Hayman tops sprint for Paris-Bourges win

Mathew Hayman took his first win of the season for Team Sky, taking out the sprint of a large group in Paris-Bourges. He was part of a breakaway which had escaped early and was only caught in the final kilometer. Baden Cooke of Saxo Bank and Hayman's Sky teammate Greg Henderson completed the podium.

It was the first victory since the Commonwealth Games road race in 2006 for the 33-year-old Australian.

"I was leading into the last 400 metres and managed a good sprint," Hayman said on teamsky.com. "I’d seen that the guys behind were lining up so I just went and Baden Cooke got alongside me but couldn’t quite get over me and Greg was finishing very fast on the outside but the line came quicker.

"I was really happy with that - I think we got away after about 15km and I ended up kind of winning a sprint so there was a bit of disbelief afterwards!"

A large group got away early on, with the Vacansoleil team heavily represented. John Degenkolb (HTC Highroad), Gustav-Erik Larsson (Saxo Bank), Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack), Romain Feillu, Marco Marcato and Bert-Jan Lindeman (all Vacansoleil-DCM), Mathew Hayman (Sky), Ludovic Turpin (Saur-Sojasun), Frédéric Guesdon (FDJ), Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano), Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1), Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp), Anthony Perez (La Pomme Marseille) and Paul Voss (Endura Racing) never built up a lead of much more than two minutes

Voss was very active, trying repeatedly to get away from the group. With about 50km to go, Voss, Degenkolb, Lequatre, Marcato, Hayman and Bodrogi pulled slightly away on the climb up the Cote de Bue. Behind the breakaway, Juan Antonio Flecha (Rabobank) and a handful of others broke free from the chasing peloton.

It had been pouring down rain all day, and then the wind started up. It didn't stop Flecha, though, who quickly moved his group up to within 40 seconds of the leaders, with the field at 1:30 at 35km to go.

The group around Flecha grew, and also included riders who had fallen out of the lead group. Lars Bak (HTC), André Steensen, Baden Cooke, Gustav Larsson and Kasper Klostergaard (all Saxo Bank), Matthew Busche (RadioShack), Stijn Devolder, Bjorn Leukemans and Bert-Jan Lindeman (all Vacansoleil), Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky), Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis)
Ludovic Turpin, Jonathan Hivert and Guillaume Levarlet (all Saur Sojasun), Nacer Bouhanna (FDJ), Bert De Waele (Landbouwkrediet), Alexandre Geniez (Skil Shimano), Cesare Benedetti (NetApp), and Jack Bauer (Endurance Racing) made up the group chasing the leaders around Voss.

The situation changed almost by the minute as they approached the finish line. With 15km to go, Bodrogi was dropped from the lead group as the peloton pulled closer. The groups came more or less together again, and Hayman proved to have the fastest legs of a 20-man group sprinting for the win.

"My last victory was the Commonwealth Games in 2006 so it’s been a while in between but it’s nice to win a race in a Team Sky jersey," Hayman said.

"I knew [last week] at Franco-Belge that I was going pretty well and Steven [de Jongh, the team's Sports Director] in the car told me to make sure I was confident in my sprint and I guess that's what I did.

"I’m now really looking forward to Paris-Tours on Sunday, it’s really the last classic for the the kind of guys like me who enjoy those sort of events. It’s been a bit of a goal of mine at the end of the year after the World Championships.

"This win today puts the icing on the cake and means I’ll go in there pretty relaxed but knowing I’ve got good form."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling4:30:29
2Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank SungardRow 1 - Cell 2
3Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky ProcyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 3 - Cell 2
5Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 4 - Cell 2
6Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura RacingRow 5 - Cell 2
7Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 8 - Cell 2
10Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:00:02
12Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetappRow 11 - Cell 2
13Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura RacingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 14 - Cell 2
16Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad0:00:07
17Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 16 - Cell 2
18Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 17 - Cell 2
19Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 19 - Cell 2
21Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 20 - Cell 2
22Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 21 - Cell 2
23Wim De Vocht (Bel) Veranda's Willems - AccentRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 23 - Cell 2
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 24 - Cell 2
26Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:11
27Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Jesse Sergent (NZl) Team RadioShackRow 27 - Cell 2
29Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJRow 28 - Cell 2
30Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing0:00:15
31Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme-MarseilleRow 30 - Cell 2
32Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura RacingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Evert Verbist (Bel) Veranda's Willems - AccentRow 32 - Cell 2
34Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJRow 34 - Cell 2
36Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 35 - Cell 2
37Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:19
38Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.de0:00:21
39Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJRow 38 - Cell 2
40Joël Zangerle (Ned) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfoot.deRow 39 - Cell 2
41Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-HighroadRow 40 - Cell 2
42Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 41 - Cell 2
43Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack0:00:24
44Bert De Waele (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 43 - Cell 2
45Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:31
47Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling0:00:36
48Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 47 - Cell 2
49Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 48 - Cell 2
50Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 49 - Cell 2
51Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 50 - Cell 2
52Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank SungardRow 51 - Cell 2
53Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:52
54Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:55
56André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard0:01:05
57Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank SungardRow 56 - Cell 2
58Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:01:08
59Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling0:01:16
60Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp0:02:04
61Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:11
62Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 61 - Cell 2
63Paul Voss (Ger) Endura RacingRow 62 - Cell 2
64Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels0:02:52
65Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:03:05
66Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack0:03:18
67Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShackRow 66 - Cell 2
68Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ0:06:08
69Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 69 - Cell 2
71Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:07:56
DNFJérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFFranck Bouyer (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFFlorent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFLeonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFRonan Van Zandbeek (Ned) Skil - ShimanoRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFRan Margaliot (Isr) Saxo Bank SungardRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFStéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFRussell Downing (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Blot (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFWout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFManuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShackRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFGustav Larsson (Swe) Saxo Bank SungardRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Rapha Condor - SharpRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-HighroadRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-HighroadRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFMathieu Teychenne (Fra) AGR2 La MondialeRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFDimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFMichal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShackRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFMathieu Delaroziere (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFYohan Cauquil (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFLoïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Colin (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFDaryl Impey (RSA) Team NetappRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Perez (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme-MarseilleRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Rousseau (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFRonan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFMathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Meenhorst (NZl) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Poos (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetappRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFMatthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFIvan Rovny (Rus) Team RadioShackRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFTom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Velo-Club La Pomme MarseilleRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFGediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFVytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFMorten Knudsen (Den) Team Differdange - Magic-Sportfood.deRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura RacingRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFScott Thwaites (GBr) Endura RacingRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFEvan Oliphant (GBr) Endura RacingRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetappRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFEvgeni Shalunov (Rus) Team RadioShackRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Peeters (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFThierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - ShimanoRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFKenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 141 - Cell 2
DNFReinier Honig (Ned) LandbouwkredietRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - ShimanoRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFKoen Barbe (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFEgidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) LandbouwkredietRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFAidis Kruopis (Ltu) LandbouwkredietRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFBobbie Traksel (Ned) LandbouwkredietRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFRubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFCesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetappRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFEric Baumann (Ger) Team NetappRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFTimon Seubert (Ger) Team NetappRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFJavier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFJure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi AventisRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Reimer (Ger) Skil - ShimanoRow 158 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Chatillon Sur Loire
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ5pts
2Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Veranda's Willems - Accent1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Santranges
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack5pts
2Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Menetou Salon
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling5pts
2Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack3Row 1 - Cell 3
3John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Cote Du Graveron
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing5pts
2Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Cote De Bue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing5pts
2Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Cote De La Chapelotte
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing5pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling3Row 1 - Cell 3
3John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack8pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3Row 4 - Cell 3
6John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1Row 5 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing15pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Cyclingteam Jo Piels3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack1Row 4 - Cell 3
6John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad1Row 5 - Cell 3

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