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The champion is... Champion!

Dimitri Champion of continental team Bretagne-Schuller created some surprise at the French championship where he proved himself to be stronger than the ProTour riders. He took a spectacular revenge over his previous team Bouygues Telecom, who didn't renew his contract at the end of last year.

The top four riders were former Bouygues Telecom riders. Bbox Bouygues Telecom's hot favourite Pierrick Fédrigo only took 11th.

The team recently has been affected by the departure of two directeurs sportifs, Philippe Mauduit and Christian Guiberteau. Both are rumoured to have disagreed with the management's decision of leaving Champion aside.

The ProTour team who seemed to have the race in its hands was Française des Jeux. Its riders Anthony Geslin and Anthony Roux could not follow a Champion on the final hill of a very selective circuit.

A crowd estimated at 80,000 spectators cheered the racers on. Although he is a Parisian, Champion defends the colours of the local team Bretagne-Schuller.

"He was definitely the strongest," said Geslin who was more disappointed to get a silver medal at the French championship behind Champion than when he got the bronze at the 2005 world championship in Madrid behind Tom Boonen and Alejandro Valverde.

Geslin and Roux who were both teammates of Champion at Bouygues Telecom and their feeder team Vendée U in the past were full of praise for Champion's exploit.

"I don't care about those who are not happy with my win," said Champion. He did not mention Bouygues' team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau and directeur sportif Didier Rous. Rumours of doping were spread about him but they were completely denied by French cycling federation anti-doping leader Dr. Armand Mégret, who is also involved in the running of the Bretagne-Schuller team.

It was Champion's third French title. He won the Under 23 time trial in 2005 and the amateur road race in 2006.

1Dimitri Champion (Bretagne Schuller)6:05:55
2Anthony Geslin (Francaise Des Jeux)0:00:05
3Anthony Roux (Francaise Des Jeux)
4Anthony Charteau (Caisse D`Epargne Iles Baleares)0:01:03
5Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale)0:01:05
6Geoffroy Lequatre (Agritubel)0:01:14
7Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale)
8Stéphane Auge (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
9Julien Simon (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
10Nicolas Jalabert (Agritubel)
11Pierrick Fedrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)0:01:16
12Guillaume Levarlet (Francaise Des Jeux)0:01:42
13Christophe Moreau (Agritubel)
14Jean Marc Bideau (Bretagne Schuller)0:02:19
15Florian Guillou (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
16Olivier Bonnaire (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)0:10:06
17Rémy Di Gregorio (Francaise Des Jeux)0:13:13
18Sébastien Minard (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)0:13:15
19Julien Loubet (AG2R La Mondiale)
20Jean Marc Marino (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
21Amaël Moinard (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
22Antoine Dalibard (Bretagne Schuller)0:13:32
23Sébastien Duret (Bretagne Schuller)
24Nicolas Hartmann (Bretagne Schuller)
25Nicolas Baldo (Continental Team Differdange)
26Blaise Sonnery (AG2R La Mondiale)
27Nadir Haddou (Auber93)
28Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano)
29Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep)
30Steven Tronet (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
31Maxime Bouet (Agritubel)
32Yoann Offredo (Francaise Des Jeux)
33Julien Mazet (Auber93)
34David Le Lay (Agritubel)
35Arnaud Gerard (Francaise Des Jeux)
36Maxime Mederel (Auber93)
37Johan Mombaerts (Auber93)
38Sandy Casar (Francaise Des Jeux)
39Laurent Lefevre (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
40Florian Morizot (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
41Christophe Laurent (Agritubel)
42Cyril Dessel (AG2R La Mondiale)
43Stéphane Goubert (AG2R La Mondiale)
44Nicolas Rousseau (AG2R La Mondiale)
45Matthieu Ladagnous (Francaise Des Jeux)
46Jérôme Pineau (Quickstep)
47Mathieu Perget (Caisse D`Epargne Iles Baleares)
48Ludovic Turpin (AG2R La Mondiale)
49Damien Monier (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
50Benoît Vaugrenard (Francaise Des Jeux)
51Romain Sicard (Orbea)
52Yann Huguet (Agritubel)
53Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel)
54Gaël Malacarne (Bretagne Schuller)
55John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale)
56Jean Charles Senac (AG2R La Mondiale)
57Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale)
58Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R La Mondiale)
59Sébastien Joly (Francaise Des Jeux)
60Eric Berthou (Carmiooro - A Style)
61Cyril Gautier (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
62Yann Pivois (Bretagne Schuller)
63Christophe Le Mevel (Francaise Des Jeux)
64Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
65Mickaël Larpe (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
66Mickaël Cherel (Francaise Des Jeux)
67Mickaël Delage (Silence - Lotto)
68Arnold Jeannesson (Caisse D`Epargne Iles Baleares)
69Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFArnaud Labbe (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFGuillaume Le Floch (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFRony Martias (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFVincent Jerome (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFPaul Brousse (Carmiooro - A Style)
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFMatthieu Sprick (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFAlexandre Aulas (Carmiooro - A Style)
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Francaise Des Jeux)
DNFJérôme Coppel (Francaise Des Jeux)
DNFAurélien Duval (Francaise Des Jeux)
DNFSébastien Fournet-Fayard (Carmiooro - A Style)
DNFFrédéric Guesdon (Francaise Des Jeux)
DNFMathieu Drujon (Caisse D`Epargne Iles Baleares)
DNFSébastien Turgot (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFAnthony Ravard (Agritubel)
DNFFreddy Bichot (Agritubel)
DNFRomain Fondard (Lotto-Bodysol)
DNFSylvain Calzati (Agritubel)
DNFRémi Cusin (Agritubel)
DNFBrice Feillu (Agritubel)
DNFRomain Feillu (Agritubel)
DNFJean Zen (Palmans Cras)
DNFKilian Patour (Garmin Slipstream)
DNFYoann Le Boulanger (Agritubel)
DNFGuillaume Pont (Eqa - Meitan Hompo - Graphite Design)
DNFSaïd Haddou (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFMathieu Drouilly (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
DNFYohann Gene (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFJulien Belgy (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFNicolas Bazin (Continental Team Differdange)
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFFranck Bouyer (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFSteve Chainel (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFMathieu Claude (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFSébastien Harbonnier (Continental Team Differdange)
DNFDamien Gaudin (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)
DNFDavid Deroo (Skil-Shimano)
DNFMartial Ricci Poggi (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago)
DNFStéphane Bonsergent (Bretagne Schuller)
DNFDimitri Le Boulch (Auber93)
DNFMorgan Chedhomme (Auber93)
DNFMickaël Damiens (Eqa - Meitan Hompo - Graphite Design)
DNFLloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale)
DNFCédric Pineau (AG2R La Mondiale)
DNFStéphane Poulhies (AG2R La Mondiale)
DNFNiels Brouzes (Auber93)
DNFYannick Talabardon (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFBenoît Sinner (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFRomain Matheou (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFArnaud Coyot (Caisse D`Epargne Iles Baleares)
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFBastien Delrot (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
DNFJérémie Galland (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFJean Luc Delpech (Bretagne Schuller)
DNFCédric Coutouly (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFJimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFLilian Jegou (Bretagne Schuller)
DNFNicolas Jouanno (Bretagne Schuller)
DNFRomain Lebreton (Bretagne Schuller)
DNFCyril Bessy (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFCyrille Monnerais (Bretagne Schuller)
DNFLaurent Mangel (Besson Chaussures - Sojasun)
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFFrancis Mourey (Francaise Des Jeux)
DNFYann Rault (Bretagne Schuller)
DNFJonathan Hivert (Skil-Shimano)
DNFJérémy Roy (Francaise Des Jeux)
DNFSteve Houanard (Skil-Shimano)
DNFCyril Lemoine (Skil-Shimano)
DNFAlexandre Blain (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFGuillaume Blot (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFFlorent Brard (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFMickaël Buffaz (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFJonathan Thire (Auber93)
DNFHervé Duclos Lassalle (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFPierre Cazaux (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
DNFJulien El Fares (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFMaryan Hary (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFChristophe Kern (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFFlorian Vachon (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
DNFFabien Taillefer (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
DNFAlexandre Lemair (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
DNFRémi Pauriol (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFSébastien Portal (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFRomain Villa (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)
DNFRenaud Dion (AG2R La Mondiale)
DNFSébastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale)
DNFJean-Eudes Demaret (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)

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