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Statistik - Danmark Rundt 1999

Torsdag d. 5. august 1999

US Postals hold til Danmark Rundt 1999

George Hincapie
Charlotte, NC
Hincapie enters his third season with the U.S. Postal Service team as the U.S. Professional champion and one of the team leaders for the World Cup and Classic races. Hincapie completed a near perfect race for the team last June in the U.S. Pro Championship by delivering a thrilling sprint victory. Denied a chance to wear the colors of the U.S. champion the previous year following a post-race disqualification, Hincapie earned the right to become just the second U.S. Pro champion to wear the stars and stripes jersey at the Tour de France. At the Tour, Hincapie nearly traded in his red, white and blue jersey for yellow during an exciting first week of racing, coming as close as two seconds to the race lead following a third place finish in stage three. Hincapie then remained in second place through the next three stages leading up to the first time trial. Overall, Hincapie placed 53rd and came through with five top 10 stage finishes, including a fourth-place effort in stage 21 on the Champs Elysées. Later in the season, Hincapie won the Killington Stage Race on the strength of three top-three stage finishes. In 1998, Hincapie placed in the top five 24 separate times in races such as Ruta del Sol, Paris-Nice, the PruTour, the Tour of Catalunya and the Tour of Denmark.

Frankie Andreu
A veteran of seven consecutive Tours de France, Andreu begins his second year with the U.S. Postal Service team and his 11th as a professional. One of the leaders of the team both on and off the bicycle, Andreu won two races in 1998, taking the First Union Invitational and a stage of the Tour of Luxembourg. Andreu frequently plays the role of teammate during many of the team’s finest moments. In June, after winning the CoreStates Invitational, Andreu helped teammate George Hincapie win the First Union US Pro Championship. The Dearborn, Michigan, native then played a key role in Lance Armstrong’s victory at the Tour of Luxembourg, himself winning the final stage. Later in the month, Andreu again helped Armstrong to another victory, this time at the Rheinland Pfalz stage race in Germany. Besides his two victories, Andreu reached the podium two other times, and finished fourth overall at the Tour de l’Oise. At the Tour de France, Andreu came through with a pair of 11th place stage finishes (prologue, stage 19) en route to a 58th overall finish. A five-time U.S. National Champion on the track in the late 1980s, Andreu competed in the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games, finishing fourth in the road race at the ’96 Games in Atlanta. Known for his sprinting and performances in one-day Classics, Andreu nearly won the final stage of the 1994 Tour de France on the Champs Elysées but his breakaway attempt was caught just before the line. That same year, Andreu twice finished in the top 10 in World Cup events, including ninth at Paris-Roubaix.

Dylan Casey
Mountain View, CA
Only the third U.S. cyclist in history to win national championships on both the road and the track, Casey joins the U.S. Postal Service team following several successful seasons racing domestically. A strong rider against the clock, having won his National Championships in the individual pursuit (in just his fourth attempt) and the time trial last year, Casey will experience European racing for the first time in 1999. Casey won the NCAA team time trial championship in 1993 and quickly moved up the ranks of American cycling, winning the Visalia Criterium and placing in the top 10 at the Tour d’Toona in 1995. Casey then won six races in 1997, including two stages of the 89er Stage Race and the Tour of Ohio. He finished an impressive third at the First Union Grand Prix, an event won by current teammate Marty Jemison. Last season, Casey continued his success by taking the overall and two stage victories at the Tour de Tucson while placing second in the time trial stage at the Cascade Classic and third in the prologue of the Tour d’Toona. In international competition last year, Casey finished eighth at the World Track Championships in the pursuit in Bordeaux, France. Casey enters 1999 as one of the team’s domestiques and will spend much of the year working for the team’s top riders.

Pascal Deramé
Reze, FRA
Entering his third year with the U.S. Postal Service team, Deramé comes off an up-and-down season in 1998 in which he overcame a severe early-season crash to nearly pull off an unexpected stage victory in the Tour de France. After recovering from the crash at the season-opening Ruta del Sol, Deramé worked back into the position as one of the team’s top domestiques. He played the support role throughout the season and into the Tour de France. In stage 19 of the Tour, Deramé, along with teammate Frankie Andreu, joined a 13-rider breakaway group that remained clear of the peloton. As the stage neared the finish in Autun, Deramé covered an attack and stayed clear with three other riders. In the finishing straight, Deramé led out the four-man sprint but was unable to hang on and crossed the line in fourth place. Deramé’s top-five stage placing was one of the team’s eight top-five stage finishes from seven different riders. Deramé went on to finish his second consecutive Tour de France, placing 84th overall. Another top result for Deramé was an eighth place finish at the GP Wallonnie.

Tyler Hamilton
Brookline, MA
Labeling 1998 as a “breakthrough season” for Hamilton would be a great understatement. Despite solid results over the past three years, Hamilton was still somewhat unknown in the European peloton. That changed on a brutally hot day in July when he stormed to a second-place finish in the first time trial stage of the Tour de France. Hamilton’s effort, finishing just over one minute back of stage winner Jan Ullrich, placed him in the company of many of the sport’s top young riders. However, the moment quickly faded for Hamilton two days later when, stricken with a stomach ailment and heat exhaustion, he lost nearly 20 minutes and fell from ninth place overall to 160th. Hamilton gamely fought to work his way back to finish 51st overall. One of the team’s strongest riders in stage races, Hamilton is gifted with the complete package - climbing ability, time trialing skills and race savvy. The former NCAA cycling champion finished fifth overall at the PruTour before returning to America to help teammate George Hincapie win the US Pro Road Championship. Hamilton then returned to Europe and was a part of Lance Armstrong’s first European stage race victory at the Tour of Luxemboug. Hamilton himself then raced an impressive Tour of Catalunya, finishing 15th in the difficult stage race prior to the Tour de France.

Frank Hoj
Holte, DEN
A strong one-day rider built for the Classic races, Hoj joins the U.S. Postal Service team in 1999. The current Danish National champion, Hoj achieved that status in July by taking a four-rider sprint to the line, besting Bo Hamburger, who would wear the yellow jersey later that month at the Tour de France, and current teammate Peter Meinert. He also won four other events in 1998, including Holland’s Veenendal-Veenendal and the Franco-Belge stage race. Besides his victories, other top performances last year included second-place finishes at the GP Isbergues and another second place effort in stage three at the Tour of Denmark. Hoj won five races in 1997, including the Scandinavian championship and a stage of the Boland Bank Tour in South Africa. A professional since 1995, Hoj has won stages of the Milk Race (1993) and the prestigious Tour de l’Avenir (1995). Hoj will be one of the team’s main threats during the Classic season and also will work for the team leaders at major stage races.
Peter Meinert
A nine-year veteran of the professional peloton, Meinert enters his third year with the team coming off another solid season. Meinert’s calm presence and quiet demeanor off the bicycle contrast his aggressive nature in competition. At the 1998 Tour de France, Meinert was one of seven team members to record a top-five stage finish, placing fourth in stage 14. As has been the case the last few seasons, Meinert came through with strong results in events following the Tour. In August, Meinert finished third overall at the Tour of Denmark following a fourth place effort in the decisive time trial stage. Later in the month, he finished second in the time trial stage at the Tour of Holland, and 16th overall. Prior to the Tour, at the Danish National Championships, Meinert, a five-time National Champion, finished fourth in the road race and second in the time trial.

Christian Vande Velde
Lemont, IL
Vande Velde enters his second year as a professional and with the U.S. Postal Service team. The 22-year-old former track sensation concluded last year like a seasoned pro, finishing his first Grand Tour, the Tour of Spain. Vande Velde came through with his top stage finish - 20th - on the 22nd and final stage into Madrid. The 1997 United States Cycling Federation Senior Male Athlete of the Year and the first USA Cycling Male Athlete of the Year, Vande Velde is once again expected to make great strides in 1999, riding in many of the sport’s premier one-day Classics and World Cup events. Vande Velde impressed many with his winning performance at this year’s Redlands Classic. He won the race in convincing fashion, exhibiting his climbing and time trial skills along the way. Vande Velde began the 1998 season assisting teammate Jonathan Vaughters to victory at Redlands in March. He played the support role again at the U.S. Pro Championship in June, where teammate George Hincapie raced to victory. Afterward, Vande Velde rode in support of teammate Lance Armstrong and played a role in Armstrong’s overall victories at the Tour of Luxembourg and the Rheinland Pfalz. Vande Velde, whose father, John, was a two-time Olympic Team Member, won three national titles in 1997.