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Ringerike GP - 2.5

Norway, April 30-May 4, 2003

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Stage 1 - April 30: Hønefoss - Hønefoss, 157.7 km

First international win for Jonas Holmkvist

By Jean-François Quénet in Hønefoss

Jonas Holmqvist
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Norwegians have such a good sense of hospitality that they welcome 22 foreign teams in their only UCI race, the Ringerike Grand Prix (2.5), so 33 teams in total are competing. And they usually leave the first stage win to their Swedish neighbours.

One year ago, Gustav Larsson, now riding for Fassa Bortolo, did a long solo breakaway to claim stage 1. Today his former teammate at Crescent Jonas Holmkvist won in a different way: in a bunch sprint. Larsson's team from last year is still directed by former Giro d'Italia runner up Tommy Prim, but is now called Team Bianchi Scandinavia. They have had an interesting start of the season with an unexpected win overall in the Circuit des Ardennes (2.6) in Mid April in France, with the young mountain-biker Tomas Lövkvist, only 19, who can't ride the Ringerike Grand Prix because he has to finish school.

"This is my first win this year and my first international win," Holmkvist said. "And it was planned as well with a perfect lead out from Jonas Olsson and Jonas Ljungblad. I took the first position before the last corners, this kind of sprint is perfect for me."

The stage finish in Hønefoss - to be repeated in stage 2 and 4 - is known for being hectic. "My front wheel slipped," said an amazed Freddy Bichot, 5th, before going on the podium to get his king of the mountains jersey.

Lergard drives the peloton
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All the favourites finished in the main bunch but the battle has started. Bichot. who is turning professional with Team Barloworld next week, was first at the top of the climb at 35 km to go. He could already see that the competition for GC should be between him, Jonathan Dayus from Team Ringerike and Eric Leblacher from Crédit Agricole, just to name a few. It looks like the French professionals from Crédit Agricole don't want to let the French amateurs from Nantes 44 do their own. They're also afraid of Team Bianchi Scandinavia.

Crédit Agricole and Team Ringerike were the two teams chasing the last breakaway of the day comprising Tarmo Raudsepp from Nantes 44, Tobias Lergard from Team Bianchi Scandinavia and Vassili Anastopoulos from the Greek national team.

The race is very open before the hill finish of Ringkollen on Friday. This is the place where Dayus earned his place in Team Ringerike one year ago.


Images by Gunnar Mjaugedal/

Images by Jean-Francois Quenet


1 Jonas Holmkvist (Swe) Team Bianchi                 3.49.34
2 Marvin Van Der Pluim (Ned) Bert Story- Piels
3 Geert Van Crombruggen (Bel) Rcs Bioagrico
4 Lars Breiseth (Nor) Team Ringerike
5 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Comnet- Senges
6 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Nantes 44
7 Johan Svensson (Swe) Team Mälarenergi
8 Henrik Oldin (Swe) Team Mälarenergi
9 Morten Hegreberg (Bel) Deschacht- Granville
10 Tjarco Cuppens (Ger) Team Comnet- Senges
11 Luke Roberts (Ger) Team Comnet- Senges
12 Joachim Bøhler (Nor) Ringerike Sk
13 Glen Zelderloo (Bel) Deschacht- Granville
14 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Team Bianchi
15 Andreas Molandsveen (Nor) National Team Norway
16 Christofer Stevenson (Swe) Cyclecomponents. Com/ Sollerö
17 Martin Vestby (Bel) Rcs Bioagrico
18 Per Martin Lund (Nor) National Team Norway
19 Anders Lennartsson (Swe) Degeberg Ck
20 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Credit Agricole
21 Vasileios Anastopoulos (Gre) National Team Greec
22 Oliver Penney (Bel) Rcs Bioagrico
23 Roland Mittendorf (Ger) Bbc/team Profline
24 Roger Karlsson (Swe) Degeberg Ck
25 Kristian Ellertsen (Nor) National Team Norway
26 Gregory Saw (Nor) Ringerike Sk
27 Danny Schewe (Ger) Rg Nordland
28 Ben Raby (Bel) Rcs Bioagrico
29 Jukka Heinikainen (Swe) Team Mälarenergi
30 Frank Dressler (Ger) Team Comnet- Senges
31 Alexandru Sabalin (Mda) National Team Moldavia
32 Are Andresen (Nor) Ck Bjørgvin
33 Germ Van Der Burg (Ned) Bert Story- Piels
34 Anders  Gerhardsson (Swe) Motala
35 Martin Axelsson (Swe) Degeberg Ck
36 Richard Faltus (Cze) Ac Sparta Praha
37 Jos Harms (Ned) Bert Story- Piels
38 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Ringerike
39 Peter Pucelik (Cze) Ac Sparta Praha
40 Evgheni Gutalov (Mda) National Team Moldavia
41 Dimitri Creciun (Mda) National Team Moldavia
42 Yannick Rebouilleau (Fra) Nantes 44
43 Martin Hebik (Cze) Ac Sparta Praha
44 Jan Fredrik Mohn (Nor) Fana I L Sykkel
45 Hans- Jörgen Juretzek (Ger) Team Comnet- Senges
46 Alexandru Pugaci (Mda) National Team Moldavia
47 Daniel Strauch (Ger) Rg Nordland
48 Mathias Carlsson (Nor) Team Ringerike
49 Bill Nickson (GBr) Arctic Shorter Rochford
50 Georgios Ninos (Gre) National Team Greec
51 Morten Christiansen (Nor) Bærum Ock
52 Jonas Olsson (Swe) Team Bianchi
53 Jan Mattsson (Swe) Team Mälarenergi
54 Phil Thuaux (Aus) Team Down Under
55 Petter Renäng (Swe) Team Bianchi
56 Bjørn Ivar Ekberg (Nor) Nes
57 Markos Moraitakis (Gre) National Team Greec
58 Mikale Segersäll (Swe) Team Bianchi
59 Simon Gerrans (Nor) Team Ringerike
60 David Migne (Fra) Nantes 44
61 Tarmo Raudsepp (Fra) Nantes 44
62 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Nantes 44
63 Andreas Johansson (Swe) Cyclecomponents. Com/ Sollerö
64 Aron Huysmans (Bel) Deschacht- Granville
65 Mikko Vastarante (Fin) National Team Finland
66 Yohan Charpenteau (Fra) Credit Agricole
67 Yan Tournier (Fra) Credit Agricole
68 Valery Kobzarenko (GBr) Team Maestro Nella
69 Corey Sweet (Fra) Credit Agricole
70 Tobias Lergård (Swe) Team Bianchi
71 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Team Down Under
72 Jussi Veikanen (Swe) Team Mälarenergi
73 Sven De Werdt (Aus) Team Down Under
74 Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) National Team Greec
75 Stijn Penne (Bel) Deschacht- Granville
76 Kor  Steenbergen (Ned) Bert Story- Piels
77 Jonathan Dayus (Nor) Team Ringerike
78 Stian Remme (Nor) Fana I L Sykkel
79 Stefan Repshus (Nor) Nes
80 Huw Pritchard (GBr) Wales
81 Klaas De Gruyter (Bel) Deschacht- Granville
82 Trond Kristian Schweder (Nor) Bærum Ock
83 James Norfolk (GBr) Wales
84 Espen Jogert (Nor) National Team Norway
85 Alges Maasikmets (Est) Mâe Ratturite Klubi
86 Anthony Malerczyk (GBr) Wales
87 Udo Müller (Ger) Rg Nordland
88 Börre Fjeld Halvorsen (Nor) Bærum Ock
89 Anders Sand (Nor) Oslo/ Akershus-
90 Oskari Kargu (Est) Mâe Ratturite Klubi
91 Andrew Roche (GBr) Team Maestro Nella
92 Raido Kodanipork (Est) Mâe Ratturite Klubi
93 Patrick Koeman (Ned) Bert Story- Piels
94 Mads Kaggestad (Fra) Credit Agricole
95 Ion  Pripa (Mda) National Team Moldavia
96 Robert Österling (Swe) Motala
97 David Pell (Ger) Team Comnet- Senges
98 Geir Lien (Nor) Nes
99 Stian Nørve (Nor) Ck Bjørgvin
100 Pavel Vesely (Cze) Ac Sparta Praha
101 Jostein Hole (Nor) Bærum Ock                        0.51
102 Idar Baekken (Nor) Oslo/ Akershus-                  0.58
103 Marc A. Mackay (Bel) Rcs Bioagrico                  1.12
104 Cody Stevenson (Aus) Team Down Under                1.19
105 Christian Einung Dahl (Nor) Fredrikstad Sk          6.09
106 Frank Pedersen (Nor) Ck Bjørgvin
107 Andreas Keuser (Ger) Bbc/team Profline
108 Håvard Kristiansen (Nor) Ringerike Sk
109 Marius Nyhammer (Nor) Fana I L Sykkel
110 Dimitri Bondari (Mda) National Team Moldavia
111 Patrick Blannin (Bel) Rcs Bioagrico
112 Michael Stevenson (Swe) Cyclecomponents. Com/ Sollerö
113 Tuomas Turunen (Fin) National Team Finland
114 Ryan Bevis (GBr) Wales
115 Mikko Siltanen (Fin) National Team Finland
116 Adrain Bird (GBr) Arctic Shorter Rochford
117 Kent Helge Olsen (Nor) Ck Bjørgvin
118 Martin Pecenka (Cze) Ac Sparta Praha
119 Anston Hulth (Swe) Cyclecomponents. Com/ Sollerö
120 Robin Van Der Pluim (Ned) Bert Story- Piels
121 Jan- Magnus Mansner (Fin) National Team Finland
122 Per- Erik Johansson (Swe) Motala
123 Martin Ford (GBr) Arctic Shorter Rochford
124 Elpidoforos Potouridis (Gre) National Team Greec
125 Ioannis Tsakouridis (Gre) National Team Greec
126 Tom Vastmans (Bel) Deschacht- Granville
127 Anders Juhlin (Swe) Team Mälarenergi
128 Håkan Nilsson (Swe) Degeberg Ck
129 Tommi Martikainen (Fin) National Team Finland
130 Robert Johansson (Swe) Cyclecomponents. Com/ Sollerö
131 Andreas Papp (Swe) Degeberg Ck
132 Kalle Sandell (Swe) Motala
133 Sabino Cannone (GBr) Team Maestro Nella
134 Håvard Nybø (Nor) Frikransen
135 Fredrik Løfsgaard (Nor) Bærum Ock
136 Herve Arcade (Fra) Nantes 44
137 Nico Indekeu (Aus) Team Down Under
138 Bart Bastiaens (Aus) Team Down Under
139 Helge Gevelt (Nor) Oslo/ Akershus-
140 Bruno Nella (GBr) Team Maestro Nella                9.49
141 Anders Magnusson (Swe) Motala                      12.33
142 Jarle Wermskog (Nor) Frikransen
143 Deniz Tuzcu (Ger) Bbc/team Profline
144 Nils Einar Grutle (Nor) Fana I L Sykkel
145 Adam Broyad (GBr) Arctic Shorter Rochford
146 Anders Iversby Hvideberg (Nor) Fredrikstad Sk
147 Timothy Wood (GBr) Arctic Shorter Rochford
148 Luca Mara (Swe) Motala
149 Trygve Eriksen (Nor) Oslo/ Akershus-
150 Kenneth Randin (Nor) Ck Bjørgvin
151 Mirko Poldma (Est) Mâe Ratturite Klubi
152 Mart Ojavee (Est) Mâe Ratturite Klubi
153 Emiel Arbaham (GBr) Team Maestro Nella
154 Martin Gustavsen (Nor) Fredrikstad Sk              18.19
155 Rune Stordal (Nor) Ck Bjørgvin
156 Christian Westermark (Fin) National Team Finland
157 Matthew Melville (Nor) Frikransen
158 Benjamin Adriani (Ger) Bbc/team Profline
159 Tom Aleksandersen (Nor) Ringerike Sk
160 Sebastian Prengel (Ger) Bbc/team Profline
161 Eirik Helgesen (Nor) Fana I L Sykkel
162 Helge Haugstad (Nor) Fredrikstad Sk
163 Martin Bratland (Nor) Nes
164 Bersvenn Støen (Nor) Frikransen
165 Stig Sverre Holmsen (Nor) Nes                      18.43
166 Wahur Valvas (Est) Mâe Ratturite Klubi             26.49
167 Oliver Stock (Ger) Rg Nordland                     28.10
168 Øyvind Myrvold (Nor) Nes                           28.26
169 Knut Borbe (Nor) Oslo/ Akershus-                   28.57
170 Timothy Bayley (GBr) Arctic Shorter Rochford       30.26
171 Geroge Rose (GBr) Wales                            33.13
172 Peter Lemke (Ger) Rg Nordland                      44.07
173 Ola Magnus Laugaland (Nor) Frikransen
174 Vegard Almankaas (Nor) Asker CK                  1.03.19
175 Helge Mosveen (Nor) Asker CK
DNF Svein Olav Andersen (Nor) Asker CK
DNF Christian Sjurseth (Nor) Asker CK
DNF Paul Sheppard (GBr) Wales
DNF Jens Sethzmann (Nor) Asker CK
DNF Fredrik Lindberg (Swe) Degeberg Ck
DNF Benno Reidesser (Ger) Bbc/team Profline
DNF Bjørn Saksberg (Nor) Oslo/ Akershus-
DNF Sebastian Freese (Ger) Rg Nordland
DNF Bernt Owe Rein (Nor) Fredrikstad Sk
DNF Jarle Fredriksen (Nor) Bærum Ock
DNF Mats Larsen (Nor) Fredrikstad Sk
DNF Arve Lyngstad (Nor) Asker CK

Courtesy of Syklingens Verden