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Hayman tops sprint for Paris-Bourges win

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Cooke, Henderson slip into podium spots

Mathew Hayman took his first win of the season for Team Sky, taking out the sprint of a large group in Paris-Bourges. He was part of a breakaway which had escaped early and was only caught in the final kilometer. Baden Cooke of Saxo Bank and Hayman's Sky teammate Greg Henderson completed the podium.

It was the first victory since the Commonwealth Games road race in 2006 for the 33-year-old Australian.

"I was leading into the last 400 metres and managed a good sprint," Hayman said on teamsky.com. "I’d seen that the guys behind were lining up so I just went and Baden Cooke got alongside me but couldn’t quite get over me and Greg was finishing very fast on the outside but the line came quicker.

"I was really happy with that - I think we got away after about 15km and I ended up kind of winning a sprint so there was a bit of disbelief afterwards!"

A large group got away early on, with the Vacansoleil team heavily represented. John Degenkolb (HTC Highroad), Gustav-Erik Larsson (Saxo Bank), Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack), Romain Feillu, Marco Marcato and Bert-Jan Lindeman (all Vacansoleil-DCM), Mathew Hayman (Sky), Ludovic Turpin (Saur-Sojasun), Frédéric Guesdon (FDJ), Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano), Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1), Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp), Anthony Perez (La Pomme Marseille) and Paul Voss (Endura Racing) never built up a lead of much more than two minutes

Voss was very active, trying repeatedly to get away from the group. With about 50km to go, Voss, Degenkolb, Lequatre, Marcato, Hayman and Bodrogi pulled slightly away on the climb up the Cote de Bue. Behind the breakaway, Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) and a handful of others broke free from the chasing peloton.

It had been pouring down rain all day, and then the wind started up. It didn't stop Flecha, though, who quickly moved his group up to within 40 seconds of the leaders, with the field at 1:30 at 35km to go.

The group around Flecha grew, and also included riders who had fallen out of the lead group. Lars Bak (HTC), André Steensen, Baden Cooke, Gustav Larsson and Kasper Klostergaard (all Saxo Bank), Matthew Busche (RadioShack), Stijn Devolder, Bjorn Leukemans and Bert-Jan Lindeman (all Vacansoleil), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis)
Ludovic Turpin, Jonathan Hivert and Guillaume Levarlet (all Saur Sojasun), Nacer Bouhanna (FDJ), Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet), Alexandre Geniez (Skil Shimano), Cesare Benedetti (NetApp), and Jack Bauer (Endurance Racing) made up the group chasing the leaders around Voss.

The situation changed almost by the minute as they approached the finish line. With 15km to go, Bodrogi was dropped from the lead group as the peloton pulled closer. The groups came more or less together again, and Hayman proved to have the fastest legs of a 20-man group sprinting for the win.

"My last victory was the Commonwealth Games in 2006 so it’s been a while in between but it’s nice to win a race in a Team Sky jersey," Hayman said.

"I knew [last week] at Franco-Belge that I was going pretty well and Steven [de Jongh, the team's Sports Director] in the car told me to make sure I was confident in my sprint and I guess that's what I did.

"I’m now really looking forward to Paris-Tours on Sunday, it’s really the last classic for the the kind of guys like me who enjoy those sort of events. It’s been a bit of a goal of mine at the end of the year after the World Championships.

"This win today puts the icing on the cake and means I’ll go in there pretty relaxed but knowing I’ve got good form."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 4:30:29  
2 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
3 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling    
4 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad    
5 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
6 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing    
7 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
9 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
10 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling    
11 Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 0:00:02  
12 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp    
13 Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
14 Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing    
15 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
16 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad 0:00:07  
17 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
18 Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar    
19 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
20 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
21 Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
22 Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
23 Wim De Vocht (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
24 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
25 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
26 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:11  
27 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling    
28 Jesse Sergent (NZl) Team RadioShack    
29 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
30 Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing 0:00:15  
31 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille    
32 Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing    
33 Evert Verbist (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
34 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
35 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ    
36 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
37 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:19  
38 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de 0:00:21  
39 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ    
40 Joël Zangerle (Ned) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfoot.de    
41 Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad    
42 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
43 Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:24  
44 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
45 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
46 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:31  
47 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:36  
48 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
49 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
50 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille    
51 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
52 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard    
53 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:52  
54 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
55 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:55  
56 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:01:05  
57 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard    
58 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet 0:01:08  
59 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:16  
60 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp 0:02:04  
61 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:11  
62 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
63 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing    
64 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 0:02:52  
65 Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:03:05  
66 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack 0:03:18  
67 Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack    
68 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ 0:06:08  
69 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
70 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ    
71 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:07:56  
DNF Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Ronan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Ran Margaliot (Isr) Saxo Bank Sungard    
DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling    
DNF Guillaume Blot (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack    
DNF Gustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank Sungard    
DNF Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp    
DNF Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad    
DNF Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Mathieu Teychenne (Fra) AGR2 La Mondiale    
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack    
DNF Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Mathieu Delaroziere (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Anthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Netapp    
DNF Denis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Anthony Perez (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille    
DNF Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Alex Meenhorst (NZl) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de    
DNF Christian Poos (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de    
DNF Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp    
DNF Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team RadioShack    
DNF Justin Jules (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Tom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de    
DNF Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de    
DNF Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de    
DNF Morten Knudsen (Den) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de    
DNF Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing    
DNF Scott Thwaites (GBr) Endura Racing    
DNF Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing    
DNF Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
DNF Evgeni Shalunov (Rus) Team RadioShack    
DNF Kevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Stijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
DNF Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Reinier Honig (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano    
DNF Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet    
DNF Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
DNF Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
DNF Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp    
DNF Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp    
DNF Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
DNF Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
DNF Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
DNF Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
Sprint 1 - Chatillon Sur Loire
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ 5  pts
2 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 3  
3 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Veranda's Willems - Accent 1  
Sprint 2 - Santranges
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack 5  pts
2 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 1  
Sprint 3 - Menetou Salon
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 5  pts
2 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack 3  
3 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 1  
Mountain 1 - Cote Du Graveron
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing 5  pts
2 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 1  
Mountain 2 - Cote De Bue
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing 5  pts
2 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 3  
3 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack 1  
Mountain 3 - Cote De La Chapelotte
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing 5  pts
2 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 3  
3 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 1  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack 8  pts
2 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 6  
3 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ 5  
4 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3  
5 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 3  
6 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing 15  pts
2 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling 4  
3 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3  
4 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels 3  
5 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack 1  
6 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 1