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97th Paris-Tours - CDM
France, October 5, 2003
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- The 2003 Paris-Tours
race gets underway.
- In introducing
the Domina Vacanze-Elitron team at the start, race commentator Daniel Mangeas
asked the crowd to be careful not to awaken them.
- Michele Bartoli
(Fassa Bortolo) signed autographs while trying to stay warm before the start.
- Stuart O'Grady
reached the podium in third place in his last race for Credit Agricole.
- Fred Rodriguez
(Vini Caldirola-Saunier Duval) was in a good mood before the start, then rode
strongly to contest for the sprint finish, getting 9th.
- Jens "Grizzly" Voigt
(Credit Agricole) appeared ready for winter after a long season.
- Classics legend
Johan Museeuw (Quick Step-Davitamon) rode in support of teammate Bettini and
- David Etxebarria
did not make it to the finish.
- Paolo Bettini
(Quick Step-Davitamon) attracted his own crowd before the race where his 11th-place
finish was good enough to wrap up the 2003 World Cup win.
- Bettini juggled
signing autographs for fans with speaking to the media.
- Postal's Christian
Vandevelde appeared to be admiring Vjatceslav Ekimov's ruby slippers which,
when clicked together, perhaps offered a way home after a long season.
- Erik Zabel (Telekom)
attracted plenty of attention before the start and even more so at the finish
where he won.