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Breakaway denies sprinters at GP Isbergues

Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) won the GP Isbergues by out-sprinting his early breakaway companion, Pierre Goualt (HP BPT – Auber 93). Third place went to Alan Riou (Fortuneo – Oscaro).

The 200km GP Isbergues looked set to be a race for the sprinters but that didn’t stop five riders going on the attack early on. The attackers were able to build their lead up to four minutes before Cofidis started to control the gap. African team Dimension Data also committed Adrien Niyonshuti to the chase along with riders from FDJ, Direct Energie and Delko-Marseille.

The gap came down steadily and with 40km to go the peloton seemed to have things under control. The quintet had obviously kept something in the tank though and they were able to up their pace over the final quarter of the race, closing the gap in the last part of the race.

With 10km to go and the gap was still just over a minute. Cosnefroy and Goualt then attacked and managed to gap the other three riders. The African team was preparing the sprint for Mark Cavendish back in the peloton, but it would not be for the win.

The leading duo was able to hold their advantage to the line, with Cosnefroy winning the sprint. The peloton charged in just seven seconds later but they were only sprinting for 5th place in the end. Cavendish was second from the peloton, giving him 6th in the race.

The African team’s Sports Director reflected on the race, “It was disappointing to not be able to contest for the win today. The break was clearly quite strong and it wasn’t possible to bring them back in the end.” JP Heynderickx continued, “We have a good positive to take from the race though with Mark Cavendish being in the mix for a sprint again. It is encouraging signs for us as a team to see his condition is only getting better.”


1 COSNEFROY Benoit AG2R La Mondiale 4:48:47
2 GOUAULT Pierre HP BTP - Auber93 ,,
3 RIOU Alan Fortuneo - Oscaro 0:07
6 CAVENDISH Mark Dimension Data ,,
26 RENSHAW Mark Dimension Data ,,
58 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Dimension Data 0:21
87 DOUGALL Nick Dimension Data 2:02
88 EISEL Bernhard Dimension Data 2:11
109 NIYONSHUTI Adrien Dimension Data 7:20
DNF VAN ZYL Johann Dimension Data -
GIBBONS Ryan Dimension Data ,,


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