Saramontins nabs GP d'Isbergues

Galimzyanov bests Feillu for second

He may not be a big name of world cycling but HTC-Columbia rider Aleksejs Saramotins put in a massive performance to win the GP Isbergues on Sunday, spending 160km of the 200km parcours in a breakaway to prevail solo.

"Aleksejs was determined to win," explained Saramotins' directeur sportif Allan Peiper. "We had a backup plan with Leigh Howard for the sprint but the plan was to get in breaks and see what we could do."

Saramotins attacked early, getting away with four other riders; whilst this break was caught he wasn't deterred from attacking again, this time taking three others with him.

"The bunch held them close for a while and then all of a sudden they had over 10 minutes," added Peiper. "With 100km remaining they still had over ten minutes and I thought they could hold that. But towards the end of the race the bunch was charging home and it was very close."

But surprisingly, the Latvian national champion said that he asn't confident in his form during the race. "I didn't feel great today," he explained. "My legs were heavy but I really wanted to do something so I just tried. We worked really well together in the group right up until the final circuits."

Saramotins and his group hit the final circuits with over three minutes on the peloton and despite losing a minute a lap on the field he was good enough to hold on whilst his breakaway companions weren't. "He attacked three times on the circuits, each time losing another rider," said Peiper.

"With four kilometres to go I attacked for the last time and I was alone," said Saramotins." It was a long four kilometres. I kept thinking they'd catch me on the line and I said to myself. No way. Not today. I'm very happy - it was my day."


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia4:48:13 
2Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:02 
3Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
4Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
5Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
6Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
7Bert De Backer (Bel) Skil - Shimano  
8Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
9Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
11Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
12Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack  
13Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
14Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team Katusha  
15Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
16Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
17Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
18Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
19Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
20Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team Radioshack  
21Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
22Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
23Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
24Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
25Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
26Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
27Ben Hermans (Bel) Team Radioshack  
28Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
29Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
30Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
31Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
32Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
33Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
34Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
35Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
36Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
37Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
38Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack  
39Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
40Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank  
41Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
42Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
43Geert Verheyen (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
44Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
45Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
46Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
47Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
48Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
49Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack  
50Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
51Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
52Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
53Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
54Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
55Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
56José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Team Radioshack  
57Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
58Egor Silin (Rus) Katusha  
59Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
60Anatoli Pakhtusov (Ukr) ISD Continental Team  
61Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
62Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
63Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:13 
64Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:18 
65Yohann Gené (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:21 
66Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
67Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
68Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
69Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
70Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
71Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
72Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:27 
73Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
74David Boucher (Fra) Landbouwkrediet0:00:29 
75Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:38 
76Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:00:55 
77Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:05 
78Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne0:01:38 
80Sergueï Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
81Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
82Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
83Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
84Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
85Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
86Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
87Maxime Méderel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
88Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
89Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:58 
90Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:59 
91Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
92Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:03:00 
93Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Team Katusha  
94Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:05:00 
95Alexander Mironov (Rus) Itera-Katusha0:06:24 
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFDavid Deroo (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
DNFTom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFStephen Halpin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly Team  
DNFKim Borry (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFGil Suray (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFBenny De Schrooder (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFMaxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFJean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFFrederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFGael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFJocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFBenoît Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAlexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) ISD - Neri  
DNFIndulis Bekmanis (Lat) ISD Continental Team  
DNFYegor Dementyev (Ukr) ISD - Neri  
DNFAlexandre Usov (Blr) ISD - Neri  
DNFKenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
DNFKristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFArnaud Gérard (Fra) FDJ  
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFTom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFBram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFSimon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
DNFWilliam Clarke (Aus) Genesys Wealth Advisers  
DNFJérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFAnthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRasmus Guldhammer Poulsen Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFDmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFLaurent Lefèvre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne  
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFMaxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNSBauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank  
DNSBenoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNSLars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
Coupe de France standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne137 pts
2Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller130 
3Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun105 
4Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team89 
5Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole73 
6Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun71 
7Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne68 
8Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux58 
9Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux58 
10Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale56 
11Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole53 
12Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale53 
13Maxime Méderel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9351 
14Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller51 
15Denis Flahaut (Fra) ISD - Neri50 
16Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux50 
17Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun43 
18Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne40 
19Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun35 
20Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun35 
21Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne34 
22Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9330 
23Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller28 
24Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne25 
25Thibault Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux24 
26Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team24 
27Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux24 
28Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller23 
29Benoît Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix - Lille Metrople21 
30Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom20 
31Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux20 
32David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale18 
33Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux16 
34Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des Jeux16 
35Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9316 
36Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale15 
37Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller14 
38Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack14 
39Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux14 
40Martial Ricci-Poggi (Fra) Landbouwkrediet14 
41Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun14 
42Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun13 
43Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux12 
44Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12 
45Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12 
46Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller12 
47Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller12 
48Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12 
49Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller11 
50Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun11 
51Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
52Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom10 
53Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom10 
54Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom9 
55Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux9 
56Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8 
57Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6 
58Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne6 
59Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux6 
60Eric Berthou (Fra) CarmioOro NGC6 
61Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole5 
62Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3 
63Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 933 
64Nadir Haddou (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 933 
65Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Équipe De France Espoirs3 
66Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun3 
67Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne3 
68Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
69Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun3 
70Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal3 


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