Dumoulin wins in France

Samuel Dumoulin has won Europe's first professional race of 2012, the GP La Marseillaise. In a sprint from a 15-man group, the Cofidis rider proven to be the freshest at the end of a demanding race held in cold and windy weather conditions. Dumoulin outsprinted Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) and Arthur Vichot (FDJ-BigMat) to take the lead in the French Cup standings.

The 148 kilometre race was marked by several breakaways and attacks. A first group including Dumoulin's teammate Rein Taaramae as well as Rémi Cusin (Type 1), Rémi Pauriol (FDJ-BigMat), Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R La Mondiale), Cyril Lemoine (Saur-Sojasun), Franck Vermeulen (Véranda Rideau U) and Bert-Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil) was caught before the decisive Col de la Gineste, 20 kilometres from the finish line outside Marseille's Stade Velodrome.

Mikael Cherel (AG2R La Mondiale) was the first to accelerate, breaking up the field. A group of 12 riders created a gap and Dumoulin, together with Vichot and Jérémie Galland (Saur-Sojasun, fourth-placed) bridged up.

"When I saw Arthur and Jérémie jump, I knew it was the right moment to go," Dumoulin told AFP. "The last descent did not cause any problems. In the finale, I manoeuvred well." However, the finish on Avenue Michelet "doesn't suit me too well," he added to Velochrono. "Everybody marked me and noone dared to launch the sprint. I passed by moving up the barriers."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3:39:29
2Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 3 - Cell 2
5Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 4 - Cell 2
6Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 5 - Cell 2
7Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 6 - Cell 2
8Mikael Chérel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 8 - Cell 2
10Bert De Waele (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 10 - Cell 2
12Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 11 - Cell 2
13David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 12 - Cell 2
14Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:06
15Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet0:00:30
17Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 17 - Cell 2
19Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 19 - Cell 2
21Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJRow 21 - Cell 2
23Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 23 - Cell 2
25Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:34
26Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:01:57
27Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:02:23
28Clément Koretzky (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 28 - Cell 2
30Davy Commeyne (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 29 - Cell 2
31Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 30 - Cell 2
32Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 31 - Cell 2
33Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 32 - Cell 2
34Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 33 - Cell 2
35Koen Barbe (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 34 - Cell 2
36Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean KellyRow 35 - Cell 2
37Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 36 - Cell 2
38Mark Mcnally (GBr) An Post - Sean KellyRow 37 - Cell 2
39Yannick Martinez (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 39 - Cell 2
41Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) LandbouwkredietRow 40 - Cell 2
42Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 42 - Cell 2
44Tomasz Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 43 - Cell 2
45Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 44 - Cell 2
46Lazlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 45 - Cell 2
47Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 46 - Cell 2
48Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 47 - Cell 2
49Frank Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 48 - Cell 2
50Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJRow 49 - Cell 2
51Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 50 - Cell 2
52Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 51 - Cell 2
53Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 52 - Cell 2
54Yann Huguet (Fra) Projet 1t4iRow 53 - Cell 2
55Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 57 - Cell 2
59Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 58 - Cell 2
60Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 59 - Cell 2
61Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 60 - Cell 2
62Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJRow 61 - Cell 2
63Frédéric Amorison (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 62 - Cell 2
64Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 63 - Cell 2
65Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 64 - Cell 2
66Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 66 - Cell 2
68Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:07:31
69Ronan Mclaughlin (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly0:07:53
70Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:55
71Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 70 - Cell 2
72Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 71 - Cell 2
73Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 72 - Cell 2
74Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:10:11
75Michael Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 74 - Cell 2
76Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 75 - Cell 2
77Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 76 - Cell 2
78Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 77 - Cell 2
79Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 78 - Cell 2
80Yohan Cauquil (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 79 - Cell 2
81Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 81 - Cell 2
HDNiko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:12:02
HDThierry Hupond (Fra) Projet 1t4iRow 83 - Cell 2
HDJulien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 84 - Cell 2
HDToms Skujins (Lat) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 85 - Cell 2
HDStijn Ennekens (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 86 - Cell 2
HDSean Downey (Irl) An Post - Sean KellyRow 87 - Cell 2
HDArnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 88 - Cell 2
HDWim De Vocht (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 89 - Cell 2
HDRomain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 90 - Cell 2
HDArnaud Gérard (Fra) FDJRow 91 - Cell 2
HDJure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 92 - Cell 2
HDFreddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 93 - Cell 2
HDFabien Schmidt (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 94 - Cell 2
HDAnthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 95 - Cell 2
HDKevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 96 - Cell 2
HDGuillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 97 - Cell 2
HDJonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 98 - Cell 2
HDGaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 99 - Cell 2
HDKenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJRow 100 - Cell 2
HDArnaud Molmy (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 101 - Cell 2
HDJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 102 - Cell 2
HDTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Projet 1t4iRow 103 - Cell 2
HDDimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 104 - Cell 2
HDSteven Tronet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 105 - Cell 2
HDMatthieu Sprick (Fra) Projet 1t4iRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFMartijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFBert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFJean Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Projet 1t4iRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Bonnin (Fra) Projet 1t4iRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFBert De Backer (Bel) Projet 1t4iRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Projet 1t4iRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFAngelo Tulik (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFEgidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) LandbouwkredietRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Rousseau (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFRonan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 120 - Cell 2
DNFBenoit Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 121 - Cell 2
DNFDominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFStefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFLeif Hoste (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFRob Goris (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda'sRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFLoic Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFPierre Drancourt (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFMathieu Delaroziere (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFEvaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFKenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) An Post - Sean KellyRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super URow 135 - Cell 2

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