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Challenge de Hesbaye-Trognée - 1.6

Belgium, March 24, 2002

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Another win for Sullivan

By Matthew Conn

Evandale cyclist Sean Sullivan, has scored his second international road race victory in as many weeks, taking out the 1.6 ranked Challenge de Hesbaye in Belgium.

Sullivan rode for more than 90km in the front of the race after joining a group of 7 riders around the halfway point. At 50km to go a group of 25 riders formed at the front and after a series of attacks on the finishing circuit, the Tasmanian Institute of Sport scholarship holder again rode clear in a group of eight.

The small lead group contained riders from both the Rabobank and Domo-Farm Frites development squad, but it was Sullivan, wearing race number one, who broke clear in the final kilometer.

Yesterday's victory followed on from an equally strong display in the Gent - Ieper semi-classic last week for the 24 year old Tasmanian, who is riding with the form of his life, for the Dutch Blokswieler Team.

Speaking from his home on the Dutch/Belgian border, Sullivan said that finally his years of sacrifice were paying off.

"I haven't done anything different this year to previous years, but last week's win gave me the confidence to race at the front all day today."

Sullivan is in his second season of amateur competition in Belgium, following four years of racing in Italy, including a year as a professional with De Nardi in 2000.

While these two victories have kick started Sullivan's campaign for a professional contract, and taken some pressure off, he is now the favourite for this weekend's Zesbergenprijs. The 1.5 ranked amateur event races over parts of the course for the professional E3 Prize, finishing in the same place around an hour before the pros arrive.


1 Sean Sullivan (Aus) Bloks Nijdam                  3.28.00 (42.692 km/h)
2 Riels Scheuneman (Ned) Rabobank                      0.04
3 Dyrius Rasimus (Den) Team Ok Odder
4 Geery Steegmans (Bel) Domo Farm Frites
5 Erwin Vermeulen (Bel) Hand In Hand Baal              0.12
6 Jeroen Boelen (Ned) Van Hemert Groep                 0.29
7 Mark Roland (Aus) Team Down Under
8 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Think Media CT              0.37
9 Leon Vogels (Aus) Team Down Under
10 Julien Goossens (Bel) RC Pesant
11 Bart De Spiegelaer  (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren
12 Carlson Mattias (Den) Team Ck Odder
13 Sebastien Rosseleer (Bel) Domo - Farm Frites
14 Pieter Mertens (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren
15 Pascam Lievens (Bel) CT Lombarden                   0.40
16 Youri Dielens (Bel) Pro Cycling Team Limburg        0.42
17 Lorenzo Louagie (Bel) RC Pesant
18 Ruud Verspaadonk (Ned) Rdm Bianchi
19 Kevin Desmedt (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren
20 Martijn Lust (Ned) Van Hemert Groep
21 Ward Rombauts (Bel) Wieler Promotie Team
22 Jef Peeters (Bel) Think Media
23 Filip Monsieurs (Bel) Wielerteam Affligem
24 Ruud Aerst (Ned) Van Hemert Groep
25 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) Go Pass Abx
26 Bas Giling (Ned) Rabobank
27 Gerben Van De Reep (Ned) Van Vliet Gazelle
28 Martijn Stougje (Bel) Van Vliet Gazelle
29 Tom De Meyer (Bel) Bloks Nijdam
30 Olivier Huysveld (Bel) John Saye Cycling
31 Staffan John (Swe) Midden Limburg
32 Kurt Hovelinck (Bel) Wieler Promotie Team
33 Anno Wallaard (Bel) Domo Farm Frites                  .
34 Thijs Zonneveld (Ned) Tegeltoko
35 Mart Louwers (Ned) Rabobank
36 Kurt Vangoidsenhiven (Bel) Pro Cycing Team
37 Andy Vanhoudt (Bel) Pro Cycling Team                  .
38 Andries Verpeeten (Bel) John Saye Cycling
39 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren
40 Jarn Van Mingeroet (Bel) Think Media
41 Joachim Poortmans (Bel) Rdm Bianchi
42 Eddy Torrekens (Bel) Sprint 2000  Charleroi
43 Kenny De Block (Bel) Pro Cycling Team
44 Paul Redenbach (Aus) Team Down Under                  .
45 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Go Pass Abx
46 Gert Janssen (Bel) Meubelen Heylen
47 Joel Desmet (Bel) Velo Club Ardennes                  .
48 Franky Dereeoen (Bel) CT Lombarden                    .
49 Jens Van Laer (Bel) Think Media                        
50 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Domo Farm Frites
51 Lars Werenberg   (Den) Tean Ck Odder
52 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Velo Club Ardennes
53 Nathan Clarke (Aus) Bloks Nijdam
54 Lars Vantournhout (Bel) CT Lombarden
55 David Mays (Bel) Think Media
56 Bastiaan Krol (Ned) Tegeltoko
57 Patrice Hemroulle (Bel) Sint Martinus
58 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Team Down Under
59 Jeroen Goffin (Bel) Go Pass Abx
60 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Pro Cycling Team
61 Pim Goos (Ned) Bloks Nijdam
62 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Rabobank
63 Kees Jeurissen (Ned) Van Hemert Groep
64 Lenn Van Drimmelen (Ned) Wilton Cycling Team
65 Danny Int't Ven (Bel) Bloks Nijdam
66 Frank Van Kuik (Bel) Wieler Promotie Team
67 Danny Van Looy (Bel) John Saye
68 Klaas Vermaut (Bel) CT Lombarden
69 Bjorn Hoeben (Ned) Rabobank
70 Mathieu Criquelion (Bel) RC Pesant
71 Danny Dierickx (Bel) John Saye                     1.00
72 Mikael Laursen (Den) Team Ck Odder
73 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank                      
74 Maarteb Wijnands (Bel) Cycling Team                1.30
75 Mol Wouter (Ned) Niller Team Noord                 2.56
76 Thomas Barras (GBr) Team Down Under                4.50
77 Jacco Helmink (Ned) Tegeltoko                      5.12
78 Adam Cax (Aus) Wilton Cucling Team                 
79 Nic Brown (Aus) Bloks Nijdam                       
80 Den Thaens (Bel) Domo Farm Frites                  
81 Renaud Boxus (Bel) RC Pesant                       
82 Patrick Trevisan (Bel) Sprint 2000 Charleroi       7.53
83 Markku Ainsllu (Est) Wilton Cycling Team           
84 Michael Galicia (Bel) Hand In Hand Baal            


1 Domo Farm Frites                    50 pts
2 Team CK Odder                       66
3 Bloks Nijdam                        83
4 Rabobank                            63
5 Team Down Under                     60
6 Van Hemert Groep                    50
7 Think Media                         70
8 Wielergroep Beveren                 44
9 RC Pesant                           97
10 CT Lombarden                       117
11 Pro Cycling Team                   89
12 Wieler Promotie Team               119
13 Go Pass ABX                        129
14 John Saye                          135
15 Tegeltoko                          167
16 Wilton Cycling Team                225
17 Van Vliet Gazelle                  55
18 Rdm Bianchi                        59
19 Velo Club Ardennes                 99
20 Hand In Hand Baal                  89
21 Sprtnt 2000 Charleroi              40

Courtesy of Vincent Ebroin

Past winners

2001  Stijn Vanstraelen (Bel) Eddy Merckx Boys
2000  Braun Schmitz (Bel) Wierlerteam Farm Frites  150 kms in 3.38.06
1999  Koen Das (Bel) Eddy Merckx Boys
1998  Tim De Peuter (Bel) 
1997  Fréderic Lagneau (Bel)
1996  Gino Verheyden (Bel)
1995  Rob Compas (Ned)
1994  Rob Compas (Ned)
1992  Danny Dirickx (Bel)
1993  Sébastien Vanden Abeele (Bel)
1991  Rigo Willems (Bel)
1990  Philippe Beckers (Bel)