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91st Meisterschaft von Zürich - Championship of Zurich - CDM

Switzerland, August 22, 2004

Results    Live report    World Cup standings

Flecha surprises

Bettini closer to World Cup lead

By Jeff Jones

Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo) takes a surprise victory in the 91st Züri-Metzgete.
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In a surprising finish to the 91st Züri-Metzgete/Championship of Zurich, Argentinean born Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha won a 30 rider bunch sprint ahead of favourite Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Davitamon) and Jerome Pineau (Brioches la Boulangère). It was Flecha's ninth career victory and his biggest one to date, having also won the 11th stage of the Tour de France in Toulouse in 2003. Flecha benefited from the confusion in the sprint, as Bettini found himself on the wrong side of the road when the sprint started and by the time he had found Michael Barry's wheel on the right side of the road, Flecha already had enough of a jump to win.

"I found the right wheel at the right time," said Flecha of his positioning in the finale. "And I pulled off the best sprint I've ever done. I've been pursuing a victory for several months and I'll say that it was worth the wait.

The podium
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"I felt really determined in the last week because I felt well recovered from the fatigue of the Tour and the Spanish test in San Sebastian. This is a team victory because Frigo and Gustov, without forgetting the work of the other Fassa riders, made it possible to achieve this prestigious success."

Paolo Bettini's second place - his third in a World Cup this year - saw him edge very close to Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) in the overall standings. Bettini now has 308 points while Rebellin, who finished sixth, has 314 points. The Olympic Champion, who was wearing a special gold trimmed jersey today, will now look forward to October's Paris-Tours and the Tour of Lombardy to try and overhaul Rebellin.

How it unfolded

The peloton
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172 riders rolled out of Zurich in cool, slightly overcast conditions. It didn't take too long for the break of the day to establish itself, as American David Zabriskie (USPS-Berry Floor) and Spaniard Carlos Barredo (Liberty Seguros) attacked after 10 km and were able to get clear of the disinterested peloton, riding out to a 21 minute lead at one stage. They were pursued by Frank Schleck (CSC) and then Christophe Mengin (FDJeux.com), but while the Frenchman was persistent with his efforts, he was 6'30 behind them after 72 km (with the bunch at 17 minutes) and eventually came back to the peloton with around 80 km to go.

The chase was organised by several teams, with T-Mobile particularly interested in Alexandre Vinokourov's chances. Also Quick.Step (for Bettini) and Gerolsteiner (for Rebellin) contributed to the workload, bringing the gap back from 19'12 with 109 km to go to 10'58 at the start/finish line with 82 km (two laps) to go. Guerini, Konecny (T-Mobile) and Rogers (Quick.Step) were the main riders doing the damage, and it was clear that the break would run out of time before the finish.

David Zabriskie (USPS)
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On the second last time up the Pfannenstiel climb with 64 km to go, Zabriskie accelerated away from Barredo in a bid for some solo glory. But although the American managed to get a 15 second gap, Barredo did not give up and caught him over the top of the climb. The pair's cooperation wasn't too good after that, and on the final climb of Forch with 40 km to go, Barredo returned the favour to Zabriskie and attacked, leaving him for dead. It was academic at that point anyway, as the peloton was less than a minute behind with an interesting counter attack going on the climb with Francesco Casagrande (Lampre), Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile), Markus Zberg (Gerolsteiner) and Michael Rogers (Quick.Step).

The four quickly caught and passed Barredo, who had been in front for 195 km, and managed to get a 30 second gap over the peloton, where the chase was taken up by Rabobank. The break might have been more successful but for the tactics of Michael Rogers, who was working for his teammate Bettini in the bunch and refused to do a turn. The cooperation stalled, and the peloton recaptured the break right at the foot of the final climb of the Pfannenstiel with 22 km to go.

Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Davitamon)
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Immediately, Bettini went to the front and opened up a small gap with Rebellin and Michael Albasini (Phonak) on his wheel. This reduced the bunch to 30 riders, and the attacks continued all the way up the climb. Patxi Vila (Lampre) made several moves off the front, and was joined by Verbrugghe (Lotto-Domo), Moncoutié (Cofidis) and Vinokourov (T-Mobile) as the climb steepened towards the summit. At the top with 18 km to go, Verbrugghe and Moncoutié had surged ahead of Vinokourov, with the rest of the front group coming over in twos and threes, eventually regrouping on the descent.

On the last little climb of Wetzwil with 14 km to go, Rebellin put in a strong move that shook the rest of the bunch off his wheel. The World Cup leader was pursued by Olympic champion Bettini, as well as former Zurich winner Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) and a resurgent Paolo Savoldelli (T-Mobile). Bettini bridged the gap on the descent with 9 km to go, then Frigo and Savoldelli caught up to form a nice quartet with 8 km to go. It seemed like this would be the winning move, but the rest of the front group had rallied and pulled the leaders in with 6 km to go.

Erik Dekker (Rabobank)
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Erik Dekker, Rik Verbrugghe and Michael Barry all tried late attacks, but Bettini's teammate Patrik Sinkewitz did a superb job in towing the group at high speed to the 1 km to go banner, where Dekker tried again with an identical result. Bettini started his sprint on the left hand side of the road but switched to the right when he saw Barry and Flecha jump hard. He took Barry's wheel and came around the Canadian, but Flecha on his right was too strong and won the sprint ahead of Bettini and Jerome Pineau (Brioches la Boulangère), gaining a shoulder clap from Bettini who recorded his third second place in a World Cup in August.

Davide Rebellin finished sixth in the sprint and hung onto his jersey by 6 points, which means the last two rounds (Paris-Tours and the Tour of Lombardy) in October should be an interesting battle.


Images by Reuters/Andreas Meier

  • Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo) takes a surprise victory in the 91st Züri-Metzgete/Championship of Zurich, winning a 30-rider bunch sprint ahead of favourite Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step-Davitamon) and Jerome Pineau (Brioches la Boulangère).
  • The podium - (L to R) Paolo Bettini (Quick Step - Davitamon), Juan Antonio Flecha (Fassa Bortolo, 1st) and Jérôme Pineau (Brioches La Boulangere, 3rd).

Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Results - 241 km

1 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Fassa Bortolo         6.13.30 (42.707 km/h)
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step - Davitamon
3 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
4 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
5 Michael Albasini (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
6 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
7 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor
8 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor
9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
10 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze
11 Unai Yus Kerejeta (Spa) Brioches La Boulangere
12 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto - Domo
13 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) De Nardi
14 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze
15 Joseba Albizu Lizaso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
16 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
17 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco
18 Ruggero Borghi (Ita) De Nardi
19 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
20 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto - Domo
21 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre
22 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
23 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
24 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Team CSC
25 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
26 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems
27 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) T-Mobile Team
28 Francisco Javier Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre
29 Cadel Evans (Aus) T-Mobile Team
30 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
31 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team                       0.03
32 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                 0.11
33 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step - Davitamon              0.19
34 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                   1.55
35 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Gerolsteiner                        3.38
36 Uros Murn (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems
37 Manuele Mori (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
38 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner
39 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
40 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor
41 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto - Domo
42 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
43 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
44 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Lampre
45 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
46 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank
47 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
48 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
49 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre
50 René Andrle (Cze) Liberty Seguros
51 Massimo Codol (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
52 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step - Davitamon
53 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
54 Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo
55 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
56 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Fdjeux.Com
57 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
58 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Saeco
59 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Team CSC
60 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC
61 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
62 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC
63 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team
64 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
65 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetteri
66 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio - Bianchi
67 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
68 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
69 Daniel Atienza Urendez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Tel    6.32
70 Julien Laidoun (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
71 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step - Davitamon
72 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
73 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Quick Step - Davitamon
74 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
75 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Domina Vacanze
76 Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance            6.52
77 Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) Team CSC
78 Stephan Schreck (Ger) T-Mobile Team
79 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner
80 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetteri
81 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre
82 Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick Step - Davitamon
83 David De La Fuente (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir
84 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) De Nardi
85 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Fdjeux.Com
86 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank
87 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Lampre
88 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Liberty Seguros
89 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
90 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Saeco
91 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
92 Sandy Casar (Fra) Fdjeux.Com
93 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
94 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) De Nardi                          10.38
95 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Liberty Seguros
DNF Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) T-Mobile Team
DNF Tomas Konecny (Cze) T-Mobile Team
DNF Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick Step - Davitamon
DNF José Antonio Garrido (Spa) Quick Step - Davitamon
DNF Kevin De Weert (Bel) Rabobank
DNF Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
DNF Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Lotto - Domo
DNF Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto - Domo
DNF Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Lotto - Domo
DNF Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto - Domo
DNF Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco
DNF Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco
DNF David Loosli (Swi) Saeco
DNF Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco
DNF Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
DNF Jörg Jaksche (Ger) Team CSC
DNF José Azevedo (Por) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor
DNF Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor
DNF David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor
DNF Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor
DNF Pavel Padrnos (Cze) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor
DNF Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
DNF Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
DNF D'abusco Michele Scotto (Ita) Lampre
DNF Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre
DNF Mikel Artetxe Gezuraga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNF David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNF Gorka Gonzalez Larranaga (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNF Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNF Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNF Aitor Silloniz Aresti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
DNF Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF René Joergensen (Den) Alessio - Bianchi
DNF Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio - Bianchi
DNF Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Alessio - Bianchi
DNF Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio - Bianchi
DNF Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio - Bianchi
DNF Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) Liberty Seguros
DNF Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Liberty Seguros
DNF Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros
DNF Christian* Vandevelde (USA) Liberty Seguros
DNF Alvaro Gonzalez De Galdeano (Spa) Liberty Seguros
DNF Christophe Mengin (Fra) Fdjeux.Com
DNF Francis Mourey (Fra) Fdjeux.Com
DNF David Derepas (Fra) Fdjeux.Com
DNF Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
DNF Ruslan Gryschenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
DNF Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
DNF Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
DNF Sergiy Adyeyev (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago
DNF Matej Jurco (Svk) De Nardi
DNF Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) De Nardi
DNF Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) De Nardi
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
DNF Alexandre Naulleau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
DNF Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
DNF Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir
DNF Alberto Loddo (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
DNF Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Saunier Duval - Prodir
DNF Massimo Strazzer (Ita) Saunier Duval - Prodir
DNF Tim Johnson (USA) Saunier Duval - Prodir
DNF Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Saunier Duval - Prodir
DNF Dario Andriotto (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetteri
DNF Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetteri
DNF Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetteri
DNF Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetteri
DNF Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola - Nobili Rubinetteri
DNF Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Alexander Bazhenov (Rus) Domina Vacanze
DNF Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze
DNF Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze

World Cup standings after round 8

1 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                          314 pts
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    308
3 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank                           202
4 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone       150
5 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                              146
6 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Fassa Bortolo            140
7 Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank                                  137
8 Steffen Wesemann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                        131
9 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              108
10 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi                     100
11 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Lampre                                 96
12 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo                         95
13 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                84
14 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor    77
15 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Lotto-Domo                              68
16 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco                                67
17 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile Team                   50
18 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi            46
19 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco                                 43
20 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Lampre                             43
21 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                      40
22 Frank Hoj (Den) Team CSC                                   40
23 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) T-Mobile Team                         40
24 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                            39
25 Andreas Klier (Ger) T-Mobile Team                          37
26 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floo    36
27 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze                      32
28 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                     30
29 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor      28
30 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile Team                             28
31 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems               25
32 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) FDJeux.com                          25
33 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) De Nardi                              24
34 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      21
35 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Lampre                               20
36 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               19
37 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                      19
38 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Team CSC                             18
39 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Fassa Bortolo                    18
40 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Domina Vacanze                  16
41 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                 16
42 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Liberty Seguros                     16
43 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo                          15
44 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                    14
45 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze                     12
46 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago             12
47 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                        12
48 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                            11
49 Daniele Nardello (Ita) T-Mobile Team                       11
50 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                          7
51 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               6
52 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                               5
53 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           4
54 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                 3
55 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                              3
56 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago             2
57 Matthew White (Aus) Cofidis, le credit par Telephone        1
58 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com                          1


1 T-Mobile Team                                               52 pts
2 Rabobank                                                    47
3 Gerolsteiner                                                41
4 Lotto-Domo                                                  36
5 Fassa Bortolo                                               36
6 Quick.Step-Davitamon                                        36
7 Team CSC                                                    27
8 Saeco                                                       26
9 US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor                           26
10 Lampre                                                     19
11 Phonak Hearing Systems                                     17
12 Alessio-Bianchi                                            10
13 FDJeux.com                                                  5
14 Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                                     2

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