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59th Paris-Nice - 2.HC

France, March 11-18, 2001

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Prologue - March 11: Nevers ITT, 6.2 km

Mattan takes it from Millar

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Nico Mattan
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It's not quite Millar time yet for the Cofidis time trial specialist, after he was beaten into second place by his Belgian teammate Nico Mattan in the opening 6.2 kilometre prologue of Paris-Nice. Mattan clocked 7'48 for his ride at an average speed of 47.692 km/h) to bump Millar into second, while Festina's Florent Brard took third place.

Mattan relished the wet conditions in Nevers, and said that he "had good legs and I told my teammates this was going to be my day." He accurately predicted a Cofidis 1-2 finish, and the team also finished with Phillippe Gaumont in fourth, marginally slower than Brard.

Of the other favourites, Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) managed 6th place, 12 seconds behind Mattan. He said that he "struggled to find a good rhythm, but finished strongly." The Jean Delatour team also placed two more riders in the top 15, much to the satisfaction of director Michel Gros.

Telekom leader, Alexandre Vinokourov lost 23 seconds in the bad conditions, finishing in almost the same time as his out of form teammate, Andreas Klöden (27th). Alex Zülle (Coast) had a poor ride, finishing 55th, while Bobby Julich (Credit Agricole) was unlucky to puncture shortly after the start, and finished 135th at 51 seconds. However, Credit Agricole managed to place Frédéric Finot, Stuart O'Grady, and Thor Hushovd in 8th, 9th and 10th positions.

Mercury-Viatel had a good start, with KBK winner Peter Van Petegem finishing 5th at 11 seconds, and Floyd Landis 11th at 16 seconds.

Tomorrow's first stage will be held between Saint-Amand-Montrond (Cher) and Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme) over a 189.2 kilometre flat course.


1 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis                              7.48
2 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                             0.08
3 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina                            0.09
4 Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis
5 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Mercury-Viatel                 0.11
6 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                   0.12
7 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) O.N.C.E
8 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Credit Agricole
9 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
10 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                    0.12
11 Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel                     0.16
12 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo
13 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour                     0.17
14 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour                             0.19
15 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                   0.20
16 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
17 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
18 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                       0.21
19 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
20 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
21 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                    0.22
22 Jesus Manzano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
23 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Gerolsteiner                 0.23
24 José Azevedo (Por) O.N.C.E
25 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom
26 Patrick Jonker (Aus) Bigmat-Auber 93
27 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Deutsche Telekom                 0.24
28 René Andrle (Cze) O.N.C.E                             0.25
29 Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance                       0.26
30 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
31 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
32 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux               0.27
33 Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (Spa) O.N.C.E
34 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
35 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
36 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat-Auber 93                  0.28
37 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
38 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
39 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner
40 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
41 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                0.29
42 Andrei Mizourov (Kaz) Deutsche Telekom
43 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
44 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                        0.30
45 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
46 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                    0.31
47 Jean Nuttli (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
48 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour
49 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Mercury-Viatel
50 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
51 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis
52 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites                0.32
53 Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
54 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
55 Alex Zulle (Swi) Team Coast
56 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) iBanesto.com                 0.33
57 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Mercury-Viatel
58 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
59 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
60 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe         0.34
61 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe    0.35
62 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
63 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
64 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner
65 Edouard Gritsoun (Rus) Team Coast
66 Dario Cioni (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
67 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                       0.36
68 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) O.N.C.E
69 Frédéric Mainguenaud (Fra) Bonjour
70 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
71 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour                           0.37
72 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
73 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
74 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com
75 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
76 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi     0.38
77 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Credit Agricole
78 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
79 Jean Patrick Nazon (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
80 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
81 Patxi Vila (Spa) iBanesto.com                         0.39
82 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
83 Saulius Ruskis (Ltu) Gerolsteiner
84 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online               0.40
85 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems
86 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
87 Jacky Durand (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
88 Marcos Serrano (Spa) O.N.C.E.
89 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
90 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
91 Xabier Zandio (Spa) iBanesto.com
92 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe            0.41
93 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
94 Marcelino Garcia (Spa) CSC-World Online
95 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
96 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
97 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca          0.42
98 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
99 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
100 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC-World Online               0.43
101 Cesar Solaun (Spa) iBanesto.com
102 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
103 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner
104 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
105 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance            0.44
106 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
107 Bruno Thibout (Fra) Jean Delatour
108 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
109 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca      0.45
110 Nicolas Dumont (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
111 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
112 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Jean Delatour
113 Francisco Tomas Garcia (Spa) O.N.C.E.
114 Lukas Zumsteg (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
115 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina
116 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              0.46
117 Francisco Leon Mane (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca         0.47
118 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
119 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
120 Jakob Storm Piil (Den) CSC-World Online              0.48
121 Stephan Schreck (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
122 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
123 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina
124 Alexis Rodriguez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca            0.49
125 Udo Bölts (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
126 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner                  0.50
127 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
128 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) O.N.C.E                      0.51
129 Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
130 Luca Scinto (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
131 Federico Morini (Ita) Gerolsteiner
132 Laurent Madouas (Fra) Festina
133 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Festina
134 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
135 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
136 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe   0.52
137 Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites
138 Arvis Piziks (Lat) CSC-World Online
139 Jans Koerts (Ned) Mercury-Viatel
140 Michael Giebelmann (Ger) Team Coast
141 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour                 0.53
142 David Canada Garcia (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
143 Oscar Cavagnis (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe
144 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel
145 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
146 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Coast
147 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems      0.54
148 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
149 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
150 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
151 Inaki Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
152 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance                0.55
153 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
154 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Mercury-Viatel
155 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour                           0.56
156 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems
157 Henk Vogels (Aus) Mercury-Viatel                     0.57
158 Pascal Derame (Fra) Bonjour
159 Rolf Huser (Swi) Team Coast                          0.58
160 Angel Casero (Spa) Festina                           0.59
161 Martin Rittsel (Swe) CSC-World Online
162 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                 1.00
163 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
164 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Team Coast
165 Koen Beeckman (Bel) CSC-World Online                 1.01
166 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
167 Anton Chantyr (Rus) Team Coast                       1.02
168 Raphael Jeune (Fra) CSC-World Online                 1.03
169 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
170 Aitor Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
171 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                1.04
172 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Deutsche Telekom
173 René Stadelmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems         1.07
174 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step              1.08
175 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                    1.11
176 Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step              1.13
177 David Navas Chica (Spa) iBanesto.com                 1.16
178 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
179 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Domo-Farm Frites                 1.18
180 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca       1.20
181 Hanskurt Brand (Swi) Team Coast                      1.26