Bole sprints to win in Plouay

Gerrans, Voeckler round out top three

Grega Bole (Lampre-ISD) sprang a surprise at the GP Ouest France-Plouay with a canny attack just over the top of the final ascent of the côte de Ty-Marrec with a little under 2km to go. Previous winners Simon Gerrans (Sky) and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) came home second and third, respectively.

The Slovenian champion Bole timed his effort to perfection on the deceptive false flat over the top of the climb and he was impressive in holding off the pursuers behind in the finale. Gerrans led the initial chase in the company of Jeremie Galland (Saur-Sojasun), Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), and they were soon joined by Voeckler, who made an explosive burst under the red kite.

The Voeckler-Gerrans tandem fought grimly to peg back Bole in the finishing straight, but ultimately they were caught in the no-man’s land between the winner and the peloton behind, and had to settle for podium places, albeit in the same time as Bole.

“This is the most beautiful win of my career,” Bole said afterwards. “It’s my first win in a classic and it’s come at the end of a tough race and with a good attack. I’ve been going well since the Tour de France. In the last few races, I’ve always finished high up, and today I’ve finally succeeded in hitting the target.”

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo) won the sprint for fourth place ahead of Italian talent Giacomo Nizzolo (Leopard Trek) and Rojas in front of a large and passionate crowd in Brittany.

The day’s early animators included Jack Bobridge (Garmin-Cervélo), who gained a lead of 11 minutes at one point in the company of Michaël Chérel (AG2R - La Mondiale), Guillaume Levarlet (Saur-Sojasun), Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Schuller), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Italiens Marcello Pavarin (Vacansoleil), Mauro Finetto (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Michal Kwiatowski (Radioshack).

That break was gradually reeled in, and on the final laps, all eyes were on Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), as he was bidding for the win that would put him ahead of Cadel Evans at the top of the WorldTour rankings.

Although Gilbert was careful to mark a dangerous move by Gerrans in the closing stages, he was reluctant to commit to the attack, and the pair were quickly brought to heel by the peloton.

Instead, Breton fortune favoured the brave Bole, and the Slovenian’s victory was just reward for his opportunism and his strength.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD6:32:40 
2Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling  
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
4Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
5Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek  
6Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ  
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
8Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
9Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
10Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
11Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
12Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
13Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
14Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
15Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team  
16Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
17Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack  
18Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana  
19Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack  
20Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
21Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
22Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
23Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
24Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
25Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
26Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad  
27Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD  
28Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad  
29Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
30Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
31Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
33Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
34Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
35Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
36Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
37Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Peio Bilbao (Spa) Orbea Continental  
39Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team  
40Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
42Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ  
43Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
44Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
45Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
46Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
47Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
48Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskatel-Euskadi  
49Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ  
50Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek  
51Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team  
52Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek  
53Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
54Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
55Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
56Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
57Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
58Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
59Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale  
60Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
61Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
62Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana  
63Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
64Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
65Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
67Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
68Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team  
69Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
70Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
71Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
72Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:08 
73Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack0:00:10 
74Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
75Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:12 
76Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:00:20 
77Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling0:00:47 
78Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek0:01:00 
79Robert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShack0:01:02 
80Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
81Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
82Julien Vermote (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team  
83Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
84Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
85Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
86Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
87Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
88Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
89Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
90Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
91Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:46 
92Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
93Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad0:01:53 
94Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
95Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek0:01:55 
96Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack0:02:13 
97Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
98Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
99Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
100Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
101Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
102Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
103Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
104Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
105Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team  
106Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar  
107Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team  
108Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
109Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
110Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek0:02:31 
111Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
112Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
113Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quickstep Cycling team0:03:30 
114Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
115Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:03:57 
116Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
117Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
118Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - ISD  
119Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team0:06:27 
120Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad0:06:29 
121Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar  
122Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
123Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:07:43 
124Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
125Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
126Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
127Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
128Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
129Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
130Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
131Jesse Sergent (NZl) Team RadioShack  
132Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
133Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
134Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team  
135David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD  
136Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
137Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
138Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
139Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard  
140Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
141Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
142Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:09:34 
143Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
144William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek0:10:24 
145Martijn Maaskant (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:11:28 
146Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
147Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
148Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:12:40 
149Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
150Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
151Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad  
DNFJack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
DNFRoger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
DNFDiego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
DNFSergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
DNFMikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMartin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJosé Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFFrancisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNFKlaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFMaarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFOscar Pujol Muñoz (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFJussi Veikkanen (Fin) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
DNFMarcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
DNFJohn Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFSerguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFPetr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFRomain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
DNFRick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFRussell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFJuan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
DNFBen Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFAlessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team  
DNFAddy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team  
DNFRob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJonathan Bellis (GBr) Saxo Bank Sungard  
DNFManuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard  
DNFFlorian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFRomain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFMitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
DNFRoger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
DNSAlex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad  


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