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17th Tour du Faso - 2.5

Burkina Faso, October 29-November 9, 2003

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Stage 11 - November 9: Kombissiri - Ouagadougou, 123 km

Maarten Tjallingii, start to finish

Final stage for Dietsch

By Chris Henry

Dietsch takes the closing act
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Dutchman Maarten Tjallingii of the Marco Polo Cycling Team completed an extraordinary victory in the 17th Tour du Faso Sunday, wearing the leader's yellow jersey on every stage after claiming victory in the first. Tjallingii proved himself to be the dominant rider of the tour, and even when his lead looked more and more secure in the final days, he showed his class by continuing to ride an aggressive race, witnessed by his second place on the final finishing circuit in Ouagadougou. France's Thomas Dietsch (Alsace) claimed the final stage of the tour, a 123 kilometre finale from Kombissiri to Ouagadougou that focused on a finishing circuit of 7.6 km, covered 10 times.

Not only was this year's tour a huge success for Tjallingii, but his Marco Polo team was multi-talented, taking three stage wins between Tjallingii and Kay Kermer, as well as the green points jersey (Kermer) and the pink intermediate sprints jersey, which Tjallingii wrestled back from his teammate on today's final stage. Tjallingii's gap over GC rival Thierry David (GMCI 38) widened to 3'57, while Kermer claimed the third spot on the podium just two seconds behind David.

Stage 11 began in typical fashion, with early attacks lighting up the peloton and setting off a series of frantic chases. The first group of note to go clear included Aliplast's Gunther Cuylits (winner of stage 3), who was joined by Lucien Zongo (A.S. Fadoul), Michel Bilgo (Sofitex), Alexandre Lecocq (GMCI 38), Olivier Keita (Senegal), and Attivi Egue of Togo.

Tjallingii to the end
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Eager to seal his overall victory, and perhaps even go one better with a closing stage win, yellow jersey Tjallingii took command of the field and led the chase of the escapees. Mission accomplished for the Dutchman as the six were reeled in, but no sooner was Tjallingii's work done than rival fast men Dietsch (Alsace) and Brice Bouniot of GMCI 38 launched their own series of attacks. The Marco Polo leader had an answer for every attack, and in due time the three men were ahead of the main field.

Each of the three took an intermediate sprint, but Tjallingii's points on the sixth lap of the finishing circuit were the most important, giving him the pink jersey back from teammate Kermer, who could still be happy himself with the green points jersey by day's end. As the lead trio continued to pressure each other through the circuit, their advantage only grew over the main field, helpless against such an important move. Although eventually dropping in the closing stages, their lead reached three minutes over the field.

A happy man
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As the cat and mouse tactics set in for the final sprint, time was lost but it was inconsequential. Tjallingii and Bouniot watched each other, which was Dietsch's nod to make his own dash for the line. Aggressive until the final crossing the of line, Tjallingii tried to stop Dietsch, but settled for second place ahead of Bouniot.

The Burkinabè could at least smile as Seydou Sanfo claimed the field sprint for fourth, but a certain disappointment was evident as their national tour was a showcase for the European riders. Cameroon's Martinien Tega claimed the prize of best African, finishing 5th overall, 4'53 behind Tjallingii. He also took home the white jersey for best young rider. The team prize went to France's GMCI 38, more than two minutes clear of Aliplast from Belgium and A.S. Fadoul from Burkina Faso.

Photography

Images by Denis Descamps/A.S.O.

Results

1 Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Alsace                             2.52.45
2 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team           0.28
3 Brice Bouniot (Fra) GMCI 38
4 Seydou Sanfo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                          1.28
5 Michel Kauffmann (Fra) Alsace
6 Kay Kermer (Ger) Marco Polo Cycling Team
7 Saidou Rouamba (Bur) A.S.Fadoul
8 Guillaume Boisgontier (Fra) Normandie
9 Jonathan Kern (Fra) Alsace
10 Gunther Cuylits (Bel) Aliplast
11 Olivier Keita (Sen) Senegal
12 Remko Kramer (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team
13 Thierry David (Fra) GMCI 38
14 Siaka Diallo (Mli) Mali
15 Augustin Amoussouvi (Ben) Benin
16 Karim Kabore (Bur) A.S.Fadoul
17 R-Geremie Ouedraogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot
18 Kossi Nossi (Tog) Togo
19 Martinien Tega (Cam) Cameroon
20 Sadrac Teguimaha (Cam) Cameroon
21 Damien Tekou (Cam) Cameroon
22 L-Jean Ilboudo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot
23 Saidou Tall (Bur) A.S.Fadoul
24 Karel Pattyn (Bel) Aliplast
25 Cyrille Cosnefroy (Fra) Normandie
26 T-Desire Kabore (Bur) Sofitex
27 Ablasse Tapsoba (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot
28 Laurent Zongo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul
29 Alexandre Lecocq (Fra) GMCI 38
30 Jordane Chazal (Fra) GMCI 38
31 Salia Togola (Mli) Mali
32 Peter Schoepen (Bel) Aliplast
33 Mahamadi Sawadogo (Bur) Sofitex
34 Adama Togola (Mli) Mali
35 Jean Tonde (Bur) Sofitex
36 Issaka Kabore (Bur) Sofitex
37 Abdoulaye Ouedraogo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul
38 Houdo Sawadogo (Bur) Sofitex                              1.42
39 Jerome Pamart (Fra) Normandie                             1.45
40 Joseph Sanda (Cam) Cameroon
41 Idrissa Ouedraogo (Bur) Niger
42 Michel Bilgo (Bur) Sofitex
43 Stephane Paol (Fra) GMCI 38                               1.47
44 Jean Claude Badjagoume (Ben) Benin                        1.50
45 Martin Som (Cam) Cameroon                                 2.03
46 Gweswende Sawadogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                   2.07
47 Adamou Gabo (Nig) Niger                                   2.13
48 Paul Dona (Ben) Benin
49 Lucien Zongo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul
50 Ibrahim Abdoulaye Soumma (Nig) Niger                      4.07
51 Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Aliplast                          4.41
52 Tidiane Ouedraogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                    5.49
53 Adama Bagayoko (Mli) Mali                                 9.31
54 Zakaria Dia Abdoulsalam (Nig) Niger                      12.49
55 Joost Declerk (Bel) Aliplast                             15.42
56 Siaka Diarra (Mli) Mali
57 Hamidou Diarra (Mli) Mali                                19.49
58 Pascal Bouba (Cam) Cameroon                              20.11
59 Elhadji Malick Thiam (Sen) Senegal                       22.22
60 Ali Sidi Thiam (Sen) Senegal
61 Papa Amadou Diouf (Sen) Senegal                          31.31
DNF Komi Kondoh (Tog) Togo
DNF Kowouvi Dossouvi (Tog) Togo
DNF Attivi Egue (Tog) Togo
DNF Eug╦ne Hansinon (Ben) Benin
 
Points
 
1 Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Alsace                                  30 Pts
2 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team             27
3 Brice Bouniot (Fra) GMCI 38                                  25
4 Seydou Sanfo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                            23
5 Michel Kauffmann (Fra) Alsace                                21
6 Kay Kermer (Ger) Marco Polo Cycling Team                     19
7 Saidou Rouamba (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                              17
8 Guillaume Boisgontier (Fra) Normandie                        15
9 Jonathan Kern (Fra) Alsace                                   13
10 Gunther Cuylits (Bel) Aliplast                              11
11 Olivier Keita (Sen) Senegal                                 10
12 Remko Kramer (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team                   9
13 Thierry David (Fra) GMCI 38                                  8
14 Siaka Diallo (Mli) Mali                                      7
15 Augustin Amoussouvi (Ben) Benin                              6
16 Karim Kabore (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                                5
17 R-Geremie Ouedraogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                     4
18 Kossi Nossi (Tog) Togo                                       3
19 Martinien Tega (Cam) Cameroon                                2
20 Sadrac Teguimaha (Cam) Cameroon                              1
 
Sprints
 
2nd Passsage of finish line, km 54.60
 
1 Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Alsace                                   3 Pts
2 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team              2
3 Brice Bouniot (Fra) GMCI 38                                   1
 
4th Passage of finish line, km 69.80
 
1 Brice Bouniot (Fra) GMCI 38                                   3 Pts
2 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team              2
3 Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Alsace                                   1
 
6th Passage of finish line, km 85.00
 
1 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team              3 Pts
2 Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Alsace                                   2
3 Brice Bouniot (Fra) GMCI 38                                   1
 
Teams
 
1 Alsace                                                  8.41.11
2 Marco Polo Cycling Team                                    0.28
3 GMCI 38
4 Sifa-Peugeot                                               1.28
5 A.S. Fadoul
6 Cameroon
7 Aliplast
8 Mali
9 Sofitex
10 Normandie                                                 1.45
11 Benin                                                     2.35
12 Niger                                                     5.09
13 Senegal                                                  43.16
 
Final general classification
 
1 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team       30.07.12
2 Thierry David (Fra) GMCI 38                                3.57
3 Kay Kermer (Ger) Marco Polo Cycling Team                   3.59
4 Gunther Cuylits (Bel) Aliplast                             4.10
5 Martinien Tega (Cam) Cameroon                              4.53
6 Alexandre Lecocq (Fra) GMCI 38                             5.07
7 Mahamadi Sawadogo (Bur) Sofitex                            5.33
8 Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Alsace                                5.38
9 Seydou Sanfo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                          5.40
10 Jonathan Kern (Fra) Alsace                                6.03
11 Laurent Zongo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                            6.12
12 R-Geremie Ouedraogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                  6.16
13 Saidou Rouamba (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                           6.46
14 Olivier Keita (Sen) Senegal                               6.53
15 Jordane Chazal (Fra) GMCI 38                              8.05
16 Lucien Zongo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                             8.38
17 Stephane Paol (Fra) GMCI 38                               9.07
18 L-Jean Ilboudo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                       9.12
19 Gweswende Sawadogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                   9.44
20 Cyrille Cosnefroy (Fra) Normandie                        10.00
21 Sadrac Teguimaha (Cam) Cameroon                          10.36
22 Karim Kabore (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                            10.47
23 Kossi Nossi (Tog) Togo                                   11.50
24 Saidou Tall (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                             14.55
25 Karel Pattyn (Bel) Aliplast                              14.56
26 Joseph Sanda (Cam) Cameroon                              15.23
27 Damien Tekou (Cam) Cameroon                              15.35
28 Peter Schoepen (Bel) Aliplast                            16.36
29 Martin Som (Cam) Cameroon                                18.14
30 Michel Kauffmann (Fra) Alsace                            19.59
31 Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Aliplast                         25.03
32 T-Desire Kabore (Bur) Sofitex                            25.38
33 Tidiane Ouedraogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                   26.35
34 Brice Bouniot (Fra) GMCI 38                              26.57
35 Remko Kramer (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team               30.06
36 Elhadji Malick Thiam (Sen) Senegal                       30.16
37 Jerome Pamart (Fra) Normandie                            32.36
38 Jean Tonde (Bur) Sofitex                                 33.10
39 Abdoulaye Ouedraogo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                     33.34
40 Michel Bilgo (Bur) Sofitex                               40.16
41 Ibrahim Abdoulaye Soumma (Nig) Niger                     40.27
42 Ablasse Tapsoba (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                     43.15
43 Idrissa Ouedraogo (Bur) Niger                            44.33
44 Joost Declerk (Bel) Aliplast                             45.39
45 Guillaume Boisgontier (Fra) Normandie                    46.06
46 Pascal Bouba (Cam) Cameroon                              47.33
47 Adamou Gabo (Nig) Niger                                1.12.26
48 Adama Togola (Mli) Mali                                1.14.19
49 Issaka Kabore (Bur) Sofitex                            1.21.13
50 Zakaria Dia Abdoulsalam (Nig) Niger                    1.26.04
51 Salia Togola (Mli) Mali                                1.29.23
52 Siaka Diarra (Mli) Mali                                1.39.53
53 Jean Claude Badjagoume (Ben) Benin                     1.42.26
54 Adama Bagayoko (Mli) Mali                              1.57.47
55 Houdo Sawadogo (Bur) Sofitex                           1.59.34
56 Ali Sidi Thiam (Sen) Senegal                           2.02.59
57 Hamidou Diarra (Mli) Mali                              2.07.56
58 Siaka Diallo (Mli) Mali                                2.35.32
59 Papa Amadou Diouf (Sen) Senegal                        2.41.37
60 Paul Dona (Ben) Benin                                  2.41.43
61 Augustin Amoussouvi (Ben) Benin                        3.01.32
 
Points classification
 
1 Kay Kermer (Ger) Marco Polo Cycling Team                    214 Pts
2 Seydou Sanfo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                           156
3 Brice Bouniot (Fra) GMCI 38                                 150
4 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team            137
5 Gunther Cuylits (Bel) Aliplast                              129
6 Jonathan Kern (Fra) Alsace                                  128
7 Laurent Zongo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                              121
8 Thierry David (Fra) GMCI 38                                 120
9 R-Geremie Ouedraogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                     99
10 Olivier Keita (Sen) Senegal                                 85
11 Saidou Rouamba (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                             85
12 Karel Pattyn (Bel) Aliplast                                 80
13 Michel Kauffmann (Fra) Alsace                               78
14 Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Aliplast                            77
15 Gweswende Sawadogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                     75
16 Guillaume Boisgontier (Fra) Normandie                       73
17 Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Alsace                                 71
18 Mahamadi Sawadogo (Bur) Sofitex                             70
19 Martinien Tega (Cam) Cameroon                               65
20 Lucien Zongo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                               55
21 Alexandre Lecocq (Fra) GMCI 38                              53
22 Remko Kramer (Ned) Marco Polo Cycling Team                  47
23 Sadrac Teguimaha (Cam) Cameroon                             47
24 Stephane Paol (Fra) GMCI 38                                 40
25 Cyrille Cosnefroy (Fra) Normandie                           40
26 Karim Kabore (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                               39
27 L-Jean Ilboudo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                         36
28 Joseph Sanda (Cam) Cameroon                                 34
29 Saidou Tall (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                                31
30 Elhadji Malick Thiam (Sen) Senegal                          28
31 Kossi Nossi (Tog) Togo                                      27
32 Pascal Bouba (Cam) Cameroon                                 26
33 Jordane Chazal (Fra) GMCI 38                                23
34 T-Desire Kabore (Bur) Sofitex                               21
35 Joost Declerk (Bel) Aliplast                                21
36 Michel Bilgo (Bur) Sofitex                                  15
37 Peter Schoepen (Bel) Aliplast                               12
38 Martin Som (Cam) Cameroon                                   11
39 Ali Sidi Thiam (Sen) Senegal                                 9
40 Siaka Diallo (Mli) Mali                                      7
41 Augustin Amoussouvi (Ben) Benin                              6
42 Damien Tekou (Cam) Cameroon                                  5
43 Abdoulaye Ouedraogo (Bur) A.S.Fadoul                         3
44 Jerome Pamart (Fra) Normandie                                3
45 Tidiane Ouedraogo (Bur) Sifa - Peugeot                       2
 
Team classification
 
1 GMCI 38                                                90.28.25
2 Aliplast                                                   2.57
3 A.S. Fadoul                                                6.49
4 Sifa-Peugeot                                               9.32
5 Alsace                                                    10.59
6 Cameroon                                                  12.15
7 Marco Polo Cycling Team                                   26.51
8 Sofitex                                                   52.34
9 Senegal                                                 1.04.22
10 Normandie                                              1.06.39
11 Niger                                                  1.49.32
12 Mali                                                   2.02.37
13 Benin                                                  2.54.46