28th Tour Méditerranéen - 2.3

France, February 14-18, 2001

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Stage 2 - February 15: La Garde - La Seyne-sur-Mer, 136.5 km m

McEwen sprints to win crash marred stage two

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Robbie McEwen
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Domo-Farm Frites sprinter, Robbie McEwen recorded his second major race win of the season by taking stage 2 of the Tour Méditerranéen, 136.5 kilometres from La Garde to La Seyne-sur-Mer. McEwen benefited from the work of his team as well as Fassa Bortolo who brought the race back together for a mass sprint. Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2r) finished second, while Damien Nazon (Bounjour) was third.

Nine men made a break during the stage: Daniele Contrini (Liquigas), Laszlo Bodrogi (Mapei), Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour), Gianluca Bortolami (Tacconi Sport), Glenn D'Hollander (Lotto), Franck Renier (Bonjour), Grzegorz Gwiazdowski and Frederic Guesdon (FdJ). However, their advantage never exceeded a minute and they were brought back with four kilometres to go.
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Alessandro Petacchi
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The Fassa Bortolo team was principally responsible for the chase, trying to keep Ivan Basso in yellow, which they succeeded in doing. They were helped by a tailwind and managed to prevent a last minute attack by Zbigniew Spruch (Lampre) who was caught with just over a kilometre to go.

Unfortunately there was a large crash shortly afterwards near the front of the group, and Spruch, Bartoli, Comesso, Millar and Delrieu all came down. Another crash with 100 m to go saw Alessandro Petacchi (who was leading out) seriously hurt, with Andrej Hauptman and Bram de Groot also involved.

However, Robbie McEwen, Jaan Kirsipuu and Damien Nazon all managed to avoid the fallen bodies and bikes, finishing the stage in that order. Ivan Basso managed to hold onto his yellow jersey amidst all the chaos.


1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Domo-Farm Frites            3.13.47 (42.26 km/h)
2 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
3 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
4 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
5 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
6 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
7 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
8 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
9 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
10 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis
11 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
12 Biagio Conte (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
13 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
14 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
15 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Bigmat-Auber 93
16 David Clinger (USA) Festina
17 Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
18 Nicola Minali (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
19 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
20 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
21 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
22 Miguel Angel Meza Flores (Mex) Team Colpack
23 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
24 Ivailo Gabrovski (Rus) Jean Delatour
25 Denis Zanette (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
26 Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Colpack
27 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com
28 Fabio Malberti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
29 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
30 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance
31 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
32 Patrick Jonker (Aus) Bigmat-Auber 93
33 Andrei Mizurov (Kax) Deutsche Telekom
34 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
35 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
36 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
37 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
38 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
39 Jurgen Guns (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
40 Yvon Ledanois (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
41 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
42 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
43 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
44 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
45 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
46 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Colpack
47 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom
48 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
49 Rafael Mateos Peres (Spa) Team Colpack
50 Stephan Schreck (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
51 Alberto Benito (Spa) iBanesto.com
52 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
53 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour
54 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina
55 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
56 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
57 Ief Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
58 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bonjour
59 José Luis Arrieta (Spa) iBanesto.com
60 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com
61 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
62 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
63 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
64 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
65 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
66 Pascal Derame (Fra) Bonjour
67 Alberto Elli (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom
68 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) iBanesto.com
69 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
70 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour
71 Alexandre Chouffe (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
72 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step
73 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
74 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
75 Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites
76 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
77 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
78 Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
79 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
80 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
81 Armin Meier (Swi) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
82 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
83 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
84 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
85 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
86 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
87 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
88 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank
89 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
90 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
91 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Festina
92 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
93 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Credit Agricole
94 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
95 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
96 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour                0.35
97 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
98 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
99 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Team Colpack
100 Torsten Nitsche (Ger) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
101 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour
102 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina
103 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
104 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
105 Yoshiyuki Abe (Jpn) Team Colpack
106 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
107 Udo Bölts (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
108 Marcel Duijn (Ned) Rabobank
109 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC-World Online
110 David Tani (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  0.41
111 Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
112 Rolf Sorensen (Den) CSC-World Online
113 Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) CSC-World Online
114 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Francaise Des Jeux
115 Cristian Salvato (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
116 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
117 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
118 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina
119 Jakob Storm Piil (Den) CSC-World Online
120 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
121 Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis
122 Jurgen Van Roosbroeck (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
123 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance
124 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux     1.08
125 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
126 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldir    1.20
127 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
128 Leif Hoste (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                 1.44
129 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93             1.54
130 Justin Spinelli (USA) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
131 Koen Beeckman (Bel) CSC-World Online
132 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
133 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
134 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online
135 Franck Pencole (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
136 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
137 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin           2.24
138 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin                 2.29
139 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
140 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
141 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin               2.45
142 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Credit Agricole              3.15
143 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
144 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
145 Frank Corvers (Bel) Ville De Charleroi-New Systems
146 Robert Hayles (GBr) Cofidis
147 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
148 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Ville De Charleroi-New Systems
149 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
150 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
151 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
152 Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
153 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
154 David Navas Chica (Spa) iBanesto.com              4.05
155 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo                4.07
156 Davy Daniels (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
157 Jean Michel Tessier (Fra) Cofidis
158 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
159 Kris Gerits (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
160 Jurgen Landrie (Bel) Ville de Charleroi
161 Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
162 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
163 Michele Colleoni (Ita) Team Colpack
164 Laurent Madouas (Fra) Festina
165 Michael Steen Nielsen (Den) CSC-World Online
166 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
167 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
168 David Delrieu (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
169 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom
170 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas-Pata              4.17
171 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
172 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Festina                       5.01
173 Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe     6.52
174 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) Vlaanderen T Interim    10.25
175 Marc Chanoine (Bel) Ville De Charleroi-New System13.45

Finished outside time limit

Massimiliano Razzari (Ita) Team Colpack              21.43
Sébastien Laroche (Fra) Ville de Charleroi           21.44
Geoffrey Gremelpont (Bel) Ville de Charleroi
Grégory Barbier (Fra) Ville de Charleroi 
Arturas Kasputis (Ltu) Ag2R Prevoyance

DNF Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Bart Heirewegh (Bel) Ville de Charleroi

General classification after stage 2

1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                   6.27.02
2 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                 0.04
3 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                       0.12
4 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                0.27
5 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com          0.30
6 Patrick Jonker (Aus) Bigmat-Auber 93                0.40
7 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe      0.43
8 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
9 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                         1.01
10 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance          1.05
11 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour               1.07
12 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
13 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis                       1.20
14 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole               1.29
15 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour                          1.31
16 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
17 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
18 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank
19 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                       1.35
20 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux        1.36

Points classification

1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Domo-Farm Frites                  25 pts
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        25
3 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                  22
4 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                   20
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                   20
6 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour                            16
7 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                         16
8 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                 14
9 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola    12
10 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com           12

Mountains classification

1 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux          17 pts
2 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola 12
3 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        10
4 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour                            8
5 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                7
6 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                    7
7 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                    5
7 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                          5
7 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step                  5
10 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                  3
10 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Francaise Des Jeux      3
10 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom      3

Results courtesy of velomania.net