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71st GP Fourmies - 1.1

France, September 14, 2003

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Cooke takes seventh win for 2003

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Winner of the points competition in the Centenary Tour de France, 25 year-old Australian Baden Cooke, has won the 71st edition of the Grand Prix Fourmies, a UCI 1.1 semi-classic held in northern France last Sunday. Cooke's victory in the GP Fourmies is his seventh for the season, after stage wins at the Tour Down Under, Tour Mediterraneen, Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France.

The 200 km race attracted a top flight field, including Paolo Bettini, Robbie McEwen, Mirko Celestino, Ivan Basso and Peter Van Petegem, as well as Cooke and Nardello. A break escaped after 20 km with Anthony Geslin (Brioches) and Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner), and 15 km later they were joined by Serge Baguet (Lotto-Domo) and Frederic Guesdon ( The peloton, led by Lampre and Fassa Bortolo, gave chase however and they were caught before the finishing circuits.

The attacks started again once the still big peloton reached the final circuit. Mirko Celestino (Saeco) was particularly active, along with Peter Van Petegem (Lotto-Domo), Paolo Bettini (Quick.Step) and Scott Sunderland (fakta). On the last lap, Celestino attacked and took seven riders with him, including Cooke, Nardello and Wegmann. The gap opened up and Sunderland closed it, with Bettini and Van Petegem hot on his wheels. However just as it came together, gaps opened up in the break again, and Cooke, Nardello and Wegmann were away.

In the finale, Lotto-Domo started to ride with two men on the front to bring back the trio, but it was no use and the gap grew to a dangerous 20 seconds. That was all they needed and in the sprint to the line, Nardello and Wegmann were unable to account for Baden Cooke's pure speed, the trio finishing three seconds clear of Cooke's compatriot and former Tour de France maillot vert winner Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo). Out of a 70-strong peloton, McEwen won the field sprint for fourth place, outsprinting Frank Hoj (Team fakta) and Gert Vanderaerden (Palmans-Collstrop).


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1 Baden Cooke (Aus)                     4.36.23
2 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom
3 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                      0.03
5 Frank Hoj (Den) Team fakta
6 Gert Vanderaerden (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
7 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Saeco
8 David Kopp (Ger) Team Telekom
9 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
10 Matteo Carrara (Ita) De Nardi-Colpack
11 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI
12 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC
13 Lars Michaelsen (Den) Team CSC
14 Allan Bo Andresen (Den) Team fakta
15 Stefano Zanini (Ita) Team Saeco
16 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team fakta
17 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon
18 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon
19 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Gerolsteiner
20 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
21 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
22 Rony Martias (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
23 Sven Teutenberg (Ger) Team Bianchi
24 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
25 Jaroslaw Zarebski (Pol) CCC-Polsat
26 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance
27 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
28 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
29 Plamen Stoianov (Bul) Big.Mat-Auber 93
30 Matej Jurko (Svk) De Nardi Colpack
31 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre
32 Christoph Von Kleinsorgen (Ger) Team Bianchi
33 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big.Mat-Auber 93
34 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
35 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon
36 Manu d'Hoir (Bel) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
37 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big.Mat-Auber 93
38 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre
39 Julien Laidoun (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
40 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) De Nardi Colpack
41 Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) Team fakta
42 Michele Gobbi (Ita) De Nardi-Colpack
43 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra)
44 Christophe Rinero (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
45 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
46 Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol) CCC-Polsat
47 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
48 Sergeï Krushevskiy (Uzb) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
49 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team fakta
50 Julien Guiborel (Fra) Credit Agricole
52 Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
53 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Telekom
54 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
55 Roy Sentjens (Ned) Rabobank
56 Thierry De Groote (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
57 Christian Poos (Lux) Marlux-Wincor Nixdorf
58 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
59 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone
60 Roberto Petito (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
61 John Gadret (Fra) Cofidis
62 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)
63 Maxim Gurov (Rus) MBK - Oktos
64 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo
65 Andy Desmet (Bel) Palmans - Collstrop
66 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Team Saeco
67 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI
68 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Jean Delatour
69 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
70 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
71 Mickael Pichon (Fra)
72 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
73 Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team fakta
74 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Quick.Step-Davitamon
75 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance              0.12
76 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère
77 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Domo
78 Franck Pencole (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
79 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Team Saeco
80 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo
81 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre
82 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
83 Malte Urban (Ger) Team Bianchi
84 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Rabobank
85 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre
86 Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre
87 Roger Hammond (GBr) Palmans-Collstrop
88 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
89 Thorwald Venenberg (Ned) Rabobank
90 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) MBK-Oktos-Saint-Quentin
91 Wilfried Marget (Fra) Saeco
92 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Jean Delatour
93 Eddy Ratti (Ita) Lampre
94 Davide Bramati (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon
95 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo
96 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
97 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Team Saeco
98 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Quick.Step-Davitamon
99 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
100 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
101 Daniel Becke (Ger) Team Bianchi
102 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
103 Marco Milesi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-SO.DI
104 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
105 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
106 Andrea Rossi (Ita) De Nardi-Colpack
107 Nicolas Dulac (Fra) Jean Delatour
108 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra)
109 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Team CSC
110 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)
111 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo
112 Jacky Durand (Fra)
113 Marc Streel (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
114 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon
115 Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
116 Charles Wegelius (GBr) De Nardi-Colpack           0.22
117 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
118 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC                   0.36
119 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                   0.49
120 Gene Bates (Aus) Credit Agricole                  5.15

Past winners

2002 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport-Emmegi 
2001 Scott Sunderland (Aus) EDS-fakta
2000 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Vini Caldirola
1999 Dimitry Konyshev (Rus)
1998 Luca Mazzanti (Ita)
1997 Andrea Tafi (Ita)
1996 Michele Bartoli (Ita)
1995 Maximilian Sciandri (GB)
1994 Andrea Tafi (Ita)
1993 Maximilian Sciandri (Ita)
1992 Olaf Ludwig (Ger)
1991 Vincent Lacressoniere (Fra)
1990 Frans Maassen (Ned)
1989 Martial Gayant (Fra)
1988 Edwin Bafcop (Bel)
1987 Adri Van der Poel (Ned)
1986 Josef Lieckens (Bel)
1985 Jean Habets (Ned)
1984 Ferdi Van den Haute (Bel)
1983 Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle (Fra)
1982 Rudy Mathijs (Bel)
1981 Josef Lieckens (Bel)
1980 Jacques Bossis (Fra)
1979 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1978 Yves Hezard (Fra)
1977 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1976 Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke (Bel)
1975 Dietrich Thurau (Ger)
1974 Willy Teirlinck (Bel)
1973 Eddy Merckx (Bel)
1972 René Pijnen (Ned)
1971 Barry Hoban (GB)
1970 Noél Vantyghem (Bel)
1969 Ronald De Witte (Bel)
1968 Gerben Karstens (Ned)
1967 Willy Van Neste (Bel)
1965 Georges Van Coningsloo (Bel)
1964 Frans Melckenbeeck (Bel)
1963 Benoni Beheyt (Fra)
1962 Guy Ignolin (Fra)
1961 Joseph Wasko (Fra)
1960 Michel Vermeulin (Fra)
1959 André Noyelle (Fra)
1958 Pierre Machiels (Bel)
1957 Jean Stablinski (Fra)
1956 Elio Cerussi (Fra)
1955 Pierre Pardoen (Fra)
1954 Orphee Meneghetti (Fra)
1953 Gilbert Petry (Fra)
1952 Michel Muylsteke (Bel)
1951 Francis Delepierre (Fra)
1950 Edmond Klabinski (Fra)
1949 Eugene Dubois (Fra)
1948 Georges Hubatz (Fra)
1947 Fernard Patte (Fra)
1946 René Lafosse (Fra)
1943 Camille Blanckaert (Fra)
1941 Maurice Demuer (Fra)
1939 E. Laplanche (Bel)
1938 Gaby Dubois (Fra)
1937 Gaby Dubois (Fra)
1936 Leon Lebon (Bel)
1935 Eloi Meulenberg (Bel)
1934 Maurice Leleu (Fra)
1933 F. Mintkiewicz (Fra)
1932 Georges Christians (Bel)
1931 André Vanderdonckt (Fra)
1930 Albert Barthelemy (Fra)
1929 Albert Barthelemy (Fra)
1928 Albert Barthelemy (Fra)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,