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87th Kampioenschap Van Vlaanderen - 1.3

Koolskamp, Belgium, September 20, 2002

2001 Results    Results    Past winners

Casper wins Kampioenschap Van Vlaanderen

By Jeff Jones

French sprinter Jimmy Casper ( has won the 87th edition of the Kampioenschap Van Vlaanderen, a 183 km circuit race held in Koolskamp in the western part of Belgium. Casper was the fastest in the nine man breakaway which got away on the final 11 km lap. The break contained several sprinters, including Baden Cooke (, Jans Koerts (Domo) and Tom Boonen (USPS), but in the end it was Marc Streel (Landbouwkrediet) and Andy Cappelle (Marlux) who took the minor placings behind Casper.

The KVV was first held in 1908, and while there is nothing remarkable about the parcours (a flat 11 km loop with one cobbled section), or even the location (a fairly small town in West Flanders), tradition has kept the race going for nearly a century. It has, save for one occasion, always been held in the middle of September, mostly on Thursday save for the last 14 years when it has been moved to a Friday. Casper's win today was the first ever by a Frenchman, and only the sixth by a foreign rider.

The crowd in attendance was very much from the local area, and some of them had no doubt seen most of the editions of this race. It was also a fairly serious affair - not a 'kermis koers' despite the nature of the circuit. The field was good too, as the KVV was being used as a selection race for the Belgian World Championships team. Museeuw, Van Petegem, Boonen, Mattan, Planckaert, Steels and Capelle were all there, along with foreigners such as Cooke, Koerts and Van Bon.

The racing was therefore quite fast and aggressive, with attacks commencing on the second lap and not ceasing until the finish. Throughout the first part of the race, small groups would get 10-20 seconds lead, before being recaptured by the peloton. The weather was conducive to a fast race, with almost no wind, overcast conditions with temperatures just under 20 degrees.

By halfway, a group of seven riders including Nico Mattan (Cofidis), Nico Eeckhout (Lotto), Steffen Radochla (Team Coast), Geert Omloop (Palmans), Steven De Neef (Marlux), Rik Reinerink (BankGiroLoterij) and Ludovic Capelle (Ag2r) had a good lead of around 2 minutes. But Rabobank and Domo combined their forces to chase them down with three laps to go.

In the closing kilometres, Bert Scheirlinckx (RDM-Flanders), Christophe Detilloux (Lotto), Chris Peers (Cofidis), Jimmy Casper and Baden Cooke (, Marc Streel (Landbouwkrediet) Jans Koerts (Domo) and and Tom Boonen (USPS) managed to escape, preventing the expected bunch sprint. 24 year old Jimmy Casper overcame Streel and Cappelle, after the latter had attacked with 1 km to go in a bid for solo victory and a spot in the World's team.

Results - 182.6 km

1 Jimmy Casper (Fra)                     4.01.00 (45.46 km/h)
2 Marc Streel (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
3 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Marlux-Ville de Charleroi
4 Baden Cooke (Aus)
5 Jans Koerts (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
6 Tom Boonen (Bel) US Postal Service
7 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) RDM-Flanders
8 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
9 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis
10 Geert Vanderaerden (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop          0.33
11 Wesley Van Speybroeck (Bel) Lotto-Adecco            0.36
12 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
13 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
14 Hans De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
15 Danny Daelman (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
16 Christoph Roodhooft (Bel) RDM-Flanders
17 Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
18 Andy De Smet (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
19 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Rabobank
20 Michael Simms (Aus) RDM-Flanders
21 Tjarco Cuppens (Ned) Team ComNet-Senges
22 Tom Desmet (Bel) Marlux-Ville de Charleroi
23 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team ComNet-Senges
24 Wesley Balcaen (Bel) RDM-Flanders
25 Stefan Schruff (Ger) Team ComNet-Senges
26 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank
27 Masahiko Mifune (Jpn) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
28 Ruud Verbakel (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim
29 Mindaugas Goncaras (Ltu) RDM-Flanders
30 Yoeri Beyens (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim

Past winners

     1st                      2nd                      3rd
2001 Paul Van Hyfte           Biörnar Vestöl (Nor)     Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra)
2000 Nico Eeckhout            John Talen (Ned)         Chris Peers
1999 Michel Vanhaecke         Arvis Piziks (Lat)       Steven De Jongh (Ned)
1998 Nico Eeckhout            Hans De Clercq           Davy Delmé
1997 Peter Van Petegem        Tom Steels               Michael van der Wolf (Ned)
1996 Nico Eeckhout            Johan Verstrepen         Peter Verbeken
1995 Johan Museeuw            Hans De Clercq           Wilfried Peeters
1994 Jelle Nijdam (Ned)       Hendrik Redant           Danny Nelissen (Ned)
1993 Sammie Moreels           Andrei Tsjmile (Mol)     Johan Museeuw
1992 Rik Van Slijcke          Michel Vanhaecke         Hendrik Redant
1991 Johan Museeuw            Peter Huyghe             Wiebren Veenstra (Ned)
1990 Hendrik Redant           Wilfried Peeters         Dirk Demol
1989 Etienne Dewilde          Luc Van De Vel           Herman Frison
1988 Marnix Lameire           Edwin Bafcop             Dirk Heirweg
1987 Dirk Heirweg             Dirk Demol               Geert Decorte
1986 Frank Van De Vijver      Herman Frison            Alan Peiper (Aus)
1985 Eddy Vanhaerens          Claude Criquielion       Pol Verscheure
1984 Rudy Matthijs            Dirk Heirweg             Frank Hoste
1983 Patrick Devos            Adri Vander Poel (Ned)   Luc Meersman
1982 Gerry Verlinden          Hendrik Caethoven        Jean-François Chaurin (Fr)
1981 Patrick Versluys         Frank Hoste              Ronny Van Marcke
1980 Theo De Rooy (Ned)       Luc Collijn              Guido Van Sweevelt
1979 Fons Van Katwijk (Ned)   Marc Renier              Lieven Malfait
1978 Daniel Wilems            Gerry Verlinden          Alain Desaever
1977 Frans Verhaegen          Gerry Verlinden          Willy In 't Ven
1976 Freddy Maertens          Willy Planckaert         Serge Vandale
1975 Jos Huysmans             Hennie Kuiper            José Vanackere
1974 Freddy Maertens          Frans Verbeeck           Herman Vrijders
1973 Herman Vrijders          José Vanackere           Jos Spruyt
1972 Patrick Sercu            Eddy Merckx              Walter Godefroot
1971 Erik Leman               Rik Van Linden           Willy Planckaert
1970 Noël Van Clooster        Jean-Pierre Monseré      Herman Vrijders
1969 Erik De Vlaminck         Ronald De Witte          Jean-Pierre Monseré
1968 Jos Huysmans             Eric Leman               rik Van Looy
1967 Gerard Viaenen (Ned)     Eddy Van Audenaerde      Gustaaf Desmet
1966 Eddy Merckx              Daniel Van Ryckegem      Gustaaf Desmet
1965 Palle Lykke (Den)        Arthur Decabooter        Gustaaf Desmet
1964 Gustaaf Desmet           Rik Van Looy             Gilbert Maes
1963 Staf Van Vaerenberghe    Jean-Baptist Claes       Frans Melckebeeck
1962 André Messelis           Romain Vanwynsberghe     Oswald Declercq
1961 Frans Demulder           Karel Clerckx            Gustaaf Desmedt
1960 Gilbert Desmet           Jos Mariën               Michel Van Aerde
1959 Rik Van Looy             André Noyelle            Oswald Declercq
1958 Leon Van Daele           Roger De Corte           René Mertens
1957 Leon Van Daele           Leon Delathouwer         Firmin Bral
1956 Leon Van Daele           André Rosseel            Wim Van Est (Ned)
1955 Leon Delathouwer         André Noyelle            René Mertens
1954 Briek Schotte            André Rosseel            Karel De Baere
1953 Leon Delathouwer         Maurits Mollin           Arthur Mommerency
1952 Arsène Ryckaert          Arthur Mommerency        Julien Plovie
1951 Roger De Cock            Gerard Buyl              André Maelbrancke
1950 Maurice Blomme           Arsène Ryckaert          André Pieters
1949 Emiel Van Der Veken      Roger De Cock            Flander Janssens
1948 Emmanuel Thoma           Roger Decorte            Louis Brusselmans
1947 Albert Paepe             Albert Anutchin          Maurice Meersman
1946 Achiel Debacker          Albert Sercu             Alois Van Overloop
1945 Sylvain Grysolle         André Pieters            Omer Huwel
1943 Rik Van Steenbergen      Robert Van Eenaeme       Roger Knockaert
1942 Robert Van Eenaeme       Roger Knockaert          Albert Paepe
1941 Briek Schotte            Frans Bonduel            Albert Sercu
1938 Sylvain Grysolle         Odiel Van den Meerschaut Albert Beirnaert
1937 Marcel Claeys            Gaston Denijs            Jan Deman
1936 Julien Heirnaert         Emiel Vandepitte         Frans Bonduel
1935 Marcel Kint              Flander Horemans         Albert Billiet
1934 Jef Moerenhout           Albert Billiet           Jules Lowie
1933 Gerard Desmet            Michel Van Vlockhoven    André Mortier
1932 Gerard Desmet            Sylveer Maes             André Mortier
1931 Aimé Dossche             Frans Bonduel            Félicien Vervaecke
1930 Fred Hamerlinck          Leander Ghyssels         Constant Dyzers
1929 Maurice Raes             Aimé Dossche             Maurice Dewaele
1928 Aimé Dossche             Lucien Buysse            Hector Martin
1927 Paul Matton              Fred Hamerlinck          Jan Meeuwis
1926 Hector Dejaegher         Gustaaf Van Slembrouck   Georges Ronsse
1925 Aimé Dossche             Maurice Dewaele          Remi Cant
1924 Leon Devos               Jules Matton             Maurice Dewaele
1923 Julien Volbrecht         Pierre Vandevelde        Theo Van Eetvelde
1922 Alfons Van Hecke         Robert Vandenberghe      Julien Volbrecht
1921 Pierre Vandevelde        Marcel Buysse            Karel Govaert
1920 Jules Van Hevel          Henri Vanlerberghe       Robert Vandenberghe
1919 Jules Van Hevel          Leon Devos               Alfons Van Hecke
1913 René Anno                Arthur Maertens          Achiel Depauw
1912 Abel Devogelaere         Leon Buysse              Aloïs Persyn
1911 Leon Buysse              Aloïs Persyn             Fons Brutin
1910 Odiel Defraeye           Leon Buysse              Henri Vanlerberghe
1909 Robert Wancour           Odiel Defraeye           Marcel Buysse
1908 Robert Wancour           Firmin Lambot            Louis Colsaet