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Bouhanni wins Besseges opener

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Feb. 1, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM EST
France's Nacer Bouhanni (C) (FDJ-BigMat) sprints as he wins the first stage run between Beaucaire and Bellegarde during the 42nd edition of the Etoile de Besseges cycling race on February 01, 2012 in Bellegarde, southern France. Bouhanni won ahead of Luxembourg's Jempy Drucker (L) (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) and Dutch Bobbie Traksel (R) (Landbouwkrediet). AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT

Stage 1 results

General classification results

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ-BigMat) won the opening stage Wednesday of the Etoile de Besseges, the first European stage race of the 2012 calendar.

Bouhanni outkicked Marcel Kittel (Project 1t4i) in the mass gallop after several breakaway attempts fell short in the 148.5km first stage from Beaucaire to Bellegarde. Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil) crossed the line third.

With time bonuses, Bouhanni takes the lead into Thursday’s second stage. Jure Kocjan (TT1) crossed the line seventh for the U.S.-registered team.

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