Greipel takes win number 20 in Paris-Bourges

German sprinter bests Haedo, Usov

German André Greipel claimed his 20th win of the season in Paris-Bourges, powering to the line ahead of Saxo Bank's JJ Haedo and Alexandre Usov (Cofidis). The Columbia-HTC rider continued his winning ways that propelled him to four stage wins and the overall points classification in last month's Tour of Spain.

"I never expected to get so many wins this season, particularly after a tough beginning to the year," said Greipel. "But today I won again, even though we had to work really hard to get it and there were attacks all the way through.

"My teammates got me in the right position, and I did a very long sprint, from about 300 metres to go. Haedo almost got past me, but when he tried to overtake me he had to move out, and the wind made it harder for him. So I eventually beat him by about half a bike length."

An early break of 20 riders stayed away for approximately 120 kilometres, gaining a maximum advantage of 2:30 over the peloton, but the escape was absorbed with 11 kilometres remaining. Greipel said he hadn't really expected a bunch sprint to materialise. "Fortunately we had two guys in there, [Morris] Possoni and [Vicente] Reynes, the break's lead stayed at around two and a half minutes, and so we didn't have to work so much. Then the best moment for me came when Bernie [Eisel] said to me, 'Hey, relax, we'll get the break back and we'll get you to that sprint, too'."

Following Bernhard Eisel's victory in Paris-Bourges in 2008, Greipel's triumph is Columbia-HTC's second straight victory in the French classic.

Full Results
1 André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road 4:11:55  
2 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
3 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
4 Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
5 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
6 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
7 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
8 Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
9 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
10 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
11 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
12 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93    
13 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
14 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
15 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
16 Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
17 Daniel Musiol (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
18 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
19 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93    
20 Nadir Haddou (Fra) Auber 93    
21 Gerben Löwik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
22 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
23 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
24 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
25 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Cycling Club Bourgas    
26 Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
27 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
28 Sébastien Harbonnier (Fra) Continental Team Differdange    
29 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
30 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
31 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale    
33 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
34 Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
35 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank    
36 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
37 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
38 Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
39 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
40 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne    
41 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
42 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team    
43 William Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
44 Frank Dressler (Ger) Continental Team Differdange    
45 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
46 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
47 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93    
48 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
49 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
50 Rony Martias (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
51 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
52 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
53 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
54 Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
55 Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
56 Janek Tombak (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas    
57 Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Cycling Club Bourgas    
58 Yohan Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
59 Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel    
60 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
61 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - High Road    
62 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
63 Robert Retschke (Ger) Continental Team Differdange    
64 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
65 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
66 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
67 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - High Road    
68 Florent Brard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
69 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
70 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
71 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
72 Loyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
73 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
74 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
75 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
76 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
77 Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
78 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
79 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
80 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
81 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
82 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
83 Mikael Chérel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
84 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
85 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
86 Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
87 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
88 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
89 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
90 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93    
91 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - High Road    
92 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:03:10  
93 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:03:30  
94 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux    
95 Fredrik Johansson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange    
96 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - High Road    
97 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
98 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
99 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:04:04  
100 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93    
101 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - High Road    
102 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
103 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
104 Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:25  
105 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel    
106 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
DNF Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - High Road    
DNF Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Damien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
DNF Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel    
DNF Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team    
DNF Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Denis Flahaut (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Tom Van Den Haute (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Mathieu Drouilly (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Martial Ricci Poggi (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Kristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Silvère Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Josef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Harald Morscher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Alexander Gufler (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corratec    
DNF Hakan Nilsson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange    
DNF Morten Knudsen (Den) Continental Team Differdange    
DNF Jempy Drucker (Lux) Continental Team Differdange    
DNF Hannes Blank (Ger) Continental Team Differdange    
DNF Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
DNF David Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
DNF Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
DNF Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
DNF Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil-Shimano    
DNF Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
DNF Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
DNF Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
DNF Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
DNF Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Mart Ojavee (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas    
DNF Erki Pütsep (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas    
DNF Normunds Lasis (Lat) Cycling Club Bourgas    
DNF Hristomir Angelov (Bul) Cycling Club Bourgas    
DNF Martin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Cycling Club Bourgas    
DNS Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank    
DNS René Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec    

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