By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
French amateur Franck Laurance won a sprint finish at the third stage of the Tour du Limousin in France on Thursday. Bonjour’s Franck Bouyer retained the overall lead, six seconds ahead of Patrick Jonker (Big Mat) after the 193.2km stage between Ussel and La Souterraine.
The 193km stage saw a breakaway of almost 160km, starting at the 25th km when eight riders escaped. That group gained a lead of 4:20, but was brought back into the fold with 10km to go, setting up the sprint finish won by Laurance.
American Bobby Julich (Crédit Agricole) took fifth in the sprint, and held onto eighth place overall, just 25 seconds back of Bouyer.
1. Franck Laurance (F), French national team, 193.2km in 4:40:43; 2. Werner Riebenbauer (A), Nurnberger; 3. Nico Mattan (B), Cofidis; 4. Florent Brard (F), Festina; 5. Bobby Julich (USA), Credit Agricole; 6. Régis Lhuiller (F), La Française des Jeux; 7. Stéphane Auroux (F); 8. Artour Babaitsev (Rus), Nurnberger; 9. Patrice Halgand (F), Jean Delatour; 10. Alexandre Botcharov (Rus), Ag2R, all s.t.;
1. Franck Bouyer (F), Bonjour;
2. Patrick Jonker (Nl), Big Mat, 0:06;
3. David Moncoutié (F), Cofidis, at 0:18;
4. Brard, at 0:21;
5. Halgand, at 0:23;
6. Mattan, at 0:25;
10. Chris Wherry (USA), Mercury, all s.t.