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Chavanel wins with solo attack

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Cyril Gautier (Europcar) and Geoffroy Lequatre (Radioshack)

Cyril Gautier (Europcar) and Geoffroy Lequatre (Radioshack)
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The men's podium in France

The men's podium in France
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Sylvain Chavanel had the best podium kisses ever.

Sylvain Chavanel had the best podium kisses ever.
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Sylvain Chavanel happy on the podium

Sylvain Chavanel happy on the podium
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Pierre Rolland and Guillaume Le Floch chase.

Pierre Rolland and Guillaume Le Floch chase.
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Sylvain Chavanel and his children celebrate his victory

Sylvain Chavanel and his children celebrate his victory
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Sylvain Chavanel solos to the win

Sylvain Chavanel solos to the win
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The chase was futile.

The chase was futile.
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Roux leads Voeckler to the finish

Roux leads Voeckler to the finish
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Roun and Voeckler on the final lap

Roun and Voeckler on the final lap
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Roun and Voeckler didn't cooperate well enough to catch Chavanel

Roun and Voeckler didn't cooperate well enough to catch Chavanel
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Armindo Fonesca and Romain Hardy

Armindo Fonesca and Romain Hardy
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Sylvain Chavanel and Paul Poux (Saur Sojasun) on the last lap

Sylvain Chavanel and Paul Poux (Saur Sojasun) on the last lap
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Sylvain Chavanel and Paul Poux (Saur Sojasun) in the finale

Sylvain Chavanel and Paul Poux (Saur Sojasun) in the finale
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Sylvain Chavanel gets ready for the podium ceremony, bringing a special prize along

Sylvain Chavanel gets ready for the podium ceremony, bringing a special prize along
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Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo)

Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo)
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Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo) leads the chase.

Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervelo) leads the chase.
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Anthony Roux and Thomas Voeckler could not reach Chavanel

Anthony Roux and Thomas Voeckler could not reach Chavanel
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Sylvain Chavanel spent some time off the front.

Sylvain Chavanel spent some time off the front.
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The French podium: Anthony Roux, Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler

The French podium: Anthony Roux, Sylvain Chavanel and Thomas Voeckler
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Anthony Roux (FDJ), Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep) and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) on the podium

Anthony Roux (FDJ), Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep) and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) on the podium
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Sylvain Chavanel with his biggest supporters

Sylvain Chavanel with his biggest supporters
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) wins the French title

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) wins the French title
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) won the Elite men’s French road race title with a brave solo attack on the hilly circuit in northern France.

The ever-aggressive Frenchman got across to the front of the race in the finale and then attacked alone with two laps and 27km to go. 2010 French champion Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and Anthony Roux (FDJ) set off in pursuit but they failed to work together to close the gap and Chavanel climbed to the finish, knowing he was about to take his first ever French national title.

Roux took the sprint for second place, 38 seconds down, with Voeckler a disappointed third.

“There couldn’t have been a better way to win,” Chavanel said. “Arriving solo you get the chance to savour the victory. I attacked from far away because there were many riders ahead and if I had waited any longer I would have risked getting shut out of the final.

"Jeje [Jerome Pineau -ed.] did a great job for me. The two of us made a fantastic team,” said Chavanel. “I’m really happy, it will be a huge honour for me to wear this jersey on the roads in the Tour. I’ll try to honour it as best I can, showing my fans a good time by attacking my way.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team6:00:25
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:00:38
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:42
4Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:15
5Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:17
6Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:02:21
7Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:23
8Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:44
9Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:04:15
10Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:19
11Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:27
12Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:04:35
13Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ0:04:53
14Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:47
15Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar
16Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:54
17Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:06:58
18John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
19Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille
20Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
21Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:00
22Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:07:07
23Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
24Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
25Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
26Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team0:07:12
27Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ
28Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:07:19
29Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
30Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:22
31Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
32Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:07:36
33Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo
34Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
35Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:43
36Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano
37Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:07:48
38Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:07:53
39Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar
40Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:08:09
41Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ0:08:14
42Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
43Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:26
44Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano
45Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano
47Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
48Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
49Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ
50Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
51Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
52Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
53Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ
54Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
55Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
56Sylvain Georges (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
57Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
58Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ
59Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille
60Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
61Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
62Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
63Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
64Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
65Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing0:15:18
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFPierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ
DNFSandy Casar (Fra) FDJ
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) FDJ
DNFKévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFSaïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFMathieu Claude (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFFranck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFThibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
DNFGuillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFMatthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFAnthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFJonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFNicolas Rousseau (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFRonan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFLoïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFArnaud Molmy (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFKevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFMathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFFlavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFRomain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFDamien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFDavid Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFFrédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ
DNFJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93
DNFMathieu Drouilly (Fra) DSL
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek
DNFGeoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack
DNFPasseron Aurélien (Fra) Geumsan Ginseng Asia
DNFLaszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis
DNFGuillaume Pont (Fra) SP Tableware
DNFRémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Pro Team Astana
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNFGaël Le Bellec (Fra) Team Raleigh
DNFBenoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFMartial Roman (Fra) Atlas Personal
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFCédric Gaoua (Fra) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de
DNFRudy Lesschaeve (Fra) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme Marseille
DNFThierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano
DNFYann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano
DNFFlorian Le Corre (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal
DNFChristophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFArnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFCyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFMikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFYannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFStéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFRomain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFRony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFBlel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFYuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFSébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFJimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFBenoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ
DNFAlexis Caresmel (Fra) Lotto - Bodysol Pole Continental Wallon
DNFJean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
DNFRenaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFRémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFGaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFMathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFSébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFFrancis Mourey (Fra) FDJ
DNFJean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
DNFSylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller

 

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