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Paris Nice - Stage One - UPDATED
 
By Podofdonny
Date: 3/7/2004
Paris Nice - Stage One - UPDATED
 

Paris Nice 2004


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Stage 1 : Chaville-Vanves (13,2 km CLM)


Preview

A twisting and technical prologue just outside Paris sees the race underway. David Millar, Tyler Hamilton , Fabian Cancellara, Michael Rogers, Jens Voigt and Dario Frigo will all be out to make an early impression.

Race Report


Davide Rebellin (Ita, Gerolsteiner) surprised many and showed that his decision to miss a couple of races to train specifically for this race was correct. He took the early lead ahead of the young Spanish TT specialist, Alberto Contador (Esp, Liberty Seguros) who was 9" back and Bobby Julich (USA, CSC) 12" off the best time but proving his decision to stay in the sport with CSC was the correct one.

Veteran Alex Zuelle then rolled back the years with a great ride to move into second place 2 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador and just 7 seconds of the time set by Rebellin.

One of the pre race favourites Ivan Basso (CSC) has been working hard on his Time trailing abilities, yet he still finished 40 seconds behind Rebellin – a slightly disappointing result for the Italian Tour hopeful. Exactly the same could be said for Sylvain Chavanel (Brioches La Boulangère) he too found the pace too much and lost 58 seconds to Davide Rebellin, finishing in a very disappointing 60th place.

As the main leaders started to leave the gate increasingly the question was asked “can Rebellin cause an absolute sensation and take the first stage? Surely riders like former winner Dario Frigo and Isidro Nozal, the revelation of the last Vuelta Espana would be stronger than Rebellin – a rider known more for his one day racing skills than his prowess in the Time trial.

The last ten man to leave the gate show the quality of this tears field - Laurent Brochard, Axel Merckx, Samuel Sanchez, Sandy Casar, Tom Boonen, Victor Hugo Pena, David Millar, Jorg Jaksche, Erik Dekker, Alexandre Vinokourov.

Housewives choice Richard Virenque (Quick Step), who will no doubt try for a stage victory found himself out of overall contention finishing 1'23" behind Davide Rebellin, who incredibly still lead the race.

Indeed even a time trailer like Levi Leipheimer (Rabobank) lost 36 seconds to Davide Rebellin’s time , Tyler Hamilton (Phonak) who is recovering from flu rode a respectable time finishing in 23rd spot while Santiago Botero (T-Mobile) also failed to shine loosing 50 seconds to Rebellin.

Dario Frigo also found Rebellins benchmark too high and finished 24 seconds adrift.

Laurent Brochard, did a great ride but he too was 18 slower than the revelation Rebellin.

Alexandre Vinokourov also started to loose time on the course, and increasingly it looked as if only two man could challenge Rebellin – the World time trial Champ David Millar and in form Jorg Jaksche.

Sandy Casar (FDJeux.com) could not match Rebellin either coming in 28 seconds behind Rebellin.

Amazingly even the Flying Scotsman could not match Rebellin finishing 9 seconds adrift .

However JORG JAKSCHE finally beat Rebellins top time by 4 seconds to take the race lead .

Erik Dekker also put in a great ride to take third spot while Vinokourov, in spite of a big play down of his chances for overall, managed a very respectable 20 seconds adrift form race leader Jorg Jaksche.

So a great result for Jaksche in particular and Team CSC in general, three men in the top ten and looking very determined to win this race. Jörg Jaksche, who is nicknamed JJ by the German comentory teams has already won the Tour Méditerranéen this season and under the care of Bjarne Riis seems to be finally fulfilling the potential we all knew he had. A good day for the Rabobank team as well with two men in the top ten, while young gun Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) looks increasingly like the time trialist of the future.

The CSC Website was naturally jubilant this evening -

"Jörg has worked extremely hard all winter to get in shape for Paris-Nice, and I'm incredibly proud, that he's living up to the expectations we've had. He really deserves this victory. With three riders in the top 10, we showed that our team is to be reckoned with. Ivan Basso was also fast, and if he hadn't had a puncture, he also would have made the top ten. I think, we have a chance of winning this race. We have the strength and discipline to pull this off, and need to take advantage of the fact, that we have a complete and very, very strong team. We've all believed, we could make a difference in Paris-Nice, and I know the riders are in great shape and have the motivation to make this happen," maintains Bjarne Riis after the victory, which was Team CSC's third this year after the podium sweep in Tour Méditerranéen.

German Jörg Jaksche was in no doubt as to why his most prestigious win so far came at this very moment.

"I feel really comfortable on the team, and Bjarne's training methods suit a rider like me perfectly. We've worked extremely hard during both training camps, seeing Paris-Nice as one of this springs most important races. I'm very pleased the whole team did so well today. It shows that everyone has the confidence and the shape to ride a successful Paris-Nice. Ahead of us are some tough stages, and the race has only just begun. Hopefully we can keep it up, so maybe one of us will take the overall victory," said a happy Jörg Jaksche after putting on the first yellow jersey of the race.

Result

1 024 JAKSCHE Jorg GER CSC 17' 19"

2 131 REBELLIN Davide ITA GST 00' 04"

3 014 DEKKER Erik NED RAB 00' 04"

4 031 MILLAR David GBR COF 00' 13"

5 123 CONTADOR Alberto ESP LST 00' 13"

6 188 ZUELLE Alex SUI PHO 00' 14"

7 025 JULICH Bobby USA CSC 00' 16"

8 018 NIERMANN Grischa GER RAB 00' 22"

9 028 VOIGT Jens GER CSC 00' 22"

10 091 BROCHARD Laurent FRA A2R 00' 22"

11 118 VANDENBROUCKE Frank BEL FAS 00' 23"

12 185 PEREIRO SIO Oscar ESP PHO 00' 23"

13 076 GONZALEZ  Gorka ESP EUS 00' 24"

14 143 KARPETS Vladimir RUS IBB 00' 25"

15 074 ETXEBARRIA Unai VEN EUS 00' 25"

16 001 VINOKOUROV Alexandre KAZ MOB 00' 26"

17 012 DE GROOT Bram NED RAB 00' 28"

18 115 KIRCHEN Kim LUX FAS 00' 29"

19 041 LANDIS Floyd USA USP 00' 29"

20 051 ROGERS Michael AUS QSD 00' 30"

21 116 LARSSON Gustav SWE FAS 00' 31"

22 061 CASAR Sandy FRA FDJ 00' 32"

23 112 CANCELLARA Fabian SUI FAS 00' 32"

24 148 ZANDIO Xabier ESP IBB 00' 34"

25 044 HINCAPIE George USA USP 00' 35"

26 137 ZBERG Beat SUI GST 00' 36"

27 182 DESSEL Cyril FRA PHO 00' 37"

28 056 SINKEWITZ Patrik GER QSD 00' 38"

29 181 HAMILTON Tyler USA PHO 00' 38"

30 067 LÖVKVIST Thomas SWE FDJ 00' 39"

31 035 FOFONOV Dmitriy KAZ COF 00' 39"

32 004 HIEKMANN Torsten GER MOB 00' 39"

33 054 HORRILLO Pedro ESP QSD 00' 39"

34 111 FRIGO Dario ITA FAS 00' 39"

35 011 LEIPHEIMER Levi USA RAB 00' 40"

36 145 OSA Aitor ESP IBB 00' 41"

37 048 ZABRISKIE David USA USP 00' 43"

38 033 CUESTA Inigo ESP COF 00' 43"

39 046 NOVAL GONZALEZ Benjamin ESP USP 00' 43"

40 166 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA ALB 00' 44"

41 071 SANCHEZ Samuel ESP EUS 00' 44"

42 196 MUTSCHLER Klaus GER RAG 00' 44"

43 095 KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR A2R 00' 44"

44 072 ARRIZABALAGA Gorka ESP EUS 00' 44"

45 094 GOUBERT Stephane FRA A2R 00' 45"

46 102 HUSHOVD Thor NOR C.A 00' 45"

47 173 BOUYER Franck FRA BLB 00' 45"

48 106 POILVET Benoit FRA C.A 00' 45"

49 103 KASHECHKIN Andrey KAZ C.A 00' 46"

50 128 SERRANO Marcos ESP LST 00' 47"

51 057 TANKINK Bram NED QSD 00' 48"

52 152 BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis LAT CHO 00' 48"

53 133 SCHOLZ Ronny SUI GST 00' 48"

54 078 LANDALUZE Inigo ESP EUS 00' 48"

55 021 BASSO Ivan ITA CSC 00' 49"

56 195 LE BOULANGER Yoann FRA RAG 00' 49"

57 038 WHITE Matthew AUS COF 00' 49"

58 096 NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA A2R 00' 50"

59 144 LASTRAS Pablo ESP IBB 00' 50"

60 176 PINEAU Jérôme FRA BLB 00' 50"

61 153 BRUYLANDTS Dave BEL CHO 00' 51"

62 155 PEERS Chris BEL CHO 00' 51"

63 141 MENCHOV Denis RUS IBB 00' 51"

64 002 AERTS Mario BEL MOB 00' 51"

65 022 BARTOLI Michele ITA CSC 00' 52"

66 042 AZEVEDO José POR USP 00' 52"

67 171 ROUS Didier FRA BLB 00' 53"

68 157 VAN DE WALLE Jurgen BEL CHO 00' 53"

69 063 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA FDJ 00' 54"

70 138 ZIEGLER Thomas GER GST 00' 56"

71 077 IRIZAR Markel ESP EUS 00' 56"

72 003 BOTERO Santiago COL MOB 00' 56"

73 125 GONZALEZ GALDEANO Alvaro ESP LST 00' 56"

74 187 VALJAVEC Tadej SLO PHO 00' 57"

75 122 BARANOWSKI Dariusz POL LST 00' 58"

76 017 LOTZ Marc NED RAB 00' 58"

77 113 CIONI  Dario  ITA FAS 00' 58"

78 154 LÖWIK Gerben NED CHO 00' 58"

79 126 RAMIREZ Javier ESP LST 00' 58"

80 043 EKIMOV Vjatceslav RUS USP 00' 59"

81 036 MONCOUTIE David FRA COF 01' 00"

82 027 SCHLECK Frank LUX CSC 01' 00"

83 093 DUMOULIN Samuel FRA A2R 01' 01"

84 097 PORTAL Nicolas FRA A2R 01' 01"

85 065 GILBERT Philippe BEL FDJ 01' 01"

86 161 CAUCCHIOLI Pietro ITA ALB 01' 02"

87 183 JALABERT Nicolas FRA PHO 01' 02"

88 055 HULSMANS Kevin BEL QSD 01' 02"

89 174 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRA BLB 01' 03"

90 186 SCHNIDER Daniel SUI PHO 01' 03"

91 163 LJUNGQUIST Marcus SWE ALB 01' 03"

92 114 GUSTOV Volodymir UKR FAS 01' 04"

93 134 SERPELLINI Marco ITA GST 01' 04"

94 117 ONGARATO Alberto ITA FAS 01' 04"

95 098 SCANLON Mark IRL A2R 01' 05"

96 045 JOACHIM Benoit LUX USP 01' 07"

97 172 BENETEAU Walter FRA BLB 01' 07"

98 105 LEQUATRE Geoffroy FRA C.A 01' 07"

99 177 RENIER Franck FRA BLB 01' 08"

100 047 PENA  Victor Hugo COL USP 01' 08"

101 147 REYNES Vicente ESP IBB 01' 09"

102 164 MIHOLJEVIC Vladimir CRO ALB 01' 10"

103 032 BESSY Frédéric FRA COF 01' 10"

104 068 WILSON Matthew AUS FDJ 01' 10"

105 197 SEIGNEUR Eddy FRA RAG 01' 10"

106 052 BOONEN Tom BEL QSD 01' 11"

107 023 BLAUDZUN Michaël DEN CSC 01' 11"

108 013 DE WEERT Kevin BEL RAB 01' 11"

109 016 HUNTER Robert RSA RAB 01' 12"

110 101 HALGAND Patrice FRA C.A 01' 13"

111 034 EDALEINE Christophe FRA COF 01' 14"

112 168 SUNDERLAND Scott AUS ALB 01' 14"

113 007 WERNER Christian GER MOB 01' 16"

114 108 WIGGINS Bradley GBR C.A 01' 16"

115 064 EISEL Bernhard AUT FDJ 01' 17"

116 053 CRETSKENS Wilfried BEL QSD 01' 17"

117 165 MOLLER Claus Michael DEN ALB 01' 17"

118 191 RINERO Christophe FRA RAG 01' 17"

119 136 WEGMANN Fabian GER GST 01' 17"

120 135 TOTSCHNIG Georg AUT GST 01' 17"

121 092 ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP A2R 01' 18"

122 066 GUESDON Frédéric FRA FDJ 01' 19"

123 062 COOKE Baden AUS FDJ 01' 19"

124 006 SCHRECK Stephan GER MOB 01' 20"

125 175 GESLIN Anthony FRA BLB 01' 20"

126 026 PIIL Jakob DEN CSC 01' 20"

127 193 BERTHOU Eric FRA RAG 01' 20"

128 086 VAN BON Leon NED LOT 01' 20"

129 008 YAKOVLEV Serguei KAZ MOB 01' 21"

130 104 LE MEVEL Christophe FRA C.A 01' 21"

131 124 DAVIS Allan AUS LST 01' 22"

132 085 MOERENHOUT Koos NED LOT 01' 22"

133 088 VIERHOUTEN Aart NED LOT 01' 22"

134 005 KESSLER Matthias GER MOB 01' 23"

135 127 SANCHEZ Luis ESP LST 01' 24"

136 198 THIBOUT Bruno FRA RAG 01' 27"

137 178 VOECKLER Thomas FRA BLB 01' 27"

138 167 RASTELLI Ellis ITA ALB 01' 28"

139 058 VIRENQUE Richard FRA QSD 01' 28"

140 132 POLLACK Olaf GER GST 01' 29"

141 192 AUGER Guillaume FRA RAG 01' 33"

141 082 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL LOT 01' 33"

143 156 PIATEK Zbigniew  POL CHO 01' 34"

144 146 RADOCHLA Steffen GER IBB 01' 36"

145 194 BUFFAZ Mickaël FRA RAG 01' 37"

146 083 DETILLOUX Christophe BEL LOT 01' 39"

147 121 NOZAL Isidro ESP LST 01' 40"

148 184 MOOS Alexandre SUI PHO 01' 43"

149 037 VASSEUR Cédric FRA COF 01' 44"

150 162 JOERGENSEN René DEN ALB 01' 45"

151 075 GALPARSORO Dionisio ESP EUS 01' 45"

152 158 VERHEYEN Geert BEL CHO 01' 47"

153 142 BECKE Daniel GER IBB 01' 48"

154 015 HAYMAN Mathew AUS RAB 01' 50"

155 081 MC EWEN Robbie AUS LOT 01' 55"

156 087 VERBRUGGHE Rik BEL LOT 01' 57"

157 084 MERCKX Axel BEL LOT 01' 57"

158 073 ARTETXE Mikel ESP EUS 01' 58"

159 107 SALMON Benoit FRA C.A 02' 13"

160 151 BRARD Florent FRA CHO 02' 15

 
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