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Drujon surprises his rivals in four-up sprint

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Big Mat rider beats Pauriol and Bardet

Mathieu Drujon (BigMat-Auber 93).

Mathieu Drujon (BigMat-Auber 93).

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Mathieu Drujon (Big Mat Auber 93) used his fast finish to get the better of three better-known French riders and so won the Classic Sud-Ardèche Souvenir Francis Delpech in the south of France.

With Saturday's Drôme Classic cancelled due to snow, the riders were keen to race, with an early break including the likes of Jeremy Roy (FDJ) and Julien El Fares (Sojasun) shaping much of the race.

However that move was pulled back and another formed on the key climb, the Rocher de Sampzon with 17km to go. It included Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Marc De Maar (UnitedHealthcare).

Drujon, Rémi Pauriol (Sojasun), Romain Bardet and Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) got away from the group over the top of the climb and managed to hold off the chasers all the way to the finish.

Bardet tried several desperate late attacks, even on the descent of a last climb but the four came back together and Drujon proved he was fastest and beating Pauriol and Bardet.

Voeckler attempted to chase alone behind but was swept up and finished eleventh, one place behind De Maar.

Full Results
1 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 5:08:34  
2 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun    
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
4 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:05  
5 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:22  
6 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:29  
7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun    
9 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:00:31  
10 Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
11 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
12 Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural    
13 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
14 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia    
15 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
16 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ    
17 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:36  
18 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:01:11  
19 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
20 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:35  
21 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:01:38  
22 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:14  
23 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun    
24 Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural 0:02:19  
25 Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:02:28  
26 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun    
27 Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh    
28 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
29 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
30 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
31 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
32 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural    
33 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ    
34 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    
35 Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
36 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
37 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
38 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:04:09  
39 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
40 Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
41 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun 0:06:08  
42 Mark O'Brien (Aus) Team Raleigh 0:06:27  
43 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural    
44 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:38  
45 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ    
46 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
47 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar    
48 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia    
49 Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:10:44  
50 Michael Reihs (Den) Team Cult Energy    
51 Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
52 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
53 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
54 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team Raleigh    
55 Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
56 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
57 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
58 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural    
59 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
60 Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
61 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
62 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
63 Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 0:11:04  
64 Marco Corti (Ita) Colombia    
DNF Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Steffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
DNF Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural    
DNF Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Caja Rural    
DNF Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Jérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia    
DNF Dalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia    
DNF Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia    
DNF Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia    
DNF Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia    
DNF Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal-Jakroo    
DNF Felix Baur (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo    
DNF Adrien Chenaux (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo    
DNF Mathieu Chiocca (Fra) Atlas Personal-Jakroo    
DNF Nicolas Lüthi (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo    
DNF Tizian Rausch (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo    
DNF Temesgen Teklehaymanot (Eri) Atlas Personal-Jakroo    
DNF Maksym Averin (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo    
DNF Romain Bacon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Fabien Bacquet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Robert Bush (USA) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Olivier Hofstetter (Swi) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
DNF Maxwell Stuart Durtschi (USA) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
DNF Sean De Bie (Bel) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
DNF Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
DNF Jan Hirt (Cze) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
DNF Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
DNF Fabio Silvestre (Por) Leopard-Trek Continental Team    
DNF Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Team Cult Energy    
DNF Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Cult Energy    
DNF Kasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Team Cult Energy    
DNF Jesper Hansen (Den) Team Cult Energy    
DNF Christian Moberg Jörgensen (Den) Team Cult Energy    
DNF Patrick Clausen (Den) Team Cult Energy    
DNF André Steensen (Den) Team Cult Energy    
DNF Eric Berthou (Fra) Team Raleigh    
DNF Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh    
DNF Rob Britton (Can) Team Raleigh    
DNF Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh    
DNF Matthew Holmes (GBr) Team Raleigh