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Cofidis sweeps Horner aside

Cofidis ended Chris Horner's bid for victory at the Tour de L'Ain on Wednesday when Rein Taaramae led two Cofidis teammates across the finish line at the end of 129.6km stage four atop the Col du Grand Colombiere. Tarramae won with a time of 3:36:58, and David Moncoutie and and Damien Monier were second and third at 30 and 34 seconds respectively.  Horner finished fourth.

Taaramae attacked early on the final climb and caught the leftovers of a break one-by-one until he reached the finish for the stage win and an overall victory. Horner dropped from first to second place in the overall, and Moncoutie was third overall.

"The team was great for me today. I think I was just on vacation a little too long," Horner joked afterward according to the Astana team website. He'd recently taken a break from racing. "But I'm happy with where the form is for the Tour of Spain."

On a warm and sunny day, a 13-rider break formed early in the race and got up to four minutes. Astana, defending Horner's lead, paced the peloton and kept an eye on the clock to ensure the break would not get too much time. The peloton faced four total climbs on the day, and the break began to falter under the strain.  It shrunk to eight and then four riders before getting reeled in.

While Taaramae rode alone following his attack from the peloton, Moncoutié, Monier and Maxime Médérel (Auber 93) chased.

Full Results
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3:36:58
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:30
3Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:34
4Christopher Horner (USA) Astana0:00:37
5Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 930:00:39
6Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:00:59
7Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:01:06
8Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:07
9Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana
10Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:01:14
11Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:01:20
12Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:01:36
13John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:52
14Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:01:59
15Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:02:01
16Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:30
17Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:41
18Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:03:07
19Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:22
20Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France
21Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:03:29
22Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel0:03:44
23Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:03:58
24Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:04:40
25Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:05:08
26Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step0:05:19
27Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano
28Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:05:23
29Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:06:11
30Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:06:18
31Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France0:06:21
32Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:28
33Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
34Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:06:45
35Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:07:38
36Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 930:07:49
37Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 93
38Arthur Vichot (Fra) France0:08:03
39Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:09:10
40Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:09:19
41Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:25
42Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:32
43Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:09:49
44Yoann Bagot (Fra) France0:09:54
45Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:10:13
46Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:32
47Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:12:12
48Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
49Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental
50Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental
51Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:55
52Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:14:06
53Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:14:07
54Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:14:15
55Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:14:17
56Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
57Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux
58Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux
59Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 93
60Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:15:31
61Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano
62Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
63Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
64Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux
65Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom
66Thibault Pinot (Fra) France
67Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano
68Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
69Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
70Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 93
71Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
72Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun
73Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental
74Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller
75Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes
76Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:15:47
77Romain Hardy (Fra) France0:16:43
78Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:20:14
79Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel0:22:39
80Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
81Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan

Sprint 1 - Champagne-en-Valromey, km 85.2
1Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne5pts
2Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3
3Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

KOM 1 - Côte de Premeyzel, km 25.9
1Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5pts
2Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3
3Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1

KOM 2 - Côte de Colomieu, km 33.5
1Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5pts
2Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3
3Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

KOM 3 - Côte de Thezillieu, km 69.6
1Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10pts
2Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7
3Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom5
4Arthur Vichot (Fra) France3
5Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1

KOM 4 - Coldu Grand Colombier, km 129.6
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne20pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne15
3Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne10
4Christopher Horner (USA) Astana7
5Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 935
6Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom3
7John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Teams
1Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne10:51:58
2Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:02:51
3Agritubel0:04:45
4AG2R La Mondiale0:06:51
5Astana0:07:25
6Auber 930:15:13
7Quick Step0:16:27
8France0:16:42
9Francaise Des Jeux0:20:38
10Rabobank0:23:34
11Caisse d'Epargne0:24:42
12Bretagne Schuller0:31:51
13Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:33:14
14BMC Racing Team0:33:24
15Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:35:06
16Skil - Shimano0:35:17
17Roubaix Lille Métropole0:36:38
18Kazakhstan0:41:04

Final general classification
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne13:03:07
2Christopher Horner (USA) Astana0:00:25
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:32
4Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:08
5Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel0:01:50
6Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:02:30
7Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:03:16
8John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:33
9Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:03:49
10Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:15
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel0:04:26
12Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:04:34
13Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 930:04:36
14Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:04:45
15Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel0:04:49
16Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:04:53
17Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:05:43
18Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:05:48
19Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:05:54
20Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:35
21Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:06:38
22Freddy Bichot (Fra) Agritubel0:07:05
23Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:07:28
24Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:35
25Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:08:19
26Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:08:29
27Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:09:26
28Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:09:33
29Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:56
30Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France0:10:45
31Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:10:51
32Yann Pivois (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:10:58
33Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:11:24
34Florian Guillou (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:12:15
35Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step0:12:50
36Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:13:32
37Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:13:38
38Theo Eltink (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:13:41
39Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:13:42
40Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:13:54
41Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step0:13:57
42Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:20
43Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 930:15:39
44Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 930:15:42
45Arthur Vichot (Fra) France0:16:11
46Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental0:16:15
47Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental0:16:16
48Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:17:29
49Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:18:03
50Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:18:24
51Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:19:13
52Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:19:51
53Vincent Jerome (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:20:27
54Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:21:14
55Julien Simon (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:23:33
56Dimitriv Fofonov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:23:43
57Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:24:27
58Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:24:32
59Bastien Delrot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:24:39
60Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:24:42
61Thomas Rabou (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:24:45
62Wilson Marentes (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:26:01
63Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 930:26:09
64Thibault Pinot (Fra) France0:26:12
65Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:26:43
66Romain Hardy (Fra) France0:27:26
67Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:29:33
68Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel0:29:58
69Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:30:54
70Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:31:01
71Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:31:13
72Yoann Bagot (Fra) France0:31:21
73Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:32:24
74Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:32:52
75Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:33:05
76Cyril Bessy (Fra) Besson Chaussures - Sojasun0:33:08
77Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil-Shimano0:33:09
78Julien Mazet (Fra) Auber 930:33:39
79Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:35:55
80Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:39:07
81Mario Aerts (Bel) Silence-Lotto0:45:33

Points classification
1Christopher Horner (USA) Astana45pts
2Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne42
3Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto37
4David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne36
5Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel30
6Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel28
7Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne26
8Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale25
9Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne23
10Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team21
11Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step20
12Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano19
13Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux17
14Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step17
15Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel14
16Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel14
17John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale12
18Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 9312
19Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team12
20Jerome Coppel (Fra) Française Des Jeux11
21Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10
22Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom10
23Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom10
24Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne10
25Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne9
26Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8
27Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana7
28Nicolas Hartmann (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller7
29Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental7
30Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental6
31Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom5
34Yohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 934
35Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3
38Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team3
39Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française Des Jeux2
40Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller2
41Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom1
42Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Mountains classification
1David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne30pts
2Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne28
3Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20
4Robinson Chalapud (Col) Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes17
5Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale17
6Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne15
7Christopher Horner (USA) Astana12
8Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller11
9Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne11
10Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team10
11Blaise Sonnery (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8
12Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom8
13Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel8
14Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano5
15Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom5
16Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence-Lotto5
17Maxime Mederel (Fra) Auber 935
18Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4
19Rémi Cusin (Fra) Agritubel3
20Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3
21Arthur Vichot (Fra) France3
22Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom3
23Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step3
24Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1
25Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1
26Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1
27John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Young rider classification
1Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne13:03:07
2Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quick Step0:04:34
3Cyril Gautier (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:05:54
4Alexandre Geniez (Fra) France0:06:38
5Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:07:28
6Alexandr Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:08:19
7Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) France0:10:45
8Aurelien Duval (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:10:51
9Tony Gallopin (Fra) Auber 930:15:42
10Arthur Vichot (Fra) France0:16:11
11Sergej Fuchs (Ger) Rabobank Continental0:16:15
12Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Rabobank Continental0:16:16
13Vincent Dauga (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:24:32
14Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:24:42
15Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Auber 930:26:09
16Thibault Pinot (Fra) France0:26:12
17Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:26:43
18Romain Hardy (Fra) France0:27:26
19Yoann Bagot (Fra) France0:31:21
20Tony Hurel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:35:55

Teams classification
1Cofidis Le Crédit En Ligne39:10:46
2Agritubel0:07:33
3AG2R La Mondiale0:09:40
4Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:13:09
5Astana0:13:31
6Francaise Des Jeux0:28:15
7Quick Step0:29:04
8Auber 930:30:26
9France0:31:29
10Rabobank0:35:11
11Caisse d'Epargne0:37:24
12Bretagne Schuller0:41:08
13Roubaix Lille Métropole0:49:51
14BMC Racing Team0:52:39
15Colombia Es Pasion Coldeportes0:53:44
16Kazakhstan0:56:33
17Besson Chaussures - Sojasun1:02:16
18Skil - Shimano1:08:05

 

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