Simon wins Tour du Finistère

Saur Sojasun sprinter outpaces Dumoulin, McEvoy

After attempts at the Route Adélie (3rd) and Paris-Camembert (16th), Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) finally gave local fans confirmation of his exploits at the Volta Catalunya in March. On Saturday the Breton rider claimed the first win of his career on French soil as he outsprinted the whole bunch at the Tour du Finistère, in the same place where Thor Hushovd won stage 8 of the 2004 Tour de France in Quimper.

Breakaway riders Dimitri Champion (Bretagne-Schuller) and Jean-Marc Marino (Saur-Sojasun) were caught with only one kilometer to go but that was an obvious outcome for the numerous spectators of cycling-mad region of Brittany.

“With my teammate away almost all day, my situation was royal,” Simon said.

“With two laps to go (17km), I told myself that I had to focus solely on the sprint. We had to use the final hill to put the pure sprinters like [defending champion] Romain Feillu in the red. I’m not a pure sprinter but I was logically announced as one of the favorites because the uphill finish suited me really well.”

The other rider that Simon feared mostly was Samuel Dumoulin, but the Cofidis rider seems to have lost his superiority in uphill sprint finishes on French soil this Spring. “My two victories in Catalunya have definitely changed me”, Simon explained. “In the past, I would have never dared to launch the sprint the way I’ve done it today. My confidence is great now. But I actually sprinted from too far out. After following [teammate Laurent] Mangel on the hill, I was ahead with 500 meters to go. Fortunately, Eric Berthou [of rival team Bretagne-Schuller] passed me in the last curve and I was able to take the lead again with 200 meters to go.”

“This is my first pro win in France”, said Simon, 26, who turned pro with Crédit Agricole in 2008 and won his first race last year at Villafranca in Spain.

“I’ve dreamt about it and now I’ve done it. Now I’m going to the Ardennes classics with a great motivation. It won’t be the same level of racing though! It’s flat out all the time. It’ll be a good experience anyway. If I could be in the top 15 at Flèche Wallonne, I’d be happy, but it finishes on a wall. I’m told that Liège-Bastogne-Liège suits me better. I have to see by myself if it’s true or not.”

The surprise of the top 3 was Englishman Jonathan McEvoy, 22, who took third place behind Frenchmen Simon and Dumoulin. “But I’m not surprised to be there”, McEvoy told Cyclingnews. “I’m in good form really and I knew it after winning on the British Premier calendar last week. We came here with a strong team on a course that suited me and I positioned myself pretty well. I followed my teammates and the Cofidis rider [Dumoulin]. Tactics were good but I just didn’t have the legs for winning.”

McEvoy will try and get his first international win at the Tour de Bretagne from April 25 to May 1st. The rider from St. Helen’s near Liverpool is obviously ready to pursue Endura Racing’s strong showing in France after the triumphs of Jonathan Tiernan-Locke at the Tour of Mediterranean and the Tour du Haut-Var earlier this year.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun4:14:35 
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
3Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Endura Racing  
4Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
5Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La mondiale  
6Rémi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
7Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
8Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
9Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team0:00:03 
10Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
11Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
12Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
13Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:05 
14Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
15Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93  
16Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-BigMat  
17Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Auber 93  
18Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
19Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
20Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
21Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La mondiale  
22Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) FDJ-BigMat  
23Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille0:00:10 
24Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-BigMat0:00:11 
25Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
26Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
27Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger0:00:16 
28Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:17 
29Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-BigMat  
30Mickael Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
31Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
32Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team  
33Toms Skujins (Lat) La Pomme-Marseille  
34Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
35Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger  
36Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
37Yohan Cauquil (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille  
38Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 930:00:25 
39Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:26 
40Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi0:00:31 
41Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team  
42Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
43Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony0:00:34 
44Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
45Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team  
46Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La mondiale  
47Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team  
48Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team  
49Guillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U0:00:38 
50Florian Le Corre (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
51Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La mondiale0:00:40 
52Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-BigMat0:00:47 
53Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing0:00:49 
54Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony0:00:52 
55Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
56Dean Windsor (Aus) Endura Racing  
57Scott Thwaites (GBr) Endura Racing  
58Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 930:01:01 
59Tortelier Etienne (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
60Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
61Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La mondiale  
62Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
63Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
64Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
65Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar  
66Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
67Yohann Gené (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:17 
68Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
69Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team0:01:26 
70Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:01:28 
71Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
72David Lelay (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:01:35 
73Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
74Ibon Zugasti Arrese (Spa) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert0:02:15 
75Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93  
76Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat0:02:24 
77Erki Pütsep (Est) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com0:02:45 
78Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille0:04:11 
79Tomasz Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U0:05:18 
80Ola Inge Dropping (Nor) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com0:07:09 
HDTomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Arg) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert  
DNFFortin Filippo (Den) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFIno Ilesic Aldo (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFAlexander Serebryakov (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFMathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFDimitri Le Boulcha (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFBoris Zimine (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFDenis Flahaut (Rus) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFSébastien Duret (Ita) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFFlorent Barle (Slo) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
DNFFabien Schmidt (Rus) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFSandy Casar (Ned) FDJ-BigMat  
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFKevin Claeys (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony  
DNFAnthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La mondiale  
DNFBoris Shpilevsky (Fra) AG2R La mondiale  
DNFKristof Goddaert (Fra) AG2R La mondiale  
DNFArnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne  
DNFMartin Mortensen (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team  
DNFMaris Bogdanovics (Fra) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com  
DNFGaylord Cumont (Ltu) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFFranck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFHenryk Cardoen (Fra) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger  
DNFMikael Stilite (GBr) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger  
DNFThomas Vernaeckt (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger  
DNFJames Spragg (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger  
DNFJack Tanner (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger  
DNFMauricio Frazer (Bel) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert  
DNFManuel Miranda Vergara (Bel) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert  
DNFNicolae Tanovitchii (Fra) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert  
DNFRuben Menendez Velasco (Fra) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert  
DNFKoen Barbe (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony  
DNFReinis Andrijanovs (Fra) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com  
DNFMathieu Delaroziere (Bel) La Pomme-Marseille  
DNFSandis Eislers (Bel) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com  
DNFFreddy Bichot (Bel) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFBaptiste Planckaert (GBr) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony  
DNFBueken Joeri (GBr) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony  
DNFKévin Denis (Arg) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFKevin Peeters (Chi) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony  
DNFIan Wilkinson (Mda) Endura Racing  
DNFAlexandre Blain (Spa) Endura Racing  
DNFYannick Martinez (Lat) La Pomme-Marseille  
DNFEvaldas Siskevicius (Lat) La Pomme-Marseille  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Lat) La Pomme-Marseille  
DNFKristofers Racenajs (Lat) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com  
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