Naesen nets first pro win in Poly Normandie

Jeandesboz, Duchesne topped by Belgian

Neo pro Oliver Naesen of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise topped the list of Belgian winners at La Polynormande as he put his name on the record book after Philippe Gilbert (2005), Andy Cappelle (2010) and Jan Ghyselinck (2014). He rode very smart as he exploited the superiority of Bretagne-Séché Environnement riders (Pierrick Fédrigo, Anthony Delaplace and Frédéric Brun) who just returned from the Tour de France. He also managed to trap two Europcar riders (Fabrice Jeandesbosz and Antoine Duchesne) who accompanied him on the breakaway.

"I'm super happy," Naesen told Cyclingnews at the finish. "Before my first pro season, I was hoping to win a race pretty early to take off the pressure but I've had to wait for a while. I've come 7th at the Tour of Belgium and 6th at the Tour of Luxemburg overall. I start every race with the winning mentality but it doesn't always happen like today.

'I rode away from the bunch in the second last lap with three riders from Bretagne and two from Europcar. We caught the breakaway very quickly and I knew I was going to win because they weren't taking me seriously. They had the numbers so I could stay on the reserve. I was scared of Fédrigo, I only knew him from watching him on TV but he was dropped."

"I was lucid and stress free," said the 24 year old from Berlare in East Flanders who will take part in the Eneco Tour with ambitions next week. "In the finale, I tried to look for the second wheel. I follow Duchesne because I knew he was second here last year. With 300 metres to go, I rode him off. It's a great feeling."

Duchesne was the only member of the morning breakaway left at the front. Quentin Jaurégui (AG2R-La Mondiale), Romain Combaud (French army team), Thomas Rostollan (French national team), Ivan Balikyn (RusVelo) and Brun were away since the early part of the race. They got a four minutes lead over the bunch mostly led by Cofidis who tried to set up a sprint finish for Nacer Bouhanni but another batch of riders emerged in the last 20km.

"The whole day I believed that I was finally going to get my first pro win," Duchesne deplored. "My goal was that the breakaway wouldn't get caught but it happened with 10km to go."

"The Topsport guy was the fastest and the strongest," Jeandesbosz echoed.

Delaplace who won this race in 2011 looked even more devastated. "I'm disappointed," he said. "This is my home race. It's hard to finish fourth and fifth. Our priority was the French Cup but we faltered in the finale."

However, Fédrigo kept the lead of the individual French Cup with 151 points. Baptiste Planckaert (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) and Bouhanni follow with 114 and 103 respectively. Bretagne-Séché Environnement increased their lead in the French Cup by teams with 109 points ahead of Auber 93 who has 86.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Oliver Naesen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise4:14:32 
2Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar  
3Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar  
4Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:06 
5Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:09 
6Romain Combaud (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre0:00:14 
7Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:07 
8Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:01:09 
9Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:29 
10Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
11Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
12Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
13Thibault Ferasse (Fra) France  
14Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo  
15Jeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
16Anthony Maldonado (Fra) Auber 93  
17Marc Sarreau (Fra)  
18Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
19Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
21Nans Peters (Fra) France  
22Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
23Sergey Firsanov (Rus) RusVelo  
24Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
25Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
26Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber 93  
27Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
28Alo Jakin (Est) Auber 93  
29Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
30Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
31Maxime Renault (Fra) Auber 93  
32Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
33Yannick Eijssen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
34Jimmy Raibaud (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
35Florent Pereira (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
36Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
37Kevin Lebreton (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
38Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre0:01:36 
39Fabien Doubey (Fra)  
40Julien Guay (Fra) Auber 930:01:39 
41Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Francois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
45Kevin Ista (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
46Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
47Kirill Pozdnyakov (Rus) RusVelo  
48Pierre Gouault (Fra) Auber 930:01:53 
49Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:29 
50Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:31 
51Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:07 
52Felix Pouilly (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:04:13 
53Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:53 
54Ivan Balykin (Rus) RusVelo0:05:34 
55Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
56Cédric Pineau (Fra)  
57Benoît Sinner (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre0:05:38 
58Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:07:23 
59Julien Duval (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
60Adrien Legros (Fra) France0:09:45 
61César Bihel (Fra) Auber 930:10:24 
62Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
63Franck Bonnamour (Fra) France  
64Valentin Madouas (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
65Romain Barroso (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
66Clement Mary (Fra) France  
67Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
68Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo  
69Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo  
70Julien Morice (Fra) Team Europcar  
71Alexander Rybakov (Rus) RusVelo  
72Guillaume Martin (Fra) France  
73Leo Vincent (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:10:28 
74Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
75Thomas Rostollan (Fra) France0:15:18 
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFRomain Pillon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFMarco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFSimone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFFrancis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFTim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFKevin Callebaut (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFRemi Cavagna (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFGaëtan Pons (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Fra)  
DNFYann Guyot (Fra)  
DNFAlexis Bodiot (Fra)  
DNFJelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFAlexander Foliforov (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFEvaldas Siskevicius (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGrégoire Tarride (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFYoan Verarddo (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFHugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFThomas Wertz (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFRyane Bouhanni (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAnthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFLoïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFKevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFFrancis Mourey (Fra)  
DNFAnthony Geslin (Fra)  
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra)  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
DNSEliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  


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