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54th Circuit de la Sarthe - 2.1

France, April 4-7, 2006

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Stage 3 - April 6: Angers - Ernee, 188.3 km

In cycling, Schumacher leads the game!

Stage win to comeback man Alberto Loddo

By Jean-François Quénet in Ernée

Alberto Loddo (Selle Italia)
Photo ©: Régis Garnier
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It's difficult to have a more boring race than this one. In the fourth stage of Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire, there was a breakaway of three riders, Lloyd Mondory (AG2R), Stéphane Pétilleau (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h) and Stéphane Bergès (Agritubel), whose lead reached 5'30. CSC paced in front of the bunch and eventually got some help from T-Mobile, Gerolsteiner and Panaria. The gap was bridged just in time and there was another bunch sprint. After coming second two days in a row, it was finally winning time for Alberto Loddo of Selle Italia ahead of Stefan Schumacher, who is the new leader of the race. And that was it.

Loddo was of course happy to celebrate the second win of his chaotic career in Europe, the previous one being a stage in the Vuelta ao Algarve in 2003 when he was racing for Lampre. He also won a stage in Tour of Qatar as he started as a professional in 2002, and for his second year he won both a stage and GC in Qatar, but after the 2004 season with Saunier Duval, he was left with no contract. "I received a lot of promises, though!," he laughed. "Promises, promises… But last year I did only three races as an amateur. I'll never thank Gianni Savio enough for putting me back on track with Selle Italia-Diquigiovanni."

Savio couldn't complain about Loddo's re-start. He won two stages in the Vuelta Tachira in Venezuela in January and four stages in the Tour of Chile in March. "I was frustrated with coming twice second in this race here," he said. "My team left me with 500 meters to go. I did the rest by myself. 300 meters before the line, I was on Schumacher's wheel. I had seen his team did a lot of work for him and I liked this finish with a little climb before the last 100 meters. I was also lucky to find an open road on the left side."

Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner)
Photo ©: JF Quenet
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Schumacher wasn't too disappointed to come second though, because that meant taking the lead over from CSC's Brian Vandborg through the bonus time. "I will try to keep the jersey," the German said. "But I know it will be difficult because CSC has a really strong team, maybe they'll try to attack me and it's not easy to control the whole bunch with only four teammates since Georg Totschnig had to return home after stage 1 because he was sick."

The Gerolsteiner recruit is confident though. "I heard that the final circuit tomorrow is very hard with a steep climb but normally I'm in good shape. I was OK in Flanders and I've prepared well for the Ardennes classics." Hopefully there will be more action for the conclusion of the four day race.

Photography

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Images by Régis Garnier/www.velofotopro.com

Images by Jean-Francois Quenet

Results

1 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         4.37.37 (40.696 km/h)
2 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     
3 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
4 Andrus Aug (Est) Acqua Sapone                                            
5 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                          
6 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Auber 93                                               
7 Crescenzo D'amore (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                     
8 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance                                       
9 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                 
10 Denis Bertolini (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                      
11 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93                                           
12 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                              
13 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    
14 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.Com                                        
15 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    
16 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel                                        
17 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                 
18 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche                                               
19 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
20 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 
21 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   
22 Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol) Miche                                            
23 Camille Bouquet (Fra) Unibet.Com                                        
24 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                     
25 Freddy Gonzalez (Col) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni             
26 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                     
27 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                      
28 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni           
29 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                          
30 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                      
31 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                             
32 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                      
33 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                             
34 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                    
35 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile Team                                     
36 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                 
37 Allessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                   
38 Bo Hamburger (Den) Miche                                                
39 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                           
40 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                         
41 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                                   
42 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC                                           
43 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                                  
44 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
45 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                               
46 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Unibet.Com                                  
47 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
48 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                               
49 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                 
50 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                         
51 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    
52 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                     
53 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Miche                                              
54 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               
55 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
56 Jure Zrimsek (Slo) Acqua Sapone                                         
57 Raffaele Illiano (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni            
58 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     
59 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                         
60 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
61 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                         
62 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                         
63 Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                         
64 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
65 Seweryn Zenon Kohut (Pol) Miche                                         
66 Petter Renang (Swe) Unibet.Com                                          
67 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Unibet.Com                                     
68 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                                          
69 Emilien Berges (Fra) Auber 93                                           
70 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                        
71 David Le Lay (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                             
72 Andrea Rossi (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                         
73 Sébastien Duret (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                          
74 Noan Lelarge (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                             
75 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                                             
76 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone                   
77 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni               
78 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93                                             
79 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     0.26
80 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Agritubel                                     0.32
81 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni    0.33
82 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 0.41
83 Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   0.53
84 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      
85 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                       
86 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                         1.18
87 Tommaso Caneschi (Ita) Miche                                        6.07
 
General classification after stage 3
 
1 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             12.09.00
2 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC                                        0.03
3 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                                
4 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      0.05
5 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           0.06
6 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                              0.11
7 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                       
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                   0.12
9 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                                0.13
10 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                 0.14
11 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC                                         0.16
12 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                             0.17
13 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                0.21
14 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                 0.24
15 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team CSC                                     0.26
16 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                     0.27
17 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Auber 93                                          0.31
18 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.Com                                    0.32
19 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
20 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone           0.34
21 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                0.36
22 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     
23 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile Team                                 0.38
24 Jure Zrimsek (Slo) Acqua Sapone                                     0.40
25 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           0.41
26 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni               
27 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
28 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            0.44
29 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                                  0.45
30 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                0.47
31 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance                                0.52
32 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni           0.55
33 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   
34 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Unibet.Com                                  
35 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               0.57
36 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
37 Noan Lelarge (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                         0.59
38 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
39 Andrea Rossi (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                     1.01
40 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                              1.03
41 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                           
42 Allessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                   
43 Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Team CSC                                    1.04
44 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                         
45 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                     1.05
46 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole                               1.06
47 Raffaele Illiano (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni            
48 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   
49 Emilien Berges (Fra) Auber 93                                           
50 David Le Lay (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                         1.09
51 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                             1.11
52 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel                                        
53 Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   1.12
54 Arkadiusz Wojtas (Pol) Miche                                            
55 Scott Davis (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                     1.13
56 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Agritubel                                         
57 Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Miche                                              
58 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Unibet.Com                                 1.14
59 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 1.18
60 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93                                         1.19
61 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93                                           
62 Andrus Aug (Est) Acqua Sapone                                       1.20
63 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                                          
64 Camille Bouquet (Fra) Unibet.Com                                    1.21
65 Petter Renang (Swe) Unibet.Com                                      1.23
66 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               1.24
67 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance                                  1.25
68 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                 
69 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                 1.27
70 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                         1.29
71 Philippe Schnyder (Swi) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni       1.32
72 Crescenzo D'amore (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                1.35
73 Sébastien Duret (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                      1.37
74 Bo Hamburger (Den) Miche                                            1.38
75 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  1.39
76 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                      1.41
77 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                     1.46
78 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                                         1.48
79 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni    1.52
80 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC                                         2.00
81 Freddy Gonzalez (Col) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni         2.02
82 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                   2.04
83 Denis Bertolini (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                  2.25
84 Seweryn Zenon Kohut (Pol) Miche                                     2.49
85 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche                                           3.08
86 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     6.58
87 Tommaso Caneschi (Ita) Miche                                        7.15
 
Points classification
 
1 Alberto Loddo (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni              65 pts
2 Robert Forster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      41
3 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    39
4 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  35
5 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   28
6 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                          25
7 Andrus Aug (Est) Acqua Sapone                                          25
8 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                   21
9 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   19
10 Crescenzo D'amore (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                  18
11 Denis Bertolini (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                    18
12 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Auber 93                                            17
13 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance                                  14
14 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni             14
15 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               13
16 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team                                       12
17 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                            11
18 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93                                         11
19 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC                                             10
20 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC                                         10
21 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                        9
22 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                    8
23 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 8
24 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                  8
25 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance                                     8
26 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone               7
27 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                      7
28 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone              6
29 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                5
30 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.Com                                       5
31 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Agritubel                                        5
32 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                5
33 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team                                     4
34 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team                                     3
35 Camille Bouquet (Fra) Unibet.Com                                       3
36 Tommaso Caneschi (Ita) Miche                                           3
37 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                        2
38 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                                  1
39 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                              1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   24 pts
2 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Agritubel                                        16
3 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                    10
4 Freddy Gonzalez (Col) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni             7
5 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                       5
6 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 4
7 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                    4
8 Andrea Rossi (Ita) Acqua Sapone                                         2
9 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                   1
10 Mirko Allegrini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                        1
 
U23 classification
 
1 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       12.09.06
2 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                  0.08
3 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) T-Mobile Team                                  0.18
4 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Auber 93                                           0.25
5 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              0.26
6 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone            0.28
7 William Bonnet (Fra) Credit Agricole                                 0.30
8 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile Team                                  0.32
9 Jure Zrimsek (Slo) Acqua Sapone                                      0.34
10 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                           0.35
11 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
12 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               0.51
13 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                              0.57
14 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                           
15 Emilien Berges (Fra) Auber 93                                       1.00
16 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                 1.12
17 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93                                       1.13
18 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                                      1.14
19 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                             1.19
20 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                                 1.21
21 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                      1.35
22 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                     1.40
 
Teams classification
 
1 Team CSC                                                         36.27.23
2 T-Mobile Team                                                        0.24
3 Francaise Des Jeux                                                   0.42
4 Gerolsteiner                                                         0.48
5 Bouygues Telecom                                                     0.53
6 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                      0.59
7 Agritubel                                                            1.20
8 Auber 93                                                             1.22
9 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                                            1.29
10 Credit Agricole                                                     1.41
11 Unibet.com                                                          1.52
12 Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone                                        
13 Acqua Sapone                                                        2.21
14 Miche                                                               2.33
15 Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni                               2.39
16 G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                                            3.01