28th Tour Méditerranéen - 2.3

France, February 14-18, 2001

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Stage 3 - February 16: Gréasque - Salon-de-Provence, 127 km

Jimmy Casper back to winning ways

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Jimmy Casper
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The start of the 2001 season has been a blessing for many riders who struggled last year, and today it was Jimmy Casper's turn to find his sprinting legs. Casper, who rides for La Francaise des Jeux, set French hearts alight in the 1999 Tour of Germany when he won four stages. However, last season he could not win a race at all. in today's third stage of the Tour Méditerranéen (Gréasque to Salon-de-Provence), Casper managed to beat seasoned campaigners Jan Svorada and Jaan Kirsipuu to take his first win of the new year.

Once again, a long breakaway dominated the stage. Sylvain Chavanel (Bonjour), Christope Mengin (FdJ), Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole), Mauro Radaelli (Tacconi) and Biagio Conte (Saeco) escaped after just 10 kilometres on a calm day. However, Ivan Basso's Fassa Bortolo boys did their jobs perfectly, despite the absence of Petacchi, and brought back the leaders with just under 30 kilometres to go.

Stéphane Goubert and Frederic Guesdon tried to attack, but were quickly brought back. Then with 15 kilometres to go, Guillaume Auger held a 10 second gap to the bunch before he was swamped by the sprinters.

"Today it was a perfect sprint," said Casper in celebratory mode afterwards. "I was on the wheel of Kirsipuu, in fourth position. I was last to jump with 150 metres to go when I went with Minali and Svorada. I threw my bike and got it by twenty centimetres."

Tomorrow's fourth stage will be held in two parts. In the morning there will be 108 kilometres from Aigues Mortes - Béziers, with an 82 kilometre stage from Béziers to Carcassonne to follow in the afternoon.


1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux        2.52.40
2 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
3 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
4 Nicola Minali (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
5 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
6 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
7 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis
8 David Clinger (USA) Festina
9 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
10 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
11 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC-World Online
12 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
13 Giancarlo Raimondi (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
14 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Bigmat-Auber 93
15 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
16 Ivailo Gabrovski (Rus) Jean Delatour
17 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
18 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
19 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
20 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
21 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
22 Jurgen Guns (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
23 Alexandre Chouffe (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
24 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
25 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
26 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
27 Ief Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
28 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
29 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
30 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
31 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
32 Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis
33 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
34 Patrick Jonker (Aus) Bigmat-Auber 93
35 Alberto Benito (Spa) iBanesto.com
36 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
37 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com
38 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
39 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
40 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin
41 Miguel Angel Meza Flores (Mex) Team Colpack
42 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
43 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
44 Fabio Malberti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
45 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
46 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin              0.10
47 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance
48 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
49 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
50 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
51 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Francaise Des Jeux
52 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
53 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
54 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Team Colpack
55 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
56 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina
57 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step
58 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
59 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
60 Rolf Sorensen (Den) CSC-World Online
61 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
62 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
63 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
64 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
65 Tom Stremeersch (Bel) Vlaanderen T Interim
66 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
67 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
68 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina
69 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
70 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin               0.16
71 Denis Zanette (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
72 Robert Hayles (GBr) Cofidis
73 Torsten Nitsche (Ger) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
74 Rafael Mateos Peres
75 Morten Hegreberg (Nor) Ville De Charleroi-New Systems
76 Jaime Hernandez (Spa) Festina
77 Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites
78 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
79 Stefan Schreck (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
80 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Colpack
81 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
82 Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
83 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin
84 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
85 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour
86 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom
87 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
88 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin
89 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
90 Yvon Ledanois (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
91 Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Colpack
92 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
93 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Domo-Farm Frites
94 Andrei Mizourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom
95 Jean Michel Tessier (Fra) Cofidis
96 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
97 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour
98 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
99 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
100 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
101 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank
102 Alberto Elli (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom
103 Justin Spinelli (USA) Saeco Macchine per Caffe
104 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) Vlaanderen T Interim
105 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
106 Frank Corvers (Bel) Ville De Charleroi-New Systems
107 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina
108 Pascal Derame (Fra) Bonjour                       0.26
109 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
110 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
111 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
112 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
113 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
114 Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
115 Franck Pencole (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
116 Jurgen Landrie (Bel) Ville de Charleroi
117 David Navas Chica (Spa) iBanesto.com
118 Michele Colleoni (Ita) Team Colpack
119 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bonjour
120 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
121 Davy Daniels (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
122 Leif Hoste (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
123 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
124 Armin Meier (Swi) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
125 Jose Luis Arrieta (Spa) iBanesto.com
126 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
127 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) iBanesto.com
128 Yoshiyuki Abe (Jpn) Team Colpack
129 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Credit Agricole
130 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux      0.32
131 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
132 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
133 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Credit Agricole
134 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
135 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
136 David Tani (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
137 Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
138 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
139 Marcel Duijn (Ned) Rabobank
140 Michael Steen Nielsen (Den) CSC-World Online
141 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
142 Cristian Salvato (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
143 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour
144 Laurent Madouas (Fra) Festina
145 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour
146 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
147 Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) Lotto-Adecco               0.37
148 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                0.52
149 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
150 Jurgen Van Roosbroeck (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
151 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
152 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance              0.55
153 Kris Gerits (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
154 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
155 Udo Bölts (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
156 Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) CSC-World Online
157 Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Cal    1.23
158 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online
159 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com
160 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Festina
161 David Delrieu (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance               1.27
162 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance        1.29
163 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance             1.35
164 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team Deutsche Telekom     2.17
165 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
166 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
167 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
168 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldir    2.58
169 Biagio Conte (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
170 Marc Chanoine (Bel) Ville De Charleroi-New Systems
171 Jakob Storm Piil (Den) CSC-World Online
172 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                4.36

General classification after stage 3

1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                   9.19.42
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                           0.53
9 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                         1.01
10 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole                 1.07
11 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance          1.15
12 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour               1.17
13 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis                       1.30
14 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites               1.31
15 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
16 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
17 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole               1.39
18 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                1.43
19 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                       1.45
20 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux        1.46

Points classification

1 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                   36 pts
2 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux              34
3 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                  26
4 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                       25
5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Domo-Farm Frites                  25
6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        25
7 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                   20
8 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldiro      19
9 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour                            16
10 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                        16

Mountains classification

1 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux          19 pts
2 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Cald      12
3 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        11
4 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour                            8
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Liquigas-Pata                    7
6 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                7
7 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                   7
8 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                          5
9 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                    5
10 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step                 5

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