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GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise - 1.1

France, January 31, 2006

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Cooke opens up with a win

Gerrans crashes out

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Baden Cooke has kicked off his European campaign with a win in the Grand Prix d'Ouverture "La Marseillaise" in Tholonet. Cooke, riding in his new team colours, beat ex-teammate Philippe Gilbert (Française Des Jeux) and Anthony Geslin (Bouygues Telecom) in a bunch sprint.

The sprint was not without incident, however, as a big crash with 500m to go took out several riders, including Cooke's compatriot and Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under winner Simon Gerrans. Gerrans (AG2R) was taken to hospital in Aix-en-Provence where he was diagnosed with a fractured left collarbone, ruptured acromioclavicular ligaments, and head injuries that required several stitches. He will be transferred to today to a hospital in Nice and will take several weeks to recover. Maurizio Carta (Miche) was also involved in the crash, while Gerrans' teammate Philippe Deignan crashed on the descent with 5 km to go to the finish.

The 136 km race started in comparatively warm (15°) conditions with the sun shining. Freddy Bichot (Française des Jeux) made the first attack on the first climb, but was caught by Laurent Brochard (Bouygues Telecom) on the descent. A group of 15 formed in front before the peloton closed the gap.

Towards the end of the race, with 35 km to go, a five man group escaped containing Eric Leblacher (Française des Jeux), Peter Mertens (Davitamon-Lotto), Remi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole), Jens Renders (Chocolade Jacques) and Karsten Kroon (CSC). The group was only caught in the final kilometre as the sprinters teams wound it up.

In the end, Cooke was able to repeat his victory of 2004, with Gilbert having to settle for second again, ahead of Geslin.


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Results - 136.2 km

1 Baden Cooke (Aus) Unibet.Com                            3.17.55 (41.29 km/h)
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Francaise Des Jeux                      
3 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
4 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            
5 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                        
6 Antonio D'aniello (Ita) Miche                                  
7 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Vlaanderen            
8 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team CSC                                 
9 René Mandri (Fra) Auber 93                                     
10 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                          
11 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago           
12 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       
13 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC                                  
14 Pieter Mertens (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                        
15 Jens Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Vlaanderen               
16 Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche                                     
17 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Agritubel                                
18 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       
19 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                       
20 Charles Guilbert (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'H               
21 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
22 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Francaise Des Jeux                    0.05
23 Daniele Contrini (Ita) Team L.P.R.                            
24 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Credit Agricole                         
25 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                          
26 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole                      
27 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                    
28 Jörg Ludewig (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              
29 Angel Castresana SPA Unibet.Com                               
30 Bart Dockx (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                            
31 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) T-Mobile Team                           
32 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC                               
33 Jean-Paul Simon (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago               
34 Dmitry Muravyev (Kaz) Jartazi-7Mobile                         
35 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                            
36 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Vlaanderen         
37 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                               
38 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         
39 Andy Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                  
40 Matte Pronk (Ned) Unibet.Com                                  
41 Yann Pivois (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'H                    
42 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel                                 
43 Frederik Willems (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Vlaanderen           
44 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                           
45 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                                
46 David Le Lay (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'H                   
47 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Vlaanderen            
48 Mads Kaggestadt (Nor) Credit Agricole                         
49 Dan Bowman (USA) Team TIAA-CREF                               
50 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole                        
51 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC                                 
52 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.Com                              
53 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       
54 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC                                 
55 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'H             
56 Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        
57 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                          
58 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Francaise Des Jeux                      
59 Steven Cummings (GBr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago               
60 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Credit Agricole                    0.18
61 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                  0.21
62 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone    0.28
63 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'H           3.04
64 André Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team                         3.53
65 Michele Maccanti (Ita) Team L.P.R.                            
66 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Unibet.Com                              
67 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'H        7.01
68 Craig Lewis (USA) Team TIAA-CREF                              
69 Michael Lange (USA) Team TIAA-CREF                            
70 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone     7.05
71 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                   7.08
72 Tom Steels (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                        7.10
73 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Unibet.Com                           7.41
74 Jean Mespoulede (Fra) Auber 93                            8.04
75 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago         9.16
76 Ian Macgregor (USA) Team TIAA-CREF                       10.57
77 Mauro Gerosa (Ita) Miche                                 11.08
78 Franck Vandenbroucke (Bel) Unibet.Com                         
79 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC                              
80 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Unibet.Com                               
81 François Parisien (Fra) Team TIAA-CREF                        
82 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel                              
83 Christian Müller (Ger) Team CSC                          11.10
84 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                           
85 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          
86 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       
87 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         
88 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93                                   
89 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Ag2R Prevoyance                           
90 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93                                 
91 Werner Van Zimmeren (Bel) Flanders                            
92 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                     
93 Lénaïc Olivier (Fra) Agritubel                                
94 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
95 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                   
96 Timothy Duggan (USA) Team TIAA-CREF                           
97 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                               
98 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                   13.22
99 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       
100 Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-CREF                              
101 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Davitamon - Lotto                       
102 André Korff (Ger) T-Mobile Team                              
103 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team                             
104 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux                       
105 Eric Baumann (Ger) T-Mobile Team                        16.54
106 Aron Huysmans (Ger) Chocolade Jacques Vlaanderen        16.57
107 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) T-Mobile Team                          
108 Sven Nevens (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                            
109 Dario Pieri (Ita) Team L.P.R.                                
110 Denis Flahaut (Bel) Flanders                                 
111 Ronny Poelvoorde (Bel) Flanders                              
112 Francesco Planckaert (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                   
113 Alessandro Maserati (Ita) Team L.P.R.                        
114 Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Jartazi-7Mobile                          
115 Mathieu Criquelion (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago           
116 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago               
117 Gleen D'hollander (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Vlaanderen         
118 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Credit Agricole                          
119 Yuri Metlushenko (Ukr) Miche                                 
120 Brian Vandborg (Den) Team CSC                                
121 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance                           
122 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93                                
123 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                        
124 Niel Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93                                  
125 Sébastien Duret (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'H               
126 Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Bul) Flanders                              
127 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
128 Michael Blanchy (Fra) Jartazi-7Mobile                        
129 Kevin Van Der Slagmolen (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                
130 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) G.S.Bretagne-Jean Floc'H              

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Past winners

2005 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team CSC                
2004 Baden Cooke (Aus)
2003 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 2002 Xavier Jan (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93 2001 Jakob Piil (Den) CSC World Online 2000 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra)