64th GP des Nations - 1.1

France, September 16, 2000

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Armstrong and Kupfernagel too strong

American Lance Armstrong confirmed his favourite status for the Sydney Olympic time trial by winning the 64th edition of the Grand Prix des Nations in Yvetot. Armstrong rode 1:31.05 at an average of 49.4 km/h to beat Latvian Raivis Belohvosciks (Lampre) by 1:41, with Hungarian Laszlo Bodrogi (Mapei) another 53 seconds behind in third.

This means that Armstrong will certainly be in Sydney for the Olympics. He made the final decision after the race, "I'm 100 percent fit in my legs and 90 percent in my neck. But it surprised me to see how well I rode today. It's been a long time since I rode such a long distance. I'm completely positive now," said Armstrong afterwards.

Team director, Johan Bruyneel added that "his performance was good for his morale. Small things like a crash no longer unsettle him. He wants only to win the Olympic time trial, and he wants to win."

Sixth placed Moreau was actually caught by Armstrong and he also suffered a puncture. Not the best of days for the Festina rider who was holding second position until the halfway point. He did have the consolation of being awarded a four year contract by Festina.

Other Olympic hopefuls, Chris Boardman (Credit Agricole) and David Millar (Cofidis) finished 8th and 11th respectively.

It was also a good day for the Germans, with Michael Rich (Gerolsteiner) finishing fourth and confirming his status as the second German Olympic time trialist, while Hanka Kupfernagel (Radteam Kupfernagel) won the women's 37.5 kilometre event.

Kupfernagel rode 52:09 (43.15 km/h) to beat Frenchwomen Albine Caillie by 1:17 and Géraldine Loewenguth by 2:02.

In the Espoirs race, American David Zabriskie put in a commanding ride to beat Swiss world champion, Fabian Cancellara by 1:23, with Florian Huber of Germany taking third in the same time.


Men - 75 km

1. Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Sevice           1.31.05 (49.404 km/h)
2. Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin             1.41
3. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step               2.34
4. Michael Rich (Ger) Team Gerolsteiner                2.36
5. Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service              2.37
6. Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                     3.04
7. Frédéric Finot (Fra) Crédit Agricole                3.40
8. Chris Boardman (GBr) Crédit Agricole                3.47
9. Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                   3.51
10. Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank          3.58
11. David Millar (GBr) Cofidis                         4.15
12. Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step            4.16
13. Jean Nuttli (Swi) Phonak Hearing System            5.25
14. Arturas Kasputis (Lit) AG2R Prévoyance             5.25
15. Francisque Teyssier (Fra) Jean Delatour            5.31
16. Gilles Maignan (Fra) AG2R Prévoyance               5.49
17. Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskadi-Euskaltel           6.29
18. Fabrice Salanson (Fra) Bonjour-Toupargel           6.37
19. José-Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank       6.54
20. Guillaume Auger (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93              7.00
21. Iker Flores (Spa) Euskadi-Euskaltel                7.28
22. Jacky Durand (Fra) Lotto-Adecco                    7.41
23. Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                  9.57
24. Michael Steen Nielsen (Den) Memory Card           14.08

Women - 37.5 km

1. Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Radteam Kupfernagel        52.09 (43.145 km/h)
2. Albine Caillie (Fra) France                         1.17
3. Géraldine Loewenguth (Fra) France                   2.02
4. Ruth Martinez Gomez (Spa) Spain                     2.21
5. Lisbeth Simper (Den) Team Lolland-Falster           2.27
6. Diana Rast (Swi) Luongo-Assos                       2.55
7. Anouska Van Der Zee (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol        3.43
8. Yvonne Brunen (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol              6.28
9. Delphine Deschamps (Fra) UV Conches                 9.14
10. Sophie Creux (Fra) Chambery CC                     10.13

Espoirs - 37.5 km

1 David Zabriskie (USA)                   46.26 (48.45 km/h)
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)                  1.23
3 Florian Huber (Ger)           
4 Yan Tournier (Fra)                       1.26
5 Sandro Guttinger (Swi)                   2.15
6 Stefano Guerrini (Ita)                   2.19
7 Roel Egelmeers (Ned)                     2.30
8 Sébastien Fournier (Fra)                 2.33
9 Remmert Wielinga (Ned)                   2.34
10 Jean Zen (Fra)                          3.05
11 Kevin van Impe (Bel)                    3.32
12 Christophone Edaleine (Fra)             3.36
13 Yannick Talabardon (Fra)                3.39
14 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra)                  3.40
15 Christophe Kern (Fra)                   3.52
16 Aaron Olson (USA)                       3.54
17 Juan Gomis Lopez (Spa)                  3.57
18 David Herrero Llorente (Spa)            4.03
19 Thomas van der Weiden (Ned)             4.40
20 Guillaume Canet (Fra)                   4.41
21 Eric Trokimo (Fra)                      4.44
22 Thue Houlberg Hansen (Den)              4.47
23 Nicolas Boulenger (Fra)                 4.55
24 Fabien Fleury (Fra)                     5.12


1 Romain Genter (Fra)                     49.23
2 David Muntaner (Spa)                     0.21
3 Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel)              0.28
4 Kilian Patour (Fra)                      0.33
5 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)                  0.46
6 Angel Garcia de Castro (Spa)             0.50
7 Rémy Quignon (Fra)                       1.00
8 Andreas Dietziker (Swi)                  1.25
9 Gilbert Obrist (Swi)                     1.34
10 Tristan Valentin (Fra)                  1.50
11 William Bonnet (Fra)                    1.57
12 Kevin Enfert (Fra)                      1.59
13 Igor Stevens (Bel)                      2.02
14 Carlos Saiz (Spa)                       2.03
15 David Saiz (Spa)                        2.36
16 Wilfried Marget (Fra)                   2.40
17 Nicolas Fontaine (Fra)                  2.56
18 Nicolas Wittmann (Fra)                  4.01
19 Julien Chazottes (Fra)                  4.02
20 Cyril Miletto (Fra)                     4.08


By Tomas Nilsson, cyclingnews.com correspondent

Saturday's GP des Nations used to be the most important ITT on the pro calendar before there was a World Championship in this discipline. Now it is is a final test for Lance Armstrong and several other favourites before the Olympic Games. In addition to Armstrong, the starting list features ex World Champions Laurent Jalabert and Chris Boardman, as well as Tour de France TT stage winner David Millar. It will be interesting to see if the young Millar is able to dethrone Boardman who is doing his last season. The distance however, 70 kms, is far from that on which Millar won the Tour stage and also far longer than the Olympic race (46.5 kms).

Some other young riders to watch: Hungarian Lazslo Bodrogi, Latvian Raivis Belohvosciks and Spanish José-Ivan Gutierrez. Home hopes go to Christophe Moreau who probably manages this distance better than Jalabert.

Start List


1 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal
2 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina
3 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis
4 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
5 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal
6 Francisque Teyssier (Fra) Jean Delatour
7 Chris Boardman (GBr) Credit Agricole
8 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
9 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin
10 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Credit Agricole
11 Laszlo Bodrogi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
12 Jacky Durand (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
13 Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
14 Fabrice Salanson (Fra) Bonjour-Toupargel
15 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
16 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
17 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
18 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
19 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
20 Michael Rich (Ger) Team Gerolsteiner
21 Arturas Kasputis (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
22 Michael Steen Nielsen (Den) Memory Card
23 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
24 Jean Nuttli (Swi) Phonak
1 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Radteam Kupfernagel
2 Géraldine Loewenguth (Fra) France
3 Diana Rast (Swi) Switzerland
4 Albine Caillie (Fra) France
5 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Netherlands
6 Lisbeth Simper (Den) Team Lolland-Falster
7 Anouska Van Der Zee (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
8 Ghita Beltman (Ned) Netherlands
9 Delphine Deschamps (Fra) UV Conches
10 Yvonne Brunen (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
11 Ruth Martinez Gomez (Spa) Spain
12 Sophie Creux (Fra) Chambery CC
13 Madeleine Lindberg (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Switzerland
2 Yan Tournier (Fra) GSC Blagnac
3 Stefano Guerrini (Ita) Italy
4 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) VC Lyon Vaulx-En-Velin
5 Aaron Olson (USA) United States
6 Jean Zen (Fra) Lavaur VC
7 Florian Huber (Ger) Team Bavarian Lions
8 Nicolas Boulenger (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise
9 Thue Houlberg Hansen (Den) Denmark
10 Christophe Kern (Fra) VC Nord Alsace
11 Roel Egelmeers (Ned) Rabobank
12 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) CM Aubervilliers 93
13 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Belgium
14 Guillaume Canet (Fra) Cours-La-Ville Cyclisme
15 David Herrero Llorente (Spa) Spain
16 Eric Trokimo (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise
17 Thomas Van Der Weiden (Ned) Netherlands
18 Sébastien Fournier (Fra) UC Chateauroux
19 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Belgium
20 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Vendee U-Pays De La Loire
21 Juan Gomis Lopez (Spa) Spain
22 Fabien Fleury (Fra) VC Aiglon
23 David Zabriskie (USA) United States
24 Sandro Guttinger (Swi) Switzerland
25 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Rabobank
1 William Bonnet (Fra) France
2 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Switzerland
3 Rémy Quignon (Fra) CM Aubervilliers 93
4 David Martin Velasco (Spa) Spain
5 Kilian Patour (Fra) France
6 David Saiz (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
7 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) France
8 Gilbert Obrist (Swi) Switzerland
9 Romain Genter (Fra) France
10 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Belgium
11 Julien Chazottes (Fra) VS Chartres
12 David Muntaner Juaneda (Spa) Spain
13 Wilfried Marget (Fra) Charvieu-Chavagneux IC
14 Carlos Saiz (Fra) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
15 Tristan Valentin (Fra) CM Aubervilliers 93
16 Igor Stevens (Bel) Belgium
17 Nicolas Fontaine (Fra) VC Roubaix
18 Kevin Enfert (Fra) UVCA Troyes
19 Nicolas Wittmann (Fra) CS Thionville
20 Cyril Miletto (Fra) Chambery CC
21 Manuel Widmer (Swi) Switzerland

Past Winners


1932 Maurice Archambaud (Fra)
1933 Raymond Louviot (Fra)
1934 Antoine Magne (Fra)
1935 Antoine Magne (Fra)
1936 Antoine Magne (Fra)
1937 Pierre Cogan (Fra)
1938 Louis Aimar (Fra)
1941 (a) Jules Rossi (Ita) (b)   Louis Aimar (Fra)
1942 (a) Jean-Marie Goasmat (Fra) (b)  Emile Idee (Fra)
1943 Jozef Somers (Bel)
1944 Emile Carrara (Fra)
1945 Eloi Tassin (Fra)
1946 Fausto Coppi (Ita)
1947 Fausto Coppi (Ita)
1948 René Berton (Fra)
1949 Charles Coste (Fra)
1950 Maurice Blomme (Bel)
1951 Hugo Koblet (Swi)
1952 Louison Bobet (Fra)
1953 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1954 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1955 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1956 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1957 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1958 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1959 Aldo Moser (Ita)
1960 Ercole Baldini (Ita)
1961 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1962 Ferdinand Bracke (Bel)
1963 Raymond Poulidor (Fra)
1964 Walter Boucauet (Fra)
1965 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1966 Jacques Anquetil (Fra)
1967 Felice Gimondi (Ita)
1968 Felice Gimondi (Ita)
1969 Herman Vanspringel (Bel)
1970 Herman Vanspringel (Bel)
1971 Luis Ocana (Spa)
1972 Roger Swerts (Bel)
1973 Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1974 Roy Schuiten (Ned)
1975 Roy Schuiten (Ned)
1976 Freddy Maertens (Bel)
1977 Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1978 Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1979 Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1980 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1981 Daniel Gisiger (Swi)
1982 Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1983 Dan. Gisiger (Swi)
1984 Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1985 Charly Mottet (Fra)
1986 Sean Kelly (Ire)
1987 Charly Mottet (Fra)
1988 Charly Mottet (Fra)
1989 Laurent Fignon (Fra)
1990 Thomas Wegmüller (Swi)
1991 Tony Rominger (Swi)
1993 Armand De las Cuevas (Fra)
1994 Tony Rominger (Swi)
1996 Chris Boardman (GB)
1997 Uwe Peschel (Ger)
1998 Franciscque Teyssier (Fra)
1999 Serguei Honchar (Ukr)
1996 Jeannie Longo (Fra)
1997 Jeannie Longo (Fra)
1998 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus)
1999 Anna Wilson (Aus)

Past Winners by Mario Stiehl, Berlin