29th Tour Méditerranéen - 2.3

France, February 13-17, 2002

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Stage 1 - February 13: Salon-de-Provence - Berre team time trial, 36 km

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Michele Bartoli
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Fassa Bortolo propel Bartoli into the lead

The Fassa Bortolo team has started its season with a victory in the first stage of the Tour Méditerranéen, a 36 kilometre team time trial from Salon-de-Provence to Berre. The Fassa team covered the distance in 38'10 - an average speed of 56.1 km/h. They pushed French favourites Credit Agricole into second place by 7 seconds, and Mapei-Quick Step into third at 10 seconds. The leader on the general classification is Michele Bartoli, who finished together with his seven teammates in the same time.

The parcours was quite fast, in spite of a category 3 climb coming after two kilometres from the start. Eventual fourth placed team Bonjour set the standard on the first time check (km 22) of 25'05, but this was bettered by Credit Agricole (24'59), Mapei (25'54), and Fassa Bortolo (24'49). From then on, Fassa Bortolo held their lead to win, although a strong performance by Credit Agricole moved them up to second place.

"We were in the lead from the beginning to the end of the race," said Mario Chiesa. "Our win didn't just happen; we decided to go for it today since we have riders who are excellent in team time trials. Gonchar was very strong as was Petito, and Bartoli and Petacchi rode well even though they are not time trialists. Tiralongo, Loda and Zanotti suffered more today. But they will come back for the sprints and to help Bartoli on the climb of Mont Faron."

Chiesa added that "Thursday and Friday are two flat stages, with Cipollini and the other sprinters will make their teams work for them. And this, indirectly, will help us, since the Tour of the Med will be decided on the climb to Mont Faron on Saturday."

Tomorrow's stage 2 is from Bouc-Bel-Air to Le Cannet and will be held over 168 kilometres.



1 Fassa Bortolo                                        38.10 (56.100 km/h)
2 Credit Agricole                                       0.07
3 Mapei Quick Step                                      0.10
4 Bonjour                                               0.19
5 Gerolsteiner                                          0.35
6 Rabobank                                              0.41
7 Tacconi Sport                                         0.44
8 CSC Tiscali                                           0.46
9 Saeco Longoni Sport                                   0.47
10 Domo Farm Frites                                     0.48
11 Jean Delatour                                        0.54
12 Bigmat Auber.93                                      0.59
13 iBanesto.com                                         1.00
14 Ag2R Prevoyance                                      1.02
15 Cofidis                                              1.03
16 Lampre Daikin                                        1.12
17 La Francaise Des Jeux                                1.21
18 Saint Quentin Oktos                                  1.39
19 Phonak                                               1.43
20 Acqua&Sapone                                         1.50
21 Team Colpack Astro                                   2.12
22 Lotto Adecco                                         2.23

General classification after stage 1
1 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                  38.10
2 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
3 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
4 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
5 Serguei Gontchar (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
6 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
7 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
8 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
9 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                    0.07
10 Christopher Jenner (NZl) Credit Agricole
11 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
12 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
13 Anthony Langella (Fra) Credit Agricole
14 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
15 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole
16 Pedro Horrillo-Munoz (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step          0.10
17 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step
18 Tom Steels (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
19 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
20 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
21 Luca Paolini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
22 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Mapei-Quick Step
23 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Bonjour                       0.19
24 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour
25 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour
26 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bonjour
27 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
28 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour
29 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
30 Frédéric Mainguenaud (Fra) Bonjour
31 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                   0.35
32 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Gerolsteiner
33 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Gerolsteiner
34 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner
35 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner
36 Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                          0.41
37 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank
38 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
39 Grischa Niermann (Ned) Rabobank
40 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
41 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola    0.44
42 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
43 Mauro Radaelli (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
44 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
45 Diego Ferrari (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
46 Stevel Zampieri (Swi) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola
47 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC Tiscali              0.46
48 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Team CSC Tiscali
49 Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
50 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
51 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC Tiscali
52 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Team CSC Tiscali
53 Jimmi Madsen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
54 Mïrko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport            0.47
55 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
56 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
57 Biagio Conte (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
58 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
59 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo-Farm Frites              0.48
60 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
61 Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites
62 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) Domo-Farm Frites
63 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites
64 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
65 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
66 Addy Engels (Ned) Rabobank                           0.50
67 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour                    0.54
68 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
69 Yuriy Krivtsov (Rus) Jean Delatour
70 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
71 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Jean Delatour
72 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Jean Delatour
73 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
74 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Bigmat.Auber 93                    0.59
75 Patrick Jonker (Aus) Bigmat.Auber 93
76 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
77 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
78 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Bigmat.Auber 93
79 Guillaume Auger (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
80 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93
81 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldirola     1.00
82 Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
83 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com
84 Aitor Osa (Spa) iBanesto.com
85 José Ivan Guttierez (Spa) iBanesto.com
86 Jose Luis Arrieta (Spa) iBanesto.com
87 Ruben Plaza (Spa) iBanesto.com
88 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) iBanesto.com
89 David Latasa Lasea (Spa) iBanesto.com
90 Elio Aggiano (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                  1.01
91 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole              1.02
92 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance
93 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Ag2R Prevoyance
94 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
95 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
96 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
97 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
98 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
99 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
100 Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis                      1.03
101 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
102 Andreï Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
103 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis
104 Bingen Fernandez Bustinzea (Spa) Cofidis
105 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
106 Jérôme Neuville (Fra) Cofidis
107 Angelo Lopeboselli (Ita) Cofidis
108 Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank                            1.09
109 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre-Daikin                     1.12
110 Raimondas Rumsas (Ltu) Lampre-Daikin
111 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
112 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
113 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Lampre-Daikin
114 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
115 Jacky Durand (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux            1.21
116 Baden Cooke (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux
117 Jean Cyril Robin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
118 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
119 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) La Francaise Des Jeux
120 Matthew Wilson (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux
121 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
122 Christophe Mengin (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
123 Jean Nuttli (Swi) Saint-Quentin Oktos               1.39
124 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
125 Pierre Bourquenoud (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
126 Laurent Paumier (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
127 Vincent Templier (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
128 Eddy Lembo (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
129 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
130 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems        1.43
131 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems
132 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
133 Lukas Zumsteg (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
134 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
135 Christian Charriere (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
136 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
137 Reto Bergman (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
138 Stephane Barthe (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos           1.45
139 Mario Cipollini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tol    1.50
140 Alexandre Kolobnev (Rus) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
141 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
142 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
143 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
144 Gabriele Colombo (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
145 Martin Derganc (Slo) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
146 Guido Trenti (USA) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
147 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Rabobank                       1.53
148 Alessio Galetti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport           1.56
149 Marino Piccoli (Ita) Lampre-Daikin                  2.11
150 Michele Colleoni (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro           2.12
151 Vladimir Smirnov (Ltu) Team Colpack-Astro
152 Rafael Mateos (Spa) Team Colpack-Astro
153 Denis Lunghi (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro
154 Matteo Gigli (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro               2.14
155 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) Team Colpack-Astro
156 Loic Lamouller (Fra) Bigmat.Auber 93                2.16
157 Joona Laukka (Fin) Jean Delatour                    2.20
158 Arvis Piziks (Lat) Team CSC Tiscali                 2.21
159 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Lotto-Adecco                 2.23
160 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Adecco
161 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
162 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
163 Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
164 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
165 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
166 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                    2.28
167 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Lampre-Daikin             2.47
168 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                   3.18
169 Nicolaj Bo Larsen (Den) Gerolsteiner
170 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu) Gerolsteiner
171 Giosue Bonomi (Ita) Team Colpack-Astro              3.31
172 Cristian Pepoli (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport           4.53
173 Torsten Nitcshe (Ger) Saeco-Longoni Sport           4.53
174 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites                5.26
175 Zoran Klemencic (Slo) Tacconi Sport-Vini Caldiro    5.41
176 Miguel Meza (Mex) Team Colpack-Astro                9.40