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French Road Championships 2010

Date range:
June 24-27, 2010

June 27, Elite men's road race: Chantonnay - Chantonnay 239.7km

Voeckler takes his second French title

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
June 27, 2010, 15:50 BST,
Updated:
June 27, 2010, 18:16 BST

BBox rider beats Le Mevel in sprint

Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) is the new French champion

Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) is the new French champion

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Thomas Voeckler of local team Bbox Bouygues Telecom got his revenge over the loss of the French championship four years ago by winning this year's title on the same circuit of Chantonnay. He passed the profound disappointment of 2006 onto Christophe Le Mével (Française des Jeux), who was in tears on the finishing line after finishing second.

With 34 kilometres to go, Voeckler attacked, and while David Moncoutié (Cofidis) and Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) tried to bridge the gap they couldn't make it. Only Le Mével went across to the man who spent ten days in yellow jersey at the Tour de France the last year he won the French championship in 2004.

It went down to a duel for the last three laps despite the efforts of the Cofidis team to ride behind. "I remained focused from start to finish because I deeply wanted to cancel my disappointment of 2006," Voeckler said.

"We know each other very well," he said of Le Mevel. "We've done the 2000 Under 23 world championship in Plouay together in the French national team, and last year as pros as well. In a three weeks race, Christophe is largely superior to me but in a one-day race, I'm confident in my speed. I admit that I've been afraid that he'd drop me off in the climb. At the beginning of his career, he was much faster than now.

"I pay tribute to him because he has played the game until the end. In the final kilometre, I saw that he couldn't pass me, so I occupied the right side of the road, so he would try and pass me against the wind."

Le Mével was not able to pass. "Tactically, I can't reproach myself ", the Breton rider noted. "We both have produced the same efforts. I've tried to go solo in the climb but Thomas resisted. I'm disappointed to be so close to the jersey and miss it. I would have liked so much to ride the Tour de France with this jersey. It could have put me even higher in the overall classification."

Le Mével was tenth last year at the Tour de France. He was in tears after losing the French championship. "I'm an emotional person", he admitted. "I was in a trance on the finishing line. As athletes, we're allowed to have emotions, I think, whether it's good or bad emotions."

Voeckler shared his joy with the people of the Vendée province where he's been living for fourteen years. His Bbox Bouygues Telecom team is based in Les Essarts just a few miles away from Chantonnay. His team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau was also in tears at the finish but it was a different emotion from Le Mével's. He hadn't won the French championship in the past five years after making this race his team's speciality with Didier Rous (2001 and 2003), Voeckler (2004) and Pierrick Fedrigo (2005).

Cofidis and Ag2r-La Mondiale were the main losers of this year's race while Mickaël Delage who was riding for Omega Pharma-Lotto with the technical support of rival Belgian team Quick Step won the sprint for the bronze medal.

 

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) 5:53:15  
2 Christophe Le Mevel (Francaise des Jeux)    
3 Mickaël Delage (Omega Pharma Lotto) 0:00:10  
4 Mickaël Buffaz (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne)    
5 Pierrick Fedrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
6 Benoît Vaugrenard (Francaise des Jeux)    
7 Julien El Fares (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne)    
8 Cyril Gautier (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
9 Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step)    
10 Rémi Pauriol (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne)    
11 Jérémy Roy (Francaise des Jeux)    
12 Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Katusha) 0:00:15  
13 Anthony Delaplace (Saur Sojasun) 0:00:16  
14 David Moncoutie (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne) 0:00:21  
15 David Le Lay (AG2R La Mondiale)    
16 Matthieu Ladagnous (Francaise des Jeux) 0:01:44  
17 Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano)    
18 Sébastien Minard (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne)    
19 Sébastien Duret (Bretagne Schuller)    
20 Romain Lemarchand (Bigmat - Auber93) 0:01:47  
21 Alexandre Blain (Endura-Racing) 0:02:01  
22 Cédric Pineau (Roubaix Lille Metropole)    
23 Saïd Haddou (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
24 Geoffroy Lequatre (Team Radioshack)    
25 Jean-Marc Bideau (Bretagne Schuller)    
26 Romain Sicard (Euskaltel-Euskadi)    
27 Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)    
28 Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale)    
29 Matthieu Sprick (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
30 Vincent Jerome (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
31 Christophe Kern (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne)    
32 Eric Berthou (Carmiooro - NGC)    
33 Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale)    
34 Nicolas Baldo (Team Atlas Personal)    
35 Stephane Rossetto (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)    
36 Julien Mazet (Bigmat - Auber93)    
37 Rémy Digregorio (Francaise des Jeux)    
38 Frédéric Guesdon (Francaise des Jeux)    
39 Mathieu Claude (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
40 Johan Mombaerts (Bigmat - Auber93)    
41 Arnold Jeannesson (Caisse d'Epargne)    
42 Thibaut Pinot (Francaise des Jeux)    
43 Christophe Moreau (Caisse d'Epargne)    
44 Yohann Gene (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
45 Sylvain Calzati (Team Sky)    
46 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur Sojasun)    
47 Mathieu Perget (Caisse d'Epargne)    
48 Jérémie Galland (Saur Sojasun)    
49 Sébastien Turgot (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
50 Dimitri Champion (AG2R La Mondiale)    
51 Maxime Mederel (Bigmat - Auber93)    
52 Franck Bouyer (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
53 Laurent Lefevre (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
54 Anthony Geslin (Francaise des Jeux)    
55 Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
56 Morgan Kneisky (Roubaix Lille Metropole)    
57 Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale)    
58 Amaël Moinard (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne)    
59 Nicolas Vogondy (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
60 Damien Monier (Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne)    
61 Sandy Casar (Francaise des Jeux)    
62 Cyril Bessy (Saur Sojasun)    
63 Jérôme Coppel (Saur Sojasun)    
64 Jérôme Pineau (Quickstep)    
65 John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale)    
66 Francis Mourey (Francaise des Jeux)    
67 Laurent Pichon (Bretagne Schuller) 0:05:46  
68 Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale) 0:09:07  
DNF Giovanni Bernaudeau (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)    
DNF Julien Berard (AG2R La Mondiale)    
DNF Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R La Mondiale)    
DNF Cyril Dessel (AG2R La Mondiale)    
DNF Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale)    
DNF Sébastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale)    
DNF Julien Loubet (AG2R La Mondiale)    
DNF Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale)    
DNF Florian Vachon (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Nicolas Rousseau (AG2R La Mondiale)    
DNF Jocelyn Bar (Roubaix Lille Metropole)    
DNF Jonathan Thire (Bigmat - Auber93)    
DNF Florian Morizot (Bigmat - Auber93)    
DNF Dimitri Le Boulch (Bigmat - Auber93)    
DNF Nadir Haddou (Bigmat - Auber93)    
DNF Guillaume Faucon (Bigmat - Auber93)    
DNF Benoît Daeninck (Roubaix Lille Metropole)    
DNF Fabien Bacquet (Bigmat - Auber93)    
DNF Renaud Dion (Roubaix Lille Metropole)    
DNF Gaël Malacarne (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Noan Lelarge (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Johan Le Bon (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Nicolas Jouanno (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Lilian Jegou (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Romain Hardy (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Mathieu Halleguen (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Niels Brouzes (Bigmat - Auber93)    
DNF Brice Feillu (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team)    
DNF Jean Zen (Palmans-Cras)    
DNF Bastien Delrot (Team Netapp)    
DNF Romain Fondard (Lotto-Bodysol)    
DNF Sébastien Harbonnier (Continental Team Differdange)    
DNF Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Carmiooro - NGC)    
DNF Jean-Christophe Peraud (Omega Pharma Lotto)    
DNF Nicolas Portal (Team Sky)    
DNF Matthieu Boulo (Roubaix Lille Metropole)    
DNF Mathieu Drouilly (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)    
DNF Stéphane Bonsergent (Bretagne Schuller)    
DNF Mathieu Drujon (Caisse d'Epargne)    
DNF Steve Houanard (Skil-Shimano)    
DNF David Deroo (Skil-Shimano)