Ravard sprints to Paris-Bourges victory

Feillu and Breschel complete the podium

Anthony Ravard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) sprinted to his fifth win of the season at Paris-Bourges. The Frenchman held off Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) and Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) in the finishing straight to take the 60th edition of the race.

"Today the whole team worked hard," said Ravard. "They pulled back the escape of ten as we entered the circuit. Then, I was well placed and I only had to jump on the pedals! It's a great team performance and it is also a different victory for me from earlier this season because this time I won with a bit more room."

Jan Barta (Team NetApp) and Steven Cozza (Garmin-Transitions) escaped early in the day and quickly established a significant lead. Soon after they established their maximum advantage of 7:30, Barta opted to go it alone while Cozza abandoned the race.

Back in the main field, a dangerous looking move involving Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank), Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) and Luis Pasamontes (Caisse d'Epargne) drifted off the front inside the final 100km. While they were quickly reeled back in, the net result was that the pace of the peloton went up a notch and suddenly Barta’s lead began to crumble.

Another counter attack involving Adam Hansen (HTC-Columbia), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Luis Pasamontes (Caisse d'Epargne), Vincent Jérôme (Bbox), David Moncoutié (Cofidis), Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) and Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen) saw Barta swept up, and as they approached Bourges, the race all came back together.

Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d’Epargne) then slipped clear in the finale but with Ag2r forcing the pace on the front of the peloton his effort was doomed It was left to Anthony Ravard to unleash his sprint in the finishing straight to take the win ahead of Feillu and world championships silver medallist Matti Breschel.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R - La mondiale4:36:52 
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
3Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo bank  
4Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
5Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ  
6Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
7Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
8Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
9Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
10Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
11Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
12Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
13Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Team NetApp  
14Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
15Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
16Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
17Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
18Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
19Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
20Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:09 
21Michael Mørkøv (Den) Team Saxo bank  
22Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R - La mondiale  
23Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
24Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
25Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R - La mondiale  
26Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Cervélo Test Team  
27Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
28Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
29Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
30Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
31Maxime Méderel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
32Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
33Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
34Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
35Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
36Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
37Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
38Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
39Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
40Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:16 
41Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack  
42Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
43Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
44Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
45Timothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
46Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
47Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
48Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo Test Team  
49Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
50Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
51Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
52Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
53Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
54Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R - La mondiale  
55Travis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
56Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
57Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
58David Moncoutié (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
59Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
60Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
61Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
62Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ  
63Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack  
64Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
65Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
66Matthieu Sprick (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
67Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
68Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
69Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions  
70Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
71Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Team Saxo bank  
72Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:38 
73Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp0:00:41 
74Vincent Jérôme (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:44 
75Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:00:49 
76Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:16 
77Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:01:19 
78Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R - La mondiale  
79Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:23 
80Gatis Smukulis (Lat) AG2R - La mondiale0:01:33 
81Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
82Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
83Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
84Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
85José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:39 
86Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:58 
87Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
88Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:07 
89Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:02:37 
90Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
91Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:55 
92Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:06:19 
DNFAlberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFJimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFYohann Gené (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
DNFStéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFSteven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFGeert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
DNFAnthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
DNFKristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R - La mondiale  
DNFVicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFFrank Hoj (Den) Team Saxo bank  
DNFKoldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFGuillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFAlex Meenhorst (NZl) Team NetApp  
DNFAndreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp  
DNFLiam Poole (Aus) Continental Cycling Team Differdange  
DNFAlbain Cormier (Fra) Continental Cycling Team Differdange  
DNFArnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFAndreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp  
DNFBrett Lancaster (Aus) Cervélo Test Team  
DNFRobert Wagner (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
DNFSteven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFMathieu Drouilly (Fra) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFMartial Ricci-Poggi (Fra) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFAlexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp  
DNFMathieu Teychenne (Ger) AG2R - La mondiale  
DNFJosé Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Team RadioShack  
DNFJempy Drucker (Lux) Continental Cycling Team Differdange  
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFAmets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFTjarco Cuppens (Ned) Continental Cycling Team Differdange  
DNFBaptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFTom Thill (Lux) Continental Cycling Team Differdange  
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp  
DNFNico Schneider (Ger) Continental Cycling Team Differdange  
DNFSébastien Harbonnier (Fra) Continental Cycling Team Differdange  
DNFChristian Poos (Lux) Continental Cycling Team Differdange  
DNFRonan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
DNFKenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) Cervélo Test Team  
DNFEric Baumann (Ger) Team NetApp  
DNFStéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
DNFRein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
DNFRoger Hammond (GBr) Cervélo Test Team  
DNFHeinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team  
DNFLucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo bank  
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJonas Aaen Jørgensen (Den) Team Saxo bank  
DNFFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
DNFKevin Peeters (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJonathan Nicolas Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFGrégory Barteau (Fra) Landbouwkrediet  
Sprint 1 - Chatillon Sur Loire
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp5 pts
2Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions3 
3Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp1 
Sprint 2 - Santranges
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp5 pts
2Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions3 
3Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Netapp1 
Sprint 3 - Menetou-Salon
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adam Hansen (Aus) Team Htc - Columbia5 pts
2Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse D'epargne3 
3Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
KOM 1 - Cote De Jars
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp5 pts
2Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank3 
3Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne1 
KOM 2 - Cote Du Graveron
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp5 pts
2Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom3 
3Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1 
KOM 3 - Cote De La Chapelotte
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp5 pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
3Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo bank1 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp10 pts
2Steven Cozza (USA) Garmin - Transitions6 
3Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia5 
4Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3 
5Eric Baumann (Ger) Team NetApp2 
6Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp10 pts
2Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia5 
3Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne3 
4Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp15 pts
2Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo bank4 
3Vincent Jérôme (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom3 
4Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator3 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne13:50:45 
2Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
3Skil - Shimano0:00:07 
4AG2R La Mondiale0:00:09 
5Bretagne - Schuller  
6Big Mat - Auber 93  
7Garmin - Transitions0:00:16 
8Cervelo Test Team  
9Team Saxo Bank  
10Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
11Saur - Sojasun0:00:23 
12Team Radioshack  
13Française Des Jeux  
14Caisse d'Epargne0:00:25 
15Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
16Team HTC - Columbia0:00:45 
17Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:55 
18Euskaltel - Euskadi0:04:35 


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