: Camenzind was at 0.29. Mario Aerts led peloton again at 2.55.
15.06: Laurent Genty (Big Mat and last Sunday riding in Paris-Roubaix) attacked in peloton. Still 34 kms.
15.12: Peloton at 3.28
15.16: Boogerd led the peloton. RTBF-motor bike rider with cameraman fell. Laurent Jalabert lost contact with peloton.
15.18: Camenzind at 2.15; peloton at 3.28
15.20: Still 25 kms. Mario Aerts (again!) attacked with Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) - at 3.20, while peloton at 3.45.
15.23: Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) and Mario Aerts (Lotto) join up with Oscar Camenzind (Lampre). The three riders were now at 3.20 and the rest of peloton (broken in three parts) was at 3.45
15.24: The weather was atrocious. Pouring rain (snow-water) and/or wet snow. The temperature is 3 Celsius. Speed: 39.910 km/h.
15.30: Group of 3 was at 3.05 and first part of peloton was at 3.52
15.34: The climb to Cote de Ahin approached with 14 kms still to rider for the two leaders.
15.42: Bartoli and Den Bakker reached top of Cote de Ahin. Boogerd, Aerts and Camenzind at 3.00, peloton were at 4.08 .
15.44: There was still 10 kms to go.
15.55: Up until the last few hundred meters from the finish line, Bartoli and Den Bakker were working together. One tempo-change was enough for Bartoli to take the win ahead of the Dutchman.
Charleroi - Huy, 201 kms:
1. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 4.52.46 2. Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank 0.14 3. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 3.06 4. Oskar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin 3.13 5. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 3.34 6. Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom 3.40 7. Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 3.42 8. Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank 3.45 9. Jens Voigt (Ger) Crèdit Agricole 3.48 10. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale 3.53 11. Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Banesto 3.59 12. Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 4.02 13. Aitor Osa (Spa) Banesto 4.07 14. Axel Merckx (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step 4.11 15. Luca Scinto (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 4.18 16. Alvaro Gonzalez (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 4.22 17. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti 4.42 18. Andrea Noe (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 4.44 19. Marty Jemison (USA) US Postal Service 4.48 20. Unai Osa (Spa) Banesto 4.53 21. Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 4.58 22. Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Telekom 5.03 23. Gian Mario Ortenzi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 5.04 24. Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom 5.17 25. Abraham Olano (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 5.20 26. Geert Verheyen (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 5.38 27. Laurent Genty (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 5.58 28. Peter Wuyts (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 6.11 29. Bobby Julich (USA) Cofidis 6.23 30. Kurt Van de Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar 6.26 31. Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service 6.59 32. Steve Vermaut (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 7.23 33. Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Mapei-Quick Step 7.38 34. Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 7.42 35. Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec 8.13 36. Vladislav Bobrik (Rus) Riso Scotti-Vinavil 11.28 37. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Festina Lotus 11.32 38. Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Crèdit Agricole 11.33 39. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) La Française des Jeux 11.33 40. Roland Meier (Swi) Cofidis 11.34 41. Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 11.34 42. Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 11.34 43. Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Team Polti 11.35 44. Santiago Blanco (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros 11.36 45. Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 11.41 46. Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank 11.44 47. Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 11.45 48. Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Cofidis 11.55 49. Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo-Alexia 12.00 50. Riccardo Forconi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 12.05 51. Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Casino 12.32 52. Tom Stremersch (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 13.31 53. Cesar Solaun (Spa) Banesto 13.35 54. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crèdit Agricole 18.04 55. Roméo Hernandez (Bel) Home Market-Charleroi 22.01 56. Sergio Barbero (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Bianchi 22.07
CHARLEROI start Place Charles II official start Gilly 0 11.00 Chatelet 1 11.02 Fleurus 2 11.04 Sombreffe - Ligny 10 11.14 Sombreffe 13 11.19 Corroy-le-Château 15 11.23 Grand Manil 18 11.30 Gembloux 19 11.31 Perwez 33 11.48 Noville 39 11.56 Eghezèe 43 12.01 Hanret 44 12.03 Hambraine 46 12.05 Forville 49 12.11 Bierwart 52 12.15 Hanneche 53 12.17 Burdinne 56 12.21 Lamontzée 58 12.24 Oteppe 61 12.28 Huccorgne 64 12.31 climb: Côte 'Route Jolie' 66 12.36 Fumal 68 12.40 Vinalmont 70 12.43 Wanze 75 12.47 Huy 76 12.49 climb: Mur du Huy 79 12.54 Feed Station 80 15.55 Stree 82 12.57 Ombret 88 13.03 Amay 94 13.12 climb: Côte d'Amay 95 13.16 Jehay 97 13.18 Bodegnée 101 13.23 Fize-Fontaine 103 13.26 Villers-le-Bouillet 106 13.31 Pâturages 109 13.35 Huy 110 13.36 climb: Mur du Huy 115 13.45 provisioning 116 13.47 Stree 116 13.47 Ombret 125 13.57 climb: Côte de France 128 14.02 Villers-le-Temple 129 14.03 Scry (Tinlot) 133 14.10 Pont-de-Bonne 141 14.21 climb: Côte de Pailhe 147 14.30 Havelange 150 14.35 Flostoy 153 14.41 Evelette 156 14.45 Ohey 160 14.48 Coutisse 163 14.53 Andenne 167 14.57 Côte de la Flisme 172 15.02 Coutisse climb: Côte de Bohisseau 174 15.08 Ben-Ahin 177 15.13 Solières 179 15.16 Hénimont 181 15.18 climb: Côte d'Ahin 190 15.31 Fléron Marchin 192 15.33 Huy 198 15.43 FINAL CLIMB TO FINISH Mur du Huy 201 15.48
Complete Starting List
Cantina Tollo-Alexia Mapei-Quick Step 1 11 Michele Bartoli (Ita) 2 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) 12 Paolo Bettini (Ita) 3 Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) 13 Gianni Faresin (Ita) 4 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) 14 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) 5 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) 15 Axel Merckx (Bel) 6 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) 16 Andrea Noe (Ita) 7 Germano Pierdomenico (Ita) 17 Luca Scinto (Ita) 8 Guido Trenti (USA) 18 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Rabobank Lotto-Mobistar 21 Michael Boogerd (Ned) 31 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) 22 Niki Aebersold (Swi) 32 Mario Aerts (Bel) 23 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) 33 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) 24 Patrick Jonker (Ned) 34 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) 25 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) 35 Manu L'Hoir (Bel) 26 Grischa Niermann (Ger) 36 Kurt Van de wouwer (Bel) 27 Beat Zberg (Swi) 37 Geert Verheyen (Bel) 28 Markus Zberg (Swi) 38 Peter Wuyts (Bel) Cofidis Crédit Agricole 41 Christophe Rinero (Fra) 51 Chris Boardman (Gbr) 42 Steve De Wolf (Bel) 52 Frédéric Delalande (Fra) 43 53 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) 44 Bobby Julich (USA) 54 Christopher Jenner (Nzl) 45 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) 55 François Simon (Fra) 46 Roland Meier (Swi) 56 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) 47 David Moncoutie (Fra) 57 Jens Voigt (Ger) 48 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) 58 Team Polti Casino 61 Davide Rebellin (Ita) 71 Laurent Roux (Fra) 62 Daniel Atienza (Spa) 72 Fréderic Bessy (Fra) 63 Rossano Brasi (Ita) 73 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) 64 74 David Delrieu (Fra) 65 Stefano Cattai (Ita) 75 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) 66 Mirco Crepaldi (Ita) 76 Gilles Maignan (Fra) 67 Stephane Goubert (Fra) 77 Benoit Salmon (Fra) 68 Cristian Salvato (Ita) 78 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Mercatone uno-Bianchi Kelme-Costa Blanca 81 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) 91 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) 82 Sergio Barbero (Ita) 92 José De los Angeles (Spa) 83 Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita) 93 Ruben Galvan (Spa) 84 Michele Coppolillo (Ita) 94 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) 86 Riccardo Forconi (Ita) 95 Elicio Requejo (Spa) 87 Dimitri Konyshev (Rus) 96 Toni Tauler (Spa) 88 Giammario Ortenzi (Ita) 89 Marco Velo (Ita) La Francaise des Jeux Festina 101 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) 111 Patrice Halgand (Fra) 102 Xavier Jan (Fra) 112 Wladimir Belli (Ita) 103 Yvon Ledanois (Fra) 113 Franz Hotz (Swi) 104 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) 114 105 Anthony Morin (Fra) 115 106 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) 116 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) 107 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) 117 Laurent Madouas (Fra) 108 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) 118 Alexandre Moos (Swi) 120 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank Saeco-Cannondale 121 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) 131 Roberto Petito (Ita) 122 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) 132 Dario Frigo (Ita) 123 David Etxebarria (Spa) 133 Vitali Kokorine (Rus) 124 M Angel Martin Perdiguero (Spa) 134 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) 125 Abraham Olano (Spa) 135 Harald Morscher (Aut) 126 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa) 136 Igor Pugaci (Mda) 127 Andrea Peron (Ita) 137 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) 128 Marcos Serrano (Spa) 138 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Vitalicio Seguros Lampre-Daikin 141 Santiago Blanco (Spa) 151 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) 142 David Garcia (Spa) 152 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) 143 Francisco Garcia Rodriguez (Spa) 153 Massimo Codol (Ita) 144 Inigo Gonzalez Heredia (Spa) 154 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) 145 Ernesto Manchon (Spa) 155 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) 147 Juan Miguel Mercado (Spa) 156 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) 148 Gines Salmeron (Spa) 157 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) 150 Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) 158 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec Team Deutsche Telekom 161 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) 171 Bjarne Riis (Den) 162 Ruggero Borghi (Ita) 173 Udo Bolts (Ger) 163 Filippo Casagrande (Ita) 174 Alberto Elli (Ita) 164 Massimo Donati (Ita) 175 Francesco Frattini (Ita) 165 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) 176 Jens Heppner (Ger) 167 Guido Trentin (Ita) 177 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) 168 178 Andréas Kloden (Ger) Banesto US Postal Service 181 Aitor Osa (Spa) 191 Christian Vandevelde (USA) 182 Candido Barbosa (Por) 192 Dylan Casey (USA) 183 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) 193 David George (RSA) 184 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) 194 Tyler Hamilton (USA) 185 David Latasa (Spa) 195 Marty Jemison (USA) 186 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) 196 Benoit Joachim (Lux) 187 Unai Osa (Spa) 197 Peter Meinert-Nielsen (Den) 188 César Solaun (Spa) 198 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Riso Scotti-Vinavil Vlaanderen 2002 201 211 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) 202 Mauro Bartoli (Ita) 212 Davy Daniels (Bel) 203 Vladislav Bobrik (Rus) 213 Stijn De Schoenmacker (Bel) 204 Cristiano Mancini (Ita) 214 Jurgen Guns (Bel) 205 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) 215 Tom Stremersch (Bel) 206 216 Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) 207 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) 217 Jurgen Van Roosbroeck (Bel) 208 Alain Turicchia (Ita) 218 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Big Mat-Auber 93 Home Market-Charleroi 221 Lylian Lebreton (Fra) 231 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) 222 Ludovic Auger (Fra) 232 Vincent Cali (Fra) 223 Philippe Bordenave (Fra) 233 Stéphane Cueff (Fra) 224 Thierry Bourguignon (Fra) 234 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) 225 Laurent Genty (Fra) 235 Charles Guilbert (Fra) 226 Denis Leproux (Fra) 236 Stéphane Hennebert (Bel) 227 Dominique Rault (Fra) 237 Roméo Hernandez (Bel) 228 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) 238 Laurent Pillon (Fra) Collstrop 241 Erwin Bollen (Bel) 242 Tony Bracke (Bel) 243 Eric De Clercq (Bel) 244 Bart Everaert (Bel) 245 Dimitri Fofonov (Kaz) 246 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) 247 Francky Van Haesebroucke (Bel) 248 Wim Vansevenant (Bel)