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Circuit de Lorraine Professionnel - 2.1
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 5/26/2008
Circuit de Lorraine Professionnel - 2.1
 

Circuit de Lorraine Professionnel - 2.1
In a battle of the Young Guns Auber 93's Steve Chainel won the French stage race by a slim 4 second margin over Credit Agricole's Jonathan Hivert.

From May 21 to May 25 a part of the pro scene gathered together in France for the tough Circuit de Lorraine Professionel. Last year’s winner Jörg Jaksche wasn't there to defend his title as he admitted last year that he was involved in the Operacion Puerto and that he was a client of doctor Fuentes; currently he is without a team is suspended until July 2 2008.

This year’s event was dominated by the French as young Steve Chainel of Auber 93 is the overall winner ahead of another young gun Jonathan Hivert (Credit Agricole). Both Chainel and Hivert won a stage. Hannes Blank (Differdange) completed the podium. A roundup:

Stage 1: Metz - Mont Saint Martin, 156.6km
The first stage in the Circuit de Lorraine from Metz to Mont Saint Martin was won by young French rider Jonathan Hivert (Credit Agricole). Hivert was the best of a break of 11. Niels Brouzes finished second and Hannes Blank third. For Hivert it’s his first victory as a professional. He is also the first leader of the race.

Stage 1 Results
1 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole 3.30.21
2 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Auber 93
3 Hannes Blank (Ger) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances

4 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 0.02
5 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93
6 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
7 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
8 Ruslan Podgornyy (Ukr) LPR Brakes
9 Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
10 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo 0.06

Stage 2: Briey - Verdun, 159.7km
The second stage from Briey to Verdun was battled over almost 160 km ended up in a bunch sprint. Good old Jimmy Casper was the fastest ahead of Gabriele Balducci and young promising Italian sprinter Mattia Gavazzi. Mattia is the son of Pierino Gavazzi. Pierino won a few stages in the Giro, was a multiple Italian Champion and won lots of other races. Jonathan Hivert rode in with the bunch and remained the yellow jersey.

Stage 2 Results
1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel 3.42.13
2 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
3 Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Preti Mangimi

4 Allan Davis (Aus) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
5 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93
6 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo
7 Emiliano Donadello (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
8 Marcel Beima (Ned) Rabobank Continental
9 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
10 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bouygues Telecom

Stage 3: Pont A Mousson - Gerardmer, 196.3km
The third stage from Pont A Mousson to Gerardmer over 196,3 km was the Queens Stage of the race. The stage was won by well-known Eladio Jimenez. The rider of the Portuguese Fercase-Rota dos Moveis team won with a small gap on a chasing group. Steve Chainel won the sprint of the chasing group for second ahead of Johan Coenen. Jonathan Hivert was awarded his third yellow jersey as race leader at the finish.

Stage 3 Results
1 Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Spa) Fercase - Rota dos Móveis 5.04.50
2 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93 0.01
3 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen

4 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) LPR Brakes
5 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française des Jeux
6 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
7 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
8 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) Preti Mangimi
9 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
10 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen

Stage 4: Gerardmer - Saint Avold, 167.6km
The fourth and penultimate stage from Gerardmer to Saint-Avold over 167,6 km was once again a stage for sprinters. French Steve Chainel was the best in the bunch sprint ahead of the usual suspects: Mattia Gavazzi and Jimmy Casper. Due to the time bonuses Steve Chainel took over the overall lead of Jonathan Hivert.

Stage 4 Results
1 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93 3.35.13
2 Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Preti Mangimi
3 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel

4 Allan Davis (Aus) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
5 Igor Abakoumov (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
6 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
7 Emiliano Donadello (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
8 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Preti Mangimi
9 Roger Beuchat (Swi) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
10 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

Stage 5: Rombas - Hayange, 158.1km
The fifth and final stage from Rombas to Hayange was once again. a stage for the sprinters.  Persistence rewarded young Mattia Gavazzi who was 2nd and 3rd already this week. Aussie Allan Davis was second and Italian Luca Paolini third. Steve Chainel stayed on second placed Hivert's wheel and secured the overall win. Jonathan Hivert finished second overall at 4 seconds from Chainel. Hannes Blank, Maxime Bouet and Noan Lelarge completed the top 5.

Stage 5 Results
1 Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Preti Mangimi 3.31.03
2 Allan Davis (Aus) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
3 Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo

4 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crédit Agricole
5 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole
6 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93
7 Emiliano Donadello (Ita) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli
8 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française des Jeux
10 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux

Circuit de Lorraine Professionnel
General Classification - Final

1 Steve Chainel (Fra) Auber 93 19.23.27
2 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole 0.04
3 Hannes Blank (Ger) Differdange - Apiflo Vacances 0.10

4 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0.12
5 Noan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux 0.16
6 Ruslan Podgornyy (Ukr) LPR Brakes
7 Eladio Jimenez Sanchez (Spa) Fercase - Rota dos Móveis 0.25
8 Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 0.32
9 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française des Jeux 0.33
10 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen
11 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Crédit Agricole 0.34
12 Vincent Jérôme (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 0.36
13 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bretagne - Armor Lux
14 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
15 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Auber 93
16 Micael Isidoro (Por) Fercase - Rota dos Móveis
17 Jean Mespoulède (Fra) Auber 93
18 Virgilio Martins Santos (Por) Fercase - Rota dos Móveis
19 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Fercase - Rota dos Móveis
20 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen

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