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61st Paris-Bourges
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Date: 10/10/2011
61st Paris-Bourges

 61st Paris-Bourges
Team Sky's Mathew Hayman wins French Autumn Classic leading an all Down Under Podium

Team Sky's Mathew Hayman pulled a victory out of the fire after he and the survivors of the day long break were caught in the final kilometer of the 190 kilometer wet and windy race on Thursday.

Hayman found the ergs to win the sprint from fellow Aussie Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank-SunGard) who finished second with his team Sky team mate Greg Henderson claiming third... an all Southern Hemisphere podium.

HTC young gun, John Degenkolb and Saur Sojasun's Julien Simon filled out the top 5 in that order after the 4 hour and 30 minute bike fight fought out in the rain and wind.

For 33 year old Hayman it was his first victory since winning gold at the 2006Commonwealth Games Road Race. Hayman added his name to the race palmares along side recent winners that includes: Andre Greipel, Bernhard Eisel, Romain Feillu, Thomas Voeckler and Jens Voigt.

 Hayman worked his way into a 14-man breakaway group in the early stages of the 190.4-kilometres one-day race which took place in wet and windy conditions in north-central France. The group was never allowed more than a 2 minute gap.

When the 14 riders began to fracture in after 150 kilometers of racing an attack of six survivors  including  Hayman (Sky),  Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1-Sanofi), John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad), Geoffroy Lequatre (RadioShack), Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) and Paul Voss (Endura Racing) managed to evade capture going into the final ten kilometers with a spare 30 seconds advantage.

As the six were caught as they went under the flamme rouge by the lead chase group of 15... but in a moment of divine justice Hayman found the energy to put in a last kick to win the race and beating compatriot Baden Cooke and Kiwi team mate New Zealand's Greg Henderson for the line honors.

Matthew Hayman on his race...
 "Really early on there were a lot of attacks and I slipped into a move. A group of 14 of us got away but there were a few French teams who missed out on that and it didn’t really look like it was going to last. At one stage after 80k we only had eight seconds and then all of a sudden we went back out to two minutes. The last climb of the day was at about 150 k and there were a few attacks up there which meant we ended up with just six riders.

"Coming into the last 20 k we still only had about half a minute. The six of us worked pretty well together to try and stay away but we did actually get caught in the last kilometre."

But it was soon after that point when Hayman found added reserves as he explained: "I was leading into the last 400 metres and managed a good sprint. I’d seen that the guys behind were lining up so I just went and Baden Cooke got alongside me but couldn’t quite get over me and Greg was finishing very fast on the outside but the line came quicker.

"I was really happy with that - I think we got away after about 15km and I ended up kind of winning a sprint so there was a bit of disbelief afterwards!  My last victory was the Commonwealth Games in 2006 so it’s been a while in between but it’s nice to win a race in a Team Sky jersey."

Hayman also revealed that he'd felt in good form heading into the race, adding: "I knew [last week] at Franco-Belge that I was going pretty well and Steven [de Jongh, the team's Sports Director] in the car told me to make sure I was confident in my sprint and I guess that's what I did."

Hayman won't be resting on his laurels though, with Sunday's race at Paris-Tours an end-of-season target for him.  He said: "I’m really looking forward to Paris-Tours, it’s really the last classic for the the kind of guys like me who enjoy those sort of events. It’s been a bit of a goal of mine at the end of the year after the World Championships. This win today puts the icing on the cake and means I’ll go in there pretty relaxed but knowing I’ve got good form."

Both Australians, Mathew Hayman and Chris Sutton (who finished 10th in Bourges) have been re-signed by Team Sky for the 2012 season. 

Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Principal, was full of praise for both riders, explaining: "Mathew’s win this week at Paris-Bourges underlined his huge talent as a rider and he has continued to show all season why he is one of the most respected riders in the peloton.

"His strength, stamina and leadership are second to none and we are delighted that he has seen Team Sky as the best environment to continue his career.

"CJ is one of the most exciting sprint prospects in professional cycling. His stage win during this summer’s Vuelta was typical of his talent. He is a rider that is reaching the pinnacle of his career and we expect him to go from strength-to-strength over the next two seasons at Team Sky."

Saxo Bank-SunGard
Baden Cooke Second In Paris-Bourges

The 190 kilometer long French one-day race, Paris-Bourges was held in the central part of France. Gustav Larsson, Kasper Klostergaard, Baden Cooke, André Steensen, Ran Margaliot and Jaroslaw Marycz put in a strong effort representing Saxo Bank-SunGard on the hilly course with a flat finish in Bourges.

Saxo Bank-SunGard Aussie, Baden Cooke finished second after a incredibly tough and wet foreplay with Saxo Bank-SunGard on the attack:

"Baden is such a tough guy on a route like today and in a weather like this with fierce cross winds and rain pouring down. All of riders were on the move or on the chase at least once during the race and at the end we went to the front of the peloton to pull back the escapees but we missed out on the win as one rider from the morning break managed to stay out there with Baden (Cooke) finishing second. If the weather stays like this on Sunday, my guess is that Baden will be on the top spot of the podium when the race is over in Tours," said a contented Saxo Bank-SunGard sports director, Dan Frost.

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Gien - Bourges

186.9 km - 4:30:29 - Moyenne : 41.46 km/h
1  Mathew HAYMAN Sky Procycling  - 4:30:29
2  Baden COOKE Saxo Bank SunGard - 0:00
3  Gregory HENDERSON Sky Procycling - 0:00

4  * John DEGENKOLB HTC - Highroad - 0:00
5   Julien SIMON Saur-Sojasun - 0:00

6   Alexandre BLAIN Endura Racing - 0:00
7  Anthony RAVARD AG2R La mondiale - 0:00
8  Romain FEILLU Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team - 0:00
9  Samuel DUMOULIN Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne - 0:00
10  Christopher SUTTON Sky Procycling - 0:00

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11   Alessandro BAZZANA Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis - 0:02
12  Andreas DIETZIKER Team NetApp - 0:02
13  * Pieter SERRY Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 0:02
14   Jack BAUER Endura Racing - 0:02
15  Julien FOUCHARD Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne - 0:02

16  Lars BAK HTC - Highroad - 0:07
17  Jonathan HIVERT Saur-Sojasun - 0:07
18   Said HADDOU Team Europcar - 0:07
19   Matthieu SPRICK Skil-Shimano - 0:07
20   Jean-Luc DELPECH Bretagne - Schuller - 0:07
21  Gaël MALACARNE Bretagne - Schuller - 0:07
22  Geert STEURS Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 0:07
23  Wim DE VOCHT Veranda's Willems-Accent - 0:07
24  Jérome BAUGNIES Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator - 0:07
25  Cyril GAUTIER Team Europcar - 0:07

26 Yuriy KRIVTSOV AG2R La mondiale - 0:11
27  Juan Antonio FLECHA GIANNONI Sky Procycling - 0:11
28  * Jesse SERGENT Team RadioShack - 0:11
29  Anthony GESLIN FDJ - 0:11

30  Rene MANDRI Endura Racing - 0:15
31  * Grégoire TARRIDE Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille - 0:15
32  Robert PARTRIDGE Endura Racing - 0:15
33  Evert VERBIST Veranda's Willems-Accent - 0:15
34  Stijn DEVOLDER Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team - 0:15
35  Frédéric GUESDON FDJ - 0:15
36  Lazlo BODROGI Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis - 0:15
37  Guillaume LEVARLET Saur-Sojasun - 0:19
38  Jonas LJUNGBLAD Team Differdange - - 0:21
39  Yoann OFFREDO FDJ - 0:21
40  * Joël ZANGERLE Team Differdange - - 0:21
41  Martin VELITS HTC - Highroad - 0:21
42  Renaud DION Bretagne - Schuller - 0:21
43  Matthew BUSCHE Team RadioShack - 0:24
44  Bert DE WAELE Landbouwkrediet - 0:24
45  * Pim LIGTHART Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team - 0:24

46  * Tony GALLOPIN Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne - 0:31
47  Kurt Asle ARVESEN Sky Procycling - 0:36
48  Yannick TALABARDON Saur-Sojasun - 0:36
49  Ludovic TURPIN Saur-Sojasun - 0:36
50  Julien ANTOMARCHI Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille - 0:36
51  Yukiya ARASHIRO Team Europcar - 0:36
52  Kasper KLOSTERGAARD LARSEN Saxo Bank SunGard - 0:36
53  Björn LEUKEMANS Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team - 0:52
54  Marco MARCATO Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team - 0:52
55  Thomas VOECKLER Team Europcar - 0:55

56  André STEENSEN Saxo Bank SunGard - 1:05
57  Jaroslaw MARYCZ Saxo Bank SunGard - 1:05
58  Davy COMMEYNE Landbouwkrediet - 1:08
59  Ian STANNARD Sky Procycling - 1:16
60  Andreas SCHILLINGER Team NetApp - 2:04
61  Kristof GODDAERT AG2R La mondiale - 2:11
62  Maxime MEDEREL Big Mat - Auber 93 - 2:11
63  Paul VOSS Endura Racing - 2:11
64  * Bert-jan LINDEMAN Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team - 2:52
65  * Boris ZIMINE Roubaix Lille Metropole - 3:05
66  Geoffroy LEQUATRE Team RadioShack - 3:18
67  Ben HERMANS Team RadioShack - 3:18
68  Mickaël DELAGE FDJ - 6:08
69  Cédric PINEAU FDJ - 6:08
70  Jérémy ROY FDJ - 6:08
71  Marcello PAVARIN Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team - 7:56

Points Competition
1 73 Mickaël DELAGE FDJ 5 Pts
2 84 Renaud DION Bretagne - Schuller 3 Pts
3 114 Jean DRUCKER Veranda's Willems-Accent 1 Pts

1 28 Geoffroy LEQUATRE Team RadioShack 5 Pts
2 38 Marco MARCATO Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team 3 Pts
3 45 Mathew HAYMAN Sky Procycling 1 Pts
1 45 Mathew HAYMAN Sky Procycling 5 Pts
2 28 Geoffroy LEQUATRE Team RadioShack 3 Pts
3 12 * John DEGENKOLB HTC - Highroad 1 Pts

Point Classification
1 28 Geoffroy LEQUATRE Team RadioShack 8 Pts

2 45 Mathew HAYMAN Sky Procycling 6 Pts
3 73 Mickaël DELAGE FDJ 5 Pts

4 38 Marco MARCATO Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team 3 Pts
5 84 Renaud DION Bretagne - Schuller 3 Pts
6 12 * John DEGENKOLB HTC - Highroad 1 Pts

Grimpeur Climbers Classification
1 164 Paul VOSS Endura Racing 15 Pts

2 45 Mathew HAYMAN Sky Procycling 4 Pts
3 38 Marco MARCATO Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team 3 Pts

4 40 * Bert-jan LINDEMAN Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team 3 Pts
5 28 Geoffroy LEQUATRE Team RadioShack 1 Pts
6 12 * John DEGENKOLB HTC - Highroad 1 Pts

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