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Tour of Hellas - 2.5

Greece, April, 2-6, 2003

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Prologue - April 2: Nea Ionia, Athens ITT, 2.5 km

Russell Van Hout wins prologue

By Dimitris Konstantopoulos

Maestro-Nella's Russell Van Hout has won the prologue of the Tour of Hellas in Athens. The 27 year old Australian covered the 2.5km course in 2 minutes 48 seconds, just 1 second in front of Greek time trial specialist Yiannis Tamouridis, and 3 seconds ahead of Austrian Jochen Summer. Last year's winner Frazer McMaster (NZl) finished 24th, fourteen seconds behind.

Tomorrow the first stage will start from Panathinaikon Stadium (the stadium where the first Olympic Games in 1896 were organised), and will finish in Distomon City, Central Greece, covering 152km.


1 Russel Van Hout (Aus) GS3 Maestro Nella                             2.48 (54.0 km/h)
2 Yiannis Tamouridis (Gre) Hellas National Team                       0.01
3 Jochen Summer (Aut) GS3 Volsbank Ideal                              0.03
4 Jean Nuttli (Swi) GS3 Volsbank Ideal                                0.05
5 Vassilis Anastopoulos (Gre) GS3 Volsbank Ideal                      0.07
6 Yiannis Tsakouridis (Gre) Hellas/Emporiki National Selection 1      0.08
7 Valeri Kobzarenko (Ukr) GS3 Maestro Nella
8 Stanislav Hejduk (Cze) Ceska Sporitlena MTB                         0.10
9 Christophe Sebatier (Fra) CC Martigues
10 Patrick Koehler (Ger) Vc Frankfurt 1833                            0.11
11 Jaromir Friede (Cze) Ceska Sporitlena MTB
12 Henning Jaecs (Ger) Vc Frankfurt 1833
13 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) GS3 Volsbank Ideal
14 Georgios Ninos (Gre) Hellas/Emporiki National Selection 3
15 Elpidoforos Potouridis (Gre) Hellas/Emporiki National Selection 1
16 Ivor Bruin (Ned) BRC Kennemerland                                  0.12
17 Glen Chadwick (Aus) GS3 Giant Asia Racing Team
18 Markos Moraitakis (Gre) Hellas National Team
19 Konstantinos Symelidis (Gre) Hellas National Team
20 Necmettin Ozbek (Tur) Turkey National Team
21 Jaromir Purmensky (Cze) Ceska Sporitlena MTB                       0.13
22 Radim Korinek (Cze) Ceska Sporitlena MTB
23 Tino Haakman (Ned) BRC Kennemerland
24 Frezer McMaster (NZl) GS3 Volsbank Ideal                           0.14
25 Florent Cabirot (Fra) CC Martigues
26 Radoslav Konstantinov (Bul) Bulgaria National Team
27 Lubos Kondis (Svk) Ceska Sporitlena MTB
28 Paul Redenbach (Aus) GS3 Giant Asia Racing Team
29 Francis De Jager (Ned) BRC Kennemerland
30 Dimitar Dimitrov (Bul) CC Martigues                                0.15
31 Konstantinos Rodopoulos (Gre) Hellas/Emporiki National Selection 2
32 Ronald Schur (Ned) BRC Kennemerland
33 Angelis Armenatzoglou (Gre) Hellas/Emporiki National Selection 2
34 Daniel Petrov (Bul) Bulgaria National Team                         0.16
35 Yves Obert (Ger) Vc Frankfurt 1833
36 Andreas Markakis (Gre) Hellas National Team
37 Bruno Nella (Can) GS3 Maestro Nella                                0.17
38 Georgios Petalas (Gre) Hellas/Emporiki National Selection 3
39 Samuel Fahrun (Ger) Vc Frankfurt 1833
40 Evgeni Gerganov (Bul) Bulgaria National Team

U23 Classification
1 Yiannis Tsakouridis (Gre) Hellas/Emporiki National Selection 1
2 Georgios Ninos (Gre) Hellas/Emporiki National Selection 3
3 Necmettin Ozbek (Tur) Turkey National Team

Number of Starters: 98
Classified: 97