Downey best of Irish as An Post-ChainReaction get underway at GP Cycliste la Marseillaise

Posted on: January 27th, 2013

Sean Downey (An Post-ChainReaction) put in a very solid ride in the season opening Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise in France today, Sunday.

Sean Downey (An Post-ChainReaction) put in a very solid ride in the season opening Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise in France today, Sunday.


One of only two Irish representatives for the Irish-Belgian team in the race, Downey came home in 87th place in a group 3:45 down on winner Justin Jules (La Pomme Marseille). It was a good ride from the former Banbridge CC man and quite a turn around on 12 months ago when he made his debut for the team in this race.

On that occasion he was very badly positioned coming off some of the climbs late in the race and lost contact in the rain. He eventually came home in a group over 12 minutes down and missed the time cut needed for an official placing.

He has amassed a wealth of experienced in the 12 months since then and in a race that split significantly today his time deficit at the finish was very respectable considering it was his first outing of the new season and that he was in against ProTour and Pro Continental opposition.

The only other Irish rider in the race today was Downey’s team mate Ronan McLaughlin. He had ridden strongly for most of this race last year until he punctured on the final KOH and came home in 69th place.

Unfortunately his luck was not much better today, when a rear mech ended up in his front wheel leading him to lose his position and abandon.

The race came down to a sprint from a 33-man group with Jules edging out last year’s winner Samuel Dumoulin, who was making his debut for Ag2r La Mondiale in the European season opener.


GP Cycliste la Marseillaise 148.1km

1 Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 3:40:05
2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
3 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
4 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
5 Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
6 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
8 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
9 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
10 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
11 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
12 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
13 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling
14 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
15 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
16 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun
17 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
18 Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi
19 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling
20 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar
21 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun
22 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar
23 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
24 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun
25 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun
26 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
27 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
28 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano
29 Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
30 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
31 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
32 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
33 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:04
34 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:00:06
35 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:00:09
36 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:14
37 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:16
38 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 0:00:18
39 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
40 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony 0:01:02
41 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:01:04
42 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
43 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
44 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:06
45 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:01:28
46 Clément Koretzky (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
47 Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
48 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
49 Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:01:31
50 Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction
51 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
52 Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
53 Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol
54 Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto Belisol
55 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
56 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
57 Nikita Novikov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
58 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol
59 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
60 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
61 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol
62 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
63 Tim Declercq (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
64 Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
65 José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille
66 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
67 Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling
68 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ
69 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun
70 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
71 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ
72 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
73 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
74 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:34
75 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
76 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:02:51
77 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:18
78 Romain Bacon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:03:42
79 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
80 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Argos-Shimano 0:03:45
81 Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
82 Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction
83 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
84 Alphonse Vermote (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction
85 James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
86 Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
87 Sean Downey (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction
88 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano
89 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi
90 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
91 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
92 Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction
93 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
94 Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
95 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun
96 Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
97 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:39
98 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
99 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:04:54
100 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol 0:05:10
101 Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:07:07
102 Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
HD Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol
HD Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
HD Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
HD Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
DNF Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNF Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction    
DNF Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
DNF Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty
DNF Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
DNF Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
DNF Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNF Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
DNF Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNF Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
DNF Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun
DNF Ronan McLaughlin (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction
DNF Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Niels Wytinck (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction
DNF Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF Marcel Aregger (Swi) IAM Cycling
DNF Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling
DNF Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
DNF Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
DNF Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
DNF Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Jérémy Bescond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNF Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
DNF Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony
DNF Kevin Peeters (Bel) Crelan-Euphony
DNF Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
DNF Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
DNF Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
DNF Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits