TechPowered By

More tech

Hivert claims French season opener

By:
Cycling News

Saur-Sojasun claims GP Marseillaise

Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) claimed the first Coupe de France win in Marseille.

Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) claimed the first Coupe de France win in Marseille.

view thumbnail gallery

The newest Professional Continental team, Saur-Sojasun scored a major victory in the first French race of the season, the Gran Prix la Marseillaise. Jonathan Hivert sprinted to the win ahead of Vacansoleil's Johnny Hoogerland and Frenchman Samuel Dumoulin.

The traditional European season opener got underway in cold temperatures and strong winds, but thankfully clear skies. Perhaps seeking to generate some body heat, the riders were aggressive from the start, with numerous attacks going but no clear escape.

After 10km, Julien El Farès (Cofidis), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) and Jussi Veikkanen (Française des Jeux) finally managed to break clear with Thomas de Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen) chasing alone.

The peloton was happy to take a little rest, and soon the escapees gained a minute's lead, which ballooned into more than six minutes on the peloton by kilometre 30. Poor de Gendt wasn't making up any ground on the trio, and was in no man's land, two minutes ahead of the main bunch.

On the petit Galibier, de Gendt gave up and went back to the peloton, while El Fares, Westra and Veikkanen began losing time. El Fares took the sprint at the summit, but at the base of the next climb, the col de l'Espigoulier, the leaders' advantage had been reduced to 3:30, then 2:20 at the top where El Farès once again took the lead.

At km 100, the peloton was led by AG2R-La Mondiale and Vacansoleil had brought the gap down to 1:40. Having secured the mountains classification, El Farès sat up and left his two companions to soldier on alone.

With 30km to go, Westra and Veikkanen still maintained a sub-minute lead over a nervous peloton. On the final climb, the Gineste, Westra had 40 seconds and the attacks began in earnest.

With a furious pace on the climb, Westra was swept up by a lead group. The race came down to a sprint which was taken by Hivert ahead of Hoogerland, Dumoulin, Cummings and Di Gregorio

Results
1 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 3:34:02  
2 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
3 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
4 Steven Cummings (GBr) Team Sky    
5 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
6 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
7 Martial Ricci Poggi (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago 0:00:02  
8 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:05  
9 Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
10 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:11  
11 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
12 Lisabeth Kenny (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
13 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
14 Loyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
15 Alessandro Raisoni (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style    
16 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat Auber 93    
17 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
18 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
19 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
20 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
21 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
22 Jérome Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
23 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
24 Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems    
25 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
26 Mathieu Sprick (Fra) Bouygues Telecom    
27 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
28 Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
29 Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana    
30 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana    
31 Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
32 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
33 Diego Alejandro Tamayo (Col) Carmiooro - A Style    
34 Conor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
35 Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat Auber 93    
36 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
37 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
38 Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale    
39 Michael Barry (Can) Team Sky    
40 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
41 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana    
42 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat Auber 93    
43 Paidi O'brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
44 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom    
45 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana    
46 Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
47 Laurent Lefèvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom    
48 Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat Auber 93    
49 Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
50 David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
51 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Sky    
52 Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro - A Style    
53 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
54 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
55 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
56 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Team Sky    
57 John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Sky    
58 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
59 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
60 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
61 Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro - A Style    
62 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
63 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
64 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
65 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Team Sky    
66 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
67 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
68 Remi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
69 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
70 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
71 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
72 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
73 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
74 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
75 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat Auber 93    
76 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
77 Yuri Trofimov (Rus) Bouygues Telecom    
78 Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
79 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
80 David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
81 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
82 Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro - A Style    
83 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux    
84 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
85 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky    
86 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:22  
87 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom    
88 Jérémy Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
89 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
90 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:00:27  
91 Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team 0:00:40  
92 Paride Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style 0:08:32  
93 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana 0:09:21  
HD Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:13:46  
HD Stefan Van Dijck (Ned) Verandas Willems 0:15:45  
HD Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Verandas Willems    
HD Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
HD Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems    
HD Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
HD Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat Auber 93    
HD Yohann Gené (Fra) Bouygues Telecom    
HD Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana    
HD Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
HD Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
HD Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
HD Sven Van Den Houtte (Bel) Verandas Willems    
HD Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
HD Andry Grivko (Ukr) Astana    
HD Borut Bozic (Svk) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
HD Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro - A Style    
HD Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro - A Style    
HD Grégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
HD Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
HD Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller    
HD Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
HD Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
HD Benoît Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
HD Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
HD Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
HD Stijn Minne (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
HD Yohan Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
DNF Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
DNF Scott Davis (Aus) Astana    
DNF Mathieu Claude (Fra) Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bouygues Telecom    
DNF Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
DNF Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago    
DNF Niels Brouzes (Fra) Big Mat Auber 93    
DNF Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat Auber 93    
DNF Dieter Capelle (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF Fabio Polazzi (Bel) Verandas Willems    
DNF James Van Landschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems    
Petit Galibier - km 62.2
1 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 6 pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 4  
3 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux 2  
l'Espigoulier - km 87.1
1 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 6 pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 4  
3 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux 2  
Julhant les bastides - km 109.7
1 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 6 pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 4  
3 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux 2  
Mountains classification
1 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14 pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 12  
3 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux 10  
Teams
1 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 10:42:22  
2 Cofidis, le crédit en ligne    
3 Saur - Sojasun 10:42:28  
4 Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator Pro Cycling    
5 Française des jeux    
6 Sky Pro Cycling Team    
7 Landbouwkrediet 10:42:30  
8 Bretagne - Schuller 10:42:39  
9 An Post - Sean Kelly Team    
10 Skil - Shimano    
11 Big Mat - Auber 93    
12 Roubaix Lille Metropole    
13 Carmiooro - NGC    
14 Astana    
15 AG2R - La mondiale    
16 BBox Bouygues Telecom