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HEW-Cyclassics - CDM

Germany, August 4, 2002

Results    Live report    World Cup standings

The Master Museeuw: This one goes to eleven...

By Chris Henry, Cyclingnews correspondent
The King
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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.

Robbie McEwen
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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.

One to go
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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.

Museew gets his 11th
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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.

Photography

Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Photos by AFP

Results - 253 km

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

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