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101st Paris-Roubaix - CDM

France, April 13, 2003

Main Page     Results    Live report    World Cup Standings

Superb Peter Van Petegem takes back to back World Cup Wins

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

Peter Van Petegem
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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."

The podium
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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."

Tom Boonen
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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."

Museeuw and Van Petegem
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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.

Dario Pieri
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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."

Ekimov
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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.

Hold it high
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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.

Photography

Images by Chris Henry/Cyclingnews

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

And more of the bikes...

Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Additional images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Images by Luc Claessen/www.actiefotos.be

Results - 261 km

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

World Cup standings after round 3

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