Eeckhout takes final stage in France

Stomach bug gifts Dumoulin overall title

Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly) capitalised on a strong lead-out from his teammates to claim the fifth and final stage of the 2010 Etoile de Bessèges. The Belgian triumphed over Kazakh Valentin Iglinsky (Astana) and Dutchman Hans Dekkers (Landbouwkrediet) to take his first win of the season.

Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), who 24-hours earlier was relegated for cutting the course, claimed the overall title after race leader Arnaud Molmy (Roubaix Lille Metropole) failed to begin the stage. Molmy was one of a huge proportion of the peloton to record a DNS or DNF for the stage, after a stomach bug spread through the bunch overnight.

Molmy's misfortune saw Dumoulin claim the final leader's jersey, three seconds ahead of Matthieu Ladagnous (Française Des Jeux) and a further second ahead of Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post - Sean Kelly Team).

Eeckhout's final stage success combined with Ghyllebert's top-three finish completed a strong showing by the An Post-Sean Kelly at the French race. Team Manager Kurt Bogaerts was understandably pleased with the efforts of his squad.

"It’s been a fantastic week for the team. We have a lot of new faces, it’s great to see everyone work so well together, and show such strong form so early in the season" he said. "It’s a great boost for us, and we now have ten days to regroup before our next challenge in the [Vuelta ao] Algarve."

Dumoulin takes the lead at the start

The fifth stage of the 2010 Etoile de Bessèges began with a much depleted peloton after some 25 riders, including the overnight leader Molmy, failed to sign on for the final stage of the race.

While many were suffering the effects of illness, a group of seven were significantly sprightlier than their colleagues as they set off on an attack after 10.7 kilometres.

The escapees included: Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Andriy Grivko (Astana), Arnaud Gérard (Française des Jeux), Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r La Mondiale), Yann Huguet (Skil-Shimano), Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun) and Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator).

As the advantage of the leaders extended towards two minutes the chase behind began to dwindle; the stage marked by a steady stream of riders to abandon. At 50 kilometres the break had built a gap of 1:50.

However, as with the previous stages, the peloton wasn't keen to see the escape establish a decisive gap as they pegged the gap at 1:30.

Status quo ensued as the break continued to work together and the peloton behind gradually chipped away at their advantage. With 42 kilometres to race the gap was 1:27, falling to 0:28 as the 20km-to-go banner approached.

Seven kilometres later the truce was broken as Voeckler and Gérard set off in search of the finish line. The duo clung onto their slim advantage for as long as they could but with four kilometres to go they were brought back to the bunch.

Cofidis and An Post-Sean Kelly immediately assumed control of the peloton as the race quickly swung beneath the red kite. Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly) proving his strength in the finale to edge out Valentin Iglinsky (Astana) for the win.



Dumoulin crossed the line safely in tenth to secure the general classification.

1Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team3:15:07 
2Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
3Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
4Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
5Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
6Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
7Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
8Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
9Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
10Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
11Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La Mondiale  
12Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
13Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
14Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style  
15Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
16Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems  
17Daniel Lloyd (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team  
18Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
19Rene Mandri (Est) Ag2R La Mondiale  
20Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
21Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
22Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
23Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
24James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems  
25Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team  
26Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
27Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
28Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
29Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
30Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
31Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
32Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
33Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
34Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
35Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
36Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
37Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
38Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
39Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
40Julien Loubet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
41Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
42Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems  
43Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
44Connor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
45Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
46Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
47Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
48Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
49Michael Barry (Can) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
50Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
51Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
52Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
53Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
54Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
55Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
56Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
57Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
58Sebastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro - A Style  
59Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
60Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
61Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
62Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
63Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
64Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team  
65Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
66Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
67Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
68David Lelay (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
69Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
70Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
71Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
72Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
73Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
74Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
75Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
76Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
77Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
78Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
79Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
80Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
81Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
82Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
83Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
84Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro - A Style  
85Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
86Paidi O'brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
87Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
88Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:00:14 
89Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:17 
90Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
91Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems0:00:19 
92Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:32 
93Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:54 
94Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
95Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
96Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:08 
97Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:01:28 
DNSEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
DNSOscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana  
DNSValeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
DNSJohn-Lee Augustyn (Rsa) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
DNSPeter Kennaugh (Gbr) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
DNSSteven Cummings (Gbr) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
DNSNicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNSRoy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
DNSFloris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
DNSGuillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNSDamien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNSBjörn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNSKris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNSGuillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
DNSNadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
DNSMaxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
DNSMark Mcnally (Gbr) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNSBenoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNSRenaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNSArnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNSMarcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
DNSJure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro - A Style  
DNSDiego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro - A Style  
DNSAndy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFCyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFRémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
DNFGrégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFNicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFJonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
DNFStijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFEdward King (Usa) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFParide Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style  
DNFJonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas Willems  
Final General Classification
1Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne17:10:27 
2Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:03 
3Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:00:04 
4Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
5Julien Loubet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:05 
6Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:06 
7Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:07 
8Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
9Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:08 
10Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
11Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
12Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:09 
14Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 930:00:10 
15Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
16Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La Mondiale  
17Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
18Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
19Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
20Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
21Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
22Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
23Rene Mandri (Est) Ag2R La Mondiale  
24Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
25Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
26Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
27Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
28Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
29Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
30Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
31Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
32Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
33Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
34Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
35Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
36Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
37Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
38Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
39Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
40Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
41Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
42Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
43Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
44Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
45Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
46Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
47Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
48Connor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
49Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
50David Lelay (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
51Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
52Sebastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro - A Style  
53Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
54Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
55Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
56Michael Barry (Can) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:00:25 
57Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling Team  
58Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:27 
59Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:35 
60Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:38 
61Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:42 
62Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:14 
63Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:15 
64Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:34 
65Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:11:37 
66Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:20:15 
67Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:20:21 
68Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:20:35 
69Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:20:37 
70Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
71Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 930:20:41 
72Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
73Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
74Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
75Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
76Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro - A Style  
77Daniel Lloyd (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team  
78Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
79Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
80Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
81Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
82Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
83Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93  
84Paidi O'brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
85Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:20:55 
86Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:20:58 
87Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems0:21:00 
88Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:21:49 
89Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:22:26 
90Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems0:23:43 
91Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style  
92Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
93Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems0:25:51 
94Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team0:35:51 
95Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:37:19 
96James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems0:38:53 
97Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:39:06 
Points classification
1Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team79pts
2Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly75 
3Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano45 
4Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux42 
5Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne41 
6Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9332 
7Johan Monbaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9328 
8Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator26 
9Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team26 
10Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux26 
11Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator24 
12Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet23 
13Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly20 
14Valentin Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana20 
15Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet16 
16Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole13 
17Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale12 
18Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
19Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet10 
20Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems9 
21Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux8 
22Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux8 
23Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8 
24Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom7 
25Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 937 
26Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator6 
27Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom6 
28Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller6 
29Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
30Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
31Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux4 
32Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux4 
33Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 
34Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet4 
35Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
36Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC2 
Mountains classification
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator15pts
2Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12 
3Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12 
4Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller10 
5Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux8 
6Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun8 
7Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator6 
8Anthony Geslin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux6 
9Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux6 
10Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano6 
11Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana5 
12Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux4 
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team4 
14Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux3 
15Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
16Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
17Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
18Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne2 
19Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano1 
Young rider classification
1Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole17:10:37 
2Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
3Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
4Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
6Connor Mc Convey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
7Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:20:31 
8Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
Teams classification
1Big Mat - Auber9351:31:51 
2Roubaix Lille Metropole  
3Skil - Shimano  
4Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
6Francaise Des Jeux  
8Vacansoleil Pro CyclingTeam  
9Bretagne - Schuller  
10Ag2R La Mondiale  
11Cervelo Test Team  
12Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
13An Post - Sean Kelly  
14Saur - Sojasun  
15Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
16Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
17Verandas Willems0:41:02 
18Carmiooro NGC0:44:04 
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