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Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire 2011

Date range:
April 5- 8, 2011

April 05, Stage 1: Le Chateau-d'Olonne - St-Mars-la-Jaille 191km

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

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
April 05, 2011, 15:39 BST,
Updated:
April 05, 2011, 18:40 BST

Italian lands his first victory for Leopard Trek

Daniele Bennati (Leopard Trek) is fully color co-ordinated.

Daniele Bennati (Leopard Trek) is fully color co-ordinated.

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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) Team Result
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek 4:50:56  
2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ    
4 Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
5 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
6 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
7 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
9 Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil    
10 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
11 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil    
12 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
13 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
14 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
15 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
16 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
17 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
18 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
19 Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil    
20 Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
21 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
22 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
23 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
24 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
25 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
26 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
27 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
28 Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil    
29 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
30 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
31 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil    
32 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
33 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
34 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
35 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
36 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
37 Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
38 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek    
39 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
40 Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
41 Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek    
42 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
43 Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
44 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
45 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
46 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
47 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
48 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil    
49 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
50 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
51 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
52 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
53 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
54 Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
55 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
56 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
57 Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
58 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
59 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
60 Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
61 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
62 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
63 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
64 Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
65 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
66 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
67 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
68 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
69 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
70 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
71 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
72 Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
73 Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
74 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
75 Luca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
76 Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
77 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ    
78 Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
79 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
80 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
81 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
82 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
83 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
84 Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
85 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
86 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
87 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
88 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
89 Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
90 Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek    
91 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
92 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
93 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
94 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek 0:01:18  
95 William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek    
96 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:00  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Adria Mobil 14:32:48  
2 AG2R La Mondiale    
3 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
4 FDJ    
5 Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
6 Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
7 Team Garmin-Cervelo    
8 Veranda's Willems - Accent    
9 Leoparad Trek    
10 Big Mat - Auber 93    
11 Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
12 Saur - Sojasun    
13 Skil - Shimano    
14 Androni Giocattoli    
15 Bretagne - Schuller    
16 Team Europcar    
General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek 4:50:46  
2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:04  
3 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 0:00:06  
5 Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
6 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:07  
7 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
8 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:09  
9 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
10 Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 0:00:10  
11 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
12 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
13 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
14 Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil    
15 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
16 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
17 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
18 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
19 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
20 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
21 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
22 Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil    
23 Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
24 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
25 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
26 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
27 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
28 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
29 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
30 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
31 Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil    
32 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
33 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
34 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil    
35 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
36 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
37 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
38 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
39 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
40 Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
41 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek    
42 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
43 Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
44 Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek    
45 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
46 Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
47 Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
48 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
49 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
50 David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
51 Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil    
52 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
53 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
54 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
55 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
56 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
57 Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
58 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
59 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
60 Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
61 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
62 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
63 Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
64 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
65 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
66 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
67 Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
68 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
69 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
70 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
71 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
72 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
73 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
74 Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
75 Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
76 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
77 Luca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
78 Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
79 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ    
80 Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
81 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
82 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
83 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
84 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
85 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
86 Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
87 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
88 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
89 Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
90 Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek    
91 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
92 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
93 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
94 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek 0:01:28  
95 William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek    
96 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:10  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek 25  pts
2 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 20  
3 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 16  
4 Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 14  
5 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 12  
6 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 12  
7 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano 10  
8 Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 10  
9 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 9  
10 Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil 7  
11 Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 6  
12 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil 6  
13 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 6  
14 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 5  
15 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 4  
16 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 4  
17 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 2  
18 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano 14  pts
2 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 8  
3 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 6  
4 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 6  
5 Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 6  
6 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo 4  
7 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ 4  
8 Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 3  
9 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek 2  
10 Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 2  
11 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 1  
12 Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 1  
Young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ    
2 Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
3 Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil 0:00:03  
4 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:04  
5 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
6 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
7 Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
8 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
9 Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil    
10 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ    
11 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
12 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
13 Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil    
14 Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
15 Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
16 Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
17 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
18 Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
19 Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
20 Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
21 Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
22 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
23 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
24 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
25 Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
26 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
27 Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Adria Mobil 14:32:48  
2 AG2R La Mondiale    
3 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
4 FDJ    
5 Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
6 Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
7 Team Garmin-Cervelo    
8 Veranda's Willems - Accent    
9 Leoparad Trek    
10 Big Mat - Auber 93    
11 Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
12 Saur - Sojasun    
13 Skil - Shimano    
14 Androni Giocattoli    
15 Bretagne - Schuller    
16 Team Europcar