Here we go again. Just like two weeks ago in the old site, the "Daily Peloton" offers a space reserved to young guns, to the stars of tomorrow, the U23 and Elite riders now competing in lesser categories, but whom you will possibly find as protagonist of pro races in the near future. A wrap-up of news and results concerning the Elite 2, U23 and "Open" races disputed in Europe all over the week-end. Hopefully this will become a permanent weekly feature of the new site. This week races from Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.
Italy - TROFEO BALESTRA - Bucciero shows off his class again: Antonio Bucciero, the young Neapolitan living in Lombardy and riding for Gs Egidio Unidelta, gave a further proof of his skills in one of the most prominent races of the week-end reserved to Elite 2 and U23 riders, the "Trofeo Franco Balestra - Memorial Sabbadini", disputed over 168 km. between Palazzolo sull'Oglio and San Pancrazio (near Brescia) under the glance of Francesco Moser, and featuring 178 starters.
19-year-old (born on April the 19th, 1982) Bucciero, a member of Italy's national team at last year's Worlds in Portugal, and Silver medalist in the Junior Road Race in 2000 behind kiwi Jeremy Yates, took his second victory of the new season, as a dozen days before he had won the bunch sprint in the Trofeo Caduti di Soprazocco (after also being runner-up in the Coppa San Geo, the season's opening race).
And on Sunday he gave a further sample of his sprinting skills, by literally dominating the final bunch sprint with a powerful attack in the last 200 metres. Second was another promising teen-ager, 19-year-old Paride Grillo (Ita - Ceramiche Pagnoncelli), winner of a race in Melzo last week, while Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita - Site Frezza) ranked third, and Luigi Giambelli (Ita - Zoccorinese Vellutex) finished in fourth place. The only guy able to edge out Bucciero so far in 2002 (Giacomo Montanari of the Edile Rosa Carni Gaverina team) looks like having lost part of his form, as he took ninth place only.
To many cycling observers, Bucciero (directed by former pro Bruno Leali) reminds of another young rider who is starting to make himself known among the professionals: Lampre's Antonio Loddo. Not by chance, the winner of last year's Trofeo Balestra was no else than Loddo, and the Tour of Qatar stage winner also clinched victory in the edition of Trofeo Soprazzocco (the other competition won by Bucciero at the beginning of the season). Will the Neapolitan be able to follow Loddo's steps in the future too ? Time will tell.
Italy - Antonio Cossu's fairytale in COPPA BURCI: Impruneta's Antonio Cossu got his second victory in two weeks on Sunday as he took the 60th Edition of "Coppa Giulio Burci", a demanding 129-km. race both starting and finishing in the Tuscan town of Poggio a Caiano. The rider, born near the city of Parma, some time ago had decided to hang up his bike. But the directors of the Impruneta-Cotto-Ref team persuaded him to get back in the saddle, and seems he made the right decsion, as after clinching victory in the last week-end in Stabbia, he made the double in the Tuscan race, organized by the Grassi-Mapei-Las squad, and featuring 185 participants.
A group of 21 managed to break away, but later it was reduced to15 riders, and more later (namely in the last lap) to six escapers only: Cossu, Ukraine's Ruslan Gryschenko (Bronze Medalist at the U23 World Road Championships in Portugal behind the now professionals Popovych and Caruso) and Roman Luhovyy (San Paolo Saeco, 4-time winner this year so far), and three more Italians: Luhovyy's Tuscan teammate Alessandro Del Sarto plus Baccano and Ivan Fanelli.
Cossu made the decisive move on the ninth and last descent of the Seano climb, when he got clear of his break mates after countering an attack an soloed to victory while the otherss got caught, and second place getter was a rider from Belarus, Grassi Mapei's Aliaksandr Kuchinski. Favorite Luhovyy ranked eighth only.
1. Antonio Cossu (Ita - Impruneta Cotto Ref) - 3h13' av. speed 40,104 km/ h
2. Aliaksandr Kuchinski (Blr - Grassi Mapei Las) - at 12"
3. Giairo Ermeti (Ita - Palazzago Vellutex Zoccorinese) - st
4. Alessandro Del Sarto (Ita - San Paolo Saeco) - st
5. Giacomo Cariulo (Ita - Cycling Team Casprini) st
6. Giancarlo Checchi (Ita - San Paolo Saeco) - st
7. Stefano Ciuffi (Ita - San Paolo Saeco) - st
8. Roman Luhovyy (Ukr - San Paolo-Saeco) - st
Italy - Grigoli wins GIRO DELLE TRE PROVINCE: The 36th "Giro delle Tre Province" ("Tour of the Three Provinces") disputed on Saturday over 151 kms., with both Start and Finish line in Limito (in the outskirts of Milan) was won by a 24-year-old Elite 2 rider from the Veneto region of Italy: Trevigiani-Mapei's Enrico Grigoli who took a great victory by edging out many fast wheels, including Montanari and Scalzillo, boty race winners no later than two weeks ago, in two of the most important early season races (Coppa San Geo and GP Prato). Here are the results (Top 5 places):
1. Enrico Grigoli - (Ita - Trevigiani Mapei)
2. Roland Turelli (Ita - Sintofarm-Feralpi)
3. Giacomo Montanari (Ita - Edile Rosa Carni Gaverina)
4. Paride Grillo (Ita - Ceramiche Pagnoncelli)
5. Giuseppe Scalzillo (Ita - Vezza Brunero)
Italy - 29th Trofeo Gandolfi: San Pellegrino's new signing (former MG Aqua Boys) Marco Menin claimed victory in a bunch sprint in the 132-km."Trofeo Gandolfi", disputed on Sunday in Italy, and whose finish line was in Basilicagoiano, a small town in the province of Parma. Here are the results (TOP 10 riders):
1. Marco Menin (Ita - San Pellegrino) 3.04.00 (43.043 km/h)
2. Danilo Napolitano (Ita - Garda Calze)
3. Daniele Della Tommasina (Ita - Promociclo)
4. Giacomo Vinoni (Ita - Maserati)
5. Loris Greco (Ita - Juvenes)
6. Andrea Curini (Ita - Garda Calze)
7. Emiliano Donadello (Ita - Tagicar)
8. Jeffrey Modena (Ita - Gavardo)
9. Simone Mazzarello (Ita - Progettociclismo)
10. Davide Tortella (Ita - Tagicar)
Italy - 29th "Gran Premio Ceramiche Gava": The very early part of 2002 season has been truly positive for Mapei. I'm not talking of the TT/1 Squad and the "Espoirs" team only, both racking up victories here and there. Indeed also the lesser categories squads linked to Mapei are having a very good time. And the proof are the results earned by the U23 Trevigiani-Mapei in the last week-end. Besides winning the "Giro delle Tre Province" on Saturday (see results above) they did even better on Sunday, in the "GP Ceramiche Gava", where they had an inmpressive 1-2 and placed 3 riders in the Top 8 places.
But Saturday's winner, sprinter Enrico Grigoli, this time had to be content with second place only, as he was edged out by teammate Marco Endrizzi.
The 100-km. (consisting in 40 laps of a 2.5-km. circuit) competition, raced by 138 participants, was marked by a very high average speed of more than 45 km/h, and in such conditions no serious breakaway attempts could be successful. The only brave rider who tried his luck was Veneta Cucine's Bertuola, but he was brought back soon by the marshalling group, led by the sprinters teammates.
So it all came to a final sprint, ending up in a total triumph for Trevigiani-Mapei, with just a little podium place left to riders from other squds (in this case Veneta Cucine).
RESULTS - TOP 10 Places:
1. Marco Endrizzi (Uc Trevigiani-Mapei) 2h13'18" (45.011 km/h);
2. Enrico Grigoli (Uc Trevigiani-Mapei);
3. Bruno Bertolini (Ima Veneta Cucine);
4. Sauro Bembo (Marchiol Hit Casinò);
5. Gianluca Geremia (Cycling Team S.Donà);
6. Dario Benetati (Sc Canevesi F.lli Magni);
7. Ruben Buongiorno (Uc Bassano Radio Birikina);
8. Francesco Chicchi(Uc Trevigiani-Mapei);
9. Mauro Colombera (Ciclying Team S.Donà);
10. Diego Kanda (Fausto Coppi Gazzera Pianzano)
Spain - CIRCUITO LASARTE - COPA ESPAÑA: The Elite & U23 race disputed on Sunday in the Basque Country of Spain was markeded by another impressive showing set up by the mighty Café Baqué team", that placed three riders in the TOP 4. It was Ricardo Serrano who won a bunch sprint ahead of Caja Rural's Dioni Galparsoro (winner of GP Caja Cantabria some days before), with Serrano's teammates Gutiérrez and Martínez coming in third and fourth respectively. Here are the Results (Top 20 places):
1. Ricardo Serrano - Cafés Baqué - 4h03'11"
2. Dioni Galparsoro - Caja Rural - s.t.
3. Francisco Gutiérrez - Cafés Baqué - s.t.
4. Iván Martínez - Cafés Baqué - s.t.
5. Christian Sorreluz - Ulma-Cegasa - s.t.
6. Jaume Rovira - Laciana - s.t.
7. Diego Navamuel - Super Froiz - s.t.
8. Antonio Pontón - Alfus-Tedes - s.t.
9. Luis Pérez Saunier - Duval - s.t.
10. Javier Pérez Puertas - Artevi - s.t.
11. Javier Ramírez - Avila Rojas - s.t.
12. Juan Olmo - Kelme U23 - s.t.
13. Miguel Martínez - Super Froiz - s.t.
14. Luis Medina - Alcosto - s.t.
15. Alberto Hierro - Cafés Baqué - s.t.
16. Luis Pasamontes - Alcosto - s.t.
17. Luis León Sánchez - Würth - s.t.
18. Ismael Cortés - Puertas Artevi - s.t.
19. Gorka Verdugo - Caja Rural - s.t.
20. David de la Fuente - Saunier Duval - s.t.
The race was part of the "Spanish Cup" reserved to Elite and U23 riders, the "Copa Espana" that began in the last week-end and whose schedule is as follows:
03.03. Trofeo Guerrita (Winner: Luis Pasamontes - Alcosto)
10.03. Circuito Lasarte Oria (Winner: Ricardo Serrano - Cafés Baqué)
24.03. Gran Premio Macario
01.04. Clásica de Pascua
07.04. Memorial Valenciaga
13.04. Circuito de Pascuas
01.05 Prueba de Santa Cruz
05.05 Cursa del Llobregat
19.05 Clásica Ciudad de Torredonjimeno
26.05. Memorial Rodríguez Iguanzo
Spain - XIX GRAN PREMIO AYUNTAMIENTO DE CAMARGO: The Elite & U23 race disputed on Saturday in Spain was won ANTONIO ALCAÑIZ who beat his five break partners to the finish line. Here are the Results (Top 20 places)
1. ALCAÑIZ PATIÑO Antonio - ALFUS - TEDES - 3h12´47"
2. HIERRO SECO Alberto - CAFÉ BAQUÉ - s.t.
3. ROBIRA POUS Jaume - LEÓN - FUND. LACIANA - s.t.
4. ELORRIAGA ZUBIAUR Unai - CAFÉ BAQUÉ - s.t.
5. CARRASCO RAMÍREZ Jose A.- SALAMANCA PATRIMONIO - at 01"
6. GOMES COLINA Víctor Manuel - CIUDAD DE OVIEDO - TARTIERE AU - at 04"
7. ZARAGOZA CUCALA Ramón - LEÓN - FUND. LACIANA - at 27"
8. DIEZ PEREDA Igor - MARGUTSA- BESAYA - at 27"
9. MARTÍNEZ LANDERA Fernando - ALFUS - TEDES - at 29"
10. GALLASTEGUI ASUA Gaizka - IBAIGANE OPEL - at 31"
11. ARENAS GARCIA Luis - ALEÓN - FUND. LACIANA - at 31"
12. ÁLVAREZ LÓPEZ Iván - CIUDAD DE OVIEDO - TARTIERE AU - at 33"
13. SOBRINO MARTÍNEZ Joaquín - ROPER - ALCATEL - at 33"
14. GÓMEZ GÓMEZ Angel - SAUNIER DUVAL - at 33"
15. ALONSO GRANADOS Aitor - ULMA - CEGASA - at 33"
16. DIEGO GARCÍA David - ROPER - ALCATEL - at 33"
17. RUIZ Julián - LEÓN - FUND. LACIANA - at 33"
18. HERRERO GUTIERREZ Fernando - MARGUTSA- BESAYA - at 33"
19. MARTÍN GARCÍA Alberto - SALAMANCA PATRIMONIO - at 33"
20. CANSECO CUERVO Ciro - ROPER - ALCATEL - at 33"
Spain - ASTILLERO: Rubén Pérez Moreno (OLARRA - CONSULTEC) won the bunch sprint in Astillero from Javier Bielsa (Telco') and Basque rider Unai Elorriaga (who improved his Saturday's fourth place anyway ...) of the Café Baque "superteam". Here are the RESULTS (TOP 20 PLACES):
1. PÉREZ MORENO Rubén - OLARRA-CONSULTEC - 2h57´26"
2. BIELSA GISTAU Javier - TELCO´ - s.t.
3. ELORRIAGA ZUBIAUR Unai - CAFÉ BAQUÉ - at 01"
4. ÁLVAREZ LÓPEZ, Iván - CIUDAD DE OVIEDO-TARTIERE AU - at 01"
5. ATXA AZPIAZU AsierOLARRA - CONSULTEC - at 01"
6. CELIS ZABALA Vidal - WÜRTH - ONCE - at 01"
7. SOBRINO MARTÍNEZ Joaquín - ROPER-ALCATEL - at 01"
8. ARRUTI BASTERREIXEA Aritz - CAFÉ BAQUÉ - at 01"
9. SALAS ZORROZUA Eder - AUTASA RENAULT-MARKAIDA - at 01"
10. HERNÁNDEZ GUTIÉRREZ Aitor - CAFÉ BAQUÉ - at 01"
11. ÁLVAREZ GRANDA Oscar - PD - at 01"
12. CAÑIZARES BORRUEL Carlos - CROPUSA-BURGOS - at 01"
13. PONCE FERNÁNDEZ Hernán - SAUNIER DUVAL - at 01"
14. DIEZ PEREDA Igor - MARGUTSA-BESAYA - at 01"
15. RETOLAZA Cristian - CROPUSA-BURGOS - at 01"
16. FERNÁNDEZ LARREA Koldo - OLARRA-CONSULTEC - at 01"
17. ORTIZ TOLARETXIPI Haitz - OLARRA-CONSULTEC - at 01"
18. OSIPOV Serguei - CROPUSA-BURGOS - at 01"
19. LLANO ESCUDERO Angel - TELCO´ - at 01"
20. TXURRUKA ANSOLA Amets - OLARRA - CONSULTEC - at 01"
Spain - CLÁSICA JESUS LOROÑO: The 132-km. race, disputed on Sunday in the Basque Province of Vizcaya-Bizkaia, was won by Cropusa's Pablo De Pedro, who took benefit from a mistake made in the final descent into Goikolexea by Alcosto's Domínguez, who had gone clear from a 10-man leading bunch in the last ascent of Morga, but took the wrong way at the wrong time while at a crossroads. Consequently his closest chaser (De Pedro, the only one who had tried to follow him in the prevous ascent) soloed to victory under the rain.
France - Trophée Manche-Atlantique - 1.12.1: The race dispited in Brittany on Sunday, and part of the second "Challenge D'Or" ("Golden Challenge") saw the triumph of a Briton mighty team (at the U23 level at least): Jean Floc'h, which was protagonist of the race with a 1-2 and six riders in the final TOP 10. RESULTS (TOP 20 PLACES)
1. Christophe Thebault - Fra - Jean Floc'h - 4.21.39"
2. Guillaume Judas - Fra - Jean Floc'h - at 21"
3. Benoît Legrix - Fra - Divpa - s.t.
4. Dominique Rault - Fra - Seat Sport VC Dinan - at 29"
5. Frédéric Lecrosnier - Fra - Jean Floc'h - at 1.06"
6. Morten Hegreberg - Nor - Sandnes Sykkleklub - at 1.23"
7. Lloyd Mondory - Fra - Jean Floc'h - at 2.11"
8. Jesus Vilchez - Fra - UCL Hennebont - s.t.
9. Eric Berthou - Fra - Jean Floc'h - s.t.
10. Frédéric Delalande - Fra - Jean Floc'h - at 2.20"
11. Freddy Ravaleu - Fra - Jean Floc'h - at 2.24"
12. Cédric Noel - Fra - Divpa - s.t.
13. Cyril Bouhoux - Fra - Velo Sport Chartres - s.t.
14. Jérôme Guisneuf - Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique - at 2.27"
15. Frédéric Lubach - Fra - VC Roubaix-Lille Metropole
16 David Simon - Fra - Bretagne U Plouvien - s.t.
17. Romain Brochet - Fra - Seat Sport VC Dinan - s.t.
18. Mickaël Hacques - Fra - Bretagne U Plouvien - at 2.32"
19. Mickaël Verger - Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique - s.t.
20. Nicolas Andre - Fra - Panorimmo.com-23 En Limousin - s.t.
Thibault is currently leading the "Challenge D'Or" competition with 40 points after two races, together with Sweden's John Nillsson (AVC Aix en Provence), while another Jean Floc'h rider, Guillaume Judas, is ranked third along with Belgium's Philippe Gilbert. The "Golden Challenge", reserved to El. 2 and U23 riders, consists of the following races:
February 17 - Circuit Méditerranéen (Pyrénées-Orientales)
March 10 - Manche-Atlantique (Morbihan)
April the 1st - GP de Vougy (Loire)
May 9 - Tour du Périgord - A Travers les Bastides (Dordogne)
July 27 - Trophée des Champions (Vienne)
July 28 - GP Cristal-Energie (Indre)
July 30 - GP de Cours-la-Ville (Rhône)
August 14 - GP Fenioux à Heugnes (Indre)
August 20 - Prix des Marbriers à Bellignies (Nord)
August 24 - GP de Plouay Elite 2 (Morbihan)
France - Ireland's Duff takes fifth in Tour d'Emereaude. Scanlon takes 7th in another race: Irish riders in French U23 races were not as lucky as the last week-end, when Mark Scanlon won the GP Pierre Pinel. This time the boys from the Emerald Isle had to be content with the fifth placing of Dubliner Aidan Duff in Tour d'Emereaude, another 1.12.1 competition disputed on Saturday in Brittany, and which strangely enough had a UCL Heenbont rideras the winner and nobody from super Jean Floc'h in the top 5 places.
Results - Top 10:
1. Jesús Vilchez - Fra - UCL Hennebont
2. Vincent Greneche - Fra - Panorimmo.com - 23 En Limousin
3. Stéphane Petilleau - Fra - VC Roubaix - Lille Metropole
4. Stéphane Hacques - Fra - Bretagne U Plouvien
5. Aidan Duff - Irl - Panorimmo.com-23 En Limousin
6. Christophe Thebault - Fra - Jean Floc'h
7. Stéphane Ravaleu - Fra - VC Rouen
8. Morten Christiansen - Nor - Sandnes Sykkleklub
9. Lilian Jegou - Fra - Bretagne U Plouvien
10. Matthieu Remy - Fra - CC Marmande
As for Mark Scanlon, the guy from Sligo, wearing the jersey of France's VC La Pomme-Marseille team, only ranked seventh in Prix Mathias Nomblot, disputed on Sunday in the oustkirts of Lyon. The race was won by local (VC Lyon) rider Michael Buffaz, with the Irishman coming in just five seconds behind the winner, and fellow countryman Denis Lynch taking 17th place at 18" behind Buffaz.
France - Circuit Des Quatre Cantons - 1.12.1/ 156 km. (Top 12 Places):
1. Jérôme Bonnace - Fra - UC Chateauroux - 3.25'52"
2. Dominique Pere - Fra - Panorimmo.com-23 En Limousin
3. Stéphane Auroux - Fra - CR4C Roanne
4. Erki Putsep - Est - EC St-Etienne-Loire
5. Renaud Dion - Fra - EC St-Etienne-Loire
6. Stéphane Foucher - Fra - Cercle Gambetta Orleans-Loiret
7. Arnaud Labbe - Fra - Cycle Poitevin
8. Sébastien Foucher - Fra - Cercle Gambetta Orleans-Loiret
9. Adrian Gagala - Fra - Velo Sport Chartres
10. Mickaël Bouget - Fra - EC St-Etienne-Loire - at 13"
11. Takehiro Mizutani - Jap - UC St-Chély d'Apcher - at 37"
12. Cyrille Delias - Fra - US Montauban 82
France - PARIS-EVREUX: Velo Club Rouen's Nicolas Meret won this UCI 1-12.2 race disputed on Sunday by coming in first at the end of a small bunch sprint, ahead of Samuel Plouhinec and Alexander Sabalin. Curiously in the TOP 5 was also a a Japanese rider, Shinichi Fukushima, who got to the finish line just 8" behind the winners
PARIS-EVREUX: Results - TOP 20 PLACES:
1. MERET Nicolas - VC Rouen 76 4 h 03'
2. PLOUHINEC Samuel - AVC Aix s.t
3. SABALIN Alexandr - VC Beauvais Oise s.t
4. DIAS Mickaël - ACBB s.t
5. FUKUSHIMA Shinichi - CC Nogent sur Oise 8"
6. PARENT Rodolphe - VC Rouen 76 16"
7. LANGE Cory - ACBB 28"
8. AVISSE Jérôme - VC Beauvais Oise 37"
9. YON Jean Philippe - VC Rouen 76 43"
10. JUNGELS DavidE - SC Meaux 59"
11. VALENTIN Tristan - CM Aubervilliers 93 2' 05"
12. CUMONT Gaylord - VC Rouen 76 2' 08"
13. CAVET Tony - VC Evreux 2' 14"
14. RAVALEU Stéfan - VC Rouen 76 2' 19"
15. GERARD Rudy - VC Rouen 76 7'00"
16. VUILLERMINAZ Max - CM Aubervilliers 93 7' 12"
17. SIMON Frédéric - US Créteil 7' 22"
18. KERLOCH Eric - VC Evreux s.t
19. DELVALLE Jean Philippe- VC Evreux 7' 25"
20. SCHNEIDER Vincent EC - Cap'Ouest 7' 29"
France - A TRAVERS LE BOCAGE: Velo Club Roubaix's Vincent Cayzeele edged out three break companions in a small bucnh sprint to take victory in this UCI-1.13 competition. Here are the results (Top 8 places)
1. Vincent Cayzeele - VC Roubaix - 3h13'30"
2. Tarno Raudsepp - Nantes 44 Cyclisme - s.t
3. Amaëm Moinard - VC Saint-Lô Pont-Hébert - s.t
4. Nicolas Moncomble - VC Roubaix - s.t
5. Jean-Christophe Avril - VC Rouen 76 - at 35"
6. David Ternoy Eseg - Douai - s.t
7. Olivier Mennesson - VC Roubaix - at 1' 40"
8. Cédric Dore - V C Saint-Lô Pont-Hébert - s.t
Belgium - VLAAMSE PJIL HARELBEKE: Results (Top 20 places only) of the UCI-1.6 race disputed on Saturday in Belgium, dominated by local riders and won by Bart Dockx, ahead of Wouter Demeulemeester, with Steven Caethoven, runner-up in last week's Bruxelles-Opwijk, capturing the remaining podium spot. Australia's Paul Redenbach took an excellent seventh place, and Nick Nuyens ranked fifth, just like he did in the Bruxelles-Opwijk.
1. Bart Dockx (Bel) - 3.47.00"
2. Wouter Demeulemeester (Bel) - at 04"
3. Steven Caethoven (Bel) - at 15"
4. Gert Vanderaerden (Bel) - s.t.
5. Nick Nuyens (Bel) - s.t.
6. Cedric Coutouly (Fra) - s.t.
7. Paul Redenbach (Aus) - s.t.
8. Goswin Laplasse (Bel) - s.t.
9. Christophe Waelkens (Bel) - s.t.
10. Kevin De Weert (Bel) - s.t.
11. Nico Kuypers (Bel) - s.t.
12. Mathieu Lamothe (Fra) - at 0.51"
13. Sebastien Rosseler (Bel) - s.t.
14. Steven De Champs (Bel) - at 1.03"
15. Pim Goos (Hol) - s.t.
16. Germ Van den Burg (Hol) - s.t.
17. Jeroen Boelen (Hol) - s.t.
18. Igor Aboukomov (Rus) - s.t.
19. Danny Van Looy (Bel) - at 1.13"
20. Stefaan Vermeersch (Bel) - s.t.
Belgium - Beverbeek Classic-Hamont Achel : Filip Vereecke won the UCI-1.6 race disputed on Saturday in Belgium. The "Pro Cycling Team" won the Teams Competition.
Results - TOP 5 PLACES:
1. Filip Vereecke (Bel - Mez Team Belgium)
2. Tom Braem (Bel - KWHZ Heist Zuiderkempen)
3. Mathieu Lamothe (Fra - Credit Agricole Espoirs)
4. Arnaud Coyot (Fra - CC Nogent sur Oise)
5. Gert Dams (Bel - Pro Cycling Team)
Belgium - Brussel-Zepperen: Results of the UCI-1.6 which took place the last week-end in the Belgian capital city. Kenny De Bloeck oustprinted Ben Thaens, with Geert Stegegnians coming in third. Quite curiously Dimitri De Herdt, fourth place getter one week ago in the UCI-1.6 Brussel-Opwijk (won by France's Eric Leblacher) ranked fourth once again, and once again at 25 seconds behind the leader. Guess he'd better take part in races not starting in Bruxelles if he wants to hit the podium ...
Results - TOP 15 PLACES:
1. Kenny De Block (Bel) - 3.41.00"
2. Ben Thaens (Bel) - at 01"
3. Gert Steegnians (Bel) - at 24"
4. Dimitri De Herdt (Bel) - at 25"
5. Erwin Verrneulen (Bel) - s.t.
6. Andy Vanhoudt (Bel) - s.t.
7. Gert Dams (Bel) - at 27"
8. Kurt Dierckx (Bel) - s.t.
9. Stefan Wijnands (Bel) - at 32"
10. Johan Van Summeren (Bel) - at 1.23"
11. Jeroen Goffin (Bel) - s.t.
12. Franck Boeokx (Bel) - at 1.25"
13. Wouter Van Mechelen (Bel) - at 2.43"
14. Ward Rombouts (Bel) - s.t.
15. Dirk Bullen (Bel) - s.t.
The Netherland - Ronde van Zuid Holland:Results from the "Tour of Southern Holland" disputed on Saturday in the Netherlands (Top 15 places)
1. David Orvalho - Hol - Tegeltoko - 3.53.38
2. Thijs Zonneveld - Hol - H.S.K. Trias - at 54"
3. Arne Kornegoor - Hol - Tegeltoko - at 1.12"
4. Matthijs Loohuis - Hol - Bert Story - Piels - at 1.14"
5. Piet Rooyakkers - Hol - WV De Jonge Renner
6. Maarten Lenferink - Hol - Tegeltoko - at 1.16"
7. Bastiaan Krol - Hol - Tegeltoko - at 1.43"
8. Steven Peters - Hol - Bert Story - Piels
9. Niels Scheuneman - Hol - Rabobank Espoirs
10. Harm Bronkhorst - Hol - H.S.K. Trias
11. Theo Eltink - Hol - Rabobank Espoirs
12. Richard Slabbekoorn - Hol - Van Vliet - Gazelle
13. Robin Van Der Pluijm - Hol - Bert Story - Piels
14. Jacco Helmink - Hol - Tegeltoko
15. Jasper Lenferink - Hol - Hunter Sportswear - Albert Heijn - at 1.45"