uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"Above all, I was very pleased by winning the overall classification of the Coupe de France, especially because there has been a lot of suspense throughout the season. To win this trophy, you have to obtain good results in every race a...

Photo: Sirotti






07.10.2013 @ 12:27 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Yesterday Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r) became the first rider in the history to take back-to-back wins in the season-long Coupe de France race series when his 2nd place in the Tour de Vendee was enough to elevate him from 3rd to 1st in the overall standings. The Frenchman is proud to have proved consistency by once again winning the major French race series.


Samuel Dumoulin is known as a hugely versatile and consistent rider and it is no wonder that the Frenchman used those talents to win the Coupe de France race series last year. Yesterday he repeated the feat when he became the first rider ever to take back-to-back wins in the prestigious competition.


The Coupe de France consists of several of the biggest French one-day races that are combined into a race series. Points towards individual and teams classifications are awarded based on results in the races that have very different natures. Hence, it requires great versatility to come out on top.


Being a fast sprinter and strong on shorter hills, Dumoulin has that kind of allround talents but ahead of yesterday's final race, Tour de Vendee, the Ag2r rider only found himself in 3rd in the standing behind Bryan Coquard and Anthony Geslin. While Dumoulin is fast, he is no pure sprinter and it seemed to be an almost insurmountable task to dispose Coquard in a race that is usually won by a sprinter.


However, Dumoulin refused to give up and he used his team to set up a bunch kick on the ascending finishing straight. The uphill sprint suited the Ag2r leader perfectly and he made a great performance to finish 2nd behind Bouhanni. Coquard was delivered perfectly by his team but could only manage 6th and so Dumoulin defended his crown as Coupe de France champion.


"I was not able to obtain a better result today so there was no reason to be disappointed with this 2nd place," he said. "Above all, I was very pleased by winning the overall classification of the Coupe de France, especially because there has been a lot of suspense throughout the season. To win this trophy, you have to obtain good results in every race and you have to work hard towards this goal."


"Mentally, I was heavily involved in the competition and I must say that the season now feels long, fatigue makes itself felt! Today, the whole team did its best to help me and it’s always nice to see my own work and the collective work being rewarded.”


Despite Dumoulin's fatigue, he plans to continue his racing to the very end of the season by lining up in Thursday's Paris-Bourges and Sunday's big classic, Paris-Tours.



Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

37 years | today
30 years | today
George PYM
30 years | today
Zbigniew GUCWA
38 years | today
37 years | today