Hayman tops sprint for Paris-Bourges win

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) TeamResult
1Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling4:30:29 
2Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard  
3Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling  
4John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
5Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
6Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing  
7Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
10Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
11Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:00:02 
12Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team Netapp  
13Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
14Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing  
15Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
16Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad0:00:07 
17Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
18Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar  
19Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
20Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
21Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
22Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
23Wim De Vocht (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
24Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
26Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:11 
27Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
28Jesse Sergent (NZl) Team RadioShack  
29Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
30Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing0:00:15 
31Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille  
32Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
33Evert Verbist (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
34Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
35Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ  
36Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
37Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:19 
38Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de0:00:21 
39Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
40Joël Zangerle (Ned) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfoot.de  
41Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad  
42Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
43Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:24 
44Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
45Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
46Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:31 
47Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:36 
48Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
49Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
50Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
51Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
52Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard  
53Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:52 
54Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
55Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:55 
56André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:05 
57Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard  
58Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:01:08 
59Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:16 
60Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:02:04 
61Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:11 
62Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
63Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing  
64Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:02:52 
65Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:03:05 
66Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack0:03:18 
67Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
68Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ0:06:08 
69Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
70Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
71Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:56 
DNFJérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFFranck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFFlorent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFLeonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRan Margaliot (Isr) Saxo Bank Sungard  
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFStéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFRussell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFGuillaume Blot (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFWout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
DNFManuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack  
DNFGustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank Sungard  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - Sharp  
DNFPatrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad  
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMathieu Teychenne (Fra) AGR2 La Mondiale  
DNFMartin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFDimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack  
DNFJonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
DNFMathieu Delaroziere (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
DNFYohan Cauquil (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
DNFJulien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFLoïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAnthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFDaryl Impey (RSA) Team Netapp  
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille  
DNFNicolas Rousseau (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFRonan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFMathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFJohan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFKevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAlex Meenhorst (NZl) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de  
DNFChristian Poos (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de  
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ  
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Team RadioShack  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
DNFTom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille  
DNFGediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de  
DNFVytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de  
DNFMorten Knudsen (Den) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de  
DNFAlexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing  
DNFScott Thwaites (GBr) Endura Racing  
DNFEvan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing  
DNFDaniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp  
DNFEvgeni Shalunov (Rus) Team RadioShack  
DNFKevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFThierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
DNFStijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFStijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFKenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFRomain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFReinier Honig (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
DNFKoen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFEgidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFBobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFRubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp  
DNFEric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFTimon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
DNFJure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
Sprint 1 - Chatillon Sur Loire
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ5 pts
2Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3 
3Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Veranda's Willems - Accent1 
Sprint 2 - Santranges
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack5 pts
2Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3 
3Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1 
Sprint 3 - Menetou Salon
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling5 pts
2Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack3 
3John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1 
Mountain 1 - Cote Du Graveron
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing5 pts
2Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3 
3Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1 
Mountain 2 - Cote De Bue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing5 pts
2Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels3 
3Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack1 
Mountain 3 - Cote De La Chapelotte
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing5 pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling3 
3John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack8 pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling6 
3Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ5 
4Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3 
5Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3 
6John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing15 pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling4 
3Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3 
4Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels3 
5Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack1 
6John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1 

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