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) Team Result
1 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 6:32:40  
2 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Procycling    
3 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
4 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
5 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Leopard Trek    
6 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ    
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
8 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack    
9 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
10 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ    
11 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
12 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
13 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
14 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
15 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
16 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
17 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack    
18 Simon Clarke (Aus) Pro Team Astana    
19 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack    
20 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
21 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
22 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
23 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team    
24 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
25 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
26 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad    
27 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD    
28 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) HTC-Highroad    
29 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
30 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
31 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
33 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
34 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
35 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
36 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
37 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
38 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Orbea Continental    
39 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Katusha Team    
40 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team    
41 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
42 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ    
43 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
44 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
45 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
46 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
47 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
48 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskatel-Euskadi    
49 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ    
50 Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek    
51 Rui Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
52 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek    
53 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
54 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
55 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
56 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
57 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
58 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
59 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
60 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
61 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
62 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana    
63 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
64 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
65 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
66 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
67 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
68 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team    
69 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard    
70 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana    
71 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
72 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:00:08  
73 Grégory Rast (Swi) Team RadioShack 0:00:10  
74 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
75 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:12  
76 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:20  
77 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling 0:00:47  
78 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:01:00  
79 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShack 0:01:02  
80 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
81 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
82 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
83 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
84 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team    
85 Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
86 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
87 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
88 Rubén Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
89 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
90 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
91 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:46  
92 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
93 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:01:53  
94 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
95 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:01:55  
96 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack 0:02:13  
97 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack    
98 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
99 Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
100 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
101 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
102 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
103 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
104 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
105 Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Katusha Team    
106 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar    
107 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team    
108 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    
109 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard    
110 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Leopard Trek 0:02:31  
111 Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek    
112 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
113 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quickstep Cycling team 0:03:30  
114 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
115 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:03:57  
116 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
117 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
118 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - ISD    
119 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:06:27  
120 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) HTC-Highroad 0:06:29  
121 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
122 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
123 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:07:43  
124 Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
125 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
126 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
127 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
128 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
129 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
130 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
131 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Team RadioShack    
132 Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano    
133 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team    
134 Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
135 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - ISD    
136 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
137 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
138 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
139 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard    
140 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
141 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
142 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:09:34  
143 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
144 William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek 0:10:24  
145 Martijn Maaskant (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:11:28  
146 Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
147 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
148 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:12:40  
149 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
150 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
151 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Jack Bobridge (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
DNF Roger Hammond (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
DNF Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
DNF Sergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
DNF Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNF Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Maarten Neyens (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Oscar Pujol Muñoz (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
DNF Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
DNF John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
DNF Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
DNF Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling    
DNF Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
DNF Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team    
DNF Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team    
DNF Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Saxo Bank Sungard    
DNF Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard    
DNF Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
DNS Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad    


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