By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2004
Landbouwkrediet’s Bert De Waele won the 27th edition of the Cycliste Cholet-Pays de Loire on Sunday. The 202km race is the third round of the Coupe de France series, still led by Crédit Agricole’s Thor Hushovd.
De Waele soloed in five seconds ahead of Brioches La Boulangere’s Didier Rous, Hushovd and Luxembourgian Frank Schleck (CSC).
The day’s initial attack was launched by Belgian Frederik Willems (Vlaanderen – T-Interim – Eddy Merckx ). After a series of attacks, a group of four — Patrice Halgand, Frederic Guesdon, Thomas Voeckler and the Jurgen Van de Walle — bridged up to Willems at km 60. The group of five eventually built a lead of nearly five minutes before the break eventually failed and members of the group were reeled in.
A new attack including De Warle, Rous, Hushovd and Schleck escaped on the finishing circuit. Two kilometers from the finish, De Waele attacked, leaving Rous to battle Hushovd for the sprint for second. Hushovd maintains a solid lead in the series with 75 points while Rous is tied with Dimitri Fofonov for second with 35.
Cycliste Cholet-Pays de Loire
1. Bert De Waele (b), Landbouwkrediet, 202km in 5:09:07 (39.208kph)
2. Didier Rous (F), at 0:05.
3. Thor Hushovd (Nor), s.t.
4. Frank Schleck (Lux), s.t.
5. Frédéric Guesdon (F), at 0:06
6. Jurgen Van de Walle (B), at 0:10
7. Vladimir Goussev (Rus), at 0:54
8. Pierrick Fedrigo (F), s.t.
9. Jan Kuyckx (B), s.t.
10. Franck Pencolé (F), at 1:08
Overall standings – Coupe de France (After 3 Rounds),
1. Thor Hushovd (Nor), 75 pts
2. Dimitri Fofonov (Kz), 35
. Didier Rous (F), 35
4. Sébastien Hinault (F), 25
5. Frédéric Bessy (F), 20
GP Rudy Dhaenens goes to Geert Omloop
Belgian Geert Omloop (Mr.Bookmaker) won the sixth edition of the GP Rudy Dhaenens, finishing 50 meters ahead of the main field as the 191km race finished in Nevelle on Sunday. It was the first win of the season for the reigning Belgian road champion.
GP Rudy Dhaenens(UCI 3)
1. Geert Omloop (B) Mr.Bookmaker) 191km in 4:42:00 (40.638kph)
2. Rudi Kemna (Nl), at 0:06
3. Roger Hammond (GB)
4. Nico Mattan (B)
5. Roy Sentjens (Nl), all s.t.