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90th Meisterschaft von Zürich - Championship of Zurich - CDM

Switzerland, August 17, 2003

Results    Live report    World Cup standings

Cagy Nardello claims first World Cup win in Zurich

Bettini increases lead in World Cup

By Tim Maloney, European Editor

Daniele Nardello triumphs in Zurich
Photo: © Sirotti

After a clever attack in the last eight kilometres, 29 year old Daniele Nardello (Telekom) took his first ever World Cup win in the 90th edition of the Züri-Metzgete, presented by BMC Software today in Zurich, Switzerland. After his win and a hug from his wife Elenia, the delighted Nardello told Cyclingnews that "I saw that Bettini, Ullrich and Di Luca were good today so I tried to anticipate them with an attack. I had good legs too and managed to get across to Casagrande and the others on the final climb. When we were away in the final, I just went for it since I knew I couldn't win if it came down to a sprint."

Nardello's last win was almost one year ago in Coppa Bernocchi and Zurich was his 26th career victory. At this year's Tour De France, Nardello was a close third place in Stage 18 of the TDF behind Pablo Lastras but his breakthrough win in Zurich will go a long way for the likeable rider from Varese.

Nardello explained that "I've placed in World Cup races before, but after my up and down year this season, this win today is a big payback after all the sacrifices I've made."

Nardello, who recently re-signed for 2004 with Telekom had a "molto difficile" season in 2003. After a crash compromised his early season form, Nardello got a bad case of the flu that put him out of contention in the spring World Cup classics. His only decent ride was at Paris-Roubaix, where the 29 year old Telekom rider was 8th.

Congrats Nardello!
Photo: © Sirotti

Third placed rider in Zurich and current World Cup leader Paolo Bettini Quick.Step-Davitamon looks unbeatable in the season long competition. "I always ride well in Zurich," said Bettini, "but I woke up this morning with a sore throat from the hotel air conditioning...anyway, I was hoping to get a good place today so third is OK. I'm really happy for Nardello; he really deserved to win today."

As for runner up Jan Ullrich, Bettini observed diplomatically that "he's a great rider; really strong with so much power...he just needs to work on his timing."

How it unfolded

Fearless foursome
Photo: © C. Henry/CN

On a beautiful late-summer day along Zurichsee and the rolling hills southwest of the Swiss financial capital, the 90th edition of the Züri-Metzgete got under way at 11:30 with 189 riders from 24 teams taking the starting shotgun for 236km of World Cup racing. Europe's heatwave had finally broken and temps would 'only' reach the upper-80's in Zurich today. The course consisted of one large lap of 71km and four finishing laps of 41km. The main difficulties of the day were the Forch (2km at 5%) and Pfannenstiel (2.9km at 10%), plus a short, steep climb of Wetzwil (400m at 12%), to be climbed on the big and small laps. Situated with 17km to go, the tough Pfannenstiel would be the decisive climb on the 2003 Züri-Metzgete.

The day's main break of four riders got away about halfway through the first large lap, with Ratti (Lampre), Wegmann (Gerolsteiner), Elmiger (Phonak) and Lefevre (Delatour) the fugitives du jour. Their maximum lead was 10'00 after 150km, but with Ullrich's Bianchi team powering away on the front, the quartet had 2'30" lead with 70km to go. 23 year old Wegmann was coming off a win last month in the Niedersachsen Rundfahrt, but it was the experienced climber Laurent Lefevre who was doing most of the forcing in the break.

As the penultimate lap of the 90th Züri-Metzgete unfolded, the gap began to drop as the chase increased and Fassa Bortolo sent their man Gorazd Stangelj out front in search of the break. Stangelj bridged up to the now three man break on Pfannenstiel and his next move on the steep Wetzwil blew the front-runners apart after 150km of liberty.

With the break absorbed, Stangelj stayed out front on the long, sinuous descent back to the shore of the Zurichsee as Gerolsteiner's Ronny Scholz powered the chase. Stangelj sat up and there were 70 riders together as the final lap of the Züri-Metzgete commenced. Quick.Step-Davitamon countered Fassa's move by sending Kashechkin as the road pitched upward towards the Forch climb.

Gerolsteiner's Markus Zberg countered the Quick.Step-Davitamon man and then Sylvain Chavanel (Brioches La Boulangčre) bridged up to Zberg. As the Forch climb continued, Bianchi upped the pace, but a sharp attack by USPS-Berry Floor rider George Hincapie went after Zberg and Chavanel. This drew a massive attack by Jan Ullrich to cover George's move, which turned into a dangerous break with 33km to go. Along with Ullrich and Hincapie, Chavanel, Verbrugghe (Lotto-Domo) and Daniele Nardello (Telekom) got a gap, but with no Fassa or Quick.Step riders up front and a 2 km downhill, the break was doomed.

Bettini strong
Photo: © Sirotti

All the action reduced the front group to 40-odd riders on the rolling roads approaching the base of the Pfannenstiel as Jan Ullrich played his final few cards. His Bianchi teammates Garcia Casas and Casero rode super-hard tempo up to the base of the first part of the Pfannenstiel, where Jan The Man launched a huge attack. But Ullrich wasn't 100% today and his move was covered by Bettini, Boogerd and Basso.

As the remaining 20 front-runners slowed from a case of the looky-loos, Rabobank rider Michael Rasmussen flew the coop in an audacious solo attack. Affectionately known as "Chicken" for his skinny legs, the 1999 World MTB champ blasted away and gained 15" on the chasers by the summit of the final climb of the Pfannenstiel. Rasmussen missed the Tour de France this year due to a broken bone in his hand from a training crash in May, and was trying to salvage something from his 2003 season. Chicken's perfectly timed flight allowed his teammate Michael Boogerd to follow the chase and put himself in position to score valuable World Cup points.

With a disorganized chase behind Rasmussen, it looked like the lanky Dane might get away with the race win for a while, but a massive effort by Francesco Casagrande (Lampre) on the final steep slopes of Wetzwil pulled the Rabobank man back for good with 11km. The front break was now five strong, with Boogerd, Rasmussen, Basso, Casagrande and Nardello 10" ahead of the chasing group, powered by an incredibly strong Ullrich that streamed down the 3km descent to the Zurichsee.

As the break made the right-hand turn along the Zurichsee, with 8 km to go, the junction was made between the break and the chase, and that's when Nardello made his winning move. The Telekom man got a gap on the disorganized chase and with 5 km to go, Nardello had 13". Ullrich was pulling back many of the counter-moves and finally rode off the front in pursuit of Nardello with 2 km to go, but it was too little, too late.

Bettini takes bunch sprint
Photo: © Sirotti

Nardello maintained his narrow advantage to win the biggest race of his career, while Ullrich was runner-up in Zurich once again, 6" behind the Italian. World Cup leader Paolo Bettini took the sprint for third, just ahead of Boogerd and both scored valuable points toward the final World Cup classification.

In this eighth World Cup of the 2003 season it's the fourth to go to an Italian rider. Paolo Bettini further increased his lead over now second placed Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) and Peter van Petegem (Lotto-Domo), with Italian rider Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) in 4th and yet another Italian, Mirko Celestino (Saeco) in 5th.


Images by Chris Henry/Cyclingnews

Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Images by AFP Photo

Results - 236.6 km

1 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom                          5.55.30 (39.932 km/h)
2 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Bianchi                                  0.06
3 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon                        0.11
4 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
6 Javier Pascual Rodriguez (Spa) iBanesto.com
7 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
8 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
9 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron
10 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio
11 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre
12 Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Spa) iBanesto.com
13 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step-Davitamon
14 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco
15 Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
16 Richard Virenque (Fra) Quick Step-Davitamon
17 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
18 Michael Rasmussen (Den) Rabobank                               0.17
19 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                      1.09
20 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Domo
21 Axel Merckx (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   1.12
22 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Domo                             1.18
23 Massimiliano Lelli (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
24 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) iBanesto.com
25 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio
26 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
27 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco
28 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Alessio
29 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom
30 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Quick Step-Davitamon
31 Felix M Garcia Casas (Spa) Team Bianchi
32 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
33 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
34 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
35 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco                                      1.37
36 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom
37 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
38 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
39 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean Delatour
40 Daniel Atienza Urendez (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
41 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
42 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron
43 Peter Lüttenberger (Aut) Team CSC
44 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service-Berry Floor         2.02
45 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron                      3.46
46 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                4.14
47 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick Step-Davitamon
48 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Jean Delatour
49 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone           5.50
50 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
51 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service-Berry Floor
52 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
53 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
54 Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr) Domina Vacanze-Elitron
55 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service-Berry Floor              8.06
56 Angel Luis Casero Moreno (Spa) Team Bianchi                    9.11
57 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                9.36
58 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio
59 Andrea Tonti (Ita) Saeco                                      11.27
60 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean Delatour
61 Francisco J Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre
62 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Team CSC
63 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner
64 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance
65 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
66 Thomas Grönqvist (Swe) Team fakta
67 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Quick Step-Davitamon
68 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
69 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
70 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank                               14.18
71 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco                                      15.19
72 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
73 Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
74 Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) Team CSC
75 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team fakta
76 Grégory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
77 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
78 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole
79 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
80 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco
81 Sven Montgomery (Swi) Fassa Bortolo
82 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
83 Gianluca Sironi (Ita) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
84 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre
TC Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick Step-Davitamon
DNF Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service-Berry Floor
DNF José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) US Postal Service-Berry Floor
DNF Pavel Padrnos (Cze) US Postal Service-Berry Floor
DNF Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) US Postal Service-Berry Floor
DNF Matthew White (Aus) US Postal Service-Berry Floor
DNF Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco
DNF Stefano Zanini (Ita) Saeco
DNF Giuseppe Guerini (Ita) Team Telekom
DNF Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Team Telekom
DNF Cadel Evans (Aus) Team Telekom
DNF Steffen Wesemann (Ger) Team Telekom
DNF Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom
DNF Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio
DNF Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Alessio
DNF Andrea Noe' (Ita) Alessio
DNF Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio
DNF Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Thorsten Rund (Ger) Team Bianchi
DNF Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Bianchi
DNF Aitor Garmendia Arbilla (Spa) Team Bianchi
DNF Francisco José Lara Ruiz (Spa) Team Bianchi
DNF David Plaza Romero (Spa) Team Bianchi
DNF Sergio Barbero (Ita) Lampre
DNF Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre
DNF Manuel Quinziato (Ita) Lampre
DNF Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre
DNF Eddy Ratti (Ita) Lampre
DNF Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner
DNF Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Gerolsteiner
DNF Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
DNF Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
DNF Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
DNF Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
DNF Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
DNF Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
DNF Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
DNF Ińigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
DNF Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
DNF Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone
DNF Niki Aebersold (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Michael Albasini (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Alex Zuelle (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC
DNF Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC
DNF Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
DNF Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC
DNF Bekim Christensen (Den) Team CSC
DNF Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo
DNF Christophe Detilloux (Bel) Lotto-Domo
DNF Thierry Marichal (Bel) Lotto-Domo
DNF Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Lotto-Domo
DNF Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Lotto-Domo
DNF Claudio Astolfi (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron
DNF Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Domina Vacanze-Elitron
DNF Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron
DNF Martin Derganc (Slo) Domina Vacanze-Elitron
DNF René Andrle (Cze) ONCE-Eroski
DNF David Arroyo Duran (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Angel Castresana Del Val (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Mikel Zarrabeitia Uranga (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Allan Davis (Aus) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Rafael Diaz Justo (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Olivier Trastour (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Nicolas Portal (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
DNF Ludovic Martin (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Frédéric Finot (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF David Lefevre (Fra) Jean Delatour
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) iBanesto.com
DNF Jon Odriozola Mugarza (Spa) iBanesto.com
DNF Evgeni Petrov (Rus) iBanesto.com
DNF Yohann Charpenteau (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Credit Agricole
DNF Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole
DNF Jorgen Bo Petersen (Den) Team fakta
DNF Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team fakta
DNF Mickael Rheis (Den) Team fakta
DNF Julian Winn (GBr) Team fakta
DNF Fredrik Modin (Swe) Team fakta
DNF Allan Johansen (Den) Team fakta
DNF Sergiy Adyeyev (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Johan Verstrepen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNF Ruslan Gryschenko (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
DNS Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Fassa Bortolo
DNS Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-So.Di

World Cup standings after round 8

1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon               350 pts
2 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank                         204
3 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo                     203
4 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner                     187
5 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Team Saeco                       139
6 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Team Saeco                        136
7 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Team Telekom                    124
8 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Lampre                      123
9 Dario Pieri (Ita) Team Saeco                           117
10 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom               100
11 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo                         95
12 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Quick.Step-Davitamon         92
13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Domina Vacanze-Elitron          88
14 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom                          86
15 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio                            83
16 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon                82
17 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo                     79
18 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal-Berry Floor         74
19 Stuart O'grady (Aus) Crédit Agricole                   74
20 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Team Saeco                         71


1 Team Saeco                                              68 pts
2 Quick.Step-Davitamon                                    63
3 Alessio                                                 40
4 Rabobank                                                39
5 Fassa Bortolo                                           31

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