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59th Paris-Nice - 2.HC

France, March 11-18, 2001

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Stage 4 - March 15: Tarascon - Sisteron, 195.6 km

Zülle impresses, Van Petegem holds lead

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Alex Zulle
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Swiss rider Alex Zülle riding in the black and yellow colours of Team Coast has won the fourth stage of Paris-Nice, a 196 kilometre leg through Provence, including the mighty Mont Ventoux. Zülle broke away with Potuguese rider Jose Azevedo (ONCE) with 8 kilometres to go and the pair held off the bunch to win by 4 seconds. Peter Van Petegem (Mercury-Viatel) finished with the main group, and preserved his white leader's jersey.

The stage was animated by an attack from Nicolas Vogondy (FdJ) and Lauri Aus (Ag2r), who broke away before Mont Ventoux and succeeded in holding off the field to Chalet Reynard, the location of the mountain sprint. Vogondy was stronger, and stayed away by himself to win the next climb, Col de l'Homme Mort with 58 kilometres to go. Two spanish climbers, Marcelino Garcia Alonso (CSC-Worldonline) and Inigo Chaurreau (Euskatel) left the bunch to try and join him - without success.
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Van Petegem looked comfortable...
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At 18 kilometres to go he passed the finish line for the first time, closely followed by the peloton that was being driven by Mercury-Viatel and ONCE. On the slope of the Marquise he was caught, and there was an immediate counter-attack by Halgand (Jean Delatour) and Vinokourov (Telekom). They failed, but Zülle and Azevedo succeeded in mounting an escape of their own with 8 kilometres to go.

Banesto and Euskaltel were leading the chase, but they did not close the gap and Zülle came across the line in Sisteron as the winner, a rare occurrence for the bespectacled stage race/time trial specialist.

Peter van Petegem had a comfortable enough day where he was able to stay with the leading 60 riders to preserve his white jersey before tomorrow's longest day, 240.3 km between Berre l'Etang and Saint-Raphaël.

Results

1 Alex Zulle (Swi) Team Coast                       4.55.10
2 José Azevedo (Por) O.N.C.E
3 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC-World Online               0.04
4 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Mercury-Viatel
5 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
6 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
7 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
8 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
9 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
10 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) iBanesto.com
11 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
12 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
13 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
14 Angel Vicioso (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
15 HALGAND patrice
16 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
17 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
18 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
19 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
20 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom
21 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis
22 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
23 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
24 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
25 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner
26 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com
27 Fédérico Morini (Ita) Gerolsteiner
28 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo
29 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
30 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina
31 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
32 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
33 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
34 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
35 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
36 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
37 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
38 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
39 Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel
40 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
41 Udo Bölts (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
42 Marcos Serrano (Spa) O.N.C.E.
43 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Gerolsteiner
44 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
45 Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
46 Rolf Huser (Swi) Team Coast
47 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
48 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
49 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
50 Dario Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
51 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
52 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
53 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E
54 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Coast
55 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
56 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) O.N.C.E
57 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance           1.05
58 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
59 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
60 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
61 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Jean Delatour
62 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
63 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
64 Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis
65 Andrei Mizourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom
66 Frédéric Mainguenaud (Fra) Bonjour
67 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
68 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
69 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
70 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) O.N.C.E
71 David Canada Garcia (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
72 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
73 Francisco Tomas Garcia (Spa) O.N.C.E.
74 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
75 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
76 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
77 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
78 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                  3.47
79 Pascal Derame (Fra) Bonjour
80 Xabier Zandio (Spa) iBanesto.com
81 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux          5.52
82 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe           6.10
83 Patxi Vila (Spa) iBanesto.com                        6.35
84 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
85 Franck Schreck (Ger) Telekom
86 Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites
87 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Team Coast
88 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel
89 Marcelino Garcia (Spa) CSC-World Online
90 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
91 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
92 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
93 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
94 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
95 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis
96 Arvis Piziks (Lat) CSC-World Online                  6.39
97 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Mercury-Viatel                 8.18
98 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Mercury-Viatel
99 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat-Auber 93                15.09
100 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
101 Anton Chantyr (Rus) Team Coast
102 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
103 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
104 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
105 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
106 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
107 Inaki Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
108 Edouard Gritsoun (Rus) Team Coast
109 Lukas Zumsteg (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
110 René Andrle (Cze) O.N.C.E
111 René Stadelmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
112 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
113 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Credit Agricole
114 Bruno Thibout (Fra) Jean Delatour
115 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
116 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
117 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
118 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
119 Cesar Solaun (Spa) iBanesto.com
120 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
121 Saulius Ruskis (Ltu) Gerolsteiner
122 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
123 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
124 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
125 Koen Beeckman (Bel) CSC-World Online
126 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
127 Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
128 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Credit Agricole
129 Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
130 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online
131 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
132 Jakob Storm Piil (Den) CSC-World Online
133 Jans Koerts (Ned) Mercury-Viatel                   22.10
134 Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
135 Nicolas Dumont (Fra) Phonak
136 Raphael Jeune (Fra) CSC-World Online
137 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina
138 Martin Rittsel (Swe) CSC-World Online
139 David Navas Chica (Spa) iBanesto.com
140 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina
141 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
142 Aitor Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
143 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
144 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
145 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
146 Michael Giebelmann (Ger) Team Coast
147 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour
148 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
149 Jean Patrick Nazon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
150 Jacky Durand (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
151 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems
152 Laurent Madouas (Fra) Festina
153 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Festina
154 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
155 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
156 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
157 Henk Vogels (Aus) Mercury-Viatel
 
DNF Alexis Rodriguez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
DNF Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Leon Van Bon (Ned) Mercury-Viatel
DNF Jean Nuttli (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
 
Mountains
 
Mont-Ventoux - Chalet-Reynard
 
1 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux             30 pts
2 Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                         25
3 Marcelino Garcia (Spa) CSC-World Online                 20
4 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 18
5 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                   15
6 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                  12
7 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                           10
8 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 8
9 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E                               6
10 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) O.N.C.E                         4
11 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                3
12 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo                    1
 
Col de l'Homme Mort
 
1 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux             10 pts
2 Marcelino Garcia (Spa) CSC-World Online                  6
3 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                  2
 
Côte de la Marquise
 
1 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                     10 pts
2 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom              6
3 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E                               2
 
General classification after stage 4
 
1 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Mercury-Viatel            20.08.17
2 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E                            0.11
3 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo                  0.15
4 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       0.16
5 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                      0.27
6 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                        0.29
7 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
8 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom           0.33
9 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
10 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                  0.36
11 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com
12 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Gerolsteiner                0.39
13 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
14 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step               0.45
15 José Azevedo (Por) O.N.C.E                           0.46
16 Rolf Huser (Swi) Team Coast                          0.57
17 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux         1.11
18 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                1.12
19 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                 1.20
20 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    1.29
 
Points classification
 
1 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Mercury-Viatel                  49 pts
2 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                      42
3 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Deutsche Telekom                     40
4 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                        33
5 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole                    31
6 Alex Zulle (Swi) Team Coast                             25
7 Jans Koerts (Ned) Mercury-Viatel                        25
8 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis                               24
9 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  23
10 José Azevedo (Por) O.N.C.E                             22
11 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom            22
12 Jean Patrick Nazon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux         22
13 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC-World Online                 20
14 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                        20
15 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour                             18
16 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                  16
17 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis                            16
18 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux           16
19 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe          14
20 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                             12
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux             40 pts
2 Marcelino Garcia (Spa) CSC-World Online                 34
3 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                     25
4 Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                         25
5 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour                      20
6 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 20
7 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                   15
8 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                  12
9 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom             11
10 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance             11
11 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                          11
12 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     10
13 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E                              8
14 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                8
15 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco Macchine Per Caff       6
16 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                              6
17 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe           4
18 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) O.N.C.E                         4
19 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                3
20 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina                           2
21 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                    1
22 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Gerolsteiner                   1
23 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo                    1
 
Teams classification
 
1 ONCE                                              60.26.43
2 Lotto-Adecco                                          1.11
3 Jean Delatour                                         1.12
4 Cofidis                                               1.44
5 Euskaltel - Euskadi                                   3.06
6 Crédit Agricole                                       3.50
7 Coast                                                 3.56
8 DOMO-Farm Frites                                      4.19
9 Mapei-Quick Step                                      5.57
10 La Française des Jeux                                7.01
11 Ibanesto.com                                         7.24
12 Fassa Bortolo                                        8.17
13 Bonjour                                              8.35
14 Team Gerolsteiner                                   10.59
15 Deutsche Telekom                                    11.50
16 Mercury-Viatel                                      17.54
17 Phonak                                              25.50
18 Ag2r Prévoyance                                     26.48
19 Big Mat-Auber 93                                    28.18
20 CSC Worldonline                                     29.21
21 Saeco                                               47.52
22 Festina                                             57.23
23 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                1.17.35

Results courtesy of race organisation/velomania.net

Course Profile

Start :
Estimated time of Arrival :
11:35
16:45
   
Major difficulties : Mount Ventoux Alt : 1420m 15.9 kms at 7%
The Dead Man Pass Alt : 1213m 15.7 kms at 3%
Marquise Slope Alt : 570m 1.4 kms at 6.5%

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