89th Grote Scheldeprijs - Schoten - 1.1

Belgium, April 19, 2001

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Two in a row for Leoni

By Jeff Jones
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Leoni gets it again
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Italian Endrio Leoni (Alessio) has won his second Grote Scheldeprijs in a row, beating Jeroen Blijlevens (Lotto) in a carbon copy finish to last year. Despite numerous breaks, the race came together for a bunch sprint and Leoni's Alessio team proved to be an excellent launch pad for the in-form Italian sprinter.

A sunny but slightly windy day greeted the field for the 89th edition of this traditionally flat and fast race. The main difficulties were several cobbled sections, and the speed at which the race was run. At a 45 km/h average, it was important to stay near the front, as riders of the calibre of Erik Zabel found to their disadvantage.
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A pleasant day in Antwerp
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The breaks went non-stop, with an eight man group forming after 28 kilometres, with sprinter Robbie McEwen (Domo) and Frank Hoj (Coast) as the most notable riders. They reached a maximum of four minutes by kiloemtre 50, as the peloton weren't interested in chasing that early. After this, things got going and they werre caught before 100 kilometres.

Lotto and Mercury drove up the tempo, as Frank Vandenbroucke (Lampre) suffered at the back and was dropped. He wasn't the only one though, as Telekom's Erik Zabel also found himself in the second group. With 80 kilometres to go, a front group of 50 riders or so had firmly established itself, with most of the sprinters (Blijlevens, Leoni, Van Bon, Zanini, Quaranta, Rodriguez, De Jongh) present.

From then on, it was a case of Alessio, Lotto and Mercury keeping the tempo high to try and discourage attacks from riders like Ludo Dierckxsens (Lampre) who certainly tried. With three laps of the 15 kilometre finishing circuit to go, the peloton was still compact, although there were still plenty of riders willing to test their legs out in front.
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Van Petegem tries
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A dangerous break containing Van Petegem (Mercury), Van de Wouwer and Blijlevens (Lotto), Knaven (Domo), Peers (Cofidis), and Guns (Vlaanderen) escaped with one lap (15 km) to go, and they managed a 10 second lead for a few kilometres. Alessio eventually got rolling and chased them down, and things looked set for another mass sprint in Schoten.

With 4 kilometres to go, Corey Sweet (Batavus) had other ideas, shooting off the front, pursued by Ludo Dierckxsens (Lampre), Leon van Bon (Mercury), Wilfried Peeters (Domo), Stefano Casagranda and Andrea Ferrigato (Alessio). Sweet's move was good, but the Alessio riders were not going to work in the break, and it all came together with 2 kilometres left.

The only rain shower of the day happened right on the finish line with 1 kilometre left, but it didn't dampen the lead out of Alessio. The blue/red train put Endrio Leoni into a winning position once again, and Jeroen Blijlevens could do nothing as Leoni kept his wheel in front for the final 200 metres. In third place was Fakta sprinter, Kurt-Asle Arvesen, who finished just in front of US Champion Fred Rodriguez.

Results - 208 km

1 Endrio Leoni (Ita) Alessio                     4.49.00 (43.18 km/h)
2 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) Lotto-Adecco
3 Kurt-Asle Aversen  (Nor) Team Fakta
4 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites
5 Remco van der Ven (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus
6 Servais Knaven (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
7 Andreas Klier (Ger) Telekom
9 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim
10 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis
11 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
12 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
13 Federico Colonna (Ita) Cantina Tollo
14 Scott Sunderland (Aus) Fakta
15 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Rabobank
16 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio
17 Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio
18 Koen Beeckman (Bel) CSC-World Online
19 Hendrik van Dyck (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
20 Geert Omloop (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans
21 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
22 Fabian de Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
23 Adriano Baffi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
24 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Mercury-Viatel
25 Kurt van de Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
26 Wilfried Peeters (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
27 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service
28 Peter van Petegem (Bel) Mercury-Viatel
29 Masahiko Mifune (Jpn) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
30 Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Lampre-Daikin 
31 Martin Van Steen (Ned) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus 
32 Danny Baeyens (Bel) Collstrop-Palmans 
33 Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank 
34 Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Cantina Tollo Acqua & Sapone 
35 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Mercury-Viatel 
36 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Rabobank 
37 Juris Silovs (Lat) Cofidis 
38 Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Alexia Alluminio 
39 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 
40 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) U.S. Postal Service 
41 Michel Van Haecke (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago  0.03
42 Jurgen Guns (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim           0.08
43 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Mercury-Viatel                0.12
44 Steven De Neef (Bel) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus     0.16
45 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Alessio                       0.18
46 Mario Manzoni (Ita) Alexia Alluminio             0.20
47 Corey Sweet (Aus) Bankgiroloterij-Batavus        0.38
48 Benoît Joachim (Lux) U.S. Postal Service         0.58
49 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                1.02

Starters: 161  
Finishers: 49  

Start List

Alessio                            Lotto-Adecco
1 Endrio Leoni (Ita)               11 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned)
2 Stefano Casagranda (Ita)         12 Fabian De Waele (Bel)
3 Davide Casarotto (Ita)           13 Nico Eeckhout (Bel)
4 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita)           14 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel)
5 Angelo Furlan (Ita)              15 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus)
6 Martin Hvastija (Slo)            16 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel)
7 Alberto Vinale (Ita)             17 Hendrik Van Dyck (Bel)
8 Flavio Zandarin (Ita)            18 Fulco Van Gulik (Ned)
Domo-Farm Frites                   Team Deutsche Telekom
21 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel)        31 Rolf Aldag (Ger)
22 Servais Knaven (Ned)            32 Robert Bartko (Ger)
23 Robbie McEwen (Aus)             33 Ralf Grabsch (Ger)
24 Johan Museeuw (Bel)             34 Kai Hundertmark (Ger)
25 Wilfried Peeters (Bel)          35 Andreas Klier (Ger)
26 Koos Moerenhout (Ned)           36 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita)
27 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned)          37 Jan Schaffrath (Ger)
28 Karel Vereecke (Bel)            38 Erik Zabel (Ger)
Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone   Bonjour
41 Peter Farazijn (Bel)            51 Frederic Gabriel (Fra)
42 Philippe Gaumont (Fra)          52 Charles Guilbert (Fra)
43 Robert Hayles (GBr)             53 Sebastien Joly (Fra)
44 Laurent Lefevre (Fra)           54 Frederic Mainguenaud (Fra)
45 Chris Peers (Bel)               55 Damien Nazon (Fra)
46 Jo Planckaert (Bel)             56 Olivier Perraudeau (Fra)
47 Juris Silovs (Lat)              57 Fabrice Salanson (Fra)
48 Janek Tombak (Est)              58 Thomas Voeckler (Fra)
Lampre-Daikin                      Mapei-Quick Step
61 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat)       71 Laszio Bodrogi (Hun)
62 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel)          72 Davide Bramati (Ita)
63 Matteo Frutti (Ita)             73 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
64 Robert Hunter (RSA)             74 Scott Mcgrory (Aus)
65 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr)       75 Luca Paolini (Ita)
66 Marco Serpellini (Ita)          76 Eddy Ratti (Ita)
67 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol)           77 Michael Rogers (Aus)
68 Johan Verstrepen (Bel)          78 Pavel Zerzan (Cze)
Cantina Tollo Acqua & Sapone       Collstrop-Palmans
81 Claudio Astolfi (Ita)           91 Hans De Meester (Bel)
82 Federico Colonna (Ita)          92 Christoph Detilloux (Bel)
83 Cesare Di Cintio (Ita)          93 Roger Hammond (GBr)
84 Federico Giabbecucci (Ita)      94 Geert Omloop (Bel)
85 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita)           95 Karl Pauwels (Bel)
86 Emanuele Negrini (Ita)          96 Kristof Trouve (Bel)
87 Cristian Pepoli (Ita)           97 Donatas Virbickas (Ltu)
88 Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr)          98 Peter Wuyts (Bel)
Vlaanderen-T Interim               Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
101 Davy Daniels (Bel)             111 Michel Van Haecke (Bel)
102 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel)        112 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel)
103 Jurgen Guns (Bel)              113 Jurgen Vermeersch (Bel)
104 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel)          114 Bert De Waele (Bel)
105 Nico Sijmens (Bel)             115 Gunther Cuylits (Bel)
106 Tom Stremersch (Bel)           116 Pauly Burke (USA)
107 Jurgen Van Roosbroeck (Bel)    117 Nicolas Coudray (Swi)
108 Jan Verstraeten (Bel)          118 Jeff Louder (USA)
Ville de Charleroi-New Systems     Flanders-Prefetex
121 Gregory Barbier (Fra)          131 Ronny Assez (Bel)
122 Marc Chanoine (Bel)            132 Scott Guyton (NZl)
123 Frank Corvers (Bel)            133 Chris Matthys (Bel)
124 Andy De Smet (Bel)             134 Seth Pelusi (USA)
125 Morten Hegreberg (Nor)         135 Christoph Roodhooft (Bel)
126 Bart Heirewegh (Bel)           136 Bryce Shapley (NZl)
127 Nico Indekeu (Bel)             137 Dominik Raza (Ger)
128 Sebastien Laroche (Fra)        138 Harry Lodge (GBr)
Alexia Alluminio                   Rabobank
141 Giacomo Battistel (Ita)        151 Steven De Jongh (Ned)
142 Marco Battiston (Ita)          152 Marc Wauters (Bel)
143 Andrea Brognara (Ita)          153 Aart Vierhouten (Ned)
144 Pascal Herve (Fra)             154 Erik Dekker (Ned)
145 Mario Manzoni (Ita)            155 Karsten Kroon (Ned)
146 Serguei Outschakov (Ukr)       156 Mathew Hayman (Aus)
147 Ivan Quaranta (Ita)            157 Coen H. Boerman (Ned)
148 Corrado Serina (Ita)           158 Matthe Pronk (Ned)
Bankgiroloterij-Batavus            US Postal Service
161 Bart Voskamp (Ned)             171 George Hincapie (USA)
162 Bert Hiemstra (Ned)            172 Stephane Barthe (Fra)
163 Martin Van Steen (Ned)         173 Dylan Casey (USA)
164 Tom Desmet (Bel)               174 Vjatceslav Ekimov (Rus)
165 Rudi Kemna (Ned)               175 Benoit Joachim (Lux)
166 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned)        176 Levy Leipheimer (USA)
167 Rik Reinerink (Ned)            177 Cedric Vasseur (Fra)
168 Wim Omloop (Bel)               178 David Zabriskie (USA)
Mercury-Viatel                     CSC-World Online
181 Peter Van Petegem (Bel)        191 Koen Beeckman (Bel)
182 Leon Van Bon (Ned)             192 Tristan Hoffman (Ned)
183 Henk Vogels (Aus)              193 Nicolay Bo Larsen (Den)
184 Geert Van Bondt (Bel)          194 Arvis Piziks (Lat)
185 Jans Koerts (Ned)              195 Michael Blaudzun (Den)
186 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita)           196 Danny Jonasson (Den)
187 Gordon Fraser (Can)            197 Rene Joergensen (Den)
188 Wim Vansevenant (Bel)          198 Raphael Jeune (Fra)
Team Fakta                         Team Coast
201 Scott Sunderland (Aus)         211 Frank Hoj (Den)
202 Allan Johansen (Den)           212 Lars Michaelsen (Den)
203 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor)        213 Jason Phillips (Aus)
204 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe)        214 Stefan Adamsson (Swe)
205 Manu L'hoir (Bel)              215 Christoph Von Kleinsorgen (Ger)
206 Roberto Lochowski (Ger)        216 Anton Chantyr (Rus)
207 Michael Skelde (Den)           217 Edouard Gritsoun (Rus)
208 Bjornar Vestol (Nor)           218 Sascha Henrix (Ger)

Past Winners

2000 Endrio Leoni (Ita) Alessio              200 km in 4.24.00
1999 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites 201 km in 4.35.00
1998 Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites    203 km in 4.19.19
1997 Erik Zabel (Ger)
1996 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1995 Rossano Brassi (Ita)
1994 Peter Van Petegem (Bel)
1993 Mario Cipollini (Ita)
1992 Wilfried Nelissen (Bel)
1991 Mario Cipollini (Ita)
1990 John Talen (Ned)
1989 Jean-Marie Wampers (Bel)
1988 Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Ned)
1987 Etienne De Wilde (Bel)
1986 Jean-Paul Van Poppel (Ned)
1985 Adri Van der Poel (Ned)
1984 Ludo Peeters (Bel)
1983 Jan Bogaert (Bel)
1982 Ludo Schurgers (Bel)
1981 Ad Wijnands (Ned)
1980 Ludo Peeters (Bel)
1979 Daniel Willems (Bel)
1978 Dietrich Thurau (Ger)
1977 Marc Demeyer (Bel)
1976 Frans Verbeeck (Bel)
1975 Ronald Dewitte (Bel)
1974 Marc Demeyer (Bel)
1973 Freddy Maertens (Bel)
1972 Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1971 Gustaaf Van Roosbroeck (Bel)
1970 Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel)
1969 Walter Godefroot (Bel)
1968 Edward Sels (Bel)
1967 Paul In 'T'Ven (Bel)
1966 Joseph Spruyt (Bel)
1965 Willy Vannitsen (Bel)
1964 Joseph Hoevenaers (Bel)
1963 Piet Oellibrandt (Bel)
1962 Piet Oellibrandt (Bel)
1961 Raymond Vrancken (Bel)
1960 Piet Oellibrandt (Bel)
1959 Willy Butzen (Bel)
1958 Raymond Vrancken (Bel)
1957 Rik Van Looy (Bel)
1956 Rik Van Looy (Bel)
1955 Alberic Schotte (Bel)
1954 Roger Decock (Bel)
1953 Hans Dekkers (Ned)
1952 Roger Decorte (Bel)
1951 Ernest Sterckx (Bel)
1950 André Pieters (Bel)
1949 Roger Decorte (Bel)
1948 Achiel Buysse (Bel)
1947 René Mertens (Bel)
1946 Stan Ockers (Bel)
1943 Eloi Meulenberg (Bel)
1942 Lode Busschops (Bel)
1941 Stan Ockers (Bel)
1939 Achiel Buysse (Bel)
1938 Antoine Dignef (Bel)
1937 Sylvain Grysolle (Bel)
1936 Marcel Van Schil (Bel)
1935 Gerard Loncke (Bel)
1934 Léon Tommies (Bel)
1933 Horemans (Bel)
1932 Godefried De Vocht (Bel)
1931 Godefried De Vocht (Bel)
1930 Denis Verschueren (Bel)
1929 Joseph Wauters (Bel) 
1928 Joseph Dervaes (Bel)
1927 Georges Ronsse (Bel)
1926 Joseph Dervaes (Bel)
1924 René Vermandel (Bel)
1923 Emile Thollembbek (Bel)
1922 Florence Van den Bergh (Bel)
1921 René Vermandel (Bel)
1919 Isidoor Mechant (Bel)
1908 A. Kranskans (Bel)
1907 Maurice Leturgie (Fra)

Past winners courtesy of Mario Stiehl, Berlin