Dumoulin wins in France

Marcato and Vichot clinch second and third spots

Samuel Dumoulin has won Europe's first professional race of 2012, the GP La Marseillaise. In a sprint from a 15-man group, the Cofidis rider proven to be the freshest at the end of a demanding race held in cold and windy weather conditions. Dumoulin outsprinted Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) and Arthur Vichot (FDJ-BigMat) to take the lead in the French Cup standings.

The 148 kilometre race was marked by several breakaways and attacks. A first group including Dumoulin's teammate Rein Taaramae as well as Rémi Cusin (Type 1), Rémi Pauriol (FDJ-BigMat), Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R La Mondiale), Cyril Lemoine (Saur-Sojasun), Franck Vermeulen (Véranda Rideau U) and Bert-Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil) was caught before the decisive Col de la Gineste, 20 kilometres from the finish line outside Marseille's Stade Velodrome.

Mikael Cherel (AG2R La Mondiale) was the first to accelerate, breaking up the field. A group of 12 riders created a gap and Dumoulin, together with Vichot and Jérémie Galland (Saur-Sojasun, fourth-placed) bridged up.

"When I saw Arthur and Jérémie jump, I knew it was the right moment to go," Dumoulin told AFP. "The last descent did not cause any problems. In the finale, I manoeuvred well." However, the finish on Avenue Michelet "doesn't suit me too well," he added to Velochrono. "Everybody marked me and noone dared to launch the sprint. I passed by moving up the barriers."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3:39:29 
2Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
3Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
4Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
5Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
6Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
7Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
8Mikael Chérel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
10Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
11Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
12Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
13David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
14Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:06 
15Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
16Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet0:00:30 
17Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
18Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
19Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
20Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
21Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ  
23Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
24Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
25Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:34 
26Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:01:57 
27Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:23 
28Clément Koretzky (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
29Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
30Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
31Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
32Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
33Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
34Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
35Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
36Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
37Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
38Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
39Yannick Martinez (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
40Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
41Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
42Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
43Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
44Tomasz Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
45Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
46Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
47Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
48Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
49Frank Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
50Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
51Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
52Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
53Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
54Yann Huguet (Fra) Projet 1t4i  
55Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
58Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
59Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ  
60Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
61Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
62Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
63Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
64Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
65Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
67Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
68Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:07:31 
69Ronan Mclaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly0:07:53 
70Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:55 
71Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
72Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
73Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
74Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:10:11 
75Michael Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
76Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
77Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
78Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
79Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
80Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
81Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
82Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
HDNiko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:12:02 
HDThierry Hupond (Fra) Projet 1t4i  
HDJulien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
HDToms Skujins (Lat) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
HDStijn Ennekens (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
HDSean Downey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
HDArnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
HDWim De Vocht (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
HDRomain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
HDArnaud Gérard (Fra) FDJ  
HDJure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
HDFreddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
HDFabien Schmidt (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
HDAnthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
HDKevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
HDGuillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
HDJonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
HDGaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
HDKenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ  
HDArnaud Molmy (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
HDJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
HDTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Projet 1t4i  
HDDimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
HDSteven Tronet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
HDMatthieu Sprick (Fra) Projet 1t4i  
DNFMartijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Projet 1t4i  
DNFThomas Bonnin (Fra) Projet 1t4i  
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Projet 1t4i  
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Projet 1t4i  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAngelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFEgidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFNicolas Rousseau (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFRonan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFBenoit Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFDominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFJean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFStefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFLeif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFKevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFRob Goris (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFLoic Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFPierre Drancourt (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMathieu Delaroziere (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
DNFEvaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
DNFKenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  

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