28th Tour Méditerranéen - 2.3

France, February 14-18, 2001

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Stage 1 - February 14: Antibes - Toulon-Mont Faron, 140 km

Basso takes first stage

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Ivan Basso
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The first and arguably the hardest stage of the Tour Méditerranéen has been won by up and coming Italian cyclist Ivan Basso, who gave his Fassa Bortolo team a hopeful taste of things to come. Basso won the stage that finished at the top of Mt Faron, beating compatriot and 'eternal second' Davide Rebellin (Liquigas). In third place was Cofidis' David Moncoutié, followed by Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) and Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto.com).

The 140 kilometre stage between Antibes and Mont Faron (Toulon) saw 184 riders start from 23 teams. Riders were quick to attack, with Hungarian Laszio Bodrogi (Mapei) reaching the Col d'Esterel (315 m) with a 5'20 advantage on the bunch. By kilometre 90 (Col d'Gratteloup) Bodrogi still had 5 minutes before the peloton reacted at last. He was joined in Toulon, at the foot of Mt Faron (544 m), by Laurent Brochard before being dropped and caught by Basso, Rebellin and Moncoutié.

Brochard tried his luck again, but the other three were stronger at the summit, putting 19 seconds into the Jean Delatour rider. Given that he has a strong team, Basso is well placed to hold his position at the head of the race over the next four days. Challenges will come from all quarters despite the relative flatness of the terrain.


1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         3.13.25
2 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
3 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                             0.05
4 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                      0.16
5 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com                0.19
6 Patrick Jonker (Aus) Bigmat-Auber 93                      0.30
7 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe            0.32
8 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
9 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                               0.50
10 Jakob Storm Piil (Den) CSC-World Online                  0.51
11 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance                0.54
12 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour                     0.57
13 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
14 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                       1.01
15 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis                             1.09
16 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole                     1.19
17 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux              1.21
18 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank
19 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
20 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
21 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                             1.24
22 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux              1.25
23 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                      1.32
24 Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites                     1.38
25 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                          1.41
26 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                     1.44
27 Alberto Elli (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom                 1.46
28 Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Colpack                          2.00
29 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina                            2.05
30 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour                              2.09
31 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
32 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance                2.11
33 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                         2.14
34 Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) CSC-World Online                 2.16
35 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola     2.19
36 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                           2.30
37 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  2.33
38 Stive Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                         2.37
39 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Colpack                 2.38
40 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
41 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                     2.43
42 Andrei Mizourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom              2.44
43 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour                             2.51
44 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola      2.56
45 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin
46 Jurgen Guns (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                   3.00
47 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) iBanesto.com                     3.11
48 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
49 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
50 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Francaise Des Jeux
51 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bonjour
52 David Clinger (USA) Festina                              3.21
53 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                     3.34
54 Armin Meier (Swi) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe               3.40
55 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                          4.00
56 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                     4.02
57 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                          4.17
58 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom         4.19
59 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step                    4.23
60 Laurent Madouas (Fra) Festina                            4.28
61 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                   4.32
62 David Tani (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                        4.50
63 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
64 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
65 Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
66 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
67 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Team Colpack
68 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
69 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour                     4.56
70 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour                           5.13
71 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                      5.33
72 Ivailo Gabrovski (Rus) Jean Delatour                     5.46
73 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo                      5.49
74 Fabio Malberti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                       5.58
75 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Festina                            6.34
76 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
77 Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
78 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
79 Ludo Diercksens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
80 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
81 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
82 Alexandre Chouffe (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
83 Yvon Ledanois (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
84 Marcel Duijn (Ned) Rabobank
85 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
86 Stefan Schreck (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
87 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
88 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
89 Koen Beeckman (Bel) CSC-World Online
90 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
91 Jurgen Van Roosbroeck (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
92 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
93 Davy Daniels (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
94 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour
95 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
96 Franck Pencole (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
97 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
98 Rolf Sorensen (Den) CSC-World Online
99 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina
100 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC-World Online
101 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
102 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance                   6.50
103 Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis

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