Coquard the big cheese in Paris-Camembert

Europcar rider tops Dumoulin, Pichon in the sprint

As soon as his Europcar teammates crossed the line in Vimoutiers, Bryan Coquard apologized that his weight in Camembert wouldn't make much cheese to share, as this was historically the winner's price of the old French semi-classic. The little Frenchman, 58kg, scored his fourth victory this year after two stages of the Etoile de Bessèges and the Route Adélie.

The 75th Paris-Camembert propelled Coquard into the lead of the French cup, but runner up Samuel Dumoulin of AG2R-La Mondiale keeps one more overall victory in sight. Laurent Pichon of completed the podium fully occupied by representatives of French Pro Teams.

"This morning at the start, we were scared that we'd have to assume the responsibilities in the race but we haven't had to do it," enjoyed Coquard who watched the AG2R-La Mondiale do most of the work chasing behind the five breakaway riders Alexandre Blain (Raleigh), Franck Vermeulen (Roubaix-Lille Métropole), Moreno De Pauw (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Alo Jakin (BigMat-Auber 93) and Fabio Chinello (Area Zero Pro Team).

In the hills around Vimoutiers in the beautiful and sunny Normand countryside, local rider Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) launched a strong attack in the Mur des Champeaux but got chased down by Coquard's teammate Alexandre Pichot who is also from Normandy. Another Europcar rider, Maxime Médérel, was the last attacker of the day, prior to the regrouping of twenty-five men for an unexpected bunch sprint.

"Had Médérel passed the top of the last hill alone, I don't think he'd have been caught," Coquard suggested. "I struggled in the climbs, but I managed to hold on."

"We knew that we had to get rid of Coquard to have a chance of winning," Dumoulin commented. "He had attacked a few times in the hills, so we hoped that he'd blow at the end but he didn't. I was on his wheel for the sprint but with the head wind and the false flat terrain to finish, he was definitely the strongest."

"I'm not afraid of races over 200km anymore," Coquard added. "I marked FDJ when Anthony Geslin was leading the sprint for Laurent Pichon and I believed I had to go at 200 metres from the line. On this false-flat, it was a bit far out but I felt I had good legs. I'm super happy with the team work. It was as efficient as at the Route Adélie. Last year I finished fifth here behind a breakaway of four and I was disappointed because we didn't understand each other with Pierrot [Rolland]. This time around, I'm happy with my results so far. I was just a bit disappointed with no stage win at Paris-Nice but I've improved in the climbs."

At the difference of Dumoulin, Coquard will not contest the weekend's French cup races as he'll embark to World Tour events Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, "to gain experience," he said. "It's of another standard of racing but the Amstel Gold Race has a pretty similar terrain as this one here. I'm still in a learning process."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar4:41:56 
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
3Laurent Pichon (Fra)  
4Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
5Anthony Roux (Fra)  
6Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
7Gerry Druyts (Bel) Team 3M  
8Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
10Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Paolo Ciavatta (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
12Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement  
13Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
14Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh  
15Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
16Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
17Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Cédric Pineau (Fra)  
19Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
21Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
22Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra)  
23Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
24Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
25Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:07 
26Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:21 
27Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:00:30 
28Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement0:00:35 
29Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar  
30Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh0:00:40 
31Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh  
32Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
33Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
34Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh0:02:22 
35Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:35 
37Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
38Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:57 
39José Gonçalves (Por) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
40Simone Petilli (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
41Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
42Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
43Mikael Chérel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:03 
45Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
46César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch0:05:01 
47Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
48Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra)  
49Pierre Gouault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
50Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
51Christophe Le Mével (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:05:04 
52Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:05:33 
53Peeter Pruus (Est) Rietumu - Delfin  
54Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 130:07:20 
55Maxime Vantomme (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
56Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:22 
57Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Raleigh  
58Gianluca Mengardo (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
59Arnaud Courteille (Fra)  
60Domingos Goncalves (Por) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
61Antoine Lavieu (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
62Laurent Mangel (Fra)  
63Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
64Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
65Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar  
66Johan Coenen (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch0:09:13 
67Charly Petelin (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
68Jens Vandenbogaerde (Bel) Team 3M0:09:38 
69Tim Vanspeybroeck (Bel) Team 3M  
70Christian Helmig (Ned) Team Differdange - Losch0:10:19 
71Sebastiaan Pot (Ned) Team 3M  
72Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
73Sebastiano Frassetto (Ita) Team Differdange - Losch  
74Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
75Fréderic Brun (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
76Alo Jakin (Est) BigMat - Auber 93  
77Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh  
78Armands Becis (Lat) Rietumu - Delfin  
79Lubos Pelanek (Cze) Team Differdange - Losch  
80Andris Smirnovs (Lat) Rietumu - Delfin  
81Edgaras Kovaliovas (Ltu) Rietumu - Delfin  
82Liam Stones (GBr) Team Raleigh  
83Thomas Rostollan (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
84Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
86Silvio Giorni (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
87Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Team 3M  
88Gianluca Leonardi (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
89Joren Segers (Bel) Team 3M0:13:44 
DNFJoseph Perrett (GBr) Team Raleigh  
DNFRomain Pillon (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFFabio Chinello (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFAxel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFFranck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAndrea Pasqualon (Ita) Area Zero Pro Team  
DNFJoaquin Sobrino (Spa) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFJanis Dakteris (Lat) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFDylan Van Zijl (Ned) Team 3M  
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFEduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13  
DNFMoreno De Pauw (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFKevin Suarez Martinez (Bel) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFEmils Liepins (Lat) Rietumu - Delfin  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
DNFJonas Rickaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
DNFJaap De Man (Ned) Team 3M  
DNSAndzs Flaksis (Lat) Rietumu - Delfin  
DNSAndris Vosekalns (Lat) Rietumu - Delfin  


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