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Tour de l'Ain 2009

Date range:
August 9-12, 2009

August 09, Stage 1: Bourg-en-Bresse - St. Denis les Bourg 146.5km

Buffaz opens Tour de l'Ain with win

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 09, 2009, 17:55 BST,
Updated:
August 10, 2009, 8:49 BST

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

1 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 3:18:58  
2 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel    
3 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:00:02  
4 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:00:37  
5 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
6 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
7 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
8 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
9 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
10 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
12 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
13 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
14 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
15 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
16 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93    
17 Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
18 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France    
19 Romain Hardy (Fra) France    
20 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
21 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
22 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
23 Arthur Vichot (Fra) France    
24 Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
25 Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana    
26 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
27 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
28 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93    
29 Yoann Bagot (Fra) France    
30 Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
31 Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
32 Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
33 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
34 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano    
35 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step    
36 Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
37 Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
38 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
39 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel    
40 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
41 Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
42 Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
43 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
44 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
45 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
46 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
47 Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
48 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
49 Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
50 Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux    
51 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
52 Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
53 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
54 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
55 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
56 Faber Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
57 Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
58 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
59 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana    
60 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
61 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
62 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
63 Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
64 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
65 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
66 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93    
67 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
68 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step    
69 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
70 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
71 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
72 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
73 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93    
74 Thibault Pinot (Fra) France    
75 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
76 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto    
77 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
78 Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
79 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana    
80 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
81 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
82 Alejandro Ramirez Calderon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
83 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto    
84 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana    
85 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
86 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
87 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel    
88 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental    
89 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
90 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step    
91 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93    
92 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel    
93 Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
94 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
95 Marlon Perez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
96 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
97 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana    
98 Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
99 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
100 Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
101 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
102 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana    
103 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
104 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
105 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
106 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
107 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
108 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France 0:01:01  
109 Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
110 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental    
111 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step 0:06:22  
112 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
DNF Markus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
DNF Fabio Duarte (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
Points
1 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 25 pts
2 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 20  
3 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 16  
4 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano 14  
5 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 12  
6 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 10  
7 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 9  
8 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 8  
9 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental 7  
10 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 6  
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto 5  
12 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 4  
13 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3  
14 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 2  
15 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 1  
Sprint 1 - Lent, km 57.5
1 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 5 pts
2 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 3  
3 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1  
Mountain 1 - Côte des carronnieres, km 23.6
1 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 5 pts
2 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 3  
3 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1  
General classification after stage 1
1 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 3:18:48  
2 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 0:00:04  
3 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:00:08  
4 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:00:47  
5 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
6 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
7 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
8 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step    
9 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
10 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
12 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
13 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
14 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
15 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
16 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93    
17 Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
18 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France    
19 Romain Hardy (Fra) France    
20 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
21 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
22 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
23 Arthur Vichot (Fra) France    
24 Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
25 Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana    
26 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
27 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
28 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93    
29 Yoann Bagot (Fra) France    
30 Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
31 Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
32 Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
33 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
34 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano    
35 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step    
36 Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
37 Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
38 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
39 Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel    
40 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
41 Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
42 Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
43 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
44 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
45 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step    
46 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
47 Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
48 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
49 Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
50 Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux    
51 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
52 Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
53 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
54 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
55 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
56 Faber Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
57 Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
58 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
59 Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana    
60 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
61 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
62 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
63 Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
64 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
65 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
66 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93    
67 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
68 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step    
69 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
70 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto    
71 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
72 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
73 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93    
74 Thibault Pinot (Fra) France    
75 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
76 Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto    
77 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
78 Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
79 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana    
80 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
81 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
82 Alejandro Ramirez Calderon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
83 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto    
84 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana    
85 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
86 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
87 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel    
88 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental    
89 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
90 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step    
91 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93    
92 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel    
93 Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
94 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
95 Marlon Perez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
96 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
97 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana    
98 Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
99 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
100 Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
101 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
102 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana    
103 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
104 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
105 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
106 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
107 Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
108 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France 0:01:11  
109 Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
110 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental    
111 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:06:32  
112 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step 0:06:52  
Points classification
1 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 26 pts
2 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 25  
3 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 19  
4 Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano 14  
5 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 12  
6 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 10  
7 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 9  
8 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 8  
9 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental 7  
10 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 6  
11 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto 5  
12 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 4  
13 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3  
14 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 2  
15 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 1  
Mountains classification
1 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 5 pts
2 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 3  
3 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1  
Young rider classification
1 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 3:19:35  
2 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93    
4 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France    
5 Romain Hardy (Fra) France    
6 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
7 Arthur Vichot (Fra) France    
8 Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
9 Yoann Bagot (Fra) France    
10 Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
11 Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
12 Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
13 Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux    
14 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
15 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
16 Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
17 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93    
18 Thibault Pinot (Fra) France    
19 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
20 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental    
21 Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
22 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France 0:00:24  
23 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental    
24 Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step 0:06:05  
Teams classification
1 Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne 9:58:08  
2 Agritubel    
3 Skil - Shimano 0:00:02  
4 Bmc Racing Team 0:00:37  
5 Equipe De France    
6 Caisse D`Epargne    
7 Quick Step    
8 Rabobank    
9 Roubaix Lille Métropole    
10 Silence-Lotto    
11 Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
12 Bretagne Schuller    
13 Auber 93    
14 Equipe Du Kazakhstan    
15 Ag2R La Mondiale    
16 Bbox Boutgues Telecom    
17 Astana    
18 Francaise Des Jeux    
19 Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes