Bennati wins the sprint in St-Mars-la-Jaille

Italian lands his first victory for Leopard Trek

Daniele Bennati has won his first race of the year in St-Mars-la-Jaille at the end of stage 1 of the Circuit de la Sarthe. He preceded Frenchmen Samuel Dumoulin and Nacer Bouhanni.

"I knew that I had a good chance to win here today as I supposedly was the best sprinter in this race," Bennati said at the finish. He was kind of relieved to finally win after finishing second on five occasions since the beginning of the year, twice at the Tour of Qatar, twice at the Tour of Oman and at Gent-Wevelgem last week.

"Second at Gent-Wevelgem is an important result but it was a big disappointment," Bennati said. "Tom Boonen wasn't stronger than me that day. But I lost his wheel when Ian Stannard changed his lane. It's a pity because I could have won."

Stage 1 of the Circuit de la Sarthe went exactly as he wanted. "My team rode at the front of the bunch all day," he said. Leopard-Trek didn't give more than 6:15 advantage to Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano) and Rubio Chavez (Colombia-ès-Passion) who broke away after 6km of racing.

As soon as they got caught at km 89, Thomas Voeckler tried to initiate a breakaway but realized after five kilometres that he was too closely marked. At kilometre 107, local attacker Jonathan Thiré (BigMat-Auber 93) went solo and reached a maximum lead of 3:30 at km 123 before getting caught in the last ten kilometres.

"Davide Vigano led me out," Bennati described. "I looked at staying in the first positions of the bunch. I took the last curve in third position and opened the sprint with 250 metres to go. Let's hope this is the first of a long series of wins."

A double stage winner of the Volta Catalunya, Dumoulin came second and Bouhanni third. "Even though I knew that Bennati was the strongest sprinter here, I didn't think that I'd be beaten for sure," Bouhanni, a neo pro from FDJ said. "Pierrick Fedrigo and Anthony Geslin positioned me well."

Bennati didn't rule out riding the Circuit de la Sarthe for the overall win as well. "The time trial tomorrow isn't too long for me (6.8km)," he said. "It will all depend on how much I lose to the time trial specialists."

David Millar and David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervélo), Anthony Roux (FDJ), Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1), Svein Tuft (Spidertech), Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) and Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) might not gain more than ten seconds on the flat circuit of Angers over Bennati who was 7th in the final time trial of the 2008 Giro d'Italia in Milan.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek4:50:56 
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ  
4Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
5Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
6Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
7Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
9Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
10Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
11Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil  
12Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
13Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
14Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
15Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
16Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
17Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
18Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
19Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil  
20Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
21Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
22Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
24Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
25Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
26Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
27Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
28Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil  
29Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
30Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
31Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil  
32Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
33Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
34Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
35Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
36Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
37Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
38Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek  
39Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
40Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
41Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
42Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
43Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
44Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
45Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
47David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
48Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil  
49Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
50Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
51Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
52Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
53Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
54Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
55Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
56Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
57Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
58Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
59Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
60Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
61Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
62Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
63Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
65Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
66Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
67David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
68Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
69Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
70Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
71Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
72Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
73Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
74Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
75Luca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
76Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
77Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ  
78Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
79Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
80Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
81Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
82Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
83Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
84Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
85Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
86Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
87Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
88Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
89Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
90Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
91Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
92Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
93Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
94Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek0:01:18 
95William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
96Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:00 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adria Mobil14:32:48 
2AG2R La Mondiale  
3Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
4FDJ  
5Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
6Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
7Team Garmin-Cervelo  
8Veranda's Willems - Accent  
9Leoparad Trek  
10Big Mat - Auber 93  
11Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
12Saur - Sojasun  
13Skil - Shimano  
14Androni Giocattoli  
15Bretagne - Schuller  
16Team Europcar  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek4:50:46 
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:04 
3Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:00:06 
5Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
6Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:07 
7Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
8Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:09 
9Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
10Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:00:10 
11Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
12Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
13Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
15Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
16Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
17Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
18Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
19Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
20Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
21Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
22Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil  
23Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
24Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
25Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
28Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
29Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
30Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
31Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil  
32Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
33Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
34Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil  
35Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
36Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
37Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
38Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
39Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
40Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
41Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek  
42Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
43Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
44Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
45Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
46Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
47Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
48Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
50David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
51Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil  
52Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
53Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
54Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
55Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
56Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
57Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
58Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
59Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
60Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
61Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
62Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
63Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
64Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
65Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
66Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
67Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
68Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
69Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
70David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
71Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
72Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
73Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
74Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
75Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
76Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
77Luca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
78Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
79Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ  
80Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
81Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
82Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
83Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
84Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
85Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
86Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
87Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
88Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
89Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
90Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
91Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
92Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
93Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
94Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek0:01:28 
95William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
96Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:10 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek25 pts
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne20 
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ16 
4Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia14 
5Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12 
6Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis12 
7Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano10 
8Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C1010 
9Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
10Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil7 
11Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia6 
12Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil6 
13Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 936 
14Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 935 
15Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent4 
16Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis4 
17Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar2 
18Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano14 pts
2Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli8 
3Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 936 
4Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar6 
5Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
6David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo4 
7Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ4 
8Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia3 
9Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek2 
10Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia2 
11Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
12Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ  
2Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
3Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:03 
4Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:04 
5Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
6Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
7Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
8Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
9Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil  
10Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
11Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
12Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
13Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil  
14Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
15Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
16Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
17Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
18Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
19Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
20Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
21Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
22Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
23Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
24Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
25Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
26Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
27Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adria Mobil14:32:48 
2AG2R La Mondiale  
3Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
4FDJ  
5Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
6Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
7Team Garmin-Cervelo  
8Veranda's Willems - Accent  
9Leoparad Trek  
10Big Mat - Auber 93  
11Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
12Saur - Sojasun  
13Skil - Shimano  
14Androni Giocattoli  
15Bretagne - Schuller  
16Team Europcar  

 

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