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France, July 30, 2006

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Anthony Charteau keeps Tour de France status reigning

By Jean-François Quénet in St-Martin-de-Landelles

Anthony Charteau
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It's now France's first racing rendez-vous one week after the finish of the Tour de France: the former criterium of St-Martin-de-Landelles in the village of legendary race commentator Daniel Mangeas in Normandy is the third last leg of the French cup. There is traditionally a big difference between the riders who have raced the Tour de France and those who haven't. Successively, Jérôme Pineau, Sylvain Chavanel and Philippe Gilbert have proved it. Now Anthony Charteau is one more on the list.

"But cornering was a problem for me," the Crédit Agricole rider explained. "Speeding up after every curve isn't something I was used to at the Tour de France. It took me a lot of energy. It hurt me more than climbing actually."

Charteau, who is known as the schoolmate of French national soccer team third goal keeper Mickaël Landreau, wasn't a major role player for Crédit Agricole at the Tour de France. But he worked a lot and Thor Hushovd appreciated what he did. "The team trusts me for secondary events though", Charteau said. He was afraid of repeating the loss of GP Plumelec in May, but he managed to outsprint Bert Scheirlinckx in front of the enthusiastic crowd.

Lloyd Mondory (AG2R)
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The Belgian rider from the Geraardsbergen area said he was "very proud of himself". He's no stranger to French cup races. "It's a pity I can't score points, he added. I'd be happy to join a French team for that. My brother Staf already rides for Cofidis."

In the absence of runner-up Lilian Jégou, who is still recovering from a broken leg during the Tour de Suisse, AG2R's Lloyd Mondory increased his lead at the French cup. He was highly encouraged racing only 30km away from home.

How it unfolded

The riders talked about taking it easy for a while on the start line but didn't do it. As soon as the start was given, attacks went. The little rain at the beginning of the event inspired a few of the guys who had suffered the heat wave previously.

Anthony Charteau (Credit Agricole)
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Beach boy Ben Johnson from Queensland was one of the most active cyclists in the early part of the race, and again, he felt the right move was going when Anthony Charteau (Crédit Agricole) and Arnaud Gérard (Française des Jeux) took off with 75km to go. Yann Pivois (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h) was the first to join them, then Johnson with his team-mate Nicolas Crosbie (Agritubel), David Le Lay (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h) and Igor Abakoumov (Jartazi). Bert Scheirlinckx (Jartazi) went across to the leaders later, but Laurens Ten Dam ( and Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h) couldn't, they only caught the guys dropping off from the front group, Gérard, Johnson and Le Lay.

With one lap to go (12.5km), former French amateur champion Rémi Pauriol (Crédit Agricole), French cup leader Lloyd Mondory (AG2R) and Nicolas Roche (Cofidis) tried to bridge the gap as well, but the win would now be played between Charteau, Pivois, Scheirlinckx, Le Lay and Crosbie.

Crosbie got dropped, came back and attacked. It was bluff. Charteau attacked as well in the côte de la Pigeonnière but he had to do it again and he never got rid of Scheirlinckx, so he had to use his sprinting abilities to claim his first success this year.


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Results - 157 km

1 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Crédit Agricole         3.39.45
2 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Jartazi                  
3 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Agritubel                   0.04
4 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h            0.09
5 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h            1.09
6 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Crédit Agricole                2.32
7 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned)                  2.36
8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Cofidis                       2.43
9 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux            2.47
10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r                         2.49
11 Arnaud Lesvenan (Fra) French national team      
12 Ben Johnson (Aus) Agritubel                     
13 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc’h      
14 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom          
15 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Française des Jeux          
16 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93                           
17 Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole                    
18 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H         
19 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93                          
20 Matheus Pronk (Ned) Unibet.Com                         
21 Stéphane Berges (Fra) Agritubel                        
22 Andy Cappelle (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago          
23 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                
24 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux              
25 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                   
26 Carl Naibo (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                       
27 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93                          
28 Antoine Dalibard (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H            
29 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole                    
30 Juan Carlos Dominguez (Spa) Unibet.Com                 
31 Sven Nevens (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                      
32 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H                
33 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis                            
34 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis                             
35 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Jartazi-7Mobile                  
36 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux             
37 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
38 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                    
39 Rene Mandri (Est) Auber 93                             
40 Alexandre Kareev (Rus) Flanders                        
41 Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Unibet.Com                      
42 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago         
43 Cédric Herve (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H                
44 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                    
45 Robby Meul (Bel) Jartazi-7Mobile                       
46 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                  
47 Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Cofidis                           
48 Inigo Chaurreau Bernardez (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance        
49 Hamish Robert Haynes (GBr) Jartazi-7Mobile             
50 Vladislav Borisov (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow         
51 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Unibet.Com                       
52 Sven Renders (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago           
53 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Credit Agricole              
54 Paul Brousse (Fra)                                     
55 Ivan Terenine (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow             
56 Fabien Patanchon (Fra) Française Des Jeux              
57 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française Des Jeux                
58 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Auber 93                             
59 John Nilsson (Swe) Auber 93                            
60 Benoit Daeninck (Fra)                                  
61 Jean Mespoulede (Fra) Auber 93                         
62 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     
63 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra)                                 
64 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Credit Agricole              
65 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      
66 Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                     
67 Ludovic Martin (Fra)                                   
68 Sébastien Portal (Fra) Credit Agricole                 
69 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Jean Floc`H            
70 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française Des Jeux             
71 Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Omnibike Dynamo Moscow             
72 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux              
73 David Navas Chica (Spa) Ag2R Prevoyance                
74 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom              
75 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole                 
76 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis                            
77 Aivaras Baranauskas (Ltu) Agritubel                    
78 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance                      
79 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Jartazi-7Mobile                 
French cup standings
1 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R                      119 pts
2 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux         105
3 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Cofidis                     85
4 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom          75
5 Emilien Benoît Berges (Fra) Auber 93           68

Past Winners

2005 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux
2004 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Brioches la Boulangère  
2003 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) La Boulangère