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Breton hope Halléguen surprises European champion

Mathieu Halléguen from the Breton amateur team Côtes d'Armor-Maître Jacques has claimed his first international win by crossing the line of Paris-Tours five seconds ahead of his breakaway companions. He preceded European champion Kris Boeckmans from Davo-Lotto-Davitamon and his teammate Nicolas David, who is another hope of French cycling hailing from Brittany.

"This is simply the best win of my career," said Halléguen who celebrated his 21st birthday today. He's the son of Jean-Pierre Halléguen who was a very dedicated local rider in the west of France.

Halléguen took part in an 11-men breakaway group with 40 kilometres to go. Boeckmans was the only foreigner there.

"It was an advantage that we were two from the same team with Nicolas," the winner declared. "I like this kind of demanding and windy course where positioning is a key factor. It was very nervous in the final hills but I decided to wait for the last straight road.

"As soon as I attacked I got 150 metres lead. The speed was very high. I was riding at 50km/h but they still caught me. I was particularly afraid of the European champion, but I managed to away again and get another 50 metres lead. With one kilometre to go, I knew I was going to win."

Halléguen will be a pro next year with continental team Bretagne-Schuller. He got the news from team manager Joël Blévin one and half month ago and was able to focus on his final goal, Paris-Tours.

Full Results
1Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Cote d’Armor Cyclisme4:03:02
2Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Davo - Lotto - Davitamon0:00:05
3Nicolas David (Fra) Cote d’Armor Cyclisme
4Vincent Dauga (Fra) Entente Sud-Gascogne
5Mickael Jeannin (Fra) CC Etupes, Doubs, Pays de Montbéliard
6Tony Hurel (Fra) Vendée U
7Yann Moritz (Fra) Vendée U
8Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) SCO Dijon - Team Lapierre
9Loïc Desriac (Fra) Comité du Midi-Pyrenées0:00:08
10Thomas Welter (Fra) Pedale de l’Est Haguenau0:00:15
11Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Comité de Bretagne
12Jarl Salomein (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren 2000 - Quickstep0:00:21
13Kevin Reza (Fra) Vendée U
14Edwig Cammaerts (Bel) Lotto - Bodysol - Pôle Continental Wallon0:00:24
15Jelle Wallays (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren 2000 - Quickstep0:00:31
16Yannick Martinez (Fra) Creusot Cyclisme0:00:46
17Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) CAC 41 Blois
18Grégory Joseph (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht
19Sven Jodts (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren 2000 - Quickstep
20Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille
21Wouter Wippert (Ned) Davo - Lotto - Davitamon
22Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren 2000 - Quickstep0:00:50
23Sébastien Boire (Fra) CAC 41 Blois
24Etienne Pieret (Fra) Vendée U0:01:02
25Korantin Peron (Fra) AC Lanester 560:01:05
26Guillaume Bonnet (Fra) V.C. Lyon Vaulx en Velin0:01:28
27Yannick Ricordel (Fra) UC Nantes Atlantique
28Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Chambery Cyclisme Formation
29Walt Dewinter (Bel) Davo - Lotto - Davitamon0:01:59
30Antoine Gorichon (Fra) Comité Ile De France0:02:05
31Mathieu Desniou (Fra) Comité Indre-et-Loire
32Alexis Bodiot (Fra) CC Nogent-sur-Oise0:02:12
33Antoine Fouldrin (Fra) CC Villeneuve ST Germain Soissons0:02:40
34Martial Roman (Fra) Le Cycle Poitevin0:02:44
35Florent Gougeard (Fra) U.S.Ste Austreberthe Pavilly Barentin
36Arnaud Molmy (Fra) CC Nogent-sur-Oise
37Romain Hardy (Fra) Cote d’Armor Cyclisme
38Arnaud Courteille (Fra) UC Nantes Atlantique
39Adrien Goujon (Fra) UC Orleans
40Romain Zingle (Bel) Fédération cycliste Wallonie - Bruxelles
41Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Comité Ile De France
42Julien Vermote (Bel) Wielergroep Beveren 2000 - Quickstep
43Nicolas Edet (Fra) Team Wilo Agem 72
44Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Fédération cycliste Wallonie - Bruxelles
45Florent Mallegol (Fra) Cote d’Armor Cyclisme
46Niels Van Dijck (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht
47Willem Wauters (Bel) Davo - Lotto - Davitamon
48Laurent Le Gac (Fra) Brest Iroise Cyclisme 20000:02:49
49Corentin Maugé (Fra) Team Wilo Agem 720:02:53
50Kévin Francillette (Fra) Vendée U0:02:56
51Ronan Racault (Fra) Comité Indre-et-Loire
52Mickael Delage (Fra) Entente Sud-Gascogne0:03:38
53Romain Bacon (Fra) Comité Ile De France
54Laurent Donnay (Bel) R.C. Pesant C.L.0:04:16
55Laurent Bourgeois (Fra) CC Etupes, Doubs, Pays de Montbéliard0:04:40
56Sander Maasing (Est) CC Etupes, Doubs, Pays de Montbéliard
57Alexis Coulon (Fra) SCO Dijon - Team Lapierre0:05:00
58Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille0:07:01
59Ben Gastauer (Lux) Chambery Cyclisme Formation
60Sven Vandousselaere (Bel) Jong Vlaanderen - Bauknecht0:07:46
61Willy Roseau (Fra) UC Nantes Atlantique0:07:52
62Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Vendée U
63Nicolas Vaillant (Fra) UC Nantes Atlantique
64Rémi Badoc (Fra) Entente Sud-Gascogne0:07:55


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