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Dumoulin wins GP Marseillaise

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).