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97th Paris-Tours - CDM

France, October 5, 2003

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Who will succeed Piil?

By Chris Henry

Piil in 2002
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World Cup racing returns to France with the 97th running of the Paris-Tours falls classic. The penultimate round of the ten race World Cup series, Paris-Tours is generally considered a sprinter's race, but recent results have belied the generally flat parcours and assumption of an inevitable bunch finish on the wide Avenue de Grammont in Tours.

A race with a long history, Paris-Tours is organised by the Société du Tour de France, and for many riders is the final big test before the World Championships the following week. Last year's winner was Dane Jakob Piil from Team CSC, who won a two-up sprint with breakaway companion (and 1998 Paris-Tours winner) Jacky Durand (FDJeux.com). Piil, already a successful rider in his own right, turned a corner with his first World Cup victory and solidified a reputation as a crafty rider and fast finisher.

The race begins southwest of Paris in Saint Arnoult-en-Yvelines, working its way south to the Loire Valley and the traditional finish in Tours. Covering 257 kilometres, Paris-Tours contains no notable climbs, though a number of short shills and rolling terrain help give the racing some character. The peloton may not have time to admire the scenery, but the race passes near several Loire Valley landmarks, including the chateaux in Amboise and the Pagode de Chanteloupe, the region's answer to Pisa's leaning tower.

The star attraction will no doubt be Paolo Bettini, current World Cup leader and heavy favourite for the World's road race in Hamilton. Bettini may not be putting all of his effort into Paris-Tours, but with three World Cup wins already this season, he's a rider who can put in a strong attack and handle himself in a bunch sprint. Recent editions of the race have seen the early break stay clear to the finish, much to the chagrin of the sprinters. Watch also for Aussie Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com), looking for his first World Cup win at the end of a remarkable season.

Riders like Jakob Piil, Richard Virenque, Andrea Tafi, and Marc Wauters have all managed to foil the bunch, either alone or attacking from a small group. Such is the interest of Paris-Tours, a seemingly predictable race that lately has been anything but predetermined.

Prior to the Elite Men's event, an U23 Paris-Tours sets off from Bonneval for a 189km test over the remainder of the parcours.


Team Bianchi
Brioches la Boulangère
Crédit Agricole
Team CSC
Domina Vacanze-Elitron
Fassa Bortolo
Jean Delatour
Phonak Hearing Systems
Team Telekom
US Postal Service-Berry Floor
Vini Caldirola-SO.DI.

Past winners

Year Winner                    Second              Third           kms   avs


2002 Jakob Storm Piil (Den)    Durand (Fra)        Zabel (Ger)     257  45.46
2001 Richard Virenque (Fra)    Freire (Spa)        Zabel (Ger)     254  36.484
2000 Andrea Tafi (Ita)         Tchmil (Bel)        Nardello (Ita)  254  38.3
1999 Marc Wauters (Bel)        Faresin (Ita)       Kirsipuu (Est)  254  41.281
1998 Jacky Durand (Fra)        Gualdi (Ita)        Kirsipuu (Est)  254  44.231
1997 Andrei Tchmil (Ukr)       Sciandri (GB)       Vogels (Aus)    254  48.400
1996 Nicola Minali (Ita)       Steels (Bel)        Lombardi (Ita)  249  44.860
1995 Nicola Minali (Ita)       Tchmil (Rus)        Teutenberg (Ge) 250  43.363
1994 Erik Zabel (Ger)          Bortolami (Ita)     Spruch (Pol)    250  39.934
1993 Johan Museeuw (Bel)       Fondriest (Ita)     Gontchenkov     251  38.142
1992 Hendrik Redant (Bel)      Henn (Ger)          Ludwig (Ger)    286  46.745
1991 Johan Capiot (Bel)        Ludwig (Ger)        Verhoeven (Ned) 286  38.406
1990 Rolf Sorensen (Dan)       Anderson (Aus)      Fondriest (Ita) 283  39.601
1989 Jelle Nijdam (Ned)        Vanderaerden (Bel)  Museeuw(Bel)    283  39.402
1988 Peter Pieters (Ned)       Goessens (Bel)      Kelly (Ire)     290  34.202

CRETEIL-CHAVILLE (Grand Prix d'Automne)

1987 Adri Van Der Poel (Ned)   Van Vliet (Ned)     Fondriest (Ita) 255  38.734
1986 Phil Anderson (Aus)       Peillon (Fra)       Mottet (Fra)    253  40.765
1985 Ludo Peeters (Bel)        Argentin (Ita)      Kelly (Ire)     249  38.607

BLOIS-CHAVILLE (Grand Prix d'Automne)                       

1984 Sean Kelly (Irl)          Rooks (Ned)         Wojtinek (Fra)  249  41.411
1983 Ludo Peeters (Bel)        Van der Poel (Ned)  Raas (Ned)      237  43.431
1982 Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)   Gavazzi (Ita)       De Wolf (Bel)   228  40.777
1981 Jan Raas (Ned)            Van den Haute (Bel) Colyn (Bel)     228  40.113
1980 Daniel Willems (Bel)      Vigneron (Fra)      Vanhaerens (Be) 228  40.449
1979 Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)      Saronni (Ita)       Raas (Ned)      228  41.838

BLOIS-MONTLHERY (Grand Prix d'Automne)

1978 Jan Raas (Ned)            Jacobs (Bel)        Van Calster (B) 271  38.896

Grand Prix d'Automne

1977 Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)      De Muynck (Bel)     Kuiper (Ned)    259  44.531
1976 Ronald De Witte (Bel)     Poulidor (Fra)      Bouloux (Fra)   253  43.519


1975 Freddy Maertens (Bel)     Van Looy (Bel)      De Vlaeminck    247  41.241
1974 Francesco Moser (Ita)     Danguillaume (Fra)  Leman (Bel)     254  43.268


1973 Rik Van Linden (Bel)      De Vlaeminck (Bel)  Verbeeck (Bel)  264  42.076 
1972 Noel Vantyghem (Bel)      Huysmans (Bel)      De Geest (Bel)  292  40.679
1971 Rik Van Linden (Bel)      Basso (Ita)         Karstens (Ned)  285  40.766
1970 Jurgen Tschan (Ger)       Pijnen (Ned)        Reybroeck (Bel) 286  41.011
1969 Herman Vanspringel (Bel)  Verbeeck (Bel)      Jochmans (Bel)  286  43.038
1968 Guido Reybroeck (Bel)     Godefroot (Bel)     Leman (Bel)     249  44.584
1967 Rik Van Looy (Bel)        Hoban (Ang)         Samyn (Fra)     249  41.720
1966 Guido Reybroeck (Bel)     Van Looy (Bel)      Lemeteyer (Fra) 249  43.355
1965 Gerben Karstens (Ned)     Desmet (Bel)        Deferm (Bel)    247  45.029
1964 Guido Reybroeck (Bel)     Van Looy (Bel)      Desmet (Bel)    248  36.466
1963 Jo De Roo (Ned)           Simpson (Ang)       Poulidor (Fra)  255  39.162
1962 Jo De Roo (Ned)           Melckenbeeck (Bel)  Beheyt (Bel)    267  44.903
1961 Jos Wouters (Bel)         De Smet (Bel)       Novak (Fra)     267  38.407
1960 Jo De Haan (Ned)          Stolker (Ned)       Otano (Spa)     267  40.001
1959 Rik Van Looy (Bel)        Niesten (Ned)       Noyelle (Bel)   267  37.791
1958 Gilbert De Smet (Bel)     De Bruyne (Bel)     Mahe (Fra)      251  37.148
1957 Alfred DE Bruyne (Bel)    Bobet (Fra)         Conterno (Ita)  251  42.842
1956 Albert Bouvet (Fra)       Schepens (Bel)      Bobet (Fra)     251  40.844
1955 Jacques Dupont (Fra)      De Bruyne (Bel)     Cieleska (Fra)  253  43.766
1954 Gilbert Scodeller (Fra)   Bobet (Fra)         Michel (Fra)    253  40.881
1953 Jozef Schils (Bel)        Kubler (Swi)        Gilles (Fra)    253  43.529
1952 Raymond Guegan (Fra)      Schotte (Bel)       Caput (Fra)     253  40.861
1951 Jacques Dupont (Fra)      Martini (Ita)       Redolfi (Fra)   251  41.691
1950 Andre Mahe (Fra)          Caffi (Fra)         Lapebie (Fr)    251  39.536
1949 Albert Ramon (Bel)        Neri (Ita)          Geus (Bel)      251  41.377
1948 Louis Caput (Fra)         Mignat (Fra)        Idee (Fra)      251  43.096
1947 Brik Schotte (Bel)        Idee (Fra)          Sercu (Bel)     251  35.678
1946 Brik Schotte (Bel)        Prevotal (Fra)      De Muer (Fra)   251  37.714
1945 Paul Maye (Fra)           Goutorbe (Fra)      Idee (Fra)      253  37.161
1944 Lucien Teisseire (Fra)    Gauthier (Fra)      Thietard (Fra)  253  41.452
1943 Gaby Gaudin (Fra)         Buysse (Bel)        Hendrickx (Bel) 241  37.422
1942 Paul Maye (Fra)           Virol (Fra)         Rossi (Ita)     248  36.024
1941 Paul Maye (Fra)           Goutal (Fra)        Cloarec (Fra)   249  36.096
1939 Frans Bonduel (Bel)       Storme (Bel)        Pirmez (Bel)    251  39.655
1938 Jules Rossi (Ita)         Disseaux (Bel)      Maye (Fra)      251  42.097
1937 Gustave Danneels (Bel)    Bonduel (Bel)       De Caluwe (Bel) 251  41.092
1936 Gustave Danneels (Bel)    Mithouard (Fra)     Coelaert (Bel)  251  41.455
1935 Rene Le Greves (Fra)      Lapebie (Fra)       Di Paco (Ita)   251  37.900
1934 Gustave Danneels (Bel)    Gijssels (Bel)      Vervaecke (Bel) 243  38.358
1933 Jules Merviel (Fra)       Magne (Fra)         Geyer (Ger)     243  37.528
1932 Julien Moineau (Fra)      Sieronski (Ger)     Viarengo (Fra)  253  37.251
1931 Andre Leducq (Fra)        Parioleau (Fra)     Pelissier (Fra) 240  31.276
1930 Jean MarechaL (Fra)       Bidot (Fra)         Bonduel (Bel)   253  34.112
1929 Nicolas Frantz (Bel)      Deolet (Bel)        Ronsse (Bel)    253  27.355
1928 Den. Verschueren (Bel)    Pelissier (Fra)     Gallotini (Fra) 253  34.746
1927 Henri Suter (Swi)         Van Slembroek (Bel) Ronsse (Bel)    253  35.324
1926 Henri Suter (Swi)         Notter (Swi)        Frantz (Lux)    324  28.230
1925 Den. Verschueren (Bel)    Mortelmans (Bel)    Hilarion (Fra)  342  27.469
1924 Louis Mottiat (Bel)       Frantz (Lux)        Huyvaert (Bel)  342  28.423
1923 Paul Deman (Bel)          Sellier (Bel)       Thiberghien (B) 342  25.014
1922 Henri Pelissier (Fra)     Suter (Swi)         Jacquinot (Fra) 342  29.653
1921 Francis Pelissier (Fra)   Mottiat (Bel)       Christophe (Fr) 342  22.893
1920 Eugene Christophe (Fra)   Barthelemy (Fra)    De Jonghe (Bel) 342  25.570
1919 Hector Thiberghien (Bel)  Vandenhove (Bel)    Rossius (Bel)   342  27.178
1918 Charles Mantelet (Fra)    Cazalis (Swi)       Michiels (Bel)  248  30.182
1917 Philippe Thys (Bel)       Godivier (Fra)      Christophe (Fr) 246  34.009
1914 Oscar Egg (Swi)           Engel (Fra)         Thys (Bel)      316  32.147
1913 Charles Crupelandt (Fra)  Passerieu (Fra)     Luguet (Fra)    246  33.931
1912 Louis Heusghem (Bel)      Deruyter (Bel)      Petit-Breton    246  26.348
1911 Octave Lapize (Fra)       Van Hauwaert (Bel)  Georget (Fra)   248  27.054
1910 Francois Faber (Lux)      Trousselier (Fra)   Engel (Fra)     248  32.105
1909 Francois Faber (Lux)      Alavoine (Fra)      Paul (Fra)      248  30.680
1908 Omer Beaugendre (Fra)     Saillot (Fra)       Faber (Lux)     248  30.690
1907 Georges Passerieu (Fra)   Pottier (Fra)       Georget (Fra)   245  32.186
1906 Lucien Petit-Breton (Fra) Trousselier (Fra)   Cornet (Fra)    234  29.557
1901 Jean Fischer (Fra)        Lorgeou (Fra)       Wattelier (Fra) 253  26.982
1896 E. Prevost (Fra)          Ouzou (Fra)         Bouvet (Fra)    250  31.200