|68th Paris-Camembert (Trophée Lepetit)
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The course gets harder as it progresses with the last 80 kilometres seeing 7 serious climbs and an uphill finish into Vimoutiers. The riders climb three times up the côte de Canapville (9 %), twice up the côte de Roiville (10 %) and then tackle the very tough côte du Moulin Neuf (16 %) with 16 kilomètres to go. Following the descent of the côtes du Moulin Neuf the riders encounter the very tough Mur des Champeaux, the traditional selection point for the race. They then descend into Vimoutiers with an uphill finish
Another fine sunny day with temperatures far warmer than the riders would have anticipated. The 205 kilometre race between Magnanville and Vimoutiers had a similar start to this Sunday’s Paris Roubaix.
There was a very lively start to the race with several attacks, which were all pulled back. Then after 35 kilomètres a group of 39 riders, including several contenders for the overall victory made the first important break of the day. In this group were: Augé, Bessy and Chavanel (Cofidis), Berthou and Brard (Caisse d'Epargne), Brochard, Fédrigo and Lefèvre (Bouygues Telecom), Brouzes (Auber 93), Casar, Jégou, Joly and Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux), Charteau and Roche (Crédit Agricole), Guilbert (Bretagne-Armor Lux), Jalabert (Agritubel), Kolesnikov and Ljungblad (Canyon/Unibet.com) and Pineau (Roubaix Lille Métropole).
As the big escape group reached the first climb of the day, the côte de Canapville, their lead was established at around a minute. As the attacks started on the climbs of the day the 39 leading front group began to thin out. The effects of climbing the côte de Canapville (three times) and the côte de Roiville (twice) and the heat of the day saw six men gain an advantage and form the winning move of the day with 65 kilomètres to go : Florent Brard (Caisse d'Epargne), Anthony Charteau (Crédit Agricole), Charles Guilbert (Bretagne-Armor Lux), Tom Stubbe (Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen), Sébastien Joly and Benoît Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux).The 68th édition of Paris-Camembert would be won by one of these six men.
Having shown good form in the Vuelta al Pais Vasco Anthony Charteau (Crédit Agricole), aware that Française des Jeux had the numerical advantage in the break was the first rider to make a move. He attacked on the penultimate climb of the day, the côte du Moulin Neuf.
However on the start of the fearsome Mur des Champeaux (17 %) with 10 kilomètres to go Sébastien Joly (Française des Jeux) caught Charteau and these two friends worked together as they sped to the finish, even sharing bidons in the hot conditions.
However their friendship had to be put on temporary hold as the finish approached. Sébastien Joly made his move as the two riders went under the Flamme Rouge. He romped away from Charteau to take a worthy victory.
1. Sébastien Joly (FRA, Française des Jeux) les 205 km en 4h32'06" (45,2 km/h)
2. Anthony Charteau (FRA, Crédit Agricole) à 10 sec.
3. Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA, Française des Jeux) à 1'35"
4. Tom Stubbe (BEL, Chocolade Jacques-Topsport Vlaanderen) m.t.
5. Florent Brard (FRA, Caisse d'Epargne) m.t.
6. Charles Guilbert (FRA, Bretagne-Armor Lux) m.t.
7. Nicolas Jalabert (FRA, Agritubel) à 3'38"
8. Stéphane Augé (FRA, Cofidis) à 3'41"
9. Nicolas Roche (FRA, Cofidis) m.t.
10. Laurent Brochard (FRA, Bouygues Telecom) à 3'45"
Last 10 Winners
2007 : Sébastien Joly (FRA, Française des Jeux)
2006 : Anthony Geslin (FRA, Bouygues Telecom)
2005 : Laurent Brochard (FRA, Bouygues Telecom)
2004 : Franck Bouyer (FRA, Brioches La Boulangère)
2003 : Laurent Brochard (FRA, Ag2r Prévoyance)
2002 : Marcus Ljungqvist (SUE, EDS-Fakta)
2001 : Laurent Brochard (FRA, Jean Delatour)
2000 : Didier Rous (FRA, Bonjour)
1999 : Fabiano Fontanelli (ITA, Mercatone Uno-Bianchi)
1998 : Pascal Lino (FRA, BigMat)