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55th Circuit de la Sarthe - 2.1

France, April 10-13, 2007

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Stage 2b - April 11: Angers - Angers ITT, 8.80 km

Klöden gets the win by two seconds over Wiggins

By Jean-François Quénet in Angers

Andreas Klöden (Astana)
Photo ©: Régis Garnier
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After winning Tirreno-Adriatico, Andreas Klöden has put his mark on another stage race as he claimed the individual time trial at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Angers. He beat out pursuit world champion Bradley Wiggins by a small margin of two seconds, making the Englishman deeply disappointed.

The German won at a high level, considering the history of this time trial on the same 8.8km course in Angers, in the Loire valley, where the Grand Prix des Nations used to be held. The winners of the stage against the clock in the 2005 and 2006 Circuit de la Sarthe, Florent Brard and Ivan Basso respectively, both scored 10.33, which would have placed them in 7th position this year, behind Française des Jeux' time trial hope Matthieu Ladagnous. Klöden rode 19 seconds faster than his predecessors and 10 seconds faster than Sylvain Chavanel who had won the same stage in 2003.

The nice and sunny conditions favored the performance, but Klöden is definitely in a great shape early this year. "I've been in good health all winter," he commented. "My results also have to do with being in a new team where we have a lot of fun. It gives me a good morale. I'm on the right path to the Tour de France."

In July, he'll have to pair with Alexandre Vinokourov who is proud to see his Astana team winning these days. It'll give the group built around Kazakh the biggest motivation for the Tour de France. Half of the team lined up in the Circuit de la Sarthe will also ride the Tour of Italy. It means that Paolo Savoldelli, Eddy Mazzoleni and Maxim Gourov should be in a sufficient shape already for backing Klöden during the last two stages of the Circuit de la Sarthe. The remaining stages are quite complicated, and include an uphill finish at the Belvedere. Current manager of Crédit Agricole Roger Legeay was the winner the last time the race stopped there in 1980.

"I haven't studied tomorrow's course yet, but we'll try to control the race although it's not easy with only six riders per team", Klöden added. His directeur sportif Giovanni Fidanza said, "We'll do our best for winning the overall but without spending too much." On the roads where he began to cycle more than 20 years ago, the veteran of the peloton Laurent Brochard will try and bring Bouygues Telecom their first win of the year, but it will be hard for anyone to take over from Klöden.

Photography

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Results

1 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Astana                                    10.12 (51.73 km/h)
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone           0.02
3 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                 0.12
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                  0.16
5 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle         0.18
6 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                   0.20
7 Mattei Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                       
8 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 
9 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                          
10 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                        
11 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               0.22
12 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          
13 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                    
14 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          0.24
15 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                
16 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                0.25
17 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone              0.26
18 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
19 José Alber. Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                               
20 Matej Murgeli (Slo) Liquigas                                   0.28
21 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                
22 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        0.29
23 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                                
24 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    
25 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                       0.30
26 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                0.31
27 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber                                    0.32
28 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     
29 Johan Lindgren (Swe) Française des Jeux                        0.33
30 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                              
31 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle         0.35
32 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano                            0.36
33 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          0.37
34 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber                                         
35 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française des Jeux                          0.38
36 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
37 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone            0.40
38 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                        0.41
39 Chris. Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                         0.42
40 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                                        
41 David Le Lay (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                              
42 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
43 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                           
44 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
45 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                            0.43
46 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle            0.45
47 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                  
48 Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Agritubel                                    
49 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                0.46
50 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber                                  0.47
51 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                          
52 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         0.49
53 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber                                          
54 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana                                      0.50
55 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone               
56 William Frischkorn (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle       
57 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                           0.51
58 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                            0.52
59 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           0.57
60 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                0.58
61 Ariel Maxim. Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare           0.59
62 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
63 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone       1.00
64 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                   1.02
65 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                            1.03
66 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
67 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                  1.04
68 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                        
69 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                 1.06
70 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                          1.08
71 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                         1.10
72 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                   
73 Andrus Aug (Est) Ceramica Flaminia                                 
74 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                           
75 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne-Armor Lux                       1.16
76 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
77 Philip Deignan (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                               
78 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        1.17
79 David Derepas (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.18
80 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                           1.19
81 Julien Belgy (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                
82 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber                                 1.25
83 Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle      1.27
84 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle    1.28
85 Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.32
86 Paul Brousse (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                         
87 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.34
88 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                      1.35
89 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                              1.37
90 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana                                       
91 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                1.38
92 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.39
93 Jérémy Galland (Fra) Auber                                     1.41
 
General classification after stage 2b
 
1 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Astana                                  7.11.52      
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone           0.02
3 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle         0.11
4 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                 0.12
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                  0.16
6 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                         
7 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                   0.20
8 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 
9 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                          
10 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               0.22
11 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          
12 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                    
13 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          0.24
14 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                
15 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                0.25
16 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        0.26
17 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                  
18 José Alber. Martinez (Spa) Agritubel                               
19 Matej Murgeli (Slo) Liquigas                                   0.28
20 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                
21 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        0.29
22 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                                
23 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    
24 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                       0.30
25 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                0.31
26 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              0.32
27 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber                                        
28 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     
29 Johan Lindgren (Swe) Française des Jeux                        0.33
30 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                
31 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                              
32 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française des Jeux                          0.35
33 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle             
34 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano                            0.36
35 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                          0.37
36 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber                                         
37 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone            0.38
38 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                           
39 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                        0.41
40 Chris. Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                         0.42
41 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                                        
42 David Le Lay (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                              
43 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
44 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                            
45 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle            0.45
46 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                  
47 Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Agritubel                                    
48 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                0.46
49 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber                                  0.47
50 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                          
51 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         0.49
52 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber                                          
53 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana                                      0.50
54 William Frischkorn (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle       
55 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone               
56 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                           0.51
57 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                            0.52
58 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           0.57
59 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                0.58
60 Ariel Maxim. Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare           0.59
61 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
62 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone       1.00
63 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                   1.02
64 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                            1.03
65 Mattei Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
66 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         
67 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                  1.04
68 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                        
69 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                     
70 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                          1.08
71 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                         1.10
72 Andrus Aug (Est) Ceramica Flaminia                                 
73 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                           
74 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne-Armor Lux                       1.16
75 Philip Deignan (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                               
76 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        1.17
77 David Derepas (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.18
78 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                           1.19
79 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber                                 1.25
80 Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle      1.27
81 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle    1.28
82 Paul Brousse (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                     1.32
83 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.34
84 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                      1.35
85 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                              1.37
86 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana                                       
87 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                1.38
88 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.39
89 Jérémy Galland (Fra) Auber                                     1.41
90 Julien Belgy (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            1.55
91 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare               2.02
92 Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    2.06
93 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         2.14

Mountains classification
 
1 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AGR                                          12 pts
2 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française des Jeux                             10
3 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                    5
4 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                              4
5 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             4
6 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            3
7 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana                                       2

Points classification

1 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                 40 pts
2 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                          32
3 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                               30
4 Paride Grillo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     30
5 Ariel Maxim. Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare              20
6 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream p/b Chipotle                  17
7 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                    17
8 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                              16
9 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                 16
10 Andrus Aug (Est) Ceramica Flaminia                               15
11 Mikel Gaztanaga (Spa) Agritubel                                  14
12 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone         13
13 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Astana                                      10
14 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Liquigas                                  10
15 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                              10
16 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone             9
17 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                       8
18 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                       8
19 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                  8
20 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                    7
21 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           6
22 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                          6
23 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Française des Jeux                             5
24 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                     5
25 Mattei Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                     4
26 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               3
27 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                        2
28 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone               2
29 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93                                      2
30 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                       1

Young rider classification
 
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                      
2 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                         
3 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                        0.14
4 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber                                     0.16
5 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
6 Johan Lindgren (Swe) Française des Jeux                         0.17
7 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle          0.19
8 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           0.21
9 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                         0.26
10 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle            0.29
11 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                         0.33
12 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                            0.36
13 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           0.41
14 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone       0.44
15 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                            0.47
16 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne-Armor Lux                       1.00
17 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber                                 1.09
18 Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle      1.11
19 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.18
20 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                              1.21
21 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.23
22 Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    1.50

Team classification 

1 Astana                                                      21.36.26
2 Liquigas                                                        0.06
3 Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                                     
4 Gerolsteiner                                                    0.21
5 Française des Jeux                                              0.23
6 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                                       0.24
7 Crédit Agricole                                                 0.33
8 Skil-Shimano                                                    0.41
9 Agritubel                                                       0.46
10 Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle                            0.48
11 AG2r Prévoyance                                                1.02
12 Auber                                                          1.06
13 Bouygues Telecom                                               1.08
14 Ceramica Flaminia                                              1.40
15 Bretagne-Armor Lux                                             2.04
16 Roubaix Lille Metropole                                        3.02