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Deignan registers GC improvement

Posted 12 April 2010

The third stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe finished in a bunch sprint won by Samuel Dumoulin (Confidis, Le Credit En Ligne) with Philip Deignan crossing the line in the second group of 22 riders just over a minute behind.

The Letterkenny man placed 50th on the 181.1 kilometre stage from Angers to Pre-en-Pail moving up eight places to 43rd in GC.

The stage finished with five laps of a testing 8.6  kilometre circuit  which split a day long breakaway of Jeffery Louder (BMC Racing), Yuriy Krivtsov (AG2R La Mondiale), Piet Rooljakkers (Skil-Shimano) and Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun).

Rooljakkers and Louder were dropped by their breakaway companions and then caught by Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) who launched the first of a series of aggressive attacks from the French team.

Voeckler quickly shed off the duo and repeated his performance having bridged to Krivtsov and Talabardon, riding impressively on the circuit which featured a 10% gradient climb on every lap.

It was not to be his day however despite his team-mate Cyril Gautier making it across to support him in the closing 15 kilometres. The duo were eventually caught by the chasing group and an ambitious second bid to escape came to nothing in the final kilometre as Dumoulin finished strongest.

Results

Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire, France (2.1)

April 8, Stage 3: Angers - Pre-En-Pail , 181kms.

1. Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne) 4 hours, 50 mins, 42 secs.
2. Julien Simon (Saur – Sojasun) same time
3. Xavier Florencio (Cervelo Test Team) same time

50. Philip Deignan (Cervelo Test Team) at 1 min.,2 secs.

General classification after Stage 3:

1, Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne) 11 hours, 22 mins, 52 secs.
2, Tiago Machado (RadioShack) at 8 secs.
3, Julien Simon (Saur - Sojasun) at 13 secs.

43 Philip Deignan (Cervélo Test Team) at 1 min, 42 secs.

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