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Tour de Romandie - 2.HC

Switzerland, April 29 - May 3, 2003

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Stage 5 - May 4: Lausanne, 20.4 km

Hamilton saves the best till last

By Jeff Jones

Tyler Hamilton wins the Tour de Romandie
Photo: © Jeff Tse
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Tyler Hamilton (CSC) has taken out the Tour of Romandie with a storming ride in the final time trial to crush yesterday's leader Francisco Perez (Milaneza) by 1'20. After winning Liege-Bastogne-Liege last weekend, Hamilton accomplished his second major spring objective with victory in this race. It has been an incredible eight days for the American, who will now take a break before building up for the Tour de France.

"This is really fantastic," Hamilton told Swiss TV after winning the stage and the tour. "The Tour de Romandie and Liege-Bastogne-Liege have been a big objective all spring. To win both is incredible. It's beyond words."

It wasn't a dream run for Hamilton, who added at the post-race press conference that he had been suffering from tendonitis in his wrist for the last week and a half. He was wearing a bandage to help cope with the pain, which made it difficult to pull up on the bars in the final five kilometres today. But he is known as a rider who can bear high levels of pain without so much as a grimace, and has proven that time and again.

When asked who he most feared during the race, he responded, "I was the most scared of Fabian Jeker. I could see he was riding incredibly well. He was very powerful. I have to take my hat off to the whole Maia team. They were riding very well."

The Portuguese team did indeed ride well, but faltered on the last stage, a downhill-uphill 20 kilometre time trial in Lausanne, which finished in front of the Olympic Stadium. Race leader Francisco Perez didn't have the legs today for a third top performance in a row, and had already lost his 43 second advantage to Hamilton by the first time check at 15 km. With the yellow jersey on his shoulders, he suffered up the last climb to finish 14th, 1'20 slower than Hamilton. That was enough to give him third place overall, after Laurent Dufaux (Alessio) also overhauled him with an excellent time to finish third in the stage and second on the podium.

Francisco Perez
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Notable performances came from Alex Zülle, who was never in contention for the overall but still managed to finish second in the time trial, with a time of just under 27 minutes for the testing 20 kilometre parcours, which contained a steep cobbled climb in the latter half. Also Aitor Gonzalez (Fassa Bortolo) showed the beginnings of his form by finishing 4th in a time of 27'09. Hamilton's feared rival Jeker was fifth in 27'11, giving him fourth overall, while Swiss champion Alexander Moos (Phonak) dropped out of the top three with a poor ride against the clock.

The big honours went to Hamilton, who was significantly faster than anyone else at each time check, and crossed the line in a time of 26'18.34 (46.539 km/h) to clinch the classification and cap an excellent spring season, which has seen him among the top placings in Paris-Nice, Vuelta a Pais Vasco, Criterium International, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and now the Tour de Romandie. His next races are the Classique des Alpes, Tour of Luxembourg and Dauphine Libere, before he takes the start in the Tour de France.

Photography

Images by Jeff Tse/www.jefftse.com/cycling

Images by Anne Richter/grupetto.com

Results

1 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                             26.18.34 (46.539 km/h)
2 Alex Zülle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    0.41.65
3 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio                               0.47.32
4 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                 0.50.42
5 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza - MSS                          0.53.16
6 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                      1.01.11
7 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                      1.01.42
8 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                1.06.72
9 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone      1.08.19
10 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre                           1.12.87
11 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                 1.15.08
12 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                            1.15.60
13 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems              1.18.99
14 Francisco Perez (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                      1.20.88
15 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                1.21.65
16 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com                              1.22.77
17 Claus Moller (Den) Milaneza - MSS                         1.25.08
18 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec            1.26.42
19 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago         1.27.30
20 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio                               1.27.37
21 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco                                1.27.50
22 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                              1.29.89
23 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                               1.36.55
24 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                         1.38.24
25 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                        1.38.38
26 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre                                1.42.33
27 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                1.46.69
28 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone  1.49.11
29 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                           1.49.50
30 David Bernabeu (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                       1.50.49
31 Andrea Noe (Ita) Alessio                                  1.56.18
32 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) FDJeux.com                          2.00.22
33 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                             2.01.85
34 Dario Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           2.02.14
35 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                       2.05.63
36 Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone        2.05.80
37 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  2.08.07
38 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                 2.09.20
39 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems              2.10.96
40 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec            2.11.03
41 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                       2.16.24
42 José Maria Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                  2.17.40
43 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                            2.34.86
44 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Gerolsteiner                      2.36.02
45 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     2.36.57
46 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago          2.37.93
47 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone    2.39.75
48 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance                 2.39.86
49 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Jean Delatour                    2.41.59
50 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                   2.45.50
51 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) FDJeux.com                         2.47.49
52 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                            2.49.18
53 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      2.51.13
54 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone      2.51.67
55 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre                             2.57.92
56 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio                        2.59.22
57 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Team CSC                            3.00.55
58 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems               3.02.82
59 Rui Sousa (Por) Milaneza - MSS                            3.04.98
60 Gonçalo Amorim (Por) Milaneza - MSS                       3.13.07
61 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour                        3.14.51
62 Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec         3.15.56
63 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                       3.17.94
64 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                    3.18.12
65 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec           3.19.61
66 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance                        3.21.99
67 Juan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                         3.23.89
68 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco                        3.24.48
69 Juan Jose De Los Angeles (Spa) Fassa Bortolo              3.25.18
70 Unai Etxbarria (Ven) Euskaltel - Euskadi                  3.27.30
71 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago            3.27.46
72 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour                        3.27.54
73 Davide Frattini (Ita) Alessio                             3.31.50
74 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone       3.31.51
75 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Saeco                                  3.33.37
76 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron        3.38.32
77 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour                        3.39.58
78 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron               3.47.32
79 Cristian Pepoli (Ita) Saeco                               4.09.48
80 Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron   4.14.03
81 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec            4.22.04
82 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron           4.23.43
83 Santo Anza (Ita) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                5.05.80
DNS Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio
DNS Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNS Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron
DNS Gian Paolo Mondini (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron
DNS Wladimir Belli (Ita) Lampre
DNS Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
 
Points
 
1 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                    15 pts
2 Alex Zülle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                          12
3 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio                                     10
4 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                        8
5 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza - MSS                                 7
6 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                             6
7 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                             5
8 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                       4
9 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone             3
10 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre                                  2
11 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        1
 
Teams
 
1 Fassa Bortolo                                               1.22.00
2 Team CSC
3 Phonak Hearing Systems                                         0.10
4 Milaneza-MSS                                                   0.33
5 Alessio                                                        1.04
6 Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone                               1.57
7 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                              2.04
8 Lampre                                                         2.38
9 Gerolsteiner                                                   2.46
10 FDJeux.com                                                    3.04
11 AG2r Prévoyance                                               3.26
12 Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval                              3.46
13 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                       4.26
14 Jean Delatour                                                 4.54
15 Team Saeco                                                    5.18
16 Domina Vacanze-Elitron                                        8.33
 
Final general classification
 
1 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                              18.06.37
2 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio                                   0.33
3 Francisco Perez (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                           0.38
4 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza - MSS                              0.54
5 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                    0.59
6 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                   1.45
7 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago              1.48
8 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone          2.12
9 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                      2.23
10 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
11 Claus Moller (Den) Milaneza - MSS                             2.34
12 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco                                    2.39
13 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    2.53
14 Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            3.27
15 José Maria Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                      3.35
16 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                  3.45
17 Alex Zülle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                       4.03
18 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec                4.19
19 Bingen Fernandez (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone        5.00
20 Andrea Noe (Ita) Alessio                                      5.02
21 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     5.35
22 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                5.35
23 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                            6.09
24 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                             6.11
25 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) FDJeux.com                              7.01
26 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                    7.01
27 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Jean Delatour                        7.12
28 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                           7.37
29 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                      7.38
30 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                 7.53
31 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec                8.10
32 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                    8.33
33 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC                               12.02
34 Juan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                            14.42
35 David Bernabeu (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                          14.48
36 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone         14.54
37 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com                                 15.19
38 Rui Sousa (Por) Milaneza - MSS                               16.03
39 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio                                  16.07
40 Davide Frattini (Ita) Alessio                                16.43
41 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco                           16.57
42 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                          17.31
43 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                        18.44
44 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                               19.43
45 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre                                   20.28
46 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                 20.34
47 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone     20.47
48 Gian Paolo Cheula (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec            21.35
49 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance                    21.59
50 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago             22.22
51 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                          22.30
52 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) FDJeux.com                            23.25
53 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                      24.35
54 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        25.16
55 Dario Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                              25.26
56 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Gerolsteiner                         26.25
57 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                  27.15
58 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre                                27.40
59 Francesco Secchiari (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron           27.50
60 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Saeco                                     27.57
61 Gonçalo Amorim (Por) Milaneza - MSS                          31.00
62 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                              33.41
63 Juan Jose De Los Angeles (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                 34.49
64 Unai Etxbarria (Ven) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     35.14
65 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone          36.57
66 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre                              40.26
67 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  40.33
68 Miguel Martin Perdiguero (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron      41.44
69 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago               42.37
70 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour                           43.11
71 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                         46.22
72 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Team CSC                               46.35
73 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                       47.06
74 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance                           47.20
75 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio                           47.32
76 Cristian Pepoli (Ita) Saeco                                  47.48
77 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron              47.55
78 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron                  47.59
79 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec               52.39
80 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour                           53.17
81 Santo Anza (Ita) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                   53.20
82 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec              53.40
83 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour                           57.52
 
Points classification
 
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                            44 pts
2 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio                                     41
3 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                    35
4 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      34
5 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco                                       29
6 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza - MSS                                29
7 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec                   28
8 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                                   25
9 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      22
10 Alex Zülle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                         20
11 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                    20
12 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago               19
13 Rui Sousa (Por) Milaneza - MSS                                  16
14 Francisco Perez (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                            15
15 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo                      12
16 Andrea Noe (Ita) Alessio                                         9
17 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            9
18 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems                       8
19 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                       7
20 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone         7
21 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                            6
22 Claus Moller (Den) Milaneza - MSS                                6
23 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        6
24 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          5
25 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone            3
26 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Gerolsteiner                             3
27 Roberto Laiseka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        2
28 José Maria Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                         2
29 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio                                      2
30 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre                                  2
31 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance                               2
32 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Domina Vacanze - Elitron                  1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Francisco Perez (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                             32 pts
2 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          31
3 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                                   21
4 David Bernabeu (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                              20
5 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      14
6 Juan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                                14
7 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                    13
8 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza - MSS                                11
9 Daniel Atienza (Spa) Cofidis Le Credit Par Telephone             10
10 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio                                     8
11 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec                   8
12 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC                                     6
13 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec                   6
14 Dario Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                                  5
15 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      5
16 Marco Fertonani (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems                     4
17 Rui Sousa (Por) Milaneza - MSS                                   4
18 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Saeco                                         3
19 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                            2
20 Claus Moller (Den) Milaneza - MSS                                2
21 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                       1
22 José Maria Del Olmo (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                         1
 
Sprints classification
 
1 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre                                   12 pts
2 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                      12
3 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec                    6
4 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola - Sidermec                    6
5 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Saeco                                          6
6 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                     4
7 Francisco Perez (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                              3
8 David Bernabeu (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                               3
9 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                               3
10 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio                                     1
11 Juan Horrach (Spa) Milaneza - MSS                                1
12 Rui Sousa (Por) Milaneza - MSS                                   1
13 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre                                  1
14 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio                               1
 
Teams classification
 
1 Milaneza-MSS                                               54.24.21
2 Phonak Hearing Systems                                         1.51
3 Team CSC                                                       4.42
4 Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone                               5.18
5 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                              6.17
6 Fassa Bortolo                                                 15.46
7 Alessio
8 Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval                              29.48
9 Gerolsteiner                                                  34.03
10 AG2r Prévoyance                                              37.03
11 FDJeux.com                                                   40.36
12 Team Saeco                                                   42.58
13 Lampre                                                       43.38
14 Jean Delatour                                              1.01.02
15 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                    1.02.08
16 Domina Vacanze-Elitron                                     1.36.05

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