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Fédrigo wins a wet and rainy Paris-Camembert

Jeff Quénet

Frenchmen the best among four-man break

Pierrick Fédrigo (FDJ) celebrates victory at Paris-Camembert

Pierrick Fédrigo (FDJ) celebrates victory at Paris-Camembert

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Pierrick Fédrigo scored his first victory of the 2013 season at Paris-Camembert, but he didn't seem to enjoy it as much as he might have during the rain-soaked day when many racers suffered. The 74th edition of the "race of the cheese" was decided at the very end when Fédrigo followed an attack by Pierre Rolland (Europcar) atop the mur des Champeaux, 10 kilometers before the finish line in Vimoutiers. Fédrigo crossed the line ahead of Sylvain Georges (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rolland and Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille) while Bryan Coquard (Europcar) won the bunch sprint for fifth 21 seconds later.

"I'm from the southwest," Fédrigo said. "I like the sun but not the rain and the cold. Several times, I thought of pulling out. Along the way, good sensations came back and I used as much courage as I could. My experience helped as well. Everyone was tired at the end."

A nine-man breakaway made its way to the centre of Normandy with Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R-La Mondiale), Pierrick Quéméneur (Europcar), Fabien Schmidt (Sojasun), Alexandre Blain and Rob Britton (Raleigh), Kevin Lalouette (Roubaix), Tim de Clercq (TopSport-Vlaanderen), Romain Hardy (Cofidis) and Cédric Pineau (FDJ). Pineau, De Clercq and Britton were the last three to surrender in the final 20 kilometers. They were caught by Mikaël Chérel (AG2R-La Mondiale), Bryan Coquard (Europcar), Julien El Farès (Sojasun), Mike Terpstra (3M) and Antomarchi. Inspired by his brother's third place at Paris-Roubaix, Terpstra tried to finish solo, but he was overtaken by the winning quartet.

"Since the Circuit de la Sarthe, I knew that the wheel to follow was Rolland's," Fédrigo said. "It came down to a sprint between four solid riders. This race course suits me. I'm obviously happy to win here for the first time. Two years ago, I was able to win it, but I was racing with Sandy [Casar] who was close to home, so I raced for him to win. Paris-Camembert is a race that counts in the record book."

"It's not a shame to be beaten by Fédrigo," Georges said. "It's his revenge since I finished ahead of him two years at GP Plumelec. I told my teammates that I'd be up there today in the finale. It feels good to race at the front. I'm building up my form for the Giro."

Rolland had another race in mind. "With those meteorological conditions, it was hard to focus today," he said. "My mind was on Liège-Bastogne-Liège."

Fédrigo and Rolland will both tackle the oldest of the Classics but through a very different program. The FDJ rider will keep racing the French Cup at Tour du Finistère and Tro Bro Leon while the climber from Europcar will ride the Giro del Trentino. "So far, it's been difficult to find the motivation for racing because of the rain," Fédrigo said. "I'm strongly hoping for better weather in the weeks to come."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) FDJ 4:53:35  
2 Sylvain Georges (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
3 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
4 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
5 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:21  
6 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
7 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun    
8 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
9 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun    
10 Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh    
11 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ    
12 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
13 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
14 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
15 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
16 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
17 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
18 Mikael Chérel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
19 Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M    
20 Loic Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
21 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:30  
22 Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
23 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar    
24 Rob Britton (Can) Team Raleigh    
25 Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
26 Sibrecht Pieters (Bel) Team 3M    
27 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement 0:00:33  
28 Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
29 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
30 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:36  
31 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
32 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
33 Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:02:11  
34 Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:02:13  
35 Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:02:16  
36 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement 0:02:30  
37 Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Team Differdange-Losch    
38 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:02:32  
39 Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:51  
40 Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:04:18  
41 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ    
42 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
43 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
44 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 0:04:27  
45 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:04:38  
46 Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-Losch    
47 Thomas Scully (USA) Team Raleigh    
48 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team Raleigh    
49 César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange-Losch 0:05:25  
50 Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
51 Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Team 3M 0:06:37  
52 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar 0:08:35  
53 Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
54 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar    
55 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
56 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
57 Jérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:08:38  
58 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M 0:10:26  
59 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 0:11:47  
60 Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch 0:11:49  
61 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun    
62 Hugo Houle (Can) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Robert Bush (USA) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Julian Kern (Ger) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Steffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Andre Schulze (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
DNF Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh    
DNF Eric Berthou (Fra) Team Raleigh    
DNF Richard Lang (Aus) Team Raleigh    
DNF Mark O'brien (Aus) Team Raleigh    
DNF Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3M    
DNF Frederik Verkinderen (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Timothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Joren Segers (Bel) Team 3M    
DNF Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Sjef De Wilde (Bel) Team Differdange-Losch    
DNF Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange-Losch    
DNF Gediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange-Losch    
DNF Myron Simpson (NZl) Team Differdange-Losch    
DNF Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
DNF Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Fabien Bacquet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93