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Molmy wins stage after Dumoulin relegated

Despite being the second rider across the line Arnaud Molmy (Team Roubaix-Lille Métropole) was awarded the stage win and overall lead at the Etoile de Bessèges on Saturday afternoon.

Having ended Borut Bozic's (Vacansoleil) two-stage run on Friday, Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) was again the first rider to edge his wheel past the finish but was denied his own double as he was relegated for cutting the course within the final kilometre of Saturday's stage four.

The race jury upheld a protest from Team Roubaix-Lille Métropole that Dumoulin, who crossed the line 20 metres clear of Molmy, had cut short his approach to the final straight.

The subsequent decision saw Molmy installed as stage winner, with Anthony Geslin (Française des Jeux) promoted to second and Belgian Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post-Sean Kelly) to third.

In a further blow to Dumoulin, Molmy also inherited the overall race lead from Borut Bozic, who had started the day with a 16 second advantage over Niko Eeckhout (An Post - Sean Kelly) and the two Frenchman.

Early break brought back

The early kilometres of the stage were marked by a 12-man break who, while given some leeway by the peloton, were never afforded more than a rapidly gained four minute advantage.

The break included: Frederick Veuchelen (Vacansoleil), Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Yoann Offredo (French Games), John-Lee Augustyn (Sky) Rene Mandri (AG2R La Mondiale) Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano), Thomas De Gendt (Mercator-Topsport Vlaanderen), Remi Cusin (Cofidis), Yanninck Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun), Jean-Luc Delpech (Bretagne-Schuller) Mark McNally (An Post-Sean Kelly) and Edward King (Cervélo).

After 30 kilometres of freedom, the group's advantage began to quickly melt away as the race ascended the Col de la Baraque.

Ladagnous the sole survivor

Eventual fourth place-getter Ladagnous would become the closest of a subsequent five-man breakaway group to walk away from the stage with any reward.

Along with Nicolas Roche (Ag2r La Mondiale), the young Frenchman had gone in pursuit of an three-man escape that formed after 80 kilometres of the day's stage. The duo worked hard to get back on terms with Pierrick Fédrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) and Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun).

In spite of the pedigree within the quintet, their lead over the peloton was always tenuous, never extending far beyond 45 seconds. With 27 kilometres to ride that advantage had dropped to 30 seconds, and with 10 kilometres remaining the gap had halved once more.

With 3000 metres to race, the breakaway had been swallowed up and a fourth successive sprint appeared on the cards. Once again, it was Dumoulin who appeared the wiliest within the final kilometre as he crossed the line clear of his nearest competitor.

However, the race jury decided that the Frenchman's significant advantage in the finale had ill gotten through deviation from the race course followed by the remainder of the field and awarded victory to Molmy and boosted Geslin into second.

1Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole3:20:27
2Anthony Geslin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
3Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
4Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
5Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team
6Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
7Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
8Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
9Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
10Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
11Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
12Johan Monbaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
13Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale
14Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
15Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana
16Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
17Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
18Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana
19Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
20Frédéric Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
21Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
22Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
23Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
24Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems
25Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
26Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
27Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
28Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
29Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
30Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
31Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
32Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
33Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
34Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
35Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team
36Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
37Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale
38Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
39Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano
40Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC
41Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
42Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
43Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
44Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
45Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team
46Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
47Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team
48Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
49Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
50Rémy Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
51Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
52Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
53Marc Mc Nally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly
54Joost Van Leyen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
55Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
56Nicolas Portal (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
57Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
58Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
59Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
60Cedric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
61Steven Cummings (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
62Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
63Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
64Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
65Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
66Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
67Valery Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
68David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
69Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano
70Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
71Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
72Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
73Connor Mc Convey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly
74Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
75Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:15
76Michael Barry (Can) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
77Morris Possoni (Ita) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
78Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
79Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:22
80Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:25
81Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:28
82Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:35
83Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:01:34
84Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:05:32
85Nicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:11:15
86John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team0:19:12
87Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:20:31
88Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
89Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana
90Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
91Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems
92Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
93Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC
94Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
95Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
96Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet
97Valentin Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
98Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
99Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
100Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
101Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
102Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
103Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
104Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
105Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
106Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
107Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
108Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
109Stijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
110Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly
111Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
112Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems
113Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team
114Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
115Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
116Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
117Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
118Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
119Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano
120Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
121Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano
122Benoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
123Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano
124Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
125Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
126Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems0:23:33
127Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
128Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro NGC
129James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems
130Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
131Paride Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
132Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas Willems
133Diego Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro NGC
134Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
135Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano
DNSAlessandro Raisoni (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
DNSLaurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC

General Classification
1Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole13:55:10
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:10
3Anthony Geslin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:00:14
4Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:15
5Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:00:16
6Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:00:17
7Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
8Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
9Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:18
10Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
11Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
12Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:19
13Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
14Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team0:00:20
15Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana
16Johan Monbaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
17Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
18Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale
19Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
20Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
21Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano
22Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
23Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
24Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
25Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
27Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
28Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
29Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
30Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale
31Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
32Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team
33Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana
34Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
35Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
36Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
37Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
38Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
39Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
40Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
41Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems
42Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
43Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
44Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
45Cedric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
46Valery Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
47Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
48Rémy Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
49Marc Mc Nally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly
50Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
51Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
52Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
53Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
54Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
55Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
56Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
57Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano
58Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
59Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
60Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
61Nicolas Portal (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
62Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team
63Steven Cummings (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
64Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
65Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano
66David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
67Connor Mc Convey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly
68Joost Van Leyen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
69Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
70Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC
71Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
72Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:35
73Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
74Michael Barry (Can) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
75Morris Possoni (Ita) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
76Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:42
77Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:45
78Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:48
79Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:55
80Frédéric Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:05:30
81Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:06:25
82Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:44
83Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:11:47
84Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team0:15:30
85John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team0:19:32
86Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:20:25
87Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:20:41
88Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:20:46
89Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:20:47
90Benoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:20:49
91Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:20:50
92Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:20:51
93Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
94Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
95Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
96Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana
97Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano
98Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
99Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC
100Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
101Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet
102Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
103Valentin Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
104Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
105Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana
106Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team
107Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems
108Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator
109Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
110Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano
111Stijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
112Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
113Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team
114Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
115Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly
116Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
117Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
118Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
119Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
120Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:21:42
121Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems0:23:53
122Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
123Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC
124Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano
125Diego Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro NGC
126Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems0:26:01
127Nicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:29:28
128Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro NGC0:30:06
129Paride Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:31:17
130Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas Willems
131Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team0:36:01
132Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly
133Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:37:04
134Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:38:22
135James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems0:39:03

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