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France, August 5, 2007

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Vaugrenard comes of age

By Jean-François Quénet in Saint-Martin-de-Landelles

Benoît Vaugrenard (Française Des Jeux)
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One week after the Tour, there's usually a significant difference of strength between the riders who have done the Tour and those who have only been able to go to training camps. Benoît Vaugrenard has profited from his Tour de France form for claiming a well deserved win in Saint-Martin-de-Landelles, the famous little village of the Tour commentator Daniel Mangeas in Normandy.

One month after becoming the French champion for individual time trial, the Française des Jeux has claimed his second win in his five years long professional career, and it's actually the first one in a road race. "The French champion title has given me confidence," he said. "But it's a relief to put my arms up for the first time. I've waited for so long."

He rode a decent Tour de France. He was 10th of the prologue in London and attacked a few times. "He wasn't away at the right time on the right days, but what Sandy Casar managed to do [winning a stage - ed.], Benoît was able to as well," team manager Marc Madiot said. After the Tour, Vaugrenard took part in two crits and he won one of them in Camors close to his house in Brittany. Apart from that, he relaxed and caught up with some old mates. August 15, he's scheduled for racing against a horse on the race course of Le Lion d'Angers in western France and there should be a big crowd to support him.

Guillaume Levarlet (Auber)
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As many Tour de France riders, he didn't feel neither fresh neither motivated on the start line in Avranches but he was flying at the end of the race. "I wanted to attack only in the climb during the last lap," he explained. "But when we caught Levarlet and Bichot, everyone was dead."

Levarlet was the revelation of the race less than two weeks after coming second in the French championship for Under 23 behind future FDJ rider Jérôme Coppel. In his first year pro with Auber 93, he's not afraid of attacking from far. "That's the kind of cycling I like, he said. "I have believed I could win solo. I'm frustrated because of no win after so many efforts but I try to make myself noticed by the big teams."

How it unfolded

The teams kind of agreed to take it easy at the start in Avranches but they rode hard as soon as they reached the 12.5-kilometre long circuit of St-Martin-de-Landelles to be covered ten times. Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel) and Arnold Jeannesson (French national team) were the first men in action.

Amael Moinard (Cofidis)
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After that, an interesting front group was formed when the duo was reinforced by Rémi Pauriol and Nicolas Roche (Crédit Agricole), Jérémy Roy (Française des Jeux), Nicolas Rousseau (Ag2r), Nicolas Hartmann (Cofidis), Vincent Jérôme (Bouygues Telecom), Mathieu Drujon and Guillaume Levarlet (Auber 93), also Sébastien Fournet-Fayard (French national team). But Jérôme missed a curve and crashed by himself, so Bouygues Telecom chased hard behind as they had nobody in the front anymore.

After four laps, another move comprised Jean-Marc Marino (Crédit Agricole), Benoît Vaugrenard (FDJ), Stéphane Augé and the leader of the French Cup Yann Huguet (Cofidis), Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Armor Lux), and again Drujon, Levarlet and Vogondy. It became even more serious when they got caught by Lazslo Bodrogi (Crédit Agricole), Arnaud Gérard and Lilian Jégou (FDJ), Freddy Bichot (Agritubel), Julien Simon (French national team), Bert de Waele (Landbouwkrediet) and Grégory Habeaux (Jartazi).

They constantly remained under the threat of the peloton who never gave up before the final hour of the race. With four laps to go, Levarlet and Bichot attacked. With three laps to go, Levarlet dropped Bichot who suffered the heat badly. He stayed away solo for twenty kilometres and punctured after he got caught by Vaugrenard, Bodrogi, Roche, Duret, Buffaz and De Waele.

Vaugrenard attacked just before the bell lap. In 13 kilometres, he put almost one and half minute onto his chasers, Buffaz and De Waele, while Pauriol, running fourth, became the new leader of the French Cup.


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Results - 157 km

1 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise des Jeux    3.57.35 (39.6 km/h)
2 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis                     1.28
3 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet              1.31
4 Remi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole               1.35
5 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Credit Agricole                  
6 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux         1.47
7 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber 93                1.57
8 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis                   2.01
9 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                
10 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Credit Agricole                
11 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion         
12 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                
13 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                 
14 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise des Jeux              
15 Janek Tombak (Est) Jartazi Promo Fashion            
16 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Landbouwkrediet              
17 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Credit Agricole                
18 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93                       
19 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                 
20 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis                           
21 Samuel Plouhinec (Fra) Agritubel                    
22 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                       
23 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Francaise des Jeux             
24 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole         
25 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                
26 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                         
27 Paul Brousse (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole          
28 Jean-Charles Senac (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance            
29 Jean Mespoulede (Fra) Auber 93                      
30 Sven Nevens (Bel) Jartazi Promo Fashion             
31 Hervé  Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis                
32 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom             
33 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom               
34 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet                    
35 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux           
36 Franck Renier (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                
37 Alexandre Lemaire (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole     
38 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
39 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Credit Agricole              
40 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93                       
41 Mikel Gaztanaga Spa Agritubel                       
42 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole              
43 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise des Jeux                 
44 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93                        
45 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom              
46 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                
47 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                      
48 Frederic Guesdon (Fra) Francaise des Jeux           
49 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux               
50 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Francaise des Jeux          
51 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                
52 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole         
53 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Credit Agricole                   
54 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance              
55 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                     
56 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux         
57 Thomas Brigaud (Fra)                                
58 Julien Simon (Fra)                                  
59 Philipp Deignan (Irl) Ag2r Prevoyance               
60 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2r Prevoyance                   
61 Arnaud Lesvenan (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole       
62 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole        
63 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis                    
French cup standings after round 12
1 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole            102 pts
2 Yann Huguet (Fra) Cofidis                      95
3 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux     93
4 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Ag2r Prévoyance            85
4 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    85
6 Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria (Spa) Agritubel     73
7 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bouygues Telecom             70
7 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole             70
9 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole         65
10 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis                   62
1 Crédit Agricole                                97 pts
2 Cofidis                                        93
3 Bouygues Telecom                               82
4 Bretagne-Armor Lux                             78
5 Auber 93                                       73

Past Winners

2006 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole     157 km in 3.39.45
2005 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux
2004 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère
2003 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) La Boulangère