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39th Etoile des Bessèges - Stage 3 Updated
By Andy McGrath
Date: 2/6/2009
39th Etoile des Bessèges - Stage 3 Updated

Young Slovenian rider Jure Kocjan (Carmiooro - A-Style) was the surprise victor of a chaotic third stage of the 39th Etoile des Bessèges. Torrid weather conditions meant that the etape reine was effectively halved to just 51 kilometres, making the col de Baraque the day's main obstacle. However, before this point, there had already been controversy, as the peloton was directed wrongly and were forced to do a U-turn. For 20 minutes, with a new start to the stage to be given in the horrible conditions, the riders were in two minds as whether to restart the race.

However, they did get back on their bikes to race the truncated stage. On the col de Baraque, 20 kilometres from the finish, two riders blew the race apart: last year's winner Yuri Trofimov (BBox-Bouygues Telecom) and Jure Kocjan (Carmioroo - A-Style). Holding 20 seconds over the top, they staved off the chase of a truncated bunch into La Grand-Combe. At the finish though, it was 24 year-old Kocjan who outgunned his better-known rival for the stage win and, with it, the race leadership. This result is quite a coup for him and his small Carmioroo team; it remains to be seen whether they can hold on to the lead.
Seven seconds behind, Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) finished in no man's land for third place, with Mathieu Ladagnous (Francaise des Jeux) eighteen seconds down, leading in a group of eight which included French domestic stars Fédrigo, Voeckler and Dupont.

The day's drama wasn't over yet. After the finish, Trofimov expressed dismay at being double-crossed: apparently, the agreement was that Kocjan would leave the stage to the Bouyges Telecom man in exchange for the latter's working to increase the gap. As the results show, this didn't exactly happen. Angry Bouygues Telecom directeur sportif Jean-Francois Rodriguez said: "Yuri [Trofimov] escaped with a dishonest rider. It really isn't a nice mentality. In the coming days, we aren't going to show him the time of day. We are going to try to explode the overall via a strong show of teamwork."

39th Etoile des Besseges: Stage 3, 51.5 kilometres (shortened), Results
1 Jure Kocjan (Carmiooro-A-Style) 1h 24m 08s
2 Yuri Trofimov (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
3 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) at 7"
4 Matthieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux) at 18"
5 Sébastien Minard (Cofidis) mt
6 Pierrick Fédrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
7 Hubert Dupont (AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
8 Jonathan Hivert (Skil-Shimano) mt
9 Damien Monier (Cofidis) mt
10 Christophe Laurent (Agritubel) mt
11 Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
12 Alexandre Blain (Cofidis) at 48"
13 Jonathan Thiré (Auber 93) mt
14 Steve Houanard (Skil-Shimano) mt
15 Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
16 Florian Guillou (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) mt
17 Eric Berthou (Carmiooro-A-Style) mt
18 Johan Mombaerts (Auber 93) mt
19 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Cofidis) mt
20 Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) at 1'27"
21 Jens Mouris ((Vacansoleil) at 1'41"
22 Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) mt
23 Floris Goesinnen (Skil-Shimano) mt
24 Anthony Ravard (Agritubel) at 2'00"
25 Niko Eeckhout (An Post–Sean Kelly Team) mt
26 Romain Feillu (Agritubel) mt
27 Michiel Elijzen (Silence-Lotto) mt
28 Stéphane Goubert (AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
29 René Mandri (AG2R-La Mondiale)
30 Tony Gallopin (Auber 93) mt
31 Björn Leukemans (Vacansoleil) mt
32 Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano) mt
33 Jimmy Engoulvent (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) at 2'21"
34 Julien Mazet (Auber 93) mt
35 Stefan Histrov (Cycling Team Bourgas) mt
36 Steven Tronet (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) at 2'29"
37 Mickaël Delage (Silence-Lotto) mt
38 Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) mt
39 Gerben Lowik (Vacansoleil) mt
40 Piet Rooijakkers (Skil-Shimano) mt
41 Maxime Médérel (Auber 93) mt
42 Sébastien Fournet-Fayard (Carmiooro-A-Style) mt
43 Stefan Van Dijk (Veranda Willems) at 3'14"
44 Kenny Lisabeth (An Post-Sean Kelly Team) mt
45 Lilian Jégou (Bretagne-Schuller) mt
46 Sébastien Hinault (AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
47 Florian Vachon (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) mt
48 Koen Barbe (Landbouwkrediet) mt
49 Bastien Delrot (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) mt
50 Romain Mathéou (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) mt
51 Cyril Dessel (AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
52 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Cofidis) mt
53 James Vanlandschoot (Veranda Willems) mt
54 Kevin Van Melsen Veranda Willems) mt
55 Julien Simon (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) mt
56 Jean-Marc Bideau (Bretagne-Schuller) mt
57 Freddy Bichot (Agritubel) mt
58 Vladimir Koev (Cycling Team Bourgas) mt
59 Benoît Sinner (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) at 3'20"
60 Christophe Riblon (AG2R-La Mondiale) at 3'45"
61 William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) at 4'28"
62 Sébastien Portal (Cofidis) mt
63 David Boucher (Landbouwkrediet) at 4'40"
64 Jean-Luc Delpech (Bretagne-Schuller) mt
65 Romain Lebreton (Bretagne-Schuller) at 5'09"
66 Sylvain Calzati (Agritubel) at 5'16"
67 Filip Meirhaeghe (Landbouwkrediet) at 6'49"
68 Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Schuller) mt
69 Christophe Brandt (Silence-Lotto) at 7'04"
70 Greg Van Avermaet (Silence-Lotto) mt
71 Benoît Vaugrenard (Française des Jeux) at 7'56"
72 Reinier Honig (VacanSoleil) at 7'57"
73 Arnaud Gérard (Française des Jeux) at 8'22"
74 Sébastien Chavanel (Française des Jeux) mt
75 Franck Bouyer (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
76 Alexander Efimkin (AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
77 Clément Lhotellerie (VacanSoleil) mt
78 Stéphane Bonsergent (Bretagne-Schuller) mt
79 Olivier Bonnaire (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
80 Paul Brousse (Carmiooro-A-Style) mt
81 Zakkari Dempster (Cycling Team Bourgas) mt
82 Geert Verheyen (Landbouwkrediet) at 8'53"
83 Frédéric Amorison (Landbouwkrediet) mt
84 Bert Scheirlinckx (Landbouwkrediet) mt
85 Philippe Pratte (Veranda Willems) mt
86 Frédéric Guesdon (Française des Jeux) mt
87 Gil Suray (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) mt
88 Maxim Gourov (Carmiooro-A-Style) mt
89 Bert de Backer (Skil-Shimano) mt
90 Nadir Haddou (Auber 93) mt
91 Saïd Haddou (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
92 Glenn d'Hollander (Silence-Lotto) mt
93 Florian Morizot (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) mt
94 Alexandre Aulas (Carmiooro-A-Style) mt
95 Gaël Malacarne (Bretagne-Schuller) mt
96 Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil-Shimano) mt
97 Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil) mt
98 Jef Peeters (An Post–Sean Kelly Team) mt
99 Maryan Hary (Cofidis) mt
100 Benny de Schrooder (An Post–Sean Kelly Team) mt
101 Fabien Bacquet (Auber 93) mt
102 Olivier Pardini (Veranda Willems) mt
103 Steven Van Vooren (An Post–Sean Kelly Team) mt
104 Nicolas Baïolet (Veranda Willems) mt
105 Rémi Cusin (Agritubel) mt
106 Jelle Vanendert (Silence-Lotto) mt
107 Pierre Cazaux (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) mt
108 Denis Flahaut (Landbouwkrediet) mt
109 Rob Worstenborghs (Cycling Team Bourgas) mt
110 Alexandre Lemair (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) mt
111 Sandy Casar (Française des Jeux) mt
112 Matthew Brammeier (An Post–Sean Kelly Team) mt
113 Nicolas Jouanno (Bretagne-Schuller) mt
114 Pieter Ghybellert (Cycling Team Bourgas) mt
115 Ronan Mc Laughlin (An Post–Sean Kelly Team) mt
116 Yohan Cauquil (Cycling Team Bourgas) mt
117 Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel) mt
118 Cyril Bessy (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) mt
119 Daniele Colli (Carmiooro-A-Style) mt
120 Cédric Coutouly (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) mt
121 Mart Ojavee (Cycling Team Bourgas) mt
122 Sébastien Joly (Française des Jeux) mt
123 Sergio Pardilla (Carmiooro-A-Style) à 9'49"

Morgan Chedhomme (Auber 93) DNF
Paidi O'Brien (An Post-Sean Kelly Team) DNF
John Gadret (AG2R-La Mondiale) DNF
Tom Stubbe (Silence-Lotto) DNF
Janek Tombak (Cycling Team Bourgas) DNS

Top 20 General Classification after Stage 3
1 Jure Kocjan (Carmiooro-A-Style) 7h41m 06s
2 Yuri Trofimov (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) at 2"
3 Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil) at 13"
4 Sébastien Minard (Cofidis) at 27"
5 Jonathan Hivert (Skil-Shimano) at 28"
6 Damien Monier (Cofidis) mt
7 Christophe Laurent (Agritubel) mt
8 Matthieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux) mt
9 Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
10 Hubert Dupont (AG2R-La Mondiale) mt
11 Pierrick Fédrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
12 Alexandre Blain (Cofidis) at 54"
13 Jonathan Thiré (Auber 93) at 55"
14 Steve Houanard (Skil-Shimano) at 58"
15 Florian Guillou (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) mt
16 Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) mt
17 Eric Berthou (Carmiooro-A-Style) mt
18 Johan Mombaerts (Auber 93) mt
19 Jean-Eudes Demaret (Cofidis) mt
20 Jimmy Casper (Besson Chaussures-Sojasun) at 1'19"

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