Med win for French new pro

France bags its eighth win of the season thanks to an FDJ new pro at the Tour of the Med, while Davi

France bags its eighth win of the season thanks to an FDJ new pro at the Tour of the Med, while Davi



French riders continue to thrive at the start of this new season, with Francaise des Jeux new pro Mathieu Ladagnous winning today’s fifth stage of the Tour of the Mediterranean at Hyres, his country’s eighth success of 2006. Frenchman Cyril Dessel also kept his grip on the overall lead going into Sunday’s final stage, which is being run over the final sections of the Milan-San Remo route.

Saturday’s stage was decided between the members of a 14-man breakaway. They weren’t given much leeway by Dessel’s team, but had enough time in hand coming into the finish to battle for the stage between them. Caisse d’Epargne’s Eric Berthou, Quick Step’s Bram Tankink and Skil’s Ren Weissinger got clear just before the last kilometre, but FDJ’s Rmy Di Gregorio put in a huge effort to close them down and then saw his first-year team-mate Ladagnous take the sprint.

1 Mathieu Ladagnous (Fra) Franaise des Jeux 118.1km in 2.43.10 (43.43kph)
2 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Crdit Agricole
3 Aivaras Baranauskas (Lit) Agritubel
4 Bram Tankink (Hol) Quick Step
5 Andrea Rossi (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
6 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre
7 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) Androni Giocattoli
8 Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2r
9 Eric Berthou (Fra) Caisse d’Epargne
10 Alexandre Bazhenov (Rus) Naturino


1 Cyril Dessel (Fra) Ag2r Prvoyance 10.48.48
2 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Crdit Agricole 0.03
3 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Crdit Agricole 0.09
4 Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0.21
5 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Acqua e Sapone 0.27
6 Thomas Lvkvist (Swe) Franaise des Jeux 0.47
7 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Cofidis 1.12
8 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre 1.32
9 Brad McGee (Aus) Franaise des Jeux 1.43
10 Rmi Pauriol (Fra) Crdit Agricole 1.52

– David George saw just a handful of seconds chipped off his substantial lead in Saturday’s 16km time trial at the Tour de Langkawi, and the South African rider now looks a certain winner of the race when it finishes on Sunday with a criterium stage in Kuala Lumpur. The time trial was won by Panaria’s Serhiy Matveyev, who beat Irishman David McCann by 33 seconds. Britain’s Ed Clancy finished an impressive ninth to move himself up into the top 10 overall, while compatriot Robin Sharman dropped three places overall to ninth.

Stage 9, Melaka time trial

1 Serhiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 16.2km in 19.40 (49.44kph)
2 David McCann (Ire) Giant Asia 0.33
3 Stef Clement (Hol) Bouygues Telecom 0.37
4 Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Navigators 0.42
5 Torsten Schmidt (Ger) Wiesenhof
6 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Crdit Agricole 0.50
7 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Crdit Agricole
8 Jos Serpa (Col) Selle Italia 0.53
9 Ed Clancy (GB) Great Britain 0.54
10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Crdit Agricole 1.00
11 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators 1.01
12 Evan Oliphant (GB) 1.06
13 Saul Raisin (USA) Crdit Agricole 1.10
14 Laurent Lefvre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
15 Mark Cavendish (GB) Great Britain 1.12

19 David George (SA) South Africa 1.17


1 David George (SA) South Africa 26.43.55
2 Bellotti 1.52
3 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Selle Italia 1.56
4 Cesar Grajales (Col) Navigators 2.31
5 Walter Pedraza (Col) Selle Italia 3.11
6 Serpa 4.20
7 Jos Miguel Elias (Spa) Relax-Gam 4.41
8 Lefvre 4.46
9 Robin Sharman (GB) 4.57
10 Poilvet 5.15
11 Raisin 7.41
12 Walters 8.30
13 McCann 8.50


19 Clancy 13.32