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8th Classic Haribo - 1.3
France, February 25, 2001
De Clercq gets the sweets
New Lotto-Adecco signing, Hans de Clercq, took the sweetest of victories in the 8th edition of the Classic Haribo, sponsored by the bonbon manufacturer of the same name. De Clercq won his own body weight in sweets by beating veteran Eddy Seigneur (Jean Delatour) by 7 seconds, and Paul Van Hyfte (Lotto) by 37.
The race didn't end in a bunch sprint, differing from its usual style. After just 40 kilometres (of 203), a group of 10 riders escaped, never to be seen again by the main peloton. With 6 kilometres to go, Hans de Clercq took the initiative to attack the leading group, while everyone else was looking to Michele Bartoli (Mapei) to make a move. De Clercq's opportunism paid of, and the 32 year old soloed in to take the win.
Apart from a few kermesses and a stage in the Circuit Franco Belge, de Clercq has not had a career studded with great wins. Today was certainly his biggest, and the 78 kg of sweets that he won contains enough energy to win at least 60 more.
Second placed Eddy Seigneur is now the leader of the Coupe de France after two rounds, and he was happy with his placing today as it showed that Jean Delatour had more depth than just Brochard and Halgand.
1 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 4.34.40 (44.34 km/h) 2 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour 0.07 3 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 0.37 4 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2r-Prévoyance 5 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei - Quick Step 6 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Deutsche Telekom 7 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre-Daikin 1.51 8 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Mercury-Viatel 1.54 9 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei - Quick Step 10 Guido Trenti (Ita) Cantina Tollo 11 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina 12 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Française des Jeux 13 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport 2.04 14 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 15 Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel 16 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Jean Delatour 2.13 17 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Deutsche Telekom 2.27 18 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Mercury-Viatel 3.01 19 Raimondas Rumsas (Lat) Fassa Bortolo 3.03 20 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 21 Frédéric Mainguenaud (Fra) Bonjour 22 Stefan Schreck (Ger) Deutsche Telekom 23 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 24 Angelo Lopeboselli (Ita) Cofidis 25 Rolf Sørensen (Den) CSC - Worldonline 26 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 27 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Team Gerolsteiner 28 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin 29 Robert Bartko (Ger) Deutsche Telekom 30 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata Classified: 30 Results thanks to www.velomania.net
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