Meisterschaft von Zürich
World Cup 2002 - Round 8
The 89th edition of the Meisterschaft von Zürich (Championship of Zurich) presents yet another serious obstacle for those still in the battle for World Cup honours, of indeed those wanting the glory of a prestigious race in their palmares. Six 41.4 km (248.4 km) circuits climbing the Pfannenstiel and Forch, the two main climbs on each lap make a total of 3426 metres of climbing (571 m per lap) make it a tough and interesting parcours.
Last years winner Paolo Bettini comes into the race showing good form, but he pulled out of the Tour of Denmark with tendon problems - sensible precaution or worrying injury? Nevertheless the Mapei squad is, as usual, an envy to other teams. Ratti and Paolini are in excellent form while Evans will find the parcours ideally suited to his style.
Mapei Quickstep 1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) 2 David Cańada Gracia (Spa) 3 Eddy Ratti (Ita) 4 Cadel Evans (Aus) 5 Oscar Freire Gomez Spa) 6 xx 7 Charles Wegelius (GBr) 8 Luca Paolini (Ita)
Second place man last season, Jan Ullrich, will not start due to suspension. Telekom will be hoping that Vinokourov or Kloden can kick start their season which seems to be drifting into obscurity. A team badly in need of a moral boosting victory may once again find that there are teams more hungry and determined for success. Walter Godefroot won the race in 1970 but it is hard to see him adding to those happy memories.
Team Telekom 11 Udo Bölts (Ger) 12 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) 13 Bobby Julich (Usa) 14 Matthias Kessler (Ger) 15 Andreas Klöden (Ger) 16 Kevin Livingston (Usa) 17 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) 18 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz)
On the climb of the Forch last year Armstrong fans had painted a huge “Go Lance Go” logo. Armstrong, looking weary after his post-Tour schedule climbed off early doors, however this season he seems to have retained his fitness and desire for a longer post-Tour spell. In his first professional season, 1992, he finished last in the San Sebastian Classic and then surprised everyone by coming second in Zurich. The Postal team would appear to be built for Armstrong who may find extra motivation knowing that without Hincapie there is little chance of success unless he rides for glory.
U S Postal Service 21 Lance Armstrong (Usa) 22 Michael Barry (Can) 23 Antonio Cruz (Usa) 24 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) 25 Benoit Joachim (Lux) 26 Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) 27 Floyd Landis (Usa) 28 Pavel Padrnos (Cze)
Johan Museeuw still leads the World Cup and has twice won this event; he brings a super strong squad and Merckx, Bruylandts and Vainsteins will all give excellent support. Whether loose cannon Virenque can be persuaded to ride for his Captain is a different matter...
Domo Farm Frites 31 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) 32 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) 33 Steven Kleynen (Bel) 34 Tomas Konecny (Cze) 35 Axel Merckx (Bel) 36 Johan Museeuw (Bel) 37 Richard Virenque (Fra) 38 Piotr Wadecki (Pol)
Escartin finished third last year, and Marcel Wust will know how to get the best out of his rather aging squad. Local boy Niki Abersold is in good form and may be a surprise package.
Team Coast 41 Niki Abersold (Swi) 42 Fernando Escartin Coti (Spa) 43 Aitor Garmendia Arbilla (Spa) 44 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) 45 Rolf Huser (Swi) 46Francisco Lara Ruiz (Spa) 47 Raphael Schweda (Ger) 48 Alex Zülle (Swi)
Michele Bartoli has won the event and has also finished second. He looked to be coming into form in Burgos and has a super squad to back him. The Italian squad will be super motivated and should not be discounted from victory.
Fassa Bortolo 51 Michele Bartoli (Ita) 52 Ivan Basso (Ita) 53 Wladimir Belli (Ita) 54 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) 55 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) 56 Kim Kirchen (Lux) 57 Sven Montgomery (Swi) 58 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
Frederic Bessy, without contract next year, may have a point to prove, though it is hard to imagine the Credit Agricole team will find the parcours to their liking. Having said that, Thor Hushovd may continue the great run of Danish victories in Europe.
Credit Agricole 61 Fréderic Bessy (Fra) 62 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) 63 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) 64 Thor Hushovd (Nor) 65 Christopher Jenner (Fra) 66 Anthony Morin (Fra) 67 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) 68 Benoît Poilvet (Fra)
Laurent Jalabert finished second in this race way back in 1991 (when Museeuw won) and he brings a super charged winning squad to Zurich. Rasmussen, fresh from his triumph on the Alto de las Lagunas de Neila, may have found winning ways; certainly the CSC squad is one of high talent, small egos and will no doubt do well.
CSC Tiscali 71 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) 72 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) 73Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) 74Francisco Cerezo Perales (Spa) 75Danny Jonasson (Den) 76Michael Rasmussen (Den) 77 Martin Rittsel (Swe) 78Nicki Sörensen (Den)
Hard to see how the Zebra Men of Aquae @ Sapone will make any headway in hilly Zurich. Gentili can climb and it would be nice if Filippo Simeoni could win - if only to see him carry his bike over the finishing line as he famously did in the 18th Stage of the Vuelta!
Aquae @ Sapone 81 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) 82 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) 83 Claudio Astolfi (Ita) 84 Massimo Giunti (Ita) 85 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) 86 Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) 87 Filippo Simeoni (Ita) 88 Michele Scarponi (Ita)
Kivilev was the animator of last week's race in San Sebastian - and he has a squad capable of delivering him to the critical stages - interesting to see how the Cofidis boys do.
Cofidis 91 Daniel Atienza Urendez (Spa) 92 Ińigo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) 93 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) 94 Dmitri Fofonov (Kaz) 95 Peter Farazijn (Bel) 96 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) 97 Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra) 98 Cédric Vasseur (Fra)
The orange men of Euskatel have had a disappointing season so far; Martinez and Zubeldia are capable of good performances but sadly it seems unlikely.
Euskatel - Euskadi 101 Mikel Artetxe Guezuraga (Spa) 102 José A.Martinez Trinidad (Spa) 103 Lander Euba Ziarrusta (Spa) 104 Igor Flores Galarza (Spa) 105 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) 106 Egoi Martinez de Esteban (Spa) 107 Aitor Silloniz Aresti (Spa) 108 Joseba Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa)
Ferrigato and Dufaux have both won this race in the past. Casagranda is in good form and Moreni has been excellent all season and deserves some reward; he was 6th last year and may make tomorrow very special - The Alessio boys will be hoping for glory in Zurich.
Alessio 111 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) 112 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) 113 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) 114 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) 115 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) 116 Stefano Casagranda (Ita) 117 Cristian Moreni (Ita) 118 Alberto Vinale (Ita)
Davide Rebellin also knows what it is like to stand on the winner's podium. He just missed the break last weekend, in spite of good supporting team work. Unlikely to make the same mistake two weeks running, Rebellin is a big pre-race favourite.
Gerolsteiner 121 Gianni Faresin (Ita) 122 Davide Rebellin (Ita) 123 Ronny Scholz (Ger) 124 Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) 125 Marcel Strauss (Swi) 126 Georg Totschnig (Aut) 127 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) 128 Steffen Weigold (Ger)
Aerts, full of form, new contract with Telekom and looking to add a major victory to his palmares - the Lotto lads will badly miss Rik Verbrugghe in Zurich.
Lotto 131 Mario Aerts (Bel) 132 Serge Baguet (Bel) 133 Christophe Brandt (Bel) 134 ?????? 135 Tom Stremersch (Bel) 136 Kurt van de Wouwer (Bel) 137 Peter van Petegem (Bel) 138 Ief Verbrugghe (Bel)
Hard to see where a result might come from the Index Alexia squad -
Index Alexia141 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) 142 Alessandro Guerra (Ita) 143 Bo Hamburger (Den) 144 Paolo Lanfranchi (Ita) 145 Marco Magnani (Ita) 146 Daniele Righi (Ita) 147 Gianluca Valoti (Ita) 148 Paolo Valoti (Ita)
Sergio Barbero was second in 1999, Serpellini Missaglia, Codol are all capable of a good ride. Surely one of the talented Lampre squad (though hard to say which one) will be in the thick of the action at the finish.
Lampre Daikin 151 Sergio Barbero (Ita) 152 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) 153 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) 154 Massimo Codol (Ita) 155 Simone Bertoletti (Ita) 156 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) 157 Marco Serpellini (Ita) 158M aximilian Sciandri (GBr)
Oscar Camenzind and local team Phonak have been well organised and committed all season. They may try to get men in an early break for TV exposure - we will certainly see the Phonak shirts dominate at some point in the race, though possibly not on the finishing straight.
Phonak 161 Reto Bergmann (Swi) 162 Roger Beuchat (Swi) 163 Matthias Buxhofer (Aut) 164 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) 165 Martin Elminger (Swi) 166 Alexandre Moos (Swi) 167 Benoit Salmon (Fra) 168 Daniel Schnider (Swi)
Zberg brothers Boogerd, Dekker, and Leipheimer - a very strong squad from the Rabobank boys but possibly one without a natural leader.
Rabobank 171 Michael Boogerd (Ned) 172 Beat Zberg (Swi) 173 Markus Zberg (Swi) 174 Marc Lotz (Ned) 175 Levi Leipheimer (Usa) 176 Erik Dekker (Ned) 177 Marc Wauters (Bel) 178 Jan Boven (Ned)
Super strong squad from the excellent Saeco team. Di Luca is in top form, so is Sacchi and Astarloa is surely due a world cup win. Commesso has been on the podium in this race. Almost a fantasy team for the race and the boys in red are racing with a point to prove.
Saeco 181Danilo Di Luca (Ita) 182 Igor Asterloa Askasibar (Spa) 183 Mirko Celestino (Ita) 184 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) 185 Leonardo Betagnolli (Ita) 186 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) 187 Alessio Galletti (Ita) 188Fabio Sacchi (Ita)
Frigo is in good form, Bortolami has won this race and they have a strong local presence - do not dismiss the Tacconi boys from a podium place.
Tacconi Sport 191 Dario Frigo (Ita) 192 Ruggero Borghi (Ita) 193 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) 194 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) 195 Peter Luttenberger (Aut) 196 Pietro Zucconi (Swi) 197 Patrick Calcagni (Swi) 198 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol)
Banesto on paper bring a strong squad - somehow they cannot convert their undoubted stage racing successes to one day classics, strange but true...
iBanesto 201 Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) 202 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) 203 Juan A. Flecha Giannoni (Spa) 204 David Latasa Lasa (Spa) 205 Denis Menchov (Rus) 206 David Navas Chica (Spa) 207 Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) 208 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa)
Once seem to have their mind more on the Vuelta than a one day race in Zurich - they should do well but probably won’t.
Once 211 René Andrle (Cze) 212 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) 213 Xabier Florencio Cabre (Spa) 214 Jan Hruska (Cze) 215 Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) 216 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) 217 David Arroya Duran (Spa) 218 Ivan Parra Pinto (Col)
Nuttli may try for a very long solo effort to gain exposure for the Oktos team.
Oktos-Saint Quentin 221 Vincent Bader (Swi) 222 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) 223 Eddy Lembo (Fra) 224 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) 225 Jean Nuttli (Swi) 226 Roman Peter (Swi) 227 Christophe Rinero (Fra) 228 Vincent Templier (Fra)
2001 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Jan Ullrich (Ger) Fernando Escartin (Spa)
2000 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Jan Ullrich (Ger) Francesco Casagrande (Ita)
1999 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) Sergio Barbero (Ita) Andrei Tchmil (Bel)
1998 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) Salvatore Commesso (Ita)
1997 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Jan Ullrich (Ger) Rolf Sörensen (Dan)
1996 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Michele Bartoli (Ita) Johan Museeuw (Bel)
1995 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Gianni Bugno (Ita) Giorgio Furlan (Ita)
1994 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Johan Museeuw (Bel) Maurizio Fondriest (Ita)
1993 Maurizio Fondriest (Ita) Charly Mottet (Fra) Bruno Cenghialta (Ita)
1992 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Lance Armstrong (USA) Jan Nevens (Bel)
1991 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Laurent Jalabert (Fra) Max Sciandri (GB)
1990 Charly Mottet (Fra) Greg Lemond (USA) Claudio Chiappucci (Ita)
1989 Steve Bauer (Can) Acacio Da Silva (Por) Rolf Gölz (Ger)
1988 Steven Rooks (Ned) Rolf Sörensen (Dan) Toni Rominger (Swi)
1987 Rolf Gölz (Ger) Raul Alcala (Mex) Cam Passera (Ita)
1986 Acacio da Silva (P) Steve Bauer (Can) Adri van der Poel (Ned)
1985 Ludo Peeters (Bel) Mario Beccia (Ita) Steve Bauer (Can)
1984 Phil Anderson (Aus) Hubert Seiz (Swi) Pierino Gavazzi (Ita)
1983 Johan van de Velde (Ned) Gilbert Glaus (Swi) Frans Pirard (Ned)
1982 Adri van der Poel (Ned) Hubert Seiz (Swi) Tommy Prim (Swi)
1981 Beat Breu (Swi) Henry Rinklin (Ger) Daniel Willems (Bel)
1980 Gery Verlinden (Bel) Jean-P Vandenbrande (Bel) Stefan Mutter (Swi)
1979 Giuseppe Saronni (Ita) Francesco Moser (Ita) Marc Demeyer (Bel)
1978 Dietrich Thurau (Ger) Francesco Moser (Ita) G. Van Roosbroeck (Bel)
1977 Francesco Moser (Ita) Ron. De Witte (Bel) Walter Godefroot (Bel)
1976 Freddy Maertens (Bel) Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) Walter Godefroot (Bel)
1975 Roger DE Vlaeminck (Bel) Eddy Merckx (Bel) Franceso Moser (Ita)
1974 Walter Godefroot (Bel) G. Van Roosbroeck (Bel) Frans Verbeeck (Bel)
1973 André Dierrickx (Bel) Hennie Kuiper (Ned) Licien de Brauwere (Bel)
1972 Willy Vanneste (Bel) Vic van Schil (Bel) André Poppe (Bel)
1971 Herman Vanspringel (Bel) Romano Tumellero (Ita) Roland Berland (F)
1970 Walter Godefroot (Bel) Franz Mintjens (Bel) André Dierickx (Bel)