36th GP Pino Cerami (1.3)

Belgium, April 13, 2001

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Scott Sunderland wins Pino Cerami

By Jeff Jones
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Scott Sunderland
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Australian Scott Sunderland (Fakta) has won the 36th edition of the GP Pino Cerami in a thrilling solo finish. Attacking on the final climb, he beat home Collstrop's Roger Hammond and Domo's Fred Rodriguez in an all English-speaker's race.

The race started in cool (8 degrees) but dry weather, and riders from 21 division I and II teams took the start in St Ghislain, near the Franco-Belgian border. The parcours consisted of a big lap of 114 km, followed by four smaller circuits of 17 kilometres, including a tough cobbled climb 3 kilometres from the finish.

Three riders attacked on the large circuit: Paul van Schalen (Team Cologne), Olivier Trastour (Jean Delatour), and Innar Mandoja (Ag2r). Their lead hovered around 1'45, but it was brought down to 1'10 as the riders crossed the finish line in Boussu (Hornu) for the first of five times.

The peloton was aleady intent on chasing, and the three were brought back after a lap and a half, as first six other riders bridged, before the peloton gobbled them up. On the second last climb, 13 riders attacked to form the final selection: Fred Rodriguez (Domo), Laurent Lefevre and Claude Lamour (Cofidis), Guido Trenti (Cantina Tollo), Eddy Serri (Alexia), Ludovic Capelle (Ag2r), Jerome Bernard (Jean Delatour), Matthias Buxhofer (Phonak), Zoran Klemencic (Tacconi), Scott Sunderland (Fakta), Roger Hammond and Oleg Pankov (Collstrop), and Michel van Haecke (Landbouwkrediet).

The small bunch quickly grabbed a 30 seconds lead on the last 17 kilometre circuit, and with so many teams represented, there was little incentive to chase. Scott Sunderland had been looking quite comfortable all race, and decided to test his legs on the final climb in the big chainring. It was enough to break the elastic, and he had approximately 10 seconds lead over the top.
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Sunderland wins!
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The final 3 kilometres consisted of a fairly fast downhill, followed by a 1 kilometre rise until the final downhill run to the finish. Sunderland increased his lead to 13 seconds, and he knew he had it then. He raised his arms in delighted victory with 50 metres to go, as Roger Hammond and Fred Rodriguez led the bunch home behind him.

After finishing second in Brabantse Pijl and GP Rennes, this win was a sign of Sunderland's excellent form. He rode a perfect race, not attacking until it counted at the end.

"All the other times, everybody was going [up the hill] in the small chainring, so this time I went in the big chainring and give it everything," he said. "I had enough speed so that when I got to the top I could keep going. It was a little bit flat across the top and there was a huge lactic buildup - I was just biting the handlebars."

"When I heard I had 12 seconds I knew it was in the bag."

It certainly was and Sunderland is aiming to maintain form for the team's only World Cup race in the first part of the season, the Amstel Gold Race.

Results - 181.1 km

1 Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team Fakta               4.24.00 (41.325 km/h)
2 Roger Hammond (GBr) Collstrop-Palmans              0.15
3 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites              0.16
4 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) ag2r Prevoyance              0.17
5 Oleg Pankov (Ukr) Collstrop-Palmans
6 Michel van Haecke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
7 Eddy Serri (Ita) Alexia Aluminio
8 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis
9 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
10 Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis
11 Jerome Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
12 Guido Trenti (USA) Cantina Tollo
13 Matthias Buxhofer (Aut) Phonak
14 Vincent Cali (Fra) Collstrop-Palmans             0.37
15 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
16 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Domo-Farm Frites             0.38
17 Bert Schierlinkcx (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans
18 Cristian Pepoli (Ita) Cantina Tollo
19 Martin van Steen (Ned) BankGiroLoterij-Batavus
20 Stephane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour       
21 Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
22 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
23 Andrej Hautpman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
24 Federico Colonna (Ita) Cantina Tollo Acqua       0.50
25 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems
26 Thierry De Groote (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans
27 Mario Manzoni (Ita) Alexia Alluminio
28 Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
29 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
30 Tom Desmet (Bel) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
31 Jürgen Werner (Ger) Team Nürnberger
32 Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol) Team Nürnberger
33 Olivier Genicot (Bel) Flanders-Prefetex
34 Sebastien Matozza (Bel) Ville de Charleoi
35 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis
36 Michael Skelde (Den) Team Fakta
37 Alexandre Grux (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
38 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Jean Delatour
39 Giacomo Battistel (Ita) Alexia Alluminio
40 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
41 Cédric Fragniere (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
42 Tom Stremeersch (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim
43 Ciaran Power (Irl) ST Quentin Oktos
44 Miquel Van Kessel (Ned) Team Gerolsteiner
45 Renaud Boxus (Bel) Ville De Charleroi-New Systems
46 Davy Daniels (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
47 Jakob Gram Nielsen (Den) Team Fakta
48 Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alexia Aluminio
49 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
50 Pieter Vries (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
51 Björn Glasner (Ger) Team Cologne
52 Andrei Tcherviakov (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
53 Inigo Castro (Spa) Cofidis
54 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis
55 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
56 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
57 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis
58 Jurgen van Roosbroeck (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim
59 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
60 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
61 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance        0.58
62 Sebastien Talbardon (Fra) BigMat Auber 93        1.22
63 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans        1.36
64 Bram Tankink (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
65 Artour Babaitsev (Rus) Team Nürnberger
66 Jens Zemke (Ger) Team Nürnberger
67 Dominique Rault (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
68 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
69 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour
70 Manu Lhoir (Bel) Team Fakta
71 Leif Hoste (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                2.00
72 Grégory Barbier (Fra)
73 David Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis
74 Jeff Louder (USA) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
75 Pelle Kil (Ned) Team Cologne
76 Berry Hoedemakers (Ned) Team Cologne
77 Bram Schmitz (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
78 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
79 David Debremaeker (Bel) Ville De Charleroi-New Systems
80 Kristof Trouve (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans
81 Geert Omloop (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans
82 Federico Giabeecucci (Ita) Cantina Tollo
83 Corrado Serina (Ita) Alexia Alluminio
84 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
85 Serguei Oustschakov (Ukr) Alexia Aluminio
86 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
87 Lylian Lebreton (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
88 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner
89 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner
90 Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) Team Nurnberger         3.09
91 Torsten Nitsche (Ger) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe   3.24
92 Rudi Kemna (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus         3.47
93 Chris Matthys (Bel) Flanders-Prefetex
94 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner
95 Dario Pieri (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
96 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus    8.40
97 Innar Mandoja (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
98 Corey Sweet (Aus) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
99 Jan Van Velzen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
100 Thomas Mulbacher (Aut) Team Nurnberger         11.10 

Past Winners

2000 Jan Bratkowski (Ger) Mercury               181 km in 4.12.00 (43.09)
1999 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Polti            199 km in 4.50.00
1998 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Brescialat-Liquigas 199 km in 4.43.00 (42.402)
1997 Race Cancelled
1996 Marco Serpellini (Ita)
1995 Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita)
1994 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1992 Laurent Dufaux (Swi)
1991 Andrej Tchmil (Mol)
1990 Maximilian Sciandri (Ita)
1989 Stefan Joho (Swi)
1988 John Talen (Ned)
1987 Rolf Sörensen (Den)
1986 Urs Freuler (Swi)
1985 Paul Haghedooren (Bel)
1984 Gerrie Knetemann (Ned)
1983 Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1982 Ronny Van Holen (Ned)
1981 Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)
1980 Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)
1979 Daniel Verplancke (Bel)
1978 Gerrie Knetemann (Ned)
1977 Joseph Jacobs (Bel)
1976 Willy Teirlinck (Bel)
1975 Eddy Verstraeten (Bel)
1974 Marc Demeyer (Bel)
1973 Ferdinand Bracke (Bel)
1972 Christian Callens (Bel)
1971 Georges Van Coningsloo (Bel)
1970 André Dierickx (Bel)
1969 Frans Mintjens (Bel)
1968 Julien Stevens (Bel)
1967 Willy Planckaert (Bel)
1966 Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1965 Jan Boonen (Bel)
1964 André Noyelle (Bel)