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Tour de l'Ain 2009

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August 9-12, 2009

August 12, Stage 4: Belley - Culoz - Col du Grand Colombiere 129.6km

Cofidis sweeps Horner aside

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Cycling News
Published:
August 12, 2009, 16:14 BST,
Updated:
August 12, 2009, 20:06 BST

Taaramae wins Tour de l'Ain

Cofidis ended Chris Horner's bid for victory at the Tour de L'Ain on Wednesday when Rein Taaramae led two Cofidis teammates across the finish line at the end of 129.6km stage four atop the Col du Grand Colombiere. Tarramae won with a time of 3:36:58, and David Moncoutie and and Damien Monier were second and third at 30 and 34 seconds respectively.  Horner finished fourth.

Taaramae attacked early on the final climb and caught the leftovers of a break one-by-one until he reached the finish for the stage win and an overall victory. Horner dropped from first to second place in the overall, and Moncoutie was third overall.

"The team was great for me today. I think I was just on vacation a little too long," Horner joked afterward according to the Astana team website. He'd recently taken a break from racing. "But I'm happy with where the form is for the Tour of Spain."

On a warm and sunny day, a 13-rider break formed early in the race and got up to four minutes. Astana, defending Horner's lead, paced the peloton and kept an eye on the clock to ensure the break would not get too much time. The peloton faced four total climbs on the day, and the break began to falter under the strain.  It shrunk to eight and then four riders before getting reeled in.

While Taaramae rode alone following his attack from the peloton, Moncoutié, Monier and Maxime Médérel (Auber 93) chased.

Full Results
1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 3:36:58  
2 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:30  
3 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:34  
4 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana 0:00:37  
5 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93 0:00:39  
6 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:00:59  
7 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 0:01:06  
8 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:01:07  
9 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana    
10 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 0:01:14  
11 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:20  
12 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:01:36  
13 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:52  
14 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 0:01:59  
15 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:02:01  
16 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:30  
17 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:41  
18 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:03:07  
19 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:22  
20 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France    
21 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:03:29  
22 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel 0:03:44  
23 Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:03:58  
24 Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes 0:04:40  
25 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 0:05:08  
26 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 0:05:19  
27 Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
28 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:05:23  
29 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:06:11  
30 Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux 0:06:18  
31 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France 0:06:21  
32 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:28  
33 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
34 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana 0:06:45  
35 Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:07:38  
36 Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93 0:07:49  
37 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93    
38 Arthur Vichot (Fra) France 0:08:03  
39 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:09:10  
40 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:09:19  
41 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:09:25  
42 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:09:32  
43 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:09:49  
44 Yoann Bagot (Fra) France 0:09:54  
45 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 0:10:13  
46 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:32  
47 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:12:12  
48 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
49 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental    
50 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental    
51 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:12:55  
52 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:14:06  
53 Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes 0:14:07  
54 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:14:15  
55 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:14:17  
56 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
57 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
58 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
59 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93    
60 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:15:31  
61 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano    
62 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
63 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
64 Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
65 Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom    
66 Thibault Pinot (Fra) France    
67 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
68 Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
69 Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
70 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93    
71 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
72 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun    
73 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental    
74 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
75 Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes    
76 Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:15:47  
77 Romain Hardy (Fra) France 0:16:43  
78 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:20:14  
79 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 0:22:39  
80 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
81 Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan    
Sprint 1 - Champagne-en-Valromey, km 85.2
1 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 5 pts
2 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3  
3 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
KOM 1 - Côte de Premeyzel, km 25.9
1 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5 pts
2 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 3  
3 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
KOM 2 - Côte de Colomieu, km 33.5
1 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5 pts
2 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 3  
3 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
KOM 3 - Côte de Thezillieu, km 69.6
1 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10 pts
2 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 7  
3 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 5  
4 Arthur Vichot (Fra) France 3  
5 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1  
KOM 4 - Coldu Grand Colombier, km 129.6
1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 20 pts
2 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 15  
3 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 10  
4 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana 7  
5 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93 5  
6 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 3  
7 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
Teams
1 Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne 10:51:58  
2 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:02:51  
3 Agritubel 0:04:45  
4 AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:51  
5 Astana 0:07:25  
6 Auber 93 0:15:13  
7 Quick Step 0:16:27  
8 France 0:16:42  
9 Francaise Des Jeux 0:20:38  
10 Rabobank 0:23:34  
11 Caisse d'Epargne 0:24:42  
12 Bretagne Schuller 0:31:51  
13 Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes 0:33:14  
14 BMC Racing Team 0:33:24  
15 Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 0:35:06  
16 Skil - Shimano 0:35:17  
17 Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:36:38  
18 Kazakhstan 0:41:04  
Final general classification
1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 13:03:07  
2 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana 0:00:25  
3 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:32  
4 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:08  
5 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 0:01:50  
6 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:02:30  
7 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:16  
8 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:33  
9 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana 0:03:49  
10 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:15  
11 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:04:26  
12 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 0:04:34  
13 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93 0:04:36  
14 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:45  
15 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 0:04:49  
16 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:04:53  
17 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:05:43  
18 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:05:48  
19 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:05:54  
20 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:35  
21 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France 0:06:38  
22 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel 0:07:05  
23 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:07:28  
24 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:35  
25 Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:08:19  
26 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:08:29  
27 Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes 0:09:26  
28 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 0:09:33  
29 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:09:56  
30 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France 0:10:45  
31 Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux 0:10:51  
32 Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:10:58  
33 Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana 0:11:24  
34 Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:12:15  
35 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 0:12:50  
36 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:13:32  
37 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:13:38  
38 Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:13:41  
39 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:13:42  
40 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:13:54  
41 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 0:13:57  
42 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:14:20  
43 Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93 0:15:39  
44 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93 0:15:42  
45 Arthur Vichot (Fra) France 0:16:11  
46 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental 0:16:15  
47 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental 0:16:16  
48 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:17:29  
49 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:18:03  
50 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:18:24  
51 Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:19:13  
52 Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes 0:19:51  
53 Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:20:27  
54 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:21:14  
55 Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 0:23:33  
56 Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:23:43  
57 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:24:27  
58 Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:24:32  
59 Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:24:39  
60 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:24:42  
61 Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:24:45  
62 Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes 0:26:01  
63 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93 0:26:09  
64 Thibault Pinot (Fra) France 0:26:12  
65 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:26:43  
66 Romain Hardy (Fra) France 0:27:26  
67 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:29:33  
68 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 0:29:58  
69 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:30:54  
70 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 0:31:01  
71 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:31:13  
72 Yoann Bagot (Fra) France 0:31:21  
73 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:32:24  
74 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:32:52  
75 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:33:05  
76 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 0:33:08  
77 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano 0:33:09  
78 Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93 0:33:39  
79 Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:35:55  
80 Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:39:07  
81 Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto 0:45:33  
Points classification
1 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana 45 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 42  
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto 37  
4 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 36  
5 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 30  
6 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 28  
7 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 26  
8 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 25  
9 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 23  
10 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 21  
11 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 20  
12 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 19  
13 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux 17  
14 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 17  
15 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 14  
16 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 14  
17 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12  
18 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93 12  
19 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 12  
20 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux 11  
21 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 10  
22 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 10  
23 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 10  
24 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 10  
25 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 9  
26 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 8  
27 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana 7  
28 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 7  
29 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental 7  
30 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental 6  
31 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 5  
34 Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93 4  
35 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3  
38 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3  
39 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux 2  
40 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 2  
41 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom 1  
42 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
Mountains classification
1 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 30 pts
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 28  
3 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 20  
4 Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes 17  
5 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 17  
6 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 15  
7 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana 12  
8 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 11  
9 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 11  
10 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 10  
11 Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 8  
12 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 8  
13 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 8  
14 Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano 5  
15 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 5  
16 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto 5  
17 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93 5  
18 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
19 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel 3  
20 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3  
21 Arthur Vichot (Fra) France 3  
22 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom 3  
23 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 3  
24 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
25 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1  
26 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1  
27 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
Young rider classification
1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 13:03:07  
2 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step 0:04:34  
3 Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:05:54  
4 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France 0:06:38  
5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:07:28  
6 Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan 0:08:19  
7 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France 0:10:45  
8 Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux 0:10:51  
9 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93 0:15:42  
10 Arthur Vichot (Fra) France 0:16:11  
11 Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental 0:16:15  
12 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental 0:16:16  
13 Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:24:32  
14 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0:24:42  
15 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93 0:26:09  
16 Thibault Pinot (Fra) France 0:26:12  
17 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:26:43  
18 Romain Hardy (Fra) France 0:27:26  
19 Yoann Bagot (Fra) France 0:31:21  
20 Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom 0:35:55  
Teams classification
1 Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne 39:10:46  
2 Agritubel 0:07:33  
3 AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:40  
4 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:13:09  
5 Astana 0:13:31  
6 Francaise Des Jeux 0:28:15  
7 Quick Step 0:29:04  
8 Auber 93 0:30:26  
9 France 0:31:29  
10 Rabobank 0:35:11  
11 Caisse d'Epargne 0:37:24  
12 Bretagne Schuller 0:41:08  
13 Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:49:51  
14 BMC Racing Team 0:52:39  
15 Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes 0:53:44  
16 Kazakhstan 0:56:33  
17 Besson Chaussures - Sojasun 1:02:16  
18 Skil - Shimano 1:08:05