B Bosman kindly informed me by e-mail of the bad news that both Chris Boardman (GB, GAN) and Franck Vandenbroucke (Bel, Mapei-GB crashed out of the race, but he had no details of their injuries (if any).
Paris--Camembert takes place each Tuesday after Easter as part of the celebration of the Vimoutiers fair. Last year's winner was Andrei Tchmil, who did not take part today. It suits a rider with his sort of punch, because of the climbs in the last 70km -- Canapville (9% -- climbed three times), Roiville (12% -- climbed twice), and on the 28km finishing circuit around Vimoutiers the cote de Moulin-Neuf (18%) and, 8k from the finish, the mur des Champeaux (17%).
GAN: Boardman, Heulot, Rue, Rous, Simon PETIT CASINO: De Las Cuevas, Chanteur, Kasputis FORCESUD: Arnould, Capelle, Rinero, Lance AGRIGEL: Bernard, Colotti, Durand, Laurent, T. Marie, Vermote AUBERVILLIERS: Gouvenou, Pontier, Saugrain, Talmant MUTUELLE DE SEINE-ET-MARNE: N. Jalabert, Maignan, Pillon FRENCH NATIONAL SELECTION: Barthe, Frutoso, Duracka FESTINA: Lebreton, C. Moreau, Chiotti, Halgand, Arenas LOTTO: Van Hyfte, Sunderland, Fleischer COLLSTROP: P. De Clecq, Bouvard, Medan CEDICO: Bouillon, Derique, Rokia BANESTO: Casero, Davy, Hunt, Nazon, Nijboer MAPEI-GB: Baffi, Colonna, Nardello, Vandenbroucke US POSTAL: Hampsten, Teutenberg BOAVISTA: Cepelle
1. Adriano Baffi (Ita) Mapei-GB 5.03.44 (40,496 km/h) 2. Didier Rous (Fra) Gan + 0.01 3. Federico Colonna (Ita) Mapei-GB + 0.46 4. Jean-Philippe Duracka (Fra-amateur) 5. Gilles Talmant (Fra) Aubervilliers 6. Sebastien Medan (Fra) Collstrop 7. David Lefevre (Fra-amateur) 8. Jacky Durand (Fra) Agrigel 9. Emmanuel Hubert (Fra) Gan 10. Christophe Rinero (Fra) Forcesud 11. Eric Frutoso (Fr, French elite selection) 12. Arnaud Pretot (Fr, GAN) 13. ?????? Reiss (???, US Postal) 14. Charles Guilbert (Fr, La Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne) 15. Marty Jemison (USA, US Postal) 16. Ronan Pensec (Fr, GAN) 17. Francois Simon (Fr, GAN) 18. Francisque Teyssier (Fr, Aubervilliers-93 Peugeot) 19. Stephane Goubert (Fr, Festina) 20. Juan Arenas (sp, Festina) also 27. Stephane Heulot (Fr, GAN) all s.t. (88 classified)
1. Stephane Heulot (GAN) 70 2. Nicolas Jalabert (La Mutuelle de Seine-et-Marne) 68 3. Laurent Jalabert (ONCE) 66 4. Jacky Durand (Agrigel-La Creuse) 50 (+12) 5. Talmant (Aubervilliers 93-Peugeot) 43 (+18) 6= Didier Rous (GAN) 35 (+35) 6= Thierry Marie (Agrigel-La Creuse) 35 8. Christophe Rinero (ForceSud) 26 (+8) 9. Laurent Desbiens (GAN) 25 10. Christophe Capelle (ForceSud) 23
On the final climb, the Champeaux (with 100m of 18%) Baffi attacked to shake off the double challenge. Rous held him, but Heulot, who said he had suffered from bronchitis since the Criterium International fell back. At 500m to the line Rous tried an attack but Baffi held him off. GAN's Chris Boardman had been near the front of the race when he crashed with 50km to go. His injuries were apparently limited to a bruised side and he was said to be certain to start the Circuit de la Sarthe stage race today