54th Omloop Mandel-Leie-Mandel, Cat 1.4
Belgium, September 4, 1999
Brief:Mandel-Leie-Mandel (Meulebeke-Belgium) is a mixed derny race. The total distance is 195 kms. The first 100 kms is a conventional bike race. For the last 95 kms, the riders rode behind a derny. The race was held on a circuit in Meulebeke.
Last year this race was Johan's first competition 146 days after his fall at Paris-Roubaix. He rode at an average of 60 km/h over the last 95 kms behind the derny. It was a good comeback for him. This year he went one better and won the race, his second for the season after he had won the Dwars door Belgie.
He won narrowly from fellow Belgian Michel Van Haecke (Tönissteiner-Colnago) with Dutch rider Leon Van Bon (Rabobank) in third. Museeuw now will set his sights on Paris-Brussel, GP Fourmies, GP Isbergues, and then the Worlds in Verona. He is in form at the right time.
Meulebeke, 195 kms:
1. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step 2. Michel Van Haecke (Bel) Tönissteiner-Colnago 3. Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank
1945 André Pieters (Bel) 1946 Alberic Schotte (Bel) 1947 Michel van Elsue (Bel) 1948 Georges Desplenter (Bel) 1949 Michel Remue (Bel) 1950 Albert Decin (Bel) 1951 Emmanuel Thoma (Bel) 1952 Karel De Baere (Bel) 1953 André Declerck (Bel) 1954 Maurice Blomme (Bel) 1955 Wim Van Est (Ned) 1956 Germain Derijcke (Bel) 1957 Noél Fore (Bel) 1958 Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel) 1959 Frans Aerenhouts (Bel) 1960 Julien Schepens (Bel) 1961 Piet Oellibrandt (Bel) 1962 Leon Van Daele (Bel) 1963 Norbert Kerckhove (Bel) 1964 Gilbert Desmet II (Bel) 1965 Jan Nolmans (Bel) 1966 Yvo Molenaers (Bel) 1967 Jan Harings (Ned) 1968 Joseph Huysmans (Bel) 1969 Wim Schepers (Ned) 1970 Wilfreid David (Bel) 1971 Eric Leman (Bel) 1972 Christian Callens (Bel) 1973 Willy Abbeloos (Bel) 1974 José Van Ackere (Bel) 1975 Joseph Gijsemans (Bel) 1976 Willem Peeters (Bel) 1977 Ludo Peeters (Bel) (a) race 1977 Ludo Delcroix (Bel) (b) race 1978 Ludo Schurgers (Bel) (a) race 1978 Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel) (b) race 1979 Ludo Peeters (Bel) 1980 Lieven Malfait (Bel) 1981 Eddy Planckaert (Bel) 1982 Gery Verlinden (Bel) 1983 William Tackaert (Bel) 1984 Patrick Versluys (Bel) 1985 Rudy Dhaenens (Bel) 1986 Ronny Van Holen (Bel) 1987 Frans Maassen (Ned) 1988 Johan Devos (Bel) 1989 Eddy Planckaert (Bel) 1990 Benjamin Van Itterbeck (Bel) 1991 Wilco Zuiderwijk (Ned) 1992 Wilfried Nelissen (Bel) 1993 Frank Van den Abeele (Bel) 1994 Wilfried Nelissen (Bel) 1995 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) 1996 Johan Museeuw (Bel) 1997 Franky De Buyst (Bel) 1998 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar (Gangmaker Zylaert)Past Winners by Mario Stiehl, Berlin