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By Podofdonny
Date: 10/9/2004
Paris Tours Preview
 

Paris Tours World Cup

Paris-Tours is the first of the so-called Autumn Classics and the ninth round of the World Cup series. The race takes the peloton on a lengthy trek from the suburbs of Paris, across pancake flat plains southwards to the Loire Valle. Despite its long history of being the “Sprinters' Classic” over the years, the organisers have added a succession of small hills towards the end of the race to give the breakaways and escapees a better chance.

The presence of the a côte de la Pagode de Chanteloup (km 200), the côte de Crochu (km 231), the côte de l'Epan (km 249), the côte du Pont Volant (km 252) and finally the côte du Petit Pas d'Ane (km 254), make it harder for the pure sprinters teams to chase the race down before the dramatic finish on the avenue de Grammont.

In 1998, Jacky Durand won the race, 42 years after Albert Bouvet, the previous French winner, who triumphed in 1956, proving that Paris-Tours also favours attacking riders, not afraid of embarking on long breakaways. The Frenchman's victory was followed in 1999 by the Belgian Marc Wauters, and in 2000 by the Italian Andrea Tafi. In 2001 the French climber, Richard Virenque, surprised the teams of sprinters by winning the race after a 240 km breakaway! Last year, the German, Eric Zabel, was the surprise element in the 97th edition: in the sprint his track racing qualities triumphed over the courage of Alessandro Petacchi.

This year's edition of the race is being billed as a “mano à mano” between Davide Rebellin and Paolo Bettini. The two best one day racers in the world are divided by just 6 points in the last edition on the World Cup. Rebellin enters the race having missed out on a ride in the World Championships in Verona last week. Fearing that he would not be selected by the Italian squad, he opted to apply for Argentine citizenship, however the paper work was late coming through and he found himself watching the race on TV. However the néo-Argentin used the Paris-Bourges on Thursday to prepare for the race. Rebellin showed he is in good form, finishing third behind Jérôme Pineau. The leader of the World Cup showed good form in the race and was active in the break, however the expected sprint finish on Sunday does not suit Rebellin's style, and it is hard to see, that the small sucession of hills 8 kilometres from the end would be enough to allow him to attempt and all out attack. It would seem his tactics will be more likely defensive ones, to keep a very close watch on Bettini, so he does not lose too much advantage and then make a race winning effort in next weeks Tour of Lombardy. "I will have to stay concentrated, it's not really my kind of course. It's not hard enough, and Bettini will be the favourite because he's a faster sprinter. But I hope to be there or thereabouts to keep the deficits down to a minimum ahead of the Tour of Lombardy," commented Rebellin after Paris Bourges.

Bettini comes into the race having had a little bad luck. He banged his knee on the team car in the World championships but is confident he has made a full recovery. His team will miss both Boonen (illness) and Zanini (injury), with points being so close he will hope to be able to use his superior sprinting skills over Rebellin to take a vital advantage in the last event of the series next weekend.

Zabel, Petacchi, Boonen and Vandenbroucke will all be absent so the race is wide open. Man of the moment, Oscar Freire, triple World Road race champion does not seem to suffer from the curse of the “maillot arc-en-ciel” and will be hopeful to add to his Classic victories. Jaan Kirsipuu (Ag2r) will be moving to Cofidis next season and this will be his last big race with a team he has gained all his 100 plus victories with. The Australians will again be there or there abouts, Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com), Stuart O’Grady (Cofidis) and Alan Davis (Liberty Seguros) are all capable of winning this race.

Winner of Paris Bourges, Jerôme Pinault (Brioches la Boulangère), and Jean-Patrick Nazon (Ag2r) are other French hopefuls in this French Classic – while either Steffen Wesemann (T Mobile) or Hondo (Gerolsteiner) could well be hoping to keep the winnerin Germany.

The bookies favourites -

FREIRE Oscar (ESP - RAB) 4.5 4.50

O'GRADY Stuart (AUS - COF) 6.0

BETTINI Paolo (ITA - QSD) 7.5

KIRSIPUU Jaan (EST - A2R) 8.5

NAZON Jean-Patrick (FRA - A2R) 8.5

HONDO Danilo (GER - GST) 10.0

REBELLIN Davide (ARG - GST) 10.0

Teams and Riders

GEROLSTEINER
1 - REBELLIN Davide ITA
2 - FÖRSTER Robert GER
3 - HONDO Danilo GER
4 - LANG Sebastian GER
5 - SERPELLINI Marco ITA
6 - WROLICH Peter AUT
7 - ZBERG Marcus SUI
8 - ZIEGLER Thomas GER

T-MOBILE TEAM
11 - WESEMANN Steffen GER
12 - ALDAG Rolf GER
13 - BAUMANN Eric GER
14 - EVANS Cadel AUS
15 - KESSLER Matthias GER
16 - KLIER Andreas GER
17 - NARDELLO Daniele ITA
18 - SCHRECK Stephan GER

RABOBANK
21 - FREIRE Oscar ESP
22 - DE JONGH Steven NED
23 - DEKKER Erik NED
24 - HAYMAN Mathew AUS
25 - KROON Karsten NED
26 - POSTHUMA Joost NED
27 - SENTJENS Roy NED
28 - WAUTERS Marc BEL

FASSA BORTOLO
31 - PETACCHI Alessandro ITA
32 - CANCELLARA Fabian SUI
33 - FLECHA Juan Antonio ESP
34 - ONGARATO Alberto ITA
35 - PETITO Roberto ITA
36 - SACCHI Fabio ITA
37 - TRENTI Guido USA
38 - VELO Marco ITA

LOTTO - DOMO
41 - VAN PETEGEM Peter BEL
42 - EECKHOUT Nico BEL
43 - MOERENHOUT Koos NED
44 - STEEGMANS Gert BEL
45 - VAN BON Leon NED
46 - VAN DIJK Stefan NED
47 - VAN IMPE Kévin BEL
48 - VIERHOUTEN Aart NED

QUICK STEP - DAVITAMON
51 - BETTINI Paolo ITA
52 - BRAMATI Davide ITA
53 - CRETSKENS Wilfried BEL
54 - HULSMANS Kevin BEL
55 - NUYENS Nick BEL
56 - PAOLINI Luca ITA
57 - ROGERS Michael AUS
58 - TANKINK Bram NED

TEAM CSC
61 - JAKSCHE Jorg GER
62 - ARVESEN Kurt-Asle NOR
63 - ERIKSEN Thomas DEN
64 - GUSEV Vladimir RUS
65 - HOFFMAN Tristan NED
66 - HOJ Frank DEN
67 - MICHAELSEN Lars DEN
68 - VANDBORG Brian DEN

US POSTAL - BERRY FLOOR
71 - VAN HEESWIJK Max NED
72 - CREED Michael USA
73 - DEVOLDER Stijn BEL
74 - JOACHIM Benoit LUX
75 - MC CARTY Jonathan Patrick USA
76 - MIKHAILOV Guennadi RUS
77 - NOVAL GONZALEZ Benjamin ESP
78 - VAN DEN BROECK Jurgen BEL

SAECO
81 - CELESTINO Mirko ITA
82 - BERTAGNOLLI Leonardo ITA
83 - BONOMI Giosuè ITA
84 - CASAGRANDA Stefano ITA
85 - GAVAZZI Nicola ITA
86 - GLOMSER Gerrit AUT
87 - MAZZOLENI Eddy ITA
88 - SPEZIALETTI Alessandro ITA

COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE
91 - O’GRADY Stuart AUS
92 - BESSY Frédéric FRA
93 - CASPER Jimmy FRA
94 - ENGOULVENT Jimmy FRA
95 - FARAZIJN Peter BEL
96 - FOFONOV Dmitriy KAZ
97 - VASSEUR Cédric FRA
98 - WHITE Matthew AUS

LAMPRE
101 - ASTARLOA Igor ESP
102 - BALLAN Alessandro ITA
103 - BORTOLAMI Gianluca ITA
104 - BOSSONI Paolo ITA
105 - CORTINOVIS Alessandro ITA
106 - HAUPTMAN Andrej SLO
107 - QUINZIATO Manuel ITA
108 - VILA ERRANDONEA Patxi ESP

PHONAK HEARING SYSTEMS
111 - AEBERSOLD Niki SUI
112 - ALBASINI Michael SUI
113 - DESSEL Cyril FRA
114 - ELMIGER Martin SUI
115 - MURN Uros SLO
116 - RAST Gregory SUI
117 - USOV Alexandre BLR

LIBERTY SEGUROS
121 - DAVIS Allan AUS
122 - ANDRLE René CZE
123 - BARANOWSKI Dariusz POL
124 - CARUSO Giampaolo ITA
125 - HRUSKA Jan CZE
126 - NOZAL Isidro ESP
127 - RAMIREZ Javier ESP

EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI
131 - ARTETXE Mikel ESP
132 - FERNANDEZ Koldo ESP
133 - IRIZAR Markel ESP
134 - ISASI Inaki ESP
135 - PENA Aketza ESP
136 - SANCHEZ Samuel ESP
137 - SILLONIZ Aitor ESP
138 - SILLONIZ Josu ESP

ALESSIO - BIANCHI
141 - MORENI Cristian ITA
142 - BALDATO Fabio ITA
143 - BERTOLINI Alessandro ITA
144 - FURLAN Angelo ITA
145 - HVASTIJA Martin SLO
146 - IVANOV Ruslan MDA
147 - RASTELLI Ellis ITA
148 - TAFI Andrea ITA

BRIOCHES LA BOULANGERE
151 - PINEAU Jérôme FRA
152 - BENETEAU Walter FRA
153 - GESLIN Anthony FRA
154 - HARY Maryan FRA
155 - KERN Christophe FRA
156 - MARTIAS Rony FRA
157 - RENIER Franck FRA
158 - SPRICK Matthieu FRA

FDJEUX.COM
161 - COOKE Baden AUS
162 - BICHOT Freddy FRA
163 - DA CRUZ Carlos FRA
164 - FRITSCH Nicolas FRA
165 - GILBERT Philippe BEL
166 - GUESDON Frédéric FRA
167 - VOGONDY Nicolas FRA

CHOCOLADE JACQUES WINCOR
171 - BRARD Florent FRA
172 - ARDILA Mauricio COL
173 - KOSTYUK Denys UKR
174 - LÖWIK Gerben NED
175 - PIATEK Zbigniew POL
176 - VAN DE WALLE Jurgen BEL
177 - VERHEYEN Geert BEL
178 - ZAMANA Cezary POL

ILLES BALEARS - B. SANTANDER
181 - GARCIA ACOSTA Vicente ESP
182 - ARRIETA Jose Luis ESP
183 - GUTIERREZ José Ivan ESP
184 - HORRACH Joan ESP
185 - LASTRAS Pablo ESP
186 - LOPEZ José Antonio ESP
187 - OSA Unai ESP
188 - PRADERA Mikel ESP

CREDIT AGRICOLE
191 - MOREAU Christophe FRA
192 - HERVE Cédric FRA
193 - HINAULT Sébastien FRA
194 - JOLY Sébastien FRA
195 - KAGGESTAD Mads NOR
196 - LEBLACHER Eric FRA
197 - LEQUATRE Geoffroy FRA
198 - NAZON Damien FRA

SAUNIER DUVAL - PRODIR
201 - ZABALLA Constantino ESP
202 - COBO Juan Jose ESP
203 - GOMEZ Angel ESP
204 - GOMIS Juan ESP
205 - HORNER Christopher USA
206 - MORI Manuele ITA
207 - VENTOSO Francisco ESP
208 - ZAUGG Oliver SUI

AG2R PREVOYANCE
211 - KIRSIPUU Jaan EST
212 - ASTARLOZA Mikel ESP
213 - INAUDI Nicolas FRA
214 - KRIVTSOV Yuriy UKR
215 - NAZON Jean-Patrick FRA
216 - ORIOL Christophe FRA
217 - PORTAL Nicolas FRA
218 - PÜTSEP Erki EST

MRBOOKMAKER.COM - PALMANS
221 - DAY Ben AUS
222 - DE SMET Andy BEL
223 - GABRIEL Frédéric FRA
224 - HUNT Jérémy GBR
225 - RENDERS Jens BEL
226 - THIJS Erwin BEL
227 - ?????
228 - WUYTS Peter BEL

R.A.G.T. SEMENCES - MG ROVER
231 - SEIGNEUR Eddy FRA
232 - AUGER Guillaume FRA
233 - BERTHOU Eric FRA
234 - DION Renaud FRA
235 - DULAC Nicolas FRA
236 - FINOT Frédéric FRA
237 - REYNAUD Nicolas FRA
238 - RINERO Christophe FRA

DOMINA VACANZE
241 - SCARPONI Michele ITA
242 - BAZHENOV Alexandre RUS
243 - FAILLI Francesco ITA
244 - KOLOBNEV Alexandr RUS
245 - MARINANGELI Sergio ITA
246 - MORI Massimiliano ITA


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