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85th Rund um Köln - 1.3
Germany, April 24, 2000
Wesemann in a Telekom steamroller
29 year German professional, Steffen Wesemann continued his excellent year so far by winning the 85th edition of the Cat 1.3 "Rund um Köln", just beating another in-form rider, Palmans' Hendrick van Dyck. The two had escaped with xx kilometres to go and van Dyck was at least able to prevent a Telekom 1-2-3 as the German team filled 4 of the top 6 places. Wesemann, who has won a stage in the Tour Down Under as well as second in Het Volk this year, takes his tally to two wins (but a lot of high placings).
Telekom were well placed for the win, as they made the move at the 80 kilometre mark with Wesemann, Aldag, Bölts, and last year's winner, Jens Heppner all in nine man break. Four in nine is fairly good odds and they made the most of it into the final three laps of the 5.2 kilometre finishing circuit. A three man break escaped here containing Thierry Marichal (Lotto), Wesemann and van Dyck. Marichal was later caught and the two in front were left to contest the sprint, which Wesemann won comfortably in front of 10,000 people.
"I am overjoyed that I have finally got another victory this year," said Wesemann afterwards. "The team was behind me a little today, and I knew that I wasn't the slowest in the group. I hope I can keep my form for the peace race."
His teammate, Rolf Aldag (3rd) said that "It was excellent that we could give Steffen a home victory today, and Erik managed without his captain's role. Wesemann was one of the five best riders this spring, and he earned his success today."
Pre race favourites, Erik Zabel and Marcel Wüst were not in evidence at the finish, with the former presumably wishing to recover from a somewhat taxing Classics season so far. Zabel will ride the Henninger Turm on May 1, before taking a short break from racing. For his part, Wüst missed the critical move at the 80 kilometre point and was not able to get across.
Results - 197.7 km
1 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 4.37.56 (42.679 km/h) 2 Hendrik Van Dyck (Bel) Palmans-Ideal 3 Jens Heppner (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 0.42 4 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 5 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 1.10 6 Udo Bölts (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 1.15 7 Bart Voskamp (Ned) Polti 8 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Farm Frites 9 Artour Babaitsev (Rus) Team Nürnberger 6.40 10 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx 11 Piotr Przydzial (Pol) MAT-Ceresit CCC 12 Jörn Reuss (Ger) Team Nürnberger 13 Alberto Elli (Ita) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 14 Sascha Henrix (Ger) Festina-Lotus 15 Jurgen Van Roosbroeck (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx 16 Karl Pauwels (Bel) Palmans-Ideal 17 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Cologne 18 Marcel Duijn (Ned) Rabobank 19 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Polti 20 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 21 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus 10.01 22 Malte Urban (Ger) Team Coast 23 Björn Glasner (Ger) Cologne 24 Arjan De Heer (Ned) Axa Cycling Team 25 Andreas Kappes (Ger) Agro-Adler Brandenburg 26 Oleg Pankov (Ukr) Collstrop-De Federale Verzekeringen 27 Bjarke Nielsen (Den) Memory Card-Jack & Jones 28 Harm Jansen (Ned) Saturn Cycling Team 29 Cezary Zamana (Pol) MAT-Ceresit CCC 30 Vladimiras Smirnov (Ltu) Palmans-Ideal 31 Sören Petersen (Den) Cologne 32 Stijn De Schoenmaecker (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx 33 Jason Phillips (Aus) Team Coast 34 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Festina-Lotus 35 Ivan Sastre Estevez (Spa) Festina-Lotus 36 Hans De Meester (Bel) Collstrop-De Federale Verzekeringen 37 Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Cologne 38 Jens Zemke (Ger) Team Nürnberger 39 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx 40 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Gerolsteiner 41 Edwin Dunning (Ned) Axa Cycling Team 42 Raimondas Vilcinskas (Ltu) Palmans-Ideal 43 David Clinger (USA) Festina-Lotus 44 Jan Van Velzen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus 45 Stephan Gottschling (Ger) IPM Team 46 Michael Schlickau (Ger) Cologne 47 Marcel Wust (Ger) Festina-Lotus 48 Bart Bowen (USA) Saturn Cycling Team 49 Torsten Hieckmann (Ger) Peugot Radteam Berlin 50 Andre Kalfack (Ger) Peugot Radteam Berlin 51 Thomas Liese (Ger) Team Nürnberger 52 Edouard Gritsoun (Rus) Gerolsteiner 53 Dirk Müller (Ger) Post Swiss Team 54 Bert Dietz (Ger) Team Nürnberger 55 Holger Sievers (Ger) Team Nürnberger 56 Jurge Vermeersch (Bel) Palmans-Ideal 57 Corey Sweet (Aus) Hohenfelder-Concorde 58 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx 59 Wim Heselmans (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 60 Harald Morscher (Aut) Team Nürnberger 61 Raymond Meijs (Ned) Cologne 62 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 63 Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 64 Erik Zabel (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 65 Nick Gates (Aus) Hohenfelder-Concorde 66 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 67 Kai Hundertmark (Ger) Deutsche Telekom-ARD 68 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank 69 Coen H. Boerman (Ned) Rabobank 70 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 71 Davy Daniels (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002-Eddy Merckx 72 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank 73 Wim Van De Meulenhof (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus 74 Reto Bergmann (Swi) Post Swiss Team 75 Frank Corvers (Bel) Memory Card-Jack & Jones 76 Martin Rittsel (Swe) Memory Card-Jack & Jones 77 Addy Engels (Ned) Rabobank 78 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 79 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) Polti 80 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank 81 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Memory Card-Jack & Jones 82 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Palmans-Ideal 83 Wim Feys (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
1908 Fritz Tacke (Ger) 1909 Otto Wincziers (Ger) 1910 Jean Rosellen & Karl Wittig (Ger) 1911 Adolf Huschke (Ger) 1912 J. Steingass (Ger) 1913 Ernst Franz (Ger) 1914 (2) Ernst Franz (Ger) 1915-1919: Not Held 1920 Adam Sachs (Ger) - Amateur 1921 (2) Adolf Huschke (Ger) 1922 Paul Koch (Ger) 1923 Fritz Fischer (Ger) 1924 Paul Kohl (Ger) 1925 (2) Paul Kohl (Ger) 1926 Heinriich Suter (Swi) 1927 Gaetano Belloni (Ita) 1928 Alfredo Binda (Ita) 1929 a) Franz Schmitz - b) W. Frielingsdorf (Ger) - Amateur 1930 Otto Kratz (Ger) - Amateur 1931 H. Rü-diger (Ger) 1932 a) J. Kraus (Lux) - b) H. Weiß - Amateur 1933 a) Erich Bautz - J. Neumeyer (Ger) - Amateur 1934 Kurt Stöpel (Ger) 1935 Emil Kijewski (Ger) 1936 (2) Erich Bautz (Ger) 1937 (29 Emil Kijewski (Ger) 1938 Franz Bronold (Ger) - Amateur 1939 Willi Meurer (Ger) - Amateur 1940 J. Kropp (Ger) - Amateur 1941 Hans Preiskeit (Ger) - Amateur 1942 H. Schwarzer (Ger) - Amateur 1943 Kittsteiner (Ger) - Amateur 1944-1945: Not Held 1946 Nowa-kowski (Ger) - Amateur 1947 Holthöfer (Ger) - Amateur 1948 (2) H. Schwarzer (Ger) - Amateur 1949 Schultenjohann (Ger) 1950 a) Holzmann - b) Scherpenborg (Ger) - Amateur 1951 H. Schwarzer (Ger) 1952 Popp (Ger) - Amateur 1953 Günther Otto (Ger) 1954 W. Irr-gang (Ger) - Amateur 1955 (2) Hans Preiskeit (Ger) Amateur event 1956 Edi Ziegler (Ger) 1957 W. Grabo (Ger) 1958 W.-J. Edler (Ger) 1959 H. Hofmann (Ger) 1960 Mathias Löder (Ger) 1961 Smits (Bel) 1962 S. Koch (Ger) 1963 Wilfried Bölke (Ger) Professional event 1964 Horst Oldenburg (Ger) 1965 (2) Horst Oldenburg (Ger) 1966 Piet Glemser (Ger) 1967 Noél Foré (Bel) 1968 Burkhard Ebert (Ger) Amateur event 1969 Jürgen Tschan (Ger) 1970 Streckies (Ger) 1971 R. Gilson (Lux) 1972 Wilfried Trott (Ger) 1973 H. Jungbluth (Ger) 1974 Dietrich Thurau (Ger) 1975 Jan Smyrak (Ger) 1976 (2) Wilfried Trott (Ger) 1977 Scheunemann (Ned) 1978 Arie Hassink (Ned) 1979 (3) Wilfried Trott (Ger) 1980 Achim Stadler (Ger) 1981 Michael Mohr (Ger) 1982 J. Echter-mann (Ger) 1983 Wolf-Dieter Wohlfshohl (Ger) 1984 Stani Mikolajczuk (Ger) 1985 Han Vaanhold (Ned) 1986 Remig Stumpf (Ger) 1987 Werner Wüller (Ger) 1988 Lutz Losch (Ger) 1989 Domenik Krieger (Ger) Professional event (Cat. 1.3) 1990 Noél Segers (Bel) 1991 Jerry Coman (Bel) 1992 Louis De Koning (Ned) 1993 Wim Van Eynde (Bel) 1994 Udo Bölts (Ger) 1995 Erik Dekker (Ned) 1996 Erik Zabel (Ger) 1997 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) 1998 Not Held 1999 Jens Heppner (Ger) 2000 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Past winners courtesy of Mario Stiehl, Berlin