Cooke Wins Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
Baden Cooke (Unibet.com) has won his first race of the European season.
Baden Cooke (Unibet.com) has won his first race of the European season. The Australian took a bunch sprint to win the Grand Prix d?Ouverture La Marseillaise in 3:17:55. Philippe Gilbert (Francaise des Jeux) and Anthony Geslin (Bouygues Telecom) finished second and third, respectively.
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For most of the race, the field stayed together. On the day?s first climb, Freddy Bichot (Francaise des Jeux) attacked, and Laurent Brochard (Bouygues Telecom) joined him. The break grew to 15 riders, but the bunch reeled it in.
With 35 km left, Eric Leblacher (Francaise des Jeux), Peter Mertens (Davitamon), Remi Pauriol (Credit Agricole), Jens Renders (Chocolade Jacques), and Karsten Kroon (CSC) attacked. For a time, the break looked like a winner, but the peloton caught the quintet in the last km. The race came down to a sprint, which Cooke won.
Many of the riders in the Grand Prix d?Ouverture La Marseillaise will participate in the Etoile de Besseges and the Tour of the Mediterranean. Who will prosper? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!