August 25, 2006 – Fearing a collision during a massive sprint, Quebec cyclist FranÃ§ois Parisien lifted his feet and finished behind the peloton on the third stage of the Tour de Poitou-Charentes, a 164 km section between the French towns of Parthenay and Chauvigny.
Wednesday, the peloton let the breakaway group pedal to victory, but not so today. Two breaks were formed but quickly absorbed by the pack. At one point, seven cyclists managed to get four minutes ahead of the peloton.
“The peloton wanted to catch the break and it was going to end in a massive sprint, which is what happened,” explained Parisien who finished 43 seconds behind German Steffen Radochla (Team Wiesenholf) who won today’s stage. Finnish cyclist Jussi Veikkanen (FranÃ§aise des Jeux) still leads in overall points. The Tour de Poitou-Charentes ends Friday.
1 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud 3.41.52
2 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud
3 Samuele Marzoli (Ita) Team L.P.R.
4 Hans Dekkers (Ned) Agritubel
5 Evgeny Popov (Rus) Rabobank Continentale
6 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis, Le CrÃ©dit Par TÃ©lÃ©phone
7 CÃ©dric Herve (Fra) Bretagne – Jean Floc’h
8 StÃ©phane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne – Jean Floc’h
9 SaÃ¯d Haddou (Fra) Auber 93
10 FrÃ©dÃ©ric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet – Colnago
101 FranÃ§ois Parisien (Can) Team Tiaa – Cref
1 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Francaise Des Jeux 12.49.18
2 Stefano Cavallari (Ita) Acqua Sapone – Caffe Mokambo 0.08
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis, Le CrÃ©dit Par TÃ©lÃ©phone 0.11
4 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Credit Agricole 0.31
5 Steffen Radochla (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud 0.42
6 CÃ©dric Herve (Fra) Bretagne – Jean Floc’h 0.50
7 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Ag2R PrÃ©voyance 0.52
8 Tyler Farrar (USA) Cofidis, Le CrÃ©dit Par TÃ©lÃ©phone 0.55
9 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne – Jean Floc’h
10 Kilian Patour (Fra) Credit Agricole
96 FranÃ§ois Parisien (Can) Team Tiaa – Cref 37.22