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Hurel claims first pro win on home soil at Polynormande

Jean-François Quénet

Dumoulin secures French Cup lead, Mondory's dream vanishes

Tony Hurel of Europcar sealed the first victory of his pro career as he claimed the Polynormande. In an impressive bunch gallop, the 24-year-old Frenchman outsprinted Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), who took the lead of the French Cup, while Davy Commeyne (Landbouwkrediet-Euphony) rounded out the top three.

The most aggressive rider of the day was definitely Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r-La Mondiale). The sprinter who withdrew from the Tour de France only 48 hours prior to the start was cruelly reined in with 300 metres to go.

Mondory was part of the main breakaway that took shape after only 29 kilometres of racing. The break also included Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun), Arnaud Gérard and Arnaud Courteille (FDJ-BigMat), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jérôme Cousin and Vincent Jérôme (Europcar), Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Schuller), Yoann Bagot (Cofidis), Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen), Pierre-Luc Périchon, Toms Skujins and Thomas Vaubourzeix (La Pomme Marseille), Fabien Schmidt (Roubaix-Lille Métropole), Steven Tronet (Auber 93), Freddy Bichot and Tomasz Olejnik (Véranda Rideau-U), as well as Etienne Briard (French national team). Their maximum lead was 1:40.

Later on, the group split up with Mondory attacking to ride alone in the last 25 kilometres. "Every year this race goes to someone who uses his physique to win out of the bunch," said the Frenchman who lives just a few miles away from Saint-Martin-de-Landelles, the village of Tour de France speaker Daniel Mangeas who organizes the Polynormande. "This is a local race for me but here or in Beijing, my motivation for winning is the same. The expectations of the crowd are higher here.

"People have probably enjoyed my show but when they come back in ten years' time and look at the record book, Tony Hurel will still be the winner. Only the result counts and I feel an enormous frustration but my reaction after my withdrawal from the Tour de France is very positive, I think. I've been scared to see to my old knee problems bouncing back but it was just a tendinitis at the worst time of the year. Now I hope for a beautiful Vuelta. I always want to repay my team that gives me the privilege to be a pro cyclist."

The other frustrated sprinter was Dumoulin. "[Saur-Sojasun] Julien Simon and I had the same idea to increase our lead in the French Cup over Arnaud Démare and the other absent riders," the Cofidis road captain said. "But Julien crashed and my derailleur was destroyed in that accident. I changed bikes and it was a bit chaotic at the end with the rain. I didn't have the necessary final jump to beat Hurel. It's frustrating because I had the win in the legs. I earned a big advantage in the French Cup but it's not over yet. I'll do all the remaining races."

Hurel had something in common with Mondory: he, too, is a local rider. "I live in Lisieux, Normandy," the Europcar rider said. "I came and watched this race when I was a kid, I raced here as an under 17. It's incredible that my first pro win happens here, in front of my family and friends. I hope this is a first milestone of my career and it'll take me to the top. I heard that the most difficult thing is to win for the first time. I want more, starting with Paris-Corrèze this week."

Full Results
1 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 3:39:29  
2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
3 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
4 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
5 Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
6 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
7 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
8 Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
9 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
10 Cyrille Patoux (Fra) France    
11 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
12 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
13 Pierre Drancourt (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
14 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
15 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
16 Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
17 Jimmy Raibaud (Fra) France    
18 Bruno Saraiva (Por) Team Differdange -    
19 Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
20 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
21 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
22 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
23 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme Marseille    
24 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
25 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93    
26 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
27 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
28 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
29 Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
30 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
31 Jules Pijourlet (Fra) France    
32 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
33 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
34 Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) France    
35 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
36 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) France    
37 Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
38 Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
39 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale    
40 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
41 Olivier Chevalier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
42 Romain Combaud (Fra) France    
43 Yohan Cauquil (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
44 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:00:10  
45 Guillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
46 Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:00:20  
47 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:23  
48 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
49 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:26  
50 Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:00:37  
51 Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:45  
52 Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
53 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
54 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
55 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
56 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:00:59  
57 Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole    
58 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
59 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:01:12  
60 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
61 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
62 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator 0:01:26  
63 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:01:28  
64 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
65 David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:53  
66 Remco Broers (Ned) Team Differdange -    
67 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93    
68 Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93    
69 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
70 Etienne Briard (Fra) France    
71 Tomasz Olejnick (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U 0:02:45  
72 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 0:02:49  
73 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:02:56  
74 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
75 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
76 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar    
77 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:04:18  
78 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
79 Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 0:05:51  
80 Tom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange -    
81 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:05:55  
82 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
83 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 0:05:57  
84 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
85 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:00  
86 Tom Skujins (Lat) La Pomme Marseille    
87 César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - 0:10:58