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Classica San Sebastian - CDM

San Sebastian, Spain, August 12, 2000

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Dekker keeps on rolling

Dekker yet again
Photo: © AFP
By Jeff Jones, online editor

Dutchman Erik Dekker (Rabobank) recorded yet another big triumph this season by winning the Clasica San Sebastian in Spain, round seven of the World Cup. In a daring move two kilometres from the finish, Dekker took the rest of field unawares to solo across the line with a comfortable gap to 1999 World Cup winner, Andrei Tchmil. It was Dekker's ninth win so far this year, counting criteriums, and it comes on top of three fine wins in the Tour de France as well as a couple of stages in the Tour of Sweden. With another performance like this, Dekker has to be one of the favourites for Sydney.

The race didn't start very auspiciously for Dekker and his Rabobank team though. The previous night, the boys had arrived late (2300) to their hotel because of an overbooked flight. Rabobank director Theo de Rooy was having kittens (he had managed an earlier flight), but eventually they arrived. The race saw some other big names not starting, for various reasons. Jan Ullrich, Marco Pantani, Laurent Jalabert and Alex Zülle were some, and former winner of this race, Lance Armstrong had to pull out after just 1.5 kilometres suffering from stomach problems.

The tactics of the race seemed to be dictated a little by the TV coverage, as the peloton were content to ride together at a reasonable tempo in the rain and wind for more than three and a half hours. There were no attacks until 127 kilometres to go, when a group of 12 including Mapei rider, Paolo Bettini escaped. They enjoyed some freedom before being re-caught, and the action resumed on the final climbs of the race.
Zabel & Tchmil
Photo: © AFP

At 85 kilometres to go on the climb of the Azkarate, Elio Aggiano (Vitalicio) managed a small gap to the rest. He was caught by Francesco Secchiari (Saeco), Ellis Rastelli (Liquigas) and Paolo Tiralongo (Fassa Bortolo), and later Isidro Nozal, Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) and Jon Odriozola (Banesto). On the descent of Azkarate, Odriozola attacked and Zarrabeitia eventually caught and dropped him on the final climb of the Jaizkibel, although Odriozola bridged up on the descent.

This obstacle, with its summit at 30 kilometres to go did not destroy the main field, who regrouped to form a 53 rider leading bunch. However, noted sprinters like Erik Zabel, Giovanni Lombardi, Markus Zberg, and Jo Planckaert had been shelled, giving riders such as Tchmil their best chance at top World Cup points.

The size and speed of the bunch were such that Odriozola and Zarrabeitia were finally caught with 12 kilometres to go. Nico Mattan (Cofidis) was next to try, but he too was unsuccessful as the group wound itself up for a mass sprint. However, although the group was large, the sprinting teams were not strong enough to contain everything, especially a flying Dekker as he jumped clear with two kilometres to go.

He managed a small gap and it was enough to carry him to the line with four seconds to spare on Tchmil, who out powered the likes of Romans Vainsteins, Paolo Bettini and Oscar Freire to take 70 World Cup points. It was Dekker's biggest one day win and he credited his teammates and tactics for making it possible.
Dekker credits the boys
Photo: © AFP

"The tactics were simple: it was necessary to be at the front of the group on the Cote de Jaizkibel and to have good legs, so I asked my team members to bring me in good conditionto the foot of that climb," said Dekker afterwards. From there, it was a matter of getting to the finish and attacking without fear, something that the Dutchman is well used to doing.

Dekker, who suffered an injury laden early season with a broken elbow in Paris-Nice, still had his feet on the ground, depsite the occasion. He has set a new precedent with his wins this year "Now, I know that second or third place will not be good enough," he said, adding that he try to "maintain his form" for the Ronde van Nederland and the Olympic Games.

Erik Dekker

Born: 21/08/1970, Hoogeveen (Ned)
Professional since: 1992


Buckler (1992)
WordPerfect (1993-1994)
Novell (1995)
Rabobank (1996-2000)


1994 (6 wins)

Vuelta al Pais Vasco (stage)
Postgirot Tour of Sweden (overall & 2 stages)
Noordwijk-aan-Zee (derny race)
Surhuisterveen (criterium)

1995 (6 wins)

Rund um Köln
Postgirot Tour of Sweden (overall & 2 stages)
Sweikhuizen Klauterkoers
GP Jef Scherens

1996 (4 wins)

National Time Trial Champion
Regio Tour (stage)
Almelo (criterium)

1997 (4 wins)
Klauterkoers Sweikhuizen
Ronde van Nederland (overall & stage)

1999 (4 wins)

Hengolo (criterium)
GP Eddy Merckx (2 man TT with Marc Wauters)
Rheinland-Pfalz Rundfahrt (2 stages)

2000 (9 wins)

Tour of Sweden (2 stages)
Tour de France (3 stages)
Wielerronde van Boxmeer (criterium)
Profronde van Heerlen (criterium)
Emmer Gouden Pijl (criterium)
Classica San Sebastian (WC)


1 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                        5.16.01 (43.67 km/h)
2 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                     0.04
3 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
4 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
5 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
6 David Canada Garcia (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank
7 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
8 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Ag2R Prévoyance-Décathlon
9 Miguel A. M. Perdiguero (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
10 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis
11 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Valli & Valli
12 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
13 David Clinger (USA) Festina-Lotus
14 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
15 Aitor Osa (Spa) Banesto
16 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
17 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
18 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank
19 David Etxebarria (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank
20 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis
21 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo
22 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
23 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Liquigas-Pata
24 Gorka Gerrikagoitia  (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
25 Javier Pascual Llorente (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
26 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
27 Felix M. Garcia Casas (Spa) Festina-Lotus
28 Andrea Peron (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
29 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
30 Laurent Doufaux (Swi) Saeco-Valli & Valli
31 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
32 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
33 Jose Vasquez (Spa) Cólchones Relax-Fuenlabrada
34 Volodymyr Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
35 Richard Virenque (Fra) Team Polti
36 Pascal Herve (Fra) Team Polti
37 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Cólchones Relax-Fuenlabrada
38 Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Spa) Banesto
39 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
40 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
41 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
42 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank
43 Jon Odriozola Mugarza (Spa) Banesto
44 José J. Castelblanco (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
45 Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
46 Santiago Blanco (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
47 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
48 Angel Luis Casero Moreno (Spa) Festina-Lotus
49 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
50 Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
51 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
52 Ricardo Otxoa Palacios (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
53 Félix Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
54 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                  0.38
55 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom-ARD          4.02
56 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
57 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom-ARD
58 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux
59 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service
60 Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
61 Bo Hamburger (Den) Memory Card-Jack & Jones
62 Nacor Burgos Rojo (Spa) Cólchones Relax-Fuenlabrada
63 Yvon Ledanois (Fra) Française Des Jeux
64 Imanol Ayestaran (Spa) Cólchones Relax-Fuenlabrada
65 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
66 Juan Carlos Vicario Barbera (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
67 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Farm Frites
68 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Française Des Jeux
69 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service
70 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
71 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis
72 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
73 Daniel Clavero Sebastian (Spa) Polti
74 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
75 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
76 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
77 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
78 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom-ARD
79 Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom 2000
80 Kevin Livingston (USA) US Postal Service
81 Cristiano Frattini (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
82 Martin Rittsel (Swe) Memory Card-Jack & Jones
83 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service
84 Oscar Pellicioli (Ita) Team Polti
85 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
86 Marcello Siboni (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom 2000
87 Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service
88 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom 2000
89 Udo Bolts (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
90 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Team Deutsche Telekom-ARD
91 Daniele De Paoli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom 2000
92 Igor Astarloa Askasibar (Spa) Mercatone Uno-Albacom
93 Xavier Jan (Fra) Française Des Jeux
94 Isidro Nozal (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank
95 Unai Osa (Spa) Banesto
96 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
97 Oscar Mason (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom 2000
98 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
99 Jan Hruska (Cze) Vitalicio Seguros-Grupo Generali
100 Massimo Donati (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
101 Stefano Cattai (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
102 Kai Hundertmark (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom-ARD
103 Vjatceslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service
104 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom-ARD
105 Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Banesto
106 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
107 Guido Trentin (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
108 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli
109 Giuliano Figueras (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
110 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli
111 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Banesto
112 Jose Manuel Uria Gonzalez (Spa) Polti
113 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Saeco-Valli & Valli
114 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Vitalicio Seguros-Grupo Generali
115 José Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
116 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
117 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Française Des Jeux            10.17
118 Carlos Ramon Golbano (Spa) Costa de Almeria
119 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Ag2R Prévoyance-Décathlon    11.18
120 Ricardo Valdes (Spa) Costa de Almeria
121 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Farm Frites
122 Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) Vitalicio Seguros
123 Gines Salmeron Martinez (Spa) Costa de Almeria
124 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis
125 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) US Postal Service
126 Hernan Dario Munoz (Col) Cólchones Relax-Fuenlabrada
127 Rafael Mateos Perez (Spa) Team Polti               14.32
128 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Lampre-Daikin
129 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
130 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank
131 René Joergensen (Den) Memory Card-Jack & Jones
132 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
133 Miquel Van Kessel (Ned) Farm Frites
134 Luca Scinto (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
135 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
136 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Memory Card-Jack & Jones
137 Allan Johansen (Den) Memory Card-Jack & Jones
138 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
139 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
140 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Française Des Jeux
141 Roland Meier (Swi) Cofidis
142 Massimo Cigana (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom 2000
143 Pedro Diaz Lobato (Spa) Cólchones Relax-Fuenlabrada
144 Eduardo Hernandez Bailo (Spa) Cólchones Relax-Fuenlabrada
145 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
146 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Française Des Jeux
147 Eleuterio Anguita Hinojosa (Spa) Costa de Almeria
148 Andres Bermejo Siller (Spa) Cólchones Relax-Fuenlabrada
149 Jakob Piil (Den) Memory Card-Jack & Jones
150 Mikael Holst Kyneb (Den) Memory Card-Jack & Jones
151 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
152 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prévoyance-Décathlon
153 David Delrieu (Fra) Ag2R Prévoyance-Décathlon
154 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Farm Frites
155 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R Prévoyance-Décathlon
156 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
157 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
158 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prévoyance-Décathlon
159 Andreas Klier (Ger) Farm Frites
160 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Farm Frites
DNF Matthew White (Aus) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
DNF Sandro Giacomelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
DNF Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service
DNF Alberto Elli (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom-Ard
DNF Abraham Olano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank
DNF José Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank
DNF Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Deutsche Bank
DNF Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) Banesto
DNF José Luis Arrieta (Spa) Banesto
DNF Francisco Cabello Luque (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
DNF Joseba Beloki (Spa) Festina-Lotus
DNF Rafael Casero Moreno (Spa) Festina-Lotus
DNF Ivan Sastre (Spa) Festina-Lotus
DNF Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Festina-Lotus
DNF Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Festina-Lotus
DNF Massimo Podenzana (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Albacom 2000
DNF Paolo Salvodelli (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli
DNF Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli
DNF Armin Meier (Swi) Saeco-Valli & Valli
DNF Mirco Crepaldi (Ita) Team Polti
DNF David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
DNF Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Française Des Jeux
DNF Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Marco Fincato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Liquigas-Pata
DNF Pieter Vries (Ned) Farm Frites
DNF Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Farm Frites
DNF Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) Memory Card-Jack & Jones
DNF Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Fabio Roscioli (Ita) Costa De Almeria
DNF Mario Traversoni (Ita) Costa De Almeria
DNF Antonio Colom Mas (Spa) Costa de Almeria
DNF Carles Torrent (Spa) Costa De Almeria

Starters: 195
Classified: 160

World Cup Standings after round 7

1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom                            330 pts
2 Andrej Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                    206
3 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola              188
4 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                160
5 Fabio Baldato (Ita-Fas)                             134
6 Peter van Petegem (Bel) Farm Frites                 122
7 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step           119
8 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                 116
9 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin              112
10 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step               111
11 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola          110
12 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                         100
13 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                90
14 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                        83
15 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                     79
16 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank  77
16 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Memorycard-Jack&Jones        77
18 Dario Pieri (Ita) Saeco-Valli&Valli                70
19 Rolf Sörensen (Den) Rabobank                       43
20 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                42


1 Mapei-Quick Step                                    63 pts
2 Rabobank                                            52
3 Fassa Bortolo                                       45
4 Lampre Daikin                                       42
5 Deutsche Telekom                                    29
6 Vini Caldirola                                      25
7 Farm Frites                                         22
8 ONCE-Deutsche Bank                                  21
9 Lotto-Addecco                                       18
10 US Postal Service                                  14
11 Française des Jeux                                 12
12 Liquigas-Pata                                      10

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