Cornille a Shooting Star

Prologue opens Tour of Mauritius

It was a tale of two Yannicks in the opening day of the multi-stage MTB Tour of Mauritius 2009. Yannick Cornille of Reunion Island ousted Mauritian Yannick Lincoln to take a narrow nine-second lead in the prologue on Thursday.

The prologue was a leg burning 2km, with the main obstacles including a moist seven step concrete staircase and waterlogged singletrack. This short course was a form-checker; it was never going to unearth the actual winner of the tour. It was designed for the powerhouse rider. What the overall tour GC contender demands is a rider with a more complete skillset, with a bias to endurance.

Cornille took the yellow jersey, displaying the qualities required, including dare-devilish cornering. He revelled in the twisty-turny bits.

"I knew I could do a good time, but I didn't know how the other riders would do," said Cornille. Showing his aptitude for technical sections he enthused, "I hope for the rest of the tour there is a lot more."

Christophe Gerard took third place, 11 seconds adrift of Cornille.

Prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yannick Cornille0:03:12 
2Yannick Lincoln0:00:09 
3Christophe Gerard0:00:11 
4Dany Vogel0:00:12 
5Georget Burel0:00:15 
6Christian Emmanuel0:00:16 
7Olivier Heutte0:00:16 
8Gil Guillaumin0:00:19 
9Cedric Passee0:00:20 
10Hugo Caetane0:00:20 
11Jean Philippe (Jnr) Tyack0:00:21 
12Christophe Lincoln0:00:22 
13Andreas Freiter0:00:25 
14Arnaud De Commarmond0:00:25 
15Thierry David0:00:26 
16Sebastien Tyack0:00:26 
17Stephane Payet0:00:29 
18Mathieu Le Blanc0:00:32 
19Armand Le Court De Billot0:00:33 
20Mathieu Rivet0:00:34 
21Frederic Savre0:00:35 
22Olivier Le Court0:00:35 
23Daniel Chaussalet0:00:35 
24Denis Valentin0:00:39 
25Liam Somers0:00:47 
26Michael Kedhoo0:00:51 
27Simon Pougnet0:00:57 
28Sully Robert0:00:57 
29Gabriel Mayer0:00:58 
30Andre Le Blanc0:01:01 
31Xavier De Chalain0:01:05 
32Lawrence Wong0:01:09 
33Gordon Brown0:01:09 
34Daniel Maestracci0:01:15 
35Jean Philippe Tyack0:01:21 
36Sebastien Bax0:01:27 
37Michel Mayer0:01:30 
38Bryan Trousquin0:01:45 
39Gerard Chan-Kin0:01:47 
40Frederic Nicolin0:01:47 
41Hans Brasse0:01:49 
42Antoine Dufoix0:01:51 
43Kesaven Oothendee0:02:21 
General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yannick Cornille0:03:12 
2Yannick Lincoln0:00:09 
3Christophe Gerard0:00:11 
4Dany Vogel0:00:12 
5Georget Burel0:00:15 
6Christian Emmanuel0:00:16 
7Olivier Heutte0:00:16 
8Gil Guillaumin0:00:19 
9Cedric Passee0:00:20 
10Hugo Caetane0:00:20 
11Jean Philippe (Jnr) Tyack0:00:21 
12Christophe Lincoln0:00:22 
13Andreas Freiter0:00:25 
14Arnaud De Commarmond0:00:25 
15Thierry David0:00:26 
16Sebastien Tyack0:00:26 
17Stephane Payet0:00:29 
18Mathieu Le Blanc0:00:32 
19Armand Le Court De Billot0:00:33 
20Mathieu Rivet0:00:34 
21Frederic Savre0:00:35 
22Olivier Le Court0:00:35 
23Daniel Chaussalet0:00:35 
24Denis Valentin0:00:39 
25Liam Somers0:00:47 
26Michael Kedhoo0:00:51 
27Simon Pougnet0:00:57 
28Sully Robert0:00:57 
29Gabriel Mayer0:00:58 
30Andre Le Blanc0:01:01 
31Xavier De Chalain0:01:05 
32Lawrence Wong0:01:09 
33Gordon Brown0:01:09 
34Daniel Maestracci0:01:15 
35Jean Philippe Tyack0:01:21 
36Sebastien Bax0:01:27 
37Michel Mayer0:01:30 
38Bryan Trousquin0:01:45 
39Gerard Chan-Kin0:01:47 
40Frederic Nicolin0:01:47 
41Hans Brasse0:01:49 
42Antoine Dufoix0:01:51 
43Kesaven Oothendee0:02:21 
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