By VeloNews Interactive , copyright AFP 2002
France’s Christophe Moreau (Credit Agricole) will be out for three weeks after breaking his right collarbone in the season-opening “La Marseillaise” Grand Prix in Aubagne, in southern France, on Tuesday.The race organizers said Moreau, who was fourth in the Tour de France two years ago, fell as he came around a downhill bend during the 144km race.
Moreau, 30, was due to undergo an operation on Wednesday. The former Festina rider suffered the same injury two years ago at the start of the 2000 season, when he broke his collarbone in the early season Etoile de Besseges.
Tuesday’s 144km “La Marseillaise,” the prelude to the Etoile de Besseges which begins Wednesday, was won by French rider Xavier Jan of BigMat-Aubervilliers 93 team, who beat AG2R’s Alexandre Botcharov when the Russian rider went off course with 500 meters to go.
LA MARSEILLAISE GRAND PRIX, Aubagne, France. February 5.
1. Xavier Jan (F), BigMat-Auber 93, 144.4km in 3:27:23; 2. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), at 0:07; 3. Cyril Dessel (F), at 0:27; 4. Andrea Ferrigato (I), at 0:28; 5. Josu Silloniz (Sp), at 0:30; 6. Jo Planckaert (B); 7. Giuseppe Palombo (I); 8. Oscar Cavagnis (I); 9. Paul Van Hyfte (B); 10. Pascal Derame (F), all s.t.