Cycling

Coppel claims Besseges

Jerome Coppel won Etoile de Besseges by claiming a decisive victory in the concluding 9.7km time trial.

 
Coppel claims Besseges - CyclingDPPI
 

The Saur-Sojasun rider posted a time of 14:25, 26 seconds quicker than Cofidis' Estonian rider Rein Taaramae.

Maxime Bouet from Ag2r-La Mondiale was third, a further six seconds back.

Coppel, the world under-23 bronze medallist against the clock in 2007, usurped Europcar's Pierre Rolland on GC with the victory.

The 25-year-old, who was 14th in last year's Tour de France, started the day 20 seconds behind French compatriot Rolland.

Stephane Poulhies (Saur-Sojasun) won the first sector of the fifth stage in the morning.

Poulhies beat the French sprinter Justin Jules (Veranda Rideau) and Dutchman Bobbie Traksel (Landbouwkrediet) to the line in a stage that was reduced to 70km.

Bad weather meant the Col de la Baraque was taken off the route.

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