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34th Etoile des Bessèges - 2.3

France, February 4-8, 2004

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Stage 5 - February 8: GP de Bessèges, Gagnières - Bessèges, 148 km

Brochard finishes on top

Ag2r-Prévoyance takes three stages and overall

Laurent Brochard became the first French victor of the 2004 season when he won the fourth stage of the Etoile de Bessèges Saturday, and Sunday he finished the stage on top of the overall classification, maintaining his slender advantage over compatriot Sylvain Calzati (Oktos-Saint Quentin). Brochard's teammate Jaan Kirsipuu sprinted to victory in the final stage, giving the team three stage wins (it was Kirsipuu's second) and the overall in the five stage race.

Despite a breakaway of 13 riders that lasted for two thirds of today's stage, Ag2r-Prévoyance worked tirelessly to conserve Brochard's leader's jersey, and position Estonian sprinter Kirsipuu for another bunch sprint. The break's advantage never topped more than three minutes, and after the peloton reeled in the escapees within the final 15km, the stage was set for a perfect ending for Vincent Lavenu's Ag2r team.

Results

1 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance                        3.12.27
2 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu) Oktos - Saint Quentin                        
3 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             
4 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                                
5 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                          
6 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Lotto-Domo                                 
7 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                             
8 Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                        
9 Christophe Roodhooft (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                   
10 Franck Pencole (Fra) Oktos - Saint Quentin                       
11 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                              
12 Freddy Bichot (Fra) fdjeux.com                                   
13 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre                                         
14 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) fdjeux.com                                   
15 Bruno Thibout (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover                   
16 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          
17 Staf Schierlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone         
18 Lenaic Olivier (Fra) Auber 93                                    
19 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                      
20 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Auber 93                                  
21 Roger Hammond (GBr) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                         
22 Christophe Laurent (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover              
23 Pieter Mertens (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                      
24 Jeremy Roy (Fra) fdjeux.com                                      
25 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                                 
26 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Auber 93                                     
27 Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf           
28 Maxim Gurov (Kaz) Oktos - Saint Quentin                          
29 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                          
30 Guillaume Auger (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover                 
31 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                       
32 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
33 Chris Peers (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf             
34 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
35 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                           
36 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r-Prevoyance                               
37 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                              
38 Dioniso Galparsoro (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     
39 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                               
40 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                    
41 Mariano Picoli (Ita) Lampre                                      
42 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Auber 93                                
43 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                
44 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                        
45 Win Van Huffel (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                      
46 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                       
47 Frederik Willems (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                    
48 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Oktos - Saint Quentin                      
49 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf          
50 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Oktos - Saint Quentin                      
51 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Lampre                                     
52 And De Smet (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                           
53 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                 
54 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            
55 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                      
56 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
57 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf            
58 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
59 Jef Peters (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                          
60 Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                         
61 Rene Jorgensen (Den) Alessio-Bianchi                             
62 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
63 David Extebarria (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                       
64 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          
65 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                     
66 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                    
67 Scott Sunderland (Aus) Alessio-Bianchi                           
68 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                     
69 Klaus Mutschler (Ger) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover                 
70 Frederic Guesdon (Fra) fdjeux.com                                
71 Mickael Pichon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                      
72 Bart Voskamp (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf            
73 Johan Coenen (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                          
74 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                           
75 Geert Omloop (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                          
76 Eric Berthou (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover                    
77 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   
78 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                             
79 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                  
80 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                             
81 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Lampre                                   
82 David Breard (Fra) Auber 93                                      
83 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                 
84 Kristof Trouve (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                        
85 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
86 Nicola Fritsch (Fra) fdjeux.com                                  
87 Laurent Paumier (Fra) Auber 93                                   
88 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                         
89 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   
90 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                             
91 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) fdjeux.com                               
92 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago              0.16
93 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Lampre                              0.55
94 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre                               1.02
95 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r-Prevoyance                            
96 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                   
97 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Credit Agricole                              
98 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio-Bianchi                              
99 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                    1.44
100 Jerome Bernard (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover                 
101 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                    2.13
102 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                      
103 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi                          
DNF Marcus Ljungkvist (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi                         
DNF Jimmy Caspar (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone             
DNF Nico Siemens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                    
DNF Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                   
DNF Roman Luhovyy (Ukr) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover                  
DNF Loic Lamouller (Fra) Auber 93                                   
 
Final general classification
 
1 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                    18.10.37
2 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Oktos - Saint Quentin                   0.08
3 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     0.10
4 Staf Schierlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone      1.26
5 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole                            
6 Pieter Mertens (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                   1.29
7 David Extebarria (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    1.03
8 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                    1.33
9 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole                           10.01
10 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone       10.06
11 Tom Steels (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                       
12 Jo Planckaert (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                    10.12
13 Janek Tombak (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
14 Saulius Ruskys (Ltu) Oktos - Saint Quentin                  10.13
15 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                              
16 Frederik Willems (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim               10.14
17 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) fdjeux.com                              10.15
18 Aart Vierhouten (Ned) Lotto-Domo                                 
19 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Lampre                                  10.18
20 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf          
21 Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Lotto-Domo                           10.19
22 Josu Silloniz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                          
23 Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
24 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                          
25 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                      
26 Chris Peers (Bel) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf             
27 Freddy Bichot (Fra) fdjeux.com                                   
28 Dioniso Galparsoro (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                     
29 Lenaic Olivier (Fra) Auber 93                                    
30 Erki Putsep (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance                                
31 Ludovic Auger (Fra) Auber 93                                     
32 Christophe Laurent (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover              
33 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone              
34 And De Smet (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                           
35 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone          
36 Cedric Herve (Fra) Credit Agricole                               
37 Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                    
38 Roger Hammond (GBr) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                         
39 Rene Jorgensen (Den) Alessio-Bianchi                             
40 Jeremy Roy (Fra) fdjeux.com                                      
41 Frederic Guesdon (Fra) fdjeux.com                                
42 Andrej Hauptman (Slo) Lampre                                     
43 Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit Par Telephone            
44 Johan Coenen (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                          
45 Mark Scanlon (Irl) Ag2r-Prevoyance                               
46 Jef Peters (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                          
47 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi                              
48 David Breard (Fra) Auber 93                                      
49 Maxim Gurov (Kaz) Oktos - Saint Quentin                          
50 Win Van Huffel (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                      
51 Erwin Thijs (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                           
52 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Lotto-Domo                                   
53 Mads Kaggestad (Nor) Credit Agricole                             
54 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                 
55 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Oktos - Saint Quentin                      
56 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Auber 93                                
57 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                  
58 Paul Van Hyfte (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim                      
59 Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                 
60 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Lampre                                   
61 Eric Berthou (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover                    
62 Geert Omloop (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                          
63 Iker Camano (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
64 Didier Rous (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                         
65 Mickael Pichon (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                      
66 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                    
67 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                     
68 Iker Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                            
69 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole                        10.50
70 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Auber 93                             10.56
71 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Lampre                             11.14
72 Benoit Salmon (Fra) Credit Agricole                         11.21
73 Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio-Bianchi                              
74 Kristof Trouve (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans                   11.23
75 Franck Pencole (Fra) Oktos - Saint Quentin                  11.24
76 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole                   12.03
77 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                  12.32
78 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Alessio-Bianchi                      12.59
79 Klaus Mutschler (Ger) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover            14.39
80 Laurent Paumier (Fra) Auber 93                                   
81 Gerben Lowik (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf       14.56
82 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre                              14.57
83 Jan Svorada (Cze) Lampre                                    15.23
84 Guillaume Auger (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover            15.36
85 Mariano Picoli (Ita) Lampre                                 15.49
86 Geoffrey Demeyere (Bel) Vlaanderen - T Interim              16.26
87 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                16.28
88 Bruno Thibout (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover              16.29
89 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Lotto-Domo                              17.12
90 Gorka Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi                    17.14
91 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Lotto-Domo                          17.18
92 Bart Voskamp (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf            
93 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance                             
94 Bert Hiemstra (Ned) Chocolade Jacques Wincor - Nixdorf      18.08
95 Nicola Fritsch (Fra) fdjeux.com                             18.15
96 Inigo Chaurreau (Spa) Ag2r-Prevoyance                       18.02
97 Jerome Bernard (Fra) R.A.G.T Semence - MG Rover             19.26
98 Christophe Roodhooft (Bel) Mr Bookmaker-Palmans             20.14
99 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2r-Prevoyance                         21.11
100 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) fdjeux.com                         22.23
101 Scott Sunderland (Aus) Alessio-Bianchi                     22.37
102 Maryan Hary (Fra) Brioches La Boulangère                   24.36
103 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago            32.51