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5th Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under - 2.3

Australia, January 21-26, 2003

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Stage 2: Wednesday Jan 22, Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre - Kapunda, 140km

Sweet success for Sacchi

By Anthony Tan in Kapunda

Fabio Sacchi
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The queen stage of the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under lived up to expectations with aggressive racing from all teams, ending with the strongest rider of the day, Fabio Sacchi (Saeco-Longoni Sport), deservedly winning the stage and grabbing the leader's jersey from stage one victor Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com).

After a day characterised by a series of premeditated attacks, Sacchi hit out from a elite group of six with one kilometre to go from the finish, successfully managing to hold off his fast finishing rival Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) and Frenchman Cedric Herve (Credit Agricole) by a handful of seconds.

"I have a lot of respect for Robbie after we worked ourselves into the ground today," said a smiling Sacchi moments after crossing the line. "It was only the second day but I knew I was very strong. I also knew Robbie would be dangerous in a bunch sprint so I gave it everything I had in the final kilometres."

With 31 riders within 33 seconds of new race leader Sacchi, there hasn't been any huge shake-up to the overall classification, though the gregarious Italian from Saeco has certainly set a precedent for the days to come.

How it unfolded

Saeco relaxed at the start
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Despite the nature of the parcours and a strong easterly blowing, the GC riders were playing their cards close to their chests at the swish start village of the Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre.

Most riders agreed the stage was going to be hard-fought, however, the likes of Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole), Cadel Evans (Telekom), Michael Rogers and Tom Boonen (Quick Step-Davitamon) and Allan Davis (ONCE) were all content to play the waiting game today. Or so they said, anyway.

Allan Davis' comments were a summation of the feelings among the peloton: "With only one climb up Menglers, I think it's going to be very aggressive, so the plan is to watch everything because today could be the day," said ONCE's young gun.

As per usual, soon after the race proper kicked off at 11:05am, riders made their routine toilet breaks every couple of minutes. Hardly edge-of-your-seat sort of stuff.

Russell Van Hout
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It was almost a full 45 minutes before a break went clear, and a solo one at that. Russell Van Hout (UniSA) decided to try his luck along the undulating parcours, escaping after 27 kilometres. Van Hout soon settled into time-trial tempo, establishing a rhythm a boogie-woogie backbeat disco dancer would have been proud of, his lead blowing out to 3:40 after 32 kilometres and a massive 6:30 by the 70 kilometre mark.

As a dangerous break of ten riders that included Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com) and Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) was reeled after 20 kilometres, the move was counterattacked by three riders: Kurt Van De Wouwer (Quick Step-Davitamon), Inigo Chaurreau (Ag2R) and Lennie Kristensen (CSC). In perfect racing temperatures, the trio worked their tushes off, gradually chipping away at the large lead of Van Hout, who was still going strong after almost three hours on his own.

Their concerted effort sparked off another counterattack of eight riders, among them Fabio Sacchi (Saeco), Stefen Wesemann (Telekom), Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo), Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (ONCE), Andy Flickinger (Ag2R), Cedric Herve (Credit Agricole) and Thomas Bruun Eriksen (CSC).

Van Hout may be a renowned climber, however his stellar performance so far had visibly taken its toll; by the KOM of Menglers Hill, his lead to the chasing group of three was 1:35 and 2:55 to the break of eight. Notable on Menglers was Sacchi of Saeco, unknowingly half-wheeling his breakaway compatriots for much of the climb.

Leading four
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With 25 kilometres to go, it was all happening: Van Hout was caught by the trio containing Van De Wouwer, though moments later, the four were soon caught by the octet containing Sacchi and McEwen. Meanwhile, a large group of 20 that included crowd and race favourites O'Grady, Rogers, Evans, McGee and Jonker were bearing down on the lead group of 12 at 42 seconds.

With just under 15 clicks to go, the pace was too high for more than a few in the dangerous dozen, which surprisingly saw pre-race danger man Wesemann (Telekom) dropped, and so the 12 halved to 6.

Sacchi wins
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In the final kilometres, tempers flared: Sacchi and McEwen were particularly vocal towards Credit Agricole rider Cedric Herve, who refused come through for his turns. However, the fire in Sacchi's belly may have been just the ticket for his searing attack that all saw but none could follow.

And so endeth the stage. Saachi crossed the line solo, arms aloft and jersey zipped tight, 16 seconds clear of an exhausted Robbie McEwen and 29 seconds clear of the group containing Aussie champion Stuart O'Grady.

Photography

Images by www.tombalks.com

Results

1 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport             3.29.16 (40.14 km/h)
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto Domo                        0.14
3 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole
4 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2R
5 Lennie Kristensen (Den) CSC
6 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R
7 Brad McGee (Aus) FDJeux.com                           0.23
8 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA
9 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Telekom
10 Xavier Florencio (Spa) ONCE Eroski
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quickstep-Davitamon
12 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
13 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) CSC
14 Angel Vicioso (Spa) ONCE Eroski
15 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA
16 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA
17 Cadel Evans (Aus) Telekom
18 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC
19 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com
20 Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) CSC
21 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA
22 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria Fiordo
23 David Canada (Spa) Quickstep-Davitamon               0.27
24 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R
25 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R
26 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Quickstep-Davitamon
27 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole
28 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
29 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) ONCE Eroski
30 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA
31 Stefen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom                        0.33
32 Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE Eroski        0.53
33 Dirk Reichl (Ger) Telekom                            1.59
34 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2R
35 Joerg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco-Longoni Sport
36 Andrea Tafi (Ita) CSC
37 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R
38 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Davitamon
39 Bobby Julich (USA)  Telekom
40 Glenn d'Hollander (Bel) Lotto Domo
41 Christopher Jenner (NZl) Credit Agricole
42 Christian Werner (Ger)  Telekom
43 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger)  Telekom
44 Regis Lhuillier (Fra) FDJeux.com
45 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com
46 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Domo
47 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R
48 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
49 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quickstep-Davitamon
50 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto Domo
51 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
52 Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Panaria Fiordo
53 Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE Eroski
54 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE Eroski
55 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria Fiordo
56 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto Domo
57 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria Fiordo
58 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quickstep-Davitamon               2.08
59 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water
60 David Betts (Aus) United Water
61 Lee Godfrey (Aus) United Water                      11.28
62 Mark Renshaw (Aus) United Water
63 Brett Aitken (Aus) UniSA
64 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA
65 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria Fiordo
66 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Panaria Fiordo
67 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria Fiordo
68 Allan Davis (Aus) ONCE Eroski
69 Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
70 Christian Pepoli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
71 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Credit Agricole
72 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)  Ag2R
73 Stefan Schumacher (Ger)  Telekom
74 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water
75 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole
76 Dario Pieri (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
77 Juan Fuentes (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
78 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC
79 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Lotto Domo
80 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto Domo
81 Arvis Piziks (Lat) CSC
82 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quickstep-Davitamon
83 Filippo Perfetto (Ita) Panaria Fiordo
84 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto Domo
85 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) United Water
86 Jay Sweet (Aus) UniSA
87 Brendan Cato (Aus) United Water
88 Mickael Pichon (Fra) FDJeux.com
89 Jacky Durand (Fra) FDJeux.com
90 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water
91 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJeux.com
92 Matt Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com
93 Julian Dean (NZl) CSC
94 Corey Sweet (Aus) Credit Agricole
 
Sprints
 
Melrose Street, Mount Pleasant - 45.9 km
 
1 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                             6 pts
2 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) United Water                     4
3 Matt Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                             2
 
Murray St, Eden Valley - 62.7 km
 
1 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                             6 pts
2 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole                         4
3 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Telekom                           2
 
Main Street near Hill Street, Kapunda - 140 km - FINISH
 
1 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                   8 pts
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto Domo                           6
3 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                       4
 
Mountains
 
Menglers Hill Road, Menglers Hill - 103.0 km
 
1 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                            16 pts
2 Lennie Kristensen (Den) CSC                             12
3 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R                               8
4 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Quickstep-Davitamon             6
5 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                   4
 
General classification after stage 2
 
1 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport             4.31.30
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto Domo                        0.16
3 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                    0.18
4 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2R                            0.20
5 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R
6 Lennie Kristensen (Den) CSC
7 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                          0.23
8 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Telekom                        0.28
9 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole                  0.29
10 Angel Vicioso (Spa) ONCE Eroski
11 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quickstep-Davitamon
12 Thomas Bruun Eriksen (Den) CSC
13 Xavier Florencio (Spa) ONCE Eroski
14 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) CSC
15 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) CSC
16 Luke Roberts (Aus) UniSA
17 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA
18 Cadel Evans (Aus) Telekom
19 Sergey Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria Fiordo
20 Brad McGee (Aus) FDJeux.com
21 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com
22 Patrick Jonker (Aus) UniSA
23 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole                     0.31
24 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) ONCE Eroski                   0.33
25 David Canada (Spa) Quickstep-Davitamon
26 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R
27 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R
28 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Quickstep-Davitamon
29 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole
30 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA
31 Stefen Wesemann (Ger) Telekom                        0.39
32 Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE Eroski        0.59
33 Dirk Reichl (Ger) Telekom                            2.05
34 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com
35 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Davitamon
36 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quickstep-Davitamon
37 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2R
38 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R
39 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
40 Andrea Tafi (Ita) CSC
41 Joerg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco-Longoni Sport
42 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
43 Regis Lhuillier (Fra) FDJeux.com
44 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger)  Telekom
45 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R
46 Bobby Julich (USA)  Telekom
47 Christian Werner (Ger)  Telekom
48 Glenn d'Hollander (Bel) Lotto Domo
49 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE Eroski
50 Christopher Jenner (NZl) Credit Agricole
51 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Domo
52 Igor Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) ONCE Eroski
53 Scott Davis (Aus) Panaria Fiordo
54 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto Domo
55 Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) Panaria Fiordo
56 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Lotto Domo
57 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                      2.14
58 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quickstep-Davitamon
59 David Betts (Aus) United Water
60 Graeme Brown (Aus) Panaria Fiordo                    2.35
61 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) United Water                11.32
62 Matt Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                        11.33
63 Mark Renshaw (Aus) United Water                     11.34
64 Brett Aitken (Aus) UniSA
65 Allan Davis (Aus) ONCE Eroski
66 Ruben Bongiorno (Arg) Panaria Fiordo
67 Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
68 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)  Ag2R
69 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria Fiordo
70 Julian Dean (NZl) CSC
71 Mickael Pichon (Fra) FDJeux.com
72 Christian Pepoli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
73 Stefan Schumacher (Ger)  Telekom
74 Steve Cunningham (Aus) UniSA
75 Brendan Cato (Aus) United Water
76 Juan Fuentes (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
77 Dario Pieri (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
78 Arvis Piziks (Lat) CSC
79 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water
80 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Credit Agricole
81 Filippo Perfetto (Ita) Panaria Fiordo
82 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto Domo
83 Corey Sweet (Aus) Credit Agricole
84 Lee Godfrey (Aus) United Water
85 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio (Mex) Panaria Fiordo
86 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole
87 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC
88 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water
89 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quickstep-Davitamon
90 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Lotto Domo
91 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJeux.com
92 Nick Gates (Aus) Lotto Domo
93 Jay Sweet (Aus) UniSA
94 Jacky Durand (Fra) FDJeux.com
 
Sprints classification
 
1 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                  12 pts
2 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                            12
3 Matt Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                            12
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto Domo                          12
5 Andrea Tafi (Ita) CSC                                   10
6 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                             8
7 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                       4
8 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole                         4
9 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quickstep-Davitamon                   4
10 Ashley Hutchinson (Aus) United Water                    4
11 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Telekom                          2
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Russell Van Hout (Aus) UniSA                            16 pts
2 Lennie Kristensen (Den) CSC                             12
3 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R                               8
4 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Quickstep-Davitamon             6
5 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                   4
 
U23 classification
 
1 Gene Bates (Aus) UniSA                             4.31.59
2 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com
3 Adrian Laidler (Aus) UniSA                            0.04
4 Dirk Reichl (Ger) Telekom                             1.36
5 Peter Dawson (Aus) United Water                       1.45
6 David Betts (Aus) United Water
7 Mark Renshaw (Aus) United Water                      11.05
8 Stefan Schumacher (Ger)  Telekom
9 Brendan Cato (Aus) United Water
10 Aaron Kemps (Aus) United Water
11 Lee Godfrey (Aus) United Water
12 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) United Water
13 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Lotto Domo
14 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJeux.com
 
Teams classification
 
1 Ag2r Prevoyance                                   13.35.43
2 Team CSC                                              0.05
3 Credit Agricole                                       0.09
4 UniSA                                                 0.14
5 ONCE-Eroski                                           0.18
6 Quick Step-Davitamon                                  0.22
7 Team Telekom                                          0.24
8 FDJeux.com                                            1.50
9 Saeco-Longoni Sport                                   3.03
10 Lotto-Domo                                           3.17
11 Ceramiche Panaria-Fiordo                             3.26
12 United Water                                        14.49