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Buffaz opens Tour de l'Ain with win

Mickaël Buffaz did it the hard way and the celebratations were suitably jubilant when he took out stage one of the Tour de l'Ain in St. Denis les Bourg. Having chased the early break for 24km and helped drive it onwards to victory, the Cofidis rider outfoxed Floris Goesinnen (Skil Shimano) and Rémi Cusin (Agritubel) in the finale to secure victory.

And the Frenchman wasn't hiding his delight afterwards. "This is the happiest day of my life! This is the stage that I had no chance to win!" he said after the finish. "I began this stage [looking to get into] all the escapes and I tried to escape to organise this break [Goesinnen and Cusin] better.

Goesinnen and Cusin had moved off the front of the peloton after just 12km and after 24km of solo chasing by Buffaz the pair was joined by the Cofidis rider, who helped the trio gain a maximum advantage of 7:50. With 50km ridden it was time for Besson-Sojasun, Caisse d'Epargne and Silence-Lotto to begin the chase although their efforts proved to be in vain.

With 20km remaining the gap was still 2:12 and the chances of the break fighting it out for line honours looked more likely. It did come down to this eventuality, the two-man sprint contested by Cusin and Buffaz.

"I've never taken a win like this in the pros but in the amateurs I never missed. We won with a 37-second lead but I would have been content with two seconds! What makes it even more pleasurable for me is the joy of the people.

Buffaz explained that despite some setbacks earlier in the season this could be the turning point. "Winning at home makes it even better! It's more difficult to win at home because of the pressure. I had some health glitches early in the season; I hope that the wheel has now turned."

Full Results
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3:18:58
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:02
4Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:00:37
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
7Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental
10Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
14Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
15Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93
17Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
18Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France
19Romain Hardy (Fra) France
20Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan
21Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
22Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
23Arthur Vichot (Fra) France
24Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
25Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
26Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
28Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93
29Yoann Bagot (Fra) France
30Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
31Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team
32Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux
33Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team
34Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano
35Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step
36Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
37Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
38Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
39Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel
40Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
41Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano
42Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
43Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
44Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
45Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
46Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
47Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan
48Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team
49Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano
50Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
51Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
52Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
53Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
54Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
55Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
56Faber Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
57Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental
58Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
59Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana
60Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
61Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
62Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
63Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93
64Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
65Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
66Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93
67Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
68Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step
69John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
70Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto
71Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
72Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom
73Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93
74Thibault Pinot (Fra) France
75Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
76Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto
77Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux
78Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
79Christopher Horner (USA) Astana
80David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
81Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
82Alejandro Ramirez Calderon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
83Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto
84José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana
85Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux
86Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
87Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel
88Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental
89Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental
90Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
91Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93
92Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel
93Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
94Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
95Marlon Perez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
96Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
97Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
98Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
99Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
100Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
101Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
102Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana
103Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux
104Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
105Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
106Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
107Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
108Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:01:01
109Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
110Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental
111Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:06:22
112Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto
DNFMarkus Zberg (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNFFabio Duarte (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes

Points
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne25pts
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel20
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano16
4Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano14
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team12
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10
7Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step8
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental7
10Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto5
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun4
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team3
14Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller2
15Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1

Sprint 1 - Lent, km 57.5
1Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel5pts
2Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano3
3Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1

Mountain 1 - Côte des carronnieres, km 23.6
1Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano5pts
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel3
3Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1

General classification after stage 1
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3:18:48
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel0:00:04
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:08
4Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:00:47
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
7Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental
10Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
14Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
15Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93
17Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
18Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France
19Romain Hardy (Fra) France
20Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan
21Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
22Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
23Arthur Vichot (Fra) France
24Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
25Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana
26Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
28Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93
29Yoann Bagot (Fra) France
30Jean-Marie Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
31Thomas Frei (Swi) BMC Racing Team
32Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux
33Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team
34Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano
35Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step
36Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
37Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
38Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
39Christophe Laurent (Fra) Agritubel
40Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
41Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano
42Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
43Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
44Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
45Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step
46Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
47Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan
48Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team
49Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil-Shimano
50Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
51Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
52Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
53Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
54Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
55Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
56Faber Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
57Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental
58Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
59Steve Morabito (Swi) Astana
60Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
61Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
62Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
63Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93
64Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
65Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
66Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 93
67Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Silence-Lotto
68Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step
69John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
70Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Silence-Lotto
71Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
72Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom
73Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93
74Thibault Pinot (Fra) France
75Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux
76Jonas Ljungblad (Swe) Silence-Lotto
77Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux
78Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
79Christopher Horner (USA) Astana
80David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
81Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
82Alejandro Ramirez Calderon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
83Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Silence-Lotto
84José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana
85Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux
86Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
87Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel
88Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental
89Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental
90Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step
91Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93
92Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel
93Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
94Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
95Marlon Perez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
96Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
97Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
98Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
99Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
100Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
101Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
102Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana
103Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux
104Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
105Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
106Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
107Cedric Coutouly (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
108Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:01:11
109Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
110Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental
111Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:06:32
112Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:06:52

Points classification
1Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne26pts
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel25
3Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano19
4Robert Wagner (Ger) Skil-Shimano14
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team12
6Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10
7Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step8
9Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental7
10Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto5
12Jimmy Casper (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun4
13Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team3
14Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller2
15Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1

Mountains classification
1Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano5pts
2Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel3
3Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1

Young rider classification
1Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step3:19:35
2Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93
4Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France
5Romain Hardy (Fra) France
6Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7Arthur Vichot (Fra) France
8Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
9Yoann Bagot (Fra) France
10Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux
11Ablay Shugaipov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
12Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan
13Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux
14Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental
15Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
16Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental
17Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93
18Thibault Pinot (Fra) France
19Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
20Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental
21Fabien Taillefer (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
22Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:00:24
23Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental
24Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step0:06:05

Teams classification
1Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne9:58:08
2Agritubel
3Skil - Shimano0:00:02
4Bmc Racing Team0:00:37
5Equipe De France
6Caisse D`Epargne
7Quick Step
8Rabobank
9Roubaix Lille Métropole
10Silence-Lotto
11Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
12Bretagne Schuller
13Auber 93
14Equipe Du Kazakhstan
15Ag2R La Mondiale
16Bbox Boutgues Telecom
17Astana
18Francaise Des Jeux
19Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes

 

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