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70th GP Fourmies - 1.1
France, September 15, 2002
Bortolami outsprints Jalabert in fall French classic
By Chris Henry
Coming on the heels of Paris-Bruxelles, the Grand Prix de Fourmies often sees many of the same riders take to the roads of northern France in search of late season glory. Indeed, today's field included a number of big names, including Johan Museeuw, Michele Bartoli, and Laurent Jalabert, to name but a few. Today's edition didn't disappoint, as a strong group of five squared off for the victory, with Italian Gianluca Bortolami (Tacconi Sport) proving the strongest.
"After the Tour I found great condition, and I've achieved some good places," Bortolami commented after his win. The Italian victor was pleased with his victory, and had plenty of words of praise for second place Jalabert. "To win ahead of Jalabert... I think he's the real winner today, because what he did was incredible. I made a big effort to get across with Scinto, and I was fresher than he was. But for him to still be there to contest the sprint, it's always difficult to beat him because he's a great champion."
Jalabert, in the midst of his fantastic farewell tour, was present in all the major moves of the day. On the attack from the 45km mark, Jaja remained vigilant throughout the race, until the definitive break was formed. The first move of the day, sparked by Jalabert, brought Denis Lunghi, Frédéric Gabriel, and Irish national champion Mark Scanlon for company, forging a maximum advantage of over four minutes. As the race approached the first of two 11km finishing circuits around Fourmies, Scanlon and Gabriel were replaced by Cédric Vasseur, Gabriele Missaglia, and Laszlo Bodrogi.
The new quintet pressed on with an advantage that never topped one minute, allowing Bodrogi's Mapei teammate Luca Scinto and Bortolami to bridge the gap. At about the same point, Missaglia and Lunghi fell off the pace of the leaders, and the final five were away for good. Luca Scinto worked tirelessly at the front, including a brief attack, to both keep the break clear of a newly formed chase group, as well as protect the chances of fellow Mapei man Bodrogi.
The chase behind was at this point led by a number of potential race winners, including former Fourmies winner Bartoli, Lars Michaelsen, Ludovic Capelle. Mapei's Daniele Nardello was present, but clearly not assisting in the chase with two teammates in the lead group. Ultimately, the chase group was too big for its own good, and the 25 odd riders did not have the cooperation necessary to close the gap.
The leading five completed the first lap of the finishing circuit with 35" over the chasing group, and despite repeated attacking from behind, maintained their advantage for the remainder of the race. With 2km to ride, Scinto again took to the front and pushed the pace, mouth open and a picture of pain, in the hopes that Bodrogi would seal the deal on the line. Bodrogi did have a go, but jumped too early, just prior to the final corner before the finish. Straight away Bortolami was on his wheel, as Jalabert showed he still had a kick of his own, despite his long day in the breakaways.
In the end it was all Bortolami, winning several bike lengths clear of Jalabert, who nipped fellow Frenchman Vasseur for second place. Bodrogi followed in fourth, with Scinto drifting in behind. The first chase group, whittled down to five riders in the last few kilometers, arrived 25 seconds later, with Saulis Ruskis (Gerolsteiner) taking the sprint of honor ahead of Marcus Ljungquist (EDS-fakta) and Michele Bartoli.
Vasseur for his part with pleased with his performance, though clearly had considered himself a contender for the victory. "It was difficult in the break, because had I tried something in the final kilometers, Scinto would have worked to chase for his teammate Bodrogi," he explained. "I preferred to wait to the sprint, but unfortunately I lacked a little something at the end. Remember, Bortolami is a specialist who's riding very well at the moment, and Laurent Jalabert... need I say more? So to finish third behind those two is not so bad."
Images by Francois Lo Presti, AFP
Images thanks to Daniel Schampsemail@example.com
1 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 4.28.05 2 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali 3 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis 4 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step 5 Luca Scinto (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 0.06 6 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu) Gerolsteiner 0.25 7 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) EDS-fakta 8 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 9 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 10 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Index-Alexia 0.26 11 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites 12 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 13 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 0.31 14 Vincent Cali (Fra) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 0.32 15 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin 0.35 16 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank 0.39 17 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) EDS-fakta 18 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bonjour 19 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2r-Prevoyance 0.40 20 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team Coast 21 Michael Skelde (Den) EDS-fakta 22 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis 23 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 24 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 25 Vladimir Smirnov (Ltu) Team Colpack-Astro 26 Biagio Conte (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 0.41 27 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Jean-Delatour 28 Eric De Clercq (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 1.07 29 Jørgen Bo Petersen (Den) EDS-fakta 1.08 30 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Jean Delatour 1.10 31 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank 32 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 33 Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Bonjour 34 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom 35 Marc Streel (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 36 Sébastien Mattozza (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 37 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com 38 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos 39 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Saint-Quentin Oktos 1.11 40 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis 41 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 42 Vincent Templier (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos 43 Cédric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole 1.13 44 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 1.15 45 Bo Hamburger (Den) Index-Alexia 1.22 46 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 47 Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Team Coast 1.23 48 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis 49 Jacky Durand (Fra) FDJeux.com 50 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 51 Alexandre Chouffe (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos 52 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Credit Agricole 53 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 54 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step 1.24 55 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 56 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Rabobank 57 Karl Pauwels (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 58 Laurent d'Olivier (Fra) Jean Delatour 59 Allan Johansen (Den) EDS-fakta 60 Cédric Vanoverschelde 61 David Breard (Fra) BigMat Auber 93 62 Jimmi Madsen (Den) CSC-Tiscali 63 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 64 Renzo Mazzoleni (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro 65 Manu L'Hoir (Bel) EDS-fakta 66 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Team Colpack Astro 67 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 1.25 68 Igor Pugaci (Mda) Saeco-Longoni Sport 69 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos 70 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Bonjour 71 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 72 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com 73 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank 74 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 75 René Jørgensen (Den) EDS-fakta 76 Mark Roland (Aus) Palmans-Collstrop 1.26 77 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 78 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Telekom 79 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 80 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 81 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Jean-Delatour 82 Kristof Trouvé (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 83 Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 1.27 84 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 85 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour 86 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean-Delatour 87 Marco Gili (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 1.28 88 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 1.29 89 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank 90 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Coast 1.30 91 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis 92 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 1.31 93 Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro 94 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Team Telekom 95 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 96 Rolf Huser (Swi) Team Coast 97 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos 1.32 98 Frank Høj (Den) Team Coast 99 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole 100 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 101 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) FDJeux.com 102 Matteo Gigli (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro 1.33 103 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco-Longoni Sport 104 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 105 Nicki Sørensen (Den) CSC-Tiscali 106 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Gerolsteiner 1.34 107 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 108 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 109 Tristan Valentin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 110 Lylian Lebreton (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 1.35 111 Andrea Giupponi (Ita) Team Colpack Astro 112 Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis 113 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner 114 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro 1.36
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