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24th Chrono des Herbiers - 1.1/1.1/1.2

France, October 16, 2005

2004 Results    Results    Past winners

World champion close to hour recordman

By Jean-François Quénet in Les Herbiers

What a top three!
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Triple world champion Michael Rogers came close to finally winning with his rainbow jersey, but he found someone stronger than him, although it was only by two seconds: Czech time trial champion Ondrej Sosenka went faster than him. "I probably did well looking at the course precisely this morning, because I believe I've made the difference in the corners," the winner said. "It wasn't a technical circuit like at the World Championship. It was hard because of the strong head wind at the beginning but I've loved that course. I've also been impressed by the organisation of the event."

The Chrono des Herbiers is one of the very few time trials remaining on the UCI calendar. In this part of the world, near the location of the prologues of the Tour de France in 1993 and 1994, people still appreciate the effort against the clock. "Time trialling is what you need to perform in stage races," underlined the patron for the race this year, Stephen Roche.

The Chrono des Herbiers is called "the hour record on the road," because the winning time is always close to one hour, the record being held by Jean Nüttli with 59 min. 45 sec. "It wasn't possible to go that fast today because of the wind," Sosenka said. "But I'd like to come back to score a better time. My other goal is to improve my record on the track. I believe the magic limit of 50 kilometres is reachable."

Unknown in France, Sosenka has scored his first win in this country. "I can't be disappointed," Rogers commented. "I had a good ride and Sosenka had an even better one. I'm happy with what I did today."

Third, the Russian champion Vladimir Gussev was also happy. "The day before I was riding the Tour of Lombardy, so it wasn't easy to do a time trial after that, but I'm pleased with the way things went today." He finished ahead of Latvian champion Raivis Belohvosciks and Belgian young star Olivier Kaisen, who had won the Chrono des Herbiers last year, as an U23. "I targeted a top 15, I couldn't imagine I'd go that well," the future Davitamon-Lotto rider said. This gives a very positive impression for RAGT's last appearance in competition.


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Elite, 48.150km
1 Ondrej Sosenka (Cze) Acqua e Sapone               1.00.18 (47.901km/h)
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step                      0.02
3 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) CSC                             0.18
4 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Universal Caffè            0.34
5 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) RAGT                            1.22
6 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2r                            1.32
7 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo                1.42
8 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval                    1.55
9 Nicolas Fritsch (Fra) Saunier Duval                  2.35
10 Ben Day (Aus) MrBookmaker                           2.36
11 Sebastian Lang (All) Gerolsteiner                       
12 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux           2.42
13 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Française des Jeux             2.46
14 Christophe Kern (Fra) Bouygues Telecom              2.57
15 Thierry David (Fra) VC La Pomme                     3.15
16 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93                         3.52
17 David Le Lay (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h             3.54
18 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h          4.28
19 Denis Kostyuk (Ukr) Jartazi                         4.40
20 Dimitri Muravyev (Kaz) Crédit Agricole              5.14
21 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                5.33
22 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux               5.38
23 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole             6.28
24 Michael Blanchy (Bel) Jartazi                       7.08
25 Tom Southam (Gbr) Team Barloworld                   7.36
Under 23, 38.4km
1 Dimitri Champion (Fra) CA Mantes                    49.09 (46.861km/h)
2 Michael Muck (Ger) Team Aguti                        0.17
3 Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Le Cheylard                      1.03
4 Sylvain Georges (Fra) Limousin                       1.22
5 Yoann Offredo (Fra) ACBB                             1.54
6 Perrig Quéméneur (Fra) Vendée U                      2.09
7 Johan Lindgren (Swe) U Nantes-Atlantique             2.33
8 Cédric Pineau (Fra) UV Aube                          2.48
9 Alexandre Binet (Fra) Vendée U                       2.56
10 Nicolas Sécher (Fra) US St-Herblain                 3.09
11 Yann Rault (Fra) VCP Lorient                        3.50
12 Romain Sdrigotti (Fra) U Nantes-Atlantique          4.00
13 Sébastien Coeffier (Fra) POCCL                      4.16
14 Benoît Ebrard (Fra) Chambéry CF                     4.31
15 Kevin Sanchez (Fra) VC Chantonnay                   5.18
16 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Vendée U                        5.22
17 Alexandre Bousseau (Fra) Vendée U                   5.25
18 Matthieu Rompion (Fra) Vendée U                     5.29
19 Jonathan Godfroid (Bel) Davitamon/VC Ardennes       5.47
20 Mathieu Bernard (Fra) UC Le Haillan                 5.56
21 Olivier Gimenez (Fra) St-Alban                      6.05
22 Gregory Weselaqui (Fra) POCCL                       7.17
23 Jérôme Giaux (Bel) Profel cycling team              7.22
24 Fabien Aoustin (Fra) US Pontchâteau                 9.01
25 Jack Shaw (Gbr) RC Mussidan                        11.04
Women, 20.525km
1 Edwige Pitel (Fra) VC La Pomme                      29.00
2 Priska Doppmann (Swi) VC Baar-Zug                    0.34
3 Marina Jaunâtre (Fra) VS Vallet                      1.08
4 Larissa Kleinmann (Ger) LG Stuttgart                 1.16
5 Joane Somarriba (Spa) Biskaia                        1.49
6 Magali Finot-Laivier (Fra) VS Nivernais-Morvan       2.04
7 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Team Therme Skin Care         3.16
8 Marie-Laure Cloarec (Fra) ESC Meaux                  3.35
9 Emmanuelle Merlot (Fra) Vélophile naintréenne        3.58
10 Julie Dheruelle (Fra) Le Mans Sarthe Vélo           4.12
11 Julie Augizeau (Fra) VC Aizenay                     4.19
12 Anne-Karelle Hocq (Fra) VCC Morteau-Montbenoît      4.30
13 Nathalie Cadol (Fra) VC St-Sébastien                4.53
14 Murielle Rideau (Fra) Team féminin 24               5.16
15 Honorine Martin (Fra) Auvergne                      5.19
16 Nadia Theuil (Fra) VC Riom                          5.47
17 Stéphanie Viel (Fra) VS Chartres                    5.54
18 Martine Vrignaud (Fra) SS Nieul-le-Dolent           6.50
19 Angélique Rousselle (Fra) ACS Bretoncelles         10.57
Juniors, 20.525km
1 Sébastien Ivars (Fra) Charvieu-Chavagneux           27.54
2 Tony Gallopin (Fra) VC Etampes                       0.01
3 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) CS Dammarie-les-Lys          0.07
4 David Piva (Bel) Sprint 2000 Charleroi               0.26
5 Mathieu Beaumais (Fra) VS Chartres                   0.40
6 David Veilleux (Can) Elicycle Sport Louis Garneau    0.44
7 Mathieu Bernaudeau (Fra) VCP La Châtaigneraie        0.51
8 Ludovic Bret (Fra) VC St-Jean-de-Monts                   
9 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Davitamon-VC Ardennes         0.53
10 Julien Pinot (Fra) AC Besançon                      0.54
11 Paul Bernard (Fra) Argenteuil-Val de Seine 95       1.09
12 Mathieu Switala (Fra) Loir-et-Cher                  1.23
13 Sylvain Cogrel (Fra) VC St-Jean-de-Monts                
14 Ronan Guinaudeau (Fra) VC Avranches                 1.26
15 Mickaël Guiberteau (Fra) VC Les Herbiers            1.29
16 François Niay (Fra) CC Nogent-sur-Oise              1.39
17 Kevin Rouet (Fra) Vélophile naintréenne             1.43
18 Jérôme Adnin (Fra) Saumur Cyclisme                  1.45
19 Sergeï Catan (Mol) Team Albert Bigot                1.54
20 Maxime Lecoeur (Fra) AC Manoir                      2.04
21 Emmanuel Berson (Fra) UC Cholet 49                  2.07
22 Pierre Biteau (Fra) VC Les Herbiers                 2.19
23 Anthony Tilly (Fra) UC Nantes-Atlantique            2.24
24 Arthur Duhamel (Fra) St-Alban                       2.27
25 Bertrand Mallard (Fra) VC St-Sébastien              2.33
26 Jérôme Lafourte (Bel) Davitamon-VC Ardennes         2.48
27 Geoffrey Rouat (Fra) CC Nogent-sur-Oise             2.50
28 Mickaël Grossi (Fra) UC Nantes-Atlantique           2.59
29 Yann Pavoine (Fra) VC Quintin                       3.23
30 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) EC Château d’Olonne             8.49

Courtesy of Jean-François Quénet

Past winners



1 Bert Roesems (Bel) Relax Bodysol  
2 Vladimir Gussev (Rus) Team CSC    
3 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Gerolsteiner 


1 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner     
2 Bert Roesems (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
3 Uwe Peschel (Ger) Gerolsteiner     


1 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner
2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Mapei-Quick Step Espoirs
3 Bert Roesems (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop


1 Jean Nuttli (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step
3 Sergey Gontchar (Ukr) Liquigas-Pata


1 Jean Nuttli (Swi) Phonak
2 Sergey Gontchar (Ukr) Liquigas
3 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Mapei-Quick Step


1 Sergey Gontchar (Ukr)
2 Gilles Maignan (Fra)
3 Christophe Moreau (Fra)


1 Sergey Gontchar (Ukr)
2 Gilles Maignan (Fra)
3 Francisque Teyssier (Fra)


1 Sergey Gontchar (Ukr)
2 Tony Rominger (Swi)
3 Francoise Teyssier (Fra)


1 Chris Boardman (GB)
2 Laurent Brochard (Fra)
3 Neil Stephens (Aus)
1995 Pascal Lance (Fra)
1994 Pascal Lance (Fra)
1993 Chris Boardman (GBr)
1992 Arturas Kasputis (Ltu)
1991 Jan Karlsson (Swe)
1990 Jan Karlsson (Swe)
1989 Marco Jeletich (Ned)


2004 Edwige Pitel (Fra) VC La Pomme-Marseille 
2002 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) Usci Chirio 
2001 Edwige Pitel (Fra) AVC Aix
2000 Jeannie Longo (Fra)
1999 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus)
1998 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,