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Fassa Bortolo takes Med Tour opener

The Italian Fassa Bortolo team won the opening stage of the 29th Mediterranean Tour, besting Creddit Agricole by seven seconds in a 36km team time trial from Salon-de-Provence to Berre-l'Etang. The team’s Michele Bartoli assumed the race leader’s jersey on the strength of the team’s performance as they covered the stage in 38:10. Italy’s Mapei-Quick Step squad rounded out the top three, finishing 10 seconds behind the winning team. The 176 riders, representing 22 teams left the start in Salon-de-Provence at three-minute intervals. A small Category III climb two kilometers after the start

By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002

Photo: Graham Watson

The Italian Fassa Bortolo team won the opening stage of the 29th Mediterranean Tour, besting Creddit Agricole by seven seconds in a 36km team time trial from Salon-de-Provence to Berre-l’Etang.

The team’s Michele Bartoli assumed the race leader’s jersey on the strength of the team’s performance as they covered the stage in 38:10. Italy’s Mapei-Quick Step squad rounded out the top three, finishing 10 seconds behind the winning team.

Bartoli

Bartoli

Photo: Graham Watson

The 176 riders, representing 22 teams left the start in Salon-de-Provence at three-minute intervals. A small Category III climb two kilometers after the start was the only difficult section on what was otherwise a flat and fast course.

The early leader of the day, Bonjour, set a strong pace, turning in a time of 25:05 at the 22km mark. But the effort may have proven to be too much as the French team ultimately finished fourth, behind Fassa Bortolo, Crédit Agricole and Mapei.

Copyright AFP2002

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Results

29th Mediterranean Tour. Stage 1 Salon-de-Provence to Berre-l’Etang1 (Team Time Trial)

1. Fassa Bortolo (I), 36km in 38:10 (56.100 kph); 2. Crédit Agricole (F), at 0:07; 3. Mapei (I), at 0:10; 4. Bonjour (F), at 0:19; 5. Gerolsteiner (G), at 0:35; 6. Rabobank (Nl), at 0:41; 7. Taconi Sport (I), at 0:44; 8. CSC (Dk), at 0:46; 9. Saeco (I), at 0:47; 10. Domo-Farm Frites, at 0:48.