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55th Circuit de la Sarthe - 2.1

France, April 10-13, 2007

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Stage 2a - April 11: Riaillé - Angers, 99.80 km

Paride Grillo one year later

By Jean-François Quénet in Angers

Paride Grillo (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare)
Photo ©: Régis Garnier
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Paride Grillo won the same stage as last year in the Circuit de la Sarthe in Angers in the morning preceding the individual time trial. It appeared like a relief to the 25 year-old from Panaria, who hadn't won a race this year yet.

"I was really upset after missing the win in stage one," he said. "I was going well and my team had formed a train. Unfortunately, the wind helped those who were behind us. They passed us with 200 meters to go." Taking a lesson of what happened in Riaillé, Panaria gave the way to other teams to prepare for the final sprint. This time, Grillo played like a snake behind Robert Förster who had to collect another second place. The German didn't have all of his energy left because he had to change a wheel within 20km to go after a puncture.

"It wasn't an easy win", Grillo said, although it looked very easy for him. The Italian was extremely happy afterwards. "I was nervous when I came to the Circuit de la Sarthe because I hadn't won a race this year yet. I haven't raced much, I had some problems and I crashed at Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo, but my form is good now. It's improving crescendo. I want to be in my best shape for the Giro d'Italia."

The problems he talked about is related to the Tour of Valencia where he was declared unfit to race because of a too high heamatocrit level. He came back racing after 15 days off.

Angelo Furlan, the winner of stage one, retained his lead but it's over for the sprinters now at the Circuit de la Sarthe. An individual time trial on the same course in Angers where Ivan Basso won last year will give a new hierarchy to the event.

How it unfolded

Kilian Patour (Slipstream) was the first man in action, as the peloton wasn't too motivated in the morning, covering only 36 kilometers in the first hour. The Frenchman from the US team got a three-minutes lead but then found his place back in the pack. Nicolas Crosbie (Bouygues Telecom) then succeeded in a lone breakaway.

Like the day before with Lilian Jégou and Anthony Ravard, it was a local boy riding away in the province of Maine-et-Loire where he lives. Crosbie was allowed to get a six minute advantage before the teams of Crédit Agricole and Gerolsteiner decided to give the bunch a higher pace. They rode hard especially with 20km to go. As Robert Förster had a flat tyre on the finishing circuit in Angers - to be covered three times - Gerolsteiner stopped chasing for a while and brought their sprinter back. Crosbie got caught with five kilometres to go.

Italian time triallist Vicenzo Nibali (Liquigas) tried his luck but there was another bunch sprint finish. Förster took the last curve in first position with Grillo on his wheel. The Italian passed him a long way before the line and won.


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1 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             2.30.58 (39.66 km/h)
2 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
3 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                         
4 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                   
5 Ariel Maximimiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare             
6 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone         
7 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                             
8 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 
9 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                
10 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                        
11 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                             
12 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                     
13 Andrus Aug (Est) Ceramica Flaminia                              
14 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                  
15 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                     
16 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                          
17 Jérémy Galland (Fra) Auber                                      
18 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
19 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                         
20 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                   
21 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle          
22 José Alberto Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                           
23 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      
24 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber                                       
25 David Derepas (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                     
26 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Astana                                     
27 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                             
28 Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle       
29 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                       
30 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                            
31 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana                                    
32 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
33 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano                             
34 Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Agritubel                                 
35 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber                                  
36 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                
37 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             
38 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone             
39 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                 
40 Johan Lindgren (Swe) Française des Jeux                         
41 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber                                   
42 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                       
43 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone             
44 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                         
45 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                      
46 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                  
47 William Frischkorn (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle    
48 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                         
49 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                   
50 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                     
51 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                  
52 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana                                       
53 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 
54 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                        
55 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                           
56 David Le Lay (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                           
57 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                             
58 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne-Armor Lux                        
59 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                 
60 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle             
61 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle         
62 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                 
63 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    
64 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                                     
65 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                       
66 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber                                     
67 Matej Murgeli (Slo) Liquigas                                    
68 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                             
69 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone           
70 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                          
71 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
72 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                       
73 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                 
74 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                 
75 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           
76 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone               
77 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française des Jeux                           
78 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                 
79 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                     
80 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           
81 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            
82 Paul Brousse (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                      
83 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle     
84 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber                                      
85 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                               
86 Mattei Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                   
87 Philip Deignan (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                            
88 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone            
89 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                           
90 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             
91 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      0.22
92 Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                 0.34
93 Julien Belgy (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         0.36

General classificationn after stage 2a

1 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Credit Agricole                7.01.40
2 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream                   0.03
3 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                     0.04
4 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance              0.06
5 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
6 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Francaise des Jeux                 0.07
7 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                        0.08
8 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis
9 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare         0.10
10 Ariel Maximimiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
11 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flamina
12 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano
13 Andrus Aug (Est) Ceramica Flamina
14 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis
15 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
16 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
17 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas
18 Jérémy Galland (Fra) Auber 93
19 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93
20 Mikel Gaztanaga (Esp) Agritubel
21 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flamina
22 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
23 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
24 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream
25 José Alber. Martinez (Esp) Agritubel
26 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Credit Agricole
27 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
28 David Derepas (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
29 Taylor Tolleson (Usa) Team Slipstream
30 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
31 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Ceramica Flamina
32 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
33 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
34 Johan Lindgren (Swe) Francaise des Jeux
35 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Astana
36 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana
37 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana
38 Mickael Delage (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
39 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber 93
40 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber 93
41 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner
42 William Frischkorn (USA) Team Slipstream
43 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis
44 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
45 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel
46 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole
47 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2R Prevoyance
48 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne Armor Lux
49 Chris. Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano
50 Thomas Frei (Sui) Astana
55 Markus Zberg (Sui) Gerolsteiner
56 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flamina
57 Michael Albasini (Sui) Liquigas
58 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93
59 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano
60 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
61 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana
62 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis
63 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream
64 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
65 Matej Murgeli (Slo) Liquigas
66 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
67 Christophe Kern (Fra) Credit Agricole
68 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana
69 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano
70 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner
71 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
72 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel
73 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole
74 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Ceramica Flamina
75 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux
76 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
77 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux
78 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis
79 Paul Brousse (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
80 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux
81 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
82 Philip Deignan (Irl) Ag2R Prevoyance
83 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream
84 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Credit Agricole
85 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93
86 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis
87 Marcel Strauss (Sui) Gerolsteiner
88 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
89 Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole          0.44
90 Julien Belgy (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                  0.46
91 Mattei Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare        0.53
92 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare     1.02
93 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom               1.08