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Road Racing News for 8-08-01 [infociclismo]
 
08/08/2001
[InfoCiclismo] 08-08-01: Lots of Racing Going On+ RACING
08.08.2001 08.08.2001 GP Città' di Camaiore ITA 1.2 MEL

Italian Michele Bartoli (Mapei), won the final sprint today ahead of Bulgarian Ilavio Gabrovski and Italian Gianni Faresin. Bartoli, who takes his second win of the season (Het Volk was his first) was the fastest out of a final group of four riders who took part in the decisive break. Fourth place went to Bartoli’s teammate: Stefano Garzelli. Bartoli had this to say about his teammate: “I want to share this win with my teammate Garzelli, who in the last 40 kms worked for me”.

RESULTS:
1. Michele Bartoli (ITA) 4h.36.10
2. Ilavio Gabrovski (BUL) s.t
3. Gianni Faresin (ITA) s.t
4. Stefano Garzelli (ITA) at 8
5. Massimo Donati (ITA) at 43
6. Francesco Casagrande, Italia s.t.
7. Wladimir Belli, Italia at 57
8. Gianluca Tonetti, Italia s.t.
9. M. PINOTTI (ITA - LAM) s.t.
10. G. VALOTI (ITA - ALX) at 1'05"


08.08.2001 12.08.2001 Regio-Tour International GER 2.3 MEL

STAGE 1: Frenchman Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour), won today the first stage, held between Herboizheim and Lahr, also taking the overall lead in the process.

STAGE 1 & G.C.
1) Halgand (FRA/JDL) 3:44:54
2) Massimiliano Mori (ITA/SAE)
3) Andrej Hauptmann (SLO/TAC)


02.08.2001 15.08.2001 Volta a Portugal POR 2.3 MEL

STAGE 6:
1. Andrei Zintchenko (RUS-LA/Pecol) 4:13.03
2. Juan Miguel Mercado (ESP.ibanesto.com) at 05
3. Fabian Jeker (SUI-Milaneza) s.t.
4. Oscar Pereiro (ESP-Porta Ravessa) at 10
5. Rui Sousa (POR-Porta Ravessa) s.t.
6. Joaquim Gomes (POR-Boavista) at 14
7. Melchor Mauri (ESP-Milaneza) at 19
8. Carlos Pinho (POR-Barbot) at 22
9. Orlando Rodrigues (POR-LA/Pecol) s.t.
10. Nuno Alves (POR-Porta Ravessa) s.t.

G.C.
1. Andrei Zintchenko 23:01.32
2. Juan M. Mercado at 02
3. Pedro Martins (POR-Gresco-Tavira) at 07
4. Fabian Jeker at 13
5. Cándido Barbosa (POR-iBanesto.com) at 31
6. Rui Sousa s.t.
7. Oscar Pereiro s.t.
8. Marzio Bruseghin s.t.
9. Orlando Rodrigues at 32
10. Melchor Mauri at 37

STAGE 7:
1. Santiago Pérez (ESP-Barbot-Torrié) 4:22.36
2. Juan Miguel Mercado (ESP.ibanesto.com) at 17
3. Joaquim Gomes (POR-Boavista) s.t.
4. Fabian Jeker (SUI-Milaneza) at 36
5. Vítor Gamito (POR-Porta Ravessa) s.t.
6. Andrei Zintchenko (RUS-LA/Pecol) s.t.
7. Rui Sousa (POR-Porta Ravessa) at 50
8. Oscar Pereiro (ESP-Porta Ravessa) at 2.04
9. Cándido Barbosa (ESP-iBanesto.com) at 2.07
10. Nuno Alves (POR-Porta Ravessa) at 2.08

G.C.
1. Juan M. Mercado 27:24.21
2. Andrei Zintchenko at 23
3. Fabian Jeker at 36
4. Rui Sousa at 1.08
5. Vítor Gamito at 1.12
6. Joaquim Gomes at 2.08
7. Oscar Pereiro at 2.22
8. Cándido Barbosa at 2.25
9. Orlando Rodrigues (POR-LA/Pecol) at 2.56
10. Nuno Alves at 2.58

03.08.2001 08.08.2001 Tour de la Région Wallonne BEL 2.3 MEL

STAGE 5, Amay to Amay
1 B. ROESEMS (BEL - LWK) 43'55"
2 D. MILLAR (GBR - COF) at 5"
3 B. POILVET (FRA - C.A) at 57"
4 G. D'HOLLANDER (BEL - LOT) at 1'01"
5 B. GRABSCH (ALL - PHO) at 1'13"
6 L. HOSTE (BEL - DFF) at 1'20"
7 N. AXELSSON (SUE - MCY) s.t.
8 L. VAN BON (HOL - MCY) at 1'23"
9 M. STREEL (BEL - CPA) s.t.
10 S. CASAR (FRA - FDJ) at 1'27"

STAGE 6, 160.7 km:
1. Niklas Axelsson (Swe), 4h05'11" at 39,59 km/h
2. Jo Planckaert (Bel) at 2"
3. Léon Van Bon (Ned) s.t.
4. Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) s.t.
5. David Debremaeker (Bel) at 3"

G.C.
1. Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) in 23h12'31"
2. Bert Roesems (Bel) at 30"
3. David Millar (GBR) at 35"
4. Benoît Poilvet (Fra) at 1'04"
5. Bert Grabsch (Ger) at 1'06"

05.08.2001 09.08.2001 Vuelta a Castilla-Leon ESP 2.4 MEL

STAGE 3, Avila to Venta de Baños:
1. Javier Pascual Rodríguez (ESP-ibanesto.com) 4:13.59
2. Alexis Rodríguez (ESP-Kelme Costa Blanca) at 32 secs
3. Werner Rebenbauer (AUS-Nurnberger) at 6:22
4. Eleuterio Anguita (ESP-Jazztel C.Almería) s.t
5. Cedric Vasseur (FRA-US Postal) s.t.
6. Alberto Elli (ITA-Telekom) s.t.
7. Pedro Horrillo (ESP-Mapei) s.t.
8. Jon Odriozola (ESP-ibanesto.com) s.t.
9. Gerhard Trampusch (AUS-Telekom) s.t.
10. Angel Castresana (ESP-Euskaltel Euskadi) s.t.

G.C.
1. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP-Fuenlabrada) 10:35.15
2. Manuel Beltrán (ESP-Mapei) at 24 secs
3. Cristian Moreni (ITA-Mercatone Uno) at 29 s.
4. Marcos Serrano (ESP-ONCE Eroski) at 56 s.
5. Levy Leipheimer (USA-US Postal) at 57 s.
6. Marco Velo (ITA-Mercatone Uno) at 1:05
7. Iñigo Chaurreau (ESP-Euskaltel Euskadi) at 1:23
8. José María Jiménez (ESP-ibanesto. com) at 1:35
9. David Cañada (ESP-Mapei) s.t.
10. Fernando Escartín (ESP-Team Coast) at 1:36

STAGE 4, Venta de Baños to Zamora:
1. Julian Dean (NZL-USPS) 3h56.31
2. Endrio Leoni (ITA-Alessio) s.t.
3. Raphael Schweda (ALE-Team Coast) s.t.
4. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (NOR-Fakta) s.t
5. Eleuterio Anguita (ESP-Jazztel-C. Almería) s.t.
6. Frank Hoj (DEN-Team Coast) s.t.
7. Javier Pascual Llorente (ESP-Kelme) s.t.
8. Stefano Casagranda (ITA-Alessio) s.t.
9. Fabiano Fontanelli (ITA-Mercatone Uno) s.t.
10. Werner Riebenbauer (ALE-Nurnberger) s.t.

G.C.
1. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP-Fuenlabrada), 14:31.46
2. Manuel Beltrán (ESP-Mapei) at 24 secs
3. Cristian Moreni (ITA-Mercatone Uno) at 29 s.
4. Marcos Serrano (ESP-ONCE Eroski) at 56 s.
5. Levy Leipheimer (USA-US Postal) at 57 s.
6. Marco Velo (ITA-Mercatone Uno) at 1:05
7. Iñigo Chaurreau (ESP-Euskaltel Euskadi) at 1:23
8. José María Jiménez (ESP-ibanesto. com) at 1:35
9. David Cañada (ESP-Mapei) s.t.
10. Fernando Escartín (ESP-Team Coast) at 1:36

REGULARITY: Endrio Leoni (Alessio)
MOUNTAIN: Cesar Garcia Calvo (Relax Fuenlabrada)
HOT SPOT SPRINTS: Alexis Rodríguez (Kelme Costa Blanca)
TEAM: Mapei

05.08.2001 19.08.2001 Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale FRA 2.9.1

STAGE 3, Barbotan to Bergerac, 140.3 km:
1. Gabriella Pregnolato (ITA-Gas Sport) 3.27:03 at 40,657 kph
2. Olga Slioussareva (RUS-Carpe Diem Itera) at 01
3. Regina Schleicher (ALE-SC Michela Fanini) st
4. Yvonne Brunen (HOL-Farm Frites) st
5. Judith Ardnt (ALE-Junkers Noja ) st
6. Rosa María Bravo (ESP-BIK Toscany) st
7. Ghita Beltman (HOL-BIK Toscany) st
8. Magali Le Floch (FRA-CA Mantes-La Ville) st
9. Iryna Chuzhynova (UCR-Edilsavino) st
10.Francesca Castrucci (ITA-MIxte Aliverti) st
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37. Joane Somarriba (ESP-Alfa Lum) st

G.C.
1. Joane Somarriba (ESP-Alfa Lum) 7.32:43
2. Fabiana Luperini (ITA-Edilsavino) at 2:14
3. Alessandra Cappellotto (ITA-Gas Sport) at 2:37
4. Jeannie Longo (FRAS-Swam Slovakia) at 2:37
5. Zinaida Stahurskaya (BIE-Gas Sport) at 3:44
6. Marianna Lorenzoni (ITA-Mixte Aliberti) at 3:47
7. Dori Ruano (ESP-Junkers Noja) at 4:09
8. Rasa Polikeviciute (LIT-Accua Due) at 4:18
9. Judith Arndt (ALE-Junkers Noja) at 4:58
10.Jolanta Polikeviciute (LIT-Accua Due) at 5:02

STAGE 4, Bergerac to La Rochefoucauld, 121 km:
1. Yvonne BRUNEN (HOL/FARM FRITES) 3h:28:01
2. Chantal BELTMAN (HOL/BIK TOSCANY) s.t.
3. Mari HOLDEN (USA/ALFA LUM) s.t.
4. Rasa POLIKEVICIUTE (ACCA DUE) s.t.
5. Zinaida STAHURSKAYA (GAS SPORT TEAM) s.t.
6. Bettina SCHOKE (JUNKERS-NOJA) at 02
7. Olga SLIOUSSAREVA (CARPE DIEM) at 2:53
8 Regina SCHLEICHER (SC MICHELA) s.t.
9. Judith ARNDT (JUNKERS-NOJA) s.t.
10. Gitana GRUODYTE (MIXTE ALIVERTI) s.t.

G.C.
1. Joane SOMARRIBA (ESP/ALFA LUM) 11h:03:37
2. Zinaida STAHURSKAYA (BLR/GAS SPORT TEAM) at 50 secs
3. Rasa POLIKEVICIUTE (LIT/ACCA DUE) at 1:23
4. Fabiana LUPERINI (EDILSAVINO) at 2:14
5. Alessandra CAPPELLOTTO (GAS SPORT) at 2:37
6. Jeannie LONGO (CIPRELLI SWAM) s.t.
7. Marianna LORENZONI (MIXTE ALIVERTI) at 3:47
8. Teodora RUANO (ESP/JUNKERS-NOJA) at 4:09
9. Mari HOLDEN (ALFA LUM) at 4:37
10. Judith ARNDT (JUNKERS-NOJA) at 4:58

+ NEWS
DOPING: Daniele De Paoli (Mercatone) and Gabriele Missaglia (Lampre) will have to face the disciplinary commission of the Italian Cycling Federation due to doping allegations.

MAPEI RIDERS NOT IN SPAIN: Daniele Nardello and Oscar Freire (Mapei-Quick Step), will not ride the Clasica de San Sebastian, due to the fact that they have not recuperated from injuries. Freire didn’t continue the Vuelta a
Castilla y León, due to a slight tendonitis of the left knew. The team doctors consider the malady a minor one, but had Freire pull from the race before the start of stage 3 and he won’t start at San Sebastian as a precaution, since they one him to be healthy for the start of the Vuelta a España. Italian Daniele Nardello underwent an MRI on his left elbow to check on the injury that he suffered on the first stage of the Tour de France. Nardello will come back to competition on the 14th at the Tour of Denmark.

+ MY TOUR DIARY

Dear Friends,
This is my humble attempt to share with you some of my experiences at the Tour de France. I hope to be able to transmit a little bit of the special feeling of being able to witness such a grand event. Also, feel free to visit www.infociclismo.com to browse my Tour Photo Album. Special thanks go to Denis, Rob and Darren for making this an unforgettable experience.

PART V:
Lance & Jaja

I wasn't going to name this section in this way... by the end of it, you'll make up your mind what it should have been called.

Today's stage into Luz Ardiden was a tough one, although not as difficult or decisive as yesterday's stage. Today I spent the early part of the day at the press tent, but being that the VIP section was located within view of
the finish line, I decided to spend the day there. It turned out to be a good decision. Everyone who has "special" access in the Tour gets a pass, but not all passes are the same. For instance, there are reporters that get passes to be in the press room only, others that work with TV, Radio or photographers may get finish line access. The VIPs get access to one of a few different VIP areas. Typically the Tour organization invites local government officials, local sponsors of a particular stage, general sponsors or just important people to these VIP areas. On my first day at the Tour, I got Finish line and Press Room access, which was the coolest because you get to hang around right behind the podium area. On the last two days, I got Press Area and VIP area passes, which allowed me to move back and forth between the two.

Today was a great day and I decided to be a cycling fan more than a reporter and get into the spirit of things. At the VIP area they pamper you with appetizers and drinks, plus you can watch the stage inside an air-conditioned trailer, on one of those nifty Pioneer Hi-Definition TV's that you hang on the wall. Another part of the Tour, which TV viewers don't get to enjoy is the Caravan extravaganza, with literally what seems like hundreds of vehicles covering the course ahead of the peloton. Here is where all the sponsors drive by with the pretty girls, giving away stuff. Today I
decided to try and get some free souvenirs from the different sponsors… There was Orange, which is a new name for France Telecom and they were giving away Bob Hats (like Gilligan's hat), but black and with the name Orange on one side and the name Bob on the other, those were a hit. Elf, which has gasoline stations and sells Propane Gas was giving away this very useful red sacks, which double as simple backpacks, they were perfect for keeping all the loot. Festina watches was giving T-shirts, I got one of those. Champion, a chain of supermarkets and the sponsor of the Polka-Dot Jersey was giving away coupons for free stuff. Aquarel, which is the newest major sponsor for the Tour, is sponsoring the 1Km to go kite and the finish, along with the Young Rider White Jersey. Aquarel is mineral water from
Nestle and they were giving the water bottles by the thousands. You can see a photo of the very attractive Aquarel girls at www.infociclismo.com. I also got a little model of a satellite from Astra, which is a communications
company. C'oer d' Lion which sells some sort of food product, had a guy that was amazing at balancing and would put on a show everyday for the crowd located at the finish line. The guy had a funky bike which had a top tube
and seat tube made out of spring and he would get people from the crowd to try and ride it, but he was the only one that could handle it. He also rode one of those old big wheelers and a motorcycle with a sidecart, which he
used to turn all sort of balancing tricks. There were so many vehicles and companies and motorcycles… it is mind-boggling! Some of the VIP's also get to ride the course, which I'm told is very exciting, because you get to see
the amazing crowds.

Those crowds are something else. I was honored to get to the finish line each day in the morning in a Tour car with a group of Tour personnel, with whom I shared many a laugh. We rode in a funky looking car/van called a FIAT
Multipla. Like nothing I've ever seen before in America. I'm sure I took a photo, which I will post at the website.

Well getting back to today's stage, we already know that Euskatel's Laise a took the stage and that when Armstrong and Ullrich came in, Armstrong allowed Ullrich to go in first and the German extended his hand backwards in respect, in a photo which was plastered on the first page of many newspapers in Europe. The setup today was strange, because the riders would come up the last few hundred meters up to the line to finish the stage, meet up with their team masseurs, who would give them a drink and a dry jersey and sometimes a hat, I guess so that they won't catch a cold from riding sweaty in the cooling afternoon. Well, once they took care of business, they would ride back down the same slope that they had just gone up, sometimes crossing with the scattered riders that were still coming in. What no one saw on TV was Ullrich going down this slope, headed for his team car, high-fiving the adoring fans who were extending their hand out for a salute. Only a handful of riders made the gesture and it was one that touched me, considering that Ullrich knew that he wasn’t going to win the Tour.

As I promised I have taken a lot of photos, which I will post at www.infociclismo,com. But the one photo that I coveted I couldn’t get and is there a story!

One of the weaknesses of most digital cameras is the time delay between the time you press the button and the time that the photo is taken, which made for complications at the time of catching a moving object. I thought that I
had snapped a great photo of Lance and Jan riding towards the line, but it turned out I didn't, so I was a little disheartened. So close and yet, so far! So after the stage, I was walking behind the finish line area, and when
I looked up, whom did I see but Lance walking right by me. I took out the camera and ran as fast as I could trying not to trip over the thousands of feet of cable that were spread all over the ground. I thought that I was
going to be stopped, but the Gendarme allowed me to follow Lance, who was surrounded by only about 5-6 people. He was on the mobile with someone and I managed to stand in front of him, I pressed the button and the camera didn’t shoot… ARGHH! Lance was headed to the helicopter pad, about 200 meters down a dirt road. I notice that he is in company of Jens Voigt, they are speaking in English and Lance tells Jens: “I guess it is just turn today to ride the
helicopter”. I keep on running down, people are noticing that it is Armstrong and a crowd is gathering around the helicopter pad, I try again...NOPE... He runs into past Tour winner Perico Delgado and the Spaniard congratulates him, they are speaking in Spanish: Felicidades Lance!... great photo chance... NOT! He is almost out of my sight now, I'm trying to see what's wrong with the camera... I'm pissed! I manage to take a photo of Lance from far away getting into the helicopter... can you believe it? (I’m now convinced that it wasn’t the camera’s fault and it was my own, probably due to amateurish nervousness. So here I am, pissed and frustrated... which is pathetic, being I am in cycling heaven and I'm saying I can't believe this! How can this happen! Stupid camera, stupid ME! And in the middle of all this, I see a familiar face calmly sitting on the hood of a car, talking to people... King of the Mountain Laurent Jalabert! And the fans are taking pictures with him and talking to him and I manage to snatch a couple of photos myself. As I walk away, I say to myself, I should to talk to Ja Ja, but no... my French is non-existent... and then it hits me... Duh! Jalabert speaks perfect Spanish... I head back... he's gone! Not my finest moment. Talk about missed opportunities. But also talk about an exciting story!

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