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13th Classique des Alpes - 1.1/1.8

France, June 7, 2003

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Mancebo King of the Alps

By Jeff Jones

Francisco Mancebo wins the Classique
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Spanish climber Francisco Mancebo ( has won the 13th edition of the Classique des Alpes, beating Phonak's Benoît Salmon by 1'17 and Cofidis' David Millar by 1'41. Mancebo attacked on the Col du Granier with 18 km to go to catch and pass Salmon, who had been leading alone. Mancebo extended his lead on the descent into Chambery to take a clear victory.

The 174 km race between Aix-les-Bains and Chambery is used by some riders as a warm up for the Dauphine Libéré, which starts tomorrow. However it's a tough race, containing seven categorised climbs, most of which take the riders up to 1100-1200m, and the winner does not win by chance.

From the outset, the race was aggressive, and a group of seven riders got clear after eight kilometres: Vicente Garcia Acosta (iBanesto), Iker Flores (Euskaltel), Christophe Oriol (Ag2r), Benoît Salmon (Phonak), Ludovic Martin (Jean Delatour), Loic Lamouller (BigMat) and Ivailo Gabrovski (MBK-Oktos). This group gained 2'25 to the bunch at the top of the first climb of the day, the Col des Prés (km 37).

The group split on the descent, leaving Martin, Salmon, Oriol and Gabrovski in the lead, with 3'40 to the bunch on the second climb, the Col du Granier (km 69). Gabrovski was dropped on the climb, leaving Martin to take the points at the top in front of Salmon and Oriol. The peloton began to react as it neared the Col du Grapillon, the third climb of the day. Iban Mayo (Euskaltel) and David Millar (Cofidis) attacked with Peter Farazijn (Cofidis), Francisco Mancebo (iBanesto) and Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour) joining them on the climb. They caught and passed Gabrovski, and were just two minutes behind Salmon's group at the top of the climb.

Benoit Salmon
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The chasing five were recaptured by the peloton on the descent, and the next rider to try and bridge up was Sandy Casar (FDJ), who took Iban Mayo and Inigo Chaurreau (Ag2r) with him, with Denis Menchov (iBanesto) joining them after the Cote de Miribel (km 105). At this stage, the three leaders had 2'15 on the chasers and 3'50 to the peloton.

The situation changed on the penultimate climb of the day, the Col du Cucheron (km 138), when Salmon attacked the leading group and crossed the top a minute ahead of Christophe Oriol and 1'10 ahead of Chaurreau. David Millar led the bunch over at 2'05.

Salmon and Chaurreau were still clear at the foot of the Col du Granier, the last climb of the day, but the bunch was steadily moving closer. Salmon survived almost to the top of the climb but was caught when Mancebo placed his decisive attack. The Spaniard had 25" on the enduring Frenchman over the top, and extended that to 1'17 at the finish in Chambery. To his credit, Salmon held onto second place after being in the breakaway all day, with David Millar taking third after attacking the main bunch on the run in to the finish. Ludovic Martin managed to take the Mountain Trophy for his efforts in front all day.

The Junior version of the race was won by Julien Loubet (Haute-Garonne) in front of Lars Boom (Dutch National Team) and Andy Schleck (Luxembourg National Team).


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Elite - 174.5 km

1 Francisco Mancebo (Spa)                        4.54.49
2 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems                     1.17
3 David Millar (GBr) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone            1.41
4 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                            1.53
5 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio
6 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) AG2r Prévoyance                          1.55
7 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Jean Delatour                         1.57
8 Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Quick.Step-Davitamon                       2.03
9 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) AG2r Prévoyance                      2.08
10 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)
11 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago               2.12
12 Félix Garcia Casas (Spa) Big Mat-Auber 93
13 Juan-Miguel Mercado (Spa)
14 Cédric Fragniere (Swi) Crédit Agricole
15 Christophe Oriol (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                        7.10
16 Nicolas Portal (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance
17 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) AG2r Prévoyance
18 Alex Zuelle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
19 Franck Pencole (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin                  7.58
20 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour                            8.15
21 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                  10.44
22 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Jean Delatour
23 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
24 Denis Menchov (Rus)                             12.46
25 Ivailo Gabrovski (Bul) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin               13.03
26 Sandy Casar (Fra)
27 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
28 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC
29 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Jean Delatour
30 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
31 Albe Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
32 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                  13.07
33 Yohann Charpenteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                     15.57
34 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Alessio
35 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Crédit Agricole                         16.38
36 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
37 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra)
38 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon
39 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Quick.Step-Davitamon
40 Iban Mayo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
41 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour                           18.13
DNF Ruben Diaz De Cerio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Aitor Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick.Step-Davitamon
DNF Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon
DNF David Canada (Spa) Quick.Step-Davitamon
DNF Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon
DNF Bram Tankink (Ned) Quick.Step-Davitamon
DNF Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC
DNF Michaël Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
DNF Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC
DNF Peter Lüttenberger (Aut) Team CSC
DNF Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
DNF Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC
DNF Sergiy Adyeyev (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Volodimir Bileka (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Salvator Scamardella (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio
DNF Davide Frattini (Ita) Alessio
DNF Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio
DNF Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio
DNF Denis Lunghi (Ita) Alessio
DNF Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Alessio
DNF Laurent Brochard (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance
DNF Julien Laidoun (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance
DNF Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance
DNF Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
DNF Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
DNF Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
DNF Angelo Lopeboselli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
DNF David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
DNF Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone
DNF Vicent Garcia Acosta (Spa)
DNF Vladimir Karpets (Rus)
DNF Pablo Lastras (Spa)
DNF Rafael Mateos (Spa)
DNF Javier Pascual (Spa)
DNF Jacky Durand (Fra)
DNF Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
DNF Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra)
DNF Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)
DNF Gonzalo Bayarri (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Iker Camano (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Miguel Martinez (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Crédit Agricole
DNF Cédric Herve (Fra) Crédit Agricole
DNF Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Crédit Agricole
DNF Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Crédit Agricole
DNF Eric Leblacher (Fra) Crédit Agricole
DNF Jérôme Bernard (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Christophe Laurent (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Patrick D'hont (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
DNF Steven De Neef (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
DNF Geoffrey Coupe (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
DNF Guillaume Girout (Fra) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
DNF Sébastien Mattozza (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
DNF Christian Poos (Lux) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
DNF Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
DNF Loïc Lamouller (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
DNF Guillaume Auger (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
DNF Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93
DNF Plamen Stoyanov (Bul) Big Mat-Auber 93
DNF Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
DNF Laurent Paumier (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Christophe Rinero (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Vincent Templier (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin

Juniors - 118 km

1 Julien Loubet (Fra) Haute-Garonne                           3.30.41
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Dutch National Team
3 Andy Schleck (Lux) Luxembourg National Team                    0.07
4 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Belgian National Team
5 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Belgian National Team                    0.31
6 Tom Stamsnajder (Ned) Dutch National Team
7 Nicolas Belot (Fra) SCO Dijon                                  0.40
8 Thomas Brigaud (Fra) HTM                                       1.08
9 Olivier Lefrancois (Fra) HTM                                   1.18
10 Robert Geesink (Ned) Zeeland                                  1.57
11 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Rhone Alpes                              2.55
12 Florian Reynaud (Fra) VS Romanais                             3.32
13 Julien Laudy (Fra) Limousin                                   4.12
14 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Belgian National Team                      4.38
15 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Belgian National Team
16 Julien El Fares (Fra) VC La Pomme - Marseille                 4.47
17 Adrien Gorand (Fra) Loire
18 Sébastien Pillon (Fra) Haute-Garonne                          4.49
19 Ronan Cercle (Fra) Rhone Alpes                                4.50
20 Nicolas Brion (Fra) Lorraine
21 Sébastien Hoareau (Fra) Rhone Alpes                           5.43
22 Aurélien Ribet (Fra) Sarthe                                   5.52
23 Julien Pion (Fra) Savoie                                      6.42
24 Clément Barbisan (Fra) VC Cheylard                            6.44
25 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Loir et Cher                            6.51
26 Dubernet Martin (Fra) Seine Saint-Denis                       6.54
27 Florent Reboul (Fra) Haute-Garonne                            7.08
28 Sylvain Noenne-Loccoz (Fra) Haute Savoie                      7.11
29 Xavier Bartoli (Fra) Ile de France                            7.24
30 Nicolas Perrin (Fra) Auvergne                                 7.26
31 Alexandre Aulas (Fra) Loir et Cher
32 Julien Guay (Fra) Sarthe
33 David Jean (Fra) VS Romanais
34 Nicolas Maimouitre (Fra) Auvergne
35 Romain Enjalbert (Fra) Haute-Garonne                          8.20
36 Fabien Fabre (Fra) OCCV Draguignan                            9.23
37 Michaël Ramon (Fra) Languedoc-Rous                           10.15
38 Diete Vanthourenhout (Bel) Belgian National Team             10.22
39 Frédéric Vernet (Fra) Auvergne                               11.16
40 Cédric Pineau (Fra) HTM                                      12.11
41 Renaud Vaubourg (Fra) Lorraine                               12.14
42 Thom Peyroton Dartet (Fra) Haute-Garonne                     12.15
43 Tom Leezer (Ned) Dutch National Team                         12.19
44 Albert Timmer (Ned) Dutch National Team
45 Guillaume Valadas (Fra) Limousin                             12.43
46 Pierre Lusiak (Fra) Haute Savoie                             12.55
47 Sébastien Carreau (Fra) Sarthe                               13.03
48 Anthony Lamidon (Fra) OCCV Draguignan                        13.50
49 Frédéric Nicaise (Bel) Daikin Team Belgium                   14.33
50 Pieter De Beule (Bel) Daikin Team Belgium                    15.06
51 Patrick Kos (Ned) Dutch National Team                        15.12
52 Bram Deprez (Bel) Belgian National Team                      15.16
53 Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) VC La Pomme - Marseille
54 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) BRH                                    16.29
55 Raynold Smith (RSA) Zeeland
56 Nicolas Chadefaux (Fra) Auvergne                             17.13
57 Benjamin Penaud (Fra) Limousin
58 Brice Feillu (Fra) Loir et Cher
59 Damien Branaa (Fra) Haute-Garonne                            18.40
60 Anthony Fiorillo (Fra) Languedoc-Rous                        19.10
61 Maarten De Jonge (Ned) Zeeland
62 Thomas Rabia (Fra) Rhone Alpes
63 Etienne Germain (Fra) Haute Savoie
64 Olivi Coste-Chareyre (Fra) Rhone Alpes                       19.11
65 Nicolas Allaire (Fra) VS Romanais                            19.13
66 Alexandre Rieger (Fra) Ile de France                         19.16
67 Morgan Chedhomme (Fra) Ile de France                         21.17
68 Thomas Zaragoza (Fra) Languedoc-Rous                         22.44
69 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Haute Savoie                                23.09
70 Br Mendes De Olivera (Fra) Seine Saint-Denis                 23.28
71 Simon Mathieu (Fra) HTM
72 Yves Peelman (Bel) Daikin Team Belgium                       23.29
73 Julien Barbier (Fra) Sarthe
74 David Nasroun (Fra) HTM                                      23.31
75 Thomas Rostollan (Fra) BRH                                   23.51
76 Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Languedoc-Rous                           23.58
77 Antoine Muffat (Fra) Savoie                                  28.30
78 Loïc Arnould (Fra) Lorraine
79 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Loir et Cher                            28.32
80 Sébastien Hamard (Fra) Sarthe                                30.10
81 Cyrille Heymans (Lux) Luxembourg National Team               31.21
82 Sylvain Lauwers (Fra) Savoie
83 Jérome Mainard (Fra) Loire
84 Karel Baten (Bel) Daikin Team Belgium
85 Mathieu Mure (Fra) Rhone Alpes
86 Arjen De Baat (Ned) Zeeland
87 David Smith (GBr) VS Romanais                                31.27
88 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Luxembourg National Team           31.30
89 Ludovic Lescuier (Fra) Auvergne                              31.32
90 Etienne Bodin (Fra) Ile de France                            33.30
91 David Thioliere (Fra) Loire                                  34.11
92 Nicolas Poirel (Fra) Lorraine                                34.14
93 Adrien Gonzalez (Fra) SCO Dijon                              35.12
94 Damien Martinent (Fra) VC Cheylard                           36.25
95 Thomas Dufaud (Fra) VS Romanais
96 Arnaud Lacroix (Fra) Haute Savoie
97 Dennis Martens (Ned) Zeeland
98 Geert Leenders (Bel) Daikin Team Belgium                     38.17
99 David Baup (Fra) Savoie
100 Vincen Pierre-Eugene (Fra) SCO Dijon
101 Giovanni Meneghelli (Fra) SCO Dijon
102 Benoit Molinski (Fra) Loire
103 Gaëtan Tallonneau (Fra) USN                                 38.27
104 David Chazalet (Fra) VC Cheylard                            39.54
105 Mateo Suarez (Fra) Seine Saint-Denis                        40.52
106 Alexandre Gaignier (Fra) Sarthe
107 Raphaël Junot (Fra) USN                                     41.29
108 Christian Duval (Fra) USN                                   45.31
109 Nicolas Philibert (Fra) BRH                                 47.19
DNF Florian Vachon (Fra) Auvergne
DNF Egor Van Kessel (Ned) Dutch National Team
DNF Robert Schmitt (Lux) Luxembourg National Team
DNF Fabien Kieffer (Lux) Luxembourg National Team
DNF Kim Wirtz (Lux) Luxembourg National Team
DNF Jean-Philippe Massot (Fra) Haute Savoie
DNF Jérémy Moret (Fra) Ile de France
DNF Yohann Picard (Fra) Lorraine
DNF Gaël Anger (Fra) Lorraine
DNF Arnaud Moreau (Fra) Limousin
DNF Pierre-Henri Morange (Fra) Limousin
DNF Morgan Ageorges (Fra) Limousin
DNF Boris Chauveau (Fra) Loir et Cher
DNF Jérôme Verdenal (Fra) Loir et Cher
DNF Jérémie Jean (Fra) BRH
DNF Michaël Marquet (Fra) BRH
DNF David Decker (Fra) BRH
DNF Clément Philippon (Fra) HTM
DNF Bertand Virat (Fra) Loire
DNF Christophe Goutille (Fra) Loire
DNF Raphaël Marion (Fra) VC Cheylard
DNF Julien Mandon (Fra) VC Cheylard
DNF Wilfried Exertier (Fra) Savoie
DNF Loïc Gazzoti (Fra) Savoie
DNF Laurent Pommier (Fra) Seine Saint-Denis
DNF Nicolas Bouyer (Fra) Seine Saint-Denis
DNF Joackim Oillic (Fra) Seine Saint-Denis
DNF Dany De Paepe (Bel) Daikin Team Belgium
DNF André Moreno (Fra) OCCV Draguignan
DNF Yoann Beudet (Fra) SCO Dijon
DNF Romain Timbert (Fra) USN
DNF Alexandre Moreau (Fra) USN
DNF Jonathan Lopez (Fra) VC La Pomme - Marseille
DNF Thibault Carriere (Fra) VC La Pomme - Marseille
DNF Julien Ruccione (Fra) VC La Pomme - Marseille
DNF Romain Foix (Fra) VC La Pomme - Marseille
DNF Jimmy De Bruyn (Ned) Zeeland
DNS Jérome Beugueho (Fra) OCCV Draguignan

Past winners

 1 Santiago Botero Echeverry (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
 2 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
 3 Jorgen Bo Petersen (Den) EDS-fakta


 1 Iban Mayo Diez (Spa) Euskatel-Euskadi
 2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service
 3 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel


 1 José Maria Jimenez (Spa)
 2 Fernando Escartin (Spa)
 3 Lance Armstrong (USA)


 1 Unai Osa (Spa)
 2 Benoit Salmon (Fra)
 3 David Etxebarria (Spa)

 1 Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
 2 Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
 3 Benoit Salmon (Fra)

 1 Laurent Roux (Fra)
 2 Laurent Madouas (Fra)
 3 José Maria Jimenez (Spa)


 1 Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
 2 Luc Leblanc (Fra)
 3 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa)


 1 Ramón Gonzalez-Arrieta (Spa)
 2 Gerard Rué (Fra)
 3 Richard Virenque (Fra)


 1 Oliverio Rincon (Col)
 2 Laurent Roux (Fra)
 3 Ronan Pensec (Fra)


 1 Eddy Bouwmans (Ned)
 2 Thierry Clavyrolat (Fra)
 3 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra)


 1 Gilles Delion (Fra)
 2 Luc Leblanc (Fra)
 3 Dante Rezze (Fra)


 1 Charly Mottet (Fra)
 2 Robert Millar (GBr)
 3 Luc Leblanc (Fra)

Past winners courtesy of Mario Stiehl,