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34th Trophée des Grimpeurs - 1.1

France, May 4, 2008

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David Le Lay takes command of French cup ahead of ProTour riders

By Jean-François Quénet

The French cup series of 14 one-day races keeps seeing the five French ProTour teams beaten by foreigners or riders from supposed-to-be lower level teams. So far, after eight legs, Frédéric Guesdon of Française des Jeux is the only exception with the Tro Bro Leon in his hands.

Davide Rebellin (Tour du Haut-Var), Janek Tombak (Cholet-Pays de Loire), Kevin Ista (Route Adélie), Mikhaylo Khalilov (GP de Rennes), Edvald Boasson Hagen (GP de Denain) are the other winners and now David Le Lay from the continental team Bretagne-Armor Lux is the only rider to have won two of them this year. He bagged the Trophée des Grimpeurs two weeks after the Tour du Finistère.

"In the meantime I rode the Tour de Bretagne, so I didn't have time to rest but it helped me keep the good condition," Le Lay said after surprising the Bouygues Telecom team that had no less than Thomas Voeckler, Jérôme Pineau and Pierrick Fedrigo in the main breakaway and looked likely to win this race again one year after they did it with Anthony Geslin.

Le Lay, whose father Gilbert wore the polka dot jersey riding the Tour de France for Fiat in the 70's, is a late achiever at the age of 28. "I've kept improving for the past four years," said the climber of the Bretagne-Armor Lux team who was the only rider from a small team in the top 10 of the French championship last year (8th) and still doesn't understand why none of the ProTour teams pay attention to him.

"I enjoy the hard finishes like this one," he commented while staying shy after his win in Sannois in the outskirts of Paris. FDJ's young Belgian Gianni Meersmann was the only Pro Tour rider in the top 5 and it was a bit of another surprise to see cyclo-cross rider Steve Chainel from another continental team Auber 93 taking the second place only at his 8th day of racing on the road this year.

How it unfolded

At the first of the 16 passages at the top of the côte de l'Ermitage, Koji Fukushima (Meitan-Hompo) and Maxime Bouet (Agritubel) had 1.50 lead over the peloton. During the 4th lap, Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom), Christophe Le Mével (Crédit Agricole), Stéphane Augé (Cofidis), Jean Mespoulède (Auber 93) and Freddy Bichot (Agritubel) created a counter attack and made the junction one lap later.

After many disorganized skirmishes, 14 riders gathered in the front with 4 laps to go: Nicholas Roche and Jonathan Hivert (Crédit Agricole), Voeckler, Jérôme Pineau and Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom), Anthony Roux (Française des Jeux), Daniel Martin (Slipstream), Bichot (Agritubel), David Le Lay and Yann Pivois (Bretagne-Armor Lux), Yukiya Arashiro (Meitan-Hompo), Arnold Jeannesson (Auber 93), Augé and Sylvain Chavanel (Cofidis).

It looked good for Bouygues Telecom, so Voeckler attacked. He got caught at the beginning of the last lap by Martin and Le Lay. Le Lay kept going on his own and maintained 20 seconds lead over the chasers for winning the Trophée des Grimpeurs.

Results - 137.3 km

1 David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux                      3.11.03
2 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93                                   0.20
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française des Jeux                       0.22
4 Morgan Chedhomme (Fra) Auber 93
5 Kalle Kriit (Est) Mitsubishi - Jartazi                         0.24
6 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
7 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
8 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole
9 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
10 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux
11 Julien Simon (Fra) Crédit Agricole
12 Thomas Bodo (Fra) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances
13 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Auber 93
14 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis
15 Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Mitsubishi - Jartazi
16 Romain Fondard (Fra) Groupe
17 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
18 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale
19 Will Frischkorn (USA) Slipstream - Chipotle
20 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
21 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
22 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale
23 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale
24 Huub Duyn (Ned) Slipstream - Chipotle
25 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Mitsubishi - Jartazi                    0.35
26 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Auber 93
27 Denis Robin (Fra) Roubaix - Lille Métropole
28 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra) Française des Jeux                    0.38
29 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
30 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale                       0.41
31 Frédéric Finot (Fra) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances            0.44
32 Tanel Kangert (Est) AG2R - La Mondiale
33 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Crédit Agricole
34 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                      0.46
35 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale                          0.48
36 Christophe Le Mével (Fra) Crédit Agricole                     0.49
37 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Agritubel
38 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
39 Olivier Pardini (Bel) Groupe
40 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale
41 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
42 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix - Lille Métropole
43 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       0.55
44 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis
45 Jean Mespoulède (Fra) Auber 93                                1.00
46 Daniel Martin (Irl) Slipstream - Chipotle
47 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Crédit Agricole
48 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93
49 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                     1.04
50 Benoît Sinner (Fra) Agritubel                                 1.18
51 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                           1.20
52 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        1.25
53 Sven Nevens (Bel) Mitsubishi - Jartazi                        1.41
54 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Crédit Agricole                           1.43
55 Paul Moucheraud (Fra) Roubaix - Lille Métropole               1.44
56 Jean-Charles Senac (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale
57 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                        2.47
58 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bouygues Telecom                       2.51
59 Koji Fukushima (Jpn) Meitan Hompo - GDR                       4.27
60 Blake Caldwell (USA) Slipstream - Chipotle                    4.38
61 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Française des Jeux                   4.47
62 Mickaël Larpe (Fra) Roubaix - Lille Métropole                 4.48
63 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis                                   5.07
64 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis
65 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis
66 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R - La Mondiale
1 Jeannie Longo Ciprelli (Fra) Team Pro Féminin Les Carroz    1.40.30
2 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Fra) Team Lot et Garonne             3.04
3 Magali Le Floch (Fra) U.V.Aube                                 3.06
4 Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL93 - GSD Gestion                   3.09
5 Béatrice Thomas (Fra) ESGL93 - GSD Gestion                     3.11
6 Mélanie Bravard (Fra) Team Lot et Garonne                      3.14
7 Laura Lepasalu (Est) Chambéry C. Compétition                   3.16
8 Mireille Robin (Fra) VC Saint Antoine/Gavotte                  3.21
9 Julie Krasniak (Fra) UC Bassin Houiller                        3.30
10 Delphine Tonini (Fra) ESGL93 - GSD Gestion                    6.30
11 Elodie Le Bail (Fra) CR Bretagne                              6.31
12 Stéphanie Baud (Fra) CR Bourgogne
13 Ludivine Loze (Fra) Montauban Cycling Féminin 82              6.34
14 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope                        6.35
15 Elodie Henriette (Fra) Team Lot et Garonne
16 Marlène Petit (Fra) Chambéry C. Compétition                   6.37
17 Karine Le Bec (Fra) CR Bretagne
18 Aodez Le Fourn (Fra) CR Bretagne
19 Maureen Guichardot (Fra) Amicale Cycliste Bisontin
20 Stéphanie Vaxillaire (Fra) CR Bourgogne
21 Maëll Mainguy (Fra) VC Quintinais
22 Nathalie Cadol (Fra) ESGL93 - GSD Gestion
23 Aude Biannic (Fra) CR Bretagne
24 Vicky Fournial (Fra) UC Bassin Houiller
25 Sandrine Le Berre (Fra) Montauban Cycling Féminin 82
26 Adeline Gourgin (Fra) CR Bourgogne
27 Julie Augizeau (Fra) CR Pays de la Loire
28 Sonia Bazire (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope                         6.43
29 Cécile Quillacq (Fra) CSM Villeneuve Garenne
30 Cynthia Huygens (Fra) UV Fourmisienne
31 Christelle Victor (Fra) Montauban Cycling Féminin 82
32 Claudia Opsomer (Fra) CR Orléanais                            6.47
33 Sylvie Gaillon (Fra) CR Bourgogne
34 Flavie Montusclat (Fra) Chambéry C. Compétition
35 Sonia Huguet Raiwisque (Fra) UC Bassin Houiller
36 Florence Girardet (Fra) Montauban Cycling Féminin 82          6.55
37 Isabelle Rames (Fra) SA Mérignac                              6.59
38 Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) Vélo Club Ornans              7.07
39 Blandine Stapf (Fra) Sél. France Police                      12.27
40 Marion Royer (Fra) Véloce Club Commercien                    12.29
41 Lucie De Carlo (Fra) CR Champagne Ardenne                    12.40
42 Aurélia Dupont (Fra) CR Pays de la Loire                     13.46
43 Marion Azam (Fra) CR Midi-Pyrénées                           14.33
44 Marlène Vidal (Fra) CR Midi-Pyrénées                         15.09
45 Joy Courault (Fra) Team Pro Féminin Les Carroz               15.17
46 Liisa Ehrberg (Est) Chambéry C. Compétition                  16.22
47 Mélodie Lesueur (Fra) C.C. Formion                           16.33
48 Roxane Fournier (Fra) Parisis A.C. 95                        16.49
49 Emilie Schemith (Fra) Vélo Club Ornans                       17.08
50 Martine Vrignaud (Fra) Team Lot et Garonne                   17.10
51 Laure Thomasset (Fra) Chambéry C. Compétition                17.16
52 Stéphanie David (Fra) EC Evel Baud
53 Maris Nurm (Est) Chambéry C. Compétition
54 Cécilia Robin (Fra) CR Pays de la Loire                      17.19
55 Diana Bilquart (Fra) CR Orléanais
56 Mélanie Guerrin (Fra) CC Etupes le Doubs Pays de Montbéliard
57 Elise Bazourdy (Fra) CR Bourgogne                            17.22
58 Véronique Paillard (Fra) CR Pays de la Loire                 17.26
59 Emilie Lebrun (Fra) Team Lot et Garonne                      17.28
60 Perrine Philippe (Fra) US Domont Cyclisme                    17.39
61 Coralie Piermay (Fra) CR Champagne Ardenne                   17.43
62 Elisa Ciria (Fra) SA Mérignac                                17.49
63 Laurena Cussy (Fra) VC Rouen 76                              31.30
64 Madeleine Dibandi (Fra) Sél. France Police
65 Claire Maugras (Fra) CR Bourgogne
66 Nadège Mandart (Fra) Montauban Cycling Féminin 82
67 Ornella Croni (Fra) CSM Villeneuve Garenne

Coupe de France standings

1 David Le Lay (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux       106 pts
2 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel                 74
3 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux    70
4 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom         69
5 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Française des Jeux
6 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93                 35 pts
Young riders 

1 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93                 35 pts
2 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole         32
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française des Jeux     28

1 Française des Jeux                           58 pts
2 Crédit Agricole                              54
3 Bouygues Telecom                             53
4 Agritubel                                    52
5 Bretagne-Armor Lux                           46
6 Auber 93
7 Cofidis                                      37
8 Ag2r-La Mondiale                             27
9 Roubaix-Lille Métropole                      24

Past winners


2007 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom      137.3 kms in 3.17.40 (41.58 km/h)
2006 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues
2005 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux  133.9 kms in 3.17.07
2004 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Crédit Agricole    133.9 kms in 3.09.57
2003 Didier Rous (Fra) La Boulangere            133.9 kms in 3.08.53 (42.761 km/h)
2002 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Bonjour
2001 Didier Rous (Fra) Bonjour                  132.8 kms in 3.08.57
2000 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour        133.3 kms in 3.08.32
1999 Laurent Roux (Fra) Casino                  133.3 kms in 3.09.47
1998 Pascal Hervé (Fra)                         133.3 kms in 3.14.03
1997 Davide Rebellin (Ita)
1996 Stéphane Heulot
1995 Armand de las Cuevas (Fra)
1994 Richard Virenque (Fra)


2007 Jeannie Longo Ciprelli (Fra) Team Uniqa
2006 Maryline Salvetat (Fra)
2004 Jeannie Longo (Fra)
2003 Magali Le Floch (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Rona - Esker
2002 Miho Oki (Jap) CA Mantes-la-Ville
2001 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) Ile de France
2000 Edita Pucinskaite (Lit) Alfa Lum

Past winners courtesy of Mario Stiehl,