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Dumoulin wins GP Marseillaise

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jan. 29, 2012
  • Updated Jan. 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM EDT

Samuel Dumoulin sprinted to victory to claim the first win on European roads on the 2012 calendar in Sunday’s GP D’Ouverture La Marseillaise (2.1).

Dumoulin won out of a reduced bunch at the line in southern France to open the French calendar in what is the traditional European opener each season.

The diminutive Dumoulin out-kicked Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil), with Arthur Vichot (FDJ-BigMat) crossing the line third.

Six riders pulled clear in what was the day’s main breakaway, including Remy Cusin (Team Type 1 – Sanofi).

French racing continues this week with the first European stage-race of the season with the Etoile de Besseges (February 1-5).

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