32nd Etoile de Bessèges - 2.3

France, February 6-10, 2001

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Stage 4 - February 9: Alès - Laudun, 146 km

McEwen regains overall leader's jersey in Besseges

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Jaan Kirsipuu
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Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu (AG2R) won the sprint for the 4th stage of Etoile de Bessèges in Laudun. The 146.5 km stage between Alès and Laudun, came down to a sprint finish with Kirsipuu finishing in front of Australian Robbie McEwen (Lotto) and the Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole). With his second placing McEwen regained the overall leaders jersey with a two second lead over Italian Andrea Ferrigato (Alessio).

The stage was dominated by a series of attacks, all of which were reeled in by the peloton. The attacks were thwarted by the fast race pace and the tactics of Alessio who were trying to protect the lead of Andrea Ferrigato.

At the 18 km mark Stéphane Berges, Cesar Solaun and Jean-Michel Tessier attempted to jump away however were quickly caught. The next significant move came at the 50 kn mark with Stuart O' Grady, Kevin Livingstone, Frederic Mainguenaud, Ludovic Turpin and Paul Van Hyfte taking their chances. Again the peloton regrouped and shut down the attack.

The 67 km point saw the day's most successful break with, Olivier Trastour (AG2R), Fabrice Salanson (Bonjour) and Kurt Asle Arvesen (Fakta) at one point holding a 6 minute lead from the main group. Trastour, Salanson and Arvesen managed to keep the peloton at bay till the 138 km point where the Euskaltel and Lotto lead peloton reclaimed them.

From there it was a simple sprint for Kirsipuu to pick up the win. Well as simple as is any sprint involving McEwen and co. For Kirsipuu it was a reversal of the races first stage when McEwen had picked up the win.

With Robbie McEwen regaining the overall lead he is confirming his outstanding early season form following on from winning the Australian road championship and four stages of the Tour Down Under.



1 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prévoyance                3.20.19 (43.73 km/h)
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Adecco 
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole
4 Marcus Ljunqvist (Swe) Team fakta
5 Endrio Leoni (Ita) Alessio
6 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Coast
7 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Crédit Agricole
8 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio
9 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team Coast
10 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
11 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis
12 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Telekom
13 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) La Française des Jeux
14 Steven Van Malderghem (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
15 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour
16 Bruno Thibout (Fra) Jean Delatour
17 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Française des Jeux
18 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Jean Delatour                  0.05
19 Oscar Cavagnis (Swi) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
20 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Bonjour
21 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Jean Delatour
22 Igor Kranjec (Slo) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
23 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
24 James Vanlandshoot (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
25 Bekim Christensen (Den) Team Coast
26 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) CSC-Tiscali
27 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis
28 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
29 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis
30 Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis
31 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
32 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
33 Allan Johansen (Den) Team fakta
34 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
35 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team fakta
36 Manu L'hoir (Bel) Team fakta
37 Jurgen Vermeersch (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
38 Tom Flammang (Lux) Cofidis
39 Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra) Cofidis
40 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis
41 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio
42 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Crédit Agricole
43 Stefan Schreck (Ger) Team Telekom
44 Bart Leysen (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
45 Christopher Jenner (NZl) Crédit Agricole
46 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93
47 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
48 Roman Peter (Swi) Oktos-St-Quentin
49 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
50 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
51 Raphaël Jeune (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
52 Ondrej Fadrny (Cze) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
53 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Telekom
54 Andrus Aug (Est) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
55 Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Team Coast
56 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
57 Michael Skelde (Den) Team fakta
58 Rolf Huser (Swi) Team Coast
59 Bert Roesems (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
60 Thomas Brun Eriksen (Den) CSC-Tiscali
61 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Jean Delatour
62 Vincent Bader (Swi) Oktos-St-Quentin
63 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
64 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom
65 Franck Pencole (Fra) La Française des Jeux
66 Vincent Templier (Fra) Oktos-St-Quentin
67 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
68 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
69 Pascal Derame (Fra) Bonjour
70 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Crédit Agricole
71 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
72 Anthony Morin (Fra) Crédit Agricole
73 Jurgen Vandewalle (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
74 Marc Streel (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
75 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Team Coast
76 Anthony Langella (Fra) Crédit Agricole
77 Roberto Lochowski (Ger) Team fakta
78 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
79 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) La Française des Jeux
80 Christophe Capelle (Bel) Big Mat-Auber 93
81 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance
82 Frédéric Mainguenaud (Fra) Bonjour
83 Michel Vanhaecke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
84 Alexandre Chouffe (Fra) Oktos-St-Quentin
85 Bert Dewaele (Bel)  Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
86 Kristof Trouve (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
87 Davide Casarotto (Ita) Alessio
88 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance
89 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
90 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Adecco
91 Ruslan Pidgorny (Ukr) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
92 Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio
93 Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio
94 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance
95 Régis Lhuillier (Fra) La Française des Jeux
96 Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio
97 Kris Gerits (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
98 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
99 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
100 Franck Perque (Fra) La Française des Jeux
101 Udo Bolts (Ger) Team Telekom
102 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
103 Aitor Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
104 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
105 Lander Euba (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
106 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
107 Jehudi Schoonacker (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
108 Rossano Brasi (Ita) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
109 ?
110 Cesar Solaun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
111 Geert Omloop (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
112 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom
113 Martin Przadnovsky De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
114 Bjarke Nielsen (Den) CSC-Tiscali
115 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Française des Jeux
116 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom
117 Arturas Kasputis (Ltu) Ag2r Prévoyance
118 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team fakta
119 Laurent Paumier (Fra) Oktos-St-Quentin
120 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
121 Stefan Van Dyck (Ned) Lotto-Adecco
122 Frack Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour
123 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2r Prévoyance
124 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Française des Jeux
125 Fabrice Salanson (Fra) Bonjour
126 Kevin Livingston (USA) Team Telekom
127 Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio
128 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Coast
129 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Jean Delatour
130 Florent Brard (Fra) Crédit Agricole
131 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Jean Delatour
132 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
133 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2r Prévoyance
134 Sergey Krushevskiy (Rus) Oktos-St-Quentin
135 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Big Mat-Auber 93
136 Raphaël Schweda (Ger) Team Coast
137 Gorka Arrizabalaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi          9.02
138 Mikel Artexte (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi              16.37
139 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
DNS Yuriy Metluschenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago

General classification after stage 4

1 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Adecco                  13.27.05
2 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio                        0.02
3 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago        0.14
4 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Française des Jeux          0.24
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                    0.25
6 Marcus Ljunqvist (Swe) Team fakta
7 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team Coast                      0.27
8 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis                             0.29
9 Bruno Thibout (Fra) Jean Delatour
10 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) La Française des Jeux
11 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Bonjour                         0.30
12 Jurgen Vermeersch (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
13 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Crédit Agricole               0.32
14 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis                            0.34
15 Igor Kranjec (Slo) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa
16 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
17 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
18 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) CSC-Tiscali
19 Stefan Schreck (Ger) Team Telekom
20 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
21 Bekim Christensen (Den) Team Coast
22 Manu L'hoir (Bel) Team fakta
23 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio
24 Allan Johansen (Den) Team fakta
25 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team fakta                    0.57
26 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance               1.06
27 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis                          1.10
28 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Jean Delatour                   3.13
29 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
30 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance

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