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Cornille a Shooting Star

It was a tale of two Yannicks in the opening day of the multi-stage MTB Tour of Mauritius 2009. Yannick Cornille of Reunion Island ousted Mauritian Yannick Lincoln to take a narrow nine-second lead in the prologue on Thursday.

The prologue was a leg burning 2km, with the main obstacles including a moist seven step concrete staircase and waterlogged singletrack. This short course was a form-checker; it was never going to unearth the actual winner of the tour. It was designed for the powerhouse rider. What the overall tour GC contender demands is a rider with a more complete skillset, with a bias to endurance.

Cornille took the yellow jersey, displaying the qualities required, including dare-devilish cornering. He revelled in the twisty-turny bits.

"I knew I could do a good time, but I didn't know how the other riders would do," said Cornille. Showing his aptitude for technical sections he enthused, "I hope for the rest of the tour there is a lot more."

Christophe Gerard took third place, 11 seconds adrift of Cornille.

Prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yannick Cornille0:03:12
2Yannick Lincoln0:00:09
3Christophe Gerard0:00:11
4Dany Vogel0:00:12
5Georget Burel0:00:15
6Christian Emmanuel0:00:16
7Olivier Heutte0:00:16
8Gil Guillaumin0:00:19
9Cedric Passee0:00:20
10Hugo Caetane0:00:20
11Jean Philippe (Jnr) Tyack0:00:21
12Christophe Lincoln0:00:22
13Andreas Freiter0:00:25
14Arnaud De Commarmond0:00:25
15Thierry David0:00:26
16Sebastien Tyack0:00:26
17Stephane Payet0:00:29
18Mathieu Le Blanc0:00:32
19Armand Le Court De Billot0:00:33
20Mathieu Rivet0:00:34
21Frederic Savre0:00:35
22Olivier Le Court0:00:35
23Daniel Chaussalet0:00:35
24Denis Valentin0:00:39
25Liam Somers0:00:47
26Michael Kedhoo0:00:51
27Simon Pougnet0:00:57
28Sully Robert0:00:57
29Gabriel Mayer0:00:58
30Andre Le Blanc0:01:01
31Xavier De Chalain0:01:05
32Lawrence Wong0:01:09
33Gordon Brown0:01:09
34Daniel Maestracci0:01:15
35Jean Philippe Tyack0:01:21
36Sebastien Bax0:01:27
37Michel Mayer0:01:30
38Bryan Trousquin0:01:45
39Gerard Chan-Kin0:01:47
40Frederic Nicolin0:01:47
41Hans Brasse0:01:49
42Antoine Dufoix0:01:51
43Kesaven Oothendee0:02:21

General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yannick Cornille0:03:12
2Yannick Lincoln0:00:09
3Christophe Gerard0:00:11
4Dany Vogel0:00:12
5Georget Burel0:00:15
6Christian Emmanuel0:00:16
7Olivier Heutte0:00:16
8Gil Guillaumin0:00:19
9Cedric Passee0:00:20
10Hugo Caetane0:00:20
11Jean Philippe (Jnr) Tyack0:00:21
12Christophe Lincoln0:00:22
13Andreas Freiter0:00:25
14Arnaud De Commarmond0:00:25
15Thierry David0:00:26
16Sebastien Tyack0:00:26
17Stephane Payet0:00:29
18Mathieu Le Blanc0:00:32
19Armand Le Court De Billot0:00:33
20Mathieu Rivet0:00:34
21Frederic Savre0:00:35
22Olivier Le Court0:00:35
23Daniel Chaussalet0:00:35
24Denis Valentin0:00:39
25Liam Somers0:00:47
26Michael Kedhoo0:00:51
27Simon Pougnet0:00:57
28Sully Robert0:00:57
29Gabriel Mayer0:00:58
30Andre Le Blanc0:01:01
31Xavier De Chalain0:01:05
32Lawrence Wong0:01:09
33Gordon Brown0:01:09
34Daniel Maestracci0:01:15
35Jean Philippe Tyack0:01:21
36Sebastien Bax0:01:27
37Michel Mayer0:01:30
38Bryan Trousquin0:01:45
39Gerard Chan-Kin0:01:47
40Frederic Nicolin0:01:47
41Hans Brasse0:01:49
42Antoine Dufoix0:01:51
43Kesaven Oothendee0:02:21

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