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Roche fourth at GP Canton d'Argovie

Posted 06 June 2010

Nicolas Roche bounced back from injury at the GP Canton d'Argovie today where he came within inches of celebrating his return to racing with a win in the Swiss race.

Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) proved that he has fully recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him out of the Tour de Romandie by finishing fourth in a six man sprint for the line.

The 193.6 kilometre race was won by Belgian Kristof Vandewalle (Topsport Vlaanderen Mercator) after almost five hours of racing on the 12.1 kilometre circuit in the village of Grippingen.

The day's racing was dominated by two breakaways, the first of which was out front for 150 kilometes of racing. The peloton regrouped for one lap but a string of counter attacks seen Roche go clear in a group of nineteen riders with 30 kilometres to go.

Roche responded well to a series of attacks which reduced the lead group to six riders on the final lap where Cervelo Test Team rider Heinrich Haussler looked like the man to beat.

Vandewalle had the sprint at the end with Roche finishing fourth behind Haussler and Emanuele Sella (CarmioOro-NCG).

The 25 year old will now return to his base in Varese to complete his preparations for next week's Tour de Suisse where his confidence will be high having put his injury woes behind him.


GP Canton d'Argovie, 193.6 kilometres

1. Kristof Vandewalle (Topsport Vlaanderen) 4 hours, 52 minutes, 54 seconds
2. Emanuele Sella (CarmioOro-NGC)
3. Heinrich Haussler (Cervelo Test Team)
4. Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale)
5. Marco Marcato (Vancansoleil)
6. Paulo Bailetti (Ceramica Flaminia) all same time
7. Matthia Russ (Milram) at 26 seconds
8. Dominik Nerz (Milram) at 48 seconds
9. Hubert Schwab (Vorarlberg Corratec)
10. Sergio Pardilla Bellon (CarmioOro-NGC) same time

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