Circuit Cycliste Sarthe: Dekker snags final stage, Durbridge takes overall
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Circuit Cycliste Sarthe: Dekker snags final stage, Durbridge takes overall

by Shane Stokes at 11:33 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Circuit Cycliste Sarthe
 
Comeback win for Dutchman while young Australian shows his talent

Thomas DekkerThere was triumph for both the Garmin Barracuda and the GreenEdge teams on the final day of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe, with the former clocking up the stage win via Thomas Dekker and the latter scooping the final overall victory with Luke Durbridge.

Dekker’s triumph came after a crash inside the final kilometre of the stage, which enable the 27 year old Dutchman to jump clear and hold off the sprinters. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ BigMat) and Sacha Modolo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) picked up second and third in the big dash to the line. It was Dekker’s first individual win since his return from a doping ban.

The stage was marked by a breakaway group of some fifteen riders, who got a gap thirteen kilometres into the stage and stayed clear for over an hour. The last of those was hauled back 73 kilometres out, then seven kilometres later twelve others got away.

Best placed of these was Vladimir Karpets (Movistar), who had started the day thirteenth overall, 23 seconds back. Also present were Pavet Brutt (Katusha), Raymond Kreder (Garmin Barracuda) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur Sojasun), and these clipped away inside the final twenty kilometres. Sébastien Duret (Bretagne Schuller) bridged across from the chasers just before they were caught, then closer to the finish Brutt pushed on ahead alone from the other three.

The peloton got him back with three kilometres to go, then race leader Durbridge and Brice Feillu (Saur Sojasun) clipped away. Their late burst was a defiant one but ended before the sprint, where a crash gave Dekker the opportunity to slip away and grab the stage victory.

Durbridge finished in the main bunch and duly triumphed overall. He had seized the race lead in Wednesday’s time trial and while he had just two team-mates left in the race to help him protect his jersey, he held on to take the final general classification.

Yesterday’s lumpy stage saw him battle back to finish with his main rivals; today’s fast, flat leg was more straightforward.

Still just 20 years of age, the 2011 world under 23 time trial champion has now clocked up the first two European wins of his pro career.

“When I crossed the line, I didn’t celebrate straightaway,” Durbridge said. “There were so many guys so close on the overall, and I didn’t know how things had shaken out with the time bonuses during the stage. I wanted confirmation, for certain, that we had won.

“When I learned I had won by eight seconds, I was pretty happy. It was great to see my teammates and staff after the finish. We didn’t necessarily head into the week expecting to win and that makes this a little bit more special.”

Today’s triumph is the ninth UCI triumph for the team in its debut season. The run started with Simon Gerrans’ overall triumph in the Santos Tour Down Under, then continued with a team time trial victory in Tirreno Adriatico , Gerran’s Milan-Sanremo success, Michael Albasini’s two stages plus the overall in the Volta a Catalunya, Daryl Impey’s win this week on day two of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Durbridge’s time trial win on Wednesday and today’s GC success.

Blow by blow:

The final stage of the race covered 166 kilometres between l'Abbaye de l'Epau to Sable-sur-Sarthe, with the conclusion being seven laps of a 12.2 kilometre circuit. That allowed the crowd there to see the riders pass multiple times.

After a couple of short-lived attacks, sixteen riders got clear after approximately eleven kilometres. The group comprised Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ BigMat), Ben Hermans (Radioshack), Jonathan Castroviejco (Movistar), Pieter Weening (Greenedge), Maxim Belkov (Katusha), Michel Kreder (Garmin), Andrew Talansky (Garmin Barracuda), Johannes Frohlinger (Argos – Shimano), Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur Sojasun), Rafaa Chtioui (Europcar), Remi Cusin (Team Type 1 Sanofi), Romain Zingle (Cofidis), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Geoffroy Lequatre (Bretagne Schuller), Mathieu Drujon (Auber 93) and Benoit Jarrier (Véranda Rideau U).

Fedrigo was best-placed overall, having started the day just fourteen seconds back in eighth.

The group had a lead of 28 seconds at the climb of Yvré le Pôlin, 26.2 kilometres into the stage, and continued to race onwards. Propelled by the conditions and also the battle to break the elastic, they clocked up 48.2 kilometres in the first hour of racing. For quite some time the gap hovered around half a minute, and was of this magnitude when the break hit the day’s only climb, that of Yvré-le-Pôlin (km 26.2), where Edet beat Hermans and Talansky to the prime line.

The gap finally went up to fifty seconds after sixty kilometres of racing; by the time the group hit the first of eight laps of the finishing circuit, their advantage was down to 45 seconds. Eighty-six kilometres remained at that point, and soon after that Weening opted to drop back and help his team-mate and race leader, Durbridge. The team was down to just three riders due to withdrawals, and so Weening’s help was essential.

The peloton accelerated and this reeled in the break by kilometre 90, although Talansky and Zingle persisted for another couple of kilometres.

They were gobbled up by the intermediate sprint on the second passage of the prime line (km 93.4), where JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) won the intermediate sprint ahead of Fran Ventoso (Movistar) and Jan Bakelandts (RadioShack).

Three kilometres later, a new group of twelve riders clipped away and built a gradually increasing lead. Arnaud Gerard (FDJ BigMat), George Bennett (RadioShack Nissan), Vladimir Karpets (Movistar), Daniel Teklehaimanot (GreenEdge), Pavel Brutt (Katusha), Raymond Kreder (Garmin Barracuda), Thomas Damuseau (Argos – Shimano), Anthony Delaplace (Saur Sojasun), Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur Sojasun), Matteo Pelucci (Europcar), Sebastien Duret (Bretagne Schuller) and Nicolas Rousseau (Auber 93) opened a one minute ten second advantage after 101 kilomeres; of those, Karpets was best positioned, being 23 seconds back in 13th place this morning.

Heading over the start/finish line for the third time, the dozen riders were one minute 35 up. Delapac took the second intermediate sprint, then Teklehaimanot picked up the third, 24 kilometres from the end. The gap had dropped considerably, though, and the leaders were just thirty seconds clear.

With the peloton coming back, Brutt and Engoulvent clipped away with 25 kilometres remaining. Five kilometres after that Kreder got across, then Duret did likewise soon after. With ten kilometres remaining they had twenty seconds; five kilometres after that, Brutt pushed ahead alone in a bid for stage success. He was caught two kilometres later, after which race leader Durbridge fired off an attack with Brice Feillu (Saur Sojasun).

The move was closed down by the sprinters’ teams, who were determined to set up their riders for the gallop. However a big crash inside the final kilometre gave Dekker the chance to slip away, and he managed to hold off the frustrated fastmen behind. It was his first individual win since he returned from his two-year suspension.

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Circuit Cycliste Sarthe (2.1) stage 5 Results: Abbaye de l’Epau to Sablé-sur-Sarthe, 166km:

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Country Result Name Team Time
ned NED 1 Thomas Dekker (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 3:41:29
fra FRA 2 Nacer Bouhanni (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 3 Sacha Modolo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
ita ITA 4 Daniele Colli (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
fra FRA 5 Justin Jules (Team Véranda Rideau-U) s.t.
fra FRA 6 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 7 Florian Vachon (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
bel BEL 8 Steven Caethoven (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
ita ITA 9 Sonny Colbrelli (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
fra FRA 10 Julien El Fares (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
fra FRA 11 Romain Matheou (Team Véranda Rideau-U) s.t.
ita ITA 12 Matteo Pelucchi (Europcar) s.t.
por POR 13 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 14 Fabien Bacquet (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
ita ITA 15 Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
fra FRA 16 Anthony Delaplace (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
bel BEL 17 Jan Bakelants (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ned NED 18 Raymond Kreder (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 19 Remi Cusin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
aus AUS 20 Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
fra FRA 21 Julien Berard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
ger GER 22 Johannes Frohlinger (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
arg ARG 23 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
esp ESP 24 Jesús Lopez Herrada (Movistar Team) s.t.
usa USA 25 Andrew Talansky (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
bel BEL 26 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
bel BEL 27 Gregory Habeaux (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
bel BEL 28 Jurgen Van Goolen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
bel BEL 29 Ben Hermans (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
slo SLO 30 Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
esp ESP 31 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 32 Thierry Hupond (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 33 Geoffroy Lequatre (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
fra FRA 34 Arnaud Gerard (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 35 Alexandre Geniez (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
bel BEL 36 Evert Verbist (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
fra FRA 37 Anthony Geslin (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
rus RUS 38 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 39 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) s.t.
tun TUN 40 Rafaa Chtioui (Europcar) s.t.
esp ESP 41 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 42 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
fra FRA 43 Ronan Racault (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
fra FRA 44 Romain Hardy (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
ukr UKR 45 Volodymyr Gustov (Team Saxo Bank) s.t.
bel BEL 46 Sebastien Rosseler (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
lux LUX 47 Andy Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 48 Thomas Damuseau (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
rus RUS 49 Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 50 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 51 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 52 David Lelay (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 53 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 54 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) s.t.
rus RUS 55 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 56 Sebastien Duret (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
ukr UKR 57 Oleg Chuzhda (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) s.t.
fra FRA 58 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
usa USA 59 David Zabriskie (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
lux LUX 60 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 61 Mathieu Perget (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 62 Arnaud Courteille (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ERI 63 Daniel Teklehaymanot (GreenEdge Cycling Team) s.t.
rus RUS 64 Petr Ignatenko (Katusha Team) s.t.
ita ITA 65 Andrea Pasqualon (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
fra FRA 66 Mathieu Halleguen (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
rus RUS 67 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha Team) s.t.
fra FRA 68 Paul Poux (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ltu LTU 69 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar Team) s.t.
esp ESP 70 Jonathan Nicolas Castroviejo (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 71 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
ned NED 72 Martijn Verschoor (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:00:16
nzl NZL 73 George Bennett (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:18
fra FRA 74 Mathieu Drujon (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
fra FRA 75 Francis Mourey (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:00:22
fra FRA 76 Freddy Bichot (Team Véranda Rideau-U) 00:00:26
fra FRA 77 Christophe Kern (Europcar) 00:00:31
fra FRA 78 Benoit Jarrier (Team Véranda Rideau-U) s.t.
rus RUS 79 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team) 00:00:41
ita ITA 80 Andrea Di Corrado (Colnago CSF Bardiani) s.t.
fra FRA 81 Franck Vermeulen (Team Véranda Rideau-U) 00:00:47
fra FRA 82 Jonathan Thire (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:00:50
fra FRA 83 Nicolas Rousseau (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
fra FRA 84 Steven Tronet (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
aus AUS 85 David Tanner (Team Saxo Bank) 00:00:57
ned NED 86 Pieter Weening (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:00:15
fra FRA 87 Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:01:33
jpn JPN 88 Takashi Miyazawa (Team Saxo Bank) 00:01:42
ned NED 89 Michel Kreder (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
rus RUS 90 Alexander Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:02:25
fra FRA 91 Kévin Denis (Team Véranda Rideau-U) s.t.
fra FRA DNF Mathieu Perget (Ag2R - La Mondiale)  
fra FRA DNF Rudy Molard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne)  

Final general classification:

Country Result Name Team Time
aus AUS 1 Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 15:33:29
ita ITA 2 Manuele Boaro (Team Saxo Bank) 00:00:08
por POR 3 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 4 Anthony Delaplace (Saur - Sojasun) 00:00:09
ned NED 5 Thomas Dekker (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:00:12
bel BEL 6 Jan Bakelants (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
esp ESP 7 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar Team) s.t.
fra FRA 8 Alexandre Geniez (Argos-Shimano) 00:00:14
fra FRA 9 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
esp ESP 10 Ruben Plaza Molina (Movistar Team) 00:00:15
bel BEL 11 Ben Hermans (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:18
rus RUS 12 Denis Menchov (Katusha Team) 00:00:19
rus RUS 13 Vladimir Karpets (Movistar Team) 00:00:22
fra FRA 14 Remi Cusin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:00:23
usa USA 15 David Zabriskie (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:00:24
esp ESP 16 Jesús Lopez Herrada (Movistar Team) 00:00:25
bel BEL 17 Romain Zingle (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:27
fra FRA 18 Julien El Fares (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:00:28
fra FRA 19 Arnaud Gerard (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 20 Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:00:29
usa USA 21 Andrew Talansky (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
lux LUX 22 Andy Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:00:30
fra FRA 23 Anthony Geslin (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:00:32
fra FRA 24 Florian Vachon (Bretagne Schuller) 00:00:33
ned NED 25 Michel Kreder (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:00:34
fra FRA 26 Romain Hardy (Bretagne Schuller) 00:00:52
fra FRA 27 Thierry Hupond (Argos-Shimano) 00:00:56
fra FRA 28 Brice Feillu (Saur - Sojasun) 00:00:18
fra FRA 29 David Lelay (Saur - Sojasun) 00:01:11
fra FRA 30 Nicolas Edet (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:01:17
fra FRA 31 Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) 00:01:20
fra FRA 32 Sebastien Duret (Bretagne Schuller) 00:01:30
fra FRA 33 Geoffroy Lequatre (Bretagne Schuller) 00:01:40
ukr UKR 34 Volodymyr Gustov (Team Saxo Bank) 00:01:50
slo SLO 35 Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:00:28
ita ITA 36 Sacha Modolo (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:02:41
ERI 37 Daniel Teklehaymanot (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:02:48
rus RUS 38 Mikhail Ignatyev (Katusha Team) s.t.
bel BEL 39 Sebastien Rosseler (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:02:51
ita ITA 40 Daniele Colli (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:00:37
lux LUX 41 Laurent Didier (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 42 Julien Berard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:03:11
fra FRA 43 Romain Matheou (Team Véranda Rideau-U) 00:03:15
fra FRA 44 Matthieu Sprick (Argos-Shimano) 00:03:17
fra FRA 45 Ronan Racault (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:03:19
esp ESP 46 Jonathan Nicolas Castroviejo (Movistar Team) 00:03:24
ned NED 47 Raymond Kreder (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:03:26
tun TUN 48 Rafaa Chtioui (Europcar) 00:03:32
nzl NZL 49 George Bennett (RadioShack - Nissan) 00:03:35
fra FRA 50 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) 00:03:57
ger GER 51 Johannes Frohlinger (Argos-Shimano) 00:04:23
rus RUS 52 Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team) 00:04:25
rus RUS 53 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team) 00:04:38
rus RUS 54 Petr Ignatenko (Katusha Team) 00:05:53
fra FRA 55 Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:05:59
rus RUS 56 Alexander Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:06:23
fra FRA 57 Mathieu Halleguen (Bretagne Schuller) 00:06:26
fra FRA 58 Mathieu Drujon (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:06:42
ita ITA 59 Sonny Colbrelli (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:06:47
bel BEL 60 Steven Caethoven (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) 00:06:54
fra FRA 61 Arnaud Courteille (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:01:10
fra FRA 62 Franck Vermeulen (Team Véranda Rideau-U) 00:01:15
fra FRA 63 Christophe Kern (Europcar) 00:07:20
fra FRA 64 Paul Poux (Saur - Sojasun) 00:07:29
fra FRA 65 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
ltu LTU 66 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar Team) 00:07:31
bel BEL 67 Gregory Habeaux (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) 00:07:36
bel BEL 68 Jurgen Van Goolen (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) 00:07:46
fra FRA 69 Benoit Jarrier (Team Véranda Rideau-U) 00:07:56
fra FRA 70 Jonathan Thire (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:08:29
fra FRA 71 Francis Mourey (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:08:30
fra FRA 72 Mathieu Perget (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:01:34
ned NED 73 Pieter Weening (GreenEdge Cycling Team) 00:01:38
fra FRA 74 Nicolas Rousseau (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:09:19
fra FRA 75 Steven Tronet (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:09:32
ita ITA 76 Andrea Pasqualon (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:09:46
fra FRA 77 Fabien Bacquet (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:09:47
fra FRA 78 Justin Jules (Team Véranda Rideau-U) 00:10:24
fra FRA 79 Kévin Denis (Team Véranda Rideau-U) 00:10:37
ita ITA 80 Andrea Di Corrado (Colnago CSF Bardiani) 00:11:26
aus AUS 81 David Tanner (Team Saxo Bank) 00:11:29
ned NED 82 Martijn Verschoor (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:11:57
bel BEL 83 Evert Verbist (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) 00:12:11
fra FRA 84 Nacer Bouhanni (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) 00:12:55
fra FRA 85 Thomas Damuseau (Argos-Shimano) 00:14:22
fra FRA 86 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:01:54
ukr UKR 87 Oleg Chuzhda (Accent.jobs – Willems Veranda’s) 00:15:25
fra FRA 88 Freddy Bichot (Team Véranda Rideau-U) 00:02:13
jpn JPN 89 Takashi Miyazawa (Team Saxo Bank) 00:02:05
ita ITA 90 Matteo Pelucchi (Europcar) 00:20:23
arg ARG 91 Juan Jose Haedo (Team Saxo Bank) 00:21:33

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