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Simon wins Tour du Finistère

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Jean-François Quénet/Cyclingnews.com

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) Team Result
1 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 4:14:35  
2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne    
3 Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Endura Racing    
4 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
5 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La mondiale    
6 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
7 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
8 Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
9 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team 0:00:03  
10 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
11 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
12 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
13 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:05  
14 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
15 Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93    
16 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-BigMat    
17 Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Auber 93    
18 Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
19 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne    
20 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
21 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La mondiale    
22 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) FDJ-BigMat    
23 Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille 0:00:10  
24 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 0:00:11  
25 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
26 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne    
27 Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger 0:00:16  
28 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:17  
29 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-BigMat    
30 Mickael Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
31 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
32 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team    
33 Toms Skujins (Lat) La Pomme-Marseille    
34 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne    
35 Rikke Dijkxhoorn (Ned) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger    
36 Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing    
37 Yohan Cauquil (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille    
38 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93 0:00:25  
39 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:00:26  
40 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 0:00:31  
41 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team    
42 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
43 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony 0:00:34  
44 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
45 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team    
46 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La mondiale    
47 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team    
48 Jacek Morajko (Pol) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team    
49 Guillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 0:00:38  
50 Florian Le Corre (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
51 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La mondiale 0:00:40  
52 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 0:00:47  
53 Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing 0:00:49  
54 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony 0:00:52  
55 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
56 Dean Windsor (Aus) Endura Racing    
57 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Endura Racing    
58 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93 0:01:01  
59 Tortelier Etienne (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
60 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
61 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La mondiale    
62 Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
63 Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
64 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
65 Rafaâ Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
66 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
67 Yohann Gené (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:17  
68 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne    
69 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team 0:01:26  
70 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:01:28  
71 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
72 David Lelay (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 0:01:35  
73 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne    
74 Ibon Zugasti Arrese (Spa) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert 0:02:15  
75 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93    
76 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-BigMat 0:02:24  
77 Erki Pütsep (Est) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com 0:02:45  
78 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille 0:04:11  
79 Tomasz Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U 0:05:18  
80 Ola Inge Dropping (Nor) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com 0:07:09  
HD Tomas Aurelio Gil Martinez (Arg) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert    
DNF Fortin Filippo (Den) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Ino Ilesic Aldo (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Alexander Serebryakov (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Dimitri Le Boulcha (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Boris Zimine (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Denis Flahaut (Rus) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Martijn Verschoor (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Ita) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Florent Barle (Slo) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne    
DNF Fabien Schmidt (Rus) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Sandy Casar (Ned) FDJ-BigMat    
DNF Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Kevin Claeys (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony    
DNF Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La mondiale    
DNF Boris Shpilevsky (Fra) AG2R La mondiale    
DNF Kristof Goddaert (Fra) AG2R La mondiale    
DNF Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne    
DNF Martin Mortensen (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team    
DNF Maris Bogdanovics (Fra) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com    
DNF Gaylord Cumont (Ltu) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Henryk Cardoen (Fra) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger    
DNF Mikael Stilite (GBr) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger    
DNF Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger    
DNF James Spragg (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger    
DNF Jack Tanner (Bel) GEOFCO-Ville d'Alger    
DNF Mauricio Frazer (Bel) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert    
DNF Manuel Miranda Vergara (Bel) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert    
DNF Nicolae Tanovitchii (Fra) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert    
DNF Ruben Menendez Velasco (Fra) Start Cycling Team - Atacama Flowery Desert    
DNF Koen Barbe (Fra) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony    
DNF Reinis Andrijanovs (Fra) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com    
DNF Mathieu Delaroziere (Bel) La Pomme-Marseille    
DNF Sandis Eislers (Bel) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com    
DNF Freddy Bichot (Bel) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Baptiste Planckaert (GBr) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony    
DNF Bueken Joeri (GBr) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony    
DNF Kévin Denis (Arg) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Kevin Peeters (Chi) Landbouwkrediet - Euphony    
DNF Ian Wilkinson (Mda) Endura Racing    
DNF Alexandre Blain (Spa) Endura Racing    
DNF Yannick Martinez (Lat) La Pomme-Marseille    
DNF Evaldas Siskevicius (Lat) La Pomme-Marseille    
DNF Thomas Vaubourzeix (Lat) La Pomme-Marseille    
DNF Kristofers Racenajs (Lat) Alpha Baltic - Unitymarathons.com