Criterium International - Cat. 2.2

France, March 25-26, 2000

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The Critérium International began as the Critérium International de la Route in 1932 which was started by Gaston Benac, the reporter for the newspaper Paris-Soir. It was initially thought of as a spring-time Championship of France following the roads up the Vallée de Chevreuse and finishing on the velodrom at the Parc des Princes. In 1978 it went to the three stage, 2-day formula. The parcours which involves rolling terrain, climbing and an ITT leads to a rider with complete skills being successful. The race is based in the south of France.

Spaniard Abraham Olano starts in the two day, three stage race, the Critérium International in France as clear favourite, after his form this year has seen him win the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Valencia. He has kept his time trialling up, while improving his climbing - formerly his weak point in tour racing. He has lost weight without significant power, something that can be quite tricky to do.

The race will see Olano up against Telekom's Alexandre Vinokourov, who will be their designated leader in the absence of Ullrich and Klöden. Also, Jean Delatour's Laurent Brochard will be there, aiming to capitalise on his Paris-Nice form. Credit Agricole have several strong chances in Julich, Vaughters, O'Grady and Boardman, but maybe not enough to challenge for the overall. It will also be interesting to see how US team Mercury does, in their first European trip for the year. The relative shortness of the tour may not be enough to get them up to Euro style racing so quickly, but they have already shown that they are no slouches when it comes to bunch sprints in the USA and in Langkawi.

Stage List

  • Stage 1 - March 25: Saint Jean-De-Luz - Jurancon, 192 km
  • Stage 2 - March 26: Morlaas - Gourette, 81 km
  • Stage 3 - March 27: Pau - Pau, ITT, 11.5 km

Start List

Credit Agricole                      Ag2R Prevoyance    
1 Jens Voigt (Ger)                   11 Stéphane Barthe (Fra)
2 Chris Boardman (Gbr)               12 Philippe Bordenave (Fra)
3 Frédéric Finot (Fra)               13 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus)
4 Fabrice Gougot (Fra)               14 Pascal Chanteur (Fra)
5 Christopher Jenner (Nzl)           15 Arturas Kasputis (Lit)
6 Bobby Julich (USA)                 16 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz)
7 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)               17 Gilles Maignan (Fra)
8 Jonathan Vaughters (USA)           18 Benoit Salmon (Fra)
O.N.C.E Deutsche Bank                Team Deutsche Telekom    
21 Abraham Olano (Spa)               31 Jan Ullrich (Ger)
22 David Etxebarria (Spa)            32 Alberto Elli (Ita)
23 Santos Gonzalez (Spa)             33 Gian Matteo Fagnini (Ita)
24 José-ivan Gutierrez (Spa)         34 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita)
25 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra)            35 Jens Heppner (Ger)
26 Gaizka Lejarreta Martin (Spa)     36 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz)
27 Isidro Nozal (Spa)                37 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut)
28 Carlos Sastre (Spa)               38 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)
Cofidis.le Credit Par Telephone      Kelme Costa Blanca    
41 David Millar (Gbr)                51 Roberto Heras (Spa)
42 Claude Lamour (Fra)               52 José De Los Angeles (Spa)
43 Laurent Lefevre (Fra)             53 Isaac Galvez (Spa)
44 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita)          54 Javier Otxoa (Spa)
45 Angelo Lopebosselli (Ita)         55 José Luis Rubiera (Spa)
46 Roland Meier (Swi)                56 Toni Tauler (Spa)
47 David Moncoutie (Fra)             57 Angel Vicioso (Spa)
48 Robert Sassone (Fra)              58 José-Angel Vidal (Spa)
Vitalicio Seguros Gruppo Generali    Francaise Des Jeux    
61 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa)       71 Stéphane Heulot (Fra)
62 Elio Aggiano (Ita)                72 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra)
63 Luis Oran Castaneda (Col)         73 Grégory Gwiazdowski (Pol)
64 Francisco Cerezo (Spa)            74 Xavier Jan (Fra)
65 Pedro Horillo (Spa)               75 Yvon Ledanois (Fra)
66 Jan Hruska (Cze)                  76 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra)
67 Victor Hugo Pena (Col)            77 
68 José Luis Rebollo (Spa)           78 Sven Montgomery (Swi)
Lotto Adecco                         Memorycard Jack & Jones    
81 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel)           91 Bo Hamburger (Den)
82 Mario Aerts (Bel)                 92 Christian Andersen (Den)
83 Serge Baguet (Bel)                93 Michaël Blaudzun (Den)
84 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel)         94 René Joergensen (Den)
85 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel)          95 Mikael Holst Kyneb (Den)
86 Kurt Van Lancker (Bel)            96 Jakob Piil (Den)
87 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel)              97 Martin Rittsel (Swe)
                                     98 Michael Sandstod (Den)
Liquigas Pata                        Festina Watches    
101 Davide Rebellin (Ita)            111 Christophe Moreau (Fra)
102 Stefano Cattai (Ita)             112 Olivier Asmaker (Fra)
103 Alexandre Fedenko (Ukr)          113 Stéphane Auge (Fra)
104 Cristian Moreni (Ita)            114 Fabian Jeker (Swi)
105 Ellis Rastelli (Ita)             115 André Korff (Ger)
106 Cristian Salvato (Ita)           116 Pascal Lino (Fra)
107 Denis Zanette (Ita)              117 Laurent Madouas (Fra)
108 Marco Zanotti (Ita)              118 Nicolas Reynaud (Fra)
Banesto                              Team Gerolsteiner    
121 Unai Osa (Spa)                   131 Uwe Peschel (Ger)
122 José-Luis Arrieta (Spa)          132 Branko Filip (Slo)
123 Candido Barbosa (Por)            133 Edouard Gritsoun (Rus)
124 Eladio Jimenez (Spa)             134 Sveln Gaute Holestol (Nor)
125 Pablo Lastras (Spa)              135 Volker Ordowski (Ger)
126 Francisco Mancebo (Spa)          136 Michael Rich (Ger)
127 Jon Odriozola (Spa)              137 Torsten Schmidt (Ger)
128 Aitor Osa (Spa)                  138 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger)
Mercury Cycling Team                 Euskaltel Euskadi    
141 Floyd Landis (USA)               151 Alberto Martinez (Spa)
142 Jan Bratkowski (Ger)             152 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa)
143 Jamie Drew (Aus)                 153 Txema Del Olmo (Spa)
144 Gordon Fraser (Can)              154 Ruben Diaz De Cerio (Spa)
145 Christopher Horner (USA)         155 Iker Flores (Spa)
146 Michaël Sayers (USA)             156 Ramon Gonzalez-Arrieta (Spa)
147 Henk Vogels (Aus)                157 Roberto Laiseka (Spa)
148 Steve Zampieri (Swi)             158 Mikel Pradera (Spa)
Big Mat Auber 93                     Jean Delatour    
161 Stéphane Berges (Fra)            171 Laurent Brochard (Fra)
162 Thierry Bourguignon (Fra)        172 Christophe Bassons (Fra)
163 Loïc Lamouller (Fra)             173 Frédéric Bessy (Fra)
164 Lylian Lebreton (Fra)            174 Gilles Bouvard (Fra)
165 Denis Leproux (Fra)              175 Patrice Halgand (Fra)
166 Dominique Rault (Fra)            176 Christophe Oriol (Fra)
167 Alexei Sivakov (Rus)             177 Eddy Seigneur (Fra)
168 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra)       178 Bruno Thibout (Fra)
Bonjour                              Besson Chaussures   
181 François Simon (Fra)             191 Dimitri Fofonov (Kaz)
182 Walter Beneteau (Fra)            192 Sergey Belousov (Kaz)
183 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)           193 Médéric Clair (Fra)
184 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra)           194 Lorenzo Di Silvestro (Ita)
185 Charles Guilbert (Fra)           195 Nicolas Dumont (Fra)
186 Damien Nazon (Fra)               196 Christophe Gauthier (Fra)
187 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra)           197 Sébastien Laroche (Fra)
188 Didier Rous (Fra)                198 Christophe Morel (Fra)
Phonak Hearing Systems               Post Swiss Team    
201 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi)         211 Bruno Boscardin (Swi)
202 Matthias Buxhofer (Aut)          212 Roger Beuchat (Swi)
203 Christian Charriere (Swi)        213 Philipp Buschor (Swi)
204 Jérome Delbove (Fra)             214 Stephan Gottschling (Ger)
205 David Derepas (Fra)              215 Christian Heule (Swi)
206 Cédric Fragniere (Swi)           216 Dirk Muller (Ger)
207 Dominique Perras (Can)           217 Christian Sidler (Swi)
208 Stéphane Richner (Swi)           218 Marcel Strauss (Swi)

Past Winners

1927    Julien Moineu (Fra)
1928    André Leducq (Fra)
1929    Paul Le Drogo (Fra)
1930    Robert Brugere (Fra)
1932    Leon Le Calvez (Fra)
1933    André Leducq (Fra)
1934    Roger Lapbie (Fra)
1935    René Le Greves (Fra)
1936    Paul Chocque (Fra)
1937    Roger Lapbie ,  René Le Greves (Fra)
1938    Pierre Jaminet (Fra)
1939    André Deforge (Fra)
1940    Emile Idee (Fra)
1941    Yvon Marie (Fra), Benoit Faure (Fra)
1942    Aldo Bertocco (Fra), Emile Idee (Fra)
1943    Louis Gauthier (Fra), Emile Idee (Fra)
1944    Roger Piel (Fra)
1945    Joseph Goutorbe (Fra)
1946    Kleber Piot (Fra), Camille Danguilaume (Fra)
1947    Emile Idee (Fra)
1948    Camille Danguilaume (Fra)
1949    Emile Idee (Fra)
1950    Pierre Barbotin (Fra)
1951    Louison Bobet (Fra)
1952    Louison Bobet (Fra)
1953    Robert Desbats (Fra)
1954    Roger Hassenforder (Fra)
1955    René Privat (Fra)
1956    Roger Hassenforder (Fra)
1957    Jean Forestier (Fra)
1958    Roger Hassenforder (Fra)
1959    André Darrigade (Fra)
1960    Jean Graczyk (Fra)
1961    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1962    Joseph Groussard (Fra)
1963    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1964    Raymond Poulidor (Fra)
1965    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1966    Raymond Poulidor (Fra)
1967    Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1968    Raymond Poulidor (Fra)
1969    Gilbert Bellone (Fra)
1970    Georges Chappe (Fra)
1971    Raymond Poulidor (Fra)
1972    Raymond Poulidor (Fra)
1973    Jean-Pierre Danguilaume (Fra)
1974    Bernard Thevenet (Fra)
1975    Jacques Esclassan (Fra)
1976    Patrick Beon (Fra)
1977    Jean Chassang (Fra)
1978    Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1979    Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)
1980    Michel Laurent (Fra)
1981    Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1982    Laurent Fignon (Fra)
1983    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1984    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1985    Stephen Roche (Ire)
1986    Urs Zimmermann (Swi)
1987    Sean Kelly (Ire)
1988    Erik Breukink (Ned)
1989    Miguel Indurain (Spa)
1990    Laurent Fignon (Fra)
1991    Stephen Roche (Ire)
1992    Jean-Francois Bernard (Fra)
1993    Erik Breukink (Ned)
1994    Giorgio Furlan (Ita)
1995    Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1996    Chris Boardman (GB)
1997    Marcelino Garcia (Spa)
1998	Bobby Julich (USA) Cofidis
1999    Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole

Mario Stiehl, Berlin keeps the past winners up to date