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HEW-Cyclassics - CDM

Hamburg, Germany, August 19, 2001

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By Jeff Jones

The UCI World Cup comes to Hamburg, Germany on Sunday for the seventh of its ten rounds. The HEW-Cyclassics has been part of the World Cup since 1998, when it took the place of the Rochester International Classic in Britain. Although some observers think that the Rund um den Henninger Turm on May 1 would be a more suitable parcours for a World Cup, the fact that this race is always held on May 1 presents a few difficulties, and the organisers aren't likely to change this in the near future.

Instead, we travel to the north German sea port of Hamburg, the second biggest city in Germany with approximately 1.7 million people. Shipping is of course the main industry, and it is the second biggest container port in Europe. It is particularly important in serving Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Austria and Switzerland. Hamburg is also a popular tourist destination with an estimated 150,000 people extra visitors to the city each day, and probably a few more on Sunday for the World Cup, when 50,000 people are expected in the city centre to watch the finish of the HEW Cyclassics.

The parcours is split into two sections: A 168 kilometre figure eight, taking the riders along the Elbe river for a substantial portion. This includes the famous bridge over the Elbe, the Köhlbrandbrücke, which is also a fairly gradual climb. Once the riders cross the start finish on Mönckebergstrasse again, they have to complete two more laps of a 41.4 kilometre circuit. This is often where some sort of selection is made on the Grotiusweg and Waseberg, although bunch sprints are generally the norm in this race.

As sprinters go, Telekom's Erik Zabel has all the pressure and favouritism for such a finish. Despite winning Milan-San Remo four times, and the Tour de France points jersey six times (in succession), Zabel has never won HEW Cyclassics. Of course, he will be a heavily marked man and there are a few good sprinters in this field who could overcome him.

Domo-Farm Frites will be hoping for World Champion Romans Vainsteins to pull off a big win, after having a good season in the rainbow jersey so far. Mapei's Tom Steels could probably match Zabel's speed, but the question is does he have the race condition for a 253 km World Cup?

Mercury's Leon Van Bon has won this race before, and is well supported by sprinters Fabrizio Guidi and Jans Koerts. Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole), Salvatore Commesso (Saeco) and Robert Hunter (Lampre) all have chances of a top finish as well.

It's possible of course that the race will not finish in a mass sprint and a group will succeed in getting away on one of the final climbs. In this case, riders like 1997 winner Jan Ullrich would be a serious threat, as would last weekend's San Sebastian runner-up Francesco Casagrande (who also finished second in this race last year). Add to this the usual suspects Erik Dekker (Rabobank), Davide Rebellin (Liquigas), Paolo Bettini (Mapei), Oscar Camenzind (Lampre) and, based on some recent performances, Serge Baguet (Lotto-Adecco).

Start list

Lampre-Daikin                      Team Telekom
1 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita)         11 Rolf Aldag (Ger)
2 Oscar Camenzind (Swi)            12 Danilo Hondo (Ger)
3 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel)           13 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger)
4 Robert Hunter (RSA)              14 Jan Ullrich (Ger)
5 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr)        15 Andreas Klier (Ger)
6 Marco Serpellini (Ita)           16 Andreas Klöden (Ger)
7 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol)            17 Erik Zabel (Ger)
8 Marco Pinotti (Ita)              18 Jan Schaffrath (Ger)
Team Coast                         Domo-Farm Frites
21 Niki Aebersold (Swi)            31 Enrico Cassani (Ita)
22 Daniel Becke (Ger)              32 Servais Knaven (Ned)
23 Mauro Gianetti (Swi)            33 Glenn Magnusson (Swe)
24 Frank Hoj (Den)                 34 Johan Museeuw (Bel)
25 Lars Michaelsen (Den)           35 Piotr Wadecki (Pol)
26 Thorsten Rund (Ger)             36 Fred Rodriguez (USA)
27 Raphael Schweda (Ger)           37 Romans Vainsteins (Lat)
28 Malte Urban (Ger)               38 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned)
Mapei-Quick Step                   Saeco Macchine per Caffé
41 Michele Bartoli (Ita)           51 Mirko Celestino (Ita)
42 Paolo Bettini (Ita)             52 Salvatore Commesso (Ita)
43 Elio Aggiano (Ita)              53 Laurent Dufaux (Swi)
44 Dario David Cioni (Ita)         54 Jörg Ludewig (Ger)
45 Daniele Nardello (Ita)          55 Fabio Sacchi (Ita)
46 Luca Paolini (Ita)              56 Massimiliano Mori (Ita)
47 Tom Steels (Bel)                57 Torsten Nitsche (Ger)
48 Luca Scinto (Ita)               58 Christian Wegmann (Ger)
Lotto-Adecco                       Mercatone Uno-Stream TV
61 Serge Baguet (Bel)              71 Igor Astarloa (Spa)
62 Hans De Clercq (Bel)            72 Michael Andersson (Swe)
63 Nico Eeckhout (Bel)             73 Fabiano Fontanelli (Ita)
64 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel)             74 Cristian Moreni (Ita)
65 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus)        75 Gianpaolo Mondini (Ita)
66 Andrei Tchmil (Bel)             76 Gianmario Ortemzi (Ita)
67 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel)            77 Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita)
68 Thierry Marichal (Bel)          78 Ermanno Brignoli (Ita)
Rabobank                           Festina
81 Erik Dekker (Ned)               91 Stéphane Auge (Fra)
82 Karsten Kroon (Ned)             92 David Clinger (USA)
83 Matthé Pronk (Ned)              93 Michel Klinger (Swi)
84 Steven De Jongh (Ned)           94 André Korff (Ger)
85 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned)        95 Arnaud Pretot (Fra)
86 Marcus Zberg (Swi)              96 Steffen Radochla (Ger)
87 Jan Boven (Ned)                 97 Nicolas Reynaud (Fra)
88 Aart Vierhouten (Ned)           98 Sven Teutenberg (Ger)
Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola       Team CSC Tiscali
101 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita)       111 Tristan Hoffman (Ned)
102 Gabriele Balducci (Ita)        112 Raphael Jeune (Fra)
103 Paolo Bossoni (Ita)            113 René Joergensen (Den)
104 Mauro Gerosa (Ita)             114 Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den)
105 Andrei Hauptman (Slo)          115 Jacob Moe Rasmussen (Den)
106 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita)           116 Michael Steen Nielsen (Den)
107 Mauro Radaelli (Ita)           117 Arvis Piziks (Lat)
108 Nicola Minali (Ita)            118 Rolf Sorensen (Den)
Crédit Agricole                    Fassa Bortolo
121 Magnus Backstedt (Swe)         131 Fabio Baldato (Ita)
122 Sébastien Hinault (Fra)        132 Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
123 Thor Hushovd (Nor)             133 Leonardo Giordani (Ita)
124 Bobby Julich (USA)             134 Roberto Petito (Ita)
125 Anthony Morin (Fra)            135 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus)
126 Jérôme Neuville (Fra)          136 Nicola Loda (Ita)
127 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)           137 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita)
128 Jens Voigt (Ger)               138 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
Liquigas-Pata                      Mercury
141 Daniele Contrini (Ita)         151 Leon Van Bon (Ned)
142 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr)           152 Henk Vogels (Aus)
143 Mirko Marini (Ita)             153 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita)
144 Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita)       154 Baden Cooke (Aus)
145 Davide Rebellin (Ita)          155 Jans Koerts (Ned)
146 Cristian Salvato (Ita)         156 Peter Van Petegem (Bel)
147 Denis Zanette (Ita)            157 Gerrt Van Bondt (Bel)
148 Marco Zanotti (Ita)            158 Wim Vansevenant (Bel)
Cofidis Le Crédit par Téléphone    Team Gerolsteiner
161 Peter Farazijn (Bel)           171 René Haselbacher (Aut)
162 Tom Flammang (Lux)             172 Federico Morini (Ita)
163 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz)           173 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu)
164 Médéric Clain (Fra)            174 Torsten Schmidt (Ger)
165 Nico Mattan (Bel)              175 Ronny Scholz (Ger)
166 Chris Peers (Bel)              176 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger)
167 Jo Planckaert (Bel)            177 Marcel Strauss (Swi)
168 Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra)      178 Georg Totschnig (Aut)
Team Cologne                       Team Nürnberger
181 Raymond Meijs (Ned)            191 Artour Babaitsev (Rus)
182 Björn Glasner (Ger)            192 Dirk Baldinger (Ger)
183 Martin Müller (Ger)            193 Robert Förster (Ger)
184 Stefan Kupfernagel (Ger)       194 Harald Morscher (Aut)
185 Paul Van Schalen (Ned)         195 Werner Riebenbauer (Aut)
186 Michael Schlickau (Ger)        196 Christian Werner (Ger)
187 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA)         197 Jürgen Werner (Ger)
188 Frank Klein (Ger)              198 Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol)

Past Winners


1 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin    253 kms in 6.17.22 (39.90 km/h)
2 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec
3 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo


1 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Polti          253 kms in 6.20.39 (39.88 km/h)
2 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Nurnberger
3 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola


1 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank               253 kms in 6.09.31 (41.14 km/h)
2 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Asics
3 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lotto-Mobistar


1 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Telekom                 160 kms in 4.10.04 (38.38 km/h)
2 Wilfried Peeters (Bel) Mapei
3 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom


1 Rossano Brasi (Ita) Team Polti            160 kms in 3.33.18 (45.00 km/h)
2 Bert Dietz (Ger) Telekom
3 Steffen Rein (Ger) Team Nürnberger

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