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101st Paris-Roubaix - CDM
France, April 13, 2003
Superb Peter Van Petegem takes back to back World Cup Wins
By Tim Maloney, European Editor
The cycling wisdom about Paris-Roubaix is that it's a "course d'anticipation" - a race where the winner has to play a waiting game to triumph. Today, in the 101st edition of the most prestigious single day race in cycling, World Cup leader Peter Van Petegem (Lotto-Domo) played the waiting game just right to first surge into the lead group at the right moment in the final stages of the race, and then ride a perfect sprint on Roubaix's Velodrome for the victory.
With the warm spring weather conditions, today's Paris-Roubaix was less a race of attrition and more about tactics, a situation that the always opportunistic Van Petegem revels in. What made the win even sweeter for Van Petegem was that in his 10th try at Paris-Roubaix, he was also the best rider today. The back-to-back win after the Lotto-Domo rider's Tour of Flanders victory last Sunday was the first double in 26 years since fellow Belgian and four time Paris-Roubaix Roger De Vlaeminck did it in 1977.
A taciturn Flandrian, Van Petegem was unusually exuberant after Paris-Roubaix when said, "This is fantastic! Unbelievable! Today, Everyone in Lotto-Domo was motivated, because people thought that our team wasn't good enough. But I knew that my teammates could do it and they did."
Van Petegem explained his race tactics, saying "I have a good nose to read the race. In the first part of (P-R) I had very heavy legs because I was using tyres with less pressure. Then I fell in the big crash before the first cobbled section, but then the rest waited for me."
A key part of the credit for Van Petegem's win must go to D.S. Marc Sergeant. "I have to thank Marc because the whole way he was motivating me in my earpiece", said Van Petegem post-race. Indeed, the lanky, likeable Sergeant, who left the Domo-Farm Frites team last season to join Lotto-Domo has now guided the very talented but often unfocused 33 year old Van Petegem to consecutive World Cup wins.
Sergeant said Paris-Roubaix that "Van Petegem rode very smart today. Before the race, we said that the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix were our objectives. If you win these two races, I can only say that it can't go wrong any more."
In contrast to Van Petegem and Lotto-Domo's great day, Quick Step-Davitamon had a bad day at the office. Patrick Lefevere (Quick.Step-Davitamon DS) was not smiling today in the Roubaix Velodrome, with 2000 Paris-Roubaix winner Servais Knaven their best man in 7th place. "(This kind of day) had to happen once," said a crabby Lefevere. "It's easier to lose than to win. The details decide victory. The flat tyre [Museeuw's puncture with km 75 to go] knocked our team off balance. Bad luck did it for us today; Boonen and Vandenbroucke also had no luck."
Last year's third placed Paris-Roubaix wunderkind Tom Boonen finished 24th, and the disappointed 22 year old explained that, "I had a lot of bad luck today. I crashed before I saw the first cobbles and I strained my groin again. I had tears in my eyes, and that's not very comfortable. In our team it was chaos: it was a very fast race that was difficult to control. Whoever is in front is gone, and at the back everything is slowing down. We sat muddling along with three men. Ach, Museeuw was not so good today."
Indeed, last year's Paris-Roubaix winner 37 year old Johan Museeuw, proudly wearing dossard #1 in what is likely to be his final bout with the race he's won 3 times finished 33rd today, 4'33" behind victor Van Petegem. It was a sad sight to see the "Lion Of Flanders" drift back through the peloton, as his tough chase back after an inopportune puncture at a key moment cost Quick.Step-Davitamon's leader dearly today. "Everything has to come to an end," said Museeuw in response to the obvious retirement question. "Because it's getting harder and harder for me - not the training or racing - but the uncertainty like being sick just before the Ronde van Vlaanderen."
Another Quick.Step KO was Frank Vandenbroucke, who smashed his knee in one of the big crashes today and was forced to abandon at the first feed zone in Solesmes.
Paris-Roubaix runner-up Dario Pieri (Saeco) had a lot of extra power today, but the massive 26 year old "Toro di Scandicci" just couldn't match the smarts of slick Van Petegem today. "I worked hard today to get to the finish, and I've got mixed feelings right now", the muscle-bound Italian told Cyclingnews in the Roubaix Velodrome infield. "A lot of happiness mixed with disappointment but nonetheless, I think that my result today is still great. Only a great champion could beat me today; (Van Petegem) is Number One right now."
Rather than dwell on his defeat, Pieri was optimistic for his future in the classics. "Thanks to my ride today. I have a lot more confidence in myself and can be positive that my story (in Paris-Roubaix) is just starting."
Despite the absence of George Hincapie to a viral infection that has forced the American to miss the 2003 classics season, USPS-Berry Floor had a good day at Paris-Roubaix thanks to the determined riding of a classy Slava Ekimov. It was USPS-Berry Floor's second consecutive podium spot at Roubaix and in fact, both Eki and Max Van Heeswijk were in the key move of the day, the only team to have two men up front, but a slip on the pavé by Van Heeswijk with around 30 km to go took him out of the action. Eki made a major move on the pavé in Cysoing to blow by Van Petegem and bridge up to Pieri.
There was no stopping Van Petegem today, as the Belgian from Brakel came up to the lead duo through the tough Carrefour de l'Arbre pavé section and hit the front of the 101st Paris-Roubaix with 13km to go. After his third place sprint, Ekimov told Cyclingnews that "I knew that both Pieri and Van Petegem were strong but I had to take my own chance (in sprint)."
Once the Lotto-Domo man got his break companions on the Roubaix Velodrome, it was relative child's play, as the Belgian's extensive Six-Day track experience put him in the sweet spot to sprint home the winner. Still, Eki's team director Johan Bruyneel know that the Russian was a rider he could count on. "Ekimov is Ekimov," said Johan Bruyneel, USPS-Berry Floor director sportif. "He is a real professional. Ekimov is stronger than last year because he trained all winter. His objectives were the Classics, so following these races he will take a break and begin his preparation for the Tour de France."
Belgian hardman Marc Wauters (Rabobank) ended up unsatisfied after finishing 4th. After attacking all day, Wauters explained that "I'm disappointed at not being on the podium today. I had good legs, I was always in front but at the end I wasn't there. I was the leader of our team, and in previous years I've succumbed to the pressure and I didn't get the results. Now, I've proved that I can still do it."
Kudos today for French sprinter Damien Nazon The Brioches La Boulangère rider was out front most of the day in the initial 14 rider break, but still had enough left in his legs today to take a solid 13th place, 2'09" behind the winner.
Australian champion Stuart O'Grady was pipped at the line in his group sprint for 17th by Brit Roger Hammond (Collstrop) who had a great ride today, while O'Grady only slipped three spots on the World Cup rankings to 8th and looks to maintain his excellent form next weekend in Amstel Gold's World Cup event. O'Grady's lanky countryman Mathew Hayman (Rabobank) also had a solid ride for 26th, finishing in the same group as Boonen, Van Heeswijk and emerging Austrian talent Bernard Eisel.
As the Sunday sun on a splendid April evening dipped behind the tribune of Roubaix Velodrome, Van Petegem hoisted his pavé trophy high over his head on the top step of the winner's podium, confident that for today at least, with a win in the 101st edition on Paris-Roubaix added to his palmares, that he is the #1 racing cyclist on Planet Earth.
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1 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo 6.11.35 (42.144 km/h) 2 Dario Pieri (Ita) Team Saeco 3 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal presented by Berry Floor 4 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 0.15 5 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Team CSC 0.36 6 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval 7 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick.Step-Davitamon 8 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom 9 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom 10 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 1.08 11 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio 1.53 12 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJeux.com 1.56 13 Damien Nazon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère 2.09 14 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval 15 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 16 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 17 Roger Hammond (GBr) Palmans-Collstrop 2.18 18 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 19 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone 20 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre 21 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC 22 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) FDJeux.com 2.28 23 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal presented by Berry Floor 24 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon 25 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) iBanesto.com 26 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 27 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère 4.33 28 Bert Roesems (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 29 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère 30 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone 31 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon 32 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon 33 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon 34 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast 4.37 35 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 6.57 36 Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone 37 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo 7.00 38 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre 39 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Lampre 40 Kai Hundertmarck (Ger) Team Telekom 41 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 7.05 42 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com 12.24 43 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Jean Delatour 44 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski 45 André Korff (Ger) Team Coast 46 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo 47 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 48 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 49 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance 50 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick.Step-Davitamon 51 Jan Schaffrath (Ger) Team Telekom 13.31 52 Benoît Joachim (Lux) US Postal presented by Berry Floor 14.03 53 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère 16.44 54 Malte Urban (Ger) Team Coast 55 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour 56 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Quick.Step-Davitamon 19.03 57 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo 20.31 58 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Lotto-Domo 59 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Jean Delatour 20.36 60 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole 61 Mikhail Timochine (Rus) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 22.07 62 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre 22.50 63 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom 24.14 DNF Christoph Von Kleinsorgen (Ger) Team Coast DNF Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Team Coast DNF Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Coast DNF Bekim Christensen (Den) Team Coast DNF Stefan Adamsson (Swe) Team Coast DNF Danny Daelman (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop DNF Hendrik Van Dyck (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop DNF Frederik Penne (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop DNF Fabien De Waele (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop DNF Andy De Smet (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop DNF Thierry De Groote (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop DNF Bruno Thibout (Fra) Jean Delatour DNF Christophe Laurent (Fra) Jean Delatour DNF Sébastien Joly (Fra) Jean Delatour DNF Frédéric Finot (Fra) Jean Delatour DNF Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Jean Delatour DNF Kurt Van Landeghem (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Wesley Van Speybrock (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Tony Bracke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago DNF Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) iBanesto.com DNF Rafael Mateos (Spa) iBanesto.com DNF Jos Antonio Lopez (Spa) iBanesto.com DNF Pablo Lastras (Spa) iBanesto.com DNF Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) iBanesto.com DNF Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) iBanesto.com DNF Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal presented by Berry Floor DNF Pavel Padrnos (Cze) US Postal presented by Berry Floor DNF Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) US Postal presented by Berry Floor DNF Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal presented by Berry Floor DNF Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor DNF Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Team CSC DNF Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Team CSC DNF Arvis Piziks (Ltu) Team CSC DNF Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC DNF Thomas Eriksen (Den) Team CSC DNF Julian Dean (NZl) Team CSC DNF Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Lotto-Domo DNF Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Domo DNF Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Domo DNF Cédric Herve (Fra) Crédit Agricole DNF Corey Sweet (Aus) Crédit Agricole DNF Christopher Jenner (NZl) Crédit Agricole DNF Lilian Jegou (Fra) Crédit Agricole DNF Yohann Charpenteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole DNF Stéphane Auge (Fra) Crédit Agricole DNF Steffen Weigold (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Olaf Pollack (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Uwe Hardter (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Robert F Rster (Ger) Gerolsteiner DNF Daniele Contrini (Ita) Gerolsteiner DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère DNF Anthony Geslin (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère DNF Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère DNF Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère DNF Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Erki Püpsep (Est) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Julien Laidoun (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Stéphane Berges (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Lauri Aus (Est) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Mikel Pradera (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski DNF Alvaro Gonzalez Galdeano (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski DNF Rafael Diaz (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski DNF Allan Davis (Aus) O.N.C.E.-Eroski DNF Gorka Beloki (Spa) O.N.C.E.-Eroski DNF Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Bert Grabsch (Ger) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Denis Bertolini (Ita) Phonak Hearing Systems DNF Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Domina Vacanze-Elitron DNF Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron DNF Gianpaolo Mondini (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron DNF Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Domina Vacanze-Elitron DNF Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron DNF Daniele Bennati (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron DNF Janeck Tombak (Est) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Robert Sassone (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Robert Hayles (GBr) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Tom Flammang (Lux) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre DNF Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre DNF Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) Lampre DNF Alberto Loddo (Ita) Lampre DNF Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval DNF Fred Rodriguez (USA) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval DNF Marco Milesi (Ita) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval DNF Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval DNF Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval DNF Massimo Apollonio (Ita) Caldirola-Sidermec-Saunier Duval DNF Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank DNF Sven Nijs (Bel) Rabobank DNF Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank DNF Robert Hunter (RSA) Rabobank DNF Steven De Jongh (Ned) Rabobank DNF Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank DNF Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio DNF Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio DNF Davide Casarotto (Ita) Alessio DNF Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio DNF Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio DNF Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com DNF Bradley Wiggins (GBr) FDJeux.com DNF Jacky Durand (Fra) FDJeux.com DNF David Derepas (Fra) FDJeux.com DNF Jimmy Casper (Fra) FDJeux.com DNF Marco Zanotti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo DNF Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo DNF Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo DNF Gustav Larsson (Swe) Fassa Bortolo DNF Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo DNF Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Team Saeco DNF Stefano Zanini (Ita) Team Saeco DNF Christian Pepoli (Ita) Team Saeco DNF Jorg Ludewig (Ger) Team Saeco DNF Paolo Fornaciari (Ita) Team Saeco DNF Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Team Saeco DNF Giosuè Bonomi (Ita) Team Saeco DNF Dirk Reichl (Ger) Team Telekom DNF David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom DNF Franck Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon Starters: 190 Classified: 63
1 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo 200 pts 2 Dario Pieri (Ita) Saeco 117 3 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon 100 4 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco 85 5 Vjatceslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal-Berry Floor 74 6 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon 70 7 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo 64 8 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Credit Agricole 63 9 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio 55 10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon 50 11 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Fdjeux.Com 46 12 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone 43 13 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 43 14 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 40 15 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron 40 16 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec 40 17 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Team Csc 36 18 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Fdjeux.Com 30 19 Servais Knaven (Ned) Quick Step-Davitamon 28 20 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 28 21 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec 27 22 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom 24 23 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre 24 24 Guido Trenti (USA) Fassa Bortolo 21 25 Rolf Aldag (Ger) Team Telekom 20 26 Michaël Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank 20 27 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco 17 28 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf 16 29 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre 15 30 Damien Nazon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere 13 31 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco 13 32 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 13 33 Baden Cooke (Aus) Fdjeux.Com 12 34 Graziano Gasparre (Ita) De Nardi-Colpack 11 35 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 10 36 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 10 37 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Fdjeux.Com 10 38 Roger Hammond (GBr) Palmans-Collstrop 9 39 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 9 40 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank 8 41 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf 7 42 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank 7 43 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Saeco 6 44 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Alessio 6 45 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team Csc 5 46 Fabien De Waele (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 4 47 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre 4 48 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal-Berry Floor 3 49 Enrico Cassani (Ita) Alessio 3 50 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon 3 51 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Vini Caldirola-Sidermec 2 52 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone 2 53 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Ibanesto.Com 1 54 Xavier Florencio (Spa) ONCE-Eroski 1