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By VeloNews Interactive
Johan Museeuw seeks a record-equaling fourth victory in the Paris-Roubaix classic on Sunday, knowing that most of his rivals come from within his own Quick Step-Davitamon team.
Victory would put Museeuw on a par with compatriot Roger de Vlaeminck, the only man to have conquered the cobblestones of “The Hell of the North” four times.
Apart from last year’s winner, Peter Van Petegem, Musseuw’s leading rivals will be familiar faces. Belgian hopeful Tom Boonen, winner of the Ghent-Wevelgem classic this week, Hungary’s Laszlo Bodrogi, 2001 winner Servais Knaven from the Netherlands and Italian Stefano Zanini are all Quick Step-Davitamon teammates and well placed to challenge for the “Queen of the Classics.”
But Belgians Van Petegem (Lotto-Domo) and Frank Vandenbroucke (Fassa Bortolo), both disappointed by a poor campaign in the Belgian classics this season, will also look for revenge.
Lovkvist wins Circuit de la Sarthe
Sweden’s Thomas Lovkvist, (Fdjeux.com) took his first major career victory here Friday, winning the Circuit de la Sarthe race after the fourth and final stage, a 181km race from Evron to Le Mans.
T-Mobile’s Jan Ullrich, who hopes to challenge Lance Armstrong (U.S. Postal) in the Tour de France come July, abandoned on the final stage, as did Christophe Moreau (Credít Agricole) and Didier Rous (Brioches La Boulangere).
1. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe), Fdjeux.com, 181km in 4:34:06
2. Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr), Acqua & Sapone, at 0:27
3. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto-Domo, at 0:32
4. Erik Zabel (G), T-Mobile, same time
5. Ruggero Marzoli (I), Acqua & Sapone, s.t.
6. Frederic Gabriel (F), Mr. Boookmaker.com-Palmans, s.t.
7. Allan Davis (Aus), Liberty Seguros, s.t.
8. Paolo Valoti (I), Domina Vacanze, s.t.
9. Luis Leon Sanchez (Sp), Liberty Seguros, s.t.
10. Laurent Brochard (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, s.t.
1. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Fdjeux.com, 18:03:33
2. Franck Bouyer (F), Brioches La Boulangere, at 0:19
3. Ronny Scholz (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:23
4. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Lotto-Domo, at 0:33
5. Laurent Brochard (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 0:35
6. Allan Davis (Aus), Liberty Seguros, at 0:39
7. Kyrylo Pospyeyev (Ukr), Acqua & Sapone, same time
8. Sandy Casar (F), Fdjeux.com, s.t.
9. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2R Prevoyance, at 0:40
10. Luis Leon Sanchez (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:41
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