GEWISS: Frattini, Zanini, Colombo TELEKOM: Ludwig, Riis, Zabel MAPEI: Musseuw, Ballerini, Bortolami, Vandenbroucke CARRERA: Chiappucci LOTTO: Tchmil MG: Richard, Bartoli, Fontanelli MOTOROLA: Sciandri, Peron, Thibout POLTI: Gianetti, Lombardi RABOBANK: Sorensen, Ekimov, Breukink ROSLOTTO: Fondriest, Lino SAECO: Cipollini, Furlan SAN MARCO: Vanderaerden TVM: Poulnikov, Hamburger, Roux COLLSTROP: Mulders FORELDORADO: Bouwmans VLAANDEREN 2002: Roosen US POSTAL: Teutenberg TONISSTEINER: Dalmans NURNBERG: Zemke
1. Beat Zberg (Sch) Carrera 6.31.25 (39,09 km/h) 2. Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom s.t. 3. Rolf Sorensen (Den) Rabobank s.t. 4. Bjarne Ris (Den) Telekom s.t. 5. Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Gewiss + 0.09 6. Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom + 0.14 7. Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) Roslotto-ZG 8. Olaf Ludwig (Ger) Telekom 9. Fabrizio Bontempi (Ita) Brescialat 10. Wilfried Peeters (Bel) Mapei-GB 11. Rolf Aldag (Ger) Telekom 12. Michele Bartoli (Ita) MG-Technogym 13. Maarten den Bakker (Ned) TVM 14. Enrico Zaina (Ita) Carrera 15. Vjatjeslav Ekimov (Rus) Rabobank all s.t. - 160 starters, 52 classified -
1. Renco van den Ven (Ned) 4.48.12 2. Martin Muller (Ger) s.t. 3. Frederik Berthelsen (Den) s.t. 4. Gerome Delbove (Fra) s.t. 5. Franck Pencole (Fra) + 0.25 6. Anthony Langella (Fra) + 0.28
1. Barbara Heeb (Sch) 1.08.09 (44,020 km/h) 2. Vouets (Sch) s.t. 3. Teutenberg (Ger) + 0.27
The question is if this race is really a potential WC race. Every year its the same. 60 riders or so manage to struggle through the difficult terrain near Frankfurt but then the last 50 km are flat and everything is being decided at the 3 local tours (like a criterium) with the German team of Telekom trying to win the race at one way or another.
Still very big names this year at the finish and Zberg was surely the best.
First he was in a group which countered an attack by Barbero and Bolts. Together with Fondriest, Sorenson Bartoli, Riis, Vandenbroucke, Colombo and a couple of others. They were caught with still 40 km to go. A group of 52 riders was formed.
Then he had the initiative in a group with Sorenson, Tafi, Zberg, Den Bakker, Ludwig, Ekimov, Riis, Heppner, Fratini and Ballerini. In the local tours, 4 jumped away at 20 km from the finish: they would take the first four places.
Despite their advantage as being members of one (German!) team Telekom, Riis and Heppner couldn't finish it. Sorenson and Zberg were just too strong.
The coverage of the German TV was BAAAAD! They don't know anything of race coverage.
Still, with 5 km to go, it could be seen that the two Danish riders were talking...
Despite this conversation, Zberg responded with his legs! Riis began the sprint, with Sorenson second, Zberg came from behind and won 5 metres ahead of the others. Just in time to have a nice 25th birthday party!!