By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
With his Rabobank teammates chasing behind, Dutchman Michael Boogerd was able to sit in for a free ride in the lead group up front, and he emerged freshest from a five-man breakaway to take the win on stage 4 of the Majorca challenge.
The Boogerd group also included Swiss Fabian Jeker and Spaniards Felix Garcia Casas, Francisco Cabello and Juan José de los Angeles. Those four were forced to do the bulk of the work when Rabobank took up the chase late in the race, and at the finish, Boogerd took the sprint from Jeker with relative ease.
Two minutes behind, Telekom’s Erik Zabel beat out Luca Paolini in the field sprint for sixth. The German has won all four field sprints in the race, winning stages 1 and 3, and finishing second, behind solo winner Mathew Hayman, in stage 2.
Rabobank’s Hayman is the “virtual” leader on general classification, however, such a classification is not recorded. Riders are free to pick and choose which of the five stages they wish to compete in, and can sit out one day and return to start the next.
Copyright 2001 AFP
1. Michael Boogerd (Nl), 175km in 4:38:55
2. Fabian Jeker (Swi)
3. Felix Garcia Casas (Sp)
4. Francisco Cabello (Sp)
5. Juan José de los Angeles (Sp), all s.t.
6. Erik Zabel (G), at 2:02
7. Luca Paolini (I)
8. Sven Teutenberg (G)
9. Angel Edo (Sp)
10. Marco Serpellini (I)