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Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire 2010

Date range:
April 6- 9, 2010

April 06, Stage 1: Sable-Sur-Sarthe - Varades 184.6km

Sanchez speediest in Varades

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Cycling News
Published:
April 06, 2010, 14:37 BST,
Updated:
April 06, 2010, 18:47 BST

Spaniard seals sprint to take overall lead

Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) claimed a sprint victory in the opening stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire in Varades, France on Tuesday.

The Spaniard, currently first in the International Cycling Union's world rankings, upstaged more established sprint rivals Marko Kump (Adria Mobil) and Anthony Ravard (Ag2R-La Mondiale) to claim stage honours and the first leader's jersey of the race.

The victory was Sanchez's third stage win of the season, following his victory at the Tour Down Under in January and indvidual time trial triumph at the Tour of the Algarve in February.

"The stage was very fast," said Sanchez. "Before the finish I talked to Mathieu Drujon who is the sprinter for our team in this race. He told me that is was not feeling good enough to sprint himself but that he wanted to help me.

"There was a curve at 400 meters from the finish. I was on Arnaud Coyot's wheel with Drujon in third position. We launched the sprint at that time and were immediately fifteen meters ahead of the bunch, which was sufficient to prevent the pack to come back."

Sanchez will now try to defend his overall lead in the race, although he knows it will be a challenge.

"I am the leader now and we will try to defend that jersey. It will not be easy because we only have six riders on the team, which means that it will be very difficult to control the situation.

"Nevertheless we are here with a strong team even if we unfortunately lost Iván Gutiérrez who had to quit the race today after suffering from allergy and we will fight to try and win the race."

"I know the Circuit de la Sarthe pretty well and I can say that it is absolutely not an easy race. The stages are rather difficult with plenty of short hills and tomorrow two half stages are in the program. The first one will include 97 kilometers and in the afternoon there is a short individual time trial, less than seven kilometers."

French teams take flight on home soil

Earlier in the stage, Yuriy Krivtsov (Ag2R-La Mondiale) had been the first rider to gain any time over his rivals as he attacked after 23 kilometres. But with 185 kilometres on the agenda his task was always likely to be a futile one as he was reabsorbed after five kilometres.

After several parries from the peloton, a group of ten riders established the first meaningful escape. Anthony Roux (Française des Jeux), Christophe Moreau (Caisse d'Epargne), Sebastian Minard (Cofidis), Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack), Jean-Marc Marino (Saur-Sojasun), Philip Deignan (Cervelo), Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano), Steve Morabito (BMC Racing Team) and Uros Murn (Adria Mobil) going clear after 58 kilometres.

The group fought hard to stretch their advantage beyond 30 seconds, but the peloton, not satisfied with the make up of the escape, refused to let them go, and by the feed zone at 92 kilometres they had reeled in all but three of the leaders. Moreau, Popovych and Minard the most resistant to the peloton's advances.

The trio's slim advantage was given a boost by the arrival of Thomas Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) and Kristjan Fajt (Adria Mobil), and subsequently Angel Madrazo (Caisse d'Epargne), Xavier Florencio (Cervelo) and Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano).

With eight men now out in front, a 24 rider chase group established itself from the peloton. Within two kilometres these men had joined the leaders to create a huge leading group. The peloton, unimpressed by the huge numbers ahead began to cut down the 1:10 advantage held by the leaders. Sensing the delicacy of their situation Fajt and Yury Trofimov (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) established a fresh break.

The duo was able to build up a 2:20 buffer with 30 kilometres to race, Trofimov's Bbox squad keeping tabs on the front of the peloton. However, they couldn't stop the waves of Ag2-La Mondiale and Française des Jeux riders who came to the front, determined to spoil the day for their French rivals ahead.

With 20 kilometres to race the leader's advantage had dropped to 1:40, and 10 kilometres later the gap was 0:55.

Swinging underneath the 5-to-go banner, Fajt and Trofimov were clinging to only 12 seconds, with the sprinters teams all lending a hand in the chase. Two kilometres later, the pair was caught. With a sprint inevitable, the race had one more surprise in store as Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) rushed ahead of the peloton to snatch a win to impress the team's French sponsor.

Full Results
1 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 4:09:15  
2 Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil    
3 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
4 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
5 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
6 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
7 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
8 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
9 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
10 Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
11 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
12 Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
13 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
14 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
15 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
16 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
17 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
18 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
19 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack    
20 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
21 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
22 Alexander Mironov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
23 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
24 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack    
25 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La Mondiale    
26 Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack    
27 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
28 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
29 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
30 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
31 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
32 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
33 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
34 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
35 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team    
36 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
37 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team    
38 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil    
39 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
40 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
41 Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
42 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
43 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
44 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
45 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack    
46 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
47 Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
48 Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil    
49 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
50 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
51 Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
52 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
53 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil    
54 Uros Murn (Slo) Adria Mobil    
55 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
56 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
57 Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
58 Ted King (USA) Cervelo Test Team    
59 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
60 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
61 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
62 Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
63 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
64 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
65 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
66 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
67 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
68 Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
69 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
70 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil    
71 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
72 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
73 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
74 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
75 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack    
76 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
77 Sergey Rudaskov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
78 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
79 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
80 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team    
81 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
82 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:32  
83 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:04:09  
84 Piet Rooljakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
85 Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 0:11:08  
86 Stanislav Starodubtsev (Rus) Itera - Katusha 0:19:39  
General classification after stage 1
1 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 4:09:05  
2 Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:04  
3 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
4 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:06  
5 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil    
6 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:07  
7 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack 0:00:08  
8 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:00:09  
9 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
10 Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
11 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 0:00:10  
12 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
13 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
14 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
15 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
16 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
17 Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
18 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
19 Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
20 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
21 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
22 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
23 Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
24 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack    
25 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
26 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
27 Alexander Mironov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
28 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team    
29 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack    
30 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) Ag2R La Mondiale    
31 Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack    
32 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
33 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
34 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
35 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
36 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
37 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
38 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
39 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team    
40 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
41 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team    
42 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil    
43 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
44 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
45 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
46 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
47 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
48 Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
49 Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil    
50 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
51 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
52 Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
53 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
54 Uros Murn (Slo) Adria Mobil    
55 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
56 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
57 Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
58 Ted King (USA) Cervelo Test Team    
59 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
60 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
61 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
62 Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
63 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
64 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
65 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
66 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
67 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
68 Inigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
69 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
70 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil    
71 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
72 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
73 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
74 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
75 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack    
76 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
77 Sergey Rudaskov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
78 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
79 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
80 Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team    
81 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
82 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:42  
83 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:04:19  
84 Piet Rooljakkers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
85 Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 0:11:18  
86 Stanislav Starodubtsev (Rus) Itera - Katusha 0:19:49  
Young rider classification
1 Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil    
2 Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 0:00:05  
3 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 0:00:06  
4 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
5 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
6 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
7 Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack    
8 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
9 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
10 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
11 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team    
12 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
13 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
14 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
15 Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
16 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
17 Dmitry Kosyakov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
18 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
19 Andrey Solomennikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
20 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil    
21 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux    
22 Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
23 Stanislav Starodubtsev (Rus) Itera - Katusha 0:19:45  
Points classification
1 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 25 pts
2 Marko Kump (Slo) Adria Mobil 20  
3 Anthony Ravard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 16  
4 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 14  
5 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 12  
6 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 10  
7 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 10  
8 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 9  
9 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 8  
10 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 7  
11 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil 6  
12 Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 6  
13 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 5  
14 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 5  
15 Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 4  
16 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack 3  
17 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 3  
18 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Itera - Katusha 2  
19 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
20 Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 1  
21 Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 1  
22 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1  
Mountains classification
1 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack 14 pts
2 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 8  
3 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil 6  
4 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 6  
5 Xavier Florencio (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 3  
6 Angel Madrazo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 1  
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 1  
Teams classification
1 Big Mat - Auber 93 12:27:45  
2 Caisse D'epargne    
3 Bmc Racing Team    
4 Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.    
5 Team Radioshack    
6 Cervelo Test Team    
7 Bretagne - Schuller    
8 Bbox Bouygues Telecom    
9 Saur - Sojasun    
10 Ag2R La Mondiale    
11 Adria Mobil    
12 Francaise Des Jeux    
13 Itera - Katusha    
14 Skil - Shimano    
15 Colnago - Csf Inox