53rd Grand Prix du Midi-Libre - 2.1

France, May 22-27, 2001

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Stage 6 - May 27: Florac-Sète, 208.5 km

Iban Mayo gains Midi Libre after superb two day effort

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Iban Mayo
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Basque rider Iban Mayo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) has won the overall classification of the 53rd GP du Midi Libre, after two superb rides in the final two days. He finished second in today's hilly stage behind Benoit Salmon (Ag2r), who moved into second overall.

Not only were there plenty more climbs on today's stage from Florac to Sète (208.5 km), it was also 32 degrees, which caused 72 of the 120 riders left in the race to abandon. Yesterday's leader Sven Montgomery (FdJ) became today's Lanterne Rouge as the Swiss rider wilted in the heat and the pressure put on by a group of 8 dangerous riders.

As the flag dropped, the pace was on and the peloton was shattered by constant attacks. Montgomery was one of the early casualties, and eventually finished last in the grupetto over 31 minutes behind.
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Jalabert aggressive
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In the leading group, Laurent Jalabert (CSC) went on the attack with Sylvain Chavanel (Bonjour), Bram De Groot (Rabobank), Olivier Trastour (Jean Delatour) and Andrei Kivilev (Cofidis) with 100 kilometres to go. However, Euskaltel didn't give up and "sacrificed" Unai Etxebarria on the front with the rest of the team to try and pull the escape back. With 40 kilometres to go, the five riders still had 3'47.

It worked, and Ibano Mayo's group was just 54 seconds behind the leaders at the foot of the final climb of Mont St Clair. Laurent Jalabert immediately attacked in front, but did not have the strength to hold off the charging peloton, which broke up on the climb. Iban Mayo and Benoit Salmon were the strongest, and caught Jalabert before the top on the first lap with 5 km to go.
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Salmon wins it
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On the descent, Salmon, Jalabert and Mayo were chased and recaptured by the peloton, but the second time up the climb proved who was the strongest. 1999 Midi Libre winner, Benoit Salmon accelerated, and Iban Mayo couldn't quite hold him, eventually finishing 6 seconds behind the Frenchman. It was more than enough to give him the overall GC, with Salmon second and Moreau third.

It was Mayo's first victory as a pro, and a good one too, coming in a 2.1 class stage race as prestigious as the Midi Libre. It bodes well for the Euskaltel team in the Tour, and this race was a good trial for them.


1 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                4.51.15 (42.953 km/h)
2 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     0.06
3 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom      0.21
4 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina
5 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis                       0.30
6 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis                         0.32
7 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
8 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online               0.42
9 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com            0.42
10 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour                         0.44
11 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) iBanesto.com
12 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour                       0.53
13 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Mercury-Viatel                1.11
14 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                 1.14
15 Stephane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
16 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                     1.18
17 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                     1.27
18 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                  1.43
19 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                 2.00
20 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                  2.19
21 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                 2.29
22 Udo Bolts (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
23 Bram De groot (Ned) Rabobank                         2.58
24 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis                         3.02
25 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
26 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour                 3.12
27 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                 3.25
28 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      3.54
29 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Team Deutsche Telekom        4.07
30 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina                          4.37
31 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                 4.51
32 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
33 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina                            5.48
34 Nicki Sorensen (Den) CSC-World Online                6.03
35 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC-WorldOnline                     6.50
36 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com                    10.08
37 Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta                              10.23
38 Uani Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
39 Xavier Zandio (Spa) iBanesto.com                    14.45
40 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux             31.45
41 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
42 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
43 David Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis
44 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
45 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
46 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) iBanesto.com
47 Laurent Paumier (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
48 Sven Montgomery (Swi) La Francaise Des Jeux
DNF Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bonjour
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bonjour
DNF Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Bonjour
DNF Olivier Perraudeau (Fra) Bonjour
DNF Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
DNF Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Addy Engels (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Karsten Kroon (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Matthé Pronk (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Fillipo Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Marco Fincato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis
DNF Claude Lamour (Fra) Cofidis
DNF Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Robert Bartko (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom
DNF Jamie Drew (Aus) Mercury-Viatel
DNF Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Mercury-Viatel
DNF Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Mercury-Viatel
DNF William Frischkorn (USA) Mercury-Viatel
DNF Phil Zajicek (USA) Mercury-Viatel
DNF Rafael Diaz de Cerio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Eusktaltel-Euskadi
DNF Jose Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Francisco Javier Cerezo Perales (Spa) CSC-World Online
DNF Marcellino Garcia Alonso (Spa) CSC-WorldOnline
DNF Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online
DNF Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Robert Hunter (RSA) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Matteo Frutti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Alberto Benito (Spa) iBanesto.com
DNF Candido Barbosa (Por) iBanesto.com
DNF Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
DNF Angel Casero (Spa) Festina
DNF Pascal Chanteur (Fra) Festina
DNF Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina
DNF Laurent Madouas (Fra) Festina
DNF Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Phillip Bordenave (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
DNF Laurent Estadieu (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
DNF Alexandre Grux (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
DNF Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
DNF Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Francaise Des Jeux
DNF Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
DNF Bradley McGee (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux
DNF Thomas Bodo (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
DNF Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Bigmat-Auber 93
DNF Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
DNF Patrick Jonker (Aus) Bigmat-Auber 93
DNF Dominique Rault (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
DNF Cyril Saugrain (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
DNF Vincent Cali (Fra) Collstrop-Palmans
DNF Oleg Pankov (Ukr) Collstrop-Palmans
DNF Roger Hammond (GBr) Collstrop-Palmans
DNF Oleg Kozlitine (Kaz) Saint-Quentin Oktos
DNF Christophe Gauthier (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
DNF Gregory Vollet (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
DNF Vincent Templier (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
Final general classification
1 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 24.06.35
2 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                   0.35
3 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                       1.02
4 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online               1.34
5 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Mercury-Viatel                 1.55
6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telekom      2.17
7 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour                             2.39
8 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis                         2.45
9 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com            3.05
10 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour                         3.10
11 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis                         3.24
12 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour                       3.56
13 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                 4.28
14 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) iBanesto.com              4.31
15 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank                     4.49
16 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole             5.01
17 Xavier Jan (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                     5.13
18 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                 5.25
19 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis                      5.38
20 Udo Bolts (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom                5.49
21 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Team Deutsche Telekom        7.10
22 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina                          7.25
23 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                 8.00
24 Stephane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour                 8.03
25 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                      8.11
26 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                 8.28
27 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour                 8.30
28 Nicki Sorensen (Den) CSC-World Online                8.51
29 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                  9.57
30 Uani Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi             10.36
31 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                10.46
32 Bram De groot (Ned) Rabobank                        12.17
33 Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta                              13.28
34 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank                         13.28
35 Pascal Lino (Fra) Festina                           17.12
36 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com                    21.35
37 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC-WorldOnline                    21.42
38 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                 21.53
39 Xavier Zandio (Spa) iBanesto.com                    28.08
40 Sven Montgomery (Swi) La Francaise Des Jeux         31.35
41 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                33.39
42 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour                  34.18
43 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                     34.48
44 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance           35.03
45 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux             35.46
46 Laurent Paumier (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos           36.30
47 David Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis                         36.30
48 Francisco Javier Vila (Spa) iBanesto.com            37.11
Points classification
1 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     45 pts
2 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telek      43
3 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                     36
4 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   35
5 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                 33
6 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour                           26
7 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour                  24
8 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis                        21
9 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online             21
10 Sven Montgomery (Swi) La Francaise Des Jeux        20
11 Uani Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi            19
12 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Mercury-Viatel              18
13 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour                       18
14 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour               17
15 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis                      15
16 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com         15
17 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance               14
18 Bram De groot (Ned) Rabobank                       13
19 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis                    11
20 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) iBanesto.com            11
21 Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta                              9
22 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina                         8
23 Stephane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour                7
24 Gerhard Trampusch (Aut) Team Deutsche Telekom       6
25 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo                5
26 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour                      4
27 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance           4
28 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                     2
29 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole            2
30 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC-WorldOnline                    2
Mountains classification
1 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                 85 pts
2 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                   65
3 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                     59
4 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Cofidis                     57
5 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour                           52
6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Deutsche Telek      45
7 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online             38
8 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis                       33
9 Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour                  32
10 Sven Montgomery (Swi) La Francaise Des Jeux        30
11 Stephane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour               26
12 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis                       25
13 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour                     20
14 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                15
15 Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta                             14
16 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com         14
17 Aitor Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) iBanesto.com            14
18 Gilles Maignan (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance               12
19 Uani Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi            11
20 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour                       11
21 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC-WorldOnline                    6
22 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                     5
23 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                 3
24 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                3
25 Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93                1
26 Udo Bolts (Ger) Team Deutsche Telekom               1
27 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Jean Delatour                1