53rd Criterium du Dauphiné Libére - 2.HC

France, June 10-17, 2001

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Stage 1 - June 11: Morzine-Avoriaz - Bron, 227 km

"Timid" De Waele benefits from Tchmil's leadout

Lotto's Fabian de Waele has scored a rare victory in winning stage one of the Dauphiné Libéré in a mass sprint. In a reversal of duties, De Waele was led out by the legendary Andrei Tchmil to beat Damien Nazon (Bonjour) and Glen Magnusson (Domo-Farm Frites). Didier Rous (Bonjour) finished in the main group and kept his leader's jersesy.

The 227 kilometre stage from Morzine to Bron was run under warm conditions and a steady pace, controlled by Bonjour who wanted to keep Rous in the blue and yellow leader's jersey. Also with Nazon, they had a good chance in the sprint, and it almost paid off for them.

However, with 1 km to go, Tchmil told De Waele to get on his wheel, and the 26 year old obeyed. De Waele came around Nazon with 250m to go to score his third ever career win, after the Japan Cup in 1998 and a stage in Paris-Nice this year.

"I am both surprised and delighted," De Waele told reporters after his win. "Andre Tchmil led out the sprint for me. It is something that I would not dare to ask him. He could have gone for it as well."

Afterwards, directeur sportif Jos Braeckevelt said that he would definitely put De Waele in the Tour.

30 year old Rous is being told to "slow down" by his team director, and the Bonjour squad will not try too hard to defend the lead. The prime reason is that Rous is looking to ride well in the Tour de France, as he will be team captain.

"To keep the jersey was not an obsession, but it was easy. Everything was done so that Damien Nazon could win. He was second. It is stupid."

Tomorrow's stage from Bron to Firminy (170 km) is likely to suit the sprinters as well.


1 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco            5.56.01 (38.257 km/h)
2 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
3 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Domo-Farm Frites
4 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
5 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
6 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
7 Bradley McGee (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux
8 Candido Barbosa (Por) iBanesto.com
9 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
10 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina
11 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat-Auber 93
12 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
13 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
14 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
15 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
16 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
17 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
18 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
19 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
20 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
21 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
22 Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
23 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
24 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina
25 Plamen Stainov (Bul) Mercury-Viatel
26 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
27 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
28 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
29 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
30 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
31 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis
32 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
33 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com
34 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
35 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
36 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
37 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
38 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
39 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
40 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
41 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
42 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis
43 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
44 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
45 Philippe Bordenave (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
46 David Plaza Romero (Spa) Festina
47 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
48 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) iBanesto.com
49 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
50 Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour
51 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
52 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
53 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bonjour
54 Ruben Gonzalez (Chi) Euskaltel-Euskadi
55 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina
56 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis
57 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
58 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
59 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
60 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
61 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis
62 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
63 Laurent Madouas (Fra) Festina
64 William Frischkorn (USA) Mercury-Viatel
65 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bonjour
66 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
67 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
68 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
69 Sven Montgomery (Swi) La Francaise Des Jeux
70 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
71 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
72 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance
73 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole
74 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
75 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
76 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Mercury-Viatel
77 Chann McRae (USA) Mercury-Viatel
78 Txema Del Omo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
79 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) iBanesto.com
80 Phil Zajicek (USA) Mercury-Viatel
81 Jacky Durand (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
82 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Credit Agricole
83 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina
84 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Bonjour
85 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com
86 Xabier Zandio (Spa) iBanesto.com
87 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Jean Delatour
88 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina
89 Stephane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
90 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
91 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
92 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
93 Arturas Kasputis (Ltu) Ag2R Prevoyance
94 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Mercury-Viatel
95 Dominique Rault (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
96 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel
97 Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel
98 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Bonjour
99 Lylian Lebreton (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
100 Thomas Bodo (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
101 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
102 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                 0.22
103 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Francaise Des Jeux    0.59
DNF Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco

General classification after stage 1

1 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour                         6.01.29 (38.342 km/h)
2 Bradley McGee (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux            0.01
3 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Domo-Farm Frites               0.02
4 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                           0.04
5 Candido Barbosa (Por) iBanesto.com                   0.06
6 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                 0.07
7 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    0.09
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                      0.10
8 Jacky Durand (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
8 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat-Auber 93
11 Fabian Dewaele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                   0.11
12 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites             0.12
12 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
12 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
15 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93               0.14
16 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                 0.15
16 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
16 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis
16 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
20 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Mercury-Viatel                0.16
20 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Credit Agricole
20 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
20 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bonjour
24 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 0.17
24 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis
24 Xabier Zandio (Spa) iBanesto.com
24 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
24 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
29 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com          0.18
29 Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
29 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
29 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
29 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel
29 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
29 William Frischkorn (USA) Mercury-Viatel
29 Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour
37 Chann McRae (USA) Mercury-Viatel                    0.19
37 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Bonjour
39 Lylian Lebreton (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93               0.20
40 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    0.21
40 Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel
40 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
40 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
40 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
40 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
46 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites               0.22
46 Sven Montgomery (Swi) La Francaise Des Jeux
46 David Plaza Romero (Spa) Festina
46 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
46 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) iBanesto.com
46 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
52 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour                         0.23
52 Laurent Madouas (Fra) Festina
52 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
52 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
52 Phil Zajicek (USA) Mercury-Viatel
52 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Jean Delatour
52 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
52 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
52 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
61 Philippe Bordenave (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance            0.24
61 Dominique Rault (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
61 Thomas Bodo (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
64 Stephane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour                0.25
64 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bonjour
66 Ruben Gonzalez (Chi) Euskaltel-Euskadi              0.26
66 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
66 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
66 Arturas Kasputis (Ltu) Ag2R Prevoyance
66 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Mercury-Viatel
71 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole                0.27
71 Txema Del Omo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
71 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
74 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                0.28
74 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
74 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
77 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance           0.29
77 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina
77 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
80 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance           0.30
81 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Bonjour                      0.31
81 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina
83 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                    0.32
84 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                    0.33
84 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina
86 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) iBanesto.com               0.34
86 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
88 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                0.35
88 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com
88 Plamen Stainov (Bul) Mercury-Viatel
88 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
92 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             0.36
92 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina
94 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour                0.37
95 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis                        0.39
95 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
97 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour                  0.40
98 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                0.41
99 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                    0.42
99 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis
101 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                1.03
102 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux           1.09
103 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Francaise Des Jeux   1.33

Points classification:

1 Glen Magnusson (Swe) Domo - Farm Frites                 29 pts
2 Bradley Mc Gee (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux              26
3 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour                              23
4 Candido Barbosa (Spa) Ibanesto.Com                      21
5 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto Adecco                      20
5 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour                               20
7 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                    18
8 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone      15
9 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93                13
10 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto Adecco                       11
11 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat Auber 93                   11
12 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux               10
13 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     9
14 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                         8
15 Jacky Durand (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux                7
16 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina                             6
17 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                     6
18 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo - Farm Frites               5
19 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole                        4
19 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel - Euskadi               4
21 Lylian Lebreton (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93                   4
22 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance               3
22 Guennaoi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto Adecco                   3
24 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone   2
24 Stephane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93                   2
26 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Jean Delatour                    2
26 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bonjour                          2
28 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina                           1
28 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                     1

Mountains classification:

1 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto Adecco                          8 pts
2 Frederic Gabriel (Fra) Bonjour                           5
3 Thomas Bodo (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux                  4
4 David Millar (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone       1