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March 7-14, 2010

March 09, Stage 2: Contres - Limoges 201.5km

Bonnet surprises in Limoges

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Cycling News
Published:
March 09, 2010, 15:19 GMT,
Updated:
March 12, 2010, 21:15 GMT

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

William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) earned his first victory of 2010 at Paris-Nice.

William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) earned his first victory of 2010 at Paris-Nice.

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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
1 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4:22:40  
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo    
3 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
4 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
5 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
6 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
7 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
8 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha    
9 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
10 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo    
11 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
12 Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
13 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
14 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
15 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team    
16 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
17 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana    
18 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions    
19 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
20 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
21 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step    
22 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
23 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
24 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
25 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
26 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo    
27 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
28 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
29 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
30 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
31 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas - Doimo    
33 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step    
34 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha    
35 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
36 André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
37 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
38 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack    
39 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
40 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
41 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
42 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
43 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
44 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
45 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana    
46 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank    
47 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
48 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
49 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
50 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux    
51 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
52 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
53 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack    
54 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
55 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
56 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
57 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
58 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
59 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step    
60 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
61 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux    
62 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
63 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
64 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
65 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
66 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - Doimo    
67 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
68 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
69 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack    
70 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
71 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank    
72 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
73 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
74 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
75 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
76 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
77 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
78 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
79 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
80 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
81 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
82 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
83 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team    
84 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
85 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
86 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack    
87 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
88 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
89 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
90 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
91 Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
92 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack    
93 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana    
94 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
95 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
96 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
97 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank    
98 Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
99 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
100 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
101 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
102 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
103 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
104 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
105 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test Team    
106 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
107 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
108 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana    
109 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux    
110 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
111 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
112 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux    
113 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo    
114 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
115 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha    
116 David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
117 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
118 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
119 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
120 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team    
121 Ted King (USA) Cervélo Test Team    
122 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
123 Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:34  
124 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step    
125 Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step    
126 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:36  
127 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:00:47  
128 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack 0:00:57  
129 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
130 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana    
131 Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia    
132 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
133 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana    
134 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
135 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
136 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
137 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana    
138 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:01:18  
139 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
140 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
141 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
142 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
143 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
144 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
145 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
146 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo    
147 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
148 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
149 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
150 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:44  
151 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
152 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:58  
153 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:02:27  
154 Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
155 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack    
156 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
157 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
158 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions    
159 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
160 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:03:48  
161 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana 0:04:03  
162 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank    
163 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank 0:06:52  
164 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
165 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
166 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo    
167 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank    
168 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank    
169 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:07:49  
170 Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
171 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
Sprint 1 - Le Blanc - 92.5 Km
1 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 3 pts
2 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 2  
3 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 1  
Sprint 2 - Roussac - 164.0 Km
1 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 3 pts
2 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 2  
3 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 1  
Limoges - 201.0 Km
1 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 25 pts
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 22  
3 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 20  
4 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini 18  
5 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 16  
6 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 15  
7 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano 14  
8 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 13  
9 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 12  
10 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 11  
11 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 10  
12 Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 9  
13 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 8  
14 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 7  
15 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team 6  
16 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5  
17 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 4  
18 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions 3  
19 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
20 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Côte de Saint-Aignan - 15.0 Km
1 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4 pts
2 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 2  
3 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 1  
Côte de Maison Neuve (D.25-D.7) - 156.0 Km
1 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4 pts
2 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 2  
3 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 1  
Côte de Nieul - 190.0 Km
1 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4 pts
2 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 2  
3 Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step 1  
Young riders
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 4:22:40  
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo    
3 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
4 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
5 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step    
6 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
7 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
8 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
9 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
10 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
11 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
12 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux    
13 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
14 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
15 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
16 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank    
17 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank    
18 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack    
19 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
20 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions    
21 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
22 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux    
23 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
24 Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step 0:00:34  
25 Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:57  
26 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
27 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
28 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:01:18  
29 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
30 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
31 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
32 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
33 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:44  
34 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
35 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions    
36 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank 0:04:03  
37 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank 0:06:52  
38 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo    
39 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
Teams
1 Liquigas-Doimo 13:08:00  
2 Katusha Team    
3 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
4 AG2R-La Mondiale    
5 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
6 Caisse d'Epargne    
7 Quick Step Cycling Team    
8 Saur-Sojasun    
9 Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
10 Lampre - Farnese    
11 Francaise Des Jeux    
12 Team Sky    
13 Team Saxo Bank    
14 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
15 Omega Pharma - Lotto    
16 Garmin - Transitions    
17 Astana    
18 Team Radioshack    
19 Cervelo Test Team    
20 Skil-Shimano    
21 Rabobank    
22 Team HTC - Columbia    
General classification after stage 2
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 8:55:51  
2 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:05  
3 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:10  
4 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:13  
5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo 0:00:15  
6 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:20  
7 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 0:00:23  
8 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:00:25  
9 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana    
10 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:00:29  
11 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:31  
12 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
13 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:00:32  
14 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:34  
15 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:35  
16 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack    
17 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana    
18 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:38  
19 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:39  
20 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:41  
21 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:42  
22 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
23 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha    
24 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:43  
25 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:44  
26 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:45  
27 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:46  
28 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
29 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:47  
30 Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank    
31 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:48  
32 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:00:49  
33 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
34 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:50  
35 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:51  
36 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:53  
37 André Greipel (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
38 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française des Jeux    
39 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:00:54  
40 Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
41 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
42 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:55  
43 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
44 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:00:56  
45 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:57  
46 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
47 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team 0:00:58  
48 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:59  
49 Gorka Verdugo (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:00  
50 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:01  
51 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
52 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
53 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
54 Carlos Barredo (Spa) Quick Step 0:01:02  
55 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:03  
56 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:01:05  
57 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:01:06  
58 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:07  
59 Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervélo Test Team 0:01:08  
60 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
61 Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia    
62 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
63 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quick Step 0:01:10  
64 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:11  
65 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
66 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo    
67 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:12  
68 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions    
69 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:01:13  
70 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
71 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:14  
72 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack    
73 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step    
74 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervélo Test Team 0:01:15  
75 Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
76 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
77 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha    
78 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:01:16  
79 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
80 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervélo Test Team 0:01:17  
81 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:18  
82 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 0:01:19  
83 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
84 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
85 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:20  
86 Joan Horrach (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:21  
87 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:24  
88 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
89 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:26  
90 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:28  
91 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas - Doimo 0:01:29  
92 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:30  
93 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Liquigas - Doimo 0:01:31  
94 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 0:01:32  
95 Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
96 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:34  
97 Egoi Martinez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:36  
98 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:01:39  
99 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 0:01:40  
100 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:01:47  
101 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:50  
102 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
103 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:52  
104 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana 0:02:04  
105 Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step 0:02:12  
106 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana 0:02:13  
107 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:02:20  
108 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:02:32  
109 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:02:38  
110 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:02:51  
111 Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:45  
112 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:04:59  
113 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank 0:05:03  
114 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack 0:05:21  
115 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:05:22  
116 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana 0:05:28  
117 David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:35  
118 Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:05:38  
119 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:05:47  
120 Ted King (USA) Cervélo Test Team 0:05:57  
121 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:06:03  
122 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 0:06:08  
123 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:06:50  
124 Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step 0:07:01  
125 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:07:34  
126 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:07:47  
127 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:07:56  
128 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:07:58  
129 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:08:03  
130 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:04  
131 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:08:10  
132 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:08:13  
133 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:08:14  
134 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack 0:08:19  
135 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:08:20  
136 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:08:23  
137 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:08:30  
138 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:08:33  
139 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Astana 0:08:34  
140 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:08:38  
141 Kévin Van Impe (Bel) Quick Step 0:08:40  
142 Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia    
143 Ivan Velasco (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:08:43  
144 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Team RadioShack 0:08:44  
145 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana 0:08:45  
146 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:08:54  
147 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:09:05  
148 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:09:12  
149 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
150 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana 0:09:13  
151 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team    
152 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:09:14  
153 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
154 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:15  
155 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas - Doimo 0:09:16  
156 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini    
157 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:09:19  
158 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:09:39  
159 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:09:49  
160 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:09:50  
161 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 0:10:01  
162 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:10:20  
163 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:11:48  
164 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:14:24  
165 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 0:14:38  
166 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank 0:14:47  
167 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 0:14:51  
168 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank 0:14:57  
169 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:15:52  
170 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:16:12  
171 Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:16:24  
Points classification
1 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 40 pts
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 38  
3 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 37  
4 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 36  
5 Jeremy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 29  
6 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions 27  
7 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 25  
8 William Bonnet (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 25  
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo 23  
10 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 22  
11 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini 22  
12 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Lampre - Farnese Vini 22  
13 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 20  
14 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 18  
15 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 16  
16 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 16  
17 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 16  
18 Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 15  
19 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 15  
20 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 15  
21 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 15  
22 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano 14  
23 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 13  
24 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 13  
25 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 13  
26 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 13  
27 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 12  
28 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 12  
29 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 11  
30 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack 10  
31 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana 9  
32 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 8  
33 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 7  
34 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 6  
35 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 6  
36 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervélo Test Team 6  
37 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 5  
38 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano 5  
39 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 5  
40 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5  
41 Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack 5  
42 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions 4  
43 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 3  
44 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 2  
45 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
46 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 2  
47 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto 1  
48 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 1  
49 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 1  
50 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 1  
Mountains classification
1 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 11 pts
2 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 4  
3 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4  
4 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano 4  
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2  
6 Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step 1  
7 Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 1  
8 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 1  
Young rider classification
1 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 8:55:51  
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas - Doimo 0:00:15  
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas - Doimo 0:00:23  
4 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - Farnese Vini 0:00:32  
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:00:39  
6 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:00:43  
7 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:46  
8 Jürgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:00:49  
9 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
10 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:50  
11 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:55  
12 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:57  
13 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:01  
14 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto    
15 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:12  
16 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions 0:01:13  
17 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step 0:01:14  
18 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:01:16  
19 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:19  
20 Mickaël Delage (Fra) Omega Pharma - Lotto 0:01:24  
21 Tom Leezer (Ned) Rabobank 0:01:32  
22 Mickael Cherel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:01:52  
23 Nicolas Maes (Bel) Quick Step 0:02:12  
24 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia 0:02:20  
25 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:02:32  
26 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank 0:05:03  
27 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack 0:05:21  
28 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:06:03  
29 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 0:06:08  
30 Christian Meier (Can) Garmin - Transitions 0:08:23  
31 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:08:38  
32 Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia 0:08:40  
33 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:08:54  
34 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:09:12  
35 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
36 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:09:39  
37 Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:09:49  
38 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Liquigas - Doimo 0:14:38  
39 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank 0:14:47  
Teams classification
1 Caisse d'Epargne 26:49:04  
2 Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:05  
3 Team Saxo Bank    
4 Rabobank    
5 Garmin - Transitions 0:00:07  
6 Team Radioshack 0:00:08  
7 Saur-Sojasun 0:00:12  
8 Team Sky 0:00:26  
9 Katusha Team 0:00:34  
10 Astana 0:00:36  
11 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:44  
12 AG2R-La Mondiale 0:00:45  
13 Team HTC - Columbia    
14 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:46  
15 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 0:01:01  
16 Omega Pharma - Lotto    
17 Cervelo Test Team    
18 Lampre - Farnese 0:01:09  
19 Francaise Des Jeux 0:01:14  
20 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:16  
21 Quick Step Cycling Team 0:01:35  
22 Skil-Shimano 0:01:50  
19 Francaise Des Jeux 0:01:14  
20 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:16  
21 Quick Step Cycling Team 0:01:35  
22 Skil-Shimano 0:01:50  

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.