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Grand Prix Tell - 2.7.1

Switzerland, August 27-31, 2003

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Stage 5 - August 31: Zug - Beromünster, 145.1 km

Russian days on the GP Tell 2003

By Andreas Oppliger

The 31st edition of the GP Tell ended on Sunday afternoon with two Russion victories: Vladimir Goussev took the general classification while the stage went to Boris Shpilevsky, winner of the first stage on Saturday in Zug, who was the strongest in the bunch sprint.

The 2003 GP Tell was dominated by the teams from Eastern Europe. Four stages were won by Russian riders, one by a Kazakh and one by a rider from Slovenia. In the 30-plus year history of the GP Tell this was the first win overall for a Russian athlete.

The pace was very high from the beginning in this final stage, preventing any of the attempted escapes from succeeding. The national team from Kazakhstan tried to help its captain Assan Bazayev to get into a leading group and so to regain the last place on the podium, but the effort was in vain. Several times the reigning Swiss espoir champion Laurent Arn - the local hero of the final stage - could be found alone at the head of the race, only to be soon swept up by the hard-charging peloton. The stage was characterized by an alliance between the two Russian teams of Angelin Travel St. Petersburg and the national squad. They nipped all the efforts of the Kazakhs to support Bazayev in the bud.

On the slightly sloping finish straight the stage was decided by a bunch sprint - rather surprising for a race with more than 1'700 meters of climbing. The decision in this sprint was so tight that the officials had to consult the photo finish. The jury identified the same winner as on Saturday: Boris Shpilevsky

The third placed rider, Swiss Florian Stalder spent a relatively "easy" Sunday afternoon in the peloton. Thanks to him the Swiss stepped onto the podium this year, as they did in 2002 with Gregory Rast (now with GS-I team Phonak).

"It is to early for me to move into the professional ranks", said Stalder in Beromuenster after the race. "Next year I want to race another season as an espoir in a Swiss Elite squad. The jump to a GS 1 or 2 team is certainly too big for me." His contract with the team Hadimec hasn't been extended until now. "We'll see after this race. Maybe there is some small door that will open after this fine result," smiled the racer from the Bernese Oberland.

Another Swiss rider has gained some completely different perspectives after the GP Tell. Johann Tschopp, the rider from Miege in the Valais was classified as ninth overall and third best Swiss. He has a contract as stagiaire with the Swiss Phonak team from 1st September 2003.

Photography

Images by Tony Stutz & Daniel Erismann

Results

1 Boris Shpilevski (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg     3.33.32
2 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Dutch National Team                        
3 Matic Strgar (Slo) Slovenian National Team                        
4 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Swiss Cycling                             
5 Alberto Tiberio (Swi) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                     
6 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                      
7 Daniel Musiol (Ger) German National Team                          
8 Michael Müller (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                         
9 Alexander Bazhenov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg          
10 Marco Von Känel (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                         
11 Larsen Klostergaard Kasper (Den) Danish National Team            
12 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Slovenian National Team                        
13 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                   
14 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                           
15 Tobias Baumgartner (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                    
16 Marco Giani (Ita) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                        
17 Jonas Meng (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                             
18 Remo Spirgi (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                            
19 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) German National Team                    
20 Stefan Widmer (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                          
21 Kristof De Zutter (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                        
22 Bruno Büetiger (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                          
23 Matthias Russ (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                     
24 Janusch Laule (Ger) Team Mixed Zollinger                         
25 Steve Grossenbacher (Swi) Hadimec                                
26 Florian Stalder (Swi) Swiss Cycling                              
27 Oleg Melehs (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                      
28 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                
29 Jos Harms (Ned) Dutch National Team                              
30 Johann Tschopp (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                         
31 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg            
32 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                            
33 Walker Ferguson (USA) USA National Team                          
34 Arian Buchwalder (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                        
35 Jimmy Tapparel (Swi) Hadimec                                     
36 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                   
37 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Russian National Team                       
38 Peter Magyarosi (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                   
39 Norbert Poels (Ned) Dutch National Team                          
40 Timmy Duggan (USA) USA National Team                             
41 Alexander Arekeev (Rus) Russian National Team                    
42 Daniel Gysling (Swi) Swiss Cycling                               
43 Roman Gugger (Swi) Swiss Cycling                                 
44 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Slovenian National Team                      
45 Laurent Arn (Swi) Hadimec                                        
46 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Swiss Cycling                                
47 Viktor Shestakuv (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                  
48 Marco Jimenez (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                          
49 Marcel Schilliger (Swi) Hadimec                                  
50 Tomaz Nose (Slo) Slovenian National Team                         
51 Glenn Poleunis (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                           
52 Jonas Leib (Swi) Swiss Cycling                                   
53 Markus Schmidig (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                        
54 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Slovenian National Team                    
55 Simon Schärer (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                         
56 Morten Knudsen (Den) Danish National Team                        
57 Dmitri Kozontchuk (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg          
58 Bart Oegema (Ned) Dutch National Team                            
59 Stanislav Belov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg            
60 Braulio Juanes (Spa) Hadimec                                     
61 Michael Creed (USA) USA National Team                            
62 Ivan Chtchegolev (Rus) Russian National Team                     
63 Lasse Böchman (Den) Danish National Team                     2.29
64 Jochen Rochau (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                10.18
65 Felix Gniot (Ger) German National Team                           
66 Peter Oeschger (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                          
67 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team         10.46
68 Aldis Abolins (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team               24.24
69 Leo Karstens (Ger) German National Team                          
70 Sergey Lazarev (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg        31.30
71 Sandro Germann (Swi) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                     
DNF Brian Vandborg (Den) Danish National Team                       
DNF Peter Jörgensen (Den) Danish National Team                      
DNF Michael Kristensen (Den) Danish National Team                   
DNF Alexandr Dymovskikh (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team              
DNF Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team               
DNF Ronny Hartz (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                      
DNF Michael Muck (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                     
DNF Darby Thomas (USA) USA National Team                            
DNF Wren Tyler (USA) USA National Team                              
DNF Dane Jankowiak (USA) USA National Team                          
DNF Jochen Uhrig (Ger) German National Team                         
DNF Thorsten Struch (Ger) German National Team                      
DNF Peter Mohlmann (Ned) Dutch National Team                        
DNF Kurt Dierckx (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                            
DNF Alexander Bespalov (Rus) Russian National Team                  
DNF Christian Rocha (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                      
DNF Pablo Pico (Swi) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                        
DNF Pirmin Lang (Swi) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                       
DNS Erich Kunz (Swi) Hadimec                                        
 
Points
 
1 Boris Shpilevski (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg          25 pts
2 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Dutch National Team                      20
3 Matic Strgar (Slo) Slovenian National Team                      16
4 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Swiss Cycling                           13
5 Alberto Tiberio (Swi) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                   11
6 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                    10
7 Daniel Musiol (Ger) German National Team                         9
8 Michael Müller (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                        8
9 Alexander Bazhenov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg         7
10 Marco Von Känel (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                        6
11 Larsen Klostergaard Kasper (Den) Danish National Team           5
12 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Slovenian National Team                       4
13 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                  3
14 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                          2
15 Tobias Baumgartner (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                   1
 
Mountains
 
Ämmenwil Chegelwald - Cat. 3, 69:4 km                               
1 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                3 pts
2 Oleg Melehs (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                      2
3 Stanislav Belov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg            1
 
Ämmenwil Chegelwald - Cat. 3, 104:4 km                              
1 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                   3 pts
2 Daniel Gysling (Swi) Swiss Cycling                               2
3 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                1
 
Ämmenwil Chegelwald - Cat. 3, 121:9 km                              
1 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                   3 pts
2 Oleg Melehs (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                      2
3 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                     1
 
Sprints
 
Beromünster, 57:6 km                                                
1 Daniel Gysling (Swi) Swiss Cycling                               3 pts
2 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Slovenian National Team                    2
3 Matic Strgar (Slo) Slovenian National Team                       1
 
Beromünster, 92:6 km                                                
1 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                     3 pts
2 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                           2
3 Larsen Klostergaard Kasper (Den) Danish National Team             
 
Beromünster, 127:6 km                                               
1 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                     3 pts
2 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                2
3 Larsen Klostergaard Kasper (Den) Danish National Team             
 
Teams
 
1 Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg                           10.40.36
2 Kazakhstan National Team                                          
2 Team Mixed Zollinger                                              
4 GS Rufalex Nordwest                                               
5 Team Mixed Zollinger                                              
6 Slovenian National Team                                           
7 Hörmann Betoncoupe                                                
8 Palmans-Collstrop                                                 
9 Dutch National Team                                               
10 Swiss Cycling                                                    
11 Hadimec                                                          
12 USA National Team                                                
13 Russian National Team                                            
14 Danish National Team                                         2.29
15 German National Team                                        10.18
16 Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                                         
17 Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                                   35.10
 
Final general classification
 
1 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Russian National Team                14.25.27
2 Tomaz Nose (Slo) Slovenian National Team                      1.01
3 Florian Stalder (Swi) Swiss Cycling                           3.04
4 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                  3.11
5 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                         4.53
6 Matthias Russ (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                  5.11
7 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                    
8 Jimmy Tapparel (Swi) Hadimec                                  5.32
9 Johann Tschopp (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                      5.58
10 Daniel Gysling (Swi) Swiss Cycling                           6.23
11 Dmitri Kozontchuk (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg      6.40
12 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Swiss Cycling                            7.01
13 Alexander Arekeev (Rus) Russian National Team                8.13
14 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) German National Team                9.40
15 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Slovenian National Team                9.56
16 Oleg Melehs (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                 10.21
17 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg       10.31
18 Viktor Shestakuv (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team             10.50
19 Jonas Meng (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                        11.50
20 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team           12.23
21 Bruno Büetiger (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                     12.41
22 Laurent Arn (Swi) Hadimec                                   13.51
23 Michael Creed (USA) USA National Team                       13.57
24 Simon Schärer (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                    14.14
25 Timmy Duggan (USA) USA National Team                        14.57
26 Norbert Poels (Ned) Dutch National Team                     16.59
27 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Slovenian National Team                 19.46
28 Marco Von Känel (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                    21.54
29 Braulio Juanes (Spa) Hadimec                                22.24
30 Michael Müller (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                   22.32
31 Walker Ferguson (USA) USA National Team                     22.35
32 Alexander Bazhenov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg    22.57
33 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Swiss Cycling                       23.02
34 Roman Gugger (Swi) Swiss Cycling                            23.14
35 Matic Strgar (Slo) Slovenian National Team                  23.31
36 Markus Schmidig (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                   23.44
37 Marco Jimenez (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                     24.02
38 Steve Grossenbacher (Swi) Hadimec                           24.40
39 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern              25.46
40 Ivan Chtchegolev (Rus) Russian National Team                26.59
41 Morten Knudsen (Den) Danish National Team                   27.00
42 Jonas Leib (Swi) Swiss Cycling                              28.33
43 Boris Shpilevski (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg      33.17
44 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                      33.29
45 Janusch Laule (Ger) Team Mixed Zollinger                    34.56
46 Daniel Musiol (Ger) German National Team                    34.58
47 Glenn Poleunis (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                      35.03
48 Felix Gniot (Ger) German National Team                      35.19
49 Marco Giani (Ita) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                   36.08
50 Arian Buchwalder (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                   36.34
51 Alberto Tiberio (Swi) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern               38.32
52 Bart Oegema (Ned) Dutch National Team                       40.02
53 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team         41.19
54 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Dutch National Team                  44.11
55 Peter Magyarosi (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart              44.12
56 Jos Harms (Ned) Dutch National Team                         45.48
57 Stefan Widmer (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                     46.19
58 Larsen Klostergaard Kasper (Den) Danish National Team       48.03
59 Jochen Rochau (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                48.46
60 Peter Oeschger (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                     49.04
61 Marcel Schilliger (Swi) Hadimec                             50.27
62 Stanislav Belov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg       51.27
63 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Slovenian National Team                   52.34
64 Kristof De Zutter (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                   52.39
65 Remo Spirgi (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                       53.22
66 Lasse Böchman (Den) Danish National Team                    55.59
67 Tobias Baumgartner (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger             1.05.25
68 Sergey Lazarev (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg      1.07.59
69 Sandro Germann (Swi) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern              1.27.45
70 Aldis Abolins (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team             1.32.36
71 Leo Karstens (Ger) German National Team                   1.43.23
 
Points classification
 
1 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Russian National Team                      78 pts
2 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                    70
3 Tomaz Nose (Slo) Slovenian National Team                        67
4 Boris Shpilevski (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg          50
5 Florian Stalder (Swi) Swiss Cycling                             43
6 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                  41
7 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Dutch National Team                      30
8 Matic Strgar (Slo) Slovenian National Team                      29
9 Daniel Gysling (Swi) Swiss Cycling                              28
10 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Swiss Cycling                              27
11 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                          27
12 Dmitri Kozontchuk (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg        26
13 Larsen Klostergaard Kasper (Den) Danish National Team          25
14 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Swiss Cycling                          23
15 Daniel Musiol (Ger) German National Team                       20
16 Matthias Russ (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                   17
17 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) German National Team                  16
18 Alberto Tiberio (Swi) Mixed 2 - Tessin-Luzern                  15
19 Jimmy Tapparel (Swi) Hadimec                                   13
20 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg          13
21 Peter Magyarosi (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                 13
22 Walker Ferguson (USA) USA National Team                        13
23 Johann Tschopp (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                       11
24 Tobias Baumgartner (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                   9
25 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Slovenian National Team                     8
26 Michael Müller (Swi) Team Mixed Zollinger                       8
27 Alexander Bazhenov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg        8
28 Oleg Melehs (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                     6
29 Viktor Shestakuv (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                 6
30 Marco Von Känel (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                        6
31 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Slovenian National Team                   6
32 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Slovenian National Team                       6
33 Alexander Arekeev (Rus) Russian National Team                   6
34 Jochen Rochau (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                    5
35 Kristof De Zutter (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                       5
36 Michael Creed (USA) USA National Team                           4
37 Morten Knudsen (Den) Danish National Team                       4
38 Remo Spirgi (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                           4
39 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team               4
40 Jonas Meng (Swi) GS Rufalex Nordwest                            2
41 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                          2
42 Peter Oeschger (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                         1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                  23 pts
2 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                    21
3 Tomaz Nose (Slo) Slovenian National Team                        12
4 Viktor Shestakuv (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                 12
5 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Russian National Team                      11
6 Daniel Gysling (Swi) Swiss Cycling                               8
7 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Slovenian National Team                    8
8 Jimmy Tapparel (Swi) Hadimec                                     7
9 Oleg Melehs (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                      5
10 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team               4
11 Peter Magyarosi (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                  3
12 Hubert Schwab (Swi) Swiss Cycling                               3
13 Alexander Arekeev (Rus) Russian National Team                   2
14 Ivan Chtchegolev (Rus) Russian National Team                    2
15 Matthias Russ (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                    2
16 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                           1
17 Dmitri Kozontchuk (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg         1
18 Walker Ferguson (USA) USA National Team                         1
19 Stanislav Belov (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg           1
 
Sprints classification
 
1 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                    12 pts
2 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Slovenian National Team                   10
3 Daniel Gysling (Swi) Swiss Cycling                               9
4 Larsen Klostergaard Kasper (Den) Danish National Team            8
5 Viktor Shestakuv (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team                  7
6 Marco Von Känel (Swi) Hörmann Betoncoupe                         4
7 Boris Shpilevski (Rus) Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg           4
8 Sebastian Schwager (Ger) German National Team                    3
9 Oleg Melehs (Lat) Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                      2
10 Andrey Medyannikov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team               2
11 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Swiss Cycling                           2
12 Jonas Leib (Swi) Swiss Cycling                                  2
13 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                          2
14 Kenny Van Hummel (Ned) Dutch National Team                      2
15 Matthias Russ (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                    1
16 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Slovenian National Team                     1
17 Matic Strgar (Slo) Slovenian National Team                      1
18 Daniel Musiol (Ger) German National Team                        1
19 Jochen Rochau (Ger) Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                    1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Swiss Cycling                                             43.31.31
2 Kazakhstan National Team                                      2.19
3 Russian National Team                                        13.53
4 Slovenian National Team                                      14.52
5 Angelin Travel RO St Petersburg                              17.54
6 GS Rufalex Nordwest                                          23.55
7 Hadimec                                                      25.47
8 USA National Team                                            31.09
9 Hofbräu Radler Stuttgart                                     39.17
10 German National Team                                        47.14
11 Team Mixed Zollinger                                        51.41
12 Hörmann Betoncoupe                                          54.27
13 Palmans-Collstrop                                           57.16
14 Dutch National Team                                       1.05.21
15 Team Mixed Zollinger                                      1.14.30
16 Danish National Team                                      1.18.00
17 Rietumu Bank Cycling Team                                 2.09.06