Molmy wins stage after Dumoulin relegated

Cofidis rider denied second stage win as race jury upholds protest

Despite being the second rider across the line Arnaud Molmy (Team Roubaix-Lille Métropole) was awarded the stage win and overall lead at the Etoile de Bessèges on Saturday afternoon.

Having ended Borut Bozic's (Vacansoleil) two-stage run on Friday, Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) was again the first rider to edge his wheel past the finish but was denied his own double as he was relegated for cutting the course within the final kilometre of Saturday's stage four.

The race jury upheld a protest from Team Roubaix-Lille Métropole that Dumoulin, who crossed the line 20 metres clear of Molmy, had cut short his approach to the final straight.

The subsequent decision saw Molmy installed as stage winner, with Anthony Geslin (Française des Jeux) promoted to second and Belgian Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post-Sean Kelly) to third.

In a further blow to Dumoulin, Molmy also inherited the overall race lead from Borut Bozic, who had started the day with a 16 second advantage over Niko Eeckhout (An Post - Sean Kelly) and the two Frenchman.

Early break brought back

The early kilometres of the stage were marked by a 12-man break who, while given some leeway by the peloton, were never afforded more than a rapidly gained four minute advantage.

The break included: Frederick Veuchelen (Vacansoleil), Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Yoann Offredo (French Games), John-Lee Augustyn (Sky) Rene Mandri (AG2R La Mondiale) Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano), Thomas De Gendt (Mercator-Topsport Vlaanderen), Remi Cusin (Cofidis), Yanninck Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun), Jean-Luc Delpech (Bretagne-Schuller) Mark McNally (An Post-Sean Kelly) and Edward King (Cervélo).

After 30 kilometres of freedom, the group's advantage began to quickly melt away as the race ascended the Col de la Baraque.

Ladagnous the sole survivor

Eventual fourth place-getter Ladagnous would become the closest of a subsequent five-man breakaway group to walk away from the stage with any reward.

Along with Nicolas Roche (Ag2r La Mondiale), the young Frenchman had gone in pursuit of an three-man escape that formed after 80 kilometres of the day's stage. The duo worked hard to get back on terms with Pierrick Fédrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun).

In spite of the pedigree within the quintet, their lead over the peloton was always tenuous, never extending far beyond 45 seconds. With 27 kilometres to ride that advantage had dropped to 30 seconds, and with 10 kilometres remaining the gap had halved once more.

With 3000 metres to race, the breakaway had been swallowed up and a fourth successive sprint appeared on the cards. Once again, it was Dumoulin who appeared the wiliest within the final kilometre as he crossed the line clear of his nearest competitor.

However, the race jury decided that the Frenchman's significant advantage in the finale had ill gotten through deviation from the race course followed by the remainder of the field and awarded victory to Molmy and boosted Geslin into second.

Results
1Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole3:20:27 
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
3Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
4Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
5Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
6Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
7Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
8Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
9Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
10Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
11Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
12Johan Monbaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
13Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
15Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
16Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
17Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
18Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
19Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
20Frédéric Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
21Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
22Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
23Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
24Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
25Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
26Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
27Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
28Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
29Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
30Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
31Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
32Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
33Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
34Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
35Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
36Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
37Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
40Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
41Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
43Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
44Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
45Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team  
46Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
47Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
48Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
49Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
50Rémy Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
51Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
52Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
53Marc Mc Nally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
54Joost Van Leyen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
55Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
56Nicolas Portal (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
57Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
58Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
60Cedric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
61Steven Cummings (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
62Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
63Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
64Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
65Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
67Valery Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
68David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
69Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
70Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
71Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
72Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
73Connor Mc Convey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
74Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
75Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:15 
76Michael Barry (Can) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
77Morris Possoni (Ita) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
78Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:22 
80Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:25 
81Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:28 
82Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:35 
83Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:01:34 
84Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:05:32 
85Nicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:11:15 
86John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team0:19:12 
87Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:20:31 
88Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
89Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana  
90Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
91Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems  
92Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
93Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
94Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
95Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
96Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
97Valentin Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
98Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
99Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
100Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
101Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
102Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
103Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
104Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
105Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
106Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
107Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
108Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
109Stijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
110Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
111Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
112Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems  
113Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team  
114Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
115Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
116Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
117Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
118Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
119Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
120Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
121Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
122Benoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
123Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
124Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
125Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
126Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems0:23:33 
127Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
128Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro NGC  
129James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems  
130Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
131Paride Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
132Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas Willems  
133Diego Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro NGC  
134Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
135Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNSAlessandro Raisoni (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
DNSLaurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC  
General Classification
1Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole13:55:10 
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:10 
3Anthony Geslin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:00:14 
4Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:15 
5Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:00:16 
6Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:00:17 
7Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
8Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
9Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:18 
10Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
11Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:19 
13Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
14Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team0:00:20 
15Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
16Johan Monbaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
17Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
18Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
20Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
21Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
22Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
23Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
24Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
25Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
27Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
28Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
29Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
30Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
32Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
33Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
34Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
35Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
36Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
37Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
41Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
42Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
43Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
44Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
45Cedric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
46Valery Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
47Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
48Rémy Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
49Marc Mc Nally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
50Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
51Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
52Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
53Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
54Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
55Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
56Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
57Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
58Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
59Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
60Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
61Nicolas Portal (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
62Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team  
63Steven Cummings (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
64Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
65Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
66David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Connor Mc Convey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
68Joost Van Leyen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
69Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
70Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
71Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
72Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:35 
73Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Michael Barry (Can) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
75Morris Possoni (Ita) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
76Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:42 
77Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:45 
78Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:48 
79Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:55 
80Frédéric Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:05:30 
81Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:06:25 
82Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:44 
83Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:11:47 
84Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team0:15:30 
85John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team0:19:32 
86Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:20:25 
87Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:20:41 
88Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:20:46 
89Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:20:47 
90Benoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:20:49 
91Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:20:50 
92Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:20:51 
93Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
94Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
95Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
96Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
97Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
98Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
99Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
100Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
101Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
102Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
103Valentin Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
104Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
105Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana  
106Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
107Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems  
108Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
109Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
110Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
111Stijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
112Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
113Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
114Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
115Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
116Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
117Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
118Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
119Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
120Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:21:42 
121Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems0:23:53 
122Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
123Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
124Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
125Diego Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro NGC  
126Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems0:26:01 
127Nicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:29:28 
128Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro NGC0:30:06 
129Paride Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:31:17 
130Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas Willems  
131Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team0:36:01 
132Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
133Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:37:04 
134Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:38:22 
135James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems0:39:03 

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