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Boucles de la Mayenne - 2.2

France, June 19-22, 2008

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Stage 2 - June 21: Voutré - Évron, 172km

Agritubel takes over with Bichot in the lead

By Jean-François Quénet

The Boucles de la Mayenne have a air of the Tour de France with Jimmy Casper winning a stage and Freddy Bichot taking the yellow jersey. Both Agritubel riders should be on the start line in Brest on July 5, although nothing is definite for Bichot who is the local boy on these roads.

Bichot lives just outside Laval where he already won the Boucles de la Mayenne as an amateur in 2002, and he is in a position to do it again on Sunday. With 21 seconds over runner up Franck Charrier from CC Nogent-sur-Oise, he's got more of an advantage than the bonus awarded during the last stage.

"I think my team is good enough to defend the jersey even without Kevin Ista. He was sick and we lost him today," Bichot commented. "They made me win the hot spot sprint today already and Romain Feillu let me finish third at the end to get four more seconds. When all five of us were in the front, we went really fast."

Former race leader Piotr Zielinski of Bretagne-Armor Lux made a couple of mistakes at the beginning with chasing down riders who weren't dangerous on GC. He chased so much that he couldn't follow Bichot and the riders who counter-attacked for forming the decisive 20-mann breakaway.

Agritubel capped their initiative with a stage win by Casper who will return to the Tour de France two years after taking the win on stage one in Strasbourg.

How it unfolded

Just before kilometer 53, which every day marks the location of the hot spot bonus sprint, Aleksejs Saramotins (Rietumu Banka) gave birth to the decisive breakaway as he took away with him Jimmy Casper (Agritubel). In a couple of waves, a group of 20 riders formed in the front: Casper, Freddy Bichot, Maxime Bouet, Romain Feillu and Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel), Franck Charrier, Stéphane Rossetto, Benoît Daeninck and Brice Feillu (CC Nogent-sur-Oise), Jos van Emden and Thomas Berkhout (Rabobank), Björn Glanser and Stefan Gänser (Kuota-Senges), Antoine Dalibard (Bretagne-Armor Lux), Juan Gomis Lopez (Tavira), Niels Albert (Palmans), David Tanner (VC La Pomme), Andrius Buividas (CC Etupes), Sergey Firsanov and Saramotins (Rietumu Banka).

Vogondy was the last man to enter the breakaway after counter-attacking race leader Piotr Zielinski (Bretagne-Armor Lux) who couldn't make it to the front. As soon as they became five Agritubel riders in the lead, they rode flat out and created a significant gap. CC Nogent-sur-Oise who had four riders in the lead also did part of the work. With the Feillu brothers being in one of each team, they didn't have problems communicating.

Romain and Brice Feillu contested the king of the mountain prizes in a man-to-man affair. Brice beat his older brother at the top of the Mont Rochard which was the last difficulty of the day with 52km to go. Brice Feillu was also the only man to attack in the front group with 3 km to go. But the superiority of Agritubel was too evident.

Romain Feillu started the sprint in the last curve and gave way to Casper for the stage win in Evron ahead of Tanner. He also let Bichot take the third place and the four seconds bonus going with it. Bichot became the new race leader with 21 seconds over Charrier.

Results

1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel                            4.05.21 (42.062 km/h)
2 David Tanner (Aus) Velo Club La Pomme                          
3 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                  
4 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                  
5 Franck Charrier (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                       
6 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Rietumu Bank-Riga                    
7 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Team Kuota-Senges                          
8 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota-Senges                          
9 Andrius Buividas (Ltu) Club Cycliste tupes                     
10 Beno It Daeninck (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                     
11 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                    
12 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Continental                      
13 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                    
14 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                     
15 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rietumu Bank-Riga                       
16 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans Cras                               
17 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                               
18 Juan Gomis Lopez (Spa) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira              
19 Brice Feillu (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                     0.30
20 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel                              0.36
21 Vanmarck E Sep (Bel) Davitamon Lotto Jong Vlaanderen      3.33
22 Mathieu Delaroziere (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme              3.39
23 Hakan Nilsson (Swe) Differdange Apiflo Vacances               
24 Martin Lollesgaard (Den) Team Odense Energi               3.41
25 Matti Helminen (Fin) Palmans Cras                             
26 Steven De Neef (Bel) Davitamon Lotto Jong Vlaanderen          
27 Simon Lebrun (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques           3.43
28 Martin Hansen (Den) Team Odense Energi                        
29 Luis Silva (Por) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira                    
30 Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                     
31 Romain Vanderbiest (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes                  
32 Yann Guyot (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques                 
33 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Vendee U                                  
34 Alexandre Binet (Fra) Vendee U                                
35 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne Armor Lux                      
36 Gwenael Teillet (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique                
37 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques            
38 Duret Sébastien (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                      
39 Fremin Jérome (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                      
40 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme                    
41 Thim Othée Lefrancois (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique          
42 Lalouette Kévin (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                      
43 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                  3.49
44 Julien Gay (Fra) Vendee U                                 3.52
45 Grégory Barteau (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes                13.12
46 Jesper Morkov (Den) Team Odense Energi                   21.27
47 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                        
48 Nicolas Suzanne (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                    
49 Stijn Huys (Bel) Palmans Cras                                 
50 Nicolas Boisson (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes                     
51 Evgeny Popov (Rus) Rabobank Continental                       
52 Arnaud Godet (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes                        
53 Gianni Denolf (Bel) Palmans Cras                              
54 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                     
55 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental                          
56 Gregory Joseph (Bel) Davitamon Lotto Jong Vlaanderen          
57 Tim Mertens (Bel) Davitamon Lotto Jong Vlaanderen             
58 Arnaud Depreeuw (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite              
59 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite               
60 Jonathan Balbenua (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite            
61 Julien Barbier (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                     
62 Olivier Nari (Fra) S.Club.O. Dijon                            
63 Besson Jérémy (Fra) S.Club.O. Dijon                           
64 Loïc Muhlemann (Swi) S.Club.O. Dijon                          
65 Peter Mohlmann (Ned) Team Kuota-Senges                        
66 Samu El Caldeira (Por) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira              
67 Kasper Jorgensen (Den) Team Odense Energi                     
68 Martin Garrido Mayo Rga (Arg) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira       
69 Kalvis Eisaks (Lat) Rietumu Bank-Riga                         
70 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                     
71 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                    
72 Renaud Pioline (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme                       
73 Mathieu Fabry (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme                        
74 Neuville Jérome (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite              
75 Guillaume De Gasquet (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme                 
76 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                  
77 Martins Trautmanis (Lat) Rietumu Bank-Riga                    
78 Yannick Ricordel (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique               
79 Thomas Bouteille (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes                    
80 Frédrik Johansson (Swe) Differdange Apiflo Vacances           
81 Morten Knudsen (Den) Differdange Apiflo Vacances              
82 Philip Walsleben (Ger) Palmans Cras                           
83 Mikael Renou (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique                   
84 Luis Bartolomeu (Por) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira               
85 Ronan Guinaudeau (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite             
86 Thibault Mace (Fra) Vendee U                                  
87 Ludovic Bret (Fra) Vendee U                                   
88 Anthony Vignes (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique                 
89 Yoann Lucas (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique                    
90 Guillaume Malle (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                    
91 Van Ruittenbee K Malaya (Ned) Team Kuota-Senges               
92 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Vendee U                              
93 Arnaud Girard (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                      
94 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Kuota-Senges                          
95 Math Ieu Halleguen (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques         
96 Erwan Brenterch (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques            
97 Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                     
98 Paul Sneeboer (Ned) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira                 
99 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques             
100 Mickael Jeannin (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite             
101 Rapha Ël Lesage (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                     
102 Alexandre Bosquain (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                
103 Cyrille Heymans (Lux) Differdange Apiflo Vacances            
104 Hannes Blank (Ger) Differdange Apiflo Vacances               
DNF Kevin Ista (Fra) Agritubel                                   
DNF Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) Palmans Cras                     
DNF Lars Ulrich (Den) Team Odense Energi                         
DNF Christian Jorgensen (Den) Team Odense Energi                 
DNF Eddy Forner (Ita) Differdange Apiflo Vacances                
DNF Prajak Mahawong (Tha) Meitan Hompo - GDR                     
DNF Justas Volungevicius (Ltu) Rietumu Bank-Riga                 
 
General classification after stage 2
 
1 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                           8.14.17
2 Franck Charrier (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                   0.21
3 Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental                 0.27
4 Bjorn Glasner (Ger) Team Kuota-Senges                      0.34
5 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                  0.35
6 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                            0.36
7 David Tanner (Aus) Velo Club La Pomme                      0.40
8 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel                               0.43
9 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                              0.47
10 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Continental                      
11 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans Cras                           0.50
12 Beno It Daeninck (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                     
13 Juan Gomis Lopez (Spa) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira          0.56
14 Andrius Buividas (Ltu) Club Cycliste tupes                1.06
15 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Rietumu Bank-Riga               1.07
16 Stefan Ganser (Ger) Team Kuota-Senges                     1.09
17 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                1.14
18 Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Rietumu Bank-Riga                   1.16
19 Brice Feillu (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                     1.34
20 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel                              1.39
21 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne Armor Lux                  3.45
22 Duret Sébastien (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                  4.06
23 Matti Helminen (Fin) Palmans Cras                         4.14
24 Gwenael Teillet (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique            4.36
25 Yann Guyot (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques             4.39
26 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme                4.42
27 Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                 4.43
28 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques        4.45
29 Luis Silva (Por) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira                4.47
30 Simon Lebrun (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques               
31 Martin Lollesgaard (Den) Team Odense Energi               4.48
32 Alexandre Binet (Fra) Vendee U                            4.53
33 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Vendee U                                  
34 Steven De Neef (Bel) Davitamon Lotto Jong Vlaanderen      4.54
35 Mathieu Delaroziere (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme              4.58
36 Hakan Nilsson (Swe) Differdange Apiflo Vacances           4.59
37 Julien Gay (Fra) Vendee U                                     
38 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                  5.00
39 Thim Othée Lefrancois (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique          
40 Martin Hansen (Den) Team Odense Energi                    5.01
41 Romain Vanderbiest (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes              5.02
42 Lalouette Kévin (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                  5.06
43 Vanmarck E Sep (Bel) Davitamon Lotto Jong Vlaanderen      5.07
44 Fremin Jérome (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                  5.32
45 Grégory Barteau (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes                14.34
46 Arnaud Godet (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes                   22.09
47 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques        22.14
48 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Kuota-Senges                     22.17
49 Jonathan Balbenua (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite       22.18
50 Philip Walsleben (Ger) Palmans Cras                      22.24
51 Mickael Jeannin (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite         22.25
52 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank Continental                        
53 Evgeny Popov (Rus) Rabobank Continental                       
54 Anthony Vignes (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique            22.26
55 Renaud Pioline (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme                  22.27
56 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne Armor Lux                  
57 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Rabobank Continental                22.29
58 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite               
59 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Continental                     22.31
60 Frédrik Johansson (Swe) Differdange Apiflo Vacances           
61 Guillaume Malle (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin               22.33
62 Van Ruittenbee K Malaya (Ned) Team Kuota-Senges               
63 Morten Knudsen (Den) Differdange Apiflo Vacances         22.34
64 Arnaud Depreeuw (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite         22.36
65 Math Ieu Halleguen (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques    22.37
66 Martin Garrido Mayo Rga (Arg) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira       
67 Rapha Ël Lesage (Fra) CC Nogent Sur Oise                 22.38
68 Kalvis Eisaks (Lat) Rietumu Bank-Riga                         
69 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Vendee U                         22.39
70 Stijn Huys (Bel) Palmans Cras                                 
71 Thomas Bouteille (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes               22.40
72 Ludovic Bret (Fra) Vendee U                                   
73 Luis Bartolomeu (Por) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira               
74 Guillaume De Gasquet (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme            22.41
75 Kasper Jorgensen (Den) Team Odense Energi                     
76 Loïc Muhlemann (Swi) S.Club.O. Dijon                     22.42
77 Yoann Lucas (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique               22.43
78 Mathieu Fabry (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme                        
79 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                22.44
80 Nicolas Suzanne (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                    
81 Besson Jérémy (Fra) S.Club.O. Dijon                      22.45
82 Gregory Joseph (Bel) Davitamon Lotto Jong Vlaanderen          
83 Olivier Nari (Fra) S.Club.O. Dijon                            
84 Cyrille Heymans (Lux) Differdange Apiflo Vacances        22.46
85 Jesper Morkov (Den) Team Odense Energi                        
86 Erwan Brenterch (Fra) Cotes D'Armor Maître Jacques            
87 Nicolas Boisson (Fra) Club Cycliste tupes                     
88 Yannick Ricordel (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique          22.49
89 Peter Mohlmann (Ned) Team Kuota-Senges                        
90 Martins Trautmanis (Lat) Rietumu Bank-Riga               22.51
91 Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                22.53
92 Gianni Denolf (Bel) Palmans Cras                         23.03
93 Samu El Caldeira (Por) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira              
94 Julien Barbier (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                23.09
95 Tim Mertens (Bel) Davitamon Lotto Jong Vlaanderen        23.11
96 Hannes Blank (Ger) Differdange Apiflo Vacances           23.25
97 Alexandre Bosquain (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin            23.31
98 Paul Sneeboer (Ned) Palmeiras Resort - Tavira            23.44
99 Yasuharu Nakajima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR               23.47
100 Mikael Renou (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique             23.51
101 Thibault Mace (Fra) Vendee U                            23.57
102 Arnaud Girard (Fra) S.A Pavilly Barentin                24.03
103 Neuville Jérome (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite        24.29
104 Ronan Guinaudeau (Fra) Equipe De France Poursuite       33.38