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.

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Full Results
1Mathieu Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 935:08:34
2Rémi Pauriol (Fra) SojasunRow 1 - Cell 2
3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 2 - Cell 2
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 MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Julien Simon (Fra) SojasunRow 7 - Cell 2
9Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:00:31
10Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 10 - Cell 2
12Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja RuralRow 11 - Cell 2
13Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) ColombiaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 14 - Cell 2
16Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 15 - Cell 2
17Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36
18Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:01:11
19Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 18 - Cell 2
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) SojasunRow 22 - Cell 2
24Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:19
25Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:02:28
26Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) SojasunRow 25 - Cell 2
27Mark Christian (GBr) Team RaleighRow 26 - Cell 2
28Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 27 - Cell 2
29Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 30 - Cell 2
32Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja RuralRow 31 - Cell 2
33Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 32 - Cell 2
34Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 33 - Cell 2
35Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:04:09
39Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 38 - Cell 2
40Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 39 - Cell 2
41Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun0:06:08
42Mark O'Brien (Aus) Team Raleigh0:06:27
43Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 42 - Cell 2
44Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:38
45Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jure Kocjan (Slo) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 45 - Cell 2
47Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team EuropcarRow 46 - Cell 2
48Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) ColombiaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:10:44
50Michael Reihs (Den) Team Cult EnergyRow 49 - Cell 2
51Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 50 - Cell 2
52Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 51 - Cell 2
53Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 52 - Cell 2
54Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team RaleighRow 53 - Cell 2
55Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 55 - Cell 2
57Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 56 - Cell 2
58Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Caja RuralRow 57 - Cell 2
59Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 58 - Cell 2
60Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 60 - Cell 2
62Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 61 - Cell 2
63Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:11:04
64Marco Corti (Ita) ColombiaRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFEtienne Tortelier (Fra) SojasunRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFBenoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFFranck Bouyer (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFSteffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFJon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFFrantisek Rabon (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFYann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFTobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFGeorg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFMatthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFPierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFEduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja RuralRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFFrancisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Caja RuralRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFRein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFEdwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) ColombiaRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFDalivier Ospina Navarro (Col) ColombiaRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFLeonardo Fabio Duque (Col) ColombiaRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFDuber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) ColombiaRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Pablo Valencia (Col) ColombiaRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal-JakrooRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFFelix Baur (Swi) Atlas Personal-JakrooRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFAdrien Chenaux (Swi) Atlas Personal-JakrooRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFMathieu Chiocca (Fra) Atlas Personal-JakrooRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Lüthi (Swi) Atlas Personal-JakrooRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFTizian Rausch (Swi) Atlas Personal-JakrooRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFTemesgen Teklehaymanot (Eri) Atlas Personal-JakrooRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFMaksym Averin (Ukr) Atlas Personal-JakrooRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Bacon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFFlavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFDimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Bush (USA) La Pomme MarseilleRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFOlivier Hofstetter (Swi) Leopard-Trek Continental TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFMaxwell Stuart Durtschi (USA) Leopard-Trek Continental TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFSean De Bie (Bel) Leopard-Trek Continental TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFJesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Leopard-Trek Continental TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFJan Hirt (Cze) Leopard-Trek Continental TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFPit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard-Trek Continental TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFFabio Silvestre (Por) Leopard-Trek Continental TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFMads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Team Cult EnergyRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFTroels Ronning Vinther (Den) Team Cult EnergyRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFKasper Linde Jorgensen (Den) Team Cult EnergyRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFJesper Hansen (Den) Team Cult EnergyRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Moberg Jörgensen (Den) Team Cult EnergyRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Clausen (Den) Team Cult EnergyRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFAndré Steensen (Den) Team Cult EnergyRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFEric Berthou (Fra) Team RaleighRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Blain (Fra) Team RaleighRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFRob Britton (Can) Team RaleighRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFEvan Oliphant (GBr) Team RaleighRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Holmes (GBr) Team RaleighRow 137 - Cell 2

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