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Tour de la Region Wallonne - 2.3

Belgium, July 28-August 1, 2003

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Stage 5 - August 1: Amay-Chaudfontaine, 146.4 km

Dean claims final stage and overall title

Julian Dean makes it two from two
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New Zealander Julian Dean (Team CSC) clinched the overall title at this year's Tour de la Region Wallonne, thanks to back to back stage wins in the final two days of racing. Equal on time with Michele Bartoli (Fassa Bortolo), Dean was given the overall victory due to his higher placings throughout the five stage event.

"This is the greatest victory of my career," an overjoyed Dean said after his win. "I've proven that I can be a top sprinter, even in bunch finishes."

In the stage 5 finale, Dean outsprinted his top rival, an in-form Michele Bartoli, who had assumed the race lead after the toughest stage on Wednesday, a rainy 200km march through the Wallonne hills, territory that has smiled on the Tuscan veteran in the past. Bartoli even punctured in the last 15km, but with his team's help was not only able to rejoin the field but also challenge Dean for the sprint. Attacks in the last kilometres by the likes of Christophe Agnolutto and Dave Bruylandts did nothing to dissuade the sprinters and the race ended with a mass charge to the line.

With time gaps narrow between the leaders, however, Bartoli did not have a comfortable lead, and Dean thrust himself into contention with the first of his two stage wins Thursday, before equalling Bartoli on time thanks to bonus seconds and his second stage win in as many days. Consistent riding throughout the five stages gave Dean an uncontested victory on points.


Images by AFP/Benoit Doppagne

  • Julian Dean (CSC) wins the fifth and final stage of the Tour de la Region Wallonne
  • Julian Dean (CSC) raises his arms as he wins both the fifth stage and the overall of the Tour de la Region Wallonne


1 Julian Dean (NZl) Team CSC                                  
2 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         
3 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           
4 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone        
5 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère               
6 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                          
7 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom                               
8 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team fakta                           
9 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère               
10 Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                   
11 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)                          
12 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                      
13 David Derepas (Fra)                             
14 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim               
15 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                  
16 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                 
17 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon               
18 Mickael Pichon (Fra)                            
19 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)                          
20 Allan Johansen (Den) Team fakta                            
21 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                
22 Roger Hammond (GBr) Palmans-Collstrop                      
23 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago            
24 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone      
25 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                              
26 Michael Skelde (Den) Team fakta                            
27 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Lotto-Domo                            
28 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) Rabobank                            
29 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom                            
30 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone      
31 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                 
32 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim             
33 Christophe Kern (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère               
34 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         
35 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone         
36 Erki Putsep (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                          
37 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon            
38 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère              
39 Johan Coenen (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                   
40 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                            
41 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal-Berry Floor                  
42 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                               
43 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Telekom                        
44 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                  
45 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                           
46 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone         
47 Frederik Willems (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                
48 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                              
49 Jorgen Bo Petersen (Den) Team fakta                        
50 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Rabobank                               
51 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                      
52 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                        
53 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                
54 Thierry Loder (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                        
55 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra)                          
56 Stephan Schreck (Ger) Team Telekom                         
57 Thierry De Groote (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                  
58 Lennie Kristensen (Den) Team CSC                           
59 Stéphane Berges (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                      
60 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Domo                             
61 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago             
62 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal-Berry Floor                  
63 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone        
64 Sébastien Mattozza (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf             
65 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Team CSC                             
66 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                    
67 Olivier Trastour (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                     
68 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Rabobank                             
69 Manu L'hoir (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                0.16
70 Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team fakta                      0.19
71 Régis Lhuiller (Fra)                        0.25
72 Julien Laidoun (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                   1.09
73 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Team CSC                             1.11
74 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                             
75 Kristof Trouve (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                     
76 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                
77 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                     
78 Benoît Joachim (Lux) US Postal-Berry Floor                 
79 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago          1.17
80 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon              2.34
81 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon           3.27
82 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo                          
83 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)                         
84 Marc Streel (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                  
Final general classification
1 Julian Dean (NZl) Team CSC       
2 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           
3 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         0.12
4 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                         0.14
5 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon            0.18
6 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone       
7 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                 
8 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                   0.19
9 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal-Berry Floor               0.20
10 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal-Berry Floor              0.24
11 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     0.25
12 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone      
13 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                     0.26
14 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                  
15 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                
16 Allan Johansen (Den) Team fakta                            
17 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom                            
18 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) Rabobank                            
19 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo                           
20 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Telekom                        
21 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                              
22 Sébastien Mattozza (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf         1.50
23 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf             1.53
24 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone       
25 Michael Skelde (Den) Team fakta                            
26 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone         
27 Steve De Wolf (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                      
28 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Rabobank                               
29 Frederik Willems (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                
30 Julien Laidoun (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                   3.16
31 Philippe Gilbert (Bel)                      3.41
32 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom                          3.43
33 Leif Hoste (Bel) Lotto-Domo                            5.08
34 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim              5.54
35 Stephan Schreck (Ger) Team Telekom                     6.18
36 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank                          6.19
37 Lennie Kristensen (Den) Team CSC                           
38 David Derepas (Fra)                             
39 Johan Coenen (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                   
40 Kevin Van Impe (Bel) Lotto-Domo                            
41 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim               
42 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                               
43 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim                    
44 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra)                          
45 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Rabobank                             
46 Manu L'hoir (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf                6.35
47 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère          6.42
48 Geert Van Bondt (Bel) Team CSC                         7.23
49 Benoît Joachim (Lux) US Postal-Berry Floor             7.30
50 Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team fakta                      7.42
51 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Domo                         9.41
52 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon          10.16
53 Thierry De Groote (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop             10.52
54 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère         11.15
55 Roger Hammond (GBr) Palmans-Collstrop                 11.20
56 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone    11.21
57 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim             
58 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Team fakta                     11.35
59 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)                     11.38
60 Thierry Loder (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                   11.44
61 Régis Lhuiller (Fra)                       11.46
62 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Team CSC                            13.34
63 Kristof Trouve (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                13.35
64 Marco Zanotti (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                     14.53
65 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo                     15.11
66 Erki Putsep (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                     15.12
67 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon       16.08
68 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon                17.02
69 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC                        18.16
70 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon             20.23
71 Jorgen Bo Petersen (Den) Team fakta                   20.58
72 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère         22.13
73 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop                        
74 Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago              22.15
75 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone        
76 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago         23.29
77 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)                    25.28
78 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago        26.45
79 Mickael Pichon (Fra)                       30.31
80 Olivier Trastour (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                30.48
81 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance            30.54
82 Stéphane Berges (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                 31.31
83 Christophe Kern (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère          36.23
84 Marc Streel (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago             44.49