French rider Pierrick Fedrigo of Bouygues Telecom overcame a bout of jetlag to claim the Grand Prix de Plouay on Monday after a hard-fought sprint.
Italy’s Alessando Ballan of Lampre and Spaniard David Lopez Garcia of Caisse d’Epargne completed the podium in the 72th edition of the race in Brittany, northwest France.
“I’ve already won a stage on the Tour de France (2006) and have been French champion (2005). The win at Plouay is like a bronze medal in my list of achievements,” said Fedrigo.
The 29-year-old, who has recently returned from the Beijing Olympics, said he was still feeling the effects of a long-haul flight to France.
“I’ve not totally recovered from the jetlag. I still have some worries over my sleep levels,” he said.
Former French champion Christophe Moreau of Agritubel lead a 12-strong breakway early in the race, but was caught with 60km left to go.
The peloton was tracked down by the trio of Fedrigo, Ballan and Lopez Garcia in the closing stages. The Italian was first to sprint out, but Fedrigo had the legs to overtake and push for the line.