Eeckhout takes final stage in France

Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly) capitalised on a strong lead-out from his teammates to claim the fifth and final stage of the 2010 Etoile de Bessèges. The Belgian triumphed over Kazakh Valentin Iglinsky (Astana) and Dutchman Hans Dekkers (Landbouwkrediet) to take his first win of the season.

Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), who 24-hours earlier was relegated for cutting the course, claimed the overall title after race leader Arnaud Molmy (Roubaix Lille Metropole) failed to begin the stage. Molmy was one of a huge proportion of the peloton to record a DNS or DNF for the stage, after a stomach bug spread through the bunch overnight.

Molmy's misfortune saw Dumoulin claim the final leader's jersey, three seconds ahead of Matthieu Ladagnous (Française Des Jeux) and a further second ahead of Pieter Ghyllebert (An Post - Sean Kelly Team).

Eeckhout's final stage success combined with Ghyllebert's top-three finish completed a strong showing by the An Post-Sean Kelly at the French race. Team Manager Kurt Bogaerts was understandably pleased with the efforts of his squad.

"It’s been a fantastic week for the team. We have a lot of new faces, it’s great to see everyone work so well together, and show such strong form so early in the season" he said. "It’s a great boost for us, and we now have ten days to regroup before our next challenge in the [Vuelta ao] Algarve."

Dumoulin takes the lead at the start

The fifth stage of the 2010 Etoile de Bessèges began with a much depleted peloton after some 25 riders, including the overnight leader Molmy, failed to sign on for the final stage of the race.

While many were suffering the effects of illness, a group of seven were significantly sprightlier than their colleagues as they set off on an attack after 10.7 kilometres.

The escapees included: Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Andriy Grivko (Astana), Arnaud Gérard (Française des Jeux), Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r La Mondiale), Yann Huguet (Skil-Shimano), Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun) and Thomas De Gendt (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator).

As the advantage of the leaders extended towards two minutes the chase behind began to dwindle; the stage marked by a steady stream of riders to abandon. At 50 kilometres the break had built a gap of 1:50.

However, as with the previous stages, the peloton wasn't keen to see the escape establish a decisive gap as they pegged the gap at 1:30.

Status quo ensued as the break continued to work together and the peloton behind gradually chipped away at their advantage. With 42 kilometres to race the gap was 1:27, falling to 0:28 as the 20km-to-go banner approached.

Seven kilometres later the truce was broken as Voeckler and Gérard set off in search of the finish line. The duo clung onto their slim advantage for as long as they could but with four kilometres to go they were brought back to the bunch.

Cofidis and An Post-Sean Kelly immediately assumed control of the peloton as the race quickly swung beneath the red kite. Niko Eeckhout (An Post-Sean Kelly) proving his strength in the finale to edge out Valentin Iglinsky (Astana) for the win.

 

 

Dumoulin crossed the line safely in tenth to secure the general classification.

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Results
1Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team3:15:07
2Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) AstanaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 4 - Cell 2
6Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 5 - Cell 2
7Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 7 - Cell 2
9Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 8 - Cell 2
10Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 9 - Cell 2
11Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 11 - Cell 2
13Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 12 - Cell 2
14Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 14 - Cell 2
16Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas WillemsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Daniel Lloyd (Gbr) Cervelo Test TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 17 - Cell 2
19Rene Mandri (Est) Ag2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 21 - Cell 2
23Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) AstanaRow 22 - Cell 2
24James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 23 - Cell 2
25Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Maxim Gourov (Kaz) AstanaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 26 - Cell 2
28Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 27 - Cell 2
29Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 29 - Cell 2
31Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 31 - Cell 2
33Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 33 - Cell 2
35Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 34 - Cell 2
36Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 36 - Cell 2
38Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 37 - Cell 2
39Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 38 - Cell 2
40Julien Loubet (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 39 - Cell 2
41Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 42 - Cell 2
44Connor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 44 - Cell 2
46Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 46 - Cell 2
48Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 47 - Cell 2
49Michael Barry (Can) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 50 - Cell 2
52Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 51 - Cell 2
53Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 53 - Cell 2
55Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 55 - Cell 2
57Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sebastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 57 - Cell 2
59Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 58 - Cell 2
60Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 61 - Cell 2
63Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 62 - Cell 2
64Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 64 - Cell 2
66Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 66 - Cell 2
68David Lelay (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 68 - Cell 2
70Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 69 - Cell 2
71Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 70 - Cell 2
72Andriy Grivko (Ukr) AstanaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 73 - Cell 2
75Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 75 - Cell 2
77Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 78 - Cell 2
80Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 79 - Cell 2
81Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 81 - Cell 2
83Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 82 - Cell 2
84Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 83 - Cell 2
85Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 84 - Cell 2
86Paidi O'brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:00:14
89Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:17
90Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 89 - Cell 2
91Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems0:00:19
92Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:32
93Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:54
94Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:08
97Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:01:28
DNSEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) AstanaRow 97 - Cell 2
DNSOscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) AstanaRow 98 - Cell 2
DNSValeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) AstanaRow 99 - Cell 2
DNSJohn-Lee Augustyn (Rsa) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
DNSPeter Kennaugh (Gbr) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
DNSSteven Cummings (Gbr) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
DNSNicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2R La MondialeRow 103 - Cell 2
DNSRoy Curvers (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 104 - Cell 2
DNSFloris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 105 - Cell 2
DNSGuillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 106 - Cell 2
DNSDamien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 107 - Cell 2
DNSBjörn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNSKris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 109 - Cell 2
DNSGuillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 110 - Cell 2
DNSNadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 111 - Cell 2
DNSMaxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 112 - Cell 2
DNSMark Mcnally (Gbr) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
DNSBenoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 114 - Cell 2
DNSRenaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 115 - Cell 2
DNSArnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 116 - Cell 2
DNSMarcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
DNSJure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 118 - Cell 2
DNSDiego Alejandro Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 119 - Cell 2
DNSAndy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFCyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFRémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFGrégory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 128 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFEdward King (Usa) Cervelo Test TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFParide Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFJonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas WillemsRow 133 - Cell 2
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Final General Classification
1Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne17:10:27
2Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:03
3Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:00:04
4Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 3 - Cell 2
5Julien Loubet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:05
6Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:06
7Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:07
8Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 7 - Cell 2
9Biel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:08
10Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 9 - Cell 2
11Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 10 - Cell 2
12Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 11 - Cell 2
13Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:09
14Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 930:00:10
15Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 14 - Cell 2
16Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93Row 18 - Cell 2
20Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 20 - Cell 2
22Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 21 - Cell 2
23Rene Mandri (Est) Ag2R La MondialeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 24 - Cell 2
26Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 25 - Cell 2
27Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 28 - Cell 2
30Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 29 - Cell 2
31Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 30 - Cell 2
32Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 32 - Cell 2
34Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) AstanaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 35 - Cell 2
37Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 36 - Cell 2
38Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 38 - Cell 2
40Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 39 - Cell 2
41Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 40 - Cell 2
42Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 42 - Cell 2
44Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 44 - Cell 2
46Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 46 - Cell 2
48Connor Mcconvey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-ShimanoRow 48 - Cell 2
50David Lelay (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-SojasunRow 50 - Cell 2
52Sebastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro - A StyleRow 51 - Cell 2
53Joost Van Leijen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 54 - Cell 2
56Michael Barry (Can) Sky Pro Cycling Team0:00:25
57Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:27
59Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:35
60Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:38
61Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:42
62Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:14
63Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:15
64Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:34
65Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:11:37
66Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:20:15
67Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly Team0:20:21
68Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:20:35
69Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:20:37
70Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - ColnagoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 930:20:41
72Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 71 - Cell 2
73Andriy Grivko (Ukr) AstanaRow 72 - Cell 2
74Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil-ShimanoRow 74 - Cell 2