66th Paris-Nice, Hors Category

France, March 7-14, 1999

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The Stages

  • Stage 1 - Boulogne-Billancourt - Paris, ITT 13 kms:
  • Stage 2 - Nangis - Sens, 184 kms:
  • Stage 3 - Sens - Nevers, 203 kms:
  • Stage 4 - Nevers - Vichy, 194.5 kms:
  • Stage 5 - Cusset - Firminy, 187 kms:
  • Stage 6 - Romans Sur Isere - Sisteron, 211 kms:
  • Stage 7 - Sisteron - Valberg, 198 kms:
  • Stage 8 - Nice - Nice, 157 kms:
Thanks to race organisers Monde Six and Claude Lambert who writes the "Film de l'Etape". Translations by cyclingnews.com


The 1999 edition of Paris-Nice involves 8 stages between Boulogne-Billancourt and Nice. There is a 9 kms ITT on the first day and a finish on the summit at Valberg the day before the end. There are 16 teams entered (see full list below).

Last year's winner, Belgian Frank Vandenbroucke is the hot favourite to win the Paris-Nice for 1999. The 1999 race is already notable because of the absence of some of the great teams in the professional peloton. Several of the best riders in the world will be missing from the starting line in Paris, notably French rider Laurent Jalabert and his Spanish team ONCE-Deutsche Bank who are refusing to ride in France at present after the team doctor Nicolas Terrados was detained and placed under investigation by Judge Keil in the Festina scandal.

Also missing from the starting 9 kms ITT on Sunday will be the Telekom team (with leader Jan Ullrich still ill) and Banesto. 8 months after the crisis of the last Tour de France, the "Race to the Sun" should allow some conclusions to be drawn about the state of professional cycling. Already rumours are circulating after last weekend's Het Volk (9 Belgians in the top 10) about the capacity of the French riders this season.

There is considerable interest in Richard Virenque who will be making his return to racing after earlier saying he was quitting professional cycling. People will be comparing this year's performances with those in recent years and drawing conclusions if they are inferior.

The French Cofidis team has sought Vandenbroucke to revitalise its fortunes and he is definitely eyeing two in a row. The ITT is clearly the sort of parcours which favours him. Not to technical. But the real duel on Stage 1 will be between British rider Chris Boardman and the Ukrainian Sergueï Gontchar.

The stages to Sens, Nevers and Vichy are good for the sprinters and Tom Steels, Frédéric Moncassin and Jan Kirsipuu, will contest some furious finales.

The big event comes next Saturday (March 13) with the long climb up to the finish at Valberg (27 kms of climbing) and will be the determining stage in the race. Vandenbroucke, Lance Armstrong, Stuart O'Grady and Alexandre Vinokourov are all capable of winning this race.

Meanwhile, Richard Virenque has given an interview about his new team, Polti and his chances in 1999. The French rider has spoken to Canal + in France and said that his first objective for 1999 was to be in good condition for the Giro and in excellent condition for the Tour de France.

What have you been doing since you signed with Polti in January?

I began training on my bike again and have made the sacrifices again. Now, I have found a new peace and I have found my tempo. I am happy. I am now in a hurry to get back to competition. I want to express myself and do lots of things.

What are the changes that have been made in the last year?

Everything has changed - the directeur sportif, the teammates, the jersey. And especially my way of seeing the things. This year, I will be more considered, more attentive, and more wary."

You have said that you have uncovered enemies?

Before I thought that everything was beautiful, and that the whole world was at peace. But now that is not true. I have discovered that there are problems with people. I had some problems coping with some difficult moments last year.

How have you come to Paris-Nice?

Physically I am not really bad, good, I would say that I can have a great Paris-Nice. It is only my first race back though. The last period, the conditions at Genève have been very bad. I have been training in Spain, in the region of Mallaga, to find some sun and to get a little tempo back. I do not believe that I am in top form. The objective is to find some form.

Are you apprehensive about this?

I have no fear of anything. On the contrary, I am seeing things differently. The spectacle of cycling still remains for me. I am very eager about it and I hope that I can still give more passion to the people who follow the sport.

What is there in this season for you?

I want to be in top form for the Tour de France and it is over a beautiful route this year. I would like to win a stage in the Tour and a World Cup race. I also want to ride for France at the World Championships in Italy.

Complete Starting List

Cofidis					Mapei-Quick Step

1. Franck Vandenbroucke (Bel)		11. Tom Steels (Bel)
2. Steve De Wolf (Bel)			12. Giuliano Figueras (Ita)
3. Peter Farazijn (Bel)			13. Paolo Fornaciari (Ita)
4. Philippe Gaumont (Fra)		14. Bart Leysen (Bel)
5. Claude Lamour (Fra)			15. Axel Merckx (Bel)
6. Arnaud Pretot (Fra)			16. Chann McRae (USA)
7. Christophe Rinero (Fra)		17. Tobias Steinhauser (Ger)
8. Laurent Rokia (Fra)			18. Max Van Heeswijk (Ned)

Casino					Rabobank

21. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)		31. Michael Boogerd (Ned)
22. Christophe Agnolutto (Fra)		32. Erik Dekker (Ned)
23. Lauri Aus (Est)			33. Maarten Den Bakker (Ned)
24. Stéphane Barthe (Fra)		34. Robbie McEwen (Aus)
25. Pascal Chanteur (Fra)		35. Rolf Sorensen (Den)
26. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)			36. Leon Van Bon (Ned)
27. Laurent Roux (Fra)			37. Marc Wauters (Bel)
28. Benoît Salmon (Fra)			38. Markus Zberg (Swi)

La Française des Jeux			Kelme-Costa Blanca

41. Stéphane Heulot (Fra)		51. José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa)
42. Christophe Bassons (Fra)		52. Santiago Botero Echeverry (Col)
43. Christopher Horner (USA)		53. Francisco Cabello Luque (Spa)
44. Yvon Ledanois (Fra)			54. Aïtor Gonzalez (Spa)
45. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra)		55. José Javier Gomez (Spa)
46. Anthony Morin (Fra)			56. Eduardo Hernandez Bailo (Spa)
47. Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra)		57. Francisco Leon Mane (Spa)
48. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra)		58. Javier Pascual Llorente (Spa)

Crédit Agricole				Vini Caldirola

61. Chris Boardman (GB)			71. Serguei Gontchar (Ukr)
62. Olivier Pereaudeau (Fra)		72. Massimo Apollonio (Ita)
63. Frédéric Finot (Fra)		73. Ruggero Borghi (Ita)
64. Frederic Moncassin (Fra)		74. Andrej Hauptmann (Slo)
65. Stuart O'Grady (Aus)		75. Gianluca Sironi (Ita)
66. Eros Poli (Ita)			76. Guido Trentin (Ita)
67. Henk Vogels (Aus)			77. Matthew White (Aus)
68. Jens Voigt (Ger)			78. Mauro Zanetti (Ita)

Festina					US Postal Service

81. Wladimir Belli (Ita)		91. Francisco Andreu (USA)
82. Rolf Huser (Swi)			92. Lance Armstrong (USA)
83. Fabian Jeker (Swi)			93. Pascal Deramé (Fra)
84. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz)		94. Tyler Hamilton (USA)
85. Laurent Lefevre (Fra)		95. George Hincapie (USA)
86. Laurent Madouas (Fra)		96. Marty Jemison (USA)
87. Alexander Moos (Swi)		97. Jason Livingston (USA)
88. Francisque Teyssier (Fra)		98. Glenn Magnusson (Swe)

Cantina Tollo				Lotto-Mobistar

101. Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe)		111. Andrei Tchmil (Bel)
102. Andrea Brognara (Ita)		112. Mario Aerts (Bel)
103. Oscar Cavagnis (Ita)		113. Fabien Dewaele (Bel)
104. Moreno Di Biase (Ita)		114. Jacky Durand (Fra)
105. Marco Antonio Di Renzo (Ita)	115. Thierry Marichal (Bel)
106. Massimiliano Gentili (Ita)		116. Jo Planckaert (Bel)
107. Massimo Giunti (Ita)		117. Peter Van Hyfte (Bel)
108. Guido Trenti (USA)			118. Gert Verheyen (Bel)

Polti					Big Mat-Auber 93

121. Richard Virenque (Fra)		131. Pascal Lino (Fra)
122. Daniel Atienza Urendeze (Spa)	132. Guillaume Auger (Fra)
123. Rossano Brasi (Ita)		133. Ludovic Auger (Fra)
124. Mirko Celestino (Ita)		134. Dominique Rault (Fra)
125. Mirko Crepaldi (Ita)		135. Christophe Cappelle (Fra)
126. Stéphane Goubert (Fra)		136. Carlos Dacruz (Fra)
127. Denis Lunghi (Ita)			137. Thierry Gouvenou (Fra)
128. Mauro Zinetti (Ita)		138. Jay Sweet (Aus)

Saeco-Cannondale			Post Swiss Team

141. Paolo Savoldelli (Ita)		151. Bruno Boscardin (Swi)
142. Valentino China (Ita)		152. Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi)
143. Salvatore Commesso (Ita)		153. Christian Charriere (Swi)
144. Dario Frigo (Ita)			154. Cédric Fragnière (Swi)
145. Harald Morscher (Aut)		155. Yvan Haymoz (Swi)
146. Massimiliano Mori (Ita)		156. Sven Montgomery (Swi)
147. Igor Pugaci (Mda)			157. Daniel Schnider (Swi)
148. Mario Traversoni (Ita)		158. Frederic Vifian (Swi)
Thanks to Daniel Schamps, Paris for the list

Past Winners

1933    Alfons Schepers (Bel)
1934    Gaston Rebry (Bel)
1935    René Vietto (Fra)
1936    Maurice Archambaud (Fra)
1937    Roger Lapebie (Fra)
1938    Jules Lowie (Bel)
1939    Maurice Archambaud (Fra)
1946    Fermo Camellini (Ita)
1951    Roger Decock (Bel)
1952    Louis Bobet (Fra)
1953    Jean-Pierre Munch (Fra)
1954    Raymond Impanis (Bel)
1955    Jean Bobet (Fra)
1956    Alfred De Bruyne (Bel)
1957    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1958    Alfred De Bruyne (Bel)
1959    Jean Graczyk (Fra)
1960    Raymond Impanis (Bel)
1961    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1962    Joseph Planckaert (Bel)
1963    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1964    Jan Janssen (Ned)
1965    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1966    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1967    Tom Simpson (GB)
1968    Rolf Wolfshohl (Ger)
1969    Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1970    Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1971    Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1972    Raymond Poulidor (Fra)
1973    Raymond Poulidor (Fra)
1974    Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)
1975    Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)
1976    Michel Laurent (Fra)
1977    Freddy Maertens (Bel)
1978    Gerrie Knetemann (Ned)
1979    Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)
1980    Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra)
1981    Stephen Roche (Ire)
1982    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1983    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1984    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1985    Sean Kelly (Ire) 
1986    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1987    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1988    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1989    Miguel Indurain (Spa)
1990    Miguel Indurain (Spa)
1991    Tony Rominger (Swi)
1992    Jean-Francois Bernard (Fra)
1993    Alex Zülle (Swi)
1994    Tony Rominger (Swi)
1995    Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1996    Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1997    Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1998    Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Mapei-Bricobi

Mario Stiehl from Berlin compiles the winner's lists