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
1André Greipel (Ger) Team Columbia - High Road4:11:55 
2Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
3Alexandre Usov (Blr) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
4Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
5Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
6Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
8Martin Reimer (Ger) Cervelo Test Team  
9Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
11Laurent Mangel (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
12Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
13Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
14Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
15Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
16Sven Renders (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
17Daniel Musiol (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
18Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
19Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93  
20Nadir Haddou (Fra) Auber 93  
21Gerben Löwik (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
22Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
23Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
24Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
25Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) Cycling Club Bourgas  
26Rob Ruygh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
27Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
28Sébastien Harbonnier (Fra) Continental Team Differdange  
29Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
30Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
31Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Jérémie Galland (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
34Florian Vachon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
35Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank  
36Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel  
37Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
38Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
39Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
40Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne  
41Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
43William Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
44Frank Dressler (Ger) Continental Team Differdange  
45Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team  
46Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
47Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93  
48Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
49Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
50Rony Martias (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
51Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
52Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
53Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
54Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
55Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
56Janek Tombak (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas  
57Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Cycling Club Bourgas  
58Yohan Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
59Nicolas Jalabert (Fra) Agritubel  
60Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - High Road  
62Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
63Robert Retschke (Ger) Continental Team Differdange  
64Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
65Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
66Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
67Gert Dockx (Bel) Team Columbia - High Road  
68Florent Brard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
69Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team  
70Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
71Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
72Loyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
73Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
74Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
75Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
76Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
77Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
78Nikolas Maes (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
79Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
80Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
81Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
82Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
83Mikael Chérel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
84Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
85Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
86Xabier Zandio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
87Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
88Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
89José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
90Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93  
91Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - High Road  
92Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:03:10 
93Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:03:30 
94Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux  
95Fredrik Johansson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange  
96Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - High Road  
97Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
98Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
99Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:04:04 
100Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93  
101Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team Columbia - High Road  
102Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
103Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
104Cédric Pineau (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:25 
105Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
106Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
DNFEdvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Columbia - High Road  
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFMichael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
DNFAnthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel  
DNFMarcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFDominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
DNFKoen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
DNFBaptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
DNFTom Van Den Haute (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
DNFMathieu Drouilly (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
DNFMartial Ricci Poggi (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFKristof Goddaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFSilvère Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFJosef Benetseder (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFHarald Morscher (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFAlexander Gufler (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
DNFHakan Nilsson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange  
DNFMorten Knudsen (Den) Continental Team Differdange  
DNFJempy Drucker (Lux) Continental Team Differdange  
DNFHannes Blank (Ger) Continental Team Differdange  
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano  
DNFDavid Deroo (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
DNFSteve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
DNFKenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Skil-Shimano  
DNFNiels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFJimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
DNFCedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
DNFJean-Marc Marino (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
DNFYannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
DNFStéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFPierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFBastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAlexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMart Ojavee (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFErki Pütsep (Est) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFNormunds Lasis (Lat) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFHristomir Angelov (Bul) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNFMartin Prazdnovsky (Svk) Cycling Club Bourgas  
DNSKarsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank  
DNSRené Weissinger (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  

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