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2009 Paris - Bourges (1.1)
By Bart Hazen
Date: 10/8/2009
2009 Paris - Bourges (1.1)

2009 Paris - Bourges (1.1)

Columbia-HTC's André Greipel takes 20th win of the season in Paris-Bourges. The 85th win of the Columbia-HTC team in 2009. Haedo and Usov complete podium.,

Columbia-HTC's André Greipel has won the 2009 edition of Paris-Bourges. The German sprinter took his 20th win of the season, the 85th for the team, in the bunch sprint over Juan José Haedo and Alexandre Usov. Roger Hammond and Sebastien Chavanel round off the top five.

Paris - Bourges race profile - Courtesy of Union Bourges Cher Cyclisme

The race over almost 194 km was animated by a big break of 19 which broke clear after 40 km. The break including Morris Possoni, Vicente Reynes (Team Columbia), Anthony Geslin (Française des Jeux), Maryan Hary, Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Cofidis), William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Renaud Dion, Cédric Pineau (AG2R-La Mondiale), Pablo Lastras (Caisse d'Epargne), Nicolas Jalabert (Agritubel), Dominique Rollin (Cervélo), Gerben Löwik, Björn Leukemans, Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil), Johan Mombaerts (Auber 93), Jean-Marc Marino (Besson-Sojasun), Gaël Malacarne, Lilian Jégou (Bretagne-Schuller) and Janek Tombak (CC Bourgas) stayed in front for almost 120 km and had a maximum lead of 2.30 at km 75. The break didn't stayed together as the situation changed all the time. Especially Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil), Cédric Pineau (AG2R-La Mondiale), Jean-Marc Marino (Besson-Sojasun) and Anthony Geslin (Française des Jeux) were very active but with 11 km to go the bunch was brought back together.

Another attack with 8 km to go from Frédéric Guesdon (Francaise des Jeux), Lars Ytting Bak (Saxo Bank), Julien Simon (Besson-Sojasun) and Stéphane Bonsergent (Bretagne-Schuller) didn't had any success either as they were caught with 3 km to go. In the remaining of the race the sprinter's team controlled the race and Columbia-HTC perfectly lead-out Greipel for the win. It's the second win of Columbia-HTC in this race. Last year the win went to Austrian Bernhard Eisel.

Team report
Columbia-HTC scores 85th win of season in France

André Greipel sprinted to victory in the Paris-Bourges Classic on Thursday, netting Team Columbia-HTC's 85th win of the 2009 season. Greipel was the fastest in the bunch sprint which decided the 193.3- kilometre event, and resulted in the sprinter's 20th victory of 2009.

Following Bernhard Eisel's victory in Paris-Bourges in 2008, Greipel's triumph is Columbia-HTC's second straight victory in the French Classic. "I never expected to get so many wins this season, particularly after a tough beginning to the year," commented Greipel. "But today I won again, even though we had to work really hard to get it and there were attacks all the way through. My team-mates got me in the right position, and I did a very long sprint, from about 300 metres to go. Haedo almost got past me, but when he tried to overtake me he had to move out, and the wind made it harder for him. So I eventually beat him by about half a bike length."

With an early move of around 20 riders getting away, Greipel said he hadn't really expected a bunch sprint to materialise. "Fortunately we had two guys in there, [Morris] Possoni and [Vicente] Reynes, the break's lead stayed at around two and a half minutes, and so we didn't have to work so much. Then the best moment for me came when Bernie [Eisel] said to me, 'Hey, relax, we'll get the break back and we'll get you to that sprint, too'."

Greipel's victory means the Columbia-HTC men's team has now matched their 2008 total of 85 wins in one season.

Team Saxo Bank: Juan José Haedo second in Paris-Bourges

Today, Team Saxo Bank took part in the 193 kilometer long French one-day-race, Paris-Bourges with five riders: Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Juan Jose Haedo, Michael Mørkøv, Marcus Ljungqvist and Lars Bak. However, there were no great expectations beforehand when in reality it was not quite the line-up as planned as the team already had lost Matti Breschel and Karsten Kroon due to illness, before the race even started.

The race has previously been won by Team Saxo Bank-profiles Lars Bak (2005) and Jens Voigt (2003), and sports directors Kim Andersen and Lars Michaelsen have celebrated triumphs here in 1987 and 1994.

Even though the expectations were not high before the starting signal sounded, the team still managed to deliver an outstanding performance:

"You should always outweigh expectations with facts and Haedo's second place today was very satisfying. The riders performed excellent teamwork. Since we did not have a rider in the initial break, Mørkøv went to the front of the field to set the pace with the other teams. By the end of the race our entire team was represented in the front to optimize Haedo's chances for a top result and they succeeded. A great team effort and a satisfying outcome”, said sports director Dan Frost.

André Greipel (Columbia) won the race.

Cervelo: Hammond 4th in Paris-Bourges
Continuing his strong late season showing, Roger Hammond finished fourth today in Paris-Bourges. André Greipel (Team Columbia), won the race with Juan José Haedo (Saxo Bank) taking second and Alexandre Usov (Cofidis) placing third.

Cervélo TestTeam was active throughout today's race. After 40 km Dominique Rollin was in a breakaway that stayed ahead for almost 120 km. The group had a maximum gap of 2 minutes but the peloton chased the group down with 11 km to go. In the final the team prepared to set up the sprint for Martin Reimer. Roger Hammond tried to bring him into the right position but Martin lost Roger's wheel and so Roger ended up in the sprint on his own, finishing fourth. Martin Reimer ended in 8th position.

"We were a little bit unhappy that Martin lost the wheel, but I think we can be happy that we came in fourth," commented Jens Zemke, Sports Director.

Paris - Gien - Bourges
193.3 km - 4:11:55 - 46.039 km/h
1 6 Greipel André Columbia/HTC Ger   4:11:55
2 63 Haedo Juan Jose Saxo Bank Arg :00
3 28 Usov Alexandre Cofidis Blr :00

4 82 Hammond Roger Cervélo TestTeam Gbr :00
5 12 Chavanel Sébastien Française Des Jeux Fra :00

6 43 Hinault Sébastien Ag2r la Mondiale Fra :00
7 114 Dietziker Andreas Vorarlberg/Corractec Sui :00
8 87 Reimer Martin Cervélo TestTeam Ger :00
9 141 Bozic Borut Vacansoleil Slo :00
10 72 Feillu RomainAgritubel Fra :00

11 165 Mangel Laurent Besson Chaussures/Sojasun Fra :00
12 152 Bacquet Fabien Auber 93 Fra :00
13 58 Drujon Mathieu Caisse d'Epargne Fra :00
14 31 Arashiro Yukiya Bbox Bouygues Telecom Jpn :00
15 106 Bakelants Jan Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator Bel :00
16 103 Renders Sven Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator Bel :00
17 113 Musiol Daniel Vorarlberg/Corractec Ger :00
18 156 Mombaerts Johan Auber 93 Fra :00
19 158 Gallopin Tony Auber 93 Fra :00
20 153 Haddou Nadir Auber 93 Fra :00
21 144 Löwik Gerben Vacansoleil Ned :00
22 96 De Waele Bert Landbouwkrediet/Colnago Bel :00
23 108 Steurs Geert Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator Bel :00
24 174 Delpech Jean-Luc Bretagne - Schuller Fra :00
25 197 Ghyllebert Pieter Cycling Club Bourgas Bel :00
26 148 Ruygh Rob Vacansoleil Ned :00
27 24 Duclos-Lassalle Hervé Cofidis Fra :00
28 128 Harbonnier Sébastien Continental Cycling Differdange Fra :00
29 176 Jegou Lilian Bretagne - Schuller Fra :00
30 22 Buffaz Mickaël Cofidis Fra :00
31 41 Dion Renaud Ag2r la Mondiale Fra :00
32 44 Krivtsov Yuriy Ag2r la Mondiale Ukr :00
33 164 Galland Jérémie Besson Chaussures/Sojasun Fra :00
34 188 Vachon Florian Roubaix Lille Metropole Fra :00
35 65 Arvesen Kurt Asle Saxo Bank Nor :00
36 75 Feillu BriceAgritubel Fra :00
37 184 Larpe Mickael Roubaix Lille Metropole Fra :00
38 34 Claude Mathieu Bbox Bouygues Telecom Fra :00
39 17 Ladagnous Mathieu Française Des Jeux Fra :00
40 54 Kiryienka Vasil Caisse d'Epargne Blr :00
41 47 Rousseau Nicolas Ag2r la Mondiale Fra :00
42 85 Lloyd Daniel Cervélo TestTeam Gbr :00
43 33 Bonnet William Bbox Bouygues Telecom Fra :00
44 124 Dressler Frank Continental Cycling Differdange Ger :00
45 83 Rasch Gabriel Cervélo TestTeam Nor :00
46 66 Bak Lars Ytting Saxo Bank Den :00
47 154 Mazet Julien Auber 93 Fra :00
48 145 Mouris Jens Vacansoleil Ned :00
49 142 Carrara Matteo Vacansoleil Ita :00
50 36 Martias Rony Bbox Bouygues Telecom Fra :00
51 118 Hollenstein Reto Vorarlberg/Corractec Sui :00
52 67 Ljungqvist Marcus Saxo Bank Swe :00
53 107 De Gendt Thomas Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator Bel :00
54 183 Guillou Florian Roubaix Lille Metropole Fra :00
55 167 Simon Julien Besson Chaussures/Sojasun Fra :00
56 191 Tombak Janek Cycling Club Bourgas Est :00
57 198 Cauquil Yohan Cycling Club Bourgas Fra :00
58 18 Offredo Yohan Française Des Jeux Fra :00
59 77 Jalabert NicolasAgritubel Fra :00
60 46 Elmiger Martin Ag2r la Mondiale Sui :00
61 1 Eisel Bernhard Columbia/HTC Aut :00
62 27 Valentin Tristan Cofidis Fra :00
63 125 Retschke Robert Continental Cycling Differdange Sui :00
64 147 Hoogerland Johnny Vacansoleil Ned :00
65 133 Goesinnen Floris Skil/Shimano Ned :00
66 93 Amorison Frédéric Landbouwkrediet/Colnago Bel :00
67 4 Dockx Gert Columbia/HTC Bel :00
68 21 Brard Florent Cofidis Fra :00
69 81 Gustov Volodymir Cervélo TestTeam Ukr :00
70 104 Vandewalle Kristof Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator Bel :00
71 137 Hupond Thierry Skil/Shimano Fra :00
72 45 Mondory Loyd Ag2r la Mondiale Fra :00
73 37 Quemeneur Perrig Bbox Bouygues Telecom Fra :00
74 38 Voeckler Thomas Bbox Bouygues Telecom Fra :00
75 14 Guesdon Frédéric Française Des Jeux Fra :00
76 175 Duret Sébastien Bretagne - Schuller Fra :00
77 55 Lastras Garcia Pablo Caisse d'Epargne Esp :00
78 102 Maes Nikolas Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator Bel :00
79 57 Uran Rigoberto Caisse d'Epargne Col :00
80 178 Pivois Yann Bretagne - Schuller Fra :00
81 42 Goubert Stephane Ag2r la Mondiale Fra :00
82 136 Timmer Albert Skil/Shimano Ned :00
83 11 Chérel Mikael Française Des Jeux Fra :00
84 15 Geslin Anthony Française Des Jeux Fra :00
85 143 Leukemans Björn Vacansoleil Bel :00
86 56 Zandio Echaide Xabier Caisse d'Epargne Esp :00
87 146 Westra Lieuwe Vacansoleil Ned :00
88 52 Erviti Imanol Caisse d'Epargne Esp :00
89 53 Garcia Acosta José Vicente Caisse d'Epargne Esp :00
90 155 Mederel Maxime Auber 93 Fra :00
91 3 Possoni Morris Columbia/HTC Ita :00
92 13 Vaugrenard Benoit Française Des Jeux Fra 03'10"
93 26 Minard Sébastien Cofidis Fra 03'30"
94 16 Veikkanen Jussi Française Des Jeux Fin :00
95 121 Johansson Fredrik Continental Cycling Differdange Swe :00
96 5 Rabon Frantisek Columbia/HTC Cze :00
97 71 Vogondy NicolasAgritubel Fra :00
98 25 Hary Maryan Cofidis Fra :00

99 173 Malacarne Gael Bretagne - Schuller Fra 04:04
100 157 Thire Jonathan Auber 93 Fra 04:04
101 8 Reynes Mimo Vicente Columbia/HTC Esp 04:04
102 51 Rodriguez Oliver Joaquim Caisse d'Epargne Esp 04:04
103 172 Champion Dimitri Bretagne - Schuller Fra 04:04
104 48 Pineau Cédric Ag2r la Mondiale Fra 04:25
105 74 Bichot FreddyAgritubel Fra 04:25
106 23 Demaret Jean Eudes Cofidis Fra 04:25

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Abandons (44)
2 Boasson Hagen Edvald Columbia/HTC Nor
32 Bonnaire Olivier Bbox Bouygues Telecom Fra
35 Gaudin Damien Bbox Bouygues Telecom Fra
61 Morkov Michael Saxo Bank Den
73 Ravard AnthonyAgritubel Fra
86 Wyss Marcel Cervélo TestTeam Sui
88 Rollin Dominique Cervélo TestTeam Can
91 Barbe Koen Landbouwkrediet/Colnago Bel
92 Flahaut Denis Landbouwkrediet/Colnago Fra
94 Planckaert Baptiste Landbouwkrediet/Colnago Bel
95 Van Den Haute Tom Landbouwkrediet/Colnago Bel
97 Drouilly Mathieu Landbouwkrediet/Colnago Fra
98 Ricci Poggi Martial Landbouwkrediet/Colnago Fra
101 Lodewyck Klaas Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator Bel
105 Goddaert Kristof Topsport Vlaanderen/Mercator Bel
112 Ackermann Silvere Vorarlberg/Corractec Sui
115 Benetseder Josef Vorarlberg/Corractec Aut
116 Morscher Harald Vorarlberg/Corractec Aut
117 Gufler Alexander Vorarlberg/Corractec Ita
122 Nilsson Hakan Continental Cycling Differdange Swe
123 Knudsen Morten Continental Cycling Differdange Den
126 Drucker Jempy Continental Cycling Differdange Lux
127 Blank Hannes Continental Cycling Differdange Ger
131 Doi Yukihiro Skil/Shimano Jpn
132 Deroo David Skil/Shimano Fra
134 Houanard Steve Skil/Shimano Fra
135 Van Hummel Kenny Robert Skil/Shimano Ned
138 De Backer Bert Skil/Shimano Bel
151 Brouzes Niels Auber 93 Fra
161 Casper Jimmy Besson Chaussures/Sojasun Fra
162 Coutouly Cedric Besson Chaussures/Sojasun Fra
163 Engoulvent Jimmy Besson Chaussures/Sojasun Fra
166 Marino Jean-Marc Besson Chaussures/Sojasun Fra
168 Talabardon Yannick Besson Chaussures/Sojasun Fra
171 Bonsergent Stéphane Bretagne - Schuller Fra
181 Cazaux Pierre Roubaix Lille Metropole Fra
182 Delrot Bastien Roubaix Lille Metropole Fra
185 Lemair Alexandre Roubaix Lille Metropole Fra
187 Tronet Steven Roubaix Lille Metropole Fra
192 Ojavee Mart Cycling Club Bourgas Est
193 Putsep Erki Cycling Club Bourgas  Est
194 Lasis Normunds Cycling Club Bourgas Lat
195 Angelov Hristomir Cycling Club BourgasBul
196 Prazdnovsky Martin Cycling Club Bourgas Svk
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64 Kroon Karsten Saxo Bank Ned
111 Weissinger René Vorarlberg/Corractec Ger

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