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24th GP Ouest France-Plouay - 1.HC

France, August 25, 2002

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Inside line pays off for Jeremy Hunt

By Jeff Jones
Jeremy Hunt
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28 year old British sprinter Jeremy Hunt (BigMat-Auber 93) has claimed the biggest win of his career, taking today's GP Ouest France-Plouay in a bunch sprint. In the final metres, Hunt found a gap on the barriers to come past Baden Cooke (FDJeux.com), who had looked a certain winner with 50 m to go. Cooke was also pipped by Stuart O'Grady (Credit Agricole) who took second place, making it an all-anglo podium.

Jeremy Hunt's last win came late last year in a stage of the Circuit Franco Belge, but the GP Ouest France will eclipse that many times, being ranked only one level below a World Cup. He now finds himself with an extra 175 UCI points, and a lot more bargaining power for a contract next season, after his team BigMat stops its sponsorship.

The 196 km race was held over 14 laps of the testing Circuit Jean-Yves Perron, containing two climbs per lap: Côte de Liseux and Côte du Ty Marrec, the latter with its summit at 4 km to go. Crowds lined the circuit for most of its 14 km length, and organisers estimate that around 100,000 people turned out to watch the action on a sunny August Sunday afternoon.

After the first two laps were ridden at an easy pace, the race got going on lap three, when a flurry of attacks eventually led to a group of 19 riders getting clear on the fourth lap. The group included danger men Paolo Bettini (Mapei), Igor Astarloa (Saeco), Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole) and Nicolas Jalabert (CSC). Stephane Barthe (St Quentin) managed to bridge up to them, on the fifth lap. With so many teams represented in the break, the bunch sat back and allowed them to gain a 3'00 lead by the end of the lap.

That was considered enough by the Coast and Jean Delatour teams, who started a serious chase to bring back the leaders. They succeeded and the break came back on the ninth lap. However, the status quo was not maintained for very long, as Andrea Tafi (Mapei), Nicolas Jalabert (CSC), Christophe Mengin (FDJeux.com), and Alessandro Bertolini (Alessio) were the next riders to escape. They managed a minute's lead, but were always kept in check by the watchful peloton, with the Cofidis team in particular doing the work.

On the 12th lap, a good bridging move went with Luca Paolini (Mapei), Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet), Marcus Zberg (Rabobank), Peter Van Petegem (Lotto-Adecco), Ludovic Turpin (Ag2r), Dave Bruylandts (Domo), Patrice Halgand, Stephane Goubert (Jean Delatour), and Baden Cooke (FDJ). These nine managed to catch the leaders on the same lap, but they were not organised well enough to stay away. The Cofidis team behind them was on the front of the peloton, closing the 40 second gap down on the 13th and penultimate lap.

The podium
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From then on, many riders tried - notably Laurent Jalabert a couple of times - but no-one succeeded in getting clear on the very fast final lap. The race was definitely headed for a bunch sprint as they sped down the Ty Marrec for the last time towards the finishing straight.

Christophe Mengin was leading the way for FDJ, with Andrea Tafi (Mapei) and Baden Cooke in tow. Tafi led out the sprint with Cooke right on his wheel. The Australian hit out very early, and looked to have the race won. But as he moved from the left hand side of the road towards the centre, suddenly a gap opened up which Jeremy Hunt gladly made use of, coming around on the inside in the final 10 metres to take a very big win. Cooke was also beaten by Stuart O'Grady's bike throw, and slammed the bars in frustration with victory so close.

Unfortunately, as Hunt crossed the line a crash near the back of the peloton brought down a number of riders, including Alessio's Alessandro Bertolini, who looked to be the worst hurt.


Photos by AFP

Photos by Jean-François Quénet

Results - 196 km

1 Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Big Mat-Auber 93                  4.44.02 (41.4 km/h)
2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
3 Baden Cooke (Aus) FDJeux.com
4 Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
5 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Domo-Farm Frites
6 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
7 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
8 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
9 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
10 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
11 Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast
12 Luca Paolini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
13 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
14 Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) Bonjour
15 Franck Renier (Fra) Bonjour
16 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Jean-Delatour
17 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
18 Nico Mattan (Bel) Cofidis
19 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
20 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
21 Davide Casarotto (Ita) Alessio
22 Christophe Rinero (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
23 Matthé Pronk (Ned) Rabobank
24 Gerrit Glomser (Aut) Saeco-Longoni Sport
25 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio
26 Thierry Loder (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
27 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
28 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
29 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
30 Matthias Buxhofer (Aut) Phonak Hearing Systems
31 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) Team Coast
32 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Credit Agricole
33 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole
34 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2r-Prevoyance
35 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo-Farm Frites
36 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
37 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank
38 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
39 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Saint-Quentin Oktos
40 Gilles Bouvard (Fra) Jean-Delatour
41 Gorka Gonzalez Larranaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
42 Joseba Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
43 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean-Delatour
44 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux.com
45 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
46 Fabrice Gougot (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
47 Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis
48 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport
49 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
50 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) Jean-Delatour
51 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
52 Andrei Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
53 Eddy Ratti (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
54 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole
55 Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Team Coast
56 Daniele Nardello (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
57 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
58 Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
59 Vladimir Smirnov (Ltu) Team Colpack-Astro
60 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bonjour
61 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
62 Xavier Jan (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
63 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) FDJeux.com
64 Jean-Cyril Robin (Fra) FDJeux.com
65 Thierry De Groote (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
66 Michael Blaudzun (Den) CSC-Tiscali
67 Marius Sabaliauskas (Ltu) Saeco-Longoni Sport
68 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
69 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis
70 Andrey Kaschekin (Kaz) Domo-Farm Frites
71 Alexei Sivakov (Rus) Big Mat-Auber 93
72 Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
73 Oscar Mason (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
74 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJeux.com
75 Walter Bénéteau (Fra) Bonjour                          0.58
76 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Coast
77 Bekim Christensen (Den) Team Coast
78 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bonjour
79 Vincent Bader (Swi) Saint-Quentin Oktos
80 Davide Bramati (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
81 Frank Høj (Den) Team Coast
82 Addy Engels (Ned) Rabobank                             3.07
83 Markus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
84 Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio                       5.56
85 Marco Milesi (Ita) Domo-Farm Frites
86 Médéric Clain (Fra) Cofidis
87 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJeux.com
88 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
89 Jeff Louder (USA) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
90 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
91 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned) Rabobank
92 Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio
93 Wilfried Cretskens (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
94 Cédric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole
95 Joona Laukka (Fin) Jean-Delatour
96 Roger Hammond (GBr) Palmans-Collstrop
97 Lylian Lebreton (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
98 Stéphane Heulot (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
99 Sébastien Talabardon (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93
100 Gorka Arrizabalaga Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
101 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole
102 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Jean-Delatour
103 Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
104 Olivier Asmaker (Fra) CSC-Tiscali
105 Stéphane Barthe (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
106 Vincent Templier (Fra) Saint-Quentin Oktos
107 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) FDJeux.com
108 Rafael Nuritdinov (Uzb) Team Colpack-Astro
109 David Derepas (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
110 Christian Charrière (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
111 Nicola Gavazzi (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
112 Kurt Van Landeghem (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago
113 Christophe Oriol (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
114 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
115 Peter Wuyts (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
116 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
117 Wim Vansevenant (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop               6.58
118 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance
119 Bradley McGee (Aus) FDJeux.com                        8.11
120 Lander Euba Ziarrusta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi        10.38
TC Masahiko Mifune (Jpn) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago