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2012 Tour du Limousin - Stage 1
 
By Lucy Alderson
Date: 8/15/2012
2012 Tour du Limousin - Stage 1
 
The first stage of the Tour du Limousin got underway yesterday between Limoges and La Souterraine. 158 riders from 16 teams started the stage of 162.1km, which was to comprise two third and one second category climb.

The attacks began almost straight away and a breakaway group of seven formed quickly: Mirko Selvaggi(Vacansoleil), Guillaume Bonnefond ( AG2R Mondiale), Freddy Bichot (Veranda Rideau), Thomas Vaubouzeix ( La Pomme Marseille), David Lelay (Saur-Sojasun), Dimitri Champion (Bretagne-Schuller) and Stefano Borchi (Farnese Vini) took up the lead within the first 30km and held it for the majority of the stage. The group built up a lead of 2'17" by 73km , but this was the maximum lead that they had.

The lead group was joined by Jeremy Roy (FDJ-Big Mat), but in spite of his presence they were unable to keep up the pace. Cofidis and Europcar, not having any riders in the breakaway group, fought back with a vengeance and there was a general regrouping with under 10km remaining.

The lone attacks throughout did nothing to stop the inevitable bunch sprint at the end. Well placed in the wheel of his teammate, Julien Antomarchi, the Slovenian rider Jure Kocjan of Team Type 1-Sanofi launched himself off the front at just the right moment 300m from the finish line,beating Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun to the line.In third place was Eduaro Sepulveda (FDJ-Big Mat).

Jure Kocjan has come to the Tour du Limousin with great ambitions and the team's tactics certainly paid off for him in this first stage. The strategies that they had planned before the race were perfectly executed to bring Kocjan to the right conclusion.

2012 Tour du Limousin - Stage 1 Results
1 Jure KOCJAN SLO TT1 3:50:23
2 Julien SIMON FRA SAU +0
3 Eduardo SEPULVEDA ARG FDJ +0
4 Gregory HABEAUX BEL ACC +0
5 Fabien SCHMIDT FRA RLM +0
6 Evaldas SISKEVICIUS LTU LPM +0
7 Franck BOUYER FRA EUC +0
8 Nicolas ROUSSEAU FRA AUB +0
9 Stefan DENIFL AUT VCD +0
10 Julien ANTOMARCHI FRA TT1 +0
11 Mathieu PERGET FRA ALM +0
12 Tristan VALENTIN FRA COF +0
13 Steve HOUANARD FRA ALM +0
14 Grégoire TARRIDE FRA LPM +5
15 Vegard Stake LAENGEN NOR TT1 +5


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