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HEW-Cyclassics - CDM
Germany, August 4, 2002
The Master Museeuw: This one goes to eleven...
By Chris Henry, Cyclingnews correspondent
World Cup racing resumed in earnest today with the HEW Cyclassics race in Hamburg, Germany. After a break during the major stage races of late spring and summer, it was time for the one day specialists to return to the fore as the second half of ten event World Cup got underway. Despite a course which appears to favour the sprinters, it was the eternal strongman and current World Cup leader Johan Museeuw (Domo-Farm Frites) who again stamped his authority on the single day classics. "This is very important," said a delighted Museeuw after the race. "It's my 11th World Cup win. In the first part of the season I was strongest in Paris-Roubaix. Then I was the strongest here in Germany."
Starting in cool, rainy conditions, the HEW Cyclassics was destined to boil down to an endless series of short-lived breaks, a true test for the tenacious. With the course's only notable difficulties being the three climbs of the Waseberg, a short sharp 16% power climb, the sprinters were expected to shine. But just as the fast men of the peloton had been foiled in previous editions of this race, there were many riders who had no intention of resigning themselves to a bunch sprint this year.
The day's requisite early solo break from Team Cologne's Jörg Strauss, who stayed out front for an hour and a half and built a maximum lead of over four minutes. That's as far as things got for Strauss, who was eventually reeled in by the peloton, where numerous riders sat poised to counter attack and keep the sprinters' teams on their toes.
Among them was a group of four riders, including Martin Elmiger (Phonak), Mauro Radaelli (Tacconi Sport), Andrea Ferrigato (Alessio), and Saeco's Igor Astarloa, who created a gap of 35 to 40 seconds after several short-lived groups tried their luck off the front. The flat and typically wide roads of the HEW Cyclassics course provide little opportunity for a serious break to form, and the foursome's advantage would prove to be as significant as any, prior to the eventual winning move.
While the speed remained high in the peloton, the race was not controlled by the strong Lotto and Telekom teams. Robbie McEwen was already out of the race, having abandoned after a crash which also claimed Nico Mattan, Wilfried Cretskens, and McEwen's teammate Glenn d'Hollander. Also involved in the crash were Ludo Dierckxsens, Jens Voigt, and Nicolas Jalabert, each of whom remounted and rejoined the race.
As the race approached the final climb of the Waseberg, Phonak led the peloton, as Museeuw, Freire, Bettini, and other favourites looked comfortable and attentive. Despite his obviously good form following the Tour de France, Erik Zabel appeared often out of place and poorly positioned. Already a victim of one puncture and the ensuing chase, Zabel found himself spending a considerable amount of time rejoining the front of the group. But positioning at the head of the race would prove crucial, as defending champion Zabel soon found out, after being caught behind a crash near the rear of the peloton.
Zabel wasn't hurt in the crash, but his delay couldn't have come at a worse time. As the flurry of attacks began on the Waseberg, Zabel was far behind the front group, with remarkably little assistance from his Telekom team. Despite the best efforts of Jan Schaffrath to pace him back to the leading group, Zabel would never again see the front end of the race. To his credit he persevered, and again showed his strength by towing the group of chasers himself, or simply riding the others off his wheel. But in the end it would not be the flying German delighting the crowd with a win on home soil.
With pre-race favourites Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Adecco) and Erik Zabel (Telekom) both knocked out of contention by crashes, the dynamic of the race changed suddenly in favour of a strong breakaway on this final ascent of the Waseberg. Over the top, a trio including Gerolsteiner's Davide Rebellin and Saeco teammates Danilo Di Luca and Igor Astarloa moved clear of the bunch, and within moments they were joined by a formidable group of six, notably containing Domo's Museeuw and Vainsteins, and US Postal's George Hincapie.
Without the vice grip of the sprinters' teams to control the race, this was winning move, even if the leaders' cooperation appeared in question for several kilometres. Pre-race über-favourites McEwen and Zabel may have been removed from contention, but the final escape contained an interesting mix of fast finishers, with Italians Fabio Baldato, Cristian Moreni, and Paolo Bettini adding muscle to the group. Besides the obvious glory of a World Cup victory at stake, Museeuw was looking to conserve his leader's jersey, and therefore marking Bettini, who himself was in position to take the lead in the World Cup competition with a victory in Hamburg.
After pushing the pace in the lead group, Cristian Moreni took the first clear shot at victory and attacked alone with 6km to go. Bettini countered, and the two briefly held their lead ahead of the chasers, but veterans Museeuw and Rebellin had no intention of letting the duo steal the victory. Museeuw profited enormously from the efforts of an in-form teammate Romans Vainsteins, who worked tirelessly to chase down Bettini, as well as Di Luca, who was the next to counter with 1.5 km to go.
In the closing meters, Museeuw sat in second position behind Ferrigato, with several sprinters eagerly waiting their chance to pounce from behind. When the Lion of Flanders was the first to jump, his opponents must have expected the move as one from a man whose fastest sprints were years behind him. But Museeuw continues to amaze, and with a face of pain and determination he not only jumped first, he jumped best, and nobody could match his charge to the line. He explained his sprinting success in typical Museeuw fashion. "I'm fast, but not so fast as Zabel. When it's a group of 80 or 100 I'm always afraid. With nine or ten I'm also strong."
Victory yet again in a World Cup event, the eleventh of his storied career, Museeuw was immediately congratulated by former Mapei teammate Bettini and Alessio's Moreni. Having used all ten fingers for his symbolic victory salute in Roubaix - signifying his then tenth World Cup win - he needed only give a traditional two-armed salute for his win in Hamburg. Another magnificent win from the master Museeuw.
Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti
Photos by AFP
1 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 5.43.35 (44.216 km/h) 2 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco Longoni Sport 3 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 4 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 5 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service 6 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 7 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio 8 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio 0.02 9 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco Longoni Sport 0.03 10 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Domo-Farm Frites 0.12 11 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Telekom 0.14 12 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 13 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco Longoni Sport 14 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport 15 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 16 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems 17 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank 18 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast 19 Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) Team Nürnberger Versicherung 20 Olaf Pollack (Ger) Gerolsteiner 21 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 22 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport 23 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 24 Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio 25 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step 26 Cedric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis 27 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco Longoni Sport 28 Arvis Piziks (Lat) Team CSC Tiscali 29 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team Coast 30 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Coast 31 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis 32 Christian Heule (Swi) Team Cologne 33 Jürgen Werner (Ger) Team Nürnberger Versicherung 34 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport 35 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Telekom 36 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) iBanesto.com 37 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco Longoni Sport 38 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis 39 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Lotto-Adecco 40 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 41 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour 42 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Bonjour 43 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 44 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis 45 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis 46 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis 47 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin 48 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis 49 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport 50 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 51 Dmitri Gaynitdinov (Rus) Tacconi Sport 52 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 53 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 54 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Team Coast 55 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) iBanesto.com 56 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 57 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC Tiscali 58 Abraham Olano Manzano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 59 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 60 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 61 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 62 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites 63 Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites 64 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour 65 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bonjour 66 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 67 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 68 René Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner 69 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Team CSC Tiscali 70 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC Tiscali 71 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast 72 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 73 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems 74 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Tacconi Sport 75 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC Tiscali 76 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank 77 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 2.14 78 Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio 79 Julian Dean (NZl) Team CSC Tiscali 80 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 81 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 82 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom 83 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole 84 Harald Morscher (Aut) Team Nürnberger Versicherung 85 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco Longoni Sport 86 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 87 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 88 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 89 Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 90 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Coast 91 Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank 92 Henricus Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites 93 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 94 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour 95 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 96 Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Tacconi Sport 97 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis 3.57 98 Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio 99 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems 100 Christian Pfannberger (Aut) Team Nürnberger Versicherung 101 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport 102 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin 103 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) iBanesto.com 104 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu) Gerolsteiner 105 Dylan Casey (USA) US Postal Service 106 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank 107 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step 108 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 109 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole 110 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 111 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 112 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 5.07 113 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 114 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Rabobank 5.10 115 Frederico Giabbecucci (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tol 8.17 116 Stefan Kupfernagel (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems 117 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom 118 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom 119 Matteo Fagnini Gian (Ita) Team Telekom 120 Guido Trenti (USA) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 121 David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service 122 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Team CSC Tiscali 123 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal Service 124 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com 125 Thomas Liese (Ger) Team Nürnberger Versicherung 126 André Korff (Ger) Team Coast 127 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) iBanesto.com 128 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Nürnberger Versicherung 129 David Clinger (USA) US Postal Service 130 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio 131 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 132 Martin Derganc (Slo) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 133 Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 134 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole 135 Luca Paolini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 136 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites 137 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 138 Anthony Langella (Fra) Credit Agricole 139 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour 140 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner 8.39 141 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour 11.45 142 Robert Förster (Ger) Team Nürnberger Versicherung 14.42 DNF Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Team Telekom DNF Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin DNF Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Lampre-Daikin DNF Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin DNF Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Coast DNF Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites DNF Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites DNF Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step DNF Jörg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco Longoni Sport DNF Christian Wegmann (Ger) Saeco Longoni Sport DNF Robbie Mcewen (Aus) Lotto-Adecco DNF Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Lotto-Adecco DNF Fabrice Salanson (Fra) Bonjour DNF Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank DNF Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC Tiscali DNF Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole DNF Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole DNF Denis Zanette (Ita) Fassa Bortolo DNF Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio DNF Davide Casarotto (Ita) Alessio DNF Tom Boonen (Bel) US Postal Service DNF Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service DNF Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service DNF Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) iBanesto.com DNF Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (Spa) ONCE-Eroski DNF Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski DNF Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski DNF Mario Bolz (Ger) Team Cologne DNF Jonas Hudalla (Ger) Team Cologne DNF Frank Klein (Ger) Team Cologne DNF Klaus Mutschler (Ger) Team Cologne DNF Jörg Strauss (Swi) Team Cologne DNF Sasa Sviben (Slo) Team Nürnberger Versicherung DNS Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) ONCE-Eroski Starters: 179 Classified: 142 World Cup standings after round 6 1 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 270 pts 2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 174 3 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service 124 4 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 121 5 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 120 6 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 109 7 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 100 8 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis 83 9 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport 82 10 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites 79 11 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step 77 12 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 70 13 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Team Telekom 70 14 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 70 15 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 63 16 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank 60 17 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 53 18 Tom Boonen (Bel) US Postal Service 52 19 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 50 20 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team Coast 49 21 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites 46 22 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 44 23 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service 40 24 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC Tiscali 40 25 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis 39 26 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio 38 27 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 36 28 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 32 29 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom 32 30 Rolf Sorensen (Den) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 32 31 Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites 32 32 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93 28 33 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 25 34 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio 24 35 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites 24 36 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin 24 37 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin 24 38 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank 21 39 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 20 40 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 20 41 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites 17 42 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom 16 43 Mario Manzoni (Ita) Index Alexia 16 44 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Telekom 15 45 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com 15 46 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast 15 47 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 14 48 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 14 49 Robert Hunter (RSA) Mapei-Quick Step 14 50 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank 13 51 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 13 52 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 12 53 Andreï Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis 12 54 Frank Hoj (Den) Team Coast 12 55 Mauro Zinetti (Ita) Index Alexia 12 56 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 11 57 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 11 58 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 11 59 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin 11 60 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 11 61 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems 10 62 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 10 63 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre-Daikin 10 64 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 10 65 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 9 66 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast 8 67 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Adecco 8 68 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 8 69 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 8 70 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 7 71 Tom Flammang (Lux) Cofidis 7 72 Olaf Pollack (Ger) Gerolsteiner 6 73 Rolf Huser (Swi) Team Coast 6 74 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 6 75 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com 6 76 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 6 77 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 5 78 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Mercatone Uno 5 79 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 5 80 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC Tiscali 5 81 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 5 82 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 4 83 Alexandr Shefer (Kaz) Alessio 4 84 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites 4 85 Igor Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4 86 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole 3 87 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) iBanesto.com 3 88 Dario Pieri (Ita) Alessio 3 89 Martin Hvastija (Slo) Alessio 2 90 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Team Coast 2 91 Jörg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski 2 92 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank 2 93 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom 1 94 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) iBanesto.com 1 Teams 1 Domo-Farm Frites 40 pts 2 Mapei-Quick Step 40 3 Lotto-Adecco 30 4 Cofidis 27 5 Fassa Bortolo 25 6 Rabobank 24 7 Team Telekom 21 8 Team Coast 19 9 Lampre-Daikin 17 10 Tacconi Sport 16 11 Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport 14 12 US Postal Service 8 13 Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 7 14 ONCE-Eroski 6 15 Team CSC Tiscali 4 16 Gerolsteiner 3 17 iBanesto.com 3 18 Bonjour 2 19 Credit Agricole 1