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Prologue - July 7: Dunkirk, ITT, 8.2 km

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Whazzup Christophe? Moreau Mashes To Maillot Jaune

By Tim Maloney, cyclingnews.com correspondent
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Christophe Moreau
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When Frenchman Christophe Moreau (Festina) rides hard, he always hangs his tongue out like the whazzup guys in that beer commercial. So what was up with Moreau at today's TDF Prologue in Dunkirk was that his win in last months Dauphine Libere' showed the lanky, powerful Festina man that he may have the form and the experience to better his 4th place on the Tour De France podium of last year.

"I felt great today and gave it my best effort I am really happy how it turned out, said Moreau at the post-race press conference. "But the Tour still has a long way to go and a lot of mountains and Lance Armstrong is very strong."

Moreau blasted to a solid win in Dunkirk today, donning the coveted Maillot Jaune after a strong ride on a windy, overcast day. Today is the first time a French rider has had the TDF leader's jersey since Laurent Jalabert in 2000. Moreau's runner-up, finishing 3" behind was a very surprising Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (O.N.C.E). Pretty in pink was the tune today for O.N.C.E; placing three riders in the top 10 and 5 out of the top 22 shows that they will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2001 Tour.
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Christophe Moreau
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Four seconds behind in 3rd was defending champion Lance Armstrong (USPS). "That's OK (that I finished 3rd) said an upbeat Armstrong. "Moreau is one of my friends; he's a good guy too and he deserves to be there."

Finishing just behind Lance, clad in his new German champion jersey, an obviously in-form Jan Ullrich (Deutsche Telekom) was 4th, which has to be encouraging to the German, who knows that 2001 must be his year to unseat Armstrong. It's now or never for Ullrich and the man from Merdingen looks like he's up to the challenge.

Today was a bad day at the beach for last year's prologue winner David Millar (Cofidis); he crashed in the penultimate bend and lost 42" while on a very rapid pace, while Moreau's Festina teammate 24 year old Florent Brard, the newly crowned French TT champ, had a great ride for 5th and a visit to the podium to don the Maillot Blanc (Best Young Rider jersey). Festina also captured the team classification, 7" ahead of O.N.C.E for yet another podium place for the team that's always on time. Today's biggest losers were probably Fassa Bortolo with poor rides by hopeful Tour rookie Ivan Basso and team leader Francesco Casagrande.

Results

1 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                   9.20 (52.714 km/h)
2 Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski       0.03
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service           0.04
4 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Telekom                         0.07
5 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina
6 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca          0.10
7 Joseba Beloki (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                   0.13
8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
9 Carlos Sastre (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                   0.14
10 Antonio Tauler (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
11 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R-Prevoyance              0.15
12 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux
13 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
14 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca  0.16
15 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
16 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
17 Angel Casero (Spa) Festina
18 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service
19 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole               0.17
20 Viatjeslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service
21 Santos Gonzalez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
22 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski                   0.18
23 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service          0.19
24 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Telekom
25 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal Service         0.21
26 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step           0.22
27 Thomas Brozyna (Pol) iBanesto.com
28 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali
29 Jacky Durand (Fra) Française Des Jeux            0.23
30 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
31 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
32 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin           0.24
33 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
34 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites            
35 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
36 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
37 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis                        0.25
38 Eddy Seigneur (Fra), Jean Delatour
39 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
40 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole                 0.26
41 Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
42 Stéphane Bergès (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance
43 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
44 Javier Pascual Llorente (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
45 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service
46 Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
47 Matteo Tossato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo               0.27
48 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
49 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
50 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
51 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank                     0.28
52 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin
53 Ludo Dierckxens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
54 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat Auber 93             0.29
55 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
56 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Française Des Jeux
57 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour                   0.30
58 Inigo Cuesta (Spa), Cofidis
59 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com
60 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis                 0.31
61 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service
62 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
63 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance             0.32
64 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com
65 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank
66 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
67 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Telekom
68 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin
69 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
70 Luis Perez (Spa) Festina                         0.33
71 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC - Tiscali
72 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
73 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance       0.34
74 Jon Odriozola (Spa) iBanesto.com
75 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole         0.35
76 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom
77 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo               0.36
78 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Domo-Farm Frites
79 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
80 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour
81 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
82 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Française Des Jeux        0.37
83 Felix Garcia-Casas (Spa) Festina
84 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis
85 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
86 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
87 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                   0.38
88 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
89 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Française Des Jeux         0.39
90 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC - Tiscali
91 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis
92 Jacob Piil (Den) CSC - Tiscali
93 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
94 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
95 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
96 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          0.40
97 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
98 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank
99 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Festina
100 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
101 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Lotto-Adecco
102 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
103 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
104 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
105 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step            0.41
106 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
107 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina                       0.42
108 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance
109 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites
110 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
111 Rolf Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali
112 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank
113 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites           0.43
114 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Française Des Jeux
115 Walter Bénéteau (Fra) Bonjour
116 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi         0.44
117 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
118 Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom
119 José Vicente Garcia-Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com
120 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo        0.45
121 Roberto Heras (Spa) US Postal Service
122 Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom                        0.46
123 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
124 Christoph Mengin (Fra) Française Des Jeux
125 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
126 Santiago Blanco (Spa) iBanesto.com
127 Jose Luis Rubiera (Spa) US Postal Service
128 Jérome Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
129 Nicki Sörensen (Den) CSC - Tiscali
130 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93          0.47
131 Felix Rafael Cardenas (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca  0.48
132 José Angel Vidal (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
133 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com
134 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
135 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
136 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93      0.49
137 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Festina
138 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole
139 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) Bonjour                  0.50
140 David Etxebarria (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
141 Kevin Livingston (USA), Telekom
142 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis
143 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin            0.51
143 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R-Prevoyance
145 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
146 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux
147 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
148 Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
149 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
150 Inigo Chaureau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          0.52
151 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
152 Denis Mentchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
153 Udo Bölts (Ger) Telekom                         0.53
154 Angel Castresana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
155 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
156 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
157 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites             0.54
158 Txema Del Olmo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
159 Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour
160 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin            0.56
161 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour            0.57
162 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Française Des Jeux
163 Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
164 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance
165 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R-Prevoyance
166 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour
167 Nikolai Bo Larsen (Den) CSC - Tiscali
168 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Telekom                  0.58
169 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis
170 Laurent Desbiens (Fra) Kelme-Costa Blanca
171 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
172 Steve Vermaut (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                0.59
173 Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin               1.01
174 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
175 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance           1.02
176 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93
177 Oscar Pozzi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
178 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
179 Marcellino Garcia (Spa) CSC - Tiscali
180 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole            1.03
181 Francisco Cerezo (Spa) CSC - Tiscali
182 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step           1.06
183 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour                      1.09
184 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita) iBanesto.com             1.12
185 Bart Leysen (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step              1.13
186 Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Bonjour                1.17
187 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93           1.18
188 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) Lotto-Adecco            1.31
189 Fabien De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco              1.56

Best young rider

1 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina                       9.27
2 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux            0.08
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                0.10
4 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski                    0.11
5 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin            0.17
6 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
7 Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                  0.19
8 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin           0.21
9 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Française Des Jeux          0.22
10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour                   0.23
11 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service     0.24
12 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) iBanesto.com             0.25
13 Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin
14 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca           0.31
15 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          0.33
16 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                       0.35
17 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Française Des Jeux         0.36
18 Eladio Jimenez (Spa) iBanesto.com                0.41
19 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
20 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93       0.42
21 Denis Mentchov (Rus) iBanesto.com                0.45
22 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                   0.46
23 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Française Des Jeux            0.50
24 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93             0.54
25 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R-Prevoyance            0.55
26 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat Auber 93            1.11

Teams

1 Festina                                          28.23
2 O.N.C.E.-Eroski                                   0.07
3 US Postal Service                                 0.14
4 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                0.17
5 Credit Agricole                                   0.31
6 Team Deutsche Telekom                             0.35
7 La Francaise Des Jeux                             0.44
8 Jean Delatour                                     0.45
9 Rabobank                                          0.47
10 Ag2R Prevoyance                                  0.50
11 Lampre-Daikin                                    0.53
12 Mapei-Quick Step                                 0.54
13 Bonjour                                          0.59
14 iBanesto.com                                     1.01
15 Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone                 1.03
16 Bigmat.Auber 93
17 CSC Tiscali                                      1.11
18 Fassa Bortolo                                    1.13
19 Domo-Farm Frites                                 1.16
20 Lotto-Adecco                                     1.18
21 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                1.33

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