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68th Paris-Camembert Lepetit - 1.1
France, April 17, 2007
Cheese and dessert for Sébastien Joly
By Jean-François Quénet in Vimoutiers
Watching the first and second riders hugging each other at the end of Paris-Camembert, it's obvious that cycling is a very fair-play sport. Sébastien Joly (Française des Jeux) who grabbed his first victory of the year put his bike on the ground to congratulate his runner-up Anthony Charteau (Crédit Agricole) - the winner of Le Tour de Langkawi - who paired with him in the last ten kilometres of the 'cheese classic'.
"Before being adversaries, we're big friends", Joly explained. Both riders started their career with Bonjour, the team now called Bouygues Telecom, which is the only one from the ProTour with no win at all this year although their former protégés are doing pretty well in other squads.
Joly's victory is logical, considering that Française des Jeux outnumbered the other teams in the final move of six riders who occupied the front of the race for the last hour and half of the event. Notably, Cofidis which was represented with six riders in the initial break of 40, and Bouygues Telecom who had four riders up there, were the losing teams at the end.
"Because they (FDJ) were two in the group, I had to anticipate," Charteau described. "Brard rode hard behind me." However, the French champion was courageous to keep fighting in the hardest of the French Cup races only two days after completing Paris-Roubaix. "I paid Sunday's race though," he said. "I was full of pain at the end of the race."
"We almost caught the Crédit Agricole rider [Charteau]," said Tom Stubbe, who was the nice surprise of the race. "Joly counter-attacked. I was just behind but I couldn't go with. I'm happy with my race though. I never did Paris-Camembert before. It's very hard. My next races might be even harder: it's Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège."
It came down to a two-men sprint. "I had done a lot of efforts already when Seb [Joly] caught me," Charteau commented. "It was very hard for me to stay on his wheel at the top of the Mur des Champeaux. My only chance of winning would have been a mistake from him but it didn't happen. I did a little mistake myself by starting the sprint with a too big gear. I didn't manage to jump behind him straight away, then it was too late."
"When I attacked with one km to go, Yvon Madiot told me from the car that it was too early," Joly reckoned. "But I wanted to make sure that I'd get rid of him." Joly was the first Frenchman in Paris-Nice (11th). "Except in Cholet, I've done well at all the races I took part in. That day, it was because Paris-Nice had been very demanding for me, physically and nervously. Now I'll take eight days holiday because at this time of the year I always suffer from allergies. I'll come back at the Four Days of Dunkirk and I'll train in the Alps before the Dauphiné."
Coming in eighth, the winner of Cholet Stéphane Augé from Cofidis became the new leader of the French Cup, taking over from his teammate Maryan Hary.
How it unfolded
40 riders broke clear after 20 kilometres: Laurent Brochard, Pierre Drancourt, Pierrick Fedrigo and Laurent Lefèvre (Bouygues Telecom), Philip Deignan (Ag2r), Charles Guilbert (Bretagne-Armor Lux), Christian Lener (Volksbank), Niels Brouzes and Christophe Diguet (Auber 93), Stéphane Augé, Frédéric Bessy, Yann Huguet, Sylvain Chavanel, David Moncoutié and Rik Verbrugghe (Cofidis), Sandy Casar, Lilian Jégou, Sébastien Joly and Benoît Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux), Kilian Patour and Steven Cozza (Slipstream), Nicolas Jalabert, Romain Feillu and Alberto Martinez (Agritubel), Nikolas Maes, Frederik Veuchelen, Serge Pauwels and Tom Stubbe (Chocolate Jacques), Eric Berthou, Florent Brard, Ruben Plaza, Nicolas Portal and Joaquin Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne), Cédric Pineau and Jean Zen (Roubaix), Anthony Charteau, Jean-Marc Marino and Nicolas Roche (Crédit Agricole), Jonas Ljungblad and Sergey Kolesnikov (Unibet.com).
Arriving in the area of Vimoutiers, six riders went away when they passed the côte de Roisville for the first time with 66km to go: Joly, Vaugrenard, Stubbe, Guilbert, Charteau and Brard. The chasing trio of Jalabert, Marino and Moncoutié didn't make it across while Bouygues Telecom, who had missed all the splits, rode hard with Lefèvre in front of the bunch, but it was game over for them once again.
The six leaders had a 1.30 advantage with 21km to go. Charteau attacked in the côte de Moulin-Neuf and Joly rejoined him at the bottom of the Mur des Champeaux, with the climb's summit being 9.5km away from the finishing line. With 600 meters to go, Joly put the hammer down and won pretty easily.
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1 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux 4.32.06 (45.205 km/h) 2 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole 0.10 3 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 1.35 4 Tom Stubbe (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen 5 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 6 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux 7 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel 3.38 8 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 3.41 9 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole 10 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 3.45 11 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 3.54 12 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 3.55 13 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 14 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 15 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 16 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen 17 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Unibet.com 5.12 18 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 19 Eric Berthou (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 5.14 20 Sergey Kolesnikov (Rus) Unibet.com 21 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Crédit Agricole 6.36 22 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle 7.03 23 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen 24 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 25 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 26 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen 27 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 28 Christian Lener (Aut) Team Volksbank 29 Philip Deignan (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance 30 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 7.08 31 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 7.28 32 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 33 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole 34 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus) Unibet.com 35 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux 36 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 37 Josef Benetseder (Aut) Team Volksbank 38 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance 39 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 40 Johan Coenen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen 41 Maxime Méderel (Fra) Auber 42 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux 43 David Derepas (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 44 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel 45 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole 46 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber 47 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 48 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux 49 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 50 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux 51 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole 52 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 53 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 54 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole 55 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 7.50 56 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle 11.40 HD Pierre Drancourt (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 16.10 HD Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom DNF Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom DNF John Gadret (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF René Mandri (Est) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Carl Naibo (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance DNF Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux DNF Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne - Armor Lux DNF David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux DNF Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux DNF Tyson Apostol (USA) Team Volksbank DNF Philippe Ludescher (Aut) Team Volksbank DNF Christian Pömer (Aut) Team Volksbank DNF Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) Team Volksbank DNF Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber DNF Jeremie Galland (Fra) Auber DNF Renaud Pioline (Fra) Auber DNF Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber DNF Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone DNF Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux DNF Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux DNF Johan Lindgren (Swe) Française des Jeux DNF Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle DNF Peter Stetina (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle DNF Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle DNF William Frishkorn (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle DNF Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle DNF Ian Macgregor (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle DNF Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel DNF Cédric Hervé (Fra) Agritubel DNF Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel DNF José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Agritubel DNF Linas Balciunas (Ltu) Agritubel DNF Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen DNF Benny De Schrooder (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen DNF Sven Renders (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen DNF David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne DNF Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne DNF Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne DNF Paul Brousse (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole DNF Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole DNF Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Roubaix Lille Metropole DNF Arnaud Lesvenan (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole DNF Jean Zen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole DNF Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Intel - Action DNF Krzysztof Miara (Pol) Intel - Action DNF Dariusz Rudnicki (Pol) Intel - Action DNF Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Intel - Action DNF Sebastian Skiba (Pol) Intel - Action DNF Christophe Le Mével (Fra) Crédit Agricole DNF Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Unibet.com DNF Niels Scheuneman (Ned) Unibet.com DNF Gil Suray (Bel) Unibet.com DNF Marco Zanotti (Ita) Unibet.com DNS René Weissinger (Ger) Team Volksbank DNS Krzysztof Kuzniak (Pol) Intel - Action DNS José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Unibet.com
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