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Jonathan Hivert overtakes Jerome Cousin to win Etoile de Besseges

Hivert uses the final time trial to vault out of second place and into the final leader's jersey

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ALES, France (AFP) — Jonathan Hivert (Sojasun) won the 43rd edition of the Étoile de Bessèges after the sixth and final stage, a 9.7km individual time trial through the streets of Ales.

Anthony Roux (FDJ) took the victory on the day, crossing in 14 minutes and 45 seconds to beat Jérémy Roy (FDJ) and Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM).

But Hivert — who had sat second overall since Friday, and began the time trial just three seconds out of the lead — finished ninth to vault ahead of race leader Jérôme Cousin (Europcar) and win the overall.

Cousin crossed 12th at 44 seconds and slipped to second overall, four seconds behind Hivert, with Roux third at five seconds.

The 27-year-old Hivert was delighted at his victory, his first overall triumph in a stage race. His previous victories include the Grand Prix Marseille in 2010, stage 2 of the Vuelta a Andalucia in 2011 and stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie in 2012.