Dekker wins final stage of Circuit de la Sarthe

Durbridge secures overall victory

Despite suffering a sore knee and a GreenEdge team reduced to three riders, Luke Durbridge won the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire as he prevented stage 3 winner Francisco Ventoso of Movistar from collecting the nineteen bonus seconds up for grab during the final stage to Sablé-sur-Sarthe.

Thomas Dekker made his big come back for Garmin-Barracuda at the highest level of cycling after his two-year ban as he anticipated the bunch sprint and left French up and coming fast man Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat) with a bitter taste.

"Normally I'm not a sprinter," Dekker commented. "A few riders attacked before the final sprint. I went with them. With 500 metres to go, I watched behind and saw a gap, so I fought till the finishing line. It was an intense effort of 1100 metres. It's a good feeling to be a winner again. I'm really happy."

Since he came back from suspension in the middle of last year with Garmin's development team Chipotle, Dekker won the 2-man time trial Duo Normand with Johan Vansummeren. He was also part of the winning squad of Garmin-Barracuda at the Tour of Qatar earlier this year but stage 4 of the Circuit de la Sarthe marks his real return as an individual. His last individual win was the 2007 Hessen Rundfahrt.

He was expected to do better than eighteenth in the time trial in Angers on Wednesday. "But I wasn't disappointed," he said. "I'm coming from a long way and I just missed the power. I'm getting better and better. I was initially scheduled for the Volta ai Pais Vasco but after being sick for one week after Paris-Nice, it would have been too hard for me, so I opted for La Sarthe instead and it's been a good race and a good experience."

Much more humble than six years ago when he was a successful neo-pro with a great future, being the winner of Tirreno-Adriatico at 21, Dekker added: "I hope to be a pro for the next ten years. I hope to win a stage at the Tour de France one day, or maybe a classic. I'd like to ride the Tour de France this year."

Prior to Dekker's fabulous rush, the last stage was contested on a high note with two major breakaways. In the second one formed of twelve riders including GreenEdge's Daniel Teklehaimanot, Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun) was the main threat for Durbridge. But the Australian didn't bother much.

"The teams of the sprinters had missed the break, so it was just a question of the race to come down to a final bunch sprint," explained the Australian who was almost relieved when Ventoso missed two intermediate sprints on the finishing circuit due to breakaways. "I was more nervous today. Yesterday I expected to lose the yellow jersey but today I had a chance of winning the race. This is only my second race as a pro in Europe I was already happy to finish in the top ten of the Three Days of De Panne. Now this one is a pretty big win."

Durbridge is the fourth rider to win the Circuit de la Sarthe at the age of 20. Bernard Hinault (1975), Greg LeMond (1980) and Thomas Lövkvist (2004) did it before him. "To win the time trial here was a satisfaction but to win the overall is like a dream," said the Australian champion for time who has the Tour de Romandie and the Tour of California next on his agenda.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda3:41:29 
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
3Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
4Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1 - Sanofi  
5Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
6Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.  
7Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
8Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.  
9Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
10Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi  
11Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
12Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar  
13Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan  
14Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
15Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank  
16Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
17Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
18Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda  
19Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi  
20Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team  
21Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
22Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano  
23Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
24Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
26Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.  
27Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.  
28Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.  
29Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
30Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type1 - Sanofi  
31Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
32Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
33Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
34Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
35Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
36Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.  
37Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
38Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team  
39Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
40Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar  
41Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team  
42Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
43Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93  
44Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
45Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank  
46Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda  
47Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan  
48Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
49Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
50Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
51Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
52David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
53Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
54Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
55Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team  
56Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
57Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.  
58Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.  
59David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
60Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan  
61Mathieu Perget (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
62Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
63Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team  
64Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
65Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
66Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
67Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
68Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
69Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team  
70Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
71Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.  
72Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type1 - Sanofi0:00:16 
73George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:18 
74Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
75Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:22 
76Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:26 
77Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:31 
78Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
79Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:41 
80Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
81Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:47 
82Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 930:00:50 
83Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93  
84Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
85David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:57 
86Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team0:01:05 
87Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:01:33 
88Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:01:42 
89Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda  
90Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type1 - Sanofi0:02:25 
91Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
DNFMartin Elmiger (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFMathieu Perget FR Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFCyril Gautier FR Europcar  
DNFWim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFRudy Molard FR Cofidis  
DNFOmar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago CSF Inox  
DNFAmir Zargari IRAN Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFMarco Coledan (Ita) Colnago CSF Inox  
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team15:33:29 
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:08 
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan  
4Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:09 
5Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:12 
6Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
7Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
8Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:00:14 
9Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
10Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:15 
11Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:18 
12Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:19 
13Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team0:00:22 
14Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi0:00:23 
15David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:24 
16Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:25 
17Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:00:27 
18Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi0:00:28 
19Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
20Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:00:29 
21Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
22Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:30 
23Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:32 
24Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:33 
25Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:34 
26Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:52 
27Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:00:56 
28Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:08 
29David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:11 
30Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:01:17 
31Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:20 
32Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:30 
33Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:40 
34Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank0:01:50 
35Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type1 - Sanofi0:02:08 
36Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:41 
37Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team0:02:48 
38Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
39Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda0:02:51 
40Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1 - Sanofi0:03:07 
41Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan  
42Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:03:11 
43Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:03:15 
44Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:03:17 
45Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 930:03:19 
46Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:24 
47Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:03:26 
48Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar0:03:32 
49George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan0:03:35 
50Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:57 
51Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:04:23 
52Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:25 
53Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:38 
54Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:05:53 
55Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:05:59 
56Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type1 - Sanofi0:06:23 
57Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:06:26 
58Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 930:06:42 
59Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:06:47 
60Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:06:54 
61Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:07:00 
62Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:07:05 
63Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:07:20 
64Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:07:29 
65Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
66Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:07:31 
67Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:07:36 
68Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:07:46 
69Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:07:56 
70Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 930:08:29 
71Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:08:30 
72Mathieu Perget (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:09:04 
73Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team0:09:08 
74Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 930:09:19 
75Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 930:09:32 
76Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:09:46 
77Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 930:09:47 
78Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:10:24 
79Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:10:37 
80Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:11:26 
81David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:11:29 
82Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type1 - Sanofi0:11:57 
83Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:12:11 
84Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:12:55 
85Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:14:22 
86Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:15:04 
87Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:15:25 
88Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:17:03 
89Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:20:05 
90Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar0:20:23 
91Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:21:33 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat30 pts
2Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 9324 
3Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U22 
4Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team13 
5Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U12 
6Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team6 
7Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.4 
8Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar4 
9Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - Shimano4 
10Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat4 
11Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan2 
12Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan2 
13Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat2 
14David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
15Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano2 
16Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.2 
17Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.2 
18Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type1 - Sanofi1 
19Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat1 
20Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda1 
21Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar1 
22Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team1 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sacha Modolo (Ita) Cog56 pts
2Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Mov44 
3Michel Kreder (Ned) Grm43 
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ38 
5Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cof33 
6Daniele Colli (Ita) Tt133 
7Julien El Fares (Fra) Tt126 
8Thomas Dekker (Ned) Grm25 
9Romain Matheou (Fra) Vru25 
10Raymond Kreder (Ned) Grm24 
11Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Cog23 
12Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Sax22 
13Florian Vachon (Fra) Bsc21 
14Justin Jules (Fra) Vru20 
15Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Euc18 
16Jan Bakelants (Bel) Rnt17 
17Steven Caethoven (Bel) Acc15 
18Nelson Oliveira (Por) Rnt14 
19Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Vru13 
20Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ13 
21Romain Hardy (Fra) Bsc13 
22Luke Durbridge (Aus) Gec12 
23Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sau12 
24Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Kat11 
25Manuele Boaro (Ita) Sax11 
26Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Aub11 
27Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Euc9 
28Jonathan Thire (Fra) Aub9 
29Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ8 
30Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sau8 
31Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Gec7 
32Thierry Hupond (Fra) Arg7 
33Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Mov7 
34Remi Cusin (Fra) Tt16 
35Romain Zingle (Bel) Cof6 
36Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ6 
37Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Arg3 
38Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ2 
39Ruben Plaza (Spa) Mov1 
40Ben Hermans (Bel) Rnt1 
41Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Mov1 
42Pavel Brutt (Rus) Kat1 
Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team  
2Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan  
3Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
4Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
5Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda  
6George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan  
7Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
8Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
9Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
10Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
11Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
12Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Movistar Team  
3FDJ-Big Mat0:00:14 
5Argos - Shimano0:00:30 
6Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:00:55 
7Bretagne - Schuller0:01:07 
8Saur - Sojasun0:01:11 
9Team Type1 - Sanofi0:02:01 
10Katusha Team0:03:06 
11Team Europcar0:08:01 
12Greenedge Cycling Team0:11:20 
13Team Saxo Bank0:11:29 
14Accent Jobs-Willems Ver.0:14:00 
15Colnago - CSF Inox0:15:36 
16Auber 930:16:33 
17Veranda Rideau-Super U0:17:00 


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