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Elite Men: Vitré 197.8km

Gautier concludes an all Breton affair with victory

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
April 2, 19:28,
Updated:
April 2, 19:45

23-year-old earns first pro win

Cyril Gautier was congratulated by local female cyclist Pascale Jeuland who was crowned world champion for scratch race last week in Copenhagen

Cyril Gautier was congratulated by local female cyclist Pascale Jeuland who was crowned world champion for scratch race last week in Copenhagen

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Cyril Gautier continued Bbox Bouygues Telecom's week of glory by claiming a solo victory at the Route Adélie in Vitré in the west of France. He was following the example of Pierrick Fedrigo, who won a stage and the overall classification at the Criterium International and of Steve Chainel and Sébastien Turgot, who found their way to success at the Three Days of De Panne.

The 23-year-old Gautier celebrated his first pro win during the stage from Trégueux in Brittany. He was the under 23 European champion in 2008 and joined Bbox Bouygues Telecom the year after learning his job in the ranks of the continental team of his region Bretagne-Schuller, of which Laurent Pichon was a promising runner up in Vitré.

The finish proved to be an all-Breton affair as Benoît Vaugrenard from Française des Jeux finished third.

Only French professional teams took part in the Route Adélie alongside some continental teams who got credit for creating the first breakaway of the day with Rostislav Mikhailov (ISD continental), Fredrik Johansson (Sprocket) and Hakan Nilsson (Differdange). They were joined later by Jérémy Galland (Saur-Sojasun), Jussi Veikkanen and Anthony Roux (Française des Jeux), Pierrick Fedrigo (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Sébastien Minard (Cofidis), David Le Lay (AG2R), Laurent Pichon and Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Schuller).

As soon as this group was caught, Pichon and Minard countered to get away with Vaugrenard, Gautier, Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun), Vitaliy Popov (ISD continental). Lloyd Mondory (AG2R) was the first to jump across, followed by Jonathan Thiré (BigMat-Auber 93). This group of seven was formed with 50 kilometres to go, and the peloton gave up chasing them.

More than 10,000 people gathered in Vitré for the finish where there was a good chance a Breton would win. In fact, that happened with Gautier escaping solo with 10 kilometres to go.

"It brings a lot of joy," said the young man of his victory after the finish. "This is my first pro win and I get it in Brittany."

"I wasn't scheduled to do this race, but I was a late inclusion on the start list because I was going well at Paris-Nice, and this is close to home. I couldn't expect any better outcome."

Gautier said a special thank to Fedrigo, who paved the way for him. "After his win at the Criterium International, Pierrick was very marked," said Gautier. "He did the job at the beginning of the race (by getting in the break), and I concluded it."

"I've acquired confidence, thanks to the lessons I've learnt from him and Thomas Voeckler," said the winner Gautier.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Télécom 4:58:34  
2 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:00:38  
3 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
4 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
5 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
6 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:43  
7 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 0:02:28  
8 Vitaliy Popkov (Ukr) ISD Continental Team 0:03:40  
9 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:45  
10 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) Continental Team Differdange    
11 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
12 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
13 Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Team Sprocket    
14 Petr Lechner (Cze) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss 0:11:16  
15 Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
16 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
17 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
18 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
19 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
20 Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
21 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Télécom    
22 Denys Karnulin (Ukr) ISD Continental Team    
23 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale    
24 Mickaël Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
25 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Télécom    
26 Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
27 Maksym Vasyliev (Ukr) ISD Continental Team    
28 Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
29 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
30 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
31 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
32 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
33 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
34 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Télécom    
35 Sebastien Harbonnier (Fra) Continental Team Differdange    
36 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
37 Jakub Kratochvila (Cze) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss    
38 Walter Pedraza (Col) SP Tableware    
39 Niels Brouzes (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
40 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
41 Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
42 David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
43 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
44 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
45 Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
46 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
47 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
48 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
49 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
50 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
51 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
52 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux 0:12:38  
53 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
54 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
55 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur-Sojasun    
56 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux 0:12:43  
57 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux    
DNF Timothy Gudsell (NZl) Française Des Jeux    
DNF Gianni Meersman (Bel) Française Des Jeux    
DNF Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Télécom    
DNF Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Télécom    
DNF Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Télécom    
DNF Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Johan Lebon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
DNF Denis Flahaut (Fra) ISD Continental Team    
DNF Oleksandr Martynenko (Ukr) ISD Continental Team    
DNF Rostislav Mykhaylov (Ukr) ISD Continental Team    
DNF Artem Topchanyk (Ukr) ISD Continental Team    
DNF Alexandre Usov (Blr) ISD Continental Team    
DNF Jack Anderson (Aus) Team Sprocket    
DNF Niklas Gustavsson (Swe) Team Sprocket    
DNF Christian Parrett (USA) Team Sprocket    
DNF Fredrik Johansson (Swe) Team Sprocket    
DNF Richard Larsen (Swe) Team Sprocket    
DNF Toby Horton (GBr) Team Sprocket    
DNF Filip Rudenstam Robin (Swe) Team Sprocket    
DNF Robert Gassmayr (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss    
DNF Stefan Pöll (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss    
DNF Lars Pria (Rom) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss    
DNF Michael Singer (Aut) Arbö Ktm - Gebrüder Weiss    
DNF Frank Dressler (Ger) Continental Team Differdange    
DNF Patrick Gressnich (Lux) Team Differdange    
DNF Morten Knudsen (Den) Continental Team Differdange    
DNF Hakan Nilsson (Swe) Continental Team Differdange    
DNF Tom Thill (Lux) Team Differdange    
DNF Jorge Castiblanco (Col) SP Tableware    
DNF Georgios Karatzios (Gre) SP Tableware    
DNF Anastasios Kourmpetis (Gre) SP Tableware    
DNF Christoph Springer (Ger) SP Tableware    
DNF Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) SP Tableware    

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