Planckaert wins La Poly Normande

Anderson second and Duval third

Belgium's Baptiste Planckaert of Wallonie-Bruxelles etched his name on the record book of the Poly Normande right after his compatriots Jan Ghyselinck and Oliver Naesen as he fended off Ryan Anderson of Direct Energie for the victory.

"French Cup races suit me really well, especially with a false flat finish like this one," Planckaert told Cyclingnews at the finish. "Apparently I'm the third consecutive Belgian to win here. This kind of race with a strong wind in the finale is very good for us."

One of his teammates, Tom Dernies, took part in the long breakaway of the day along with Pierre Gouault (HT BTP-Auber 93), Jordan Levasseur (Armée de Terre), Johan Le Bon (FDJ) and Daniel Diaz (Delko Marseille). AG2R La Mondiale chased them down as they were ambitious for Samuel Dumoulin to profit from his post-Tour de France form to increase his lead in the French Cup series.

With two laps to go, two local riders from Normandy took over from the quintet in the lead. One month after hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, the huge crowd in La Manche was full of hope for Marc Fournier (FDJ) and Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).

The latter was the last man to be reined in with 3km to go. It was an unusual bunch sprint finish in the village of legendary Tour de France [former] speaker Daniel Mangeas. Cofidis did the work for Nacer Bouhanni, who was on his come-back race after he failed to start the Tour due to a fight with a drunken man the night before the French championship. However, the Frenchman was nowhere to be seen (30th) on the finishing line. 

Anderson was the closest man to Planckaert. "This is a very good result for me," the Canadian said. "I had the freedom to race for myself pending if I was going well in the climbs. Tony Hurel and myself were protected but I wasn't confident for a sprint finish because it's usually a winning breakaway here. I'm thankful to [Direct Energie team manager] Jean-René [Bernaudeau] to have given me the opportunity to come back to Europe after I had a first experience with [Canadian Pro Conti team] Spidertech."

Dumoulin echoed disappointment comments, "It's a big disappointment for me. I came here to increase my lead in the French Cup and it's the opposite because I lose to Planckaert and he takes points back on me. I was counting on the Poly Normande but that's sport. Alexis Gougeard did enormous work for me and I didn't have the legs to finish it off. The wind at the end wasn't to my advantage. Luckily, with this fourth place today, I remain in the game for the French Cup."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
2Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie4:08:41 
3Julien Duval (Fra) Armee de Terre  
4Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Kevin Ista (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
6Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie  
7Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
8Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
9Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
10Anthony Maldonado (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
11Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
12Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
13Antonio Parrinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
14Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
15Dieter Bouvry (Bel) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
16Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
17Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
18Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Syver Westgaard Waersted (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft  
21Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
22Jeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
23Marco Tizza (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
24Benoît Sinner (Fra) Armee de Terre  
25Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Romain Feillu (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
27Jerome Mainard (Fra) Armee de Terre  
28Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
29Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06 
30Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
31Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
32Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
33Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
34Gabriel Reguero Corral (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch0:00:08 
35Alexis Bodiot (Fra) Armee de Terre  
36Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
37Torstein Traeen (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft0:00:11 
38Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
39Tom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch  
40Flavien Dassonville (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 930:00:13 
41Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
42Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Max Emil Boholm Korner (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft  
44Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
45Julien Guay (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 930:00:15 
46Yann Guyot (Fra) Armee de Terre  
47Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
48Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
49Kevin Lebreton (Fra) Armee de Terre  
50Guillaume Thévenot (Fra) Direct Energie  
51Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
52Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
53Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
54Felix Pouilly (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFAudun Brekke Flotten (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft  
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
DNFCamille Guerin (Fra)  
DNFAlo Jakin (Est) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFJeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJulien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFHugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFFlorent Pereira (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFAntoine Warnier (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFPierre Gouault (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJulien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFJulien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFIltjan Nika (Alb) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFTom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFRasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft  
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFDavid Menut (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFThibault Ferasse (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFGaëtan Pons (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFThomas Deruette (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles - Group Protect  
DNFJérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ  
DNFKristian Kulset (Nor) Team Ringeriks - Kraft  
DNFMikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFLeonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFDaniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFMartin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFChristophe Laborie (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFFrançois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFAlliaume Leblond (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFKrisztian Lovassy (Hun) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFCedric Raymackers (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFWayne Stijns (Ned) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFLarry Valvasori (Lux) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFGiorgio Bocchiola (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFFabio Chinello (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFNicola Genovese (Ita) d'Amico Bottecchia  
DNFJordan Levasseur (Fra) Armee de Terre  

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