Jérôme Coppel wins Etoile de Bessèges after final time trial victory

IAM Cycling rider Jérôme Coppel takes the victory in France's first major stage race of the 2016 season, Etoile de Bessèges - Three stages wins for Direct Energie team

Jerome Coppel wins the Stage 5 time trial of the 2016 Etoile de Besseges

(Image credit: Watson)

Jérôme Coppel (IAM Cycling) won the final stage time trial of the 2016 Etoile de Bessèges in France on Sunday to claim the overall victory in the early-season French stage race.

Coppel was comfortably the quickest rider over the 12-kilometre course around Alés, beating Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) by 14 seconds. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r) placed third at 15 seconds.

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