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Châteauroux Classic de l'Indre Trophée Fenioux - 1.1

France, August 21, 2005

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The friendly ghost is back

By Jean-François Quénet in Châteauroux

A happy race winner
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Jimmy Casper hasn't been seen as a winner recently. His nickname is the 'friendly ghost', after he won four out of eight stages in the inaugural Tour of Germany back in 1999, when he outsprinted no less than Erik Zabel at the top of his art while being a neo-pro himself. But Casper couldn't make the Cofidis Tour de France team and he may not have killed himself in training either in July, as he acknowledged: "I was looking for some condition when I started the Tour du Limousin last week. I increased my shape by 10 percent every day and I'm now at around 85 percent of my capacities."

But that might be enough for a sprinter to still win a race. He actually claimed his third win of the year, succeeding Aleksandr Kushinsky on the record book of the newly created Classic de l'Indre, which was the post-Tour criterium of Châteauroux in the past.

The were a lot of moves in the race however. Bradley McGee (Francaise des Jeux), who hasn't raced since his second place on the Champs-Elysées, but is now gearing up for the Vuelta a España, was first to come into town after 126km of racing when he started the final nine laps pairing with Bretagne-Jean Floc'h's Stéphane Pétilleau. Their initiative gave birth to a front group of 37 riders, but the team Agritubel with young Aussie Ben Johnson brought it back.

No attack got more than a minute lead until Nicolas Vogondy (Crédit Agricole), Mikhail Timochin (Omnibike) and Vytautas Kaupas (Jartazi) went away with 20km to go. But Laurent Paumier of was the last man away with 1.2km to go, and it had to be a bunch sprint of 100 riders since the wind wasn't blowing strongly enough. It was a tailwind at the end though, that's how Casper managed to keep some centimetres lead over Danilo Napolitano, who had won the Coppa Bernocchi last week in Italy.

Brad McGee
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"It was close but I was lucky he came late," Casper commented. "I was active early into the race but fortunately I kept some energy for the end and it went all fine." Third place went to Jean-Patrick Nazon who was forced to pull out of the Tour de France without having a real chance to contest a bunch sprint like he won in 2003 in Paris and in 2004 in Wasquehal. "This result is so-so," the Ag2r rider said. "Now my goal is the World Championship. It's something interesting to focus on because the course suits the sprinters only every 5 or 7 years. But I still have to work a lot for that."

Casper finished 6th in Zolder in 2002, the last time the World Championship was really built for the sprinters. After winning in Châteauroux, he could re-consider lining up in Madrid, "but I'll wear the National French jersey only if I feel that I've got a chance to honour it properly", he said in front of another famous sprinter, former track rider Frédéric Magné who was the patron for the Classic de l'Indre.


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1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone       4.15.48
2 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team LPR                                  
3 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                          
4 William Bonnet (Fra) Auber 93                                     
5 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             
6 David Garcia Dapena (Spa) L.A Aluminios - Liberty Seguros         
7 Linas Balciunas (Ltu) Agritubel                                   
8 Bobbie Traksel (Ned) - SportsTech                 
9 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Crédit Agricole                               
10 Jonas Holmkvist (Swe) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska            
11 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                                      
12 Renaud Dion (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                               
13 Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                  
14 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française des Jeux                           
15 James Van Landschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrdiet Colnago                
16 Michael Blanchy (Bel) Jartazi Granville Team                     
17 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Auber 93                                      
18 Massimiliano Mori (Ita) Naturino - Sapore di Mare                
19 René Mandri (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                                
20 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska            
21 Kacper Sowinski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska            
22 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                      
23 Jens Renders (Bel) - SportsTech                  
24 Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Jartazi Granville Team                       
25 Viacheslav Vilkov (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow                   
26 Takehiro Mizutani (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                       
27 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel                              
28 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Agritubel                                  
29 Camille Bouquet (Fra) - SportsTech               
30 Ivan Terenin (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow                        
31 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                    
32 Cameron Jennings (Aus) Team                      
33 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone             
34 Sven Renders (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                     
35 Adriaan Helmantel (Ned) Trientalis APAC Team                     
36 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Auber 93                                  
37 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel                               
38 Julien Laidoun (Fra) - SportsTech                
39 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                              
40 Mikhail Mikheev (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow                     
41 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux                        
42 Rui Sousa (Por) L.A.Aluminios-Liberty Seguros                    
43 Alexandre Usov (Blr) AG2r Prévoyance                             
44 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux                           
45 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Team Cyclingnews.Com                        
46 Mario De Sarraga (Spa) Naturino Sapore Di Mare                   
47 Jakob Lorek (Pol) Amore & Vita-Beretta                           
48 Peter Woestenberg (Ned) Trientalis APAC Team                     
49 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                       
50 Kane Oakley (Aus) Team Cyclingnews.Com                           
51 Nicolas Inaudi (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone           
52 Romain Cholet (Fra) Agritubel                                    
53 Roman Luhovyy (Ukr) R.A.G.T Semences                             
54 Ian McLeod (RSA) Française des Jeux                              
55 David Bréard (Fra) Auber 93                                      
56 David Boucher (Fra) - SportsTech                 
57 Hector Guerra Garcia (Spa) L.A Aluminios - Liberty Seguros       
58 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                        
59 Carlos Nozal Vega (Spa) L.A Aluminios - Liberty Seguros          
60 Manuel Broco Hernani (Por) L.A.Aluminios-Liberty Seguros         
61 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            
62 Johan Svensson (Swe) Jartazi Granville Team                      
63 Andrey Ptchelkin (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow                    
64 Eric Leblacher (Fra) Crédit Agricole                             
65 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Amore & Vita-Beretta                  
66 Maint Berkenbosh (Ned) Trientalis Apac Team                      
67 Fabien Sanchez (Fra) Française des Jeux                        40 pts
68 Folkert De Haan (Ned) Trientalis APAC Team                     50
69 Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                           50
70 Junya Sano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                            50
71 Mariano De Fino Silveiro (Ita) Naturino Sapore Di Mare         54
72 Tomasz Kloczko (Pol) Amore & Vita - Beretta - Polska           54
73 Laurent Paumier (Fra) - SportsTech             54
74 Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow                   
75 Nico Van Dijk (Ned) Trientalis APAC Team                     1.02
76 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                      
77 Thierry De Groote (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago            1.03
78 Dmitri Konyshev (Rus) Team LPR                                   
79 Glenn D'Hollander (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago            1.22
80 Nuno Ribeiro (Por) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team                    
81 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      1.35
82 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    1.51
83 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone        
84 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            
85 Jordi Grau Sogas (Por) L.A Aluminios - Liberty Seguros           
86 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       
87 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
88 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Team LPR                                 
89 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                              
90 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2r Prévoyance                                
91 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                          
92 Shinri Suzuki (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                           
93 Glen Chadwick (Aus) Team                         
94 Shinichi Fukushima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                      
95 Sébastien Minard (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                          
96 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                   
97 Stefan Wijnands (Bel) Jartazi Granville Team                     
98 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                          
99 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                    
100 Maxime Méderel (Fra) Auber 93                                   
101 Laurent Mangel (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                            
102 Sergio Barbero (Ita) Naturino - Sapore di Mare                  
103 Erwin Goenga (Ned) Trientalis APAC Team                         
104 Sieger Haakma (Ned) Trientalis APAC Team                        
105 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc'h                          
106 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux                        
107 Benjamin Johnson (Aus) Agritubel                                
108 Hamish Robert Haynes (GBr) Team                 
109 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Française des Jeux                          
110 Nuno Victorino Nelson (Por) L.A.Aluminios-Liberty Seguros       
111 Tom Barras (GBr) Team                           
112 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) R.A.G.T Semences                           
113 Xavier Herrine (Bel) R.A.G.T. Semences                          
114 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           
115 Florent Brard (Fra) Agritubel                                   
116 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole                          
117 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor                         
118 Mikhail Timochin (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow                   
119 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Jartazi Granville Team                    
120 Thierry Marichal (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone        
121 Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           
122 Emilien Benoit Bergès (Fra) R.A.G.T Semences                    
123 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone     
124 Dario Pieri (Ita) Lampre - Caffita                              
125 Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Naturino - Sapore di Mare              
126 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Credit Agricole                           
127 Michael Simms (Aus) Landbouwkrdiet Colnago                      

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