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Boasson Hagen wins GP Plouay

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Norwegian times attack perfectly

Norwegian champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)

Norwegian champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky)

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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) put in a beautifully timed effort to win the GP Plouay, soloing to the line over Rui Costa (Movistar) with Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Sharp) winning the bunch sprint just behind.

It was the Norwegian's first victory since he claimed his national road race title in June.

Boasson Hagen jumped across to an attack by Costa and then surged away just before the crest of the final climb with 1km to go and powered to the victory on the quick descent to the finish line.

"I'm really happy with that and it was nice to get the win today. The team did a really good job to keep me up there all day and heading into the finish," Boasson Hagen said on

"I was riding a lot in the bunch with Thomas and Christian who helped me out a lot. I felt good when I jumped clear and I felt confident that I could take the win.

"The whole team did lots of pulling on the front during the day so it was great to be able to finish it off. It has been quite a while since my last victory so it was nice to see the form is good. Hopefully it can continue."

The race organisers tested out a new, longer circuit for this year's event, with nine laps of a 27km loop that incorporated three significant climbs.

The breakaway of the day included five riders: Dries Devenyns (Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha), Sebastien Duret (Bretagne-Schuller) and Rein Taaramae (Cofidis), who persisted until just before the final lap with 30km to go.

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) counter-attacked the move and was joined by four other riders, but the peloton was all back together by the base of the Cote de Ty-Marrec, the final climb.

Costa put in his move on the climb and Simon Gerrans (Orica-AIS) tried to stay with the Portuguese rider, but went backwards on the climb. Before the top, Boasson Hagen was able to go across to him and then push ahead for the victory.

"It was a really impressive win from Eddy," said Sky directeur sportif Sean Yates. "He bridged out of the group across to Rui Costa and went straight past him. He was unstoppable!

"It was a hard race in the latter stages and that meant there was no one dominant team. It was every man for himself. I told the guys 'if you feel good don't be scared to have a go and don't let the race slip away.' No one was capable of controlling moves or bringing them back. Eddy took his chance and reaped the benefits."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 5:55:28  
2 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:05  
3 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
4 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
5 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
6 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
7 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan    
8 Borut Bozic (Slo) Pro Team Astana    
9 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team    
11 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
12 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
13 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
14 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
15 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp    
16 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
17 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
18 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge    
19 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
20 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
21 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team    
22 Bert De Backer (Bel) Argos - Shimano    
23 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
24 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
25 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
26 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
27 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
28 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quickstep    
29 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
30 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep    
31 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
32 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
33 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
34 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
35 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
36 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
37 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
38 Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan    
39 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
40 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team    
41 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Sharp    
42 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
43 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
44 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
45 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
46 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quickstep    
47 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
48 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
49 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
50 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
51 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
52 David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
53 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
54 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale    
55 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
56 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
57 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
58 Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team    
59 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team    
60 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
61 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
62 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan    
63 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
64 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
65 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
66 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
67 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
68 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team    
69 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
70 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
71 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
72 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team    
73 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team    
74 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan    
75 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team    
76 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
77 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
78 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
79 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
80 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team    
81 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp    
82 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:34  
83 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:43  
84 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank 0:00:58  
85 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
86 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD    
87 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
88 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
89 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:01:20  
90 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
91 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quickstep    
92 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
93 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
94 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
95 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
96 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team 0:01:51  
97 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep 0:02:34  
98 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
99 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:02:45  
100 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
101 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
102 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
103 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team    
104 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:03:07  
105 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quickstep    
106 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
107 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
108 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
109 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan    
110 Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
111 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
112 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
113 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana 0:03:42  
114 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack-Nissan    
115 Robert Wagner (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan    
116 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank 0:04:05  
117 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
118 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team 0:05:08  
119 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:17  
120 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:07:07  
121 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling    
122 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
123 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
124 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
125 Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:08:27  
126 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
127 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
128 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
129 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
130 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
131 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
132 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:11:54  
133 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:13:45  
134 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
135 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team    
136 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:17:50  
DNF Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge    
DNF Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Simone Ponzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep    
DNF Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quickstep    
DNF Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling    
DNF Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling    
DNF Joost Posthuma (Ned) Radioshack-Nissan    
DNF Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
DNF Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp    
DNF Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
DNF Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
DNF Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
DNS Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNS Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne