Chavanel upset by mountain biker Peraud

Mountain bike star beats Chavanel!

By Jean-François Quénet in Saint-Brieuc, France

Super favourite Sylvain Chavanel remains the best French professional cyclist for time trial but he has lost his title to mountain biker Jean-Christophe Péraud who rode 24 seconds faster than him on the difficult and technical course of Saint-Brieuc.

Péraud, 32, was the silver medallist at Beijing Olympics for mountain biking. "Only a gold medal at the Olympics could have been better than this French title," said Péraud who is also the defending champion for amateur road race at the French championship. He'll ride for another blue, white and red jersey on Saturday.

Chavanel hopes that "losing the time trial is a good sign (for Sunday's road race) because nobody has made the double in the history."

At the intermediate times, Chavanel was never in a situation to lead the race. "I didn't know about that until 10km to go when I asked my directeur sportif (Rik Verbrugghe) who told me that I was 25 seconds behind the best time," said the Quick Step rider. "I didn't have my usual pedalling style. I'm not proud of finishing second."

On the other hand, local boy David Le Lay was delighted to go on the podium of a French championship for the first time. "I'm only one second ahead of the fourth rider (AG2R's Christophe Riblon) and I would have been extremely disappointed to miss the top three at home," commented the Saint-Brieuc-based rider from Agritubel.

Chavanel and Le Lay also have the Tour de France in mind while Péraud will return to mountain biking. "It remains my priority", he insisted. "I don't see myself representing France at the world championship for time trial. I like cycling but I love mountain biking. I'm not prepared to quit MTB but I aim at confronting myself to the best road rider. I would like to join a professional road team and combine road and MTB. I'm not sure about London Olympics though. I'll be 35 in 2012. Cycling is an endurance sport suitable for old athletes but I'll wait for one more year to determine myself about focusing on London or not."

Péraud works as a part-time engineer for a thermo hydraulic station. He has shown to the world of road riders how good cyclists mountain bikers are.

Longo nets 56th national title

Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Rhone Alpes) claimed the French women's national time trial title today in Saint Brieuc. Averaging 41.85km/h over the 23.5km course Ciprelli-Longo finished 33 seconds ahead of professional teammate Edwidge Pitel and Marina Jaunatre (Vienne Futuroscope).

For Ciprelli-Longo, 50, the win adds an incredible 56th national title to her extensive palmares.

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Elite Men
1Jean-Christophe Peraud (Creusot Cyclisme)0:58:07
2Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep)0:00:24
3David Lelay (Agritubel)0:00:39
4Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale)0:00:40
5Jérôme Coppel (Francaise Des Jeux)0:01:04
6Jérôme Pineau (Quickstep)0:01:17
7Dimitri Champion (Bretagne Schuller)0:01:24
8Julien Fouchard (Cotes d'Armor Cyclisme)0:01:38
9Sylvain Georges (Creusot Cyclisme)0:01:51
10Anthony Roux (Francaise Des Jeux)0:01:55
11Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel)0:01:56
12Benoît Vaugrenard (Francaise Des Jeux)0:01:59
13Thomas Girard (Chambery Cyclisme Formation)0:02:04
14Nicolas Boisson (CC Etupes / Le Doubs Pays De Montbeliard)0:02:06
15Tony Gallopin (Auber93)0:02:14
16Christophe Kern (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)0:02:26
17Lilian Jegou (Bretagne Schuller)0:02:31
18Sébastien Joly (Francaise Des Jeux)0:02:35
19Amaël Moinard (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)0:02:40
20Matthieu Sprick (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)0:02:41
21Romain Bacon (Ile De France)0:02:42
22Kilian Patour (Garmin Slipstream Pro Cycling Team)0:02:43
23Damien Monier (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne)0:02:44
24Romain Sicard (Orbea)0:03:00
25Maxime Bouet (Agritubel)0:03:01
26Paul Poux (Mosaic-Diffusion. Com/Top 16)0:03:11
27Yann Moritz (Vendee U)0:03:13
28Damien Gaudin (Bbox Bouygues Telecom)0:03:26
29Gaël Malacarne (Bretagne Schuller)0:03:44
30Peter Brouzes (CC Nogent Sur Oise)0:03:46
31Romain Lemarchand (Ile De France)0:03:51
32Matthieu Boulo (Bretagne)0:03:56
33Morgan Chedhomme (Auber93)0:04:00
34Nicolas Baldo (Continental Team Differdange)0:04:01
35Fabrice Jeandesboz (Besson-Sojasun)0:04:02
36David Boucher (Landbouwkrediet - Colnago)0:04:12
37Julien Antomarchi (VC La Pomme Marseille)0:04:21
38Vincent Aldebert (Provence)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Florian Morizot (Besson-Sojasun)0:04:25
40Benoît Ebrard (Cotes d'Armor Cyclisme)0:04:29
41Cyril Bessy (Besson-Sojasun)0:04:42
42Sébastien Fournet-Fayard (Carmiooro - A Style)0:04:52
43Daniel Hoareau (AVC Aix En Provence)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Nicolas Rousseau (AG2R La Mondiale)0:04:57
45Laurent Gangloff (Lorraine)0:08:23
.Willy Roseau (Martinique)Row 45 - Cell 2
.Julien Berard (Chambery Cyclisme Formation)Row 46 - Cell 2
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Elite Women (23.5km)
1Jeannie Longo Ciprelli (Rhone Alpes)0:33:42
2Edwige Pitel (Rhone Alpes)0:00:33
3Marina Jaunatre (Vienne Futuroscope)0:00:59
4Julie Krasniak (Lorraine)0:01:35
5Mélodie Lesueur (Esgl93-Gsd Festion)0:01:46
6Caroline Mani (Vienne Futuroscope)0:01:51
7Pascale Jeuland (Vienne Futuroscope)0:02:37
8Sophie Creux (Esgl93-Gsd Festion)0:02:48
9Julie Augizeau (Vienne Futuroscope)0:02:48
10Audrey Cordon (Vienne Futuroscope)0:02:55
11Jennifer Fischer (Vienne Futuroscope)0:03:10
12Florence Girardet (Vienne Futuroscope)0:03:15
13Annick Le Helley (Ile De France)0:03:45
14Emilie Blanquefort (Aquitaine)0:03:47
15Stéphanie Baud (Bourgogne)0:03:57
16Jennifer Letue (Esgl93-Gsd Festion)0:03:58
17Juliane Wibert (Lorraine)0:04:00
18Marie Laure Cloarec (Ile De France)0:04:03
19Emmanuelle Merlot (Vienne Futuroscope)0:04:11
20Amélie Rivat (Rhone Alpes)0:04:22
21Nathalie Jeuland (Vienne Futuroscope)0:04:25
22Mélanie Bravard (Poitou Charentes)0:04:45
23Isabelle Ferrer (Bourgogne)0:04:57
24Kelly Gambier (Ile De France)0:05:07
25Estelle Patou (Esgl93-Gsd Festion)0:05:12
26Magalie Finot Laivier (Bourgogne)0:05:27
27Béatrice Thomas (Esgl93-Gsd Festion)0:05:35
28Lucie De Carlo (Champagne Ardenne)0:05:45
29Susan Charleux Smith (Auvergne)0:05:46
30Fiona Dutriaux (Vienne Futuroscope)0:05:50
31Florence Dony (Auvergne)0:05:56
32Anaïs Valiavanos (Champagne Ardenne)0:06:00
33Alna Burato (Champagne Ardenne)0:06:11
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Espoir women (23.5km)
1Julie Krasniak (Lorraine)0:35:17
2Mélodie Lesueur (Esgl93-Gsd Festion)0:00:12
3Caroline Mani (Vienne Futuroscope)0:00:17
4Pascale Jeuland (Vienne Futuroscope)0:01:02
5Julie Augizeau (Vienne Futuroscope)0:01:13
6Audrey Cordon (Vienne Futuroscope)0:01:21
7Jennifer Fischer (Vienne Futuroscope)0:01:35
8Emilie Blanquefort (Aquitaine)0:02:12
9Jennifer Letue (Esgl93-Gsd Festion)0:02:23
10Juliane Wibert (Lorraine)0:02:25
11Amélie Rivat (Rhone Alpes)0:02:48
12Mélanie Bravard (Poitou Charentes)0:03:10
13Kelly Gambier (Ile De France)0:03:33
14Lucie De Carlo (Champagne Ardenne)0:04:10
15Fiona Dutriaux (Vienne Futuroscope)0:04:15


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