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47th Grand Prix de Denain - 1.1

Denain, France, April 13, 2006

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Casper makes it two in a row

By Jean-François Quénet

Defending champion Jimmy Casper didn't miss his appointment with his fans at the GP Denain, a French cup race held in north of France, not far from his home of Montdidier in Picardy, also in the region of his sponsor Cofidis.

He did it differently this time. Last year he won a bunch sprint ahead of Mark Renshaw. Now he only had to prove himself faster than Davitamon-Lotto's Nico Mattan, who escaped from the front group with 4km to go. Casper came across with 2km to go, just before a pavé section. The duo kept 10 seconds lead on a peloton reduced to about twenty riders, due to the strong wind. Dutchman Hans Dekkers from Agritubel won the sprint for 3rd place.

Casper outsprinted Mattan 200 meters before the finishing line. "This isn't a typical sprinter's win," he commented afterwards. "I was going well at Tour of Flanders and Gent-Wevelgem but I wasn't lucky. GP Denain was supposed to be my last race before taking a break but I absolutely wanted to win something before, so I asked my staff to let me start Tro Bro Léon on Sunday as well."

That means Casper wasn't totally sure of winning at home, and he'll head to Brittany for the weekend. The Tro Bro Léon is known as "the little Paris-Roubaix" because it goes onto similar dirt roads as the Hell of the North.

After finishing 9th in GP Denain, Lilian Jégou retains the lead in the French cup. He increased his advantage over Chris Sutton, but not by much because the young Australian was up there again, missing the top 10 by very little. With only 6 points lead, the Française des Jeux rider is highly motivated for scoring more on Sunday in western France where he hails from.


1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone         4.28.42
2 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
3 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel                                      
4 Erki Pütsep (Est) AG2R Prévoyance                             0.05
5 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R Prévoyance                               
6 Carlo Scognamiglio (Ita) Team Milram                              
7 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole                              
8 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen      
9 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                             
10 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Groupe Sportif Bretagne-Jean Floc'h       
11 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone         
12 Denis Flahaut (Bel) Flanders                                     
13 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Liquigas                                 
14 Nick Ingels (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                
15 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Auber 93                                       
16 Gilles Canouet (Fra) Agritubel                                   
17 Christian Murro (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                       
18 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud                          
19 Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen       
20 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Groupe Sportif Bretagne-Jean Floc'h    
21 Christophe Agnolutto (Fra) Agritubel                             
22 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        
23 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Crédit Agricole                               
24 Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                   
25 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Team Tenax Salmilano                         
26 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber 93                                   
27 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                  
28 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
29 Cédric Hervé (Fra) Groupe Sportif Bretagne-Jean Floc'h           
30 Rony Martias (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
31 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           
32 Nick Gates (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
33 Pierre Drancourt (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                          
34 Carlos Dacruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                           
35 Johan Coenen (Bel)                                    
36 Rino Zampilli (Ita) Naturino-Sapore di Mare                      
37 Stéphane Bergès (Fra) Agritubel                                  
38 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra)                                
39 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93                                     
40 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone            
41 Denis Robin (Fra) Agritubel                                      
42 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Groupe Sportif Bretagne-Jean Floc'h       
43 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone           
44 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Groupe Sportif Bretagne-Jean Floc'h        
45 Emilien Benoit Bergès (Fra) Auber 93                             
46 Jan Kuyckx (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                                 
47 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                      0.14
48 Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                         0.15
49 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) AG2R Prévoyance                          0.17
50 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto                       0.18
51 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                       
52 Marco Righetto (Ita) Liquigas                                0.20
53 Francesco Failli (Ita) Liquigas                                  
54 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                 0.29
55 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone             
56 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago                 0.51
57 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française des Jeux                    1.02.00
58 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Crédit Agricole                       3.25
Coupe de France after round 6
1 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux               71 pts

Past winners

2005 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis
2004 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
2003 Bert Roesems (Bel) Palmans-Collstrop
2002 Alberto Vinale (Ita) Alessio
2001 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
2000 Endrio Leoni (Ita) Alessio
1999 Jeroen Blijlevens (Ned) TVM-Farm Frites
1998 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino
1997 Ludo Dierckxsens (Bel)
1996 Jan Svorada (Slo)
1995 Jo Planckaert (Bel)
1994 Jans Koerts (Ned)
1993 Marcel Wüst (Ger)
1992 Edwig Van Hooydonck (Bel)
1991 Frédéric Moncassin (Fra)
1990 Frédéric Moncassin (Fra)
1989 Edwig Van Hooydonck (Bel)
1988 Pascal Poisson (Fra)
1987 Bruno Wojtinek (Fra)
1986 Bruno Wojtinek (Fra)
1985 Patrick Versluys (Bel)
1984 Godimus (Bel)
1983 Paul Sherwen (GB)
1982 Vanhaerens (Bel)
1981 Ferdinand Vandenhaute (Bel)
1980 Van Thielen (Bel)
1979 Pipart (Ned)
1978 Frank Hoste (Bel)
1977 Robert Mintkiewicz (Fra)
1976 Walter Planckaert (Bel)
1975 Loysch (Bel)
1974 Willy Teirlinck (Bel)
1973 Marc Demeyer (Bel)
1972 G. Van Roosbroeck (Bel)
1971 André Dierickx (Bel)
1970 Callens (Bel)
1969 Mathy (Bel)
1968 Jean Stablinski (Fra)
1967 José Samyn (Bel)
1966 Vrancken (Bel)
1965 Janssens (Bel)
1964 Wright (GB)
1963 Desmet (Bel)
1962 Schepens (Bel)
1961 Arthur De Cabooter (Bel)
1960 Borra (Bel)
1959 Seamus Elliott (Ire)

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,