April 14, 1996
Paris-Roubaix 1996 – Compiègne – Roubaix : 263 km
The 94th running of the Paris–Roubaix single-day cycling classic, was held on 14 April 1996. The race started in Compiègne and finished on the velodrome of Roubaix,
April 14, 1996
Paris-Roubaix 1996 – Compiègne – Roubaix : 263 km
The 94th running of the Paris–Roubaix single-day cycling classic, was held on 14 April 1996. The race started in Compiègne and finished on the velodrome of Roubaix, covering a distance of 263.5 kilometres (163.7 miles). The race served as the third leg of the 1996 UCI World Cup. Propelled by tailwind, the race had the fastest average speed (43.31 km/h) since Paris–Roubaix was moved to the more difficult easterly route in 1968. It was the 100th anniversary edition of Paris–Roubaix.
Mapei 1, 2, 3 in prearranged order
Paris-Roubaix 1996 was totally dominated by the Mapei-GB team. Three Mapei-riders, Tafi, Museeuw and Bortolami began their triumph parade in Tilloy-les-Marchiennes on the 11th of the 22 pave sections, 86 km from the finish.
Franco Ballerini punctured no less than three times in 12 km and just missed being the fourth Mapei-rider, making up a full team time trial squad.
The sprint was ‘fixed’ 15 km from the finish. Then Mapei Directeur sportif Patrick Lefevere got the order by car phone that Museeuw must win from Mapei-boss Squinzi in Milan.
After several tentative attacks during a rapid start, 21 riders broke clear
after Noyon (km25) — Peeters, Willems (Mapei), Saligari (MG), Brognara,
Fina, Santaromita (Gewiss), Hunt (Banesto), Ozers (Motorola),
Vierhouten (Rabobank), Puttini (Refin), De Vries (Polti), De Jongh,
Knaven, Nijdam, Van Steen (TVM), Manzoni (Roslotto), Wauters (Lotto),
O’Grady (GAN), Pavanello (Aki), Contrini (Brescialat) and Saugrain
(Aubervilliers). The break reached a maximum lead of 55 seconds, with
Telekom organising the chase behind. 46.5km were covered in the first
Telekom’s work seriously stretched out the peloton and also led to 40
riders bridging to the break at km56.5. Most of the race favourites were in
this group which hit the first stretch of cobbles at Troisvilles (km98.5) with
50 seconds on the rest of the peloton.
At the third sector of cobbles (Zone 20–about km110) Peeters (Mapei),
Zabel (Telekom) and Desbiens (GAN) launched an attack and Museeuw
(Mapei) bridged up to them. The four worked well together, but
Peeters put in extra work on behalf of Museeuw. Behind, the peloton came
together at km126, and was 1.30 behind.
At Valenciennes (139km) Serpellini (Panaria) went after the four leaders
and joined with them immediately before the Arenberg cobbles (154km).
But the peloton was closing and entered the Arenberg section only 20 seconds
behind the five leaders. During this section Peeters and Museeuw eased off to
await the peloton; Desbiens, Zabel and Serpellini pressed on but were caught
at km161 (cobbles Zone 13).
Unusually there were stil about 100 riders in with a shout after Arenberg,
but the rhythm picked up considerably at Helesmes (km164). Twenty riders
stretched out off the front: Ballerini, Bortolami, Leysen, Museeuw, Tafi
(Mapei), Baldato (MG), Hincapie (Motorola), Ekimov (Rabobank), Serpellini
(Panaria), Boscardin, Michaelsen (Festina), Holm (Telekom), Tchmil,
Corvers (Lotto), Moncassin, Desbiens (GAN), Gorini (Aki), Camin, Milesi
(Brescialat), Zanini (Gewiss). Behind was rout and confusion (“Derriere,
c’est la debandade”)
In the lead group of 20, Ballerini punctured three times in Zones 12 and
11 of cobbles [ie three times in about 10km at about km175]. The second
was particularly unfortunate, coinciding with the rest of the Mapei piling
on the pressure at the front. Ballerini got up to Tchmil, punctured the third
time, got up to Tchmil again…. but Tafi, Bortolami and Museeuw were away.
The three Mapei stretched out a lead despite a puncture for Museeuw
on Zone 10 (about km187). Tafi and Bortolami went on but were instructed
to ease off for Museeuw to get back on. After a while the gap between the
three Mapei and the next group — Tchmil (Lotto), Ekimov (Rabobank),
Zanini (Gewiss) and Ballerini (Mapei) — stabilised at 1.05. Ballerini did
nothing to help the chase.
Towards Seclin (about km219) Tafi, Bortolami and Museeuw had 1.45
on the chasers when Tchmil missed a corner and Ballerini took the
opportunity to move clear with Zanini.
With Ballerini effectively chasing, he and Zanini had brought the gap
down to a minute at Cysoing (km235). The Mapei team car dropped back
and directeur-sportif Patrick Lefevere instructed Ballerini to ease off.
With the three leaders working hard together, Museeuw punctured with
8km to go and some confusion seemed to break out as to strategy — but
Tafi and Bortolami waited for him.
On the velodrome at Roubaix, the three Mapei respected the order of
finish ordained by Lefevere.
1. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Mapei-GB 6.05.00 (43,32 km/h)
2. Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Mapei-GB s.t.
3. Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-GB s.t.
4. Stefano Zanini (Ita) Gewiss + 2.38
5. Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei-GB s.t.
6. Andrej Tchmil (Ukr) Lotto + 5.27
7. Brian Holm (Den) Telekom s.t.
8. Vjatjeslav Ekimov (Rus) Rabobank s.t.
9. Francis Moreau (Fra) Gan s.t.
10. Marco Milesi (Ita) Brescialat s.t.
11. Wilfried Peeters (Belgium, Mapei-GB) + 7.01
12. Tristan Hoffman (Netherlands, TVM s.t.
13. Mauro Bettin (Italy) Ceramiche Refin + 7.10
14. Frederic Guesdon (France, TeamPolti)
15. Nicola Loda (Italy, MG-Technogym)
16. Jaan Kirsipuu (Estonia, Petit Casino-C’est votre equipe)
17. Rolf Aldag (Germany, Telekom)
18. Herman Frison (Belgium, Lotto)
19. Emmanuel Magnien (France, Festina)
20. Stefano Casagranda (Italy, MG-Technogym)
21. Mario Traversoni (Ita) Carrera all s.t.
22. Philippe Gaumont (Fra) Gan + 7.31
23. Thierry Marie (Fra) Agrigel
24. Frankie Andreu (USA) Motorola
25. Denis Zanette (Ita) Aki
26. Bruno Thibout (Fra) Motorola + 7.38
27. Kaspars Ozers (Let) Motorola + 7.45
28. Johan Capiot (Bel) Collstrop
29. George Hincapie (USA) Motorola
30. Servais Knaven (Ned) TVM
31. Frank Corvers (Bel) Lotto
32. Leon van Bon (Ned) Rabobank
33. Hendrik Redant (Bel) TVM
34. Francois Lemarchand (Fra) Gan
35. Peter van Petegem (Bel)
36. Erik Zabel (Ger) Telekom
37. Francisco Cabello (Spa) Kelme
38. Laurent Desbiens (Fra) Gan
39. Mario Scirea (Ita) Saeco
40. Ludwig Willems (Bel) Mapei-GB
41. Davide Bramati (It, Ceramica Panari) +10.11
42. Ivan Luna (It, San Marco Group) +10.57
43. Marin Van Steen (Neth, TVM) +11.22
44. Bruno Boscardin (It, Festina) +11.51
45. Sean Yates (GB, Motorola)
46. Stuart O’Grady (Australia, GAN)
47. Viatcheslav Djavanian (Rus, Roslotto-ZG Mobili)
48. Mauro Radaelli (It, Brescialat)
49. Bart Leysen (Bel, Mapei-GB) all s.t.
50. Lars Michaelsen (Den, Festina) +17.12
51. Beat Zberg (Swi, Carrera)
52. Steven De Jongh (Neth, TVM)
53. Nico Mattan (Bel, Lotto)
54. Mirco Crepaldi (It, Team Polti)
55. Rob Mulders 9Neth, Collstrop)
56. Marc Wauters 9Bel, Lotto) all s.t.
(184 starters, 56 classified)
A further 14 riders finished, but outside the time limit. I only have the names
of eight of these: Cueff, Laurance, Anti, Lamour, Pillon, Aus (La Mutuelle de
Seine-et-Marne); Saugrain (Aubervilliers), Agnolutto (Petit Casino)