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Julien Simon wins the Tour du Finistère 2012 in the sprint

Added: saturday 14 April 2012 at 17:59:00
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    Julien Simon wins the Tour du Finistère 2012 in the sprintBetween Crozon and Quimper in Brittany, the 27th edition of the Tour du Finistère took place today. This 8th race (out of 16) of the Coupe de France PMU, the Tour du Finistère 2012 was won by Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) in a sprint ahead of Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) who takes the lead in the classification of this same Coupe de France.

    The summary of the Tour du Finistère 2012

    Under a timid sun, the start of the Tour du Finistère 2012 was in front of the Armor Lux shop in Crozon this morning.

    Stefan Denifl (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team), who thought this morning he was in the Tour de Finestre on Twitter, was the first to attack, together with Franck Vermeulen (Véranda Rideau-Super U) and from this leading duo rapidly a group of no less than 29 riders was formed at the front of the race.
    The breakaway on the Pont de Terenez
    This big leading group rapidly creates a gap of almost one minute but at that time the FDJ BigMat team decides to take over the control of the peloton to bring back this gap ... however, that only works temporarily ...
    After 65 kilometers, the team with the four-leaf clover however finally manages to get the peloton back together with the leading group.

    In the mean time, the Polish rider Jacek Morajko (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) won the 3 intermediate sprints for the Trophée Crédit Agricole, the last of which was on top of the Roc Trédudon.

    Several new attempts to break away didn't work out, until the attack from Dimitri Champion (Bretagne-Schuller) and Jean-Marc Marino (Saur-Sojasun). While some raindrops started falling on the riders, the two riders at the front of the race continued to extend their gap while Dimitri Le Boulch (Auber 93) and later also Gaylord Cumont (Véranda Rideau-Super U) started the chase.

    In the breakaway, Dimitri Champion won the following intermediate sprints suivants, at Roc'h Begheor, on top of the Côte de Laz and in the small town of Waterloo, but by taking the 3rd place and thus one additional point at the sprint of Roc'h Begheor, Jacek Morajko was sure to get the trophey.

    The two leading riders saw their gap growing to 3'35" while behind them Gaylord Cumont manages to get back on Dimitri Le Boulch and thus form a new chasing duo, but at about 50 kilometers from the finish this duo is taken back by the peloton while the two leading riders still have 3 minutes on this same peloton.

    At the entrance of the final circuit, which the riders had to do 4 times and which included the difficult climb of the Côte de Stang-Vihan, the two riders still have quite a gap, but in these 4 laps on the circuit and especially due to the energy put in there by a chasing group, their gap goes down rather quickly, even though it was only in the last kilometer that the leading duo was taken back by the peloton!

    The race was thus destined to end in a bunch sprint, which was started by the Bretagne-Schuller team but which was finally won by Julien Simon, ahead of Samuel Dumoulin and Jonathan McEvoy (Endura Racing).

    The photos of the Tour du Finistère 2012

    The first photos of the Tour du Finistère 2012 were published earlier today already, others will follow:

    >> The photos of the Tour du Finistère 2012

    The classifications of the Tour du Finistère 2012

    The general classification

    Julien Simon, who recently won two stages in the Tour of Catalunya, took his 3rd victory of this season. Here's the top 10 of the race classification:

    1/ Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) - 4h14'35"
    2/ Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis, le crédit en ligne)
    3/ Jonathan McEvoy (Endura Racing)
    4/ Jérémie Galland (Saur-Sojasun)
    5/ Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale)
    6/ Remi Cusin (Team Type 1-Sanofi)
    7/ Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne-Schuller)
    8/ Justin Jules (Véranda Rideau-Super U)
    9/ Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) - +0'03"
    10/ Anthony Delaplace (Saur-Sojasun)

    The Trophée Crédit Agricole

    This trophey is presented by the organisor as a trophey based on sprints, but it's in fact made up of sprints and climbs.

    Here's the final top 5 of the classification of this trophey:

    1/ Jacek Morajko (Vacansoleil-DCM Procycling Team) - 16 points
    2/ Dimitri Champion (Bretagne-Schuller) - 15 points
    3/ Jean-Marc Marino (Saur-Sojasun) - 9 points
    4/ Steven Tronet (Auber 93) - 3 points
    5/ Mathieu Perget (AG2R La Mondiale) - 3 points

    The classification of the Coupe de France PMU

    In the Coupe de France PMU we see yet another change at the first position since Arnaud Démare (FDJ BigMat), absent in this race, leaves his place to Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) who takes it back since he actually already had the first position at the start of the season after his victory in La Marseillaise. Arnaud Démare for now remains the best young rider of the Coupe de France.

    1/ Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis, le crédit en ligne) - 85 points
    2/ Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) - 75 points
    3/ Arnaud Démare (FDJ BigMat) - 68 points
    4/ Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Schuller) - 50 points
    5/ Pierre Luc Périchon (Team La Pomme Marseille) - 50 points

    Tomorrow there'll be another race in the Coupe de France PMU, the Tro Bro Léon 2012. We'll see how this classification will evolve after this race.

    Other photos to follow

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 3 comments!
  1. Julien SIMON Super vainqueur. Il a écrasé le sprint, à 50 m de la ligne il s'est retourné et relevé avec 10m d'avance.Gros finisseur, à mon avis il ira loin.
    Il me paraît être l'un des rares parmi nos sprinter à pouvoir prendre et garder la tête d'un sprint dans les 100 derniers mètres

    | Gilbert LE LOUPP | monday 16 April 2012 at 19:19:04

  2. Le puncheur que le peloton attendait ?..
    ...pour la Flèche Wallonne peut-être...croisons les doigts !

    | HONORÉ | tuesday 17 April 2012 at 15:36:39

  3. Le mur de HUY et La Fleche me paraissent un peu au delà de ses capacités. Plutot sprint le Simon. Mais espérons maintenant qu'il à conscience de ses moyens.

    | Gilbert LE LOUPP | wednesday 18 April 2012 at 0:03:48

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