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GP Ouest France - Plouay (ProTour)
By Bart Hazen
Date: 8/26/2008
GP Ouest France - Plouay (ProTour)

GP Ouest France - Plouay (ProTour)

The ProTour race the GP Ouest France in Plouay is won by former French road champion Pierrick Fedrigo. Fedrigo was the fastest of a three rider break. Alessandro Ballan and David Lopez Garcia completed the podium. The three escaped in the final out of a large break.

The riders had to do twelve laps on the former 2000 World Championships course. In the first lap of the 229,2 km long race twelve riders escaped. The twelve were Giovanni Bernaudeau (Bouygues Telecom), Imanol Erviti (Caisse d'Epargne), Stéphane Augé (Cofidis), Guillaume Levarlet (Française des Jeux), Juan José Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Christian Knees (Milram), Adam Hansen (Columbia), Marco Marzano (Lampre), Alexandr Kuschynski (Liquigas), Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step), Marc De Maar (Rabobank) and Christophe Moreau (Agritubel).

After the first lap the twelve already had a gap of 3.30 on the bunch. The gap wouldn't get much more as CSC and Mitsubishi started to chase. Stephane Auge was the first rider to drop of the break. He was caught very quickly by the bunch. Half way the race the gap was down to around 30 seconds for the twelve in front.

In the seventh lap of twelve CSC and Mitsubishi left the front and the gap went up to over two minutes again. At this point Lampre and Gerolsteiner took the command in the bunch. The cooperation between two teams was excellent as even Marco Marzana dropped of the break in order to work in front of the bunch.

With 65 km to go and the gap down to 20 seconds Last year's winner Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom), David Lopez (Caisse D'Epargne) and Amael Moinard (Cofidis) attacked from the peloton and quickly caught the break in which Christian Knees had to drop.

With three laps to go the gap of the break was still around the 20 seconds. Due to the high pace of Lampre the peloton split into several parts. In the break David Lopez realizes the danger and immediately attacked as the others were caught by the bunch.

Behind Lopez we got a new chasing group with Guillaume Levarlet (FDJ), Maryan Hary (Cofidis), Anthony Roux (FDJ), Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) and David De La Fuente (Scott-American Beef). The five riders were able to catch Lopez forming a six rider break with two laps to go.

At the finish line the six had a lead of around ten seconds on eleven chasers. As the lead was small the six waited on the eleven forming a new break of seventeen riders. The seventeen in front were; Jean Marc Marino (Credit Agricole), Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2R-La Mondiale), David Lopez Garcia and Pablo Lastras (both Caisse d'Epargne), Maryan Hary (Cofidis), Guillame Levarlet, Frederic Guesdon and Anthony Roux (all Française des Jeux), Peter Wrolich (Gerolsteiner), Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) Kjell Carlström, Murilo Fischer and Franco Pellizotti (all Liquigas), Josep Jufré and David De La Fuente (both Scott-American Beef), Dimitri Kozonchuk and Bauke Mollema (both Rabobank).

The cooperation in front wasn't good as Pablo Lastras attacked and immediately gained 14 seconds. The chasing group split in small groups trying to bridge across to the Spaniard. The bunch wasn't far behind either. Some rider in the chase dropped back to the bunch while others bridged up to the front. Among them also Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom).

Going into the final lap Pablo Lastras had a six seconds lead on David de La Fuente (Scott), Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), David Lopez (Caisse D'Epargne), Anthony Roux (FDJ) and Pierrick Fedrigo (Bouygues Telecom). The bunch was over 30 seconds behind. In didn't take long as Lastras gave up his efforts and waited on the five chasers.

Liquigas took the lead in the bunch for team captain Franco Pellizotti and the bunch came closer bit by bit. With less than 12 km to go De la Fuente, Roux and Lastras dropped of the break on the second climb of the lap remaining Ballan, Lopez and Fedrigo in front.

The three leaders worked well together and despite the chase of the bunch they were able to stay in front. In the final kilometer David Lopez attacked as he isn't a sprinter but Fedrigo pulled him back. In the sprint it was Fedrigo who took the win ahead of Italian Alessandro Ballan and the brave David Lopez. At 13 seconds it was Allan Davis who won the sprint of the bunch for rank 4. José Joaquin Rojas finished as fifth.

1 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 5.42.44
2 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre
3 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.03

4 Allan Davis (Bel) Mitsubishi-Jartazi 0.13
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
6 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Française des Jeux
7 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
8 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
9 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
10 Manuele Mori (Ita) Scott - American Beef
11 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
12 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
13 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana
14 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
15 Mickaël Chérel (Fra) Française des Jeux
16 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
17 Murilo Fischer (Bra) Liquigas
18 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana
19 Michael Barry (Can) Team Columbia
20 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
21 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
22 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux
23 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Silence - Lotto
24 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Scott - American Beef
25 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Quick Step
26 Julien Mazet (Fra) Astana
27 Wim Van Huffel (Bel) Silence - Lotto
28 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Crédit Agricole
29 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crédit Agricole
30 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Scott - American Beef
31 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
32 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
33 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Crédit Agricole
34 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux
35 Andrea Noè (Ita) Liquigas
36 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre
37 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
38 Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Agritubel
39 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank
40 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
41 Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0.20
42 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
43 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Française des Jeux 0.39
44 Alessandro Proni (Ita) Quick Step 1.04
45 Sergey Yakovlev (Kaz) Astana 4.20
46 Janek Tombak (Est) Mitsubishi-Jartazi
47 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole
48 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Liquigas
49 Lasse Bøchman (Den) Team CSC - Saxo Bank
50 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
51 Bart Dockx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
52 Dominique Cornu (Bel) Silence - Lotto
53 Renaud Dion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
54 Pedro Horrillo Munoz (Spa) Rabobank
55 Iker Camaño Ortuzar (Spa) Scott - American Beef
56 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step
57 Markus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
58 Michael Schär (Swi) Astana
59 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
60 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
61 David Cañada (Spa) Scott - American Beef
62 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
63 Angel Gomez (Spa) Scott - American Beef
64 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
65 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Crédit Agricole
66 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Française des Jeux
67 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
68 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank
69 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team CSC - Saxo Bank
70 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 6.10
71 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 7.52
72 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas
73 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Liquigas
74 Maryan Hary (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
75 Christophe Le Mével (Fra) Crédit Agricole
76 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank
77 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Gerolsteiner 9.09
78 Ralf Grabsch (Ger) Team Milram
79 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) AG2R La Mondiale
80 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Gerolsteiner
81 Yon Bru Pascal (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
82 Iñaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
83 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
84 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
85 Roy Sentjens (Bel) Silence - Lotto
86 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Bouygues Telecom

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