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67th Paris-Camembert Lepetit - 1.1
France, April 18, 2006
Geslin wins on home soil
By Jean-François Quénet
It was about time for Bouygues Telecom to win one of the French cup races, which was their speciality in the past. Anthony Geslin made it on his own territory. The bronze medallist of last year’s World Championship in Madrid hails from Alençon, only 50km away Vimoutiers, the town that hosts the traditional semi-classic sponsored by a famous French cheese.
"I’m happy to win here one year after my teammate Laurent Brochard," commented Geslin, who took the win out of a 10-man lead group. "Lefèvre led me the sprint out with 500 meters to go and he gave me the way with 200 to go. I wanted to do well here. We have taken the opportunity to wait a long time for playing for the win, thanks to Jérôme’s presence in the lead group early on."
How it unfolded
Today, only 13 teams lined up, including the five French ProTour teams. In the past, Paris-Camembert was used to a more competitive field: One year ago, Lance Armstrong was one of the stars, not only on the start line but also in the hills of Normandy. Quickly, a group of 12 riders took off. The most active were Patrice Halgand and Anthony Charteau (Crédit Agricole), Vincent Jérôme (Bouygues Telecom) and Sergey Matveyev (Panaria). At the second passage by the crucial point of Roiville (km 160), Halgand, Charteau and Matveyev broke clear with Frédéric Bessy (Cofidis) and Camille Bouquet (Unibet.com).
In the côte de Moulin-Neuf with 15km to go, Matveyev attacked as the bunch was coming very close to the leaders. Laurent Lefèvre (Bouygues Telecom) made it across in the downhill, followed by Leonardo Duque (Cofidis). They got caught with two km to go, then Charles Guilbert (Bretagne-Jean Floc’h) counter-attacked, Geslin was the first man to join him and it came down to a sprint of 10 men.
Geslin was known for being fast since he shared the honours in Madrid with no less than Tom Boonen and Alejandro Valverde who are both the same age as him (26). He outsprinted Agritubel’s Cédric Coutouly, Guilbert and Éric Leblacher of Française des Jeux.
Geslin has scored Bouygues Telecom’s third win for this year after Sébastien Chavanel in a stage in Portugal and Thomas Voeckler at the Tour of the Basque country. He became third in the Route Adélie three weeks ago and now moves up to the third place of the French cup challenge that is still lead after eight races by Lilian Jégou of Française des Jeux, with 89 points ahead of Ag2r’s Lloyd Mondory with 77 and Geslin with 75. The next round will be GP Villers-Cotterêts (April 22).
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1 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 4.38.38 (43.067 km/h) 2 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel 3 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h 4 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Française des Jeux 5 Emilien-Benoît Berges (Fra) Auber 93 6 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis 7 Moises Aldape (Mex) Panaria 8 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R 0.02 9 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 0.04 10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis 0.06 11 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole 0.11 12 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h 13 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.com 14 Paride Grillo (Ita) Panaria 15 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Agritubel 16 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 17 Edgardo Simon (Arg) Selle Italia 18 René Mandri (Est) Auber 93 19 Philippe Schnyder (Sui)Selle Italia 20 Piotr Chmielewski (Pol) CCC Polsat 21 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Crédit Agricole 22 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Française des Jeux 23 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 24 Mateusz Mroz (Pol) CCC Polsat 25 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel 26 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Crédit Agricole 27 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance 28 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Agritubel 29 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93 30 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole 31 Christoph Girschweiler (Sui) Team Voralberg 32 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93 33 Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 34 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis 35 Seregiy Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria 36 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel 37 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Panaria 38 Jussi Veikkanen (Fra) Française des Jeux 39 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis 40 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.com 41 Kilian Patour (Fra) Crédit Agricole 42 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole 43 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis 44 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis 45 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Unibet.com 46 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Unibet.com 47 Sébastien Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne - Jean Floc’h 48 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Jean Floc’h 49 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 50 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Panaria 51 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne – Jean Floc’h 52 Pascal Hungerbülher (Sui) Team Voralberg 53 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne – Jean Floc’h 54 Gilles Canouet (Fra) Agritubel 55 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r Prévoyance 56 Jean Mespoulede (Fra) Auber 93 57 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne – Jean Floc’h 58 Petter Renäng (Swe) Unibet.com 59 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Selle Italia 60 Harald Morscher (Aut) Team Voralberg 61 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93 62 Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) Team Voralberg Courtesy of Guy Dedieu
Paris-Camembert (Trophée Lepetit) 2005 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom