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Chrono Champenois (1.2)
 
By Andy McGrath
Date: 9/11/2006
Chrono Champenois (1.2)
 


In the Chrono Champenois, a French Elite-2 time-trial race popular with espoirs, especially considering its favourable calendar position in the approach to the World Championships, it was instead a thirty-one year old national time-trial champion who prevailed - Matti Helminen of Finland. The Profel Ziegler CT rider, a mainstay of the Belgian kermesse circuit for several years, covered the 33.4km course in 42'32", beating Russian time-trial champion and former Miche pro Alexander Bespalov (Russia) into second by just over half a minute.
National time-trial championship aside, Helminen has also performed well in the Tours of Namur and Liege, and finished third in the Trofee van Haspengouw. On the professional scene, he demonstrated his ability against the clock with an excellent sixth place in the Tour of Belgium time-trial stage in late May.

The first U23 rider was Peter Latham (New Zealand) in third place, thirty-seven seconds down on the Scandinavian victor. Having taken the same position in last year's Espoir World Championship TT at Madrid, the twenty-two year old should be one of the favourites for this year's event. Australian Mark Jamieson, also preparing for the U23 time-trial in Salzburg, took a solid seventh place.

Chrono Champenois ITT, 33.4km - Results

1 15 FIN 19750814 HELMIMEN Matti Team Profel Ziegler CT ( Pro ) 21:31 42:32,18
2 1 RUS 19810510 BESPALOV Alexander Nationale Russie 21:35 43:03,35 00:31,17
3 7 NZL 19840108 LATHAM Peter Nationale Nouvelle Zélande 21:43 43:08,93 00:36,75
4 8 FRA 19840501 GEORGES Sylvain CC. Mainsat Expert ( equip.Fran.) 21:27 43:10,73 00:38,55
5 4 FRA 19850510 MORIZOT Florian Team B.H Aubert ( Pro ) 21:50 43:12,14 00:39,96
6 17 NZL 19840128 HUTCHINGS Logan Nationale Nouvelle Zélande 21:53 43:13,15 00:40,97
7 9 AUS 19840405 JAMIESON Mark CC Etuppes 22:06 43:21,71 00:49,53
8 5 FRA 19861112 OFFREDO Yoann US. Créteil ( Equip. Fran. ) 22:00 43:30,83 00:58,65
9 13 FRA 19870406 ROSSETTO Stéphano US. Créteil ( Equip. Fran. ) 22:13 43:55,52 01:23,34
10 21 FRA 19840610 BALDO Nicolas Lecheylard formation 21:57 44:04,58 01:32,40
11 6 CAN 19880319 FAIRALL Bradley Nationale Canada 22:04 44:06,80 01:34,62
12 2 FRA 19750623 LELARGE Noan Team Jean Floch ( Pro ) 22:16 44:07,79 01:35,61
13 20 CAN 19871126 VEILLEUX David Nationale Canada 22:10 44:42,46 02:10,28
14 12 GER 19800305 FROMM Florian Team Rietumu Bank ( Pro ) 22:20 44:57,52 02:25,34
15 11 FRA 19840725 DEMARET Jean Eudes A.C.Bisontine ( stg ; F.D.J ) 22:39 45:12,53 02:40,35
16 16 FRA 19810712 THOMAS Sébastien Ent. Cyc. Montmarault 22:53 45:18,90 02:46,72
17 19 FRA 19850717 ROUX Alexandre U.S Creteil 22:50 45:25,43 02:53,25
18 3 SUI 19820619 ARN Laurent Team Rietumu Bank ( Pro ) 22:48 45:35,25 03:03,07
19 18 MDA 19850627 GLOBAN Denis VC Bourgheroulde 23:13 46:36,87 04:04,69
20 14 FRA 19810316 MAZET Julien Team B.H Aubert 24:00 47:02,47 04:30,29
21 10 FRA 19810203 BROUZES Niels Team B.H Aubert ( Pro ) 23:26 47:31,11 04:58,93

 
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