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Friday’s Euro-file: World Cup’s back, and Ullrich is ready

Cycling's World Cup moves back onto center stage with Sunday's 253km HEW Cyclassics race in Hamburg, Germany, the sixth stop of the 10-round series. The rolling course features no less than 23 rated climbs, but none are hard enough for the top pros to get out of the big ring. The course heads out into the farmland outside of Hamburg before heading back into the bustling port city for two finishing circuits. Whether it will come down to a bunch sprint or not is kind of a crapshoot. The race hits the short but steep Wasseberg climb three times, the last coming just 15km from the finish,

By Andrew Hood

Cycling’s World Cup moves back onto center stage with Sunday’s 253km HEW Cyclassics race in Hamburg, Germany, the sixth stop of the 10-round series.

The rolling course features no less than 23 rated climbs, but none are hard enough for the top pros to get out of the big ring. The course heads out into the farmland outside of Hamburg before heading back into the bustling port city for two finishing circuits.

Whether it will come down to a bunch sprint or not is kind of a crapshoot. The race hits the short but steep Wasseberg climb three times, the last coming just 15km from the finish, giving riders plenty of chances to attack the group.

Most of the World Cup contenders will be at the start line, including defending HEW champion Johan Museeuw (Quick Step) and World Cup defending champion Paolo Bettini, World Cup leader Peter Van Petegem (Lotto-Domo), Dario Pieri (Saeco) and Michael Boogerd (Rabobank). Although Pieri is not on the tentative start list, Saeco says he’ll race.

Bettini and Boogerd come out of the Tour without having much success while Pieri, Museeuw and Van Petegem skipped the Tour to be ready for the second half of the World Cup season.

Among the big names missing will be world champion Mario Cipollini (Domina Vacanze), five-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong (USPS), Tyler Hamilton (CSC), Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Alexandre Vinokourov (Telekom).

HEW Cyclassics is followed by the Clasica San Sebastian (Aug. 9) and GP Zurich (Aug. 17) before the World Cup series steps into the background until the final two events in October.

Van Petegem, winner at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, has the two first places to give him 200 points and leads Boogerd by 60 points while Pieri sits in third with 117 points.

2003 UCI World Cup standings after five events:
1. Peter Van Petegem (B), Quick Step, 200 points
2. Michael Boogerd (Ned), Rabobank, 140
3. Dario Pieri (I), Saeco, 117
4. Tyler Hamilton (USA), Team CSC, 100
5. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz), Telekom, 100
6. Paolo Bettini (I), Quick Step, 100
7. Frank Vandenbroucke (B), Quick Step, 92
8. Mirko Celestino (I), Saeco, 91
9. Serguei Ivanov (Rus), Fassa Bortolo, 79
10. Danilo Di Luca (I), Saeco, 74

HEW Cyclassics winners since 1997:
2002 – Johan Museuuw
2001 – Erik Zabel
2000 – Gabriele Missaglia
1999 – Mirko Celestino
1998 – Leon Van Bon
1997 – Jan Ullrich

Tentative start list (July 30, 2003)
Quick Step-Davitamon

1 MUSEEUW Johan BEL
2 BETTINI Paolo ITA
3 BOONEN Tom BEL
4 BRAMATI Davide ITA
5 KNAVEN Servais NED
6 PAOLINI Luca ITA
7 SINKEWITZ Patrik GER
8 VANDENBROUCKE Frank BEL

Gerolsteiner GER
11 REBELLIN Davide ITA
12 HASELBACHER René AUT
13 LANG Sebastian GER
14 POLLACK Olaf GER
15 SCHMIDT Torsten GER
16 WEGMANN Fabian GER
17 WROLICH Peter AUT
18 ZBERG Marcus SUI

Team Saeco Macchine per Caffé ITA
21 ASTARLOA Igor ESP
22 CELESTINO Mirko ITA
23 COMMESSO Salvatore ITA
24 DI LUCA Danilo ITA
25 GLOMSER Gerrit AUT
26 LUDEWIG Jörg GER
27 SACCHI Fabio ITA
28 ZANINI Stefano ITA

Team Fassa Bortolo ITA
31 BARTOLI Michele ITA
32 CANCELLARA Fabian SUI
33 KIRCHEN Kim LUX
34 LODA Nicola ITA
35 PETACCHI Alessandro ITA
36 PETITO Roberto ITA
37 POZZATO Filippo ITA
38 TOSATTO Matteo ITA

Team Telekom GER
41 AERTS Mario BEL
42 ALDAG Rolf GER
43 KESSLER Matthias GER
44 KLIER Andreas GER
45 KLÖDEN Andreas GER
46 NARDELLO Daniele ITA
47 WESEMANN Steffen GER
48 ZABEL Erik GER

Alessio
51 BALDATO Fabio ITA
52 BROGNARA Andrea ITA
53 FURLAN Angelo ITA
54 FERRIGATO Andrea ITA
55 IVANOV Ruslan MDA
56 MORENI Cristian ITA
57 CASAROTTO Davide ITA
58 PELLIZOTTI Franco ITA

Rabobank
61 BOOGERD Michael NED
62 BARTKO Robert GER
63 DE GROOT Bram NED
64 DEN BAKKER Maarten NED
65 FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar ESP
66 HUNTER Robert RSA
67 KROON Karsten NED
68 WAUTERS Marc BEL

Lampre
71 CASAGRANDE Francesco ITA
72 BARBERO Sergio ITA
73 BELLI Wladimir ITA
74 CORTINOVIS Alessandro ITA
75 MISSAGLIA Gabriele ITA
76 RATTI Eddy ITA
77 SERPELLINI Marco ITA
78 SCIANDRI Maximilian GBR

Team Bianchi
81 KORFF André GER
82 RADOCHLA Steffen GER
83 RUND Thorsten GER
84 SCHWEDA Raphael GER
85 TEUTENBERG Sven GER
86 ULLRICH Jan GER
87 URBAN Malte GER
88 WILHELMS Thorsten GER

Brioches La Boulangere
91 BOUYER Franck FRA
92 CHARTEAU Anthony FRA
93 CHAVANEL Sébastien FRA
94 ENGOULVENT Jimmy FRA
95 KERN Christophe FRA
96 MAGNIEN Emmanuel FRA
97 PERRAUDEAU Olivier FRA
98 RENIER Franck FRA

Vini Caldirola
101 BALDUCCI Gabriele ITA
102 BOSSONI Paolo ITA
103 HAUPTMAN Andrej SLO
104 GEROSA Mauro ITA
105 RADAELLI Mauro ITA
106 RODRIGUEZ Fred USA
107 SIRONI Gianluca ITA
108 VAINSTEINS Romans LAT

U.S. Postal Service
111 BARRY Michael CAN
112 EKIMOV Viatcheslav RUS
113 HINCAPIE George USA
114 JOACHIM Benoît LUX
115 KJAERGAARD Steffen NOR
116 MIKHAILOV Guennadi RUS
117 VAN HEESWIJK Max NED
118 WHITE Matthew AUS

Cofidis
121 CLAIN Médéric FRA
122 FARAZIJN Peter BEL
123 FLAMMANG Tom LUX
124 RUTKIEWICZ Marek POL
125 MATTAN Nico BEL
126 PEERS Chris BEL
127 PLANCKAERT Jo BEL
128 TOMBAK Janek EST

Team CSC
131 VAN BONDT Geert BEL
132 DEAN Julian NZL
133 BRUUN ERIKSEN Thomas DEN
134 HOFFMAN Tristan NED
135 MICHAELSEN Lars DEN
136 PIZIKS Arvis LAT
137 SANDSTOD Michael DEN
138 TAFI Andrea ITA

Lotto-Domo
141 VAN PETEGEM Peter BEL
142 MCEWEN Robbie AUS
143 DE CLERCQ Hans BEL
144 VAN BON Leon NED
145 BAGUET Serge BEL
146 MOERENHOUT Koos NED
147 EECKHOUT Nico BEL
148 VANSEVENANT Wim BEL

ONCE
151 CASTRESANA DEL VAL Angel ESP
152 DAVIS Allan AUS
153 FLORENCIO CABRE Xavier ESP
154 GONZALEZ DE GALDEANO ARANZABAL Igor ESP
155 HRUSKA Jan CZE
156 JAKSCHE Jörg GER
157 PRADERA RODRIGUEZ Mikel ESP
158 ZARRABEITIA URANGA Mikel ESP

Domina Vacanze-Elitron
161 BENNATI Daniele ITA
162 DERGANC Martin SLO
163 GONZALEZ CAPILLA Santos ESP
164 LOMBARDI Giovanni ITA
165 MONDINI Gianpaolo ITA
166 ONGARATO Alberto ITA
167 POSPYEYEV Kyryl UKR
168 VALOTI Paolo ITA

AG2R Prévoyance
171 BROCHARD Laurent FRA
172 AGNOLUTTO Christophe FRA
174 FLICKINGER Andy FRA
175 PÜTSEP Erki EST
176 SCANLON Mark IRL
177 TURPIN Ludovic FRA
178 LODER Thierry FRA

Ibanesto.com
181 GUTIERREZ PALACIOS José Ivan ESP
182 JIMENEZ SANCHEZ Eladio ESP
183 LOPEZ GIL José Antonio ESP
184 ODRIOZOLA MUGARZA Jon ESP
185 OSA EIZAGUIRRE Aitor ESP
186 OSA EIZAGUIRRE Unai ESP
187 PASCUAL RODRIGUEZ Javier ESP
188 PLAZA MOLINA Ruben ESP

Phonak Hearing Systems
191 AEBERSOLD Niki SUI
192 CAMENZIND Oscar SUI
193 DESSEL Cyril FRA
194 GRABSCH Bert GER
195 KUPFERNAGEL Stefan GER
196 MOOS Alexandre SUI
197 SALMON Benoît FRA
198 SCHNIDER Daniel SUI

Crédit Agricole
201 AUGE Stéphane FRA
202 HINAULT Sébastien FRA
203 HUSHOVD Thor NOR
204 JEGOU Lilian FRA
205 LJUNGQVIST Marcus SWE
206 MOREAU Christophe FRA
207 O’GRADY Stuart AUS
208 VOIGT Jens GER

Fakta
211 ARVESEN Kurt-Asle NOR
212 BACKSTEDT Magnus SWE
213 HOJ Frank DEN
214 JOHANSEN Allan DEN
215 SKELDE Michael DEN
216 SUNDERLAND Scott AUS
217 BAK Lars Ytting DEN
218 RIEBENBAUER Werner AUT

Fdjeux.com
221 COOKE Baden AUS
222 MC GEE Bradley AUS
223 WILSON Matthew AUS
224 MENGIN Christophe FRA
225 GUESDON Frédéric FRA
226 DA CRUZ Carlos FRA
227 EISEL Bernhard AUT

Wiesenhof
231 POITSCHKE Enrico GER
232 GRABSCH Ralf GER
233 HEPPNER Jens GER
234 LOCHOWSKI Roberto GER
235 WACKERNAGEL Lars GER
236 MÜLLER Martin GER
237 BAUMANN Eric GER
238 SCHOLZ Timo GER

Tour mania awaits Ullrich in World Cup race
Jan Ullrich returns home for the Cyclassics World Cup race on Sunday, a week after crowning a remarkable comeback with second place in the Tour de France.

Ullrich’s revival in the world’s greatest cycling race, after a career-threatening injury break and a doping ban for taking Ecstasy during a personal crisis, has sparked a frenzy in his native country.

Organizers said they expected up to a million fans would line the 253.2km course around Hamburg to cheer on the 1997 Tour winner, who is as popular as ever after giving Lance Armstrong a hard time on the Tour.

“Those who know me know that I’m always fired up after the Tour,” said the 29-year-old Ullrich, who won the Hamburg event in 1997 – one year before it gained World Cup status.

“I’m certainly not coming just to take part,” added the Bianchi rider, who has never won a World Cup race.

Ullrich will nevertheless face strong opposition with a string of sprinters and one-day race specialists in the field, among them fellow German Erik Zabel, his former Telekom teammate, who won the Cyclassics two years ago.

“Of the five remaining World Cup races, this is my favorite,” said the 33-year-old Zabel. “Having said that, I know that there about 20 riders who can win and I have to keep an eye on all of them.”

Four-time Tour stage winner Alessandro Petacchi of Italy will be one to watch for Zabel, as will Australians Baden Cooke and Robbie McEwen.

Cooke edged McEwen for the Tour de France green jersey and the pair will be among the top favourites if the race ends in a mass sprint.

“A small group could also break away,” said Zabel. “It wouldn’t be the first time that happened in Hamburg.

Such a scenario would favor World Cup leader Peter Van Petegem, fellow Belgian Johan Museeuw, who won the race in 2002, and Paolo Bettini of Italy, last year’s overall World Cup winner. –Reuters