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Mourey leads FDJ podium sweep in Tro-Bro Leon

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Jean-François Quénet

Le Bon, Geslin clean up for French team

Francis Mourey (FDJ) celebrates his victory

Francis Mourey (FDJ) celebrates his victory

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The 24 sectors of graveled roads of the Tro Bro Leon have crowned the seven-time French cyclo-cross champion Francis Mourey. The the FDJ team made up for its back luck in Paris-Roubaix where Yoann Offredo and Matthieu Ladagnous crashing badly, and captured all three spots on the final Tro Bro Leon podium with Johan Le Bon and Anthony Geslin to complete the triumph.

"On the road, this is my nicest win ever," said Mourey who only scored the second win of his road career nine days ago at the last stage of Circuit de la Sarthe. "But nothing is as high in my heart as my French champion titles for cyclo-cross. It's a big day for FDJ. Everything happened just as planned at the team meeting this morning."

Geslin who already finished third at the Tour du Finistère the day before was designated to make the early move, so he did in the 18-man breakaway with his teammate Laurent Pichon, who was unfortunate to puncture at the worst moment when a counter-attack comprising Mourey and Le Bon was about to bridge the gap. With 30km to go, FDJ outnumbered the rest of the field with three riders out of seven at the front, the others being Gert Joeaar (Cofidis), Rémi Cusin (IAM Cycling), Cyrille Lemoine (Sojasun) and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Bretagne-Séché).

"Francis [Mourey] was so strong that I suggested to him to go solo with twenty kilometers to go," Geslin explained. "Two kilometers later, he did it. In the last lap, I told Johan [Le Bon] to attack and to pull the sprint for me if he wasn't successful but he made it through the line, so it was down to me to assume the responsibilities for the triple crown. It's rare to get a 1-2-3 in such a race."

"It feels really good to cap off the nice beginning of the week for FDJ [after the victories of Pierrick Fédrigo at Paris-Camembert and Arnaud Démare at the GP Denain]," Le Bon echoed. "I hope one day I'll win this race as my father [Dominique] did [in 1986], but today, Mourey was above everyone."

"Thanks to my teammates [Geslin and Pichon] at the front, I managed to save energy in the first part of the race," Mourey said. "On the gravel roads, I kept a good speed in all the curves. I knew I had what it took to stay up front on my own. After the cyclo-cross season, I took a good rest, mentally and physically. I only have to do long rides because I've done the intensities in cyclo-cross and in road races. I've found the right rhythm."

After the Tour de Romandie and the Giro d'Italia, Mourey will be back in Lannilis for the French championship that will also feature some graveled roads for the first time ever. "I wish I could do what my boss Marc Madiot has, and become French champion in both road racing and cyclo-cross," Mourey said. "But I firstly hope that I'll be able to play an important role for FDJ to keep the blue, white and red jersey. In any case, I'll be happy to come back. I won the French championship for cyclo-cross on two occasions close to here. It feels good to have the support of a crowd that knows cycling very well and loves it."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 5:12:43  
2 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 0:00:58  
3 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ 0:01:16  
4 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
5 Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling    
6 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun    
7 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement 0:01:20  
8 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 0:02:48  
9 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
10 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:02:52  
11 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun 0:03:00  
12 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ 0:03:10  
13 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
14 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling    
15 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne Séché Environnement    
16 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
17 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
18 Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
19 Louis Verhelst (Bel) Etixx - Ihned    
20 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
21 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun    
22 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
23 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:03:13  
24 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
25 Eric Berthou (Fra) Team Raleigh    
26 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ    
27 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:36  
28 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:04:07  
29 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Doltcini - Flanders    
30 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
31 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
32 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
33 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Etixx - Ihned    
34 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh    
35 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
36 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun    
37 Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling    
38 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
39 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
40 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement 0:04:15  
41 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Bretagne Séché Environnement 0:04:20  
42 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
43 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:04:52  
44 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
45 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural 0:07:56  
46 Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka 0:07:59  
47 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale    
48 Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
49 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
50 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Ihned    
51 Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun 0:08:01  
52 Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
53 Patrick Facchini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
54 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling    
55 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
56 Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
57 Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
58 Richard Lang (Aus) Team Raleigh    
59 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN-Qhubeka    
60 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
61 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
62 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ    
63 Steven Tronet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
64 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:08:06  
65 Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
66 Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:08:17  
67 Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
68 Dieter Bouvry (Bel) Etixx - Ihned 0:08:46  
69 Stijn Steels (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:09:29  
70 Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:09:53  
71 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:10:57  
72 Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille 0:11:07  
73 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
74 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
75 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale    
76 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
77 Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise    
78 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
79 Robert Bush (USA) La Pomme-Marseille    
80 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille 0:11:12  
DNF Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural    
DNF Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural    
DNF Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural    
DNF Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural    
DNF Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Caja Rural    
DNF Antonino Parrinello (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela    
DNF Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Matteo Di Serafino (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar    
DNF Robert Britton (Can) Team Raleigh    
DNF Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
DNF Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Markus Hoelgaard (Nor) Etixx - Ihned    
DNF Florian Senechal (Fra) Etixx - Ihned    
DNF Andris Smirnovs (Lat) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNF Thomas Vernaeckt (Bel) Doltcini - Flanders    
DNF Daniel Dominguez Barragan (Spa) Doltcini - Flanders    
DNF Mathias Van Holderbeke (Bel) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNF Darijus Dzervus (Ltu) Doltcini-Flanders    
DNF Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Mart Ojavee (Est) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Fabian Schnaidt (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Kin San Wu (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Sam Witmitz (Aus) Team Raleigh    
DNF Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Wang Yip Tang (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team    
DNF Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille    
DNF Pieter Van Herck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling    
DNF Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling    
DNF Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling    
DNF Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Jim Songezo (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka    
DNF Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise    
DNF Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
DNF Karel Hnik (Cze) Etixx - Ihned    
DNF Théo Vimpere (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Ihned    
DNF Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme-Marseille    
DNF Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team Raleigh    
DNF Thomas Moses (GBr) Team Raleigh    
DNF Thomas Scully (Aus) Team Raleigh    
DNF Joeri Bueken (Bel) Crelan-Euphony    
DNF Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
Sprint 1 - Lesneven
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 5  pts
2 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Etixx - Ihned 3  
3 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun 1  
Sprint 2 - Bourg Blanc
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Etixx - Ihned 5  pts
2 Louis Verhelst (Bel) Etixx - Ihned 3  
3 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 1  
Sprint 3 - Lannilis
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 5  pts
2 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 3  
3 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 1  
Mountain 1 - Saint Renan Ker ar valy
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Etixx - Ihned 5  pts
2 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1  
Mountain 2 - Illien
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Etixx - Ihned 5  pts
2 Louis Verhelst (Bel) Etixx - Ihned 3  
3 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ 1  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Etixx - Ihned 8  pts
2 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ 5  
3 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 4  
4 Louis Verhelst (Bel) Etixx - Ihned 3  
5 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Sojasun 1  
6 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Samuel Spokes (Aus) Etixx - Ihned 10  pts
2 Clinton Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 3  
3 Louis Verhelst (Bel) Etixx - Ihned 3  
4 Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1  
5 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ 1