Buffaz opens Tour de l'Ain with win

Cofidis rider takes first leader's jersey

Mickaël Buffaz did it the hard way and the celebratations were suitably jubilant when he took out stage one of the Tour de l'Ain in St. Denis les Bourg. Having chased the early break for 24km and helped drive it onwards to victory, the Cofidis rider outfoxed Floris Goesinnen (Skil Shimano) and Rémi Cusin (Agritubel) in the finale to secure victory.

And the Frenchman wasn't hiding his delight afterwards. "This is the happiest day of my life! This is the stage that I had no chance to win!" he said after the finish. "I began this stage [looking to get into] all the escapes and I tried to escape to organise this break [Goesinnen and Cusin] better.

Goesinnen and Cusin had moved off the front of the peloton after just 12km and after 24km of solo chasing by Buffaz the pair was joined by the Cofidis rider, who helped the trio gain a maximum advantage of 7:50. With 50km ridden it was time for Besson-Sojasun, Caisse d'Epargne and Silence-Lotto to begin the chase although their efforts proved to be in vain.

With 20km remaining the gap was still 2:12 and the chances of the break fighting it out for line honours looked more likely. It did come down to this eventuality, the two-man sprint contested by Cusin and Buffaz.

"I've never taken a win like this in the pros but in the amateurs I never missed. We won with a 37-second lead but I would have been content with two seconds! What makes it even more pleasurable for me is the joy of the people.

Buffaz explained that despite some setbacks earlier in the season this could be the turning point. "Winning at home makes it even better! It's more difficult to win at home because of the pressure. I had some health glitches early in the season; I hope that the wheel has now turned."

Full Results

1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3:18:58 
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel  
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:02 
4Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:00:37 
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
7Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
10Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
14Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
15Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93  
17Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
18Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France  
19Romain Hardy (Fra) France  
20Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
21Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
22Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Arthur Vichot (Fra) France  
24Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
25Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
26Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel  
28Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93  
29Yoann Bagot (Fra) France  
30Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
31Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
32Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
33Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
34Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano  
35Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step  
36Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
37Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
38Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
39Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
40Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
41Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
42Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
43Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
44Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
45Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
46Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
47Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
48Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
49Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
50Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
51Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
52Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
53Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
54Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
55Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
56Faber Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
57Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
58Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana  
60Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
61Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
62Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
63Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
64Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93  
67Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
68Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
69John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
71Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
72Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
73Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93  
74Thibault Pinot (Fra) France  
75Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
76Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto  
77Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
78Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
79Christopher Horner (USA) Astana  
80David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
81Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
82Alejandro Ramirez Calderon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
83Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto  
84José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana  
85Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
86Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
87Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
88Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental  
89Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
90Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
91Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93  
92Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel  
93Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
94Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
95Marlon Perez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
96Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
97Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
98Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
99Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
100Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
101Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
102Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana  
103Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
104Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
105Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
106Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
107Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
108Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:01:01 
109Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
110Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental  
111Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:06:22 
112Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
DNFMarkus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
DNFFabio Duarte (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
Points
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne25pts
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel20 
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano16 
4Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano14 
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team12 
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10 
7Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9 
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step8 
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental7 
10Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6 
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto5 
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun4 
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team3 
14Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller2 
15Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1 
Sprint 1 - Lent, km 57.5
1Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel5pts
2Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano3 
3Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
Mountain 1 - Côte des carronnieres, km 23.6
1Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano5pts
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel3 
3Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
General classification after stage 1
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3:18:48 
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel0:00:04 
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:08 
4Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:00:47 
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
7Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step  
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
10Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
14Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
15Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93  
17Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
18Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France  
19Romain Hardy (Fra) France  
20Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
21Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
22Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Arthur Vichot (Fra) France  
24Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
25Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
26Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel  
28Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93  
29Yoann Bagot (Fra) France  
30Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
31Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
32Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
33Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
34Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano  
35Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step  
36Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
37Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
38Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
39Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel  
40Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
41Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
42Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
43Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
44Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
45Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step  
46Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
47Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
48Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
49Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
50Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
51Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
52Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
53Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
54Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
55Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
56Faber Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
57Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
58Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana  
60Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
61Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
62Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
63Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
64Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93  
67Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
68Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
69John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto  
71Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
72Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
73Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93  
74Thibault Pinot (Fra) France  
75Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
76Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto  
77Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
78Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
79Christopher Horner (USA) Astana  
80David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
81Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
82Alejandro Ramirez Calderon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
83Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto  
84José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana  
85Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
86Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
87Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel  
88Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental  
89Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
90Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
91Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93  
92Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel  
93Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
94Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel  
95Marlon Perez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
96Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
97Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
98Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
99Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
100Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  
101Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
102Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana  
103Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
104Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
105Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
106Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
107Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
108Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:01:11 
109Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
110Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental  
111Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:06:32 
112Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:06:52 
Points classification
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne26pts
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel25 
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano19 
4Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano14 
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team12 
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10 
7Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9 
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step8 
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental7 
10Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6 
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto5 
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun4 
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team3 
14Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller2 
15Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1 
Mountains classification
1Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano5pts
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel3 
3Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
Young rider classification
1Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step3:19:35 
2Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93  
4Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France  
5Romain Hardy (Fra) France  
6Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Arthur Vichot (Fra) France  
8Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
9Yoann Bagot (Fra) France  
10Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
11Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
12Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
13Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
14Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
15Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
16Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
17Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93  
18Thibault Pinot (Fra) France  
19Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
20Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental  
21Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
22Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:00:24 
23Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental  
24Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:06:05 
Teams classification
1Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne9:58:08 
2Agritubel  
3Skil - Shimano0:00:02 
4Bmc Racing Team0:00:37 
5Equipe De France  
6Caisse D`Epargne  
7Quick Step  
8Rabobank  
9Roubaix Lille Métropole  
10Silence-Lotto  
11Besson Chaussures - Sojasun  
12Bretagne Schuller  
13Auber 93  
14Equipe Du Kazakhstan  
15Ag2R La Mondiale  
16Bbox Boutgues Telecom  
17Astana  
18Francaise Des Jeux  
19Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes  

 

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