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28th Cholet-Pays De Loire - 1.1

France, March 20, 2005

2004 Results    Results    Past winners

Pierrick Fedrigo opens the books for Bouygues Telecom

By Jean-François Quénet in Cholet

Simon Gerrans (R, Ag2r) and Noan Lelarge (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h)
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Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom)
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The podium
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Being one of the last six UCI ProTour teams without any wins so far this year, the new born Bouygues Telecom - built on the foundations of the foundations of the Bonjour and La Boulangère teams - was highly motivated on its home soil of Cholet near the Vendée area where the Tour de France will hold its Grand Départ again this year. "We haven't impressed anyone yet," French champion Thomas Voeckler declared after Paris-Nice. Newcomer Pierrick Fedrigo, recruited from Crédit Agricole duly landed the team's first win yesterday at Cholet-Pays de Loire, the third leg of the French Cup.

On the same finishing line where Stuart O'Grady was awarded his first yellow jersey, back in 1998, Fedrigo was the only man from the final breakaway remaining in the peloton. Earlier on, the race went full gas all the way, as showed by the average speed of 43.1km/h on a hilly course. Before half way, Simon Gerrans of Ag2r escaped with Noan Lelarge from Bretagne-Jean Floc'h. The two riders got a maximum lead of 1'20''. Gerrans may hail from Jamieson, Victoria, but he knew all the climbs close to the Loire river since he rode in that part of France for U Nantes-Atlantique last year. That probably helped him to take the KOM competition over this time.

"When we got caught by a group, no one really wanted to ride," he explained. "We kept attacking each other all the time." There were many big names though, such as three times winner Jaan Kirsipuu and his new team-mate Patrice Halgand (Crédit Agricole), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Stéphane Goubert (Ag2r), José Alberto Martinez (Agritubel), Nicki Sørensen (CSC) and up and coming Swede John Nilsson (Auber 93) in a 24-man group, that was later re-joined by another 15 riders. On the last hill, located with 40km to go, ten riders broke clear: Fedrigo, Didier Rous, Anthony Charteau, Unai Yus (all from Bouygues Telecom), Frédéric Bessy (Cofidis), Christophe Mengin (Française des Jeux), Halgand, Nilsson, Goubert, and also Sørensen who was unlucky to have a flat tyre.

On the final circuit, at the bell lap with 5km to go, Fedrigo attacked under the advice of Rous. Only Halgand and Nilsson were able to follow him. As the bunch was getting close, never more than 6 seconds down, Fedrigo attacked again 500 metres before the line. "Because of the head wind, I was riding flat out close to the barricades," he said, extremely happy to erase the bad memories of Paris-Nice where he had been forced to pull out two days prior to the finish in Nice. At the time, probably affected by the aftermath of a flu, he was left with no legs, and no morale either. "I trained well during the week," Fedrigo said. "I was only afraid of having raced to few kilometres at Paris-Nice."

Most of the competitors of Cholet-Pays de Loire were actually very fresh because of a lack of racing. The ProTour calendar has left many riders at home recently. Since they battle for starts, many riders are very hungry when they finally get a chance to race. That's why the race has had this thrilling scenario with a complete suspense till the very end. Alberto Benito of Portuguese continental team Barbot-Pascoal came second again, two days after producing the same result at the Classic Loire-Atlantique. Fedrigo now leads the French Cup, level with Philippe Gilbert - who was busy finishing sixth in Milan-San Remo instead of defending his lead - with 50 points.

Results - 202 km

1 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        4.41.17
2 Alberto Benito Guerreiro (Spa) Barbot - Pascoal                       
3 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              
4 Damien Nazon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                    
5 Leonardo Duque (Col) Jartazi Granville Team                           
6 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
7 Remco Van Der Ven (Ned) Rabobank Continental                          
8 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                                 
9 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                           
10 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                    
11 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
12 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Agritubel                                 
13 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Continental                                
14 José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Agritubel                       
15 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                  
16 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
17 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC                                          
18 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
19 Jonas Holmkvist (Swe) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska                
20 Jens Renders (Bel) MrBookmaker.com - SportsTech                      
21 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                          
22 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                         
23 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone          
24 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Jartazi Granville Team                          
25 Serge Pauwels (Ned) Rabobank Continental                             
26 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                       
27 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
28 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                           
29 Thierry De Groote (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                    
30 Johan Coenen (Bel) MrBookmaker.com - SportsTech                      
31 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                 
32 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim                
33 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                                      
34 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                        
35 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93                                          
36 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Auber 93                                          
37 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                                          
38 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              
39 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                       
40 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank Continental                           
41 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux                                 
42 William Walker (Aus) Rabobank Continental                            
43 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska           
44 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim               
45 Mark Scanlon (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                                   
46 David Martin Peribanes (Spa) Barbot - Pascoal                        
47 Unai Yus Kerejeta (Spa) Bouygues Telecom                             
48 Florent Brard (Fra) Agritubel                                        
49 Ben Day (Aus) MrBookmaker.com - SportsTech                           
50 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Crédit Agricole                                  
51 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Auber 93                                      
52 Celestino Pinho (Por) Barbot - Pascoal                               
53 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC                                          
54 Angel Castresana Del Val (Spa) MrBookmaker.com - SportsTech          
55 Camille Bouquet (Fra) MrBookmaker.com - SportsTech                   
56 Hubert Dupont (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                                 
57 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Agritubel                                      
58 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux                                  
59 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                
60 Walter Beneteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               
61 Erwin Thijs (Bel) MrBookmaker.com - SportsTech                       
62 Celestino Pinho (Por) Barbot - Pascoal                               
63 Stéphane Bergès (Fra) Agritubel                                      
64 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone               
65 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone    
66 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                 
67 Dainius Kairelis (Ltu) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska               
68 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
69 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                                  
70 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                       
71 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Crédit Agricole                              
72 Laurent Paumier (Fra) MrBookmaker.com - SportsTech                   
73 Nicki Sørensen (Den) Team CSC                                        
74 Maarten Wijnants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim                 
75 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                                        
76 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone             
77 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                               
78 Pieter Mertens (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim                   
79 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
80 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                              
81 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                  
82 Jamie Burrow (GBr) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska                   
83 Christophe Mengin (Fra) Française des Jeux                      11.11
84 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         18.19
85 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                            
86 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim                   
87 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim                 
88 Jef Peeters (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim                 20.19
89 Christophe Rinero (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                        27.34
90 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                           
DNF Jean-Paul Simon (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                     
DNF Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
DNF Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
DNF Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
DNF Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - T Interim              
DNF Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2r Prévoyance                                
DNF Nicolas Portal (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                
DNF Sébastien Minard (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                             
DNF Nicolas Reynaud (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                              
DNF Eric Berthou (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                                 
DNF Nicolas Dulac (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                                
DNF Benjamin Levecot (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                             
DNF Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone             
DNF Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Agritubel                                      
DNF Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                         
DNF Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                         
DNF Carl Naibo (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                               
DNF Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                         
DNF Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                       
DNF Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                              
DNF David Bréard (Fra) Auber 93                                         
DNF Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93                                        
DNF Maxime Méderel (Fra) Auber 93                                       
DNF Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Auber 93                                       
DNF Johan Svensson (Swe) Jartazi Granville Team                         
DNF Maxim Rudenko (Ukr) Jartazi Granville Team                          
DNF Steven Thys (Bel) Jartazi Granville Team                            
DNF Vygantas Kaminskas (Ltu) Jartazi Granville Team                     
DNF Heath Blackgrove (NZl) Jartazi Granville Team                       
DNF Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Jartazi Granville Team                        
DNF Fernando Sousa (Por) Barbot - Pascoal                               
DNF Rui Sá (Por) Barbot - Pascoal                                       
DNF Michal Pomietlo (Pol) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska               
DNF Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska               
DNF Kimmo Kananen (Fin) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska                 
DNF Jakob Piil (Den) Team CSC                                           
DNF Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC                                       
DNF Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC                                      
DNF Christian Müller (Ger) Team CSC                                     
DNF Yasutaka Tashiro (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                           
DNF Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                             
DNF Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                           
DNF Takehiro Mizutani (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                          
DNF Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                           
DNF Tomoya Sano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                                
DNF Yusuke Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                             
DNF Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Continental                             
DNF Frank Van Dulmen (Ned) Rabobank Continental                         
DNF Tom Veelers (Ned) Rabobank Continental                              
 
Coupe de France standings
 
1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux                           50 pts
2 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             50
3 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                               47
4 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              25
5 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone            25
6 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                               24
7 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Française des Jeux                              20
8 Damien Nazon (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                  20
9 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              16
10 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Française des Jeux                            16
11 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone            16
12 Kilian Patour (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                14
13 Florent Brard (Fra) Agritubel                                      14
14 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                  11
15 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                        10
16 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                8
17 David Boucher (Fra) MrBookmaker.com - SportsTech                    5
18 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Agritubel                                5
19 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                3
20 José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Agritubel                      3
21 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                 3

Past winners

2004 Bert De Waele (Bel)             202 kms in 5.09.07 (39.208 km/h)
2003 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux  202 kms in 4.54.04 (41.215 km/h)
2002 Jimmy Casper (Fra) FJDeux.com   202 kms in 4.55.23 (40.218 km/h)
2001 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina     202 kms in 4.56.59 (40.810 km/h)
2000 Jens Voigt (Ger)                202 kms in 4.52.13 (41.065 km/h)
1999 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino	     202 kms in 5.03.32 (39.925 km/h)
1998 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino	     202 kms in 5.09.20 (39.181 km/h)
1997 Jann Kirsipuu (Est)             202 kms in 4.56.25
1996 Stéphan Heulot (Fra)            207 kms in 4.59.43
1995 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel)	     207 kms in 5.08.45
1994 Laurent Madouas (Fra)           207 kms in 5.26.59
1993 Marc Bouillon (Fra)             209 kms in 5.16.31
1992 Laurent Desbiens (Fra)          205 kms in 5.19.16
1991 Sammie Moreels (Bel)            205 kms in 5.12.03
1990 Kim Andersen (Den)              200 kms in 5.03.59
1989 Frank Boucanville (Fra)         238 kms in 6.24.53
1988 Patrick Onnockx (Bel)           241 kms in 6.33.46
1987 Frédéric Garnier (Fra)          239 kms in 6.23.33
1986 Domenique Lecrocq (Fra)         237 kms in 6.17.44
1985 Marc Madiot (Fra)               236 kms in 6.28.36
1984 Pascal Poisson (Fra)            233 kms in 5.55.10
1983 Eric Dall'Armellina (Fra)
1982 Pierre Bazzo (Fra)              220 kms in 5.24.37
1981 Roger Legeay (Fra)
1980 Roger Legeay (Fra)
1979 Pierre Bazzo (Fra)
1978 Jacques Bossis (Fra)

Notes: 

In 1987 and 1989 it was called GP Cholet-Mauleon
From 1990, it took the name of GP Cholet-Pays de Loire
Between 1982-86 and 1988 the race was known as Mauleon - Moulins.

Past winners by Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com