It was a rare quiet race day for ORICA-GreenEDGE at Paris-Bourges. The team had planned to put Fumy Beppu and Jens Keukeleire in a good position up the day’s two main climbs – the Col du Graveron and the Cote de Chapelotte. As the race unfolded, it became clear that rider fatigue eliminated the original plan as an option.
“The boys have been a bit tired since Franco Belge,” said Sports Director Lionel Marie. “We missed the break.”
A trio of riders escaped during the opening kilometers. They built up a maximum advantage of five minutes in the first half of the race, and their gap slowly but steadily started to tumble as a reduced peloton gave chase.
“A main chase group of around 30 riders formed before the two main climbs, and we did not have anyone it,” explained Marie. “In the end, there was nothing special to report for us today.”
Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Schuller) won the bunch sprint ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat) and John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano).
|1||Florian Vachon (Fra) - Bretagne - Schuller||4:41:59|
|2||Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) - FDJ-Big Mat||0:00:03|
|3||John Degenkolb (Ger) - Argos - Shimano||ST|
|4||Jonathan Hivert (Fra) - Saur - Sojasun||ST|
|5||Paul Voss (Ger) - Endura Racing||ST|
|6||Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) - Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne||ST|
|7||Björn Leukemans (Bel) - Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|8||Leonardo Duque (Col) - Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne||ST|
|9||Yannick Martinez (Fra) - La Pomme Marseille||ST|
|10||Ben Hermans (Bel) - Radioshack-Nissan||ST|
|64||Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:00|
|79||Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|81||Julian Dean (NZl) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|