Posted by Editoress on 04/17/02
Fabiana Luperini has won her 3rd Flèche Wallonne. Results for the women's race are still not avaialble. Lyne Bessette and Team Saturn was there.
1. Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto - Adecco
2. Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskatel - Euskadi
3. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
4. Andrea Noè (Ita) Mapei - Quickstep
5. José Azevedo (Por) ONCE - Eroski
6. Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo - Farm Frites
For the first 100 km the pack stayed together. AT 105km a group of 3 (Jens Heppner (Telekom), Walter Beneteau (Bonjour) and Alex ZÃƒÂ¼lle (Team Coast)) went away and managed a gap of 2:40 by the 120km point. Levi Leipheimer (Rabobank) launched a chase at this point and he was quickly joined by others to make a group of 10. (Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei - Quick Step , Inigo Cuesta (Esp) Cofidis , Markus Zberg (Sui) Rabobank , Juan Antonio Flecha (Esp) Ibanesto.Com , Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour , Steve Zampieri (Sui) Tacconi Sport , Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC Tiscali , Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner). They are caught by the 135km mark.
After this a series of attacks and gaps were established... and lost
With 8km to go, Axel Merckx attacked and 3 bridge up to him - Aerts, Etxebarria and Azevedo. Bartoli and Noè join them shortly.
Merckx attacked again with 2 km to go, but was quickly caught.
At 1k to go, Aerts wound up the speed and no one could stay with him
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