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55th Circuit de la Sarthe - 2.1

France, April 10-13, 2007

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Stage 3 - April 12: Angers - Mamers, 186.6 km

Albasini takes his chance, Klöden stays on top

By Jean-François Quénet in Neufchâtel-en-Saosnois

Michael Albasini (Liquigas)
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One year after Stefan Schumacher put his name on the record book of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire, another German is close to repeating that feat. Andreas Klöden is one stage away from his second stage race win this year after Tirreno-Adriatico, but he only has four seconds advantage over former French champion Nicolas Vogondy who came third in stage 3, won by Michael Albasini. Albasini's team-mate from Liquigas, Vincenzo Nibali, came in at the same time as Klöden, and was expected to be the biggest threat to the Astana rider.

However, the Liquigas team is now reduced to just three riders. They started with four, but Magnus Backstedt stopped at the feed zone today, according to his preparation plan for Paris-Roubaix, the race that made him famous in 2004. "We came with the intention of winning a stage in this race", Nibali said after taking the lead in the young rider's classification. "I hadn't raced since Tirreno-Adriatico because I was in a training camp in Tenerife with Franco Pellizotti and Enrico Gasparotto. I only flew back one day before racing here. So I didn't know if I had the rhythm or not but today I've attacked twice and I've seen that the legs were turning well."

Klöden looking stylish
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The winner of the ProTour event GP Plouay last year has the capacity to exploit the côte de Gazonfier with its 18% steep section in Le Mans on the final stage of Circuit de la Sarthe. But Nibali doesn't promise that he'll do it. In fact, the Astana team controlled the situation to perfection as the race went towards the hills of the Alpes mancelles, then Klöden was able to make his move by himself.

"Nibali was marked because he was well placed on GC," stage winner Albasini explained. "I had more freedom and I took the opportunity to attack as we passed on the line for the first time." The final breakaway has also replaced some riders closer to Klöden on GC: Nicolas Vogondy is at four seconds, Vladimir Duma at 10, Christophe Kern at 15 as well as Albasini, just ahead of Nibali, at 16.

If it was only a duel between Klöden and Nibali, the German would probably have enough cards in his hands to secure the leadership, but he'll have to face attacks from riders who have nothing to lose, and the final stage is going to be very spectacular.

Laurent Brochard (Bouygues Telecom)
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How it unfolded

Six riders broke clear after five kilometers: Nicolas Roche (Crédit Agricole), Stéphane Augé (Cofidis), Stéphane Pétilleau (Bretagne-Armor Lux), Christian Müller (Skil-Shimano), Carlos Da Cruz (Française des Jeux) and Dimitri Champion (Bouygues Telecom). Astana set the pace in the bunch and didn't give more than three minutes to the leaders.

Pétilleau, who is originally from the province of Sarthe, persisted by himself when the race entered the forest of Perseigne with 35km to go. On the finish line at the top of the Belvedere, with one lap of 15km to go, Simon Gerrans (Ag2r) was very active in the front of the bunch. It created a few splits. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) attacked twice and his team-mate Michael Albasini countered. The Swiss rider rode away with Maryan Hary (Cofidis), Christophe Kern (Crédit Agricole), Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel), Vladimir Duma (Flaminia) and Noan Lelarge (Bretagne-Armor Lux).

Albasini accelerated 600 metres before the finishing line and grabbed a solo victory.

Photography

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Images by Régis Garnier/www.velofotopro.com

Images by Jean-Francois Quenet

Results

1 Michael Albasini (Sui) Liquigas                               4.33.42 (40.6 km/h)
2 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                            0.04
3 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                      
4 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            0.12
5 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                            0.15
6 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                        0.18
7 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                    
8 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                       0.21
9 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                      
11 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                          
12 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                     
13 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana                                         
14 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                                
15 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                0.28
16 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         0.33
17 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                   0.35
18 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           
19 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                           
20 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                                 
21 Maxime Méderel (Fra) Auber                                          
22 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                     
23 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                 
24 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                
25 José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Agritubel                      
26 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle         0.41
27 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                             
28 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                 
29 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      0.43
30 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber                                      
31 Paul Brousse (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                          
32 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                        
33 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            0.58
34 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                     
35 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         1.02
36 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle              
37 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare               
38 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                                 
39 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                     1.17
40 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                         1.27
41 Paride Grillo Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                             
42 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                             
43 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                           
44 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                       
45 Mikel Gaztanaga Echeverria (Spa) Agritubel                          
46 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 1.34
47 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             1.54
48 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              
49 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone           2.57
50 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana                                    3.48
51 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne-Armor Lux                        6.01
52 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                            
53 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                     6.22
54 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                               
55 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone            
56 Johan Lindgren (Swe) Française des Jeux                             
57 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                            
58 Jeremie Galland (Fra) Auber                                         
59 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber                                       
60 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                                
61 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         7.25
62 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                7.45
63 Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle       9.44
64 William Frishkorn (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle         
65 Andrus Aug (Est) Ceramica Flaminia                                  
66 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                10.01
67 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone               
68 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   
69 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                 
70 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                                
71 David Derepas (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    11.30
72 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                   12.25
73 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                              13.56
74 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle                 
75 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                      
76 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber                                           
77 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                            
78 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                       
79 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                              
80 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                                         
81 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana                                           
82 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                   
83 Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                         
84 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                         
85 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber                                         
86 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                              
87 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                
88 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
89 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle         
90 Philip Deignan (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                                
91 Julien Belgy (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                                 
 
General classification after stage 3
 
1 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana                                          
2 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                  0.04
3 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                            0.10
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                  0.15
5 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                                
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                   0.16
7 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                           
8 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                       0.20
9 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                0.23
10 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                0.29
11 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                     
12 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle         0.31
13 Christophe Edaleine (Fra) Crédit Agricole                       0.36
14 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                           0.37
15 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         0.38
16 José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Agritubel                  0.40
17 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                            0.42
18 Simon Gerrans (Aus) AG2r Prévoyance                             0.43
19 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                       0.44
20 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                 0.45
21 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone             0.48
22 Matej Mugerli (Slo) Liquigas                                    0.50
23 Maxime Méderel (Fra) Auber                                      0.51
24 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                         1.01
25 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                           1.02
26 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                             1.05
27 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                                
28 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                             1.06
29 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle          1.16
30 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                   1.17
31 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                      1.25
32 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            1.34
33 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                 1.35
34 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare           1.40
35 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                         1.42
36 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber                                  1.47
37 Christoph Meschenmoser (Ger) Skil-Shimano                       1.48
38 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                             
39 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                       1.49
40 Mikel Gaztanaga Echeverria (Spa) Agritubel                      1.51
41 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                             1.53
42 Paul Brousse (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                      1.54
43 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         1.58
44 Paride Grillo Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                         2.05
45 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel                                   2.10
46 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano                                 2.15
47 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                          2.22
48 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                     2.35
49 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone           2.38
50 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana                                    5.04
51 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                        6.10
52 Johan Lindgren (Swe) Française des Jeux                         6.34
53 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                           6.36
54 Christophe Diguet (Fra) Auber                                   6.48
55 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne-Armor Lux                        6.56
56 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone        7.01
57 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                     7.03
58 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                        7.11
59 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                            7.20
60 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         7.28
61 Jeremie Galland (Fra) Auber                                     7.42
62 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                9.26
63 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                              10.12
64 William Frishkorn (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle    10.13
65 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano                            10.14
66 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone          10.15
67 Andrus Aug (Est) Ceramica Flaminia                             10.33
68 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                10.38
69 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                           10.43
70 Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle      10.50
71 David Derepas (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    12.27
72 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                   13.06
73 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                  13.55
74 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber                                    14.07
75 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
76 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                       14.13
77 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Astana                                    14.17
78 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle            14.20
79 Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                   
80 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber                                      14.24
81 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana                                      14.25
82 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                
83 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                 14.39
84 Stefano Boggia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                         14.45
85 Philip Deignan (Irl) AG2r Prévoyance                           14.51
86 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle    15.03
87 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    15.09
88 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                              15.12
89 Julien Belgy (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            15.30
90 Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    15.41
91 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                         15.49
 
Mountains classification
 
1 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            20 pts
2 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                        14
3 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                     12
4 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      10
5 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                              10
6 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                               10
7 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                 9
8 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             8
9 Paul Martens (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                     7
10 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                            7
11 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                    6
12 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                              4
13 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                             4
14 José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Agritubel                     4
15 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              4
16 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana                                        2
17 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana                                       1
18 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel                                    1
 
Points classification
 
1 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                  40 pts
2 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                           32
3 Paride Grillo Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                            30
4 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas                                    25
5 Vladimir Duma (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                              20
6 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Ceramica Panaria - Navigare              20
7 Kilian Patour (Fra) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle            17
8 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel                                     17
9 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                    16
10 Adam Wadecki (Pol) Ceramica Flaminia                              16
11 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                                 16
12 Andrus Aug (Est) Ceramica Flaminia                                15
13 Christophe Kern (Fra) Crédit Agricole                             14
14 Mikel Gaztanaga Echeverria (Spa) Agritubel                        14
15 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana                                       13
16 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                    13
17 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                        13
18 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone          13
19 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                             12
20 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux                        10
21 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr) Ceramica Flaminia                         10
22 Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano                               10
23 Carlos Da Cruz (Fra) Française des Jeux                            9
24 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone                  9
25 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone              9
26 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            8
27 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                   8
28 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                        8
29 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone              7
30 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                              7
31 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                            6
32 Gianluca Geremia (Ita) Ceramica Flaminia                           6
33 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux                              5
34 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Astana                                      5
35 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner                                    4
36 Matteo Priamo (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      4
37 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                3
38 Christian Müller (Ger) Skil-Shimano                                3
39 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                               2
40 Stéphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux                        2
41 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber                                          2
42 Markus Fothen (Ger) Gerolsteiner                                   1
43 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                        1
 
Young rider classification
 
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas                                       
2 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux                           
3 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole                            0.21
4 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance                              0.50
5 Steven Cozza (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle           1.00
6 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole                             1.18
7 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber                                   1.31
8 Mickael Delage (Fra) Française des Jeux                          1.32
9 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Gerolsteiner                           2.06
10 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                     2.19
11 Thomas Frei (Swi) Astana                                        5.54
12 Johan Lindgren (Swe) Française des Jeux                         6.18
13 Piotr Zielinski (Pol) Bretagne-Armor Lux                        6.40
14 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Cofidis-Le Crédit par Téléphone        6.45
15 Nicholas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                           10.27
16 Taylor Tolleson (USA) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle      10.34
17 Florian Morizot (Fra) Auber                                    13.51
18 Filippo Savini (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                      
19 Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Slipstream powered by Chipotle            14.04
20 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    14.53
21 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Skil-Shimano                              14.56
22 Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    15.25
 
Team classification
 
1 Liquigas                                                     35.15.42
2 Credit Agricole                                                  0.31
3 Francaise Des Jeux                                               1.22
4 Ag2R Prevoyance                                                  1.37
5 Agritubel                                                        1.42
6 Gerolsteiner                                                     1.54
7 Bretagne Armor Lux                                               2.05
8 Skil-Shimano                                                     2.06
9 Bouygues Telecom                                                 2.16
10 Ceramica Panaria-Navigare                                       2.18
11 Cofidis,Le Credit Par Tel                                       2.52
12 Ceramica Flamina                                                7.14
13 Auber 93                                                        7.36
14 Astana                                                          9.00
15 Team Slipstream                                                11.05
16 Roubaix Lille Metropole                                        15.22