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Worlds Mens Road Race: CIPO!!! Full Race Account
By Janna Trevisanut
Date: 10/13/2002
Worlds Mens Road Race: CIPO!!! Full Race Account

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Nick Bull reporting.

Welcome to the Daily Peloton's coverage of the World Championships Mens Road Race, which is taking place at Zolder. The field of over 200 riders will compete 20 laps on a circuit. Despite some bad forecasts and a misty morning, the conditions are excellent for the race.

5KM: The race got off to a lively start with Jacky Durand trying to break away.

6KM: Dmitri Muravyev (Kaz), Andy Flickinger (Fra) and America's Chris Horner attack and get a short lead. They are caught after 9km.

13KM: 47.4 km/h was the speed for the first lap, and Durand was soon caught. His teammate Christophe Moreau counters.

26KM: Dmitri Muravyev is again involved, and he and Moreau have a lead of 15 seconds.

30KM: Puncture for Museeuw, but he remains calm and soon rejoins the main group. The leaders are 23' seconds ahead.

36KM: The two leaders have a gap of 1'26 on Victor Hugo Pena, who attacked but was soon caught by the groupetto.

64KM: Virenque launches an attack as lap 5 draws to a finish, but is marked by Danilo di Luca.

The speed of the race so far has been so quick that the race could be the fastest ever World's Road Race.

84KM: The leaders have now got a gap of around 3'30. The Spanish team, looking after the interests of current World Champion Oscar Friere, lead the peloton.

100KM: Lithuanian Marius Sabaliauskas attacks in an attempt to join Moreau and Muravyev, but is quickly caught.

113KM: Moreau drops his Kazakh counterpart on the Pitshelling. The pace got too high for the young rider. Eric Zabel leads the Peloton.

141KM: Moreau is caught at the end of lap 11, after spending 10 laps of the circuit in the lead.

148KM: Several attacks come from the active peloton. The most significant is that by David Millar, who takes 1998 World Champion Oscar Camenzind and Austrian rider Peter Wrolich with him.

164KM: The trio's lead is over one and a half minutes. Oscar Sevilla (Spain) punctures.

200KM: The three leaders are caught on lap 16. Several counter attacks follow, by all are closed down by the peloton.

230KM: Baden Cooke (Australia) is one of several riders who is trying to get clear of the pack. He fails.

(Live coverage begins here...)

Last two laps, about 34km to go.

American Guido Trentin is on the front of the bunch, everyone is together.

Robert Hunter is coming near the front, so is Petacchi two laps of the course left to go.

With 26km to go to the finish, Tomas Konecny (Cze) leads the field. He has a small gap.

CRASH: A small crash has delayed Alexandre Moos (Swi) near the point where Gilles Villneuve was killed in 1982.

Konecny is still ahead, he has a small gap of around 5 seconds.

23KM TO GO: Peter Luttenburger has called for assistance from his team car.

The average speed for the race so far is 46km/h, the last lap had an average of 51km/h!!

The young Czech rider seems to be on a mission to split the peloton, but the Italian team are trying to bridge the gap.

Latvian rider Jaan Kirsipuu is making his way to the front of the peloton, along with the German team.

21KM TO GO: The Italians are still leading the Peloton.

Tomas Konecny is still away, his gap is still around 5 seconds.

18KM TO GO: Scinto, Nardello and Bramati are working very hard for the Italian team, which still lead the bunch. The French, with young sprinter Jimmy Casper ( are moving to the front of the pack.

16KM TO GO: The Australian team are protecting Robbie McEwen at the front of bunch, which is still led by the Italian team. Eric Zabel has also sent two of his team to aid the chase.

15KM: Puncture for Lastras, who rides for Spain.

Baden Cooke for Australia is working his way towards the head of the peloton.

With just over one lap to go, Fred Rodriguez is near the top of the peloton.

ONE LAP TO GO: 15KM LEFT. The race has averaged over 39km/h per hour.

Ralf Aldag, who rides with Zabel in the Telekom team, is now leading the peloton. Three Australians are near the head of the bunch, one of them is Baden Cooke, who has ridden brilliantly this season. McEwen is there, along with O'Grady.

12KM: The race is the fastest World Championships Road Race ever.

Lombardi (Italy) is moving his way to the top of the peloton, which is still being led by the German team.

Mario Cipollini, who has been relatively quite during the preceding 240km, is now near the head of the bunch - there are now at least 20 riders who could take the Rainbow Jersey.

10KM TO GO: Italians, Germans, Spaniards and Australians are leading the pack, the Belguim riders seem to be off the pace, as they are in the middle of the Peloton. If they are able to force their way to the top of the Peloton, watch out for Ludovic Capelle or Tom Steels.

Oscar Friere, the Spanish rider who is defending his title from last year, looks in good form - but will his team be able to give him a good lead out. They are forcing their way to the head of the field.

8KM TO GO: With the Italian team still leading the pack, the chance of a breakaway getting away is looking very unlikely.

There are eleven riders for Italy leading the pack.

7KM TO GO: Cipollini is in about tenth position, the Belgian team are working their way up to the top of the pack. Fred Rodriguez (USA) is still in contention, along with three Australians.

Julian Dean (NZ) is near the front of the bunch now, Robert Hunter, who rides for Mapei, is also at the head of affairs. Will he assist Oscar Friere, his teammate?

5KM TO GO: With most of the Italian team at the front of the pack, there is a huge crash.

AT LEAST 50 RIDERS DOWN. A Swiss rider has attacked the Italian team - Cipo and McEwen have escaped the crash. Zabel is still in contention.

Lots of the Spanish team are down, but Freire is on the wheel of Cipo. Fred Rodriguez is still there, along with Kirsipuu.

McEwen is in the fifth wheel, the Italian team still lead the Peloton.

4KM TO GO: O'Grady is in the leading group.

LAST KILOMETRE: Lots of shoulder barging, Cipo takes the lead.


What a ride by the Italian team, they kept out of danger and set up Mario for an excellent win.

The Italian team are congratulating the new World Champion.

Looking at the replay, Alessandro Pettachi led Cipo out with 500m to go, before Cipollini launched his best effort, which was enough to beat McEwen by half a bike length.

Provisional Result
1 Mario Cipollini (Ita) 5.30.03
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus)
3 Erik Zabel (Ger)

Franco Ballerini must be thrilled with this victory, he has organised a team of brilliant riders who worked together for the whole race, which lead to Cipollini's victory.

Hein Verbruggen is congratulating the winner of the race.

1 Mario Cipollini (Ita) 5.30.03 (46.53 km/h)
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus)
3 Erik Zabel (Ger)
4 Andrej Hauptman (Slo)
5 Zoran Klemencic (Slo)
6 Jimmy Casper (Fra)
7 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)
8 Sven Teutenberg (Ger)
9 Baden Cooke (Aus)
10 Julian Dean (NZl)

No sign of Oscar Friere in the top ten, he must have been affected by the crash which occured in the final 2km.

An excellent result for Julian Dean, who came 10th.

Cipo: "Right until the end my teammates were exceptional, they did a wonderful, they were still there right at the end of the race. I have the experience and have no fear of the sprints, so I was never worried."

"It's incredible, I never thought that I could win the race this year. This is a milestone in my career."

"I've had some hard moments on the bike, but this year has given me some great moments."

As the top three riders are getting ready to make their way onto the podium, the King of Belgium is gathering with Hein Verburggen near the podium.

Mario Cipollini makes his way onto the Podium, followed by Eric Zabel and Robbie McEwen.

Cipollini is presented with his Rainbow Jersey, McEwen is given his silver medal.

McEwen looks quite happy but tired - he has had a super year. Zabel shakes hands with Cipo and Robbie, and is then given his Bronze medal.

As the Italian national anthem plays, the Aqua e Sapone rider looks delighted with his victory.

The Tifosi must be overjoyed with the win, as it is the first Italian success since Gianni Bugno won in 1992.

Despite the superb win, his 180th in his career, many people are already suggesting that he won't start next year's World Championships race, which takes place over a very hard circuit in Hamilton, Canada.

I hope Jean Marie Leblanc is watching, as Mario's team deserves a place in the 2003 Grand Boucle.

I hope you've enjoyed the (unscheduled) coverage of the World Championships Men's Elite Road Race, and what a race it was!

After a very fast start, which involved several breakaways - the main one being that of Christophe Moreau (France), it was obvious that the finish would come down to a bunch sprint.

The flat nature of the course meant it was possible for the race to become the fastest World Championships race ever, and it also meant that the win could go to Mario Cipollini.

Please stay tuned for further reports. Thank you for joining us!

Mens Elite Road Race Official Results

1 Mario Cipollini (Ita) 5.30.03 (46.54 km/h)
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus)
3 Erik Zabel (Ger)
4 Andrej Hauptman (Slo)
5 Zoran Klemencic (Slo)
6 Jimmy Casper (Fra)
7 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)
8 Sven Teutenberg (Ger)
9 Baden Cooke (Aus)
10 Julian Dean (NZl)
11 Jan Svorada (Cze)
12 Lars Michaelsen (Den)
13 Stuart O'Grady (Aus)
14 René Haselbacher (Aut)
15 Gerrit Glomser (Aut)
16 Guido Trenti (USA)
17 Pedro Miguel Lopes Goncalves (Por)
18 Peter Van Petegem (Bel)
19 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus)
20 Danilo Hondo (Ger)
21 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned)
22 Tom Steels (Bel)
23 Fred Rodriguez (USA)
24 Frank Hoj (Den)
25 Ludovic Capelle (Bel)
26 Paolo Bettini (Ita)
27 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita)
28 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) 0.16
29 Mario Scirea (Ita) 0.20
30 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) 0.22
31 Janek Tombak (Est) 0.29
32 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) 0.31
33 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe)
34 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) 0.39
35 Yuri Mitlushenko (Ukr)
36 Werner Riebenbauer (Aut)
37 Charles Dionne (Can)
38 Tom Boonen (Bel) 0.44
39 Fabio Sacchi (Ita)
40 Danilo Di Luca (Ita)
41 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita)
42 Alexei Markov (Rus) 0.56
43 Laurent Brochard (Fra)
44 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel)
45 Robert Hunter (RSA)
46 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) 0.59
47 Jacky Durand (Fra)
48 Bart Voskamp (Ned)
49 Alexandre Usov (Blr)
50 Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) 1.01
51 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) 1.12
52 Benoît Joachim (Lux)
53 Cédric Vasseur (Fra)
54 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)
55 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor)
56 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
57 Christian Pfannberger (Aut)
58 Jans Koerts (Ned)
59 Igor Astarloa (Spa)
60 Michael Skelde (Den)
61 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) 1.26
62 Serguei Smetanine (Rus)
63 Matthew Wilson (Aus)
64 Roger Beuchat (Swi)
65 David O'loughlin (Irl)
66 Zbigniew Piatek (Pol)
67 Mauro Gianetti (Swi)
68 Rolf Aldag (Ger)
69 Uros Murn (Slo)
70 Peter Wrolich (Aut)
71 Servais Knaven (Ned)
72 Allan Johansen (Den)
73 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa)
74 Antonio Tauler (Spa) 1.37
75 Beat Zberg (Swi) 1.59
76 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol)
77 Rui Miguel Sousa Barbosa (Por)
78 Luca Scinto (Ita)
79 Martin Garrido Mayorga (Arg)
80 Davide Bramati (Ita)
81 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo)
82 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro)
83 Pavel Brutt (Rus)
84 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
85 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr)
86 Balazs Rohtmer (Hun)
87 Tomas Konecny (Cze)
88 Mindaugas Goncaras (Ltu)
89 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu)
90 Tomasz Brozyna (Pol)
91 Robert Radosz (Pol)
92 Marcin Lewandowski (Pol)
93 Pavel Padrnos (Cze)
94 Max Van Heeswijk (Ned)
95 Bert Grabsch (Ger)
96 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel)
97 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz)
98 Daniele Nardello (Ita)
99 Julian Dean (NZl)
100 Mathew Hayman (Aus)
101 Vladimir Smirnov (Ltu)
102 Niki Aebersold (Swi)
103 Vladimir Karpets (Rus)
104 Edouard Gritsoun (Rus)
105 Andreas Klier (Ger)
106 Marc Wauters (Bel)
107 Johan Museeuw (Bel)
108 Richard Virenque (Fra)
109 Michael Boogerd (Ned)
110 Serge Baguet (Bel)
111 Vladimir Duma (Ukr)
112 Joseba Beloki Dorronsoro (Spa) 2.06
113 Igor Pugaci (Mda) 2.40
114 Aurélien Clerc (Swi)
115 Slawomir Kohut (Pol)
116 Stefan Adamsson (Swe)
117 Martin Elmiger (Swi)
118 Nuno Marta (Por)
119 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr)
120 Henk Vogels (Aus)
121 Dylan Casey (USA)
122 Jan Schaffrath (Ger)
123 Georg Totschnig (Aut)
124 Jakob Piil (Den)
125 Lars Ytting Bak (Den)
126 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa)
127 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa)
128 Santiago Botero Echeverry (Col)
129 Piotr Wadecki (Pol)
130 Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
131 Franck Renier (Fra)
132 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)
133 Mikel Pradera Rodriguez (Spa)
134 Ondrej Sosenka (Cze)
135 Matthew White (Aus)
136 Michael Rogers (Aus)
137 Jan Boven (Ned)
138 Antonio Cruz (USA) 2.47
139 Dmitri Gaynitdinov (Rus)
140 Matthias Kessler (Ger) 2.58
141 Raphael Schweda (Ger)
142 Thor Hushovd (Nor)
143 Bekim Christensen (Den)
144 Nicki Sorensen (Den)
145 Olaf Pollack (Ger)
146 Bram Schmitz (Ned)
147 Aart Vierhouten (Ned)
148 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
149 Karsten Kroon (Ned)
150 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) 3.12
151 Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
152 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) 3.26
153 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) 3.38
154 Andreï Kivilev (Kaz) 3.54
155 Tiaan Kannemeyer (RSA)
156 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa)
157 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa)
158 José Enrique Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) 4.10
159 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa)
160 Kim Kirchen (Lux)
161 Rolf Huser (Swi) 4.33
162 Steven De Jongh (Ned)
163 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) 4.36
164 Jo Planckaert (Bel)
165 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) 6.03
166 Mikhail Andreyev (Kaz) 15.44
167 Aleksandar Nikacevic (Yug) 20.32
168 Jeff Louder (USA) 20.36

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