61st Paris-Camembert, Cat 1.2

France, April 25, 2000

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Rous solos in from Armstrong

Didier Rous & Lance Armstrong
Photo: © AFP

Lance Armstrong (USPS) produced his best result this season after finishing second in the French semi-classic Paris-Camembert Tuesday. The winner, Didier Rous (Bonjour) took his first victory since he won a stage in the 1997 Tour de France. He won by attacking eight kilometres from the finish after the remnants of an earlier attack 75 kilometres from the finish were caught.

Igor Flores (Euskaltel), Patrice Halgand (Jean Delatour) and Yvon Ledanois (FDJ), had been caught by Rous, Armstrong, Ivanov (Farm Frites), Salmon (Ag2R), Extebarria and Zubeldia (both Euskaltel) at the Mur des Champeaux, the toughest passage of the race in the village of Camembert.

Rous got around fifteen seconds before the others raised the speed but six were were left at the finish line. A victory well deserved by Rous. "You can't imagine how happy I am. I have been second here before (behind Baffi in 1996). This is something of a revenge", said the happy Frenchman after the race. He had a little more revenge as in 1996 he was second in Flèche Wallonne behind Lance Armstrong.

Results - 208 km

1 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel                 4.46.00  50 pts
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service                 0.06
3 Igor Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                         
4 Yvon Ledanois (Fra) La Française des Jeux                     20 
5 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour                           18 
6 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                           16 
7 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Farm Frites                            
8 Unai Etxebarria (Ven) Euskaltel-Euskadi                     
9 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                 0.13
10 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole                0.46  8 
11 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo                          
12 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                            
13 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) La Française des Jeux                   3 
14 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Ville de Charleroi                   
15 Gianpaolo Mondini (Ita) Cantina Tollo                      
16 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Festina                            
17 Bruno Boscardin (Ita) Post Swiss Team                      
18 Jens Voigt (Ger) Crédit Agricole                           
19 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                       
20 Ole Sigurd Simensen (Nor) St Quentin-Oktos                 
21 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour                       
22 Christian Poos (Lux) Post Swiss team                       
23 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) La Française des Jeux                
24 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole                         
25 Christian Vandevelde (USA) US Postal Service Service       
26 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel                   
27 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance                  
28 Steve Kleynen (Bel) Farm Frites                            
29 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service                 
30 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Cofidis                              
31 David Casarotto (Ita) Alessio                              
32 Mathias Buxhofer (Aut) Phonak                              
33 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                          
34 Jean Cyril Robin (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel                  
35 Cédric Fragniere (Swi) Phonak                              
36 Christophe Bassons (Fra) Jean Delatour                     
37 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel                  
38 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis                              
39 Sergey Yakovlev (Kaz) Besson Chaussures                    
40 Xavier Jan (Fra) La Française des Jeux                     
41 Nicolas Dumont (Fra) Besson Chaussures                     
42 Lylian Lebreton (Fra) Big Mat - Aubervilliers 93           
43 Sébastien Demarbaix (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                     
44 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                    
45 Alberto Lopez-Munain (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi               
46 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                 
47 Ruben Diaz De Cerio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                
48 Jorgen Bo Petersen (Den) Ville de Charleroi           0.56
49 Christophe Gauthier (Fra) Besson Chaussures           1.32
50 Grzegorz Gwiazdowski (Pol) La Française des Jeux           
51 Lukas Zumsteg (Swi) Phonak                                 
52 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) US Postal Service                     
53 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel                     
54 Philip Vereecke (Bel) Ville de Charleroi                   
55 Fabien De Waele (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                         
56 François Simon (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel                    
57 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) La Française des Jeux                
58 Manu L'hoir (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                             
59 Michel Lafis (Swe) Farm Frites                             
60 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                       
61 Renaud Boxus (Bel) Ville de Charleroi                      
62 Steve Vermaut (Bel) US Postal Service                      
63 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Crédit Agricole                       
64 Martin Cotar (Cro) Post Swiss Team                    3.43
65 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Big Mat - Aubervilliers 93       3.52
66 Christopher Jenner (Nzl) Crédit Agricole                   
67 Glenn D'hollander (Bel) Lotto-Adecco                  4.00
68 Roland Meier (Swi) Cofidis                                 
69 Tyler Hamilton (USA) US Postal Service                     
70 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bonjour-Tourpargel                  
71 Tom Desmet (Bel) Tonissteiner                              
72 Emanuele Negreni (Ita) Cantina Tollo                       
73 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Big Mat - Aubervilliers 93        5.00
74 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Jean Delatour                         
75 Arnaud Pretot (Fra) Cofidis                                
76 Alexandre Chouffe (Fra) Big Mat - Aubervilliers 93         
77 Thierry Gouvenou (Fra) Big Mat - Aubervilliers 93          
78 Anthony Langella (Fra) Crédit Agricole                     
79 Maurizio De Pasquale (Ita) Linda McCartney                 
80 Anthony Morin (Fra) Crédit Agricole                        
81 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat - Aubervilliers 93            
82 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Jean Delatour                       
83 Matthew Stephens (GBr) Linda McCartney                8.44
84 Médéric Clain (Fra) Besson Chaussures                      
85 Aitor Kintana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi                      

180 starters
85 finishers

Coupe de France Classification after eight rounds:

1. Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r Prévoyance-Décathlon	110 pts
2. Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour			101
3. Jens Voigt (Ger) Crédit Agricole			87
4. Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour-Toupargel			53
5. Marcel Wust (Ger) Festina-Lotus			51
6. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole			38
6. Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole		38
8. Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Ag2r Prévoyance-Décathlon	35
8. David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis			35
8. Jay Sweet (Aus) Big Mat-Auber 93			35  


1. Crédit Agricole 					80 pts
2. Bonjour-Tourpargel		 			54
3. La Française des Jeux 				54
4. Ag2r Prévoyance-Décathlon				43
5. Big Mat-Auber 93					39
6. Cofidis 						38 
7. Jean Delatour 					37
8. Besson Chaussures					34
9. Festina-Lotus					29
10. Saint-Quentin Oktos					17


Lance Armstrong is visiting the land of the cheese Tuesday for the semi-classic Paris-Camembert, eighth stage in the Coupe de France. The race starts in Magnanville in the Seine valley and winds westwards to Normandy, passing the famous cheese village Camembert 13 kilometres from the finish in Vimoutiers. After Camembert the riders will meet the main difficulty in the Mur des Champeaux, a 17 per cent climb. Other riders in the race are Belgian Andrei Tchmil, who won in 1995, Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu, who leads the Coupe de France and Laurent Brochard, his major French opponent in the series.

Participating teams:

Cofidis (Desbiens, Millar, Moncoutié)
La Française des Jeux (Heulot, Magnien)
AG2R (Kivilev, Kirsipuu)
Crédit Agricole (Vaughters)
Bonjour (Robin, Simon)
Jean Delatour (Brochard)
Lotto (Tchmil)
Cantina Tollo
Farm Frites
Linda McCartney
Post Swiss
US Postal (Armstrong)

Past Winners

Paris-Vimoutiers, 1906-1942

1906    Mary (Fra)
1934    Louis Thietard (Fra)
1935    Marcel Bat (Fra)
1936    Yvon Marie (Fra)
1937    André Auville (Fra)
1938    Jean-Marie Goasmat (Fra)
1939    Pierre Cloarec (Fra)
1942    Joseph Goutourbe (Fra)

Paris-Camembert (Trophée Lepetit)

1943    Victor Cosson (Fra)
1944    Maurice De Muer (Fra)
1946    Paul Neri (Ita)
1947    Robert Dorgebray (Fra)
1948    Raoul Remy (Fra)
1949    Jean Rey (Fra)
1950    Ange Le Strat (Fra)
1951    Jean Baldassari (Fra)
1952    Robert Varnajo (Fra)
1953    Jean Gueguen (Fra)
1954    Gilbert Bauvin (Fra)
1955    Jean-Marie Cieleska (Fra)
1956    René Fournier (Fra)
1957    Joseph Groussard (Fra)
1958    Nicolas Barone (Fra)
1959    Nicolas Barone (Fra)
1960    Joseph Groussard (Fra)
1961    Jean-Claude Annaert (Fra)
1962    Piet Rentmeester (Ned)
1963    Jacques Simon (Fra)
1964    Arie Den Hertog (Ned)
1965    Pierre Everaert (Fra)
1966    Desire Letort (Fra)
1967    Georges Chappe (Fra)
1968    Harry Stevens (Ned)
1969    Raymond Riotte (Fra)
1970    Georges Chappe (Fra)
1971    Gerard Moneyron (Fra)
1972    José Catieau (Fra)
1973    Regis Delephin (Fra)
1974    Alain Santy (Fra)
1975    Raymond Martin (Fra)
1976    Bernard Hinault (Fra)
1977    Hubert Linard (Fra)
1978    Joop Zoetemelk (Ned)
1979    Raymond Martin (Fra)
1980    Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (Fra)
1981    Guy Gallopin (Fra)
1982    Christian Jourdan (Fra)
1983    Christian Jourdan (Fra)
1984    Hubert Linard (Fra)
1985    Martial Gayant (Fra)
1986    Kim Andersen (Den)
1987    Mathieu Hermans (Ned)
1988    Laurent Fignon (Fra)
1989    Andreas Kappes (Ger)
1990    Thierry Marie (Fra)
1991    Brian Holm (Den)
1992    Patrice Esnault (Fra)
1993    Oleg Kozlitine (Kaz)
1994    Armand De las Cuevas (Fra)
1995    Andrej Tchmil (Mol)
1996    Adriano Baffi (Ita)
1997    Mauro Gianetti (Swi)
1998    Pascal Lino (Fra)
1999    Fabio Fontanelli (Ita)
Past winners from Mario Stiehl in Berlin