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Vinokourov tops Chrono des Nations

Twenty four hours after shining in the Giro di Lombardia, Alexandre Vinokourov has claimed his most prestigious win since his comeback after serving a two-year doping suspension. The 36-year-old Kazakh won the 48.5km Chrono des Nations time trial today in Les Herbiers in the west of France. He covered the distance in 1:00:09, a superb effort considering the headwind towards the end of the race.

The Asian time trial champion bested French time trial champion Jean-Christophe Péraud and Ukrainian specialist Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2r-La Mondiale), while Belgian champion Maxime Monfort (Columbia-HTC) also honoured his jersey despite having finished the Tour of Lombardy with the flu.

"I wanted to finish the season on a high note for Astana", said Vinokourov who had also won the time trial in the Tour de l'Ain in August as soon as he resumed racing. "I started strongly and I had good legs till the end. I still felt strong at the finish. I came here highly motivated to win."

The Kazakh completed the course 49 second faster than last year's winner Stef Clement who was unable to defend his title due to a foot operation. Vinokourov, however, didn't beat Laszlo Bodrogi's record of 59:18 set two years in extremely favourable conditions.

"Beating Vinokourov was just impossible today", Krivtsov said. "I'm always motivated for this race. This is what I like the most in cycling."

Péraud concluded his day in Vendée with satisfaction. "The course wasn't exactly my favourite because I prefer changes of rhythm. I haven't lost much of my condition compared to the world championship three and half weeks ago where I finished 12th. There was no way I could ride faster than Vinokourov but I'm happy to remain the best Frenchman in the time trial."

Florian Morizot of Besson Chaussures was surprise finisher in 5th position just ahead of Agritubel's David Le Lay who earned the bronze medal at the French championship in June.

Tour of Lombardy winner Philippe Gilbert (Silence-Lotto) received a warm welcome from the big crowd at Les Herbiers. He started the race strongly and held second position only four seconds behind Vinokourov after 10km while Monfort was third at seven seconds. But with the exception of Vinokourov, the riders who had competed in the Giro di Lombardia the previous day lost several position as the time trial progressed.

French directeur sportif Alain Gallopin was delighted to conclude his job at Astana with a win before joining RadioShack with Johan Bruyneel. "It's a pleasure to work with a professional like Vinokourov", said the man who directed Alberto Contador to victory in three Grand Tours.

Elite men - 48.5 km
1Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana1:00:09
2Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) French National Team0:01:07
3Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:12
4Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - High Road0:01:42
5Florian Morizot (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:02:13
6David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel0:02:23
7Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:02:34
8Andriy Grivko (Ukr) ISD0:03:01
9Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:03:12
10Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:14
11Damien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:03:17
12Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) Betonexpressz 2000 - Limonta0:03:21
13Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:03:39
14Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli0:03:53
15Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:14
16Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Magnus Maximus Coffee.com0:04:28
17Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:04:54
18Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:04:57
19Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Continental Team Differdange0:05:06
20Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 930:05:22
21Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:05:30
22Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:06:06
23Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:06:22
24Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 930:06:29
25Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:06:32
26Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel0:06:50
27Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:07:24
28Sebastien Harbonnier (Fra) Continental Team Differdange
29Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:10:01
DNSJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93

Elite women - 20.87 km
1Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) AS Palais Sports Alpexpo0:28:52
2Trine Schmidt (Den) Team Flexpoint0:00:33
3Julia Shaw (GBr) Utag Yamaha0:01:15
4Mélodie Lesueur (Fra) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion0:01:16
5Edwige Pitel (Fra) AS Palais Sports Alpexpo0:01:41
6Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:01:50
7Julie Augizeau (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:02:59
8Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Red Sun Cycling Team
9Pippa Handley (GBr) Team Tubanters0:03:03
10Christine Majerus (Lux) ESGL 93 - GSD Gestion
11Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope0:03:29
12Annick Le Helley (Fra) CSM Villeneuve La Garenne0:03:40
13Elodie Le Bail (Fra) EC Pluvignoise0:04:51
HDOriane Niay (Fra) USSA Pavilly-Barentin
HDCécilia Robin (Fra) VC Conlie
HDMarie Lou Kervella (Fra) EC Landerneau

Espoir men - 38.61 km
1Romain Lemarchand (Fra) CM Aubervilliers0:50:29
2Etienne Pierret (Fra) Vendée U0:00:05
3Nicolas Boisson (Fra) CC Etupes0:00:06
4Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Vendée U0:00:19
5Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) CC Etupes0:00:37
6Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Belgian National Team0:00:42
7Florent Mallegol (Fra) Côtes d'Armor Cyclisme0:00:44
8Romain Bacon (Fra) CM Aubervilliers0:00:55
9Matthieu Boulo (Fra) AC Lanester0:01:11
10Kévin Perron (Fra) EC Bourguignonne0:01:15
11Yann Moritz (Fra) Vendée U0:01:25
12Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Vendée U0:01:44
13Richard Handley (Fra) Kus Kinesis0:01:51
14Rémy Bebiano (Fra) Cavigal Nice0:02:11
15Nicolas Vaillant (Fra) U Nantes-Atlantique0:02:17
16Florian Deriaux (Fra) USSA Pavilly-Barentin0:02:24
17Mike Cuming (GBr) Raleigh Aventi0:02:28
18Willy Roseau (Fra) U Nantes-Atlantique0:02:35
19Kévin Reza (Fra) Vendée U0:02:36
20Aurélien Moulin (Fra) CC Vervant0:02:46
21Pierre Esnault (Fra) Vélo sport Cacien0:04:57
22Emilien Puaud (Fra) Cyclisme Région Pouzauges0:06:45
23Sylvain Lopez (Fra) La Roche Vendée Cyclisme0:06:46
24Steven Laget (Fra) La Roche Vendée Cyclisme0:08:55
25Nicolas Ceaux (Fra) CR Auvergne0:09:14
HDHophra Gerard (Bel) Belgian National Team
DNSNacer Bouhanni (Fra) Equipe de France Gendarmerie

Junior men - 20.87 km
1Anthony Saux (Fra) Comité de Bretagne0:27:35
2Thomas Wertz (Fra) VC Ardennes0:01:34
3Jessy Wastiaux (Fra) Bou St-Denis-de-L'hôtel0:01:40
4Alexis Dulin (Fra) VS Gerzatois0:01:48
5Stéfan Wojtecki (Fra) AS Corbeil-Essonnes0:01:52
6Florian Legrandois (Fra) CAM Bordeaux0:01:53
7Cyril Delory (Fra) Sablé Sarthe Cyclisme0:01:59
8Jean-Marie Gouret (Fra) POC Côte de Lumière0:02:01
9Romain Combaud (Fra) US Florentaise Cyclisme0:02:14
10Vincent Bertrand (Fra) Le Mans Sarthe Vélo0:02:19
11Antoine Delhommeau (Fra) Sablé Sarthe Cyclisme0:02:32
12Thomas Wojciechowski (Fra) ASPTT Rennes0:03:08
13Florent Guilbaud (Fra) POC Côte de Lumière0:03:14
14Franck Grelier (Fra) La Roche Vendée Cyclisme0:03:17
15Wilfrid Neror (Fra) Madinina Bikers0:03:19
16Baptiste Despreaux (Fra) CC Montois0:03:40
17Romain Jagu (Fra) US Pontchâteau0:03:54
18Thibault Monvoisin (Fra) VS Dompierre-sur-Yon0:04:10

Junior women - 17.23 km
1Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Fra) French National Team0:25:54
2Aude Biannic (Fra) French National Team0:00:06
3Alexia Muffat (Fra) French National Team0:00:28
4Roxane Fournier (Fra) French National Team0:00:50
5Raphaëlle Coadou (Fra) BIC 20000:01:10
6Lucie Pader (Fra) AC Cusset0:01:22
7Charlotte Bravard (Fra) French National Team0:01:30
8Steffi Jamoneau (Fra) UC Joué-lès-Tours0:01:45
9Justine Macret (Fra) CS Bonneville0:01:52
10Marion Rousse (Fra) ESGL 93-GSD Gestion0:02:12
11Carole Vallee (Fra) VC Lionnais0:03:06
12Morgane Charles (Fra) A. Pommeuse Boissy0:03:52
HDMargot Lebacle (Fra) CC Ernée
HDManuella Longepee (Fra) Saint-Jean-de-Monts VC
HDCélia Marie (Fra) CC Montois

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