Sunday 23 March 2014 at 22h04

A similar scenario to the Classic Loire Atlantique (yesterday) for the 37th edition of [[Cholet Pays de Loire]] today: a big group leading the race rather quickly after the start was not to be taken back by the peloton. However, today it was not a solo rider who finished it off but Tom van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) won the race in a sprint, ahead of Sébastien Delfosse (Wallonie-Bruxelles) and Sébastien Turgot (AG2R La Mondiale).

Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale), who took the lead in the classification of the Coupe de France PMU yesterday with his victory in the Classic Loire Atlantique remains the current leader of this classification.

The summary of Cholet Pays de Loire 2014

After only 4 kilometers in the race, a breakaway was formed after an attack by Rudy Kowalski (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) and in this breakaway there were no less than The breakaway22 riders. In addition to Kowalski it was composed by Gediminas Bagdonas and Sébastien Turgot of the AG2R La Mondiale team, Jimmy Engoulvent for Europcar, Christophe Laporte for Cofidis, Arnaud Courteille and Pierrick Fédrigo for, Benoît Jarrier and Armindo Fonseca for Bretagne-Séché Environnement, David Lozano of the American Novo Nordisk team (which has the particularity to contain only riders who have diabetes and who thus want to show that despite of that they can still do sport on a professional level), Tom van Asbroeck and Thomas Sprengers for the Belgian Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise team, Karol Domagalski for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Frederik Veuchelen of Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Ilnur Zakarin of RusVélo, Adrian Kurek for CCC Polsat-Polkowice, Dimitri Le Boulch for BigMat-Auber 93, Benjamin Giraud and Yoann Paillot of the Team La Pomme Marseille, Sébastien Delfosse of Wallonie-Bruxelles, Tom Goovaerts for Veranclassic-Doltcini and finally Sergey Shilov of the Lokosphinx team.

After a bit more than 50 kilometers this group already has a gap of 8 minutes and the peloton doesn't seem to do much to get back on them. Not really surprising with so many teams represented in the leading group and with a race being influenced by some rain but more importantly by the wind.

About 40 kilometers further a mass crash in the peloton puts about thirty riders down and after that crash a chasing group was formed at 4'50" behind the breakaway after 100 kilometers in the race, while the remaining riders in the second peloton are about 2'30" further behind. This was of course good news for the 22 leading riders who see that even though the gap continues to drop a bit, they are never really in danger.

David Lozano and Karol DomagalskiOn almost all climbs (the corresponding challenge in this race contains a total of 10 climbs), we often saw David Lozano and Karol Domagalski get a bit ahead of the leading group to go take the points and on top of the Côte du Fief Sauvin the last mentioned continues his effort to really get away from the leading group, solo. The Polish rider of the Spanish team gets a gap of up to 1'20" at 64 kilometers from the finish.
While the former leading group loses two elements, Zakarin and Le Boulch, Domagalski is finally taken back and a group of 20 riders thus gets in the lead again. Then it's time for Bagdonas to try to get away but his first attempt turns out to be unsuccessful, before he again gets away, together with 5 other riders: Fédrigo, Jarrier, Sprengers, Veuchelen and Delfosse. A bit further, Courteille and later on Van Asbroeck get back on this group, followed a bit later by Kowalski, Paillot and Engoulvent and finally Sébastien Turgot who was waited for by his team mate Bagdonas in this new leading group.

This new group of 12 then crosses the finish line for the first time and goes on to the final circuit of 29 kilometers. After an attack by Arnaud Courteille in this breakaway, a new leading duo gets formed, since the rider of the team got company from Sébastien Delfosse. This doesn't last long however and a new attempt by Yoann Paillot and two others by Arnaud Courteille also remain unsuccessful.

Tom van Asbroeck wins Cholet Pays de Loire 2014The breakaway continues to lose some elements and finally a group of 7 battles for the victory in a sprint. Sébastien Delfosse thought he could win the race easily but he was finally beaten by Tom van Asbroeck who thus wins [[Cholet Pays de Loire]] 2014!

The photos of Cholet Pays de Loire 2014

You can find a selection of photos of [[Cholet Pays de Loire]] 2014 in the corresponding photos section:

>> The photos of Cholet Pays de Loire 2014

You can also find a selection of photos of Cholet Pays de Loire for Team Novo Nordisk on the website of the team.

The classifications of Cholet Pays de Loire 2014

Hereunder you'll find the classifications of this 3rd race of the Coupe de France PMU 2014:


The classification of Cholet Pays de Loire 2014

The podium of Cholet Pays de Loire 2014Here's the top 10 of this race:

1/ Tom van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) - 5h13'38"
2/ Sébastien Delfosse (Wallonie-Bruxelles)
3/ Sébastien Turgot (AG2R La Mondiale)
4/ Pierrick Fédrigo (
5/ Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)
6/ Jimmy Engoulvent (Team Europcar)
7/ Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
8/ Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale) - +0'06"
9/ Arnaud Courteille ( - +0'10"
10/ Thomas Sprengers (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) - +0'35"

The classification of the Coupe de France PMU after Cholet Pays de Loire 2014

Alexis Gougeard, leader of the Coupe de France PMU 2014After [[Cholet Pays de Loire]] 2014, the individual classification only changes a bit and Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) remains the leader, after his victory in the Classic Loire Atlantique yesterday.

1/ Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) - 50 points
2/ Baptiste Planckaert (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) - 35 points
3/ Sébastien Turgot (AG2R La Mondiale) - 25 points
4/ Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale) - 25 points
5/ Julien Duval (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) - 23 points
6/ Pierrick Fédrigo ( - 20 points
7/ Julien Bérard (AG2R La Mondiale) - 20 points
8/ Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) - 18 points
9/ Arthur Vichot ( - 18 points
10/ Jimmy Engoulvent (Team Europcar) - 16 points


Climbers classification of Cholet Pays de Loire 2014

David Lozana, best climberHere's the classification of the "10 climbs challenge" of [[Cholet Pays de Loire]] 2014:

1/ David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) - 36 points
2/ Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) - 7 points
3/ Arnaud Courteille ( - 6 points
4/ Yoann Paillot (Team La Pomme Marseille) - 6 points
5/ Thomas Sprengers (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) - 5 points

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