Brochard victorious as Armstrong eyes Flanders

Ahead of Sunday's Tour of Flanders, Lance Armstrong was in action again at Paris-Camembert on Tuesda

Ahead of Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, Lance Armstrong was in action again at Paris-Camembert on Tuesda

PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Bouygues Telecom’s Laurent Brochard took the plaudits at Tuesday’s Paris-Camembert one-day race in northern France, where the Discovery Channel’s Lance Armstrong also honed his form in his second race since pulling out of Paris-Nice at the beginning of March. The fourth round of the season-long Coupe de France – French Cup – competition was won by Brochard who escaped alone from the peloton to win in the town of Vimoutiers by seven seconds. It was the Frenchman’s third win at Paris-Camembert following victories in 2001 and 2003. “Physically, I feel as good as ever,” Brochard, who turned 37 last weekend, said. “Mentally, I feel stronger.” It was also a positive experience for Armstrong, who finished safely in the bunch in 24th place, improving on his 43rd place in Sunday’s Flche Brabanonne where he finished 3-43 down on race winner Oscar Freire. The American six-time Tour de France champion has used the two races as training for this coming Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, ostensibly in support of Discovery team-mate and Classics specialist George Hincapie. But having recovered from the cold which forced him to retire from Paris-Nice earlier this month and, according to procycling’s sources, feeling fit and healthy, Armstrong must fancy his own chances in the Belgian ProTour event this weekend. 1 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 200km in 4.45.25 2 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Panaria 0.07 3 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise des Jeux 4 Vladimir Goussev (Rus) CSC 5 Lenaic Olivier (Fra) Agritubel 6 Mikhaylo Khalilov (Rus) LPR 7 Didier Rous (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 8 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 9 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r 10 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole