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94th Paris Tours - CDM

France, October 8, 2000

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Erik Zabel
Photo: © Kim Morris

The penultimate round of the World Cup is Paris-Tours, in its 105th year and 94th edition in 2000, making it one of the oldest cycling classics. Paris-Tours is traditionally a sprinter's race, but occasionally a break succeeds as it did last year, with Belgian Marc Wauters taking the win after attacking with Gianni Faresin with 50 kilometres to go. In 1998, Jacky Durand broke a long French drought in the event with a lone breakaway with 30 kilometres to go, and in 1997, Andrei Tchmil won ahead of Max Sciandri after the pair escaped with 4 kilometres to go.

The race starts in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, finishing in the avenue de Grammont (Tours), after 254 kilometres. Along the way, it makes a long pass through the Beauce before entering the more narrow and winding roads of the Val-de-Loire. Usually, northeasterly tailwinds favour the riders, hence the high average speeds recorded over the past few years. The fastest race was in 1997 when Andrei Tchmil won in 5.23.44 (48.4 km/h).

There are 24 teams enrolled this year, including 19 first division and 5 from the second division. Bonjour, Credit Agricole, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Big Mat Auber 93 and Alexia-Aluminio are those from the latter.

Last year's winner, Marc Wauters (Rabobank) will wear number one, however his successes this year have been few. Rabobank have Leon Van Bon and Markus Zberg, along with Maarten Den Bakker and Rolf Sorenson as their main hopes for this race. Oscar Freire leads the Mapei lineup, after pulling out early from the Giro della Provincia della Lucca. Mapei have Paolo Bettini as a strong chance to manage a breakaway win as well.

Telekom will of course be looking to defend Erik Zabel, and really need to keep things together in order for him to place in a bunch sprint.The Telekom Olympians, Ullrich, Kloden, Vinokourov and Aldag will provide more than ample support. Fassa Bortolo have the experienced Fabio Baldato and Dimitri Konyshev, as well as the Giro di Luca winner, Alessandro Petacchi.

Lampre-Daikin's speedsters, Robert Hunter, Zbigniew Spruch and Mariano Piccoli will head their charge, although Oscar Camenzind and Gabriele Missaglia are not to be overlooked. Vini Caldirola will probably be looking to set up Romans Vainsteins, while Festina, headed by Christophe Moreau also have a chance with David Clinger.

Peter Van Petegem, Serguei Ivanov and Jans Koerts will lead the charge for Farm Frites, as will Jo Planckaert (Cofidis) and Biagio Conte (Saeco). Lotto will be aiming to put Andrei Tchmil in a winning position, as he is second overall in the World Cup standings at the moment.

Francaise des Jeux have several in-form riders, including Frank Hoj, Fabrizio Guidi and Frédéric Guesdon. Ag2r's Jaan Kirsipuu has had success in this race, and rode quite well in the Olympic Games. Credit Agricole's Stuart O'Grady and Jens Voigt are their two biggest hopes, although Thor Hushovd can not be ruled out.

Jean Delatour riders Laurent Brochard and Patrice Halgand recently took first and second in the Coupe de France, and they have been in good form all year. Big Mat have chances with Christophe Capelle and Jay Sweet, should the race come down to a bunch sprint.

In terms of the World Cup standings, there are still nine riders who can theoretically win, although there is one clear favourite. After winning Milan-San Remo and the Amstel Gold Race, Erik Zabel now has a 126 point lead over 1999 overall winner, Andre Tchmil, with Romans Vainsteins not far behind. To bridge that gap will require two strong performances in Paris-Tours and the Tour of Lombardy by Tchmil, Vainsteins or any of the others. Given the similarity of the top three, it seems as though Zabel will have to have two very bad days for the others to pull off an upset win.

Start List

Rabobank                          Mapei - Quick Step

1 Marc Wauters (Bel)              11 Oscar Freire (Spa)
2 Michaël Boogerd (Ned)           12 Paolo Bettini (Ita)
3 Steven De Jongh (Ned)           13 Davide Bramati (Ita)
4 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned)        14 Dario Cioni (Ita)
5 Rolf Sorensen (Den)             15 Gianni Faresin (Ita)
6 Leon Van Bon (Ned)              16 Daniele Nardello (Ita)
7 Aart Vierhouten (Ned)           17 Luca Paolini (Ita)
8 Markus Zberg (Swi)              18 Andrea Tafi (Ita)

Team Deutsche Telekom             Kelme - Costa Blanca

21 Erik Zabel (Ger)               31 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa)
22 Rolf Aldag (Ger)               32 Alvaro Forner Munoz (Spa)
23                                33 Isaac Galvez (Spa)
24 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger)         34 Jesus Manzano (Spa)
25 Andréas Kloden (Ger)           35 Elicio Requejo (Spa)
26 Jan Schaffrath (Ger)           36 Angel Vicioso (Spa)
27 Jan Ullrich (Ger)
28 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)
29 Ralf Grabsch (Ger)

Fassa Bortolo                     Lampre - Daikin

41 Fabio Baldato (Ita)            51 Franco Ballerini (Ita)
42 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita)         52 Oscar Camenzind (Swi)
43 Dimitri Konyshev (Rus)         53 Robert Hunter (RSA)
44 Nicola Loda (Ita)              54 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita)
45 Andrea Peron (Ita)             55 Mariano Piccoli (Ita)
46 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)      56 Marco Serpellini (Ita)
47 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu)         57 
48 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)           58 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol)
                                  60 Massimo Codol (Ita)
Vini Caldirola - Sidermec         Festina Watches

61                                71 Christophe Moreau (Fra)
62                                72 Stéphane Auge (Fra)
63 Sandro Giacomelli (Ita)        73 Florent Brard (Fra)
64 Andrej Hauptman (Slo)          74 David Clinger (USA)
65 Marco Milesi (Ita)             75 Andy Flickinger (Fra)
66 Mauro Radaelli (Ita)           76 
67 Romans Vainsteins (Lat)        77 Rolf Huser (Swi)
68 Pietro Zucconi (Swi)           78 Nicolas Reynaud (Fra)
69 Stefan Rütimann (Swi)

Farm Frites                       Liquigas - Pata

81 Peter Van Petegem (Bel)        91 Stefano Cattai (Ita)
82 Serguei Ivanov (Rus)           92 Daniele Contrini (Ita)
83 Jans Koerts (Ned)              93 Mirco Marini (Ita)
84 Gerben Lowik (Ned)             94 Ellis Rastelli (Ita)
85 Glenn Magnusson (Swe)          95 Cristian Salvato (Ita)
86 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus)       96 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo)
87                                97 Denis Zanette (Ita)
88 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned)        98 Marco Zanotti (Ita)
90 Miquel Van Kessel (Ned)

Cofidis                           Saeco - Valli & Valli

101 Jo Planckaert (Bel)           111 
102 Laurent Desbiens (Fra)        112 Christophe Brandt (Bel)
103 Peter Farazijn (Bel)          113 Biagio Conte (Ita)
104 Claude Lamour (Fra)           114 Alessandro Guerra (Ita)
105                               115 Jorg Ludewig (Ger)
106 Nico Mattan (Bel)             116 Armin Meier (Swi)
107                               117 Massimiliano Mori (Ita)
108 Chris Peers (Bel)             118 Danny Pate (USA)
110 Roland Meier (Swi)            120 Igor Pugaci (Mda)

Mercatone Uno - Albacom           Memory Card

121 Marco Velo (Ita)              131 Bo Hamburger (Den)
122 Marco Artunghi (Ita)          132 Frank Corvers (Bel)
123 Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita)     133 Tristan Hoffman (Ned)
124 Massimo Cigana (Ita)          134 Allan Johansen (Den)
125                               135 Arvis Piziks (Lat)
126 Gian Mario Ortenzi (Ita)      136 Jacob Moe Rasmussen (Den)
127 Massimo Podenzana (Ita)       137 Martin Rittsel (Swe)

Lotto - Adecco                    Francaise Des Jeux

141 Andrei Tchmil (Bel)           151 Stéphane Heulot (Fra)
142 Serge Baguet (Bel)            152 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)
143 Fabien De Waele (Bel)         153 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita)
144 Christophe Detilloux (Bel)    154 Frank Hoj (Den)
145 Thierry Marichal (Bel)        155 Xavier Jan (Fra)
146 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel)      156 Christophe Mengin (Fra)
147 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel)          157 Lars Michaelsen (Den)
148 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel)          158 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)

Team Polti                        Ag2R Prevoyance

161 Richard Virenque (Fra)        171 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)
162 Enrico Cassani (Ita)          172 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra)
163 Mirko Celestino (Ita)         173 Stéphane Barthe (Fra)
164 Michele Colleoni (Ita)        174 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus)
165 Mirco Crepaldi (Ita)          175 Arturas Kasputis (Ltu)
166                               176 
167 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita)          177 Benoit Salmon (Fra)
168 Fabio Sacchi (Ita)            178 Ludovic Turpin (Fra)
                                  180 Gilles Maignan (Fra)
Euskaltel - Euskadi               Credit Agricole

181 Iker Flores (Spa)             191 Thor Hushovd (Nor)
182 Gorka Arrizabalaga (Spa)      192 Magnus Backstedt (Swe)
183 Mikel Artetxe (Spa)           193 Frédéric Finot (Fra)
184 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) 194 Sébastien Hinault (Fra)
185 Alberto Martinez (Spa)        195 Christopher Jenner (Nzl)
186 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa)          196 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)
187 Josu Silloniz (Spa)           197 Benoit Poilvet (Fra)
188 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa)         198 Jens Voigt (Ger)

Jean Delatour                     Bonjour

201 Laurent Brochard (Fra)        211 François Simon (Fra)
202 Frédéric Bessy (Fra)          212 Franck Bouyer (Fra)
203 Gilles Bouvard (Fra)          213 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
204 Cyril Dessel (Fra)            214 Charles Guilbert (Fra)
205 Patrice Halgand (Fra)         215 Frédéric Mainguenaud (Fra)
206 Eddy Seigneur (Fra)           216 Fabrice Salanson (Fra)
207 Francisque Teyssier (Fra)
208 Olivier Trastour (Fra)

Alexia Alluminio                  Big Mat - Auber 93

221 Nicola Minali (Ita)           231 Christophe Capelle (Fra)
222 Dario Andriotto (Ita)         232 Ludovic Auger (Fra)
223 Cristian Auriemma (Ita)       233 Alexandre Chouffe (Fra)
224 Giacomo Battistel (Ita)       234 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra)
225                               235 Oleg Joukov (Rus)
226 Leandro Fioroni (Ita)         236 Alexei Sivakov (Rus)
227 Eddy Serri (Ita)              237 Jay Sweet (Aus)
228 Marco Villa (Ita)             238 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra)
229 Stefano della Santa (Ita)

Saint-Quentin - Oktos

241 Oleg Kozlitine (Kaz)
242 Linas Balciunas (Ltu)
243 Jérome Desjardin (Fra)
244 Mindaugos Goncaras (Ltu)
245 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu)
246 Ole Simensen (Nor)
247 Vincent Templier (Fra)

Thanks to Daniel Schamps for the final start list


1920 Eugene Christophe, nicknamed the "Old Gaul," escapes in freezing rain, with 150 kilometers left into the stage, and beats Honore Barthelemy by 15 mins.

1921 Snow reduces the 64 starters to 7 finishers. Francis Pelissier, escaped on Chinon hill, to beat Christophe and Mottiat, in the slowest average speed - just under 23 km/h.

1922 Next year, Henri Pelissier brother of Francis narrowly beats Suter. This was the closest victory.

1935 Rene Le Greves wins the race in the fastest race to date. He is among four sprinters who dominated the times - Le Greves, Roger Lapebie and Di Paco.

1936 The speeds are rising and with an average of 41 km/h, Danneels sprints to victory.

1948 It is now up to an average of 43 km/h, as Louis Caput beats Mignat and Idee in the sprint. The three had staged a long breakaway.

1950 Andre Mahe solos to victory after breaking away in the last 10 kms. The pack just about chases him down. The big development was the new front ring and back ring he rode with - 52 x 14.

1956 At the 44 kms to the finish mark, Albert Bouvet attacks at Poce-sur-Cisse and keeps a narrow margin (never more than 50 seconds), and triumphs on top of l'Alouette hill. Notable feature - no Frenchman has won the race since.

1961 Belgium's Joseph Wouters sprints to win from a group who had staged a successful breakway. Notable feature - he was under 20 years of age.

1962 Joop De Roo wins with a record average of 44.9 km/h

1965 Fixed gear bikes only. The organisers said it was to make the race tougher. A strong tail wind thwarts them and the Dutchman Karstens (23) takes the new record with an avs of 45 km/h.

1992 Another strong tail wind, Belgium's Henrik Redant rides in with 46.7 km/h ave, and a new record.

1997 Andre Tchmil sets the new record 48.4 km/h.

1998 Jacky Durand breaks a 42-year drought and wins it for France.

Past Winners

Year Winner                    Second              Third           kms   avs

1896 E. Prevost (Fra)          Ouzou (Fra)         Bouvet (Fra)    250  31.200
1901 Jean Fischer (Fra)        Lorgeou (Fra)       Wattelier (Fra) 253  26.982
1906 Lucien Petit-Breton (Fra) Trousselier (Fra)   Cornet (Fra)    234  29.557
1907 Georges Passerieu (Fra)   Pottier (Fra)       Georget (Fra)   245  32.186
1908 Omer Beaugendre (Fra)     Saillot (Fra)       Faber (Lux)     248  30.690
1909 Francois Faber (Lux)      Alavoine (Fra)      Paul (Fra)      248  30.680
1910 Francois Faber (Lux)      Trousselier (Fra)   Engel (Fra)     248  32.105
1911 Octave Lapize (Fra)       Van Hauwaert (Bel)  Georget (Fra)   248  27.054
1912 Louis Heusghem (Bel)      Deruyter (Bel)      Petit-Breton    246  26.348
1913 Charles Crupelandt (Fra)  Passerieu (Fra)     Luguet (Fra)    246  33.931
1914 Oscar Egg (Swi)           Engel (Fra)         Thys (Bel)      316  32.147
1917 Philippe Thys (Bel)       Godivier (Fra)      Christophe (Fr) 246  34.009
1918 Charles Mantelet (Fra)    Cazalis (Swi)       Michiels (Bel)  248  30.182
1919 Hector Thiberghien (Bel)  Vandenhove (Bel)    Rossius (Bel)   342  27.178
1920 Eugene Christophe (Fra)   Barthelemy (Fra)    De Jonghe (Bel) 342  25.570
1921 Francis Pelissier (Fra)   Mottiat (Bel)       Christophe (Fr) 342  22.893
1922 Henri Pelissier (Fra)     Suter (Swi)         Jacquinot (Fra) 342  29.653
1923 Paul Deman (Bel)          Sellier (Bel)       Thiberghien (B) 342  25.014
1924 Louis Mottiat (Bel)       Frantz (Lux)        Huyvaert (Bel)  342  28.423
1925 Den. Verschueren (Bel)    Mortelmans (Bel)    Hilarion (Fra)  342  27.469
1926 Henri Suter (Swi)         Notter (Swi)        Frantz (Lux)    324  28.230
1927 Henri Suter (Swi)         Van Slembroek (Bel) Ronsse (Bel)    253  35.324
1928 Den. Verschueren (Bel)    Pelissier (Fra)     Gallotini (Fra) 253  34.746
1929 Nicolas Frantz (Bel)      Deolet (Bel)        Ronsse (Bel)    253  27.355
1930 Jean MarechaL (Fra)       Bidot (Fra)         Bonduel (Bel)   253  34.112
1931 Andre Leducq (Fra)        Parioleau (Fra)     Pelissier (Fra) 240  31.276
1932 Julien Moineau (Fra)      Sieronski (Ger)     Viarengo (Fra)  253  37.251
1933 Jules Merviel (Fra)       Magne (Fra)         Geyer (Ger)     243  37.528
1934 Gustave Danneels (Bel)    Gijssels (Bel)      Vervaecke (Bel) 243  38.358
1935 Rene Le Greves (Fra)      Lapebie (Fra)       Di Paco (Ita)   251  37.900
1936 Gustave Danneels (Bel)    Mithouard (Fra)     Coelaert (Bel)  251  41.455
1937 Gustave Danneels (Bel)    Bonduel (Bel)       De Caluwe (Bel) 251  41.092
1938 Jules Rossi (Ita)         Disseaux (Bel)      Maye (Fra)      251  42.097
1939 Frans Bonduel (Bel)       Storme (Bel)        Pirmez (Bel)    251  39.655
1941 Paul Maye (Fra)           Goutal (Fra)        Cloarec (Fra)   249  36.096
1942 Paul Maye (Fra)           Virol (Fra)         Rossi (Ita)     248  36.024
1943 Gaby Gaudin (Fra)         Buysse (Bel)        Hendrickx (Bel) 241  37.422
1944 Lucien Teisseire (Fra)    Gauthier (Fra)      Thietard (Fra)  253  41.452
1945 Paul Maye (Fra)           Goutorbe (Fra)      Idee (Fra)      253  37.161
1946 Brik Schotte (Bel)        Prevotal (Fra)      De Muer (Fra)   251  37.714
1947 Brik Schotte (Bel)        Idee (Fra)          Sercu (Bel)     251  35.678
1948 Louis Caput (Fra)         Mignat (Fra)        Idee (Fra)      251  43.096
1949 Albert Ramon (Bel)        Neri (Ita)          Geus (Bel)      251  41.377
1950 Andre Mahe (Fra)          Caffi (Fra)         Lapebie (Fr)    251  39.536
1951 Jacques Dupont (Fra)      Martini (Ita)       Redolfi (Fra)   251  41.691
1952 Raymond Guegan (Fra)      Schotte (Bel)       Caput (Fra)     253  40.861
1953 Jozef Schils (Bel)        Kubler (Swi)        Gilles (Fra)    253  43.529
1954 Gilbert Scodeller (Fra)   Bobet (Fra)         Michel (Fra)    253  40.881
1955 Jacques Dupont (Fra)      De Bruyne (Bel)     Cieleska (Fra)  253  43.766
1956 Albert Bouvet (Fra)       Schepens (Bel)      Bobet (Fra)     251  40.844
1957 Alfred DE Bruyne (Bel)    Bobet (Fra)         Conterno (Ita)  251  42.842
1958 Gilbert De Smet (Bel)     De Bruyne (Bel)     Mahe (Fra)      251  37.148
1959 Rik Van Looy (Bel)        Niesten (Ned)       Noyelle (Bel)   267  37.791
1960 Jo De Haan (Ned)          Stolker (Ned)       Otano (Spa)     267  40.001
1961 Jos Wouters (Bel)         De Smet (Bel)       Novak (Fra)     267  38.407
1962 Jo De Roo (Ned)           Melckenbeeck (Bel)  Beheyt (Bel)    267  44.903
1963 Jo De Roo (Ned)           Simpson (Ang)       Poulidor (Fra)  255  39.162
1964 Guido Reybroeck (Bel)     Van Looy (Bel)      Desmet (Bel)    248  36.466
1965 Gerben Karstens (Ned)     Desmet (Bel)        Deferm (Bel)    247  45.029
1966 Guido Reybroeck (Bel)     Van Looy (Bel)      Lemeteyer (Fra) 249  43.355
1967 Rik Van Looy (Bel)        Hoban (Ang)         Samyn (Fra)     249  41.720
1968 Guido Reybroeck (Bel)     Godefroot (Bel)     Leman (Bel)     249  44.584
1969 Herman Vanspringel (Bel)  Verbeeck (Bel)      Jochmans (Bel)  286  43.038
1970 Jurgen Tschan (Ger)       Pijnen (Ned)        Reybroeck (Bel) 286  41.011
1971 Rik Van Linden (Bel)      Basso (Ita)         Karstens (Ned)  285  40.766
1972 Noel Vantyghem (Bel)      Huysmans (Bel)      De Geest (Bel)  292  40.679
1973 Rik Van Linden (Bel)      De Vlaeminck (Bel)  Verbeeck (Bel)  264  42.076 


1974 Francesco Moser (Ita)     Danguillaume (Fra)  Leman (Bel)     254  43.268
1975 Freddy Maertens (Bel)     Van Looy (Bel)      De Vlaeminck    247  41.241

Grand Prix d'Automne

1976 Ronald De Witte (Bel)     Poulidor (Fra)      Bouloux (Fra)   253  43.519
1977 Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)      De Muynck (Bel)     Kuiper (Ned)    259  44.531
BLOIS-MONTLHERY (Grand Prix d'Automne)

1978 Jan Raas (Ned)            Jacobs (Bel)        Van Calster (B) 271  38.896

BLOIS-CHAVILLE (Grand Prix d'Automne)                       

1979 Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)      Saronni (Ita)       Raas (Ned)      228  41.838
1980 Daniel Willems (Bel)      Vigneron (Fra)      Vanhaerens (Be) 228  40.449
1981 Jan Raas (Ned)            Van den Haute (Bel) Colyn (Bel)     228  40.113
1982 Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)   Gavazzi (Ita)       De Wolf (Bel)   228  40.777
1983 Ludo Peeters (Bel)        Van der Poel (Ned)  Raas (Ned)      237  43.431
1984 Sean Kelly (Irl)          Rooks (Ned)         Wojtinek (Fra)  249  41.411

CRETEIL-CHAVILLE (Grand Prix d'Automne)

1985 Ludo Peeters (Bel)        Argentin (Ita)      Kelly (Ire)     249  38.607
1986 Phil Anderson (Aus)       Peillon (Fra)       Mottet (Fra)    253  40.765
1987 Adri Van Der Poel (Ned)   Van Vliet (Ned)     Fondriest (Ita) 255  38.734


1988 Peter Pieters (Ned)       Goessens (Bel)      Kelly (Ire)     290  34.202
1989 Jelle Nijdam (Ned)        Vanderaerden (Bel)  Museeuw(Bel)    283  39.402
1990 Rolf Sorensen (Dan)       Anderson (Aus)      Fondriest (Ita) 283  39.601
1991 Johan Capiot (Bel)        Ludwig (Ger)        Verhoeven (Ned) 286  38.406
1992 Hendrik Redant (Bel)      Henn (Ger)          Ludwig (Ger)    286  46.745
1993 Johan Museeuw (Bel)       Fondriest (Ita)     Gontchenkov     251  38.142
1994 Erik Zabel (Ger)          Bortolami (Ita)     Spruch (Pol)    250  39.934
1995 Nicola Minali (Ita)       Tchmil (Rus)        Teutenberg (Ge) 250  43.363
1996 Nicola Minali (Ita)       Steels (Bel)        Lombardi (Ita)  249  44.860
1997 Andrei Tchmil (Ukr)       Sciandri (GB)       Vogels (Aus)    254  48.400
1998 Jacky Durand (Fra)        Gualdi (Ita)        Kirsipuu (Est)  254  44.231
1999 Marc Wauters (Bel)        Faresin (Ita)       Kirsipuu (Est)  254  41.281

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