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Deignan finishes Sarthe on high note

Posted 12 April 2010

Philip Deignan ended the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe on a high note placing 10th in a bunch sprint in the final stage to Sille-Le-Guillaume which bumped him up to finish 33rd in the GC.

The Cervelo Test Team rider was satisfied with his performance during the four-day event having recovered from a bout of flu that had disrupted his early preparations for the Ardennes classics.

The race presented a number of challenges for teams of only six riders and Deignan was consistent in building upon the form which seen him place 12th in the opening stage.

He jumped ten places in the GC in the 171 kilometre stage from Abbayde de l”Epau having bided his time as the peloton chased down the second of the day’s two breakaways.

Deignan’s Cervelo team-mate Ted Ked King was part of the break together with Yury Trofimov (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Dimitri Champion (AG2R La Mondiale), Yann Huguet (Skil-Shimano), and Remi Cusin (Confidis) who escaped with four laps to go of the 10.2 kilometre finishing circuit.

The group were caught within two kilometers of the finishing line where Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale) claimed his second stage from race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Eparnge) who led the race from start from the finish.

Deignan ‘s next race is the Amstel Gold on Sunday April 18th which, he has confessed, is his least favourite of the Ardennes classics.

Results

Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire, France:

April 9, Stage 4: Abbaye de l'Epau - Sille-Le-Guillaume, 171 kms.

1. Anthony Ravard (Ag2R La Mondiale) 4 hours, 14 mins, 4 secs
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) same
3. Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) same

10. Philip Deignan (Cervelo Test Team) same

Final general classification:

1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) 15 hours, 36 mins, 52 secs.
2. Tiago Machado (Team RadioShack) at 14 secs.
3. Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) at 15 secs

33. Philip Deignan (Cervelo Test Team) at 1 min, 48 sec.

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