Boasson Hagen wins GP Plouay

Norwegian times attack perfectly

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) TeamResult
1Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling5:55:28 
2Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team0:00:05 
3Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
4Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
5Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
6Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
7Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
10Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team  
11Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
12Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
13Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos - Shimano  
14Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
15Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp  
16Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
17Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
18Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdge  
19Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
20Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
22Bert De Backer (Bel) Argos - Shimano  
23David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
24Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
25Juraj Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
26Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
27Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
28Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
29Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
31Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
32Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
33Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
34Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
35Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
36Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
37Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
38Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan  
39Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
40Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
41Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Garmin-Sharp  
42Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
43Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
44Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
45Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
46Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
47Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
48Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
49José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
50Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
52David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
53Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
54Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale  
55Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
56Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
58Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team  
59Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team  
60Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
61Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
62Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack-Nissan  
63Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
64Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
65Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
66Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
67Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
68Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team  
69Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
70Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
71Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
72Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
73Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team  
74Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Radioshack-Nissan  
75Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha Team  
76Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
78Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
79Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
80Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha Team  
81Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  
82Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:34 
83Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:43 
84Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:00:58 
85Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
86Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
87Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
88Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
89Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:20 
90Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
91Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
92Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
93Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
94Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
95Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
96Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team0:01:51 
97Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep0:02:34 
98Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
99Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:02:45 
100Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
101Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
102Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
103Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team  
104Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:07 
105Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
106Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
107Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
108Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
109Jesse Sergent (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan  
110Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
111Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
112Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
113Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Pro Team Astana0:03:42 
114Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Radioshack-Nissan  
115Robert Wagner (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
116Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank0:04:05 
117Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
118Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:05:08 
119Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:06:17 
120Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:07:07 
121Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling  
122Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
123Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
124Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
125Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:08:27 
126Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
127Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
128Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
129Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
130Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
131Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
132Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:11:54 
133Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:13:45 
134Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
135Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team  
136Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:17:50 
DNFMatthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD  
DNFDaniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFMichael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFBaden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFKévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFCédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFDmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
DNFJacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
DNFMaxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
DNFSimone Ponzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
DNFJulien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFDries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quickstep  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
DNFVladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFMark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFMaarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFDavide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
DNFJeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFThomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling  
DNFJoost Posthuma (Ned) Radioshack-Nissan  
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFFederico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFKristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFPeter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFGert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFJurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFJack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFDavid Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFTakashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos - Shimano  
DNFThomas Bonnin (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
DNSRomain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNSAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  

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