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27th Route du Sud - 2.3

France, June 21-24, 2003

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Stage 2 - June 22: Castres - Saint-Gaudens, 182.8 km

Turpin gets his first

Ludovic Turpin scored his first victory as a professional with a solo escape in today's stage 2 of the Route du Sud. Turpin left two breakaway companions behind, moving clear of Christophe Le Mevel (Credit Agricole) and Ludovic Martin (Jean Delatour) in the closing 10km and holding enough of his advantage to fend off the late charge from the peloton.

The day was marked by hot temperatures and a number of riders suffering as a result on the hot roads of southern France. Martin himself saw his work in the breakaway wiped away after being forced to stop twice in the closing kilometres with painful leg cramps. As Martin tried in vain to stretch his legs and get his body working again, Maryan Hary (Brioches La Boulangère) launched a counter attack from the main field, sweeping past on the final uphill rise of the day. Hary was also pushed to the line by a fast-finishing Philippe Gilbert (, as the young generation of French pros proved themselves eager to impress in advance of the national championships at the end of the month.

As Turpin took the time to savour his first ever victory, the Cofidis team of race leader Janek Tombak did its job in controlling the field and protecting the Estonian's overall lead. With the short stage race already half over, the serious push begins Monday with a 34km individual time trial between Saint-Gaudens and Montrejeau, and the culminating day of climbing to come Tuesday.


1 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                    4.23.11
2 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                  3.48
3 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                   4.25
4 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)                          4.26
5 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom                              4.33
6 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo
7 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon
8 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio
9 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
10 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon
12 Carlos Dacruz (Fra)
13 Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Bul) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
14 Christophe Mengin (Fra)
15 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Lotto-Domo
16 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance
17 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio
18 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
19 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
20 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)
21 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
22 Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC
23 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Lotto-Domo
24 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
25 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance
26 Francisco José Lara Ruiz (Spa) Team Bianchi
27 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
28 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
29 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio
30 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole
31 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon
32 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom
33 David Derepas (Fra)
34 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Jean Delatour
35 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
36 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
37 Rafael Schweda (Ger) Team Bianchi
38 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
39 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio
40 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big.Mat-Auber 93
41 Christophe Rinero (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
42 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger) Team Telekom
43 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Telekom
44 Mickael Pichon (Fra)
45 Jaime Hernandez Bertran (Spa) Team Bianchi
46 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Credit Agricole
47 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
48 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)
49 Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) Team CSC
50 Cédric Fragniere (Swi) Credit Agricole
51 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
52 Ronald Mutsaars (Ned) Rabobank
53 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC
54 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon
55 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo
56 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Team Telekom
57 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole
58 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Big.Mat-Auber 93
59 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Jean Delatour
60 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
61 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
62 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon
63 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon
64 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
65 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick.Step-Davitamon
66 Vincent Templier (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
67 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
68 Addy Engels (Ned) Rabobank
69 Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
70 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
71 Thomas Liese (Ger) Team Bianchi
72 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Bianchi
73 Lennie Kristensen (Den) Team CSC
74 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio
75 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo
76 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Bianchi
77 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
78 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Alessio                           4.52
79 Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Big.Mat-Auber 93                     5.70
80 Bernhard Eisel (Aut)                           5.18
81 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour                        5.23
82 Damien Nazon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                 6.80
83 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
84 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Big.Mat-Auber 93
85 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
86 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
87 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Big.Mat-Auber 93
88 Christoph Von Kleinsorgen (Ger) Team Bianchi
89 Nicolas Meunier (Fra) Big.Mat-Auber 93
90 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
91 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Big.Mat-Auber 93
92 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto-Domo                           6.57
93 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Rabobank
94 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                        8.35
95 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
96 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Quick.Step-Davitamon                14.30
97 Bruno Thibout (Fra) Jean Delatour
98 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Domo
99 Dirk Reichl (Ger) Team Telekom
100 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big.Mat-Auber 93
DNF Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
DNF Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF David Lefevre (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo
DNF Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) Team CSC
DNF Michael Sandstod (Den) Team CSC
DNF Andrea Tafi (Ita) Team CSC
DNF Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio
DNS Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
DNS Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Bianchi
DNS Laurent Paumier (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin

General classification after stage 2

1 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone     8.15.48
2 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance                       0.04
3 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio                            0.06
4 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC                           0.07
5 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon                 0.10
6 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio
7 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)
8 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance
9 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                  0.34
10 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin            0.43

Points classification
1 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                     21 pts
2 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                         20
3 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone           20
4 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    18
5 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                    17
6 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance                          17
7 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio                               15
8 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)                            13
9 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio                                  12
10 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom                               11
11 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC                             11
12 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo                          10
13 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)                            10
14 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      9
15 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                              9
16 Carlos Dacruz (Fra)                               9
17 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance                    8
18 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                8
19 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin                7
20 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole                      6
21 Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Bul) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin               3
22 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom                             3
23 Christophe Mengin (Fra)                           2
24 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Lotto-Domo                             2
25 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Lotto-Domo                             1
Mountains classification
1 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                         13 pts
2 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour                           12
3 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC                              12
4 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                    10
5 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                 5
6 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                      4
7 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio                               4
8 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance                     3
9 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                          3
10 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone         2
11 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      1
12 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)                             1
13 Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Bul) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin               1
14 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Telekom                          1
15 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone          1
Sprints classification
1 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour                           15 pts
2 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                    10
3 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole                              6
4 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC                               6
5 Damien Nazon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                     6
6 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                          5
7 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)                             4
8 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin                 4
9 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                     3
10 Mickael Pichon (Fra)                              1
Teams classification
1 Ag2R Prevoyance                                        24.44.38
2 Alessio                                                    4.33
3                                                 5.43
4 Team Bianchi                                               7.70
5 Quick.Step - Davitamon                                    27.18
6 Cofidis,Le Credit Par Telephone
7 Team CSC
8 Brioches La Boulange                                      27.46
9 Credit Agricole                                           27.50
10 MBK - Oktos                                              27.54
11 Rabobank                                                 28.35
12 Team Telekom
13 Lotto - Domo                                             50.30
14 Jean Delatour
15 Big Mat93                                              1.12.05