March 29, 2005
Brochard takes Paris-Camembert
Laurent Brochard took his third career victory at Paris-Camembert today, breaking away 15 km out in a misting rain.
Eurosport is kind enough to call Brochard "pony-tailed," but we all know he's the outstanding example of the Euro-mullet. He's now 37, and had previously won here in 2001 and 2003.
Outkicking the select group of 30 still in the hunt at the line was Australia's Brett Lancaster of Panaria and Sandy Casar of Francaise des Jeux. Thomas Voeckler, Lance Armstrong, and Patrice Halgand were also in the first group.
Discovery Channel's six-time Tour winner Armstrong was active in the race, and finished 24th overall. He's tuning up for Sunday's Tour of Flanders, where George Hincapie and Stijn Devolder are Discovery's best bets.
"I needed to test my legs after ten days of training around Tenerife where I had put in sessions of over six hours over quite difficult terrain."
"I feel better than ever this year," he added.
Armstrong will return to the US on Monday to prepare for the Tour de Georgia, starting April 19th, where he won last year.
Armstrong, Vandevelde, Brochard. Also a shot of Credit Agricole's new American Saul Raisin, who Watson misidentifies as "Paul".
Chris Carmichael provides his take on Armstrong's early-season conditioning.