50th Grand Prix de Denain Thursday
Thursday will see the running of the 50th Grand Prix de Denain (France). Edvald Boasson Hagen won last year and he is back to defend. Past winners include Jean Stablinski (1968), Walter Planckaert (1976), Paul Sherwen (1983), Frederic Moncassin (1990, 1991), Jan Kirsipuu (1998, 2001), Thor Hushovd (2004), Jimmy Casper (2005, 2006).
The GP de Denain is the next leg of the Coupe de France following yesterday's Paris-Camembert, won by Casper (Besson-Sojasun). Casper is overall Cup leader with 85 points, Romain Feillu is in second place with 45 points. Casper hopes to get his third career victory in Denain (worth 50 points) which would give him a pretty commanding lead in the French Cup. He already has 4 victories this season, his surprising Besson-Sojasun team, led by manager Stephane Heulot, has 10 victories overall. There is no live TV coverage for this race.
GP de Denain Official Website
Start List (.pdf)
(Boasson Hagen, Eisel, Kirchen, Renshaw, Elmiger, Krivtsov,
Chainel, Chavanel Seb., Guesdon,
McEwen, Napolitano, Steegmans, Haedo, Feillu, Petacchi, Cooke, Lhotellerie, Bessy, Casper, Engoulvent, Jeandesboz, Vandenbrouke)