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France, April 8-11, 2008

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Stage 2b - April 9: Angers - Angers (ITT), 9km

Vande Velde scores Slipstream's first win but misses the overall by one second

Voeckler takes power

By Jean-François Quénet in Angers

Christian Vande Velde (Team Slipstream)
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Christian Vande Velde won the individual time trial stage and just missed taking the overall lead by one second. Vande Velde's win was important - the first for his new team Slipstream team after Julian Dean's individual national title in New Zealand in January.

On the 8.3km course, the American preceded French champion Benoît Vaugrenard by an important margin of 10 seconds. Thomas Voeckler assumed the overall lead after he completed the race just 20 seconds behind the American. Going into the stage, the Frenchman had had an advantage of 21 seconds after finishing second in stage one following a long breakaway with Anthony Ravard.

"The yellow jersey has not been played on much at all," Voeckler said. "When I learned the time of [Benoît] Vaugrenard who had the best one at one point, I thought I could maybe get the lead, but I worried as I heard what Vande Velde had done. I kind of believed it was impossible for me to stay within 20 seconds of him. I did a good time trial though."

Time trialing wasn't Voeckler's speciality until he decided to focus on it two years ago. Twice he rode the Chrono des Nations at the end of the season and made the top 10 so he found out that he could perform better on his own than he had thought during his early years as a pro cyclist. Last year he won the Tour de Poitou-Charentes in the same way - battling hard against the clock. "The difference is [that] when I took the lead after the time trial, there was only half a stage to go and I was backed by a team of eight men," he recalled. "Now there are two difficult stages remaining and the Circuit de la Sarthe is contested by teams of six riders. We have a good team but nobody will let us win easily."

Although Slipstream had its first international win to celebrate, the team shared some regret after thinking it may have lost the overall victory in the Circuit de la Sarthe due to a crash with 20 kilometers to go into stage one. That's when Julian Dean had just given the go to his team-mates to chase Voeckler and Ravard. Te team's designated sprinter, Chris Sutton, went down, so the riders stopped their effort.

Thomas Voeckler gained the yellow
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"I crashed as well," Vande Velde remembered. "For sure I would have lost less time on Voeckler if that crash didn't take place. Now it's hard to say what's gonna happen in the next two days. With six men per team, it's a very hard race to control. More than tomorrow's stage, I think the last one will be interesting with the steep climb six times on the final circuit."

After coming third in the time trial of the Tour of California and sixth in the same event at the Vuelta Castilla and Leon, Vande Velde finally scored a win. Winning isn't something Vande Velde has become too used to although his reputation as a time trialer is already made. At the age of 32, this is only his third win in eleven professional seasons after the Redlands Classic in 1999 and the Tour of Luxembourg in 2006.

The Slipstream rider was happy that his win happened at the Circuit de la Sarthe. "Here's where I got the first big result of my career in 1999," he recalled. At the time, he was a young team-mate of Lance Armstrong, who won that time trial held in Mulsanne in the Sarthe province on his way to his first Tour de France win. Vande Velde finished fourth then and also fourth overall, finishing in front of Tyler Hamilton in a race won that year by Steffen Kjaergaard from Norway.

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Results

1 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30    10.00 (53.948 km/h)
2 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                           0.10
3 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                  0.12
4 Tiziano dall'Antonia (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                        0.14
5 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                          0.15
6 Florent Brard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                0.16
7 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    
8 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                       
9 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                     
10 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel                                   0.19
11 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Volksbank                                  
12 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              0.20
13 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux                              0.23
14 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana                                         0.25
15 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                
16 Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce                    
17 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                0.27
18 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                            0.28
19 Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Crédit Agricole                                 
20 Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce                     
21 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce               0.29
22 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                               
23 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          
24 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                              0.30
25 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
26 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce                   0.31
27 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                 
28 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                    
29 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                   
30 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                                          
31 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel                                            
32 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    0.32
33 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                  
34 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     0.33
35 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                         
36 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93                                            
37 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                             
38 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 0.34
39 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                     
40 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Astana                                         0.35
41 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                
42 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              
43 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                       
44 René Weissinger (Ger) Team Volksbank                                0.37
45 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                      
46 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                     0.38
47 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                        0.39
48 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                
49 Paride Grillo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                  
50 Marlon Alirio Perez Arango (Col) Caisse d'Epargne                       
51 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux                              0.44
52 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                   
53 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             0.45
54 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                              
55 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                  
56 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                     
57 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel                                   0.47
58 Daniel Martin (Irl) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                
59 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                       
60 Morgan Chedhomme (Fra) Auber 93                                     0.48
61 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                              0.49
62 Francesco De Bonis (Ita) Gerolsteiner                               0.50
63 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             0.51
64 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93                                        0.52
65 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                            0.53
66 Florian Stalder (Swi) Team Volksbank                                    
67 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                               0.54
68 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                      0.55
69 Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana                                         0.56
70 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone             0.57
71 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                         0.58
72 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                   
73 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                       0.59
74 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                
75 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30       1.00
76 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                               
77 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Team Volksbank                                  1.01
78 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce               1.02
79 Sylvain Calzatti (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                               
80 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                               1.03
81 Patrick Mc Carthy (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30        1.04
82 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                              1.09
83 John Gadret (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                                    
84 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                       
85 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Auber 93                                      1.10
86 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                              1.11
87 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                             1.12
88 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber 93                                    1.13
89 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                      1.17
90 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux                         1.22
91 Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Team Volksbank                              1.25
92 Mathias Frank (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    1.27
93 Ji Cheng (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                         1.37
94 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Team Volksbank                                 1.46
95 Umberto Nardecchia (Ita) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30       1.49
96 Jin Long (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                         2.12
 
General classification after stage 2b
 
1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            7.34.12
2 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30     0.01
3 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                           0.11
4 Tiziano dall'Antonia (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                        0.12
5 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                  0.13
6 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                          0.16
7 Florent Brard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                0.17
8 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    
9 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                       
10 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                    
11 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel                                   0.20
12 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Volksbank                                  
13 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux                              0.24
14 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Astana                                         0.26
15 Kilian Patour (Fra) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                
16 Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce                    
17 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                0.28
18 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                            0.29
19 Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Crédit Agricole                                 
20 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel                                            
21 Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce                     
22 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce               0.30
23 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                               
24 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                          
25 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                         0.31
26 Matteo Priamo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                  
27 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  
28 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce                   0.32
29 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                 
30 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                    
31 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                   
32 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                                          
33 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                    0.33
34 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                                  
35 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                     0.34
36 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                         
37 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93                                            
38 Paride Grillo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                  
39 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                          
40 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                  0.35
41 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                     
42 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                     
43 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz) Astana                                         0.36
44 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne                                
45 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              
46 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                       
47 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                        0.37
48 René Weissinger (Ger) Team Volksbank                                0.38
49 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                     0.39
50 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone            0.40
51 Marlon Alirio Perez Arango (Col) Caisse d'Epargne                       
52 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                 0.42
53 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   0.45
54 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux                                  
55 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                                   
56 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             0.46
57 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                              
58 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                  
59 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel                                   0.48
60 Daniel Martin (Irl) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30                
61 Morgan Chedhomme (Fra) Auber 93                                     0.49
62 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                              0.50
63 Francesco De Bonis (Ita) Gerolsteiner                               0.51
64 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             0.52
65 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93                                        0.53
66 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                            0.54
67 Florian Stalder (Swi) Team Volksbank                                    
68 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone             0.55
69 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                   
70 Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana                                         0.57
71 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                         0.59
72 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                   
73 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                       1.00
74 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Française des Jeux                                
75 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana                                           1.01
76 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Team Volksbank                                  1.02
77 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce               1.03
78 Sylvain Calzatti (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                               
79 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                               1.04
80 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                              1.10
81 John Gadret (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                                    
82 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Auber 93                                      1.11
83 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber 93                                        
84 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                              1.12
85 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne                             1.13
86 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                      1.18
87 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux                         1.20
88 Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Team Volksbank                              1.26
89 Mathias Frank (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    1.28
90 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                   1.30
91 Umberto Nardecchia (Ita) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30       1.50
92 Jin Long (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                         2.33
93 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Team Volksbank                                 2.34
94 Ji Cheng (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                         6.38
95 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30      10.49
96 Patrick Mc Carthy (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30       14.00
 
Points classification
 
1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 35 pts
2 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                         34
3 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) CSF Group Navigare                     28
4 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel                                           26
5 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                25
6 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber 93                                       20
7 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                            17
8 Paride Grillo (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                 17
9 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Crédit Agricole                                    16
10 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux                           16
11 Tiziano dall'Antonia (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                         15
12 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30      10
13 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                          10
14 René Weissinger (Ger) Team Volksbank                                  10
15 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                             9
16 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom                                    8
17 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                8
18 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Team Volksbank                                     7
19 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana                                            6
20 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                      6
21 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                         6
22 Florent Brard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                  5
23 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce                  5
24 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone             5
25 Marlon Alirio Perez Arango (Col) Caisse d'Epargne                      5
26 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                  4
27 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Auber 93                                         4
28 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                     3
29 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                   2
30 Maurizio Biondo (Ita) Cermica Flaminia Bossini Doce                    2
31 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel                                      1
32 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                      1
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                         12 pts
2 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                  6
3 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                            4
4 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                 2
5 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber 93                                        1
6 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                                1
7 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                                 1
8 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                    1
 
U23 classification
 
1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone                    
2 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                     
3 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux                               0.07
4 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                             0.12
5 Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) Crédit Agricole                                  
6 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                               0.14
7 Filippo Savini (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                              0.15
8 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                                           
9 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                     0.16
10 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93                                        0.17
11 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone            0.23
12 Daniel Martin (Irl) Slipstream Chipotle Presented By H30            0.31
13 Morgan Chedhomme (Fra) Auber 93                                     0.32
14 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                              0.33
15 Francesco Tomei (Ita) CSF Group Navigare                            0.37
16 Berik Kupeshov (Kaz) Astana                                         0.40
17 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Française des Jeux                            0.43
18 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale                              0.53
19 Philipp Ludescher (Aut) Team Volksbank                              1.09
20 Mathias Frank (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    1.11
21 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                   1.13
22 Ji Cheng (Chn) Skil-Shimano                                         6.21
 
Teams classification
 
1 Bouygues Telecom                                                 22.43.32
2 Credit Agricole                                                      0.07
3 Cofidis, le Credit Par Telephone                                     0.11
4 CSF Group Navigare                                                   0.13
5 Astana                                                               0.15
6 Slipstream Chipotle                                                  0.17
7 Agritubel                                                            0.21
8 Française Des Jeux                                                       
9 Ceramica Flamina Bossini Docce                                       0.29
10 Caisse d'Epargne                                                    0.42
11 Gerolsteiner                                                        0.45
12 Skil - Shimano                                                      0.48
13 Bretagne Armor Lux                                                  0.53
14 Team Volksbank                                                      0.56
15 Auber 93                                                                
16 AG2R La Mondiale                                                    1.02