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32nd Cholet-Pays De Loire - 1.1

France, March 22, 2009

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Haedo sprints to win

Juan José Haedo, Team Saxo Bank's sprinter from Argentina, came in first in the GP Cholet-Loire when he out-sprinted Frenchman Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures – Sojasun). Haedo had to take advantage of his teams and the patience to wait long with his surge to the line on a windy day

"I am pleased to offer this victory to the team after a strong effort from my teammates," Haedo said after the race. "I had to wait until the very last second to go past and push the bike across the line in front of Casper."

The GP of Cholet is held on a very hilly circular route in the western part of France. The race is described as a semi-classic because of its hardness with many short hills and grueling side winds coming in from the west coast. Team Saxo Bank's Danish sports director, Kim Andersen, won the race in 1990, and he was with the team to do the Primavera des Mauges

"It was a fantastic race where we were ahead of things and were in several breakaways throughout the race. The race was done at a really high pace and on the last laps in Cholet, we tried to keep the peloton in one group, so JJ was able to sprint to victory," said a happy Andersen after the race.


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Images by Fabrice Lambert

Results - 200 km

1 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank                     4.47.31
2 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun                  
3 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom                    
4 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Agritubel                                      
5 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team               
6 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93                                     
7 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                     
8 David López (Spa) Caisse D'epargne                              
9 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel                                   
10 Jure Kocjan SVN Carmiooro - A Style                            
11 Jean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne           
12 Michel Kreder (Ned) Rabobank                                   
13 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank                               
14 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française Des Jeux                         
15 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom                   
16 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux                    
17 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator             
18 Lilian Jégou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller                         
19 Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun                 
20 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale                           
21 Yohann Gène (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom                        
22 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom                      
23 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator          
24 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator              
25 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller                  
26 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93                                 
27 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team                
28 Stéphane Poulhiès (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale                       
29 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller                     
30 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne               
31 Renaud Dion (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale                             
32 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                  
33 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun              
34 Gil Suray (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole                        
35 Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale                              
36 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93                                   
37 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago             
38 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93                                  
39 Frank Dreßler (Ger) Continental Team Differdange               
40 Ben Hermans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator               
41 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux                         
42 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller                      
43 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank                              
44 Fredrik Johansson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange           
45 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne              
46 Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                 
47 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller                     
48 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom                      
49 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse D'epargne                          
50 Erki Pütsep (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas                         
51 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel                              
52 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux                        
53 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom                      
54 David Le Lay (Fra) Agritubel                                   
55 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller                     
56 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank                               
57 Maxim Gurov (Kaz) Carmiooro - A Style                          
58 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                                
59 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom                     
60 Tom Criel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator                 
61 Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Continental Team Differdange               
62 Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Agritubel                                
63 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun           
64 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom                    
65 Lars Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank                                  
66 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago                 
67 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team               
68 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team           
69 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun             
70 Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                   
71 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank                               
72 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team             
73 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team          
74 Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro - A Style                         
75 Joeri Adams (Bel) Rabobank                                     
76 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux                          
77 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole                    
78 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Rabobank                                  
79 Chris Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank                            
80 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Cycling Club Bourgas                   
81 Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne                
82 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux                           
83 Paul Brousse (Fra) Carmiooro - A Style                         
84 Emilien-Benoît Bergès (Fra) Agritubel                          
85 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux                      
86 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel                                
87 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun               
88 Xavier Zandio (Spa) Caisse D'epargne                    1.11.00
89 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse D'epargne                   1.23.00
90 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Caisse D'epargne                        
91 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    1.27.00
92 Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole            4.30.00
93 Dominik Klemme (Ger) Team Saxo Bank                     4.49.00
94 Janek Tombak (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas                 8.32.00

Past winners

2008 Janek Tombak (Est) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
2007 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis
2006 Chris Sutton (Aus) Cofidis
2005 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bouygues 202 kms in 4.41.17 (43.088 km/h)
2004 Bert De Waele (Bel)             202 kms in 5.09.07 (39.208 km/h)
2003 Christophe Mengin (Fra) FDJeux  202 kms in 4.54.04 (41.215 km/h)
2002 Jimmy Casper (Fra)   202 kms in 4.55.23 (40.218 km/h)
2001 Florent Brard (Fra) Festina     202 kms in 4.56.59 (40.810 km/h)
2000 Jens Voigt (Ger)                202 kms in 4.52.13 (41.065 km/h)
1999 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino	     202 kms in 5.03.32 (39.925 km/h)
1998 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Casino	     202 kms in 5.09.20 (39.181 km/h)
1997 Jann Kirsipuu (Est)             202 kms in 4.56.25
1996 Stéphan Heulot (Fra)            207 kms in 4.59.43
1995 Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel)	     207 kms in 5.08.45
1994 Laurent Madouas (Fra)           207 kms in 5.26.59
1993 Marc Bouillon (Fra)             209 kms in 5.16.31
1992 Laurent Desbiens (Fra)          205 kms in 5.19.16
1991 Sammie Moreels (Bel)            205 kms in 5.12.03
1990 Kim Andersen (Den)              200 kms in 5.03.59
1989 Frank Boucanville (Fra)         238 kms in 6.24.53
1988 Patrick Onnockx (Bel)           241 kms in 6.33.46
1987 Frédéric Garnier (Fra)          239 kms in 6.23.33
1986 Domenique Lecrocq (Fra)         237 kms in 6.17.44
1985 Marc Madiot (Fra)               236 kms in 6.28.36
1984 Pascal Poisson (Fra)            233 kms in 5.55.10
1983 Eric Dall'Armellina (Fra)
1982 Pierre Bazzo (Fra)              220 kms in 5.24.37
1981 Roger Legeay (Fra)
1980 Roger Legeay (Fra)
1979 Pierre Bazzo (Fra)
1978 Jacques Bossis (Fra)


In 1987 and 1989 it was called GP Cholet-Mauleon
From 1990, it took the name of GP Cholet-Pays de Loire
Between 1982-86 and 1988 the race was known as Mauleon - Moulins.

Past winners by Mario Stiehl,