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27th Cholet-Pays De Loire - 1.2

France, March 21, 2004

2003 Results    Results    Past winners

Bert De Waele profits from French rivalry

By Jean-François Quénet in Cholet

Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
Photo ©: Daniel Schamps

Bert De Waele (29) scored the second win of his pro career in Cholet-Pays de Loire, a race known for being similar to Belgian semi-classics because of the wind, the short hills and some rain showers on the way. Previously, he had won the Tour du Doubs last year, a race where he also came second just after turning pro with Landbouwkrediet in 2001.

"I'm very surprised to win here today but I was right to attack with about two kilometres to go as [Didier] Rous and [Thor] Hushovd were watching each other", he said, delighted after his success.

Another Belgian was under the spotlight before him: Frederik Willems (Vlaanderen) was the first serious lone attacker, although Englishman Tom Southam was the very first rider to make a move of any sort. It wasn't a surprise for all the fans Southam still has in the west part of France, since he took part in many breakaways for Nantes 44 Cyclisme before joining Amore e Vita.

Willems was later glad to see Frédéric Guesdon (, Thomas Voeckler (La Boulangère), Jurgen Van de Walle (Chocolate Jacques) and Patrice Halgand (Crédit Agricole) coming across while a counter-attack was formed by 20 riders, the strongest teams being La Boulangère, Crédit Agricole and CSC with four riders each.

On the last of the 10 climbs of the day, located with 41 km to go, Guesdon and Van de Walle attacked. Franck Schleck from CSC bridged the gap on his own, then a trio made of Rous (La Boulangère), Hushovd (CA) and De Waele (Landbouwkrediet) also came back, so six riders competed for the win on the final circuit in Cholet.

"I didn't know the Cholet-Pays de Loire was such a hard race, now I know it's a very good one," Hushovd commented. "When De Waele attacked, everybody was watching me. I paced by myself because I had no other choice. Then nobody wanted to go away from my rear wheel, and I said: 'OK, if you guys don't want to ride for the win, we'll ride for second place.' I didn't have the same motivation for second place and Rous passed me with 200 metres to go. The French teams were racing against each other, that's why none of us won. Also, I was tired at the end."

The Norwegian has increased his lead in the Coupe de France. He now has 75 points, while Dimitri Fofonov (Cofidis) and Rous share the second place with 35 points each. "This isn't an objective for me but I believe it's important for my team as Crédit Agricole is also the sponsor of the French cup. I'll try to keep the lead for as long as possible."


Image by Daniel Schamps

Images by Jean-Francois Quenet

Results - 202 km

1 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                   5.09.07 (39.208 km/h)
2 Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère                         0.05
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                                   
4 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                         
5 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)                                0.06
6 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf       0.10
7 Vladimir Goussev (Rus) Team CSC                                  0.54
8 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Crédit Agricole                               
9 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                                
10 Franck Pencole (Fra) Oktos-Saint Quentin                        1.08
11 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère                          
12 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                                    
13 Sandy Casar (Fra)                                        
14 Chris Peers (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf              1.14
15 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                     1.23
16 Ruslan Gryschenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                     
17 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                       1.31
18 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère                    1.34
19 Andoni Aranaga Azkune (Spa) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf    1.37
20 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu) Oktos-Saint Quentin                        1.39
21 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                 
22 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère                        
23 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                           
24 Christophe Mengin (Fra)                                  
25 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra)                                   
26 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère                       
27 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone                
28 Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC                                         
29 Johan Coenen (Bel)                          
30 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)                                    
31 Nelson Vitorino (Por) Würth-Bom Petisco                             
32 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC                                      
33 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           
34 Joaquim Andrade (Por) Würth-Bom Petisco                             
35 Jose Carlos Silva Rodrigues (Por) Carvalhelhos-Boavista             
36 Unai Yus Querejeta (Spa) Brioches la Boulangère                     
37 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
38 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone           6.02
39 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Auber 93                                   6.27
40 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra)                      
41 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                         
42 Laurent Paumier (Fra) Auber 93                                      
43 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Oktos-Saint Quentin                           
44 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                       
45 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Auber 93                                     
46 Cédric Hervé (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  
47 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf          
48 Renaud Dion (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences-MG Rover                         
49 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf               
50 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Auber 93                               6.33
51 Stéphane Berges (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                           6.39
52 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Amore e Vita-Beretta                      6.41
53 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Auber 93                                   6.42
54 Christian Pfannberger (Aut) eD'system-ZVVZ                      6.45
55 Frédéric Finot (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences-MG Rover                      
56 Tom Southam (GBr) Amore e Vita-Beretta                              
57 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                               
58 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone          
59 Celio Cristiano Sousa (Por) Carvalhelhos-Boavista                   
60 Frederik Willems (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                         
61 Jens Renders (Bel)                          
62 Peter Wuyts (Bel)                           
63 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel)                    
64 Jeremy Hunt (GBr)                           
65 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                        
66 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                          
67 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Carvalhelhos-Boavista         6.57
DNF Freddy Bichot (Fra)                                     
DNF Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)                                 
DNF Jérémy Roy (Fra)                                        
DNF Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère                    
DNF Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère                       
DNF Ben Day (Aus)                              
DNF Björn Leukemans (Bel)                      
DNF Michael Sandstöd (Den) Team CSC                                    
DNF Cezary Zamana (Pol) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf               
DNF Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf               
DNF Maxim Rudenko (Ukr) Chocolade Jacques-Wincor Nixdorf               
DNF Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                       
DNF Benny De Schrooder (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                      
DNF Pieter Mertens (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                          
DNF Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                         
DNF Julien Laidoun (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                               
DNF Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                               
DNF Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                  
DNF Jérôme Bernard (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences-MG Rover                     
DNF Christophe Laurent (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences-MG Rover                 
DNF Gilles Bouvard (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences-MG Rover                     
DNF Roman Luhovyy (Ukr) R.A.G.T Semences-MG Rover                      
DNF Ludovic Martin (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences-MG Rover                     
DNF Nicolas Reynaud (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences-MG Rover                    
DNF Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone                
DNF Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone             
DNF David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone             
DNF Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone               
DNF Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            
DNF Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Crédit Agricole                               
DNF Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Oktos-Saint Quentin                          
DNF Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Bul) Oktos-Saint Quentin                         
DNF Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Oktos-Saint Quentin                             
DNF Benjamin Levecot (Fra) Oktos-Saint Quentin                         
DNF Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra) Oktos-Saint Quentin                      
DNF Ludovic Auger (Fra) Auber 93                                       
DNF David Breard (Fra) Auber 93                                        
DNF Vidal Fitas (Por) Würth-Bom Petisco                                
DNF Nuno Marta (Por) Würth-Bom Petisco                                 
DNF Krassimir Vasilev (Bul) Würth-Bom Petisco                          
DNF Ricardo Costa (Por) Würth-Bom Petisco                              
DNF Petr Bencik (Cze) eD'system-ZVVZ                                   
DNF Lubomir Kejval (Cze) eD'system-ZVVZ                                
DNF Michal Precechtel (Cze) eD'system-ZVVZ                             
DNF Lubor Tesar (Cze) eD'system-ZVVZ                                   
DNF Frantisek Trkal (Cze) eD'system-ZVVZ                               
DNF Jan Valach (Svk) eD'system-ZVVZ                                    
DNF Roman Bronis (Svk) eD'system-ZVVZ                                  
DNF Michal Pomietlo (Pol) Amore e Vita-Beretta                         
DNF Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Rus) Amore e Vita-Beretta                    
DNF Thomas Grönqvist (Swe) Amore e Vita-Beretta                        
DNF Anders Grönqvist (Swe) Amore e Vita-Beretta                        
DNF Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Amore e Vita-Beretta                         
DNF Tony Bracke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                          
DNF Yuri Mitlushenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                     
DNF Alejandro Marque (Spa) Carvalhelhos-Boavista                       
DNF André Vital (Por) Carvalhelhos-Boavista                            
DNF José Vaz (Por) Carvalhelhos-Boavista                               
DNF Pedro Miguel Miranda Soeiro (Por) Carvalhelhos-Boavista            
DNF Ezequiel Mosquera Miguez (Spa) Carvalhelhos-Boavista               

Coupe de France standings after round 3

1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole          75 pts
2 Dimitri Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis               35
3 Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère    35

Past winners

2003 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux  202 kms in 4.54.04 (41.215 km/h)
2002 Jimmy Casper (Fra)   202 kms in 4.55.23 (40.218 km/h)
2001 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina     202 kms in 4.56.59 (40.810 km/h)
2000 Jens Voigt (Ger)                202 kms in 4.52.13 (41.065 km/h)
1999 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino	     202 kms in 5.03.32 (39.925 km/h)
1998 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino	     202 kms in 5.09.20 (39.181 km/h)
1997 Jann Kirsipuu (Est)             202 kms in 4.56.25
1996 Stéphan Heulot (Fra)            207 kms in 4.59.43
1995 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel)	     207 kms in 5.08.45
1994 Laurent Madouas (Fra)           207 kms in 5.26.59
1993 Marc Bouillon (Fra)             209 kms in 5.16.31
1992 Laurent Desbiens (Fra)          205 kms in 5.19.16
1991 Sammie Moreels (Bel)            205 kms in 5.12.03
1990 Kim Andersen (Den)              200 kms in 5.03.59
1989 Frank Boucanville (Fra)         238 kms in 6.24.53
1988 Patrick Onnockx (Bel)           241 kms in 6.33.46
1987 Frédéric Garnier (Fra)          239 kms in 6.23.33
1986 Domenique Lecrocq (Fra)         237 kms in 6.17.44
1985 Marc Madiot (Fra)               236 kms in 6.28.36
1984 Pascal Poisson (Fra)            233 kms in 5.55.10
1983 Eric Dall'Armellina (Fra)
1982 Pierre Bazzo (Fra)              220 kms in 5.24.37
1981 Roger Legeay (Fra)
1980 Roger Legeay (Fra)
1979 Pierre Bazzo (Fra)
1978 Jacques Bossis (Fra)


In 1987 and 1989 it was called GP Cholet-Mauleon
From 1990, it took the name of GP Cholet-Pays de Loire
Between 1982-86 and 1988 the race was known as Mauleon - Moulins.

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,