Bonnet surprises in Limoges

Bbox Bouygues Telecom gets a big win, Boom holds onto yellow

William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) added his name to this year's sizable list of French winners as he claimed stage two of Paris-Nice into Limoges on Tuesday afternoon.

Bonnet overhauled Liquigas' Peter Sagan in a drag race to the line, while Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) continued his so-far impressive Paris-Nice title defence with a third place stage result.

The trio were lucky to escape a dramatic crash 500 metres from the line that saw Jimmy Casper (Saur-Sojasun), Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) and Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions) all hit the ground at considerable pace, though, all three rolled away from the scene quickly.

Overall race leader, Lars Boom (Rabobank) also avoided the melee and retained his overall race lead, still five seconds clear of Jens Voigt (Saxo Bank), while Sanchez moved into third overall at 10 seconds, now three seconds ahead of David Millar (Garmin-Transitions).

Boom was, however required to relinquish his lead in the mountains classification to Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun), who claimed points at all three of the day's Category three climbs.

Earlier in the day, the peloton had left Contres without Simone Ponzi (Lampre), Danilo Napolitano (Katusha) and Frederik Kessiakoff (Garmin-Transitions). The Italian pair elected not to start, while the Garmin rider had failed to finish Monday's brutal stage one.

With a second 200 kilometre-odd stage on the agenda, a breakaway of four riders took up the same challenge as the previous day's escape; departing the peloton after just four kilometres.

Yet again, Dutch squads Vacansoleil and Skil-Shimano continued their tête-à-tête battle for a possible Tour de France invite, Koen de Koert (Skil Shimano) and Jens Mouris (Vacansoleil) taking up the 'fight'. They were joined by Mauro Finetto (Liquigas) and Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun), and together the quartet built up a maximum advantage of 4:15.

Although the wind had backed off a little, the peloton still faced the challenge of three Category 3 ascents on the day's profile. Mangel used the first two climbs, at 15km and 156km, respectively, to snatch the polka dot jersey from Lars Boom's currently expansive collection.

While Rabobank were nonplussed about the loss of the spotty tunic, they were concerned with his retention of the yellow equivalent. The Dutch squad led the peloton throughout the day, chipping away at the break's lead and bringing it to less than a minute with 33 kilometres left to race.

The erosion continued, but moments before the peloton looked to have cancelled the move Mangel took off, in a desperate manoeuvre to escape the now Astana-led pack. Mouris, too, appeared willing to extend his stay out front, but as the pace behind picked up the duo's valiant efforts gave them only a few minutes more time on the telly.

Mangel caught, Caisse d'Epargne came to the front, with Lars Boom afforded one lieutenant as the remainder of his weary Rabobank soldiers drifted towards the back of the bunch. Boom, in contrast, looked comfortable as he watched Caisse d'Epargne trade places with representatives from Sky, HTC-Columbia and Quick Step.

As the final Category three climb approached, 11 kilometres prior to the finish, Cyril Gautier (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) made his presence known. The Frenchman fired off the front and set to work on the final ten kilometres of the day.

Unfortunately for Gautier, his registration of a 17 second time gap was followed by a rapid reclamation by the peloton. The situation held stable for a period at 13 seconds, but Saur-Sojasun, Cofidis and Liquigas weren't prepared to let their mark rule the day.

The lastest escape cancelled, Vacansoleil and HTC-Columbia assumed control for their sprinters, Borut Bozic and Romain Feillu, and Andre Greipel, respectively. Yet as the one kilometre banner appeared then disappeared, it was Quick Step and Liquigas that led the charge.

A messy looking crash caused by a touch of wheels between Grega Bole (Lampre) and a Saxo Bank rider at the front of the peloton 500 metres before the line created a very sudden disruption to the progress of riders including Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia), Dan Martin (Garmin-Transitions) and Jimmy Casper (Saur-Sojasun).

Ahead, Peter Sagan (Liquigas) led the charge onto the final drag to the line, but it was William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) who had a little more gas in the tank as he slid past Sagan to claim his first victory since 2008.

Full Results
1William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4:22:40 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo  
3Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
4Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
5Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
6Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
7Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
8Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
9Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
11Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
12Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
13Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
14Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
15Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team  
16Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
18David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions  
19Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
20Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank  
21Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step  
22Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
23Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
24Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
25Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
26Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo  
27Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
28Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
29Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
30Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
31Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas - Doimo  
33Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
34Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
35Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
36André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
37Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
38Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
39Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step  
40Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
41Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
42Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
43Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
44Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
45Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
46Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank  
47Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step  
48Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
49José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
50Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
51Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
52Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
53Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
54Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
55Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
56Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
57Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
58Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
59Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step  
60Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
62Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
63Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
64Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
65Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
66Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - Doimo  
67Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
68Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
69Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack  
70Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
71Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
72Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
73Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
74Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
75Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
76Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
77Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
78Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
79Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
80Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
81Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia  
82Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
83Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team  
84Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
85Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
86Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
87Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux  
88Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
89Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
90Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
91Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
92Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack  
93Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana  
94Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
95Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
96Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
97Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
98Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
99Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
100Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
101Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
102Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
103Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
104Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
105Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test Team  
106Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
107Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
108Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana  
109Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux  
110David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
111Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
112Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
113Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
114Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
115Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha  
116David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
117Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
118David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
119Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
120Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team  
121Ted King (USA) Cervélo Test Team  
122Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
123Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step0:00:34 
124Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
125Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step  
126Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:00:36 
127Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:47 
128Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:57 
129Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
130Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
131Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
132Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
133Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
134Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
135Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
136Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
137Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana  
138Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:18 
139Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux  
140Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
141Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
142Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
143Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
144Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
145Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
146Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo  
147Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
148Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
149Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
150Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:44 
151Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
152Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:58 
153Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:02:27 
154Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
155Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack  
156Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
157Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
158Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
159Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
160Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:03:48 
161Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:04:03 
162Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank  
163Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:06:52 
164Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
165Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
166Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
167Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank  
168Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank  
169Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:07:49 
170Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo Test Team  
171Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
Sprint 1 - Le Blanc - 92.5 Km
1Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3pts
2Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
3Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo1 
Sprint 2 - Roussac - 164.0 Km
1Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun3pts
2Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
3Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano1 
Limoges - 201.0 Km
1William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom25pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo22 
3Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20 
4Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini18 
5Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank16 
6Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne15 
7Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano14 
8Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha13 
9Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12 
10Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo11 
11Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi10 
12Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun9 
13Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux8 
14Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha7 
15Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team6 
16Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5 
17Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana4 
18David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions3 
19Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
20Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank1 
Côte de Saint-Aignan - 15.0 Km
1Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4pts
2Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano2 
3Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo1 
Côte de Maison Neuve (D.25-D.7) - 156.0 Km
1Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4pts
2Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano2 
3Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
Côte de Nieul - 190.0 Km
1Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4pts
2Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2 
3Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step1 
Young riders
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo4:22:40 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo  
3Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
4Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
5Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
6Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux  
7Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
8Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
9Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
10Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux  
13Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
14Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
16Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank  
17Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank  
18Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
19Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
20Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
21Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
22Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux  
23Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
24Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:00:34 
25Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:57 
26Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
27Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
28Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:18 
29Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
30Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
31Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
32Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
33Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:44 
34Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
35Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
36Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:04:03 
37Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:06:52 
38Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
39Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
Teams
1Liquigas-Doimo13:08:00 
2Katusha Team  
3Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
4AG2R-La Mondiale  
5Euskaltel - Euskadi  
6Caisse d'Epargne  
7Quick Step Cycling Team  
8Saur-Sojasun  
9Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
10Lampre - Farnese  
11Francaise Des Jeux  
12Team Sky  
13Team Saxo Bank  
14Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
15Omega Pharma - Lotto  
16Garmin - Transitions  
17Astana  
18Team Radioshack  
19Cervelo Test Team  
20Skil-Shimano  
21Rabobank  
22Team HTC - Columbia  
General classification after stage 2
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank8:55:51 
2Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank0:00:05 
3Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:10 
4David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions0:00:13 
5Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:15 
6Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:20 
7Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:23 
8Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:25 
9Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
10Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:00:29 
11Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:31 
12Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
13Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:32 
14Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:34 
15Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:35 
16Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
17Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
18Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:38 
19Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:39 
20Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha0:00:41 
21Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:42 
22Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
23Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:43 
25William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:44 
26Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:45 
27Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:46 
28José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
29Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank0:00:47 
30Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
31Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:48 
32Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:49 
33Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:50 
35Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:51 
36Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:53 
37André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
38Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux  
39Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:00:54 
40Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
41Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
42Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:55 
43Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:00:56 
45Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:57 
46Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
47Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team0:00:58 
48Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:59 
49Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:00 
50Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:01 
51Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
52Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
53Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
54Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step0:01:02 
55David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:03 
56Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:01:05 
57Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:01:06 
58Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:01:07 
59Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team0:01:08 
60Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
61Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
62Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
63Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step0:01:10 
64Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:11 
65Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
66Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo  
67Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:12 
68Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
69Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:13 
70Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
71Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:14 
72Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
73Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step  
74Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team0:01:15 
75Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
76Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha  
78Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:16 
79Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
80Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test Team0:01:17 
81Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:18 
82Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step0:01:19 
83Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
84Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
85Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:01:20 
86Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:21 
87Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:24 
88Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
89Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank0:01:26 
90Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:28 
91Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:29 
92Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:30 
93Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:31 
94Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:32 
95Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank  
96Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:34 
97Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:01:36 
98Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:39 
99Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:01:40 
100Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:01:47 
101Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:50 
102Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
103Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:52 
104Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana0:02:04 
105Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:02:12 
106Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana0:02:13 
107Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:20 
108Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:02:32 
109Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:38 
110Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:02:51 
111Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:45 
112Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:04:59 
113Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:05:03 
114Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:05:21 
115Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:05:22 
116Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:05:28 
117David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:35 
118Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:05:38 
119Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:05:47 
120Ted King (USA) Cervélo Test Team0:05:57 
121Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:03 
122Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:06:08 
123Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:50 
124Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step0:07:01 
125Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:07:34 
126Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:07:47 
127Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:56 
128Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:07:58 
129David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:08:03 
130Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:04 
131Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:08:10 
132Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:08:13 
133Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:08:14 
134Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:08:19 
135Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux0:08:20 
136Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:08:23 
137Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:08:30 
138Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:33 
139Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana0:08:34 
140Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:38 
141Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step0:08:40 
142Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
143Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:43 
144Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack0:08:44 
145Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana0:08:45 
146Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:08:54 
147Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:09:05 
148Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:09:12 
149Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
150Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:09:13 
151Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
152Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:09:14 
153Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
154Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:15 
155Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo0:09:16 
156Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini  
157Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:09:19 
158Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:09:39 
159Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:09:49 
160Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:09:50 
161Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack0:10:01 
162Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:10:20 
163Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:11:48 
164Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:14:24 
165Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:14:38 
166Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:14:47 
167Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank0:14:51 
168Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank0:14:57 
169Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:15:52 
170Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:16:12 
171Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo Test Team0:16:24 
Points classification
1Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne40pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo38 
3Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank37 
4Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank36 
5Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun29 
6David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions27 
7Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team25 
8William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom25 
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo23 
10Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana22 
11Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini22 
12Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini22 
13Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack20 
14Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha18 
15Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne16 
16Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank16 
17Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo16 
18Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team15 
19Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha15 
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale15 
21Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne15 
22Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano14 
23Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun13 
24Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha13 
25Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi13 
26Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team13 
27Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia12 
28Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team12 
29Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi11 
30Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack10 
31Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana9 
32Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux8 
33Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne7 
34Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6 
35Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team6 
36Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team6 
37Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
38Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano5 
39Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
40Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5 
41Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack5 
42Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions4 
43Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank3 
44Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha2 
45Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
46Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank2 
47Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto1 
48Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
49Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano1 
50Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo1 
Mountains classification
1Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun11pts
2Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank4 
3Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom4 
4Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano4 
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2 
6Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step1 
7Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
8Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo1 
Young rider classification
1Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank8:55:51 
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:15 
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo0:00:23 
4Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:32 
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:39 
6Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:43 
7Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:46 
8Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:49 
9Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:50 
11Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:55 
12Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:57 
13Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:01 
14Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto  
15Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions0:01:12 
16Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:01:13 
17Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:01:14 
18Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:16 
19Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:19 
20Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto0:01:24 
21Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank0:01:32 
22Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:01:52 
23Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step0:02:12 
24Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:02:20 
25Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:02:32 
26Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:05:03 
27Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:05:21 
28Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux0:06:03 
29Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux0:06:08 
30Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions0:08:23 
31Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:38 
32Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:08:40 
33Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:08:54 
34Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:09:12 
35Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
36Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:09:39 
37Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:09:49 
38Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo0:14:38 
39Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:14:47 
Teams classification
1Caisse d'Epargne26:49:04 
2Liquigas-Doimo0:00:05 
3Team Saxo Bank  
4Rabobank  
5Garmin - Transitions0:00:07 
6Team Radioshack0:00:08 
7Saur-Sojasun0:00:12 
8Team Sky0:00:26 
9Katusha Team0:00:34 
10Astana0:00:36 
11Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:44 
12AG2R-La Mondiale0:00:45 
13Team HTC - Columbia  
14Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:46 
15Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:01 
16Omega Pharma - Lotto  
17Cervelo Test Team  
18Lampre - Farnese0:01:09 
19Francaise Des Jeux0:01:14 
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:16 
21Quick Step Cycling Team0:01:35 
22Skil-Shimano0:01:50 
19Francaise Des Jeux0:01:14 
20Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:16 
21Quick Step Cycling Team0:01:35 
22Skil-Shimano0:01:50 

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Who is William Bonnet?

William Bonnet's win in Tuesday's stage of Paris-Nice was not only a significant personal victory for the 27-year-old, but also continued the incredible run of French success in the peloton this year.

The Bbox Bouygues Telecom sprinter's triumph was the 28th victory by a French rider this season and, this one, coming at Paris-Nice, is arguably the most significant indicator of the nation's apparent return to form.

Bonnet is also a poster-boy for this modern day 'French resistance'. He has spent all six of his years of his professional career on French teams, beginning with Auber 93 in 2005.

A win on the opening stage of that year's Paris - Corrèze was followed in 2006 with a move to the big leagues with Crédit Agricole, where he spent three seasons and raced his first Giro d'Italia (2006) and Tours de France (2007, 2008) at the service of Thor Hushovd.

A Tour appearance in 2009 also followed, but this time he entered the race as Bbox Bouygues Telecom's designated fast-man. While he achieved several top-ten stage results at his national Tour, a trip to Spain for the Vuelta netted two second-placings as he continued his ascension towards the top of the sprinting ranks.

A Paris-Nice stage win knocked off the next rung in that ladder.

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