Calmejane holds off peloton for the victory in Paris-Camembert
Apr 10 2018 11:24 pm CET

Calmejane holds off peloton for the victory in Paris-Camembert

Lilian Calmejane has won Paris-Camembert with a solo-attack in the final 30 kilometres. The Direct Energie rider held off the peloton and a bunch of counter-attackers, winning his own weight in cheese. Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) finished second, while Andrea Vendrame (Androni – Sidermec – Bottechia) completed the podium.

The race, that is part of the Coupe de France, took the riders from Saint Germain Village to Livarot, thereby covering 196.5 kilometres.

Daniel Eaton (UnitedHealthcare), Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie) and Pierre Gouault (Roubaix-Lille Metropole) signed up for the breakaway of the day. They were given a maximum advantage of six minutes, after which the peloton started chasing hard and caught them with 50 kilometres to go.

This is when the difficult part of the race began. During this hilly part Calmejane attacked, never to be seen again by the pack. There were many counter-attacks, of which that of Valentin Madouas came closest, but they were all in vain. Madouas did reward himself with the second place beating Andrea Vendrame to the line.

For the Frenchman this is his first ever podium in a professional cycling race. Calmejane took his second victory of the season after winning the Royal Bernard Drôme Classic in February.

By Siebe Kok

Photo of Lilian Calmejane by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas



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