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68th Paris-Camembert Lepetit - 1.1

France, April 17, 2007

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Cheese and dessert for Sébastien Joly

By Jean-François Quénet in Vimoutiers

Sébastien Joly (Française des Jeux) wins in Camembert,
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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."

Anthony Charteau (Crédit Agricole) attacks
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"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

Joly salutes the crowd
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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 (

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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Results - 205 km

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)                                 5.12
18 David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              
19 Eric Berthou (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                              5.14
20 Sergey Kolesnikov (Rus)                                   
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)                                
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)                                      
DNF Niels Scheuneman (Ned)                                   
DNF Gil Suray (Bel)                                          
DNF Marco Zanotti (Ita)                                      
DNS René Weissinger (Ger) Team Volksbank                                
DNS Krzysztof Kuzniak (Pol) Intel - Action                              
DNS José Rujano Guillen (Ven)                                

Past winners

Paris-Camembert (Trophée Lepetit)

2006  Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
2005 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
2004 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère 2003 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2r-Prévoyance 2002 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team fakta 2001 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean Delatour 2000 Didier Rous (Fra) 1999 Fabio Fontanelli (Ita) 1998 Pascal Lino (Fra) 1997 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) 1996 Adriano Baffi (Ita) 1995 Andrej Tchmil (Mol) 1994 Armand De las Cuevas (Fra) 1993 Oleg Kozlitine (Kaz) 1992 Patrice Esnault (Fra) 1991 Brian Holm (Den) 1990 Thierry Marie (Fra) 1989 Andreas Kappes (Ger) 1988 Laurent Fignon (Fra) 1987 Mathieu Hermans (Ned) 1986 Kim Andersen (Den) 1985 Martial Gayant (Fra) 1984 Hubert Linard (Fra) 1983 Christian Jourdan (Fra) 1982 Christian Jourdan (Fra) 1981 Guy Gallopin (Fra) 1980 Pierre-Raymond Villemiane (Fra) 1979 Raymond Martin (Fra) 1978 Joop Zoetemelk (Ned) 1977 Hubert Linard (Fra) 1976 Bernard Hinault (Fra) 1975 Raymond Martin (Fra) 1974 Alain Santy (Fra) 1973 Regis Delephin (Fra) 1972 José Catieau (Fra) 1971 Gerard Moneyron (Fra) 1970 Georges Chappe (Fra) 1969 Raymond Riotte (Fra) 1968 Harry Stevens (Ned) 1967 Georges Chappe (Fra) 1966 Desire Letort (Fra) 1965 Pierre Everaert (Fra) 1964 Arie Den Hertog (Ned) 1963 Jacques Simon (Fra) 1962 Piet Rentmeester (Ned) 1961 Jean-Claude Annaert (Fra) 1960 Joseph Groussard (Fra) 1959 Nicolas Barone (Fra) 1958 Nicolas Barone (Fra) 1957 Joseph Groussard (Fra) 1956 René Fournier (Fra) 1955 Jean-Marie Cieleska (Fra) 1954 Gilbert Bauvin (Fra) 1953 Jean Gueguen (Fra) 1952 Robert Varnajo (Fra) 1951 Jean Baldassari (Fra) 1950 Ange Le Strat (Fra) 1949 Jean Rey (Fra) 1948 Raoul Remy (Fra) 1947 Robert Dorgebray (Fra) 1946 Paul Neri (Ita) 1944 Maurice De Muer (Fra) 1943 Victor Cosson (Fra) Paris-Vimoutiers, 1906-1942 1942 Joseph Goutourbe (Fra) 1939 Pierre Cloarec (Fra) 1938 Jean-Marie Goasmat (Fra) 1937 André Auville (Fra) 1936 Yvon Marie (Fra) 1935 Marcel Bat (Fra) 1934 Louis Thietard (Fra) 1906 Mary (Fra) Past winners by Mario Stiehl,