24th Route du Sud - 2.3

France, June 17 - 20, 2000

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Stage 1a - June 17: Villeneuve-sur-Lot - Villeneuve-sur-Lot, 102.3 km

Petacchi in a break

Alessandro Petacchi
Photo: © AFP

The first day of the 24th edition of the Route du Sud was split into a morning 102 kilometre road stage, and an evening time trial of 14.9 kilometres. Fassa Bortolo's Alessandro Petacchi, winner of two stages in the Tour of Luxembourg, was the first leader of the tour, after he won the morning stage from Francaise des Jeux' Frederic Guesdon and Rabobank's Leon Van Bon. They were part of a 14 rider breakaway that escaped with 30 kilometres to go, finishing 10 seconds in front of the bunch.


1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo             2.18.29 (44.323 km/h)
2 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) La Française des Jeux
3 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Rabobank
4 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Festina
5 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Mobilvetta
6 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
7 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel
8 Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis
9 Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
10 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Française des Jeux
11 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
12 Andrea Peron (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
13 Bobby Julich (USA) Crédit Agricole
14 Aitor Osa (Spa) Banesto
15 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      0.08
16 Patrick Nazon Jean (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel            0.12
17 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Française des Jeux
18 Lars Michaelsen (Den) La Française des Jeux
19 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole
20 Médéric Clain (Fra) Besson-Chasseurs