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1997 Omloop Het Volk ( HC)

This race is now "Omloop Het Nieuwsblad"

51st edition: March 1, 1997

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad podium history | 1996 edition | 1998 edition

Ghent-Lokeren, 200 km / 38.961 km/hr
195 starters / 105 classified finishers

Peter van Petegem

Peter van Petegem wins 1997 Omloop Het Volk. TDW photo

The race: From the gun the attacks went off in this truly aggressive day of racing.

Just after the start, Jan Poppe, Wim Omloop and Jacky Durand went clear. At one point during their 130 kilometer-long escape, their gap was an impressive ten minutes.

They were caught and with sixty to go, other breaks began firing off. But eventually the race came back together.

The move that mattered happened with sixteen kilometers to go. Franco Ballerini attacked and soon he had Tom Steels, Johan Capiot, Peter van Petegem, Andrei Tchmil and Hendrik Redant with him.

That made three TVM riders in the break. TVM did not waste the opportunity. One TVM rider after another attacked.

Finally, with 4.5 kilometers still to go Peter van Petegem took off and that was the race. He was well and truly gone.

Tom Steels led in the rest of the break for second place.

Complete Results:

1 Peter Van Petegem  TVM-Farm Frites 5hr 8min
2 Tom Steels  Mapei-GB 8sec
3 Johan Capiot  TVM-Farm Frites s.t.
4 Hendrik Redant  TVM-Farm Frites s.t.
5 Andrei Tchmil  Lotto-Mobistar-Isoglass s.t.
6 Franco Ballerini  Mapei-GB s.t.
7 Jaan Kirsipuu  Casino 27sec
8 Tristan Hoffman  TVM-Farm Frites s.t.
9 Christophe Mengin  La Française des Jeux s.t.
10 Jo Planckaert  Lotto-Mobistar-Isoglass s.t.
11 Wim Feys  Lotto-Mobistar-Isoglass s.t.
12 Stéphane Barthe  Casino s.t.
13 Christophe Capelle  Cofidis 1min 7sec
14 Andreas Klier  Team Nürnberger Versicherung s.t.
15 Emmanuel Magnien  Festina-Lotus s.t.
16 Bruno Boscardin  Festina-Lotus s.t.
17 Rossano Brasi  Polti s.t.
18 Tom Desmet  Collstrop-Total s.t.
19 Peter Farazijn  Lotto-Mobistar-Isoglass s.t.
20 Jan Koerts  Rabobank s.t.
21 Brian Holm Sørensen  Deutsche Telekom s.t.
22 Frankie Andreu  Cofidis s.t.
23 Frédéric Moncassin  Gan s.t.
24 Frank Høj  Collstrop-Total s.t.
25 Maximilian Sciandri  La Française des Jeux s.t.
26 Frédéric Guesdon  La Française des Jeux s.t.
27 Michel Van Haecke  Ipso-Euroclean s.t.
28 Kai Hundertmarck  Deutsche Telekom s.t.
29 Gilles Talmant  Big Mat-Auber 93 s.t.
30 Rolf Aldag  Deutsche Telekom s.t.
31 Wim Vansevenant  Vlaanderen 2002 s.t.
32 Mario Aerts  Vlaanderen 2002 s.t.
33 Kurt Van De Wouwer  Vlaanderen 2002 s.t.
34 Enrico Cassani  Polti s.t.
35 Thierry Gouvenou  Big Mat-Auber 93 s.t.
36 Jürgen Werner  Refin-Mobilvetta Design s.t.
37 Maarten Den Bakker  TVM-Farm Frites s.t.
38 Wim Van Den Meulenhof  Foreldorado-Golff s.t.
39 Bert Dietz  Deutsche Telekom s.t.
40 Erik Dekker  Rabobank s.t.
41 Henk Vogels  Gan s.t.
42 Stuart O'Grady  Gan s.t.
43 Aart Vierhouten  Rabobank s.t.
44 Michael Blaudzun  Rabobank s.t.
45 Jaime Javier Hernandez Festina-Lotus s.t.
46 Ludwig Willems  Lotto-Mobistar-Isoglass s.t.
47 Carlo Bomans  Mapei-GB s.t.
48 Wilfried Peeters  Mapei-GB s.t.
49 Johan Museeuw  Mapei-GB s.t.
50 Nico Mattan  Mapei-GB s.t.
51 Flavio Vanzella  La Française des Jeux s.t.
52 Jesper Skibby  TVM-Farm Frites s.t.
53 Rolf Sörensen  Rabobank s.t.
54 Bart Leysen  Mapei-GB s.t.
55 Richard Virenque Festina-Lotus 1min 34sec
56 Bruno Thibout  Cofidis s.t.
57 Cédric Vasseur  Gan s.t.
58 Fabio Sacchi  Polti s.t.
59 Gerrit De Vries  Polti s.t.
60 Thierry Marichal  Cedico-Ville de Charleroi s.t.
61 Marco Milesi  Brescialat s.t.
62 Serguei Outschakov  Polti s.t.
63 Claude Lamour  Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne s.t.
64 David Lefèvre  Casino s.t.
65 Marek Lesniewski  Big Mat-Auber 93 s.t.
66 Ludovic Auger  Big Mat-Auber 93 s.t.
67 Jan Poppe  Ipso-Euroclean s.t.
68 Andy De Smet  Ipso-Euroclean s.t.
69 Koen Beeckman  Ipso-Euroclean s.t.
70 Philippe Gaumont  Cofidis s.t.
71 François Simon  Gan s.t.
72 François Lemarchand  Gan s.t.
73 Francesco Arazzi  Brescialat s.t.
74 Marco Lietti  Refin-Mobilvetta Design s.t.
75 Danny Baeyens  Collstrop-Total s.t.
76 Jörg Jaksche Polti s.t.
77 Jean-Jacques Henry  Big Mat-Auber 93 s.t.
78 Anthony Morin  Big Mat-Auber 93 s.t.
79 Wim Omloop  Palmans-Lystex s.t.
80 Eddy Bouwmans  Foreldorado-Golff s.t.
81 Raymond Meijs  Foreldorado-Golff s.t.
82 Mauro Bettin  Refin-Mobilvetta Design s.t.
83 Nicolas Jalabert  Cofidis s.t.
84 Franck Bouyer  La Française des Jeux s.t.
85 Mike Weissmann  Team Nürnberger Versicherung s.t.
86 Jim Van de Laer  Cofidis s.t.
87 Nico Eeckhout Lotto-Mobistar-Isoglass 1min 55sec
88 Geert Verheyen Vlaanderen 2002 2min 30sec
89 Arnaud Pretot Gan 3min 5sec
90 Marcel Wüst  Festina-Lotus s.t.
91 Robbie McEwen Rabobank 3min 15sec
92 Laurent Pillon Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne 3min 45sec
93 Arvis Piziks  Rabobank s.t.
94 Hans De Meester Palmans Cras 11min 10sec
95 Rik Van Slycke  RDM-Asfra s.t.
96 Jens Zemke  Team Nürnberger Versicherung s.t.
97 Franky De Buyst  Tonissteiner-Colnago s.t.
98 Magnus Bäckstedt  Collstrop-Total s.t.
99 Michael Van der Wolf  Foreldorado-Golff s.t.
100 Glenn D'Hollander  Vlaanderen 2002 s.t.
101 John Talen  Foreldorado-Golff s.t.
102 Thierry Laurent  Festina-Lotus s.t.
103 Jacky Durand  Casino s.t.
104 Mario Kummer  Deutsche Telekom s.t.
105 Giovanni Lombardi  Deutsche Telekom s.t.