69th GP Fourmies - 1.1

France, September 16, 2001

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Biggest career win for Scott Sunderland in Fourmies

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Scott Sunderland
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By Jeff Jones

Australian Scott Sunderland (Team Fakta) has continued his solid 2001 season, winning the 69th edition of the Grand Prix de Fourmies. On a wet day in northern France, Sunderland out sprinted breakaway companions Fred Rodriguez (Domo) and Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole), with Alessio's Nicklas Axelsson and Lotto's Glenn D'Hollander taking fourth and fifth respectively.

The 210 kilometre race was held in wet autumn conditions, with temperatures around 15 degrees. The first part of the race was a 155 kilometre loop, followed by five laps of 11 kilometres. The first breakaway came from Bobby Julich (Crédit Agricole) and Sandy Casar (Française des Jeux), and they gained up to eight minutes before being joined by three others. However, by the time they came back into Fourmies with 55 km to go, they only had two minutes on the peloton, driven by Mapei-Quick Step.

Jean Nuttli (Phonak) tried a solo move, but could only reach a 1'30 lead before he was caught by the still large peloton. With just over two laps to go, the final and decisive move came from five riders: Scott Sunderland (Team Fakta), Fred Rodriguez (Domo-Farm Frites), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole), Nicklas Axelsson (Alessio) and Glenn D'Hollander (Lotto).

They had 40 seconds with two laps (22 km) to go, and the win was by no means assured. Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2r) and Nico Mattan (Cofidis) tried to bridge the gap on the second last lap, but they fell back to the peloton. With one lap to go, the Bonjour team was working on the front, while the break had just 30 seconds. Fred Rodriguez wasn't doing a great deal of work, as his teammate and race favourite Romans Vainsteins was back in the bunch. Rodriguez is no mean sprinter himself, and he was well placed to win.
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Happy man on the podium
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Kirsipuu tried to bridge again in the closing kilometres, but the breakaways were simply too strong, and they had enough in hand to contest the sprint amongst themselves. The sprint was strongly led out into the last corner by Jens Voigt, who wanted an advantage on the rest into the final straight. Sunderland was having none of it, and quickly moved up and passed Voigt with 200 metres to go. Rodriguez wound things up too late, and had to settle for second behind Sunderland who took a rare but very satisfying win in the rain.

The bunch sprint that followed was marred by a fall which brought down Gianluca Bortolami (Tacconi) and Roger Beuchat (Phonak). Bortolami unfortunately broke his left collarbone and his season is over.

Results - 210 km

1 Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team Fakta                  5.11.11 (40.49 km/h)
2 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites
3 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
4 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Alessio
5 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                  0.02
6 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) BigMat Auber 93                     0.12
7 Jacky Durand (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
8 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
9 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Domo-Farm Frites
10 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
11 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
12 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
13 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis
14 Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Team Coast
15 Malte Urban (Ger) Team Coast
16 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
17 Manu L'Hoir (Bel) Team Fakta
18 Arvis Piziks (Lat) CSC-Tiscali
19 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
20 Gianpaolo Mondini (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV
21 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
22 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
23 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
24 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
25 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Alessio
26 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
27 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank
28 Arturas Trumpaukskas
29 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Saeco Macchine per Caffe
30 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
31 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio
32 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance
33 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
34 Rolf Sörensen (Den) CSC-Tiscali
35 Andrei Kashechkin (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites
36 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour
37 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
38 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio
39 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
40 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis
41 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Telekom
42 Mickael Pichon (Fra) Bonjour
43 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio
44 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
45 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
46 Christophe Gauthier (Fra) Saint-Quentin-Oktos
47 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin
48 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
49 Nicola Minali (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
50 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
51 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
52 Lukas Zumsteg (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
53 Luca De Angeli (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV         0.19
54 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Bonjour
55 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole
56 Marcel Duijn (Ned) Rabobank
57 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
58 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) Bonjour
59 Jason Phillips (Aus) Team Coast
60 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
61 Bram Tankink (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
62 Anton Chantyr (Rus) Team Coast
63 Vincent Templier (Fra) Saint-Quentin-Oktos
64 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux         0.23
65 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
66 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Festina                          0.26
67 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio
68 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco Macchine per Caffe
69 Christophe Morel (Fra) Saint-Quentin-Oktos
70 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis
71 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
72 Guillaume Laloux (Fra) Saint-Quentin-Oktos
73 Laurent Paumier (Fra) Saint-Quentin-Oktos
74 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Saeco Macchine per Caffe
75 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) BigMat Auber 93
76 Roberto Savoldi (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV
77 Daniel Schnider (Swi) La Francaise des Jeux
78 Jean Nuttli (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
79 Ludovic Auger (Fra) BigMat Auber 93
80 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites
81 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
82 Patrick Jonker (Ned) BigMat Auber 93                 0.31
83 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom     0.37
84 Balazs Rohtmer (Hun) Saeco Macchine per Caffe        0.58
85 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Fakta                   1.32
86 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance                  1.50
87 Tom Flammang (Lux) Cofidis
88 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
DNF Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
DNF Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
DNF Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
DNF Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
DNF Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Coast
DNF Michael Giebelmann (Ger) Team Coast
DNF Jérôme Desjardins (Fra) Saint-Quentin-Oktos
DNF Ciaran Power (Irl) Saint-Quentin-Oktos
DNF Philippe Koehler (Fra) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Laurent Estadieu (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
DNF Lauri Aus (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance
DNF Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
DNF Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
DNF Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio
DNF Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
DNF David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
DNF Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Cofidis
DNF Christian Wegmann (Ger) Saeco Macchine per Caffe
DNF Jans Koerts (Ned) Mercury
DNF Leon Van Bon (Ned) Mercury
DNF Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Mercury
DNF Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Mercury
DNF Christian Charriere (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Nicolas Dumont (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF René Stadelmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Bruno Thibout (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
DNF Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Marco Velo (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV
DNF Maurizio Caravaggio (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV
DNF Giuseppe Di Fresco (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV
DNF Oscar Mason (Ita) Mercatone Uno-Stream TV
DNF Niels Brouzes (Fra) BigMat Auber 93
DNF Loïc Lamouller (Fra) BigMat Auber 93
DNF Benjamin Levecot (Fra) BigMat Auber 93
DNF Alexei Sivakov (Rus) BigMat Auber 93
DNF René Joergensen (Den) CSC-Tiscali
DNF Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den) CSC-Tiscali
DNF Jakob Storm Piil (Den) CSC-Tiscali
DNF Jacob Moe Rasmussen (Den) CSC-Tiscali
DNF Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bonjour
DNF Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bonjour
DNF Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Bonjour
DNF Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Kevin Livingston (USA) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites
DNF Dimitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites
DNF Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
DNF Anthony Langella (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
DNF Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
DNF Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Marcus Ljungvist (Swe) Team Fakta
DNF Trent Wilson (Aus) Team Fakta
DNF Jorgen Bo Petersen (Den) Team Fakta
DNF Morten Sonne (Den) Team Fakta
DNF Björnar Vestöl (Nor) Team Fakta
DNF Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina
DNF Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
DNF Michel Klinger (Swi) Festina
DNF André Korff (Ger) Festina
DNF Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina
DNF Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
DNF Bradley McGee (Aus) La Francaise des Jeux
DNF Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux
DNF Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux

Past winners

2000 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Vini Caldirola
1999 Dimitry Konyshev (Rus)
1998 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) 
1997 Andrea Tafi (Ita)
1996 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1995 Maximilian Sciandri (GB)
1994 Andrea Tafi (Ita)
1993 Maximilian Sciandri (Ita)
1992 Olaf Ludwig (Ger)
1991 Vincent Lacressoniere (Fra)
1990 Frans Maassen (Ned)
1989 Martial Gayant (Fra)
1988 Edwin Bafcop (Bel)
1987 Adri Van der Poel (Ned)
1986 Josef Lieckens (Bel)
1985 Jean Habets (Ned)
1984 Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
1983 Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra)
1982 Rudy Mathijs (Bel)
1981 Josef Lieckens (Bel)
1980 Jacques Bossis (Fra)
1979 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1978 Yves Hezard (Fra)
1977 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1976 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1975 Dietrich Thurau (Ger)
1974 Willy Teirlinck (Bel)
1973 Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1972 René Pijnen (Ned)
1971 Barry Hoban (GB)
1970 Noél Vantyghem (Bel)
1969 Ronald De Witte (Bel)
1968 Gerben Karstens (Ned)
1967 Willy Van Neste (Bel)
1965 Georges Van Coningsloo (Bel)
1964 Frans Melckenbeeck (Bel)
1963 Benoni Beheyt (Fra)
1962 Guy Ignolin (Fra)
1961 Joseph Wasko (Fra)
1960 Michel Vermeulin (Fra)
1959 André Noyelle (Fra)
1958 Pierre Machiels (Bel)
1957 Jean Stablinski (Fra)
1956 Elio Cerussi (Fra)
1955 Pierre Pardoen (Fra)
1954 Orphee Meneghetti (Fra)
1953 Gilbert Petry (Fra)
1952 Michel Muylsteke (Bel)
1951 Francis Delepierre (Fra)
1950 Edmond Klabinski (Fra)
1949 Eugene Dubois (Fra)
1948 Georges Hubatz (Fra)
1947 Fernard Patte (Fra)
1946 René Lafosse (Fra)
1943 Camille Blanckaert (Fra)
1941 Maurice Demuer (Fra)
1939 E. Laplanche (Bel)
1938 Gaby Dubois (Fra)
1937 Gaby Dubois (Fra)
1936 Leon Lebon (Bel)
1935 Eloi Meulenberg (Bel)
1934 Maurice Leleu (Fra)
1933 F. Mintkiewicz (Fra)
1932 Georges Christians (Bel)
1931 André Vanderdonckt (Fra)
1930 Albert Barthelemy (Fra)
1929 Albert Barthelemy (Fra)
1928 Albert Barthelemy (Fra)

Past Winners by Mario Stiehl, Berlin