Koldo Fernandez wins sprint in the Vendée

Euskaltel-Euskadi's Koldo Fernandez used the racing strength he acquired at the Vuelta a España to beat the French sprinters at the Tour de Vendée, the 12th and final leg of the French Cup. The Spaniard repeated his effort of two years ago and won for the second time in La Roche-sur-Yon ahead of Cervélo's Davide Appollonio, who got a great lead-out from teammate Heinrich Haussler on his way back to form.

Colombia's Leonardo Duque, the 10th place finisher, secured the overall win at the French Cup by a single point over Florian Vachon, who finished seventh.

"The roads over here suit me because it's similar to the Basque country," said the 29-year-old from Zurbano. "I'm very happy to win here again. To tell the truth, I was watching Jimmy Casper, so I was a bit surprised when the two Cervélo riders created a gap, but it went well at the end."

The race concluded with a bunch sprint finish but the race was intense all the way through. Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Jérémy Roy (FDJ) were the most active riders in the 10-man breakaway that took off soon after the start and got caught with 50 kilometres to go. Voeckler tried again but a group of four managed to go away with Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel), Ronny Martias (Saur-Sojasun), Rein Taarämae (Cofidis) and Bert Scheirlinckx (Landbouwkrediet).

"I tried at the beginning, I tried in the middle and I tried at the end of the race but it just didn't work out," said the French champion who was riding with his heart more than with his head to show that his BBox Bouygues Telecom team is still alive. Timing is tight for team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau to seal a deal with a new sponsor by Tuesday. "Every year there are a lot of people at the Tour de Vendée but this time there were even more," Voeckler said. "It probably has something to do with the fact that people want to see our team at the Tour de Vendée and at the start of the Tour de France again next year."

The Bbox Bouygues Telecom squad finished the work initiated by RadioShack by catching the four-man breakaway with 20km to go. Romain Lemarchand (BigMat-Auber 93) attacked with 10km to go, and was joined by Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel), Gert Verheyen (Landbouwkrediet), Rob Ruijgh and Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil). Voeckler and Benoît Vaugrenard (FDJ) tried to bridge the gap but it was all together again with 2km to go and the bunch sprint was inevitable.

The Saur-Sojasun team rode hard at the front but the duo from Cervélo and Fernandez were definitely stronger. "The strength I have from the Tour of Spain made me have an advantage," Fernandez told Cyclingnews.

"I was dreaming of winning but when I saw Fernandez passing me, there was nothing to do," said runner up Davide Appollonio, who was happy with his French campaign as he won the last stage of the Tour du Limousin and finished second at the GP Fourmies.

Fernandez continued the tradition of Basque riders winning at the Tour de Vendée, as they've won four of the past five editions.. It started with Alberto Leanizbarrutia in 1988, then Mikel Gaztanaga won twice in a row (2006 and 2007) and now Fernandez has put his name on the record for the second time following his 2008 win.

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Full results
1Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4:44:07
2Davide Appollonio (Ita) Cervélo Test TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 2 - Cell 2
4Cédric Pineau (FRa) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 3 - Cell 2
5Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 4 - Cell 2
6Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Team KatushaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 6 - Cell 2
8Davy Commeyne (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 7 - Cell 2
9Aristide Ratti (Ita) CarmioOro NGC Carmiooro - NGCRow 8 - Cell 2
10Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le Credit en LigneRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Cofidis le Crédit en LigneRow 10 - Cell 2
12Morgan Kneisky Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 11 - Cell 2
13Geert Verheyen (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 12 - Cell 2
14Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en LigneRow 13 - Cell 2
15Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 14 - Cell 2
16Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 16 - Cell 2
18Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioshackRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 20 - Cell 2
22Rob Ruyjgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller Bretagne - SchullerRow 22 - Cell 2
24Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 23 - Cell 2
25Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale AG2R - La mondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 25 - Cell 2
27Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 26 - Cell 2
28Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:09
29Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:11
30Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 29 - Cell 2
31Amets Txurruka Ansola (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 30 - Cell 2
32Mikael Chérel (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 31 - Cell 2
33Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 Big Mat - Auber 93Row 32 - Cell 2
34Stéphane Rossetto (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 34 - Cell 2
36Geert Steurs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator TopsportRow 35 - Cell 2
37Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 36 - Cell 2
38Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues TelecomRow 37 - Cell 2
39Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 38 - Cell 2
40Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 39 - Cell 2
41Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:17
42Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller Bretagne - Schuller0:00:18
43Andrea Piechele (Ita) Carmiooro - NGCRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jens Mouris (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Yohann Gené (Fra) BBox Bouygues TelecomRow 44 - Cell 2
46Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale AG2R - La mondialeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:25
49Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioshackRow 48 - Cell 2
50Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller Bretagne - Schuller0:00:27
51Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R - La mondialeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 51 - Cell 2
53Thibaut Pinot (FRA) Française Des Jeux0:00:30
54Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 53 - Cell 2
55Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller Bretagne - SchullerRow 54 - Cell 2
56Laurent Beure (Fra) Carmiooro - NGCRow 55 - Cell 2
57Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha Team KatushaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en LigneRow 57 - Cell 2
59Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en LigneRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun Saur - SojasunRow 59 - Cell 2
61Stéphane Augé (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en LigneRow 60 - Cell 2
62Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 61 - Cell 2
63Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team0:00:37
64Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 65 - Cell 2
67Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 67 - Cell 2
69Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Team RadioshackRow 69 - Cell 2
71Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioshackRow 70 - Cell 2
72Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team RadioShackRow 71 - Cell 2
73Florian Morizot (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 72 - Cell 2
74Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:42
75Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 74 - Cell 2
76Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Javier Francisco Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:44
78Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 77 - Cell 2
79Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:45
80Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne0:00:52
81Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en LigneRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jérémy Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:05
83Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:08
84Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:19
85Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 84 - Cell 2
86Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 85 - Cell 2
87Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des JeuxRow 86 - Cell 2
88Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Cervélo Test Team0:07:33
89Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:08:19
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team KatushaRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale AG2R - La mondialeRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFParide Grillo (Ita) CarmioOro NGCRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFAntonio Quadranti (Ita) CarmioOro NGCRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFMartial Ricci-Poggi (Fra) LandbouwkredietRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFGrégory Barteau (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFBart Dockx (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFMathieu Drouilly (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFNiels Brouzes (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFMatthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFLloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Mironov (Rus) Itera-Katusha Team KatushaRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFMikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) AG2R - La mondialeRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) BBox Bouygues TelecomRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFClinton Avery (Nzl) Team RadioShackRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFDmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team RadioshackRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFGorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro - NGCRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFYuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale AG2R - La mondialeRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFDenis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues TelecomRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFJoao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFBrett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFCyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale AG2R - La mondialeRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFSander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - MercatorRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFLieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFEric Berthou (Fra) CarmioOro NGCRow 124 - Cell 2

 

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