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Drujon surprises his rivals in four-up sprint

Mathieu Drujon (BigMat-Auber 93).

Mathieu Drujon (BigMat-Auber 93). (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mathieu Drujon (Big Mat Auber 93) used his fast finish to get the better of three better-known French riders and so won the Classic Sud-Ardèche Souvenir Francis Delpech in the south of France.

With Saturday's Drôme Classic cancelled due to snow, the riders were keen to race, with an early break including the likes of Jeremy Roy (FDJ) and Julien El Fares (Sojasun) shaping much of the race.

However that move was pulled back and another formed on the key climb, the Rocher de Sampzon with 17km to go. It included Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar), Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Marc De Maar (UnitedHealthcare).

Drujon, Rémi Pauriol (Sojasun), Romain Bardet and Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) got away from the group over the top of the climb and managed to hold off the chasers all the way to the finish.

Bardet tried several desperate late attacks, even on the descent of a last climb but the four came back together and Drujon proved he was fastest and beating Pauriol and Bardet.

Voeckler attempted to chase alone behind but was swept up and finished eleventh, one place behind De Maar.

Full Results
1Mathieu Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 935:08:34
2Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun
3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
4Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:05
5Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun0:00:22
6Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:29
7Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun
9Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:00:31
10Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
11Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
12Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural
13Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
14Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia
15Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
16Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
17Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36
18Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:01:11
19Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
20Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:35
21Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:38
22Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:14
23Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun
24Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:19
25Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:02:28
26Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun
27Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh
28Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
29Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
30Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
31Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
32Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural
33Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
34Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
35Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
36Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
37Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
38Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:04:09
39Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
40Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
41Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun0:06:08
42Mark O'Brien (Aus) Team Raleigh0:06:27
43Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural
44Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:38
45Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ
46Jure Kocjan (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi
47Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
48Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia
49Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:10:44
50Michael Reihs (Den) Team Cult Energy
51Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
52Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
53Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
54Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team Raleigh
55Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
56Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
57Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
58Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja Rural
59Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
60Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
61Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
62Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
63Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:11:04
64Marco Corti (Ita) Colombia
DNFEtienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
DNFBenoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFFranck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFChristophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFSteffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFJon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNFFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
DNFYann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
DNFTobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
DNFThomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano
DNFGeorg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano
DNFMatthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
DNFFlorian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
DNFPierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
DNFEduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
DNFManuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural
DNFFrancisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Caja Rural
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFJérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFRein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFEdwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia
DNFDalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) Colombia
DNFLeonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia
DNFDuber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia
DNFBenjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
DNFFelix Baur (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
DNFAdrien Chenaux (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
DNFMathieu Chiocca (Fra) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
DNFNicolas Lüthi (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
DNFTizian Rausch (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
DNFTemesgen Teklehaymanot (Eri) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
DNFMaksym Averin (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
DNFRomain Bacon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
DNFFlavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
DNFGuillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
DNFDimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
DNFThomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
DNFRobert Bush (USA) La Pomme Marseille
DNFOlivier Hofstetter (Swi) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
DNFMaxwell Stuart Durtschi (USA) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
DNFJesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
DNFJan Hirt (Cze) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
DNFPit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
DNFFabio Silvestre (Por) Leopard-Trek Continental Team
DNFMads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Team Cult Energy
DNFTroels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Cult Energy
DNFKasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Team Cult Energy
DNFJesper Hansen (Den) Team Cult Energy
DNFChristian Moberg Jörgensen (Den) Team Cult Energy
DNFPatrick Clausen (Den) Team Cult Energy
DNFAndré Steensen (Den) Team Cult Energy
DNFEric Berthou (Fra) Team Raleigh
DNFAlexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh
DNFRob Britton (Can) Team Raleigh
DNFEvan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh
DNFMatthew Holmes (GBr) Team Raleigh

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