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June 12/01 1:58 am - Classique des Alps, Dauphine Libere

Posted by Editor on 06/12/01

Classique des Alps - France

1 Iban Mayo Diez (Esp) Euskatel-Euskadi 4:57:21
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service at 1:12
3 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel s.t.
4 Felix Rafael Cardenas Ravalo (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 2:27
5 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 2:43
6 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) Euskatel-Euskadi 3:13
7 Beat Zberg (Sui) Rabobank 4:12
8 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
9 Santiago Botero Echeverry (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
10 Frederic Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole all s.t.

19 Chann Mcrae (USA) Mercury-Viatel 11:34
21 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
23 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-World Online both s.t.
25 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) US Postal Service 12:23
30 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service 15:29
40 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service 22:18

Report from Mercury-Viatel.

Created by Jean-Marie Leblanc ten years ago, the Classique des Alps is the only one day race which brings the peleton over the same mountains where the Tour de France and the Dauphine usually go. It's hard. Very hard. This is because of the three majestic mountain passes on the course. On Saturday, the race was even harder due to the fog and the rain. Horrendous conditions in fact the reports say.

That didn't frighten Spanish climber Iban Mayo, 23, who already surprised everyone by taking the overall classification in the Midi Libre a few days before. He went away on his own very far from the finish and another race started behind him as he had more than 5 minutes lead. "It' was Lance Armstrong who scattered all the other riders who tried to hold his back wheel, team directeur Alain Gallopin explained. Only one of them was able to follow him: Pavel Tonkov. He wasn't very motivated, but I encouraged him quite a bit and he overtook his fatigue on the top of the Granier climb. He came back on Armstrong in the downhill. Then it's was a fantastic man to man battle. In the end, we had a very good result from this race."

Armstrong and Tonkov couldn't reach Mayo but came close, 1'11'' down. By taking the 3rd place, Tonkov shows that he's in good form the day before the Criterium du Dauphiné (a seven day stage race also in the Alps). Tonkov will not have Armstrong as a competitor there because Lance has chosen to take part in the Tour of Switzerland instead.

Criterium du Dauphine Libere - France

Stage 1 - Morzine-Avoriaz to Bron 227 km

1 Fabian De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 5:56:01
2 Damien Nazon (Fra) Bonjour
3 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Domo-Farm Frites
4 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
5 Andrei Tchmil (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
6 Jimmy Casper (Fra) La Francaise Des Jeux
7 Bradley McGee (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux
8 Candido Barbosa (Por)
9 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour
10 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Festina

25 Plamen Stainov (Bul) Mercury-Viatel
39 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
64 William Frischkorn (USA) Mercury-Viatel
68 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole
76 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Mercury-Viatel
77 Chann McRae (USA) Mercury-Viatel
80 Phil Zajicek (USA) Mercury-Viatel
94 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Mercury-Viatel
96 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel
97 Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel all s.t.

Stage 2 - Bron to Firminy 170 km

1 Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour 4:14:48
2 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites s.t.
3 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Domo-Farm Frites at 1:43
4 Bradley McGee (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux
5 Fabian Dewaele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
6 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
7 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
8 Christophe Capelle (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93
9 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi
10 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis

21 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole
22 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel all s.t.
38 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole 1:48
39 Chann McRae (USA) Mercury-Viatel
60 Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel
66 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Mercury-Viatel
71 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Mercury-Viatel
73 Phil Zajicek (USA) Mercury-Viatel all s.t.
89 Plamen Stainov (Bul) Mercury-Viatel 3:00


1 Laurent Roux (Fra) Jean Delatour 10:16:25
2 Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites at 0:07
3 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) Domo-Farm Frites 1:31
4 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour 1:35
5 Bradley McGee (Aus) La Francaise Des Jeux 1:36
6 David Millar (GBR) Cofidis 1:39
7 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 1:43
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina 1:44
8 Iban Mayo (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
10 Fabian Dewaele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco 1:46

21 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mercury-Viatel 1:53
29 Niklas Axelsson (Swe) Mercury-Viatel 1:56
33 Bobby Julich (USA) Credit Agricole 1:58
34 Chann McRae (USA) Mercury-Viatel 1:59
36 Floyd Landis (USA) Mercury-Viatel 2:01
46 Phil Zajicek (USA) Mercury-Viatel 2:03
46 Jonathan Vaughters (USA) Credit Agricole s.t.
55 Andrei Teteriouk (Kaz) Mercury-Viatel 2:06
88 Plamen Stainov (Bul) Mercury-Viatel 3:27


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