93rd Paris-Tours, Cat CDM

France, October 3, 1999

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Race Report

By Tomas Nilsson, cyclingnews.com correspondent

Tchmil, Boogerd, Vandenbroucke, van Petegem or Museeuw? That was the question. Marc Wauters was the answer.

Andrei Tchmil, who won this race two years ago, was hoping to grab enough points to secure the World Cup victory, in the second last race of the competition. He succeeded in beating all of the top contenders but Boogerd and Vandenbroucke still have their chance to take the Cup if Tchmil misses out completely in the final race, Giro di Lombardia.

Marc Wauters won the day's race after an attack at Pagode de Chanteloup, a climb 50 kms from the finish. The Belgian Rabobank rider took Italian Gianni Faresin (Mapei-Quick Step) with him, and the duo held a maximum gap of 48" to the chasing peleton. The Belgian finally dropped his partner on a small hill in the closing kilometers to take the win. Faresin though still had the legs to hold off a fast finishing bunch which was led home by Casino's Jaan Kirsipuu (Est).

The fist major break away of the day came from Frédéric Guesdon, Jesper Skibby and Stéphane Berges who gained over four minutes at one stage but were captured at around 165 kms after Rabobank and a strong headwind took their toll. The peleton at this point was now down to 50 riders.

At the Pagode de Chanteloup climb, domestiques Wauters (Rabobank) and Faresin (Mapei) attacked at the 204th kilometer. They slowly increased the gap second by second, and at 220 kms it was 40 seconds. Cofidis and TVM (Vandenbroucke and van Petegem) were doing the main chasing job in the peloton. At the days last sprint in Evres-sur-Indre the gap was 48 seconds.

At the climb up Côte du Crochu at 228 kms, van Petegem and Museeuw tried to escape but Frank Vandenbroucke led the chase to catch them quickly. At the foot of the climb in Epan, 10 kms remaining, the gap to the top duo was still 48 seconds but now Frank Vandenbroucke accelerated with the peleton hanging on and the gap decreased rapidly. But it was too late. Wauters hung the the Italian off in the last kilometers and won by ten seconds to Faresin and fourteen to the peloton.

By finishing 9th, Andrei Tchmil gained another 20 points to increase his lead in the World Cup, but will it be enough to hold off Boogerd (21st) and Vandenbroucke (11th - just two places behind Tchmil), when the Tour of Lombardy comes?

Profile of Marc Wauters

30 year-old Belgian Marc Wauters isn't just any old domestique. This year he has won the Tour of Luxemburg, the Prutour of Great Britain, the Rheinland Pfalz Rundfahrt and the GP Eddy Merckx with Erik Dekker. He is also on the Belgian World Championship squad. This year has been his by far best since he debuted 1991 and his UCI ranking (46th) is his best ever after nine years in the pro peloton.

His career shows a gradual rise, with a leap this year:

1991, Lotto, ranked 457th at the end of season
1992. Lotto, 340th
1993, Lotto, 331st
1994, WordPerfect, 242nd
1995, Novell, 256th
1996, Lotto, 246th
1997, Lotto, 205th
1998, Rabobank, 199th
1999, Rabobank, current ranking: 46th at 756 points

Some pictures:

In yellow at the Tour of Luxemburg - (Nicolas Leroy)

In third wheel chasing in the Prutour - A race he eventually won (Howard Waller)

Saint-Arnoult-les-Yvelines-Tours, 254.5 kms:

1. Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                        6.09.54
2. Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step              0.10
3. Jann Kirsipuu (Est) Casino                         0.14
4. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                    
5. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre Daikin               
6. Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Home Market                  
7. Fabio Baldato (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                 
8. Leon van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                        
9. Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                 
10. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank                    
11. Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis                 
12. Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) Team Home-Jack&Jones      
13. Lars Michaelsen (Den) La Francaise des Jeux       
14. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step              
15. Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                       
16. Oskar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre Daikin               
17. Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                        
18. Peter van Petegem (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites           
19. Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre Daikin               
20. Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina Lotus             
21. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                    
22. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                  
23. Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                          
24. Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux      
25. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step              
26. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Festina Lotus                
27. Maarten den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                 
28. Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                  
29. Andreas Klier (Ger) TVM-Farm Frites               
30. Wilfried Peeters (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step           
31. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step           
32. Pascal Herve (Fra) Festina Lotus                  
33. Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec   
34. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux      
35. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Telekom                   
36. Fred Rodriguez (USA) Mapei-Quick Step             0.24
37. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Casino                 0.29
38. Piotre Ugrumov (Rus) Ballan-Alessio               1.05
39. André Korff (Ger) Festina Lotus                   1.24
40. Christopher Jenner (Nzl) Credit Agricole          1.35
41. Mikael Kyneb (Den) Team Home-Jack&Jones           2.07
42. Stéphane Berges (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93        
43. Jesper Skibby (Den) Team Home-Jack&Jones      
44. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Cofidis                    3.13
45. Stéphane Barthe (Fra) Casino                      
46. Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites              10.41
47. Geert van Bondt (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites             
48. Frédéric Finot (Fra) Credit Agricole              11.29
49. Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis                         
50. Karel Vereecke (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002              13.30
51. Alexandre Chouffe (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93        
52. Harald Morscher (Aut) Saeco                       
53. Massimilanio Napoliatano (Ita) Mercatone Uno      
54. Laurent Brochard (Fra) Festina Lotus              
55. Federico Colonna (Ita) Team Home-Jack&Jones       
56. Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team Home-Jack&Jones       
57. Vincent Cali (Fra) Home Market                    
58. Carlos da Cruz (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93           
59. Oscar Freire (Esp) Vitalicio Seguros              
60. Michael Nielsen (Den) Team Home-Jack&Jones        
61. Glenn Magnusson (Swe) US Postal Service           
62. Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Credit Agricole          
63. Andy Flickinger (Fra) Casino                      
64. Guillaume Auger (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93          
65. Dennis Zanette (Ita) Team Polti                   
66. Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis                
67. Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux     
68. Rolf Huser (Swi) Festina Lotus                    
69. Samuele Schiavina (Ita) Riso Scotti - Vinavil     
70. Remco van der Ven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites           
71. Dirk Baldinger (Ger) Telekom                      
72. Dmitri Konychev (Rus) Mercatone Uno               
73. Marco Artunghi (Ita) Mercatone Uno                
74. Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Credit Agricole              
75. Steve Vermaut (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002               
76. Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat - Auber 93           
77. Max van Heeswijk (Ned) Mapei-Quick Step           
78. Paul van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto Mobistar               
79. Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Casino                 
80. Frank Hoj (Den) US Postal Service                 
81. Serguei Smetanine (Rus) Vitalicio Seguros         
82. Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux    
83. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
84. Geert Verheyen (Bel) Lotto Mobistar               
85. Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis                      
86. Alain Turicchia (Ita) Riso Scotti - Vinavil       
87. Koen Beeckman (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                
88. Davy Daniels (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002                
89. Julian Dean (Nzl) US Postal Service               
90. Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre Daikin                 
91. Nicola Minali (Ita) Cantina Tollo                 
92. Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre Daikin              
93. Bo Hamburger (Den) Cantina Tollo                  
94. Inigo Gonzalez (Esp) Vitalicio Seguros            
95. Ivan Basso (Ita) Riso Scotti - Vinavil            
96. Tristan Hoffman (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites             
97. Pascal Lino (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93              
98. Alexandre Gontchenkov (Rus) Ballan-Alessio        
99. Arvis Piziks (Lat) Team Home-Jack&Jones        

Standings World Cup after 9 rounds

1. Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                   287 Pts
2. Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                     	227
3. Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Cofidis                  	214
4. Peter van Petegem (Bel) TVM-Farm Frites            	153
5. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step               	138
6. Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre Daikin                	131
7. Leon van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                        	123
8. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step               	117
9. Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                        	113
10. Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                       	107
11. Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom                          	107
12. George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service           	101
13. Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Cofidis                	100
14. Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Polti                  	100
15. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                	100
16. Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec	100
17. Maarten den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                 	98
18. Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                        	94
19. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step            	91
20. Wilfried Peeters (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step           	89
21. Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step             	80
22. Sergio Barbero (Ita) Mercatone Uno                	79
23. Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Nürnberger             	70
24. Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto Mobistar               	70
25. Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service           	70
26. Jo Planckaert (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                	69
27. Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step          	61
28. Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec   	61
29. Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti                   	60
30. Franco Ballerini (Ita) Lampre Daikin              	54
31. Laurent Roux (Fra) Casino                         	52
32. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Team Polti                  	52
33. Maximilian Sciandri (Gbr) La Francaise des Jeux   	51
34. Jann Kirsipuu (Est) Casino                        	50
35. Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step                 	50
36. Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre Daikin            	50
37. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step           	49
38. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Festina Lotus                	48
39. Lars Michaelsen (Den) La Francaise des Jeux       	47
40. Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno              	46
41. Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre Daikin              	36
42. Lauri Aus (Est) Casino                            	36
43. Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco                    	36
44. Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis                      	35
45. Oskar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre Daikin               	34
46. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                  	34
47. Denis Zanette (Ita) Team Polti                    	34
48. Tristan Hoffman (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites             	33
49. Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Home Market                 	32
50. Ivan Basso (Ita) Riso Scotti - Vinavil            	32
51. Francisco Mancebo (Esp) Banesto                   	32
52. Niki Aebersold (Swi) Rabobank                     	32
53. Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno                    	29
54. Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Saeco                        	29
55. Fabio Baldato (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                	28
56. Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Saeco                   	26
57. Rolf Sorensen (Den) Rabobank                      	25
58. Laurent Brochard (Fra) Festina Lotus              	24
59. Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom                           	20
60. Mikel Zarrabeitia (Esp) ONCE Deutsche Bank        	20
61. Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco                     	19
62. Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank                    	16
63. Jürgen Werner (Ger) Team Nürnberger               	16
64. Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne           	16
65. Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Telekom                        	16
66. Chris Peers (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                  	16
67. Jans Koerts (Ned) Team Cologne                    	15
68. Alexandre Gontchenkov (Rus) Ballan-Alessio        	15
69. Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) Team Home-Jack&Jones      	14
70. Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Ballan-Alessio             	14
71. Alberto Elli (Ita) Telekom                        	13
72. Gianpaolo Mondini (Ita) Cantina Tollo             	13
73. Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step             	13
74. Mario Fincato (Ita) Mercatone Uno                 	12
75. Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Team Gerolsteiner           	11
76. Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Cantina Tollo              	11
77. Nicola Loda (Ita) Ballan-Alessio                  	11
78. Michel Lafis (Swe) TVM-Farm Frites                	11
79. Roberto Petito (Ita) Saeco                        	11
80. Abraham Olano (Esp) ONCE Deutsche Bank            	11
81. Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Cantina Tollo                 	11
82. Bo Hamburger (Den) Cantina Tollo                  	9
83. Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec      	9
84. Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Gerolsteiner             	8
85. Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Euskatel-Euskadi            	8
86. Marty Jemison (USA) US Postal Service             	8
87. Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Credit Agricole              	7
88. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec  	7
89. Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Casino                       	7
90. Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina Lotus             	6
91. Angel Edo (Esp) Kelme Costa Blanca                	6
92. Felix Garcia (Esp) Festina Lotus                  	6
93. Harald Morscher (Aut) Saeco                       	6
94. Flavio Zandarin (Ita) Riso Scotti - Vinavil       	6
95. Juris Silovs (Lat) Home Jack&Jones                	6
96. Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service            	5
97. Geert Verheyen (Bel) Lotto Mobistar               	5
98. Unai Osa (Esp) Banesto                            	5
99. Stéphane Heulot (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux       	5
100. Vladislav Bobrik (Rus) Riso Scotti - Vinavil     	5
101. Francois Simon (Fra) Credit Agricole             	4
102. Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                        	4
103. Bart Voskamp (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites               	4
104. Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Riso Scotti - Vinavil          	4
105. Aitor Osa (Esp) Banesto                          	4
106. Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                         	3
107. Dario Pieri (Ita) Navigare-Gaerne                	3
108. Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux     	3
109. Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service           	3
110. Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Credit Agricole         	3
111. Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux     	2
112. Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno           	2
113. Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step              	2
114. Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole                 	2
115. Wim Feys (Bel) Lotto Mobistar                    	2
116. Mauro Zanetti (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec      	2
117. Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites          	1
118. Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Cantina Tollo         	1