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Polynormand - 1.1
France, July 30, 2006
Anthony Charteau keeps Tour de France status reigning
By Jean-François Quénet in St-Martin-de-Landelles
It's now France's first racing rendez-vous one week after the finish of the Tour de France: the former criterium of St-Martin-de-Landelles in the village of legendary race commentator Daniel Mangeas in Normandy is the third last leg of the French cup. There is traditionally a big difference between the riders who have raced the Tour de France and those who haven't. Successively, Jérôme Pineau, Sylvain Chavanel and Philippe Gilbert have proved it. Now Anthony Charteau is one more on the list.
"But cornering was a problem for me," the Crédit Agricole rider explained. "Speeding up after every curve isn't something I was used to at the Tour de France. It took me a lot of energy. It hurt me more than climbing actually."
Charteau, who is known as the schoolmate of French national soccer team third goal keeper Mickaël Landreau, wasn't a major role player for Crédit Agricole at the Tour de France. But he worked a lot and Thor Hushovd appreciated what he did. "The team trusts me for secondary events though", Charteau said. He was afraid of repeating the loss of GP Plumelec in May, but he managed to outsprint Bert Scheirlinckx in front of the enthusiastic crowd.
The Belgian rider from the Geraardsbergen area said he was "very proud of himself". He's no stranger to French cup races. "It's a pity I can't score points, he added. I'd be happy to join a French team for that. My brother Staf already rides for Cofidis."
In the absence of runner-up Lilian Jégou, who is still recovering from a broken leg during the Tour de Suisse, AG2R's Lloyd Mondory increased his lead at the French cup. He was highly encouraged racing only 30km away from home.
How it unfolded
The riders talked about taking it easy for a while on the start line but didn't do it. As soon as the start was given, attacks went. The little rain at the beginning of the event inspired a few of the guys who had suffered the heat wave previously.
Beach boy Ben Johnson from Queensland was one of the most active cyclists in the early part of the race, and again, he felt the right move was going when Anthony Charteau (Crédit Agricole) and Arnaud Gérard (Française des Jeux) took off with 75km to go. Yann Pivois (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h) was the first to join them, then Johnson with his team-mate Nicolas Crosbie (Agritubel), David Le Lay (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h) and Igor Abakoumov (Jartazi). Bert Scheirlinckx (Jartazi) went across to the leaders later, but Laurens Ten Dam (Unibet.com) and Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h) couldn't, they only caught the guys dropping off from the front group, Gérard, Johnson and Le Lay.
With one lap to go (12.5km), former French amateur champion Rémi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole), French cup leader Lloyd Mondory (AG2R) and Nicolas Roche (Cofidis) tried to bridge the gap as well, but the win would now be played between Charteau, Pivois, Scheirlinckx, Le Lay and Crosbie.
Crosbie got dropped, came back and attacked. It was bluff. Charteau attacked as well in the côte de la Pigeonnière but he had to do it again and he never got rid of Scheirlinckx, so he had to use his sprinting abilities to claim his first success this year.
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1 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole 3.39.45 2 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Jartazi 3 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Agritubel 0.04 4 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h 0.09 5 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h 1.09 6 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole 2.32 7 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Unibet.com 2.36 8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis 2.43 9 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux 2.47 10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r 2.49 11 Arnaud Lesvenan (Fra) French national team 12 Ben Johnson (Aus) Agritubel 13 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h 14 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 15 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Française des Jeux 16 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93 17 Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole 18 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H 19 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93 20 Matheus Pronk (Ned) Unibet.Com 21 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Agritubel 22 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 23 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 24 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 25 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile 26 Carl Naibo (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 27 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93 28 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H 29 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole 30 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Unibet.Com 31 Sven Nevens (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile 32 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H 33 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis 34 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis 35 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Jartazi-7Mobile 36 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux 37 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 38 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 39 Rene Mandri (Est) Auber 93 40 Alexandre Kareev (Rus) Flanders 41 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Unibet.Com 42 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 43 Cédric Herve (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H 44 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 45 Robby Meul (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile 46 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 47 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis 48 Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance 49 Hamish Robert Haynes (GBr) Jartazi-7Mobile 50 Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow 51 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.Com 52 Sven Renders (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 53 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole 54 Paul Brousse (Fra) 55 Ivan Terenine (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow 56 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Française Des Jeux 57 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française Des Jeux 58 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Auber 93 59 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93 60 Benoit Daeninck (Fra) 61 Jean Mespoulede (Fra) Auber 93 62 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 63 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) 64 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole 65 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 66 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 67 Ludovic Martin (Fra) 68 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole 69 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H 70 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française Des Jeux 71 Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow 72 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 73 David Navas Chica (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance 74 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 75 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole 76 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis 77 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel 78 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance 79 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Jartazi-7Mobile
French cup standings 1 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R 119 pts 2 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux 105 3 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis 85 4 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 75 5 Emilien Benoît Berges (Fra) Auber 93 68
2005 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux 2004 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère 2003 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) La Boulangère