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Châteauroux Classic de l'Indre Trophée Fenioux - 1.1

France, August 26, 2007

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CJ Sutton says good bye and thank you to Cofidis

By Jean-François Quénet in Châteauroux, France

Australian Christopher Sutton (Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone)
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Before joining American Girona-based Team Slipstream, young Australian sprinter Chris Sutton thanked his first professional team, Cofidis, by winning the French Cup race Classic de l'Indre - a typical sprinter's event in Châteauroux in the center of France. Sydney-born Sutton brilliantly out sprinted Aurélien Clerc (Bouygues Telecom) and Stefan van Dijck (Wiesenhof) to take victory in the 200 kilometre race.

Sutton went away early on with team-mate Sylvain Chavanel, as well as Jérémy Roy (Française des Jeux), Nicolas Crosbie (Bouygues Telecom), Yann Pivois (Bretagne-Armor Lux) and Tanel Kangert (Ag2r). "I felt easy in that break," said Sutton. "I came out pretty well from the Tour du Limousin. That was a really hard race with a lot of rain, I was quite depressed there but I had very good legs today after that."

Held in the flat province of Indre, the Classic of Châteauroux featured a few breakaways but none would take hold as teams rode for their sprinters. Nicolas Hartmann (Cofidis), Mathieu Perget (Caisse d'Epargne), Dimitri De Fauw (Chocolates Jacques) and Koji Fukushima (Nippo-Meitan) got a maximum lead of 4.15, the largest break of the day. They were in the front when the race entered the final circuit in Châteauroux with 53 kilometres remaining. But French ProTour squads Française des Jeux and Bouygues Telecom were very active in the bunch, with the intention to the lead the sprint for Sébastien Chavanel and Aurélien Clerc respectively.

Sutton's hoping to shake this guy's hand
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De Fauw resisted initially but was caught with 20 km remaining. Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano), Ignatas Konovalovas (Crédit Agricole) and Bogdan Bondariew (Intel-Action) counter-attacked and stayed in the front for the following six kilometres. Eric Berthou, contesting his last race for Caisse d'Epargne before moving to Crédit Agricole, accelerated with Freddy Bichot (Agritubel). Then defending champion Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel) tried his luck alone again but was caught with five kilometres to go. The last riders to go off the front were Pierre Rolland (Crédit Agricole) and Lukasz Bodnar (Intel-Action), but the duo's dream ended in the final kilometre as the peloton reabsorbed them on the way to a bunch sprint.

"I wasn't well positioned," Sutton explained. "I was maybe in 10th place with 400 metres to go. I started sprinting pretty late. I went to the right, then to the left, and I made it."

"This morning in the camper I told my team-mates that I would win, and when we passed the line for the first time with 50km to go, I asked everyone to work for me," he reflected.

Sébastien Chavanel (Française des Jeux) is the new leader
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Youngster Yann Huguet, who was in second place at the French Cup standings, gave a fabulous hand to 'CJ'. "Everyone did a good job," Sutton said. "I have improved at Cofidis and I wanted to thank them with a win before moving on to Slipstream. I've trained a lot with Matt White. With him as a director, I believe I can improve even more."

Sutton will continue his season with Tour du Poitou-Charentes, GP Plouay, Paris-Brussels, GP Fourmies, GP Wallonie and GP Isbergues.

Sébastien Chavanel (Française des Jeux) became the new leader of the French Cup by finishing fifth in Châteauroux but is only one point ahead of Rémi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole). With two events remaining, the French Cup is full of suspense.


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Results - 200 km

1 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                 4.26.56 (44.955 km/h)
2 Aurélien Clerc (Swi) Bouygues Telecom                                             
3 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Team Wiesenhof Felt                                         
4 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                                     
5 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française des Jeux                                       
6 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                    
7 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                               
8 André Schulze (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                                           
9 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada            
10 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                    
11 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil - Shimano                                              
12 Evert Verbist (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
13 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber                                                       
14 Paul Moucheraud (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                            
15 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                                  
16 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                     
17 Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                               
18 Janek Tombak (Est) Jartazi Promo Fashion                                         
19 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                      
20 Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Team Volksbank                                           
21 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                           
22 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                            
23 Robby Meul (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                   
24 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
25 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                              
26 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                    
27 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                     
28 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                                     
29 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Felt                                       
30 Steven De Decker (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                             
31 Mikel Gaztanaga Echeverria (Spa) Agritubel                                       
32 Christian Pömer (Aut) Team Volksbank                                             
33 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle                       
34 Pascal Hungerbühler (Swi) Team Volksbank                                         
35 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                                
36 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber                                                    
37 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                 
38 David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                               
39 Matti Helminen (Fin) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                               
40 Benoît Sinner (Fra) Agritubel                                                    
41 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                              
42 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                        
43 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) Team Wiesenhof Felt                                        
44 David Navas Chica (Spa) AG2r Prévoyance                                          
45 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                           
46 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Crédit Agricole                                             
47 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                  
48 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                       
49 Peter Stetina (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle                          
50 Renaud Pioline (Fra) Auber                                                       
51 Yohan Bagot (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                                
52 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                     
53 Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada           
54 Wouter Van Mechelen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                         
55 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                          
56 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                           
57 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      
58 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Crédit Agricole                                        
59 Michael Lange (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle                          
60 Fang Xu (Chn) Skil - Shimano                                                     
61 Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                              
62 Mathieu Drouilly (Fra) Jartazi Promo Fashion                                     
63 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
64 Yoshiyuki Shimizu (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada          
65 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                                                      
66 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Jartazi Promo Fashion                                      
67 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2r Prévoyance                                             
68 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                      
69 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                      
70 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                                          
71 Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                  
72 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                         
73 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux                                        
74 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                       
75 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                            
76 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                                            
77 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner                               
78 Stijn Hoornaert (Bel) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                              
79 Jin Long (Chn) Skil - Shimano                                                    
80 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber                                                      
81 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                  
82 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                           
83 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle                          
84 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano                                                
85 Bogdan Bondariew (Ukr) Intel - Action                                            
86 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                           
87 Florent Brard (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                             
88 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                         0.13
89 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                              
90 Rhys Pollock (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed                                 
91 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                           
92 Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Jartazi Promo Fashion                                        
93 Mathieu Criquielion (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion                                  
94 Maxime Méderel (Fra) Auber                                                       
95 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                                  
96 Benny De Schrooder (Bel) Chocolade Jacques - Topsport Vlaanderen                 
97 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                           
98 Erki Pütsep (Est) Bouygues Telecom                                               
99 Julien Belgy (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                              
100 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                              
101 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada           
102 Eric Berthou (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                             
103 Mariusz Wiesiak (Pol) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada           
104 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                     
105 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) Intel - Action                                          0.19
106 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                            
107 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano                                          0.28
108 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                         
109 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada    1.03
110 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion                                 1.36
111 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                       5.34
112 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux                                             
113 Yoshimasa Hirose (Jpn) Skil - Shimano                                           
114 Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                  
115 Mahawong Prajak (Tha) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada           
116 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Nippo Corporation - Meitan Honpo Co LTD - Asada            
117 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle                             
118 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber                                                       
119 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                        
120 Jeremie Galland (Fra) Auber                                                     
121 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                            
122 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber                                                       
123 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                      
124 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                                   
125 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                      
126 Arnaud Lesvenan (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                                   
127 Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française des Jeux                                    7.55

Past winners

2006 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Crédit Agricole 
2005 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
2004 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Rus) Amore e Vita-Beretta