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63rd Paris-Camembert Lepetit - 1.2
France, April 2, 2002
2001 Results Results Past winners
Ljungqvist's first for the season
Swedish champion Marcus Ljungqvist (Team fakta) claimed victory in the 63rd Paris-Camembert, after a remarkable breakaway that lasted the entire race. At the finish the Swede was quicker than Ludovic Turpin (Ag2r) and Sandy Casar (FdJ), with his Danish teammate Lennie Kristensen taking fourth place.
What turned out to be the crucial move occurred in the first kilometre of the race. Stéphane Augé and Cyril Dessel (Jean Delatour) attacked, and were followed by 23 other riders. The French teams were well represented, with Agnolutto, Trastour and Turpin (AG2r), Clain and Tessier (Cofidis), Casar (FdJ), Gouvenou and Talabardon (Big mat), Moreau (Credit Agricole), Salanson (Bonjour) and Templier (St Quentin Oktos). Of the foreign teams, Ortenzi was there for Mercatone Uno and Chann McRae for US Postal, in addition to Ljungqvist and Kristensen (Team fakta).
The biggest team to miss the break was Lotto-Adecco, who drove at the front for nearly two hours at 50 km/h to try and get them back. They failed and gave up, as the gap was already over 4 minutes. Lance Armstrong's US Postal team were next to try and close it down (in spite of McRae), but were also unsuccessful. By the finish, the gap was up to nearly 9 minutes.
The fakta team knew this race well, as their director Kim Andersen won it in 1986, and Scott Sunderland finished third here last year. Ljungqvist and Kristensen together with Ludovic Turpin managed to make the final cut when Sandy Casar attacked on the Côte de Roiville with 38 kilometres to go.
Casar is having a great season so far, highlighted by his second place in Paris-Nice, and he means to go on with it. Today wasn't to be his day however.
At the bottom of the final climb of the Mur des Champeaux, Turpin put in a strong attack on the 17% slope, but was countered by Ljungqvist. Casar was dropped from the two leaders, and had to be content with third after chasing back on. In front, Ljungqvist was easily able to account for Turpin in the sprint, taking the biggest win in his fifth year as a professional, and his first of 2002.
A two-time Swedish time trial champion and last year's Swedish road champion, the 27 year old shows a lot of promise for his team in the future. His strength today was impressive against the more favoured riders such as Armstrong, Voigt, Rous, and Brochard.
"The breakaway group was perfect in its composition," said Ljungqvist. "I started with confidence and I always felt good. When Kristensen is came back after having been dropped, then I really believed it because I knew I was the quickest. It worked for me. This is the result of a team race."
Results - 208 km
1 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team fakta 4.33.51 (45.57 km/h) 2 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 3 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux 4 Lennie Kristensen (Den) Team fakta 0.09 5 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 1.07 6 Tom Leaper (Aus) Navigators Cycling Team 7 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis 1.10 8 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Amore & Vita-Beretta 9 Daniele Righi (Ita) Index-Alexia 10 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 11 Fabrice Salanson (Fra) Bonjour 12 Olivier Trastour (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 13 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) De Nardi-Pasta Montegrappa 14 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Jean-Delatour 1.43 15 Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra) Cofidis 16 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Jean Delatour 17 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop 18 Glenn Mitchell (NZl) Navigators 19 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Credit Agricole 20 Vincent Templier (Fra) Oktos-Saint Quentin ... 48 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean-Delatour 8.46 64 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour 8.52 70 Florent Brard (Fra) Credit Agricole 75 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service DNF Jens Voigt (Ger) Credit Agricole DNF Marco Pantani (Ita) Mercatone Uno Coupe de France standings after round 4 1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux 62 pts 2 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali 50 3 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance 50 4 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour 43 5 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 35 6 Sandy Casar (Fra) La Francaise des Jeux 25 7 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 24 8 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean-Delatour 22 9 Chris Peers (Bel) Cofidis 20 10 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance 14 10 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis 14
Paris-Camembert (Trophée Lepetit) 2001 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 2000 Didier Rous (Fra) 1999 Fabio Fontanelli (Ita) 1998 Pascal Lino (Fra) 1997 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) 1996 Adriano Baffi (Ita) 1995 Andrej Tchmil (Mol) 1994 Armand De las Cuevas (Fra) 1993 Oleg Kozlitine (Kaz) 1992 Patrice Esnault (Fra) 1991 Brian Holm (Den) 1990 Thierry Marie (Fra) 1989 Andreas Kappes (Ger) 1988 Laurent Fignon (Fra) 1987 Mathieu Hermans (Ned) 1986 Kim Andersen (Den) 1985 Martial Gayant (Fra) 1984 Hubert Linard (Fra) 1983 Christian Jourdan (Fra) 1982 Christian Jourdan (Fra) 1981 Guy Gallopin (Fra) 1980 Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (Fra) 1979 Raymond Martin (Fra) 1978 Joop Zoetemelk (Ned) 1977 Hubert Linard (Fra) 1976 Bernard Hinault (Fra) 1975 Raymond Martin (Fra) 1974 Alain Santy (Fra) 1973 Regis Delephin (Fra) 1972 José Catieau (Fra) 1971 Gerard Moneyron (Fra) 1970 Georges Chappe (Fra) 1969 Raymond Riotte (Fra) 1968 Harry Stevens (Ned) 1967 Georges Chappe (Fra) 1966 Desire Letort (Fra) 1965 Pierre Everaert (Fra) 1964 Arie Den Hertog (Ned) 1963 Jacques Simon (Fra) 1962 Piet Rentmeester (Ned) 1961 Jean-Claude Annaert (Fra) 1960 Joseph Groussard (Fra) 1959 Nicolas Barone (Fra) 1958 Nicolas Barone (Fra) 1957 Joseph Groussard (Fra) 1956 René Fournier (Fra) 1955 Jean-Marie Cieleska (Fra) 1954 Gilbert Bauvin (Fra) 1953 Jean Gueguen (Fra) 1952 Robert Varnajo (Fra) 1951 Jean Baldassari (Fra) 1950 Ange Le Strat (Fra) 1949 Jean Rey (Fra) 1948 Raoul Remy (Fra) 1947 Robert Dorgebray (Fra) 1946 Paul Neri (Ita) 1944 Maurice De Muer (Fra) 1943 Victor Cosson (Fra) Paris-Vimoutiers, 1906-1942 1942 Joseph Goutourbe (Fra) 1939 Pierre Cloarec (Fra) 1938 Jean-Marie Goasmat (Fra) 1937 André Auville (Fra) 1936 Yvon Marie (Fra) 1935 Marcel Bat (Fra) 1934 Louis Thietard (Fra) 1906 Mary (Fra) Past winners by Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com