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Geschke wins the sprint in Porto Vecchio

Skil-Shimano’s Simon Geschke took the first win of his professional career at the end of stage two of the Criterium International in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, winning the bunch sprint after the peloton came back together in the last ten kilometres.

Fränk Schleck (Leopard Trek) finished safely in the peloton and so still enjoys a 20-second lead over Vassil Kiryienka before the final seven kilometre time trial stage on Sunday afternoon. Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) is third at 28 seconds.

The 75km morning road stage was over in less than two hours after another fast race.

Rémy Di Gregorio of Astana went on the offensive again after only five kilometres, along with Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano), Renaud Dion (Bretagne-Schuller), Fabrice Jeandesbosz (Saur-Sojasun) and Egoi Martinez (Euskaltel).

Their advantage was 1:40 with 30km to go but the possibility of a bunch sprint inspired Garmin-Cervélo to lead the chase, with the aim of setting Brazilian national champion Murillo Fisher.

The break stayed away until five kilometres to go. Jeandesbosz tried to go alone but was caught a3.2km before the finishing line.

Thierry Hupond and Mathieu Sprick then took over from the train of Garmin-Cervélo, setting up Geschke perfectly.

“I was given a very good lead out”, said Geschke, who opened his sprint 220 metres before the line and won comfortably.

“I’m glad it was enough”, the German continued. “I’m normally not a sprinter but I’m also not a climber. I’m explosive though, so in an uphill sprint finish like this, I can do well. But this is unbelievable. I love the Criterium International. This is my third time doing this race and I’ll never forget that I got my first pro win here. I never thought my first pro win would be a bunch sprint.”

Geschke’s father Jurgen was a true sprinter. He was a star on the track; racing for East Germany in the 70’s and won three world championships titles. He rode the Olympics in 1972 and 1976, winning two medals in the tandem and sprint.

“I’m a very different cyclist to my dad”, said Geschke who rode the Tour de France for Skil-Shimano in his first year pro in 2009.

Full results
1Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano1:43:10
2Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Cervelo
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
4Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
5Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
6Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
7Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne
8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne
9Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek
10Jerome Cousin (Fra) Europcar
11Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
12Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
13Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ
14Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team
15Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
16Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
17Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
18Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano
19Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
20Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo
21Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
22Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
23Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
24Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
25Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek
26Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
27Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar
28Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
29Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil - Shimano
30Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
31Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana
32Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling
33Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
34Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
35David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team
36Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
37Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack
38Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek
39Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) FDJ
40Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil-Shimano
41Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar
42Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling
43David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
44Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana
45Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
46Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
47Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
48Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
49Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
50David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
51José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar
52Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack
53Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack
54Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar
55Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Leopard Trek
56Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
57Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ
58Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
59Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
60Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling
61Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team
62Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShack
63Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
64Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne
65Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:13
66Sergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
67Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
68Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana
69Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo
70Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
71Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
72Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
73Bjorn Selander (USA) Team RadioShack
74Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek
75Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
76Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team
77Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
78Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
79Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano
80Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana
81Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
82Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
83Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne
84Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
85Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ0:00:25
86Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar0:00:27
87Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:35
88Christophe Kern (Fra) Europcar
89Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano0:00:41
90Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:44
91Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:48
92Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:00:55
93Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:57
94Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek
95Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack
96John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
97David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
98Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
99David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:26
100Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:03:34
101Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:05:15
102Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller

Sprint 1 - Porto Vecchio
1Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano3pts
2Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2
3Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana1

Finish - Porto Vecchio
1Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano15pts
2Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Cervelo12
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun10
4Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8
5Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 937
6Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6
7Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne5
8Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne4
9Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek3
10Jerome Cousin (Fra) Europcar2

Mountain 1 - Côte de Pagliaggiolo
1Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano6pts
2Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana4
3Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2

Best young rider
1Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano1:43:10
2Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne
4Jerome Cousin (Fra) Europcar
5Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
6Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team
7Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
8Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
9Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
10Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil-Shimano
11Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling
12Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
13Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
14Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
15Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack
16Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
17Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShack
18Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:13
19Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo
20Bjorn Selander (USA) Team RadioShack
21Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
22Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo
23Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne
24Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
25Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ0:00:25
26Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:48
27Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:00:55
28Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:05:15
29Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller

1Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne5:09:30
2Team Europcar
4Big Mat-Auber 93
7Team Leopard-Trek
9Sky Procycling
10Pro Team Astana
11Movistar Team
12Euskaltel - Euskadi
13Ag2R La Mondiale
14Team Radioshack
15Team Garmin - Cervelo0:00:13
16Bretagne - Schuller

General classification after stage 2
1Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek7:04:02
2Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar0:00:20
3Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:28
4David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:08
5Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:01:10
6Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:19
7Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
8Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
9Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Garmin-Cervelo
10Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
11Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling
12Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek
13Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) FDJ
14Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack
15Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar
16Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:01:56
17Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:58
18Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:02:09
19Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:56
20Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:03:09
21Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana0:03:13
22Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack0:04:34
23David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:44
24Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:04:51
25Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:05:13
26Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:05:45
27Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:05:57
28Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek0:06:47
29Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:06:52
30Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:07:38
31Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ
32Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Leopard Trek0:07:39
33Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:51
34Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:08:06
35Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ0:08:07
36Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:08
37Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:08:11
38Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:08:20
39Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:08:40
40Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:08:51
41David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:29
42Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack0:09:35
43Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling0:09:48
44Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:10:00
45Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team0:10:27
46David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:11:27
47Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:13:04
48Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:13:17
49Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:13:23
50Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:13:36
51Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar0:13:56
52Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:14:24
53Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:15:23
54Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana0:15:26
55Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:15:27
56Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack
57Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
58Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:40
59Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:15:53
60Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:16:10
61Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:16:12
62Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano0:17:09
63Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana0:17:41
64Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:18:02
65Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:18:44
66Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Cervelo0:18:57
67Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek0:19:01
68Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek
69Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
70Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack
71Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:19:11
72Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:20:06
73Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:20:48
74Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:20:53
75Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek0:21:18
76Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:22:21
77Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:22:47
78Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:22:53
79José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar0:24:42
80Jerome Cousin (Fra) Europcar0:24:44
81Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
82Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:24:54
83Sergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:24:57
84Anders Lund (Den) Leopard Trek
85Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
86Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ0:25:09
87Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Europcar0:26:34
88Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling0:28:09
89Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
90Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling
91Stephen Cummings (GBr) Sky Procycling
92Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShack
93Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:28:22
94Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
95Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team
96Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack0:28:34
97Christophe Kern (Fra) Europcar0:28:44
98Bjorn Selander (USA) Team RadioShack0:28:57
99Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
100John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:29:31
101David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:29:35
102Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:29:52

Points classification
1Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek15pts
2Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano15
3Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar12
4Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12
5Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Cervelo12
6Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne10
7David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team8
8Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8
9Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil-Shimano7
10Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 937
11Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek6
12Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team6
13Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun6
14Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling5
15Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne5
16Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar4
17Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne4
18Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano3
19Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ3
20Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) FDJ3
21Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek3
22Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek2
23Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun2
24Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 932
25Jerome Cousin (Fra) Europcar2
26Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana1
27Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ1
28Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana1
29Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team1

Mountains classification
1Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team24pts
2Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller16
3Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano12
4Fränk Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek6
5Jens Voigt (Ger) Leopard Trek6
6Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar4
7Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana4
8Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ4
9Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4
10Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano4
11Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team4
12Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2
13Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana2
14Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2

Best young rider classification
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne7:04:30
2Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:42
3Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:51
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
5Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:04:23
6Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:04:45
7Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:05:29
8Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:43
9Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:52
10Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:09:32
11Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:13:08
12Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:14:59
13Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:12
14Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:15:25
15Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:15:44
16Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team0:18:16
17Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:18:33
18Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:18:43
19Jerome Cousin (Fra) Europcar0:24:16
20Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
21Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:24:26
22Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ0:24:41
23Alex Dowsett (GBr) Sky Procycling0:27:41
24Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShack
25Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:27:54
26Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack0:28:06
27Bjorn Selander (USA) Team RadioShack0:28:29
28Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
29Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis le Credit en Ligne0:29:24

Teams classification
1Movistar Team21:14:59
2Team Leopard-Trek0:05:23
3Team Garmin - Cervelo0:05:35
5Team Radioshack0:10:54
7Pro Team Astana0:12:08
8Team Europcar0:13:41
9Big Mat-Auber 930:17:11
12Bretagne - Schuller0:20:58
13Euskaltel - Euskadi0:21:37
14Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:21:46
15Ag2R La Mondiale0:23:22
16Sky Procycling0:35:26


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