By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Mercury-Viatel’s Belgian recruit, Peter Van Petegem, scored his first victory for the American team on Sunday at the 54th Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic in the north of Belgium.
Van Petegem was in a group of five that had escaped from a lead group of 14 late in the race. Van Petegem faced off against Hans De Clercq (Lotto), Jo Planckaert (Cofidis), Marc Wauters (B) and Chris Peers (Cofidis) in the finale and beat De Clercq to the line for the win in Kuurne.
“I absolutely wanted to win something very quickly for my new team,” said Van Petegem after the 188km race.
1. Peter Van Petegem (B), Mercury, 166km in 4:20:00
2. Hans De Clercq (B)
3. Jo Planckaert (B)
4. Marc Wauters (B)
5. Chris Peers (B), at 0:04.
6. Serge Baguet (B), at 0:42.
7. Tom Steels (B), 0:49.
8. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est)
9. Serguei Ivanov (Rus)
10. Frank Hoj (Dk)