Archives 2012

Team Lapierre International : IXS Dowhnill Cup

A great performance for Sam Blenkinsop who takes the best place of the Team Lapierre International Riders, finishing 10th. A good result for our Kiwi!

Loic Bruni takes the 18th place at scratch but 1st in the Juniors category.

Cam Cole finish 34t.

Team Lapierre International : Coupe de France #2 – St Pompon

For the 2nd Stage of the French Cup in St Pompon ( France – 24), Jordan Sarrou takes the first place in U23 and at the same times a great 3rd place at scratch behind Fabien Canal (1st) and Alexis Chenevier (2nd).
He’s 4th at the overall of the French Cup after this 2 first Stage.

At the XC Eliminator, Jordan Sarrou finish at the 5th place of the Final.

FDJ Bigmat – Tour de Bavière

After a great 3rd and 2nd place on the 2 first stage of the Tour of Bavière by Yauheni Hutarovich, a great 10th place for Jeremy Roy at the Time trial of the 3rd stage. At the End Jeremy Roy is on the Final Top 10 with a beautiful 9th place.

FDJ – Circuit de Lorraine

Nacer Bouhanni claims his 1st victory on a stage race. Winner of the 1st stage, then 3rd and 2nd of the 2 next stages, he finally kept the leader jersey all week long, thanks to an amazing work from the FDJ Bigmat riders!

Team Lapierre International : Coupe du Monde XC #4 – La Bresse

The 4th round of the XC World Cup and 3rd round of XC Eliminator was taking place this week-end in La Bresse – France.
Alexis Vuillermoz was taking part in the XC Eliminator for the 1st time, on this new format of race, in the streets of La Bresse. He passes the first rounds with success but blocks in the semi-final. He still has the small final, where he manages to take 5th place.

On the U23 XC race, Jordan Sarrou and Thomas Lapeyrie were competing. On the most technical XC track of the year, according to the riders, Jordan finished 22nd and Thomas taking 42nd place.

On the XC Elite race, a huge crowd was there in the Vosges mountains to support and see the triumph of Julien Absalon, a few kilometers from his hometown. Hard race for our Lapierre riders; Alexis Vuillermoz got his rear derailleur shooted by another rider at the start, and could only use 2 gears during the race. He still pushed to the limits and was holding around 30th place during half of the race. But he finally had to stop at the technical assistance to try to make it work. That was finally impossible and he unfortunately had to quit the race. Pierre Geoffroy Plantet is 72nd.



This Weekend in Nove Mesto (Czech Republic) was taking place the 3rd Stage of the XC World Cup. A promising 25th place for Alexis Vuillermoz, progressively coming back on top! He is happy to this result and hopes for the best in the coming races. Jordan Sarrou did not finish the U23 race.

The 4th round next week-end La Bresse in France (19 – 20 May).


1st stage – The victory comes to John Degenkolb on the 1st stage. Two FDJ riders in the top10: Nacer Bouhanni is 4th, Yauheni Hutarovich is 8th.

2nd stage – After winning the sprint, Nacer Bouhanni is finally disqualified! Kenny Van Hummel claims victory in this 2nd stage.

3rd stage - John Degenkolb wins the last stage of the Tour de Picardie and the overall classification. Arnaud Courteille takes 7th place. At the overall, Huta is the best FDJ rider, he is 12th.


1st Stage (Time Trial) -  Taylor Phinney is the first leader of this race. For the FDJ riders:
Soupe 52nd
Casar 57th
Veikkanen 87th
Delage 117th
Mourey 122nd
Rollin 134th
Bonnet 135th
Rasch 166th
Démare 179th

2nd STAGE – Soupe finish 3 rd and Bonnet 9th so 2 FDJ Racers in the top 10. A good start, unfortunately Arnaud Démare couldn’t take part in the sprint, he was on the middle of a massive crash in the last corner before the finish line. Mark Cavendish wins the second stage before Matthew Goss and …… GEOFFREY SOUPE!

3rd stage – Horsens - 4th place for Démare, his first top 5 on the Giro! And the second top5 in a raw for FDJ – Bigmat team avec 3rd place of Soupe! Victory comes to Matthew Goss.

4th stage – 18th place on the Team Time Trial for the FDJ-Bigmat. The Garmin team claims victory, Ramunas Navardauskas is the new leader of the Giro.

5th stage – Arnaud Démare takes 9th place, Mickael Delage 12th. Mark Cavendish claims victory after a strong domination by the Team Sky.

6th stage – Angel Rubianio wins the stage and the pink jersey goes to Adriano Malori. 1st FDJ-Bigmat rider, Geoffrey Soupe, finishes with the peloton, 11th.

7th stage - 1st real climbing stage, but no big gaps finally. Sandy Casar is 43rd at 31 seconds from winner Paolo Tiralongo.

8th stage - Domenico Pozzovivo claims victory on the 8th stage. Sandy Casar, 1st FDJ rider, is 34th at 1’24 from the winner.

9th stage – 15th place for Geoffrey Soupe on the 9th stage of the Giro, won by José Ventoso. Calm stage except a big climb in the last kilometer, where a big crash

That was close for Sandy Casar ! On the 12th stage of the Giro, the leader of FDJ Bigmat was close to the victory. He escaped all stage long with 8 riders and was virtual leader at the overall classification. He finally won’t get the pink jersey, for about 20 seconds. The peloton, initially far back, finally woke up in the final kilometers and closed the gap significantly. Enough to keep the leader’s jersey on Joaquin Rodriguez’s shoulders. Casar sprinted for the victory but finished 2nd of that stage, behin Lars Bak (Lotto). Arnaud Démare quitted the race after 13 stages, and 4 places in the Top10. Encouraging for a 1st Grand Tour!

16th Stage – Sandy Casar finishes 13th and takes the 10th place at the overall.


17th Stage - Bad news for Sandy Casar, 27th to the 17th stage. He looses more than 10 minutes and logically goes out of the top 10. Probably the hardest stage since the beginning of the Giro: the 22nd ended at 6 ', the 30th at 11'30 ..

18th Stage - Geoffrey Soup takes part in the sprint and finish 9th!


19th Stage - Sandy Casar is 14th of the 19th  stage on the Alpe di Pampeago. He takes the 18th place at the overall!

20th Stage - Sandy Casar finished far and is out of the top 25.


21th Stage - The Giro is over! No stage victory for the FDJ-BigMat but emotions with raids of Sandy Casar and numberous of top 10, thanks to Arnaud Démare.


FDJ Bigmat – 4 jours de Dunkerque

1st Stage – Pierrick Fédrigo is 3rd behind the sprinters Degenkolb and Napolitano and in front of Voeckler. He was in a little group which took a few seconds to the peloton.

2nd Stage – A pretty hard stage for the FDJ Team who managed to control the peloton and the blows edge. Finally, It’s a big group of 50 racers who had a final sprint to the finish line. As the 1st stage it’s John Degenkolb who was the faster. Nacer Bouhanni finish 4th and Pierrick Fédrigo is still at the 3rd place at the overall, 15 seconds behing the German.

3rd Stage – David Boucher doesn’t arrive to win a race since 2004, but on the Belgium Roads, FDJ-Bigmat racer succeeded to take times to the peloton on the good escape of the day. He’s 5th of this stage. Pierrick Fedrigo lost a place and he’s 4th at 1’41 of Jimmy Engoulvent is the new Leader.

4th Stage – Pierrick Fedrigo is not a fan of pavement, but he was not too bad at Mont Cassel: 6th of the stage and 5th at the overall.

5th Stage – Nacer Bouhanni take the 5th place of the last stage of “des 4 jours de Dunkerque”. Matteo Pelucchi win the stage, Pierrick Fédrigo is 6th at the overall and Jimmy Engoulvent win “4 jours de Dunkerque”.


This weekend, the second step of the world cup was taking place in Houffalize (Belgium). Some good results with a 8th place for Jean-Christophe Péraud and a 10th place for Jordan Sarrou in the U23 category (first French rider).
Alexis Vuillermoz has finished at the 43rd and Pierre Geoffroy Plantet at the 80th.
At the Overall Jean-Christophe is 15th and Alexis 45th. Jordan Sarrou is 13th U23 overall.


Arnaud Demare has finished fourth of the 29th Tro Bro Leon edition who was the 9th step of the french cup, in Lannilis (Finistère). The Race was 206.4 Kms long.


After the 9th step of the PMU French Cup at the Tro Bro Leon Race in Lannilis, Arnaud Démare is second overall.


Patrick Thome has finished Second behind Giordanango Aurélien during the Cesar cup last week.