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La Pomme Marseille Frenchman beats Dumoulin and Damuseau

Justin Jules (La Pomme-Marseille) beats Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R-La Mondiale

Justin Jules (La Pomme-Marseille) beats Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R-La Mondiale

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Justin Jules (La Pomme Marseille) sprinted to victory in the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise, the first road race on European soil for the 2013 season. The 26-year-old Frenchman denied Samuel Dumoulin, making his debut for AG2R La Mondiale, a repeat victory in Marseille, while Thomas Damuseau (Team Argos-Shimano) rounded out the podium in third place.

The 148.1km European opener was dominated by an early two man escape comprised of Thomas Vaubourzeix (La Pomme Marseille) and Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise). The duo's advantage grew to more than seven minutes after 43km of racing, but Dumoulin's AG2R squad kept the break from becoming a runaway and gradually reduced the pair's lead.

Wallays led Vaubourzeix over each of the day's three categorised climbs to claim the mountains prize and when they reached the summit of the final ascent, the Julhan Les Bastides at 30km remaining, their lead had dropped inside of one minute with riders using the ascent as a springboard to cross the gap to the leaders.

Cédric Pineau (FDJ) and Benjamin Giraud (La Pomme Marseille) managed to make the junction and with 23km to the finish the front quartet led the peloton by 30 seconds.

Inside of 15km to go the break was neutralised, but the chase effort split the peloton. Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) then went out on the attack alone and with 7km to the finish he led a 20-man chase group by 20 seconds and the peloton by 55 seconds.

The Belgian's bid for victory came to naught, however, as the hard-charging peloton swept up first the chase group and then Armee with 3km to go, setting the stage for a field sprint finale.

Race winner Justin Jules is the son of French professional Pascal Jules, a stage winner at the 1984 Tour de France and teammate of Laurent Fignon. Pascal Jules died in a car crash in 1987 when Justin was only 13 months old. Justin's life was again touched by tragedy as he served a prison term for killing his stepfather in 2004, receiving a reduced sentence due to the circumstances of a family life disrupted by his stepfather's alcoholism.

Jules turned professional in 2011 at the age of 24 with French Continental team La Pomme Marseille, moved to French Continental squad Véranda Rideau-Super U for 2012 and then returned to La Pomme Marseille this season. His victory today is his second, and biggest, as a professional, with his first win earned at the opening stage of the Tour of Hainan during his debut professional season.

Full Results
1 Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 3:40:05  
2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
3 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
4 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
5 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
6 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
7 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
8 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
9 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
10 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
11 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
12 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    
13 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling    
14 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
15 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
16 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun    
17 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
18 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
19 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling    
20 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
21 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun    
22 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    
23 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
24 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun    
25 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun    
26 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
27 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
28 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
29 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
30 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
31 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
32 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
33 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:04  
34 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:00:06  
35 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:00:09  
36 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:14  
37 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:16  
38 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 0:00:18  
39 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ    
40 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:01:02  
41 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:01:04  
42 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
43 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling    
44 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:06  
45 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:01:28  
46 Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
47 Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
48 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
49 Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:01:31  
50 Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
51 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
52 Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
53 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
54 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol    
55 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
56 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
57 Nikita Novikov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
58 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
59 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
60 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
61 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
62 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
63 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
64 Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
65 José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille    
66 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
67 Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling    
68 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ    
69 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun    
70 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
71 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
72 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
73 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
74 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:34  
75 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
76 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:02:51  
77 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:18  
78 Romain Bacon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:03:42  
79 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
80 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 0:03:45  
81 Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
82 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
83 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
84 Alphonse Vermote (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
85 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
86 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
87 Sean Downey (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction    
88 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano    
89 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
90 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
91 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
92 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction    
93 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
94 Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
95 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun    
96 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
97 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:39  
98 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
99 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:04:54  
100 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 0:05:10  
101 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:07:07  
102 Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
HD Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
HD Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
HD Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
HD Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
DNF Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano    
DNF Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling    
DNF Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling    
DNF Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling    
DNF Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Jérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol    
DNF Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
Mountain 1 - Petit Galibier
1 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 6 pts
2 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 4  
3 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
Mountain 2 - L'Espigoulier
1 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 6 pts
2 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 4  
3 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
Mountain 3 - Julhan Les Bastides
1 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 6 pts
2 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 4  
3 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2  
Mountains classification
1 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 18 pts
2 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 12  
3 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
Coup de France classification
1 Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 50 pts
2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 35  
3 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 25  
4 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 20  
5 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 16  
6 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 12  
7 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 5  
8 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 3  
9 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3