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61st Paris-Nice - 2.HC

France, March 9-16, 2003

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Prologue - March 9: Issy-les-Moulineaux, 4.8 km

Nico Mattan "Ultra" good to win Paris-Nice prologue

By Tim Maloney, European editor

Nico Mattan
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On a bright, windy day in front of modest crowds gathered in the Paris suburbs, the 2003 edition of the "Race To The Sun" kicked off with a solid win by Nico Mattan (Cofidis). Mattan is well known for his vocal fan club, Nico's "Ultras", a bunch of rowdy young dudes from Kortrijk, Belgium. And after Mattan's win today in the Paris-Nice Prologue, his Ultras can certainly celebrate this important win for the 31 year old classics specialist.

4th in last year's P-N prologue and winner in 2001, Mattan came prepared. "I've really been training for this prologue," explained Mattan. "Last week, I did a lot of intense training on my time trial bike behind the derny." Mattan's hard work paid off, as his winning time was almost 50 km/h, just ahead of a surprisingly fit Tyler Hamilton.


Hamilton on track
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Riding his first race of the 2003 season for CSC, Hamilton told Cyclingnews reporter Chris Henry after his ride that "I've been training hard. I've had six and a half months out of racing, so I've had to train hard. Overall I feel pretty good...but training is training, and racing is racing."

His training showed in today's 4.8km test. The Man From Marblehead may not have the smoothest style in the peloton, but his raw power and skill against the watch were evident today, making him one of the favourites for GC victory next Sunday in Nice.

Almost pulling a major upset was Mattan's Cofidis teammate Phillipe Gaumont, who ended up in 3rd. The rangy, just-turned-30 Gaumont has been all but invisible since he broke his leg badly in a crash on the cobbles in the Arenberg Forest during Paris-Roubaix, but his short distance TT skills evidently remain intact.


Flyin' Frigo
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Clad in his Australian National Champions strip, Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole) had an excellent ride today for 4th, just ahead of a pair of Fassa Bortolo riders, 22 year old time trial phenom Fabian Cancellara and 2000 Paris-Nice winner Dario Frigo, fresh from his victory in Spain at Vuelta Valenciana. "I wasn't feeling great today", said Frigo after his 6th place finish, 6" behind Mattan. "I didn't take any risks and anyway, 6th place is pretty good. We're just at the beginning of the race."

Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) also had a decent ride for 11th today, in a time of 5'55. "The hill was quite hard, especially on the top part because it was into a headwind," the Norwegian told Cyclingnews. "So you couldn't go too hard on the bottom, you had to keep some energy for the top. I just did my best, and 11th is not too bad."

Last year's Paris-Nice winner Alexander Vinokourov was 10th, 8" behind the Cofidis winner. With just the prologue behind them, the GC battle looks interesting at this year's tough edition of Paris-Nice. Hamilton, Frigo and Vinokourov look to be the likely protagonists, with Laurent Brochard (AG2r) and upcoming French riders like Sandy Casar (FDJ.Com) and Sylvain Chavanel (Le Boulangère) looking to make their mark.

Tomorrow, the 158 riders in Paris-Nice transfer south to start Monday's 191km Stage 1 from Auxerre to Paray-le-Monial. It's a flat parcours south through Burgundy and with 2 intermediate time bonus sprints and the final sprint bonus, look for Fassa Bortolo man Alessandro Petacchi, 33rd in today's prologue and just 14" out of the leader's jersey to try and wrest the leadership from Mattan on Monday.


Images by Chris Henry/Cyclingnews

Images by Michel Nourtier

Images by Peter Geyer

  • Sean Kelly won Paris-Nice an amazing seven consecutive years, 1982-1988
  • 1996 Tour winner and current CSC team manager Bjarne Riis is all smiles before the prologue
  • Tyler Hamilton (CSC) is all business before his first race of the season
  • Axel Merckx (Lotto-Domo) adjusts his helmet before heading to the start ramp
  • Daniel Baal, former president of the FFC (the French cycling federation), is now deputy director of the Tour de France whose organizers also run Paris-Nice
  • Bernard Thevenet, two-time Tour de France champion (1975, 1977) covers the Tour and other races for French television
  • Aussies Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) and Matthew White (USPS) share a light moment before the race
  • Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole) approaches the start ramp during warm-ups
  • Joaquim Rodriguez (ONCE) at the top of the climb. He later went on to win stage 6.
  • Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) has his eyes on a bigger prize, the centennial Tour green jersey
  • Mario Aerts (Telekom) pushes to the top of the climb
  • Andy Flickinger (AG2R) on the final stretch before the descent
  • Danilo Hondo (Telekom) lost a minute and a half
  • Alexis Rodriguez (Kelme) takes the turn at the top
  • Kurt Van de Wouwer (Quick Step-Davitamon) can almost see the start of the descent
  • Torsten Hiekmann (Telekom) flew to a very respectable 24th place in the prologue
  • Josu Silloniz (Euskaltel-Euskadi) didn't appear to be suffering at the top
  • Mikel Zarrabeitia (ONCE) limited his losses in the prologue and wound up second overall in Nice, just 11 seconds ahead of Rebellin
  • Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) won stage 2, wore yellow, and finished on the podium in third place
  • Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) won stage 1
  • David Bernabeu (Milaneza) won the final stage in Nice and finished in 6th place
  • Tom Boonen (Quick Step-Davitamon) starts a new season on a new team
  • Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole), wearing the Australian national champion jersey, rode to a solid 4th place in the prologue
  • Miguel Martinez (Phonak) feels it at the top of the climb
  • The French have great expectations for Sylvain Chavanel who finished Paris-Nice in 5th place and took the best young rider jersey
  • Another top young French prospect, Sandy Casar (FDJeux.com) finished a strong 8th in the prologue
  • Bobby Julich (Telekom) may get some chances to show himself this season
  • Patrice Halgand, a 2002 Tour stage winner, leads the Jean Delatour team
  • Tyler Hamilton (CSC) starts a new season with a strong second place finish in the prologue and the KoM jersey in Nice
  • Axel Merckx (Lotto-Domo) was one of many who dropped out during stage 6
  • Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) attacks the top of the climb and dreams of another stage victory in the Tour
  • Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo) finished 6th in the prologue, won stage 4 to take the yellow jersey, then dropped out before stage 5 due to stomach problems
  • Nico Mattan (Cofidis) powered to a win in the prologue
  • Gilberto Simoni (Saeco), taking the turn at the top of the climb, rode a solid Paris-Nice...but has bigger ambitions
  • Defending champion Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom) rode a solid prologue on Sunday, then lost his best friend, Andrei Kivilev, on Wednesday, before grabbing overall victory in an emotional 2003 Paris-Nice
  • Richard Virenque (Quick Step-Davitamon) loves the crowd and they love him, giving him what surely was the biggest applause of the day
  • Kurt-Asle Arvesen led the Fakta team at Paris-Nice, was in the decisive break in the final stage (finishing 5th) and finished in 12th place overall
  • Laurent Brochard led the AG2R team at Paris-Nice and won the points/green jersey
  • Benoit Joachim finished Paris-Nice in 53rd place, the best placing for the USPS team
  • Andrei Kivilev (Cofidis) at the top of the climb in the prologue, just 3 days before his tragic death after a bad crash in stage 2

Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Images by AFP

Image by Jerome Camilleri

Team bikes from the prologue

Images by Chris Henry/Cyclingnews


1 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone              5.47 (49.79 km/h)
2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                               0.02
3 Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone         0.05
4 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo
6 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                             0.06
7 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
8 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com                                0.07
9 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
10 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                    0.08
11 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
12 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems               0.09
13 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
14 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
15 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com
16 David Bernabeu (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                          0.10
17 Franck Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
18 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                            0.11
19 Claus Michael Moller (Den) Milaneza-MSS
20 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                 0.12
21 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) FDJeux.com
22 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
23 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) ONCE-Eroski
24 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Team Telekom
25 Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
26 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Jean Delatour                        0.13
27 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom
28 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team fakta
29 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC                            0.14
30 Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
31 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
32 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
33 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
34 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone          0.15
35 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) Jean Delatour
36 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
37 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone
38 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
39 Isaac Galvez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
40 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone
41 David Canada (Spa) Quick Step-Davitamon                    0.16
42 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
43 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
44 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner
45 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
46 Volodomir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
47 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                0.17
48 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
49 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
50 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
51 Pavel Padrnos (Cze) US Postal presented by Berry Floor     0.18
52 Ivan Parra (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
53 Angel Castresana (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
54 Pedro Cardoso (Por) Milaneza-MSS                           0.19
55 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
56 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
57 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
58 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
59 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Jean Delatour                         0.20
60 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
61 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
62 Cédric Fragniere (Swi) Credit Agricole
63 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Milaneza-MSS
64 Rui Miguel Sousa Barbosa (Por) Milaneza-MSS
65 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone
66 David Latasa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                      0.21
67 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
68 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            0.22
69 Jos Alberto Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
70 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems
71 Mickael Pichon (Fra) FDJeux.com
72 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) FDJeux.com
73 Thomas Eriksen (Den) Team CSC                              0.23
74 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
75 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
76 Frank Høj (Den) Team fakta
77 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco-Longoni Sport
78 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
79 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo                         0.24
80 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Jean Delatour
81 Marcos Serrano (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
82 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com                         0.25
83 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
84 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
85 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
86 René Jørgensen (Den) Team fakta
87 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                  0.26
88 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) FDJeux.com
89 Miguel Martinez (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
90 David Arroyo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
91 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
92 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Lotto-Domo
93 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom
93 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour
95 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone          0.27
96 Guido Trenti (USA) Fassa Bortolo
97 Santiago Perez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems
98 Rui Lavarhinas (Por) Milaneza-MSS
99 Alexis Rodriguez (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
100 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick Step-Davitamon
101 Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) Team fakta
102 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone
103 Christopher Jenner (NZl) Credit Agricole                  0.28
104 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
105 Udo Bölts (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              0.29
106 Jordi Riera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
107 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
108 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
108 Mario Aerts (Bel) Team Telekom
110 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
111 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo
112 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner
113 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                      0.30
114 Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
115 Tristan Hoffman (Ned) Team CSC
116 Julian Winn (GBr) Team fakta
117 Stephane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
118 Paulo Barroso (Por) Milaneza-MSS
119 Leon Van Bon (Ned) Lotto-Domo
120 Benoit Joachim (Lux) US Postal presented by Berry Floor   0.31
121 Lennie Kristensen (Den) Team CSC
122 Matthew White (Aus) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
123 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Telekom
124 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Gerolsteiner                        0.32
125 Ruben Diaz De Cerio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
126 Jorg Ludewig (Ger) Saeco-Longoni Sport
127 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Quick Step-Davitamon                 0.33
128 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
129 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo
130 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom
131 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Lotto-Domo
132 Lizuarte Martins (Por) Milaneza-MSS
133 Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
134 Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor     0.34
135 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
136 Jørgen Bo Petersen (Den) Team fakta
137 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo
138 Alberto Lopez De Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi           0.35
139 Damon Kluck (USA) US Postal presented by Berry Floor
139 Julian Usano (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca
141 Matthew Wilson (Aus) FDJeux.com                           0.36
142 Michael Skelde (Den) Team fakta
143 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
144 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    0.38
145 Gorka Gerrikagoitia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
146 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) US Postal presented by Berry Fl  0.39
147 Nicola Loda (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                           0.41
148 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto-Domo                            0.43
149 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Credit Agricole                       0.44
150 Manuel Calvente (Spa) Team CSC
151 Steffen Weigold (Ger) Gerolsteiner                        0.46
152 Giosuè Bonomi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                   0.48
153 Ivan Quaranta (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
154 Lars Bak (Den) Team fakta                                 0.53
155 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Quick Step-Davitamon              0.55
156 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner                       1.07
157 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Team Telekom                           1.31
158 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Jean Delatour                    1.39
1 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone                25 pts
2 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC                                 22
3 Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone           20
4 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole                          18
5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                         16
6 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                               15
7 Mikel Pradera (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                               14
8 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com                                  13
9 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                        12
10 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom                      11
11 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                           10
12 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems                  9
13 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                 8
14 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                            7
15 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                  6
16 David Bernabeu (Spa) Milaneza-MSS                             5
17 Franck Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon               4
18 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                               3
19 Claus Michael Moller (Den) Milaneza-MSS                       2
20 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                    1
Young rider
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                       5.52
2 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com                                0.02
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                          0.03
4 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com                                0.04
5 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo                             0.06
6 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere                  0.07
7 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) FDJeux.com
8 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Team Telekom
9 Constantino Zaballa (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                0.09
10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
11 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis Credit Par Telephone        0.10
12 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner                          0.11
13 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Jean Delatour                         0.15
14 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
15 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                            0.17
16 Thomas Eriksen (Den) Team CSC                              0.18
17 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
18 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco-Longoni Sport
19 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Jean Delatour                         0.19
20 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon                      0.20
21 Koldo Gil Perez (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
22 David Arroyo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski                             0.21
23 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
24 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere               0.23
25 Jordi Riera (Spa) Kelme-Costa Blanca                       0.24
26 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
27 Christian Werner (Ger) Team Telekom                        0.26
28 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Quick Step-Davitamon                  0.28
29 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
30 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom
31 Lizuarte Martins (Por) Milaneza-MSS
32 Andy Flickinger (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      0.29
33 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     0.33
34 Steffen Weigold (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         0.41
35 Giosuè Bonomi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport                    0.43
36 Lars Bak (Den) Team fakta                                  0.48
37 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Quick Step-Davitamon               0.50
1 Cofidis, Le Crédit par Téléphone                           17.41
2 Fassa Bortolo                                               0.02
3 Crédit Agricole                                             0.05
4 FDJeux.com                                                  0.08
5 Team CSC                                                    0.11
6 Team Telekom                                                0.13
7 O.N.C.E.-Eroski
8 Brioches La Boulangère                                      0.15
9 Milaneza-MSS                                                0.20
10 Phonak Hearing Systems                                     0.22
11 AG2r Prévoyance                                            0.23
12 Jean Delatour                                              0.25
13 Kelme-Costa Blanca                                         0.27
14 Gerolsteiner
15 Quickstep-Davitamon                                        0.29
16 Team Saeco                                                 0.35
17 Team fakta                                                 0.41
18 US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor                 0.45
19 Euskaltel-Euskadi                                          0.50
20 Lotto-Domo                                                 0.59

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