Fédrigo wins a wet and rainy Paris-Camembert

Pierrick Fédrigo scored his first victory of the 2013 season at Paris-Camembert, but he didn't seem to enjoy it as much as he might have during the rain-soaked day when many racers suffered. The 74th edition of the "race of the cheese" was decided at the very end when Fédrigo followed an attack by Pierre Rolland (Europcar) atop the mur des Champeaux, 10 kilometers before the finish line in Vimoutiers. Fédrigo crossed the line ahead of Sylvain Georges (AG2R-La Mondiale), Rolland and Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille) while Bryan Coquard (Europcar) won the bunch sprint for fifth 21 seconds later.

"I'm from the southwest," Fédrigo said. "I like the sun but not the rain and the cold. Several times, I thought of pulling out. Along the way, good sensations came back and I used as much courage as I could. My experience helped as well. Everyone was tired at the end."

A nine-man breakaway made its way to the centre of Normandy with Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R-La Mondiale), Pierrick Quéméneur (Europcar), Fabien Schmidt (Sojasun), Alexandre Blain and Rob Britton (Raleigh), Kevin Lalouette (Roubaix), Tim de Clercq (TopSport-Vlaanderen), Romain Hardy (Cofidis) and Cédric Pineau (FDJ). Pineau, De Clercq and Britton were the last three to surrender in the final 20 kilometers. They were caught by Mikaël Chérel (AG2R-La Mondiale), Bryan Coquard (Europcar), Julien El Farès (Sojasun), Mike Terpstra (3M) and Antomarchi. Inspired by his brother's third place at Paris-Roubaix, Terpstra tried to finish solo, but he was overtaken by the winning quartet.

"Since the Circuit de la Sarthe, I knew that the wheel to follow was Rolland's," Fédrigo said. "It came down to a sprint between four solid riders. This race course suits me. I'm obviously happy to win here for the first time. Two years ago, I was able to win it, but I was racing with Sandy [Casar] who was close to home, so I raced for him to win. Paris-Camembert is a race that counts in the record book."

"It's not a shame to be beaten by Fédrigo," Georges said. "It's his revenge since I finished ahead of him two years at GP Plumelec. I told my teammates that I'd be up there today in the finale. It feels good to race at the front. I'm building up my form for the Giro."

Rolland had another race in mind. "With those meteorological conditions, it was hard to focus today," he said. "My mind was on Liège-Bastogne-Liège."

Fédrigo and Rolland will both tackle the oldest of the Classics but through a very different program. The FDJ rider will keep racing the French Cup at Tour du Finistère and Tro Bro Leon while the climber from Europcar will ride the Giro del Trentino. "So far, it's been difficult to find the motivation for racing because of the rain," Fédrigo said. "I'm strongly hoping for better weather in the weeks to come."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) FDJ4:53:35
2Sylvain Georges (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 2 - Cell 2
4Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 3 - Cell 2
5Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:21
6Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJRow 5 - Cell 2
7Julien Simon (Fra) SojasunRow 6 - Cell 2
8Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 7 - Cell 2
9Julien El Fares (Fra) SojasunRow 8 - Cell 2
10Thomas Moses (GBr) Team RaleighRow 9 - Cell 2
11Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJRow 10 - Cell 2
12Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 11 - Cell 2
13Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 12 - Cell 2
14Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 14 - Cell 2
16Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 15 - Cell 2
17Mathieu Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 16 - Cell 2
18Mikael Chérel (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3MRow 18 - Cell 2
20Loic Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:00:30
22Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 21 - Cell 2
23Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rob Britton (Can) Team RaleighRow 23 - Cell 2
25Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sibrecht Pieters (Bel) Team 3MRow 25 - Cell 2
27Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:33
28Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 27 - Cell 2
29Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJRow 28 - Cell 2
30Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun0:00:36
31Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 31 - Cell 2
33Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:11
34Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:02:13
35Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:16
36Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:02:30
37Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Team Differdange-LoschRow 36 - Cell 2
38Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:02:32
39Adrián Sáez De Arregi (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:51
40Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:04:18
41Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 40 - Cell 2
42Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 41 - Cell 2
43Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun0:04:27
45Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:04:38
46Christian Helmig (Lux) Team Differdange-LoschRow 45 - Cell 2
47Thomas Scully (USA) Team RaleighRow 46 - Cell 2
48Lachlan Norris (Aus) Team RaleighRow 47 - Cell 2
49César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange-Losch0:05:25
50Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 49 - Cell 2
51Timothy Vangheel (Bel) Team 3M0:06:37
52Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar0:08:35
53Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 52 - Cell 2
54Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team EuropcarRow 53 - Cell 2
55Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 54 - Cell 2
56Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:38
58Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M0:10:26
59Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:11:47
60Sascha Weber (Ger) Team Differdange-Losch0:11:49
61Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) SojasunRow 60 - Cell 2
62Hugo Houle (Can) Ag2R La MondialeRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Bush (USA) La Pomme MarseilleRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFAntoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme MarseilleRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFJulian Kern (Ger) Ag2R La MondialeRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFRicardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFSteffen Radochla (Ger) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFAndre Schulze (Ger) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Delaplace (Fra) SojasunRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFJérémie Galland (Fra) SojasunRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Schmidt (Fra) SojasunRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Blain (Fra) Team RaleighRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFEric Berthou (Fra) Team RaleighRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFRichard Lang (Aus) Team RaleighRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFMark O'brien (Aus) Team RaleighRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFMarius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3MRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFFrederik Verkinderen (Bel) Team 3MRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFTimothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3MRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFJoren Segers (Bel) Team 3MRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFMatthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFRudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Le Montagner (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFSjef De Wilde (Bel) Team Differdange-LoschRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFVytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange-LoschRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFGediminas Kaupas (Ltu) Team Differdange-LoschRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFMyron Simpson (NZl) Team Differdange-LoschRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFSven Vandousselaere (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFJasper De Buyst (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFTim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFEduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche EnvironnementRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFLuis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFRudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFBenoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFDimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFStéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93Row 108 - Cell 2

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