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94th Paris Tours - CDM

France, October 8, 2000

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Tafi wins wet Paris-Tours

By Jeff Jones, online editor
Andrea Tafi
Photo: © AFP

Andrea Tafi (Mapei-Quick Step) proved that he still had plenty of fire in his legs as he won a tough 94th edition of Paris-Tours, the ninth round of the World Cup. Tafi attacked with 20 kilometres to go to beat the evergreen Andrei Tchmil and Daniele Nardello, with Tchmil gaining enough points to be in good contention for the World Cup, not to mention the World Championships next weekend.

The race was marked by windy and rainy conditions, and the 188 riders were in no mood to hammer out of the blocks in pursuit of a high average speed. The early attack came from Sylvain Chavanel (Bonjour) and Mindaugas Goncaras (Saint-Quentin) and they were allowed a lot of rope, gaining 30 minutes after 120 kilometres in front. Chavanel dropped his companion shortly afterward in Savigny-sur-Braye (134 km to go) and held his massive advantage for another 25 kilometres.

Finally, the lethargic peloton stirred, and the young Chavanel found his lead rapidly shrinking. In 20 kilometres he lost 10 minutes after some serious chasing was being done by a 13 rider selection. This contained Rik Verbrugghe and Andrei Tchmil (Lotto), Paolo Bettini, Andrea Tafi and Daniele Nardello (Mapei), Nico Mattan (Cofidis), Rolf Sorenson (Rabobank), Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2r), Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa), Zbigniew Spruch (Lampre), Gorazd Stangelj (Liquigas), and World Cup leader Erik Zabel (Telekom). By the 200th kilometre, Tafi, Mattan and Verbrugghe had attacked from this top group and were just 4'15 behind the fading Frenchman, with the bulk of the pack a further 1'40 back.
Sylvain Chavanel
Photo: © AFP

The trio caught Chavanel with 32 kilometres to go, and that was the end of a brave attempt. Had the 21 year old ridden in the 188.5 km Espoirs race, he may have had more success. That was won by Belgian Tom Boonen (Kortrijk) who edged out rising Swede, Stefan Adamsson (Crescent/Swedish National) and Ronald Mutsaars (Rabobank Espoirs) after a group of 7 made it to the finish.

The pro's were now going full steam ahead, and Tchmil, Daniele Nardello, Gorazd Stangelj and Paolo Bettini attacked what was left of the Zabel group. This left Zabel chasing with 25 kilometres to go and the seven leaders had the race in their sights.

With 20 kilometres to go, Tafi attacked Verbrugghe and Mattan before the other four caught on, and by the time they did, he had a lead that grew to a minute with 14 kilometres to go. As he did in Paris-Roubaix in 1999, Tafi kept his advantage into Tours' Avenue de Grammont, taking his fourth ever win in a Classic.

Meanwhile amongst the chasing group, Andrei Tchmil powered away with less than 10 kilometres to go, and only Mapei's Daniele Nardello could go with him. Tchmil was going for World Cup points and he needed to score well in this race if he was to have any chance at Zabel's lead. The German was still in the hunt at around a minute behind but was only chasing 8th place.
Photo: © AFP

Tchmil closed to within 39 seconds of Tafi by the finish and took second place ahead of Nardello. Mapei's other rider in the break, Paolo Bettini capped off a great day for the team by taking 4th place. Tchmil gained 70 points for his performance, while Zabel eventually finished 11th (15 points). With one round of the World Cup to go (Giro di Lombardia), the Belgian veteran could conceivably defeat Zabel if he wins and Zabel places no higher than 7th.

While Telekom couldn't match the might of three Mapei riders in the final selection, they suffered another blow when top man, Jan Ullrich fell with 20 kilometres to go after he hit a traffic island. He has taken to hospital with a severe gash in his lip that required six stitches. His start in the World Championships time trial and road race is now off, as he will need several days without training.

Results - 254.5 km

1 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step           6.38.14 (38.3 km/h)
2 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto Adecco                0.39
3 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                
4 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step            1.36
5 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Liquigas Pata             1.39
6 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto Adecco                      
7 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                    
8 Rolf Sorensen (Den) Rabobank                    2.00
9 Jann Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance             2.05
10 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo               
11 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                
12 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis                      2.09
13 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Farm Frites            3.44
14 Frank Hoj (Den) La Francaise Des Jeux                 
15 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     
16 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                           
17 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Polti                      
18 Fréderic Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux          
19 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole               
20 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       
21 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec         
22 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux         
23 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                           
24 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93                  
25 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Liquigas Pata                     
26 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto Adecco               
27 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                
28 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis                             
29 Bo Hamburger (Den) Memorycard-Jack&Jones              
30 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank                        
31 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis                          
32 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Credit Agricole                  
33 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance             
34 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93                 
35 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Festina                         
36 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto Adecco                    
37 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                  
38 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme Costa Blanca       
39 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                   
40 Marco Artunghi (Ita) Mercatone Uno                    
41 Oskar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                   
42 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                  
43 Luca Paolini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                   
44 Oscar Freire (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                   
45 Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis                           
46 Christian Auriemma (Ita) Alexia Alluminio             
47 Rolf Huser (Swi) Festina                              
48 Denis Zanette (Ita) Liquigas Pata                     
49 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                  
50 Allan Johansen (Den) Memorycard-Jack&Jones            
51 Biaggio Conte (Ita) Saeco-Valli&Valli                 
52 Oleg Kozlitine (Kaz) Saint-Quentin-Oktos              
53 Dario Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                    
54 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                 
55 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux           
56 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                     
57 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux           
58 Andrea Peron (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      
59 Christopher Jenner (NZl) Credit Agricole              
60 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Valli&Valli                   
61 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Alexia Alluminio                
62 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom            
63 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                 
64 Richard Virenque (Fra) Team Polti                     
65 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskatel-Euskadi                
66 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                           
67 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step           3.52
68 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec 3.54
69 Franco Ballerini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                  
70 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Farm Frites                      
71 Alexandre Chouffe (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93        4.52
72 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93           
73 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Farm Frites                     
74 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank                        
75 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                    
76 Stefano Cattai (Ita) Liquigas Pata                    
77 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskatel-Euskadi                  
78 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                   
79 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom       
80 Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin               6.41
81 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom        7.10
82 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom            
83 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom          
84 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto Adecco                       
85 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour                  7.41
86 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin            8.52
87 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                        
88 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco-Valli&Valli           14.22
89 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Saeco-Valli&Valli             
90 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo                  
91 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Farm Frites                   
92 Alvaro Forner (Spa) Kelme Costa Blanca                
93 Lars Michaelsen (Den) La Francaise Des Jeux           
94 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec          
95 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto Adecco                     
96 Miguel Van Kessel (Ned) Farm Frites                   
97 Ole Simensen (Nor) Saint-Quentin-Oktos                
98 Danny Pate (USA) Saeco-Valli&Valli                    
99 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto Adecco                 
100 Oleg Joukov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93                   
101 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto Adecco                  
102 Giacomo Battistel (Ita) Alexia Alluminio             
103 Nicola Minali (Ita) Alexia Alluminio                 
104 Mindaugos Goncaras (Ltu) Saint-Quentin-Oktos         
105 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Farm Frites                 
106 Xavier Jan (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux               
107 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93         14.29
108 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis                          
109 Gorka Arrizabalaga (Spa) Euskatel-Euskadi            
110 Jans Koerts (Ned) Farm Frites                        
111 Arvis Piziks (Lat) Memorycard-Jack&Jones             
112 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas Pata                 
113 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco-Valli&Valli      

Espoirs (1.7.1) - 188.5 km

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Kortrijk Groeninge Spurters    4.30.25 (41.8 km/h)
2 Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Swedish National Team        0.01
3 Ronald Mutsaars (Ned) Rabobank Espoirs                
4 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Lyonnais                     0.02
5 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) French National Team         0.03
6 Björn Hoeben (Ned) Rabobank Espoirs                0.05
7 Lionel Georget (Fra) Bretagne                      0.15
8 Raphaël Bastin (Bel) RC Pesant Club Liegeois       1.06
9 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Luxembourg                       1.23
10 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Espoirs               1.26
11 Camille Bouquet (Fra) Bretagne                       
12 Jurgen Van Loocke (Bel) Kortrijk Groeninge Sp.    1.27
13 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Belgian National Team            
14 Lars Breiseth (Nor) Nowegian National Team           
15 Charles Dionne (Can) US/Canadian National Team    1.28
16 Jonas Ljungblad (Fra) Swedish National Team          
17 Samuel Bonnet (Fra) UC Chateauroux                   
18 Samuel Rouyer (Fra) French National Team             
19 Holger Loew (Ger) RG Giant Frankfurt                 
20 Alexandre Koslov (Blr) Velo Club De Roubaix          
21 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Ile de France  
22 Fabien Fernandez (Fra) Poitou-Charentes              
23 Michael Reihs (Den) Danish National Team             
24 Nicolas Boulenger (Fra) Cyclo Club Nogent Sur Oise
25 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) French National Team       
26 Luuc Hutten (Ned) Rabobank Espoirs                   
27 Eric Berthou (Fra) Team Seat Sport Dinan             
28 Kristoffer Ingeby (Fra) Swedish National Team        
29 Davy Coenen (Bel) Kortrijk Groeninge Spurters     1.29
30 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) CM Aubervilliers 93         
31 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) French National Team            
32 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Kortrijk Groeninge Spurters      
33 Jean François Jegou (Fra) Pays De Loire              
34 Brad Buccambuso (USA) US/Canadian National Team         
35 Maxime Larue (Fra) Lyonnais                          
36 Eric Le Blacher (Fra) French National Team           
37 Frederik Willems (Bel) Belgian National Team         
38 Stéphane Cys (Fra) Pole France Wasquehal          1.30
39 Robin Sharman (GBr) British National Team            
40 François Norce (Fra) Provence                        
41 Gisle Viköyr (Nor) Nowegian National Team         1.31
42 Kjetil Loitegard (Nor) Nowegian National Team     1.32
43 David Breard (Fra) Velo Club Rouen 76                
44 Michael Larsen (Den) Danish National Team         1.33
45 David Orvalho (Ned) Rabobank Espoirs              1.35
46 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) C.Gambetta Orléans Loire  1.37
47 Stéphane Meunier (Fra) Lyonnais                      
48 Yann Vigouroux (Fra) Bretagne                     2.01
49 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Pays De Loire                
50 Georges Toussaint (Fra) Ile de France
51 Andrius Zaleskis (Ltu) Velo Club Rouen 76            
52 Tobias Lergard (Swe) Swedish National Team           
53 Denis Flahaut (Fra) Pole France Wasquehal         2.02
54 David Boucher (Fra) Pole France Wasquehal         2.25
55 Antony Grafin (Fra) UC Chateauroux                2.38
56 Nicolas Venuat (Fra) Auvergne                        
57 Riadh Baatout (Fra) CM Aubervilliers 93              
58 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Vendee U-Pays De La Loire       
59 Petter Renang (Swe) Swedish National Team         2.39
60 Jean Marc Maurin (Fra) Provence                      
61 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Poitou-Charentes            
62 Sébastien Morvan (Fra) Aquitaine                  2.40
63 Gaylord Tourneur (Fra) Poitou-Charentes              
64 Russel Downing (GBr) British National Team        2.41
65 Tom Southam (GBr) British National Team              
66 Henrik Simper (Den) Danish National Team             
67 Steve De Maesemeer (Bel) Kortrijk Groeninge Sp.   2.42
68 Brice Jones (USA) US/Canadian National Team       3.02
69 Wannes Maartens (Can) US/Canadian National Team   3.15
70 Jérôme Bouchet (Fra) UC Chateauroux               3.16
71 Jimmy Hansen (Den) Danish National Team              
72 Rony Martias (Fra) Vendee U-Pays De La Loire      3.18
73 Vincent Socquin (Fra) Cyclo Club Nogent Sur Oise  3.20
74 Pieter Uytterhoeven (Bel) RC Pesant Club Liegeois 3.37
75 Anthony Charteau (Fra) French National Team       3.39
76 Guillaume Corniau (Fra) Champagne-Ardenne         3.40
77 Kenneth Flesja (Nor) Nowegian National Team          
78 Jérôme Morier (Fra) Orleanais                     4.11
79 Nicolas Meunier (Fra) CM Aubervilliers 93         5.01
80 Eddy Lamoureux (Fra) Champagne-Ardenne            5.14
81 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Ile de France                 8.30
82 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Espoirs            17.11
83 Markus Fothen (Ger) RG Giant Frankfurt           19.08
84 Julien Guiborel (Fra) CM Aubervilliers 93        20.42
85 Jimmy Herman (Bel) RC Pesant Club Liegeois           
86 Jonathan Maquaire (Fra) Essonne                      
87 Sébastien Foucher (Fra) Orleanais                26.52
88 Antoine Nys (Fra) Velo Club De Roubaix                
89 José Da Silva (Fra) Velo Club De Roubaix              
90 Hervé Duclos Lassalle (Fra) Aquitaine

World Cup Standings

1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom               347 pts
2 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto Adecco                     276
3 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec      204
4 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                 201
5 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Siderm     160
6 Oscar Freire (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step                  151
7 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                    145
8 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin                  144
9 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Farm Frites                  135
10 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas Pata                 132
11 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  120
12 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin              112
13 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step                111
14 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                          93
15 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                       79
16 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Memorycard-Jack&Jones          77
17 Oskar Camenzind (Swi) Lampre-Daikin                  70
18 Rolf Sorensen (Den) Rabobank                         67
19 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank                          50
20 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service              41
21 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Farm Frites                     36
22 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                          35
23 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Polti                        33
24 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto Adecco                    32
25 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis                          32
26 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec         32
27 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis                         31
28 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Liquigas Pata                    29
29 Bo Hamburger (Den) Memorycard-Jack&Jones             28
30 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank                    26
31 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis                            24
32 Franco Ballerini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                 24
33 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco-Valli&Valli            24
34 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                 22
35 Vjatceslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service            21
36 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo                  20
37 Servais Knaven (Ned) Farm Frites                     20
38 Marco Milesi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec           18
39 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo              17
40 Fréderic Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux         17
41 Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno                       17
42 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto Adecco                       16
43 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux        15
44 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Valli&Valli                  15
45 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step               15
46 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Farm Frites                    15
47 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Polti                     14
48 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) Once Deutsche Bank           14
49 David Clinger (USA) Festina                          13
50 Massimo Cigana (Ita) Mercatone Uno                   13
51 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Team Polti                      13
52 Frank Hoj (Den) La Francaise Des Jeux                12
53 Arvis Piziks (Lat) Memorycard-Jack&Jones             12
54 Andreas Klier (Ger) Farm Frites                      11
55 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Team Polti                       7
56 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       6
57 Denis Zanette (Ita) Liquigas Pata                     5
58 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto Adecco                 5
59 Lars Michaelsen (Den) La Francaise Des Jeux           4
60 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis                             3
61 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Lotto Adecco                     2

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