Roux wins hilly stage and takes the lead

Garmin-Cervelo go on the attack but Millar misses yellow by a few seconds

FDJ's Anthony Roux scored his second victory in Pré-en-Pail, the town of the Mayenne province where he previously won a stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe two years ago. His win came in the part of France from where his employers, Marc and Yvon Madiot, hail. Roux was the fastest of a front group of seven riders and preceded Blel Kadri of AG2R-La Mondiale and his FDJ teammate Pierrick Fedrigo. David Millar (Garmin Cervelo) was the only foreigner of the front group and finished sixth.

"I'm extremely happy," said a delighted Roux at the finish. "Today my legs were fired up. But I must admit that I made it to the front at the end because Millar, who got dropped, helped me come across. Without him, I wouldn't have won."

Thanks to the time bonus, Roux took the first position in the GC ahead of Millar, who was second after the time trial but dropped to third today while Kadri moved up to second place overall.

"At the end, I was at the limit," Millar said. "I managed to come back, but these guys were riding too fast for me to win. However, I'm happy to be racing at the front again."

Previous race leader Daniele Bennati failed to stay with the attackers in the climb of the Mont des Avaloirs, which racers ascended five times. "It was too hard for me," he said. "My team had worked a lot yesterday and the day before."

FDJ and Europcar added their forces to those of Leopard-Trek to ride behind the two breakaway riders Svein Tuft (Spidertech) and David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervélo), who had attacked after 14 kilometres and reached a maximum lead of 7:10.

Under the sun and in 28-degree Celsius temperatures, Zabriskie gave up and Tuft only got caught with 25km to go.

Fedrigo and Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) jumped from the bunch and were followed by Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano), Nicolas Vogondy (Cofidis), Millar and Kadri. Roux counter-attacked on his own and was lucky to find Millar to bring him to the leaders.

"I don't want to think about tomorrow yet," said the Frenchman ahead of the fifth and final stage. "For now, I just want to enjoy the moment. This is really good for my morale. I've had a persistent injury on my heel at the end of February. For five weeks, I've been almost unable to ride my bike, so I'm very happy with this victory."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ4:26:33 
2Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
3Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
5Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
6David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
7Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
8Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:17 
9Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
10Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil  
11Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:00:19 
12Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
13Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:00:21 
14Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:23 
15Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
16Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
17Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
18Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
19Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
20Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
21Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
22Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil  
23Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
24Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
25Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
26Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
27Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
28Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
30Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
31Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
32Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
33Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
34Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
35Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
36Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
37Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
38Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
39Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
40Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
41Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
42Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:33 
43Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
44Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:00:46 
45Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:51 
46Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07 
47Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:01:09 
48Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
49Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
50Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek  
51Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
52Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
53Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek0:02:04 
54Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:00:23 
55Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:03:28 
56Luca Solari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:05:53 
57Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:05:55 
58Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
59Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek0:06:09 
60Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
61Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil  
62Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
63Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ0:07:26 
64Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
65Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
66PARISIEN François  
67Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
68Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
69Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:23 
70Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:09:37 
71Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
72Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
73Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
74Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
75Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
76Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
77Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
78Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
79Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
80Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:00 
81Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
82Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent  
83Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
84Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
85Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
86David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
87Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil  
88Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:14:44 
89Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek  
90Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
91Martin Pedersen (Den) Leopard Trek  
92Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
93William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek  
General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ11:50:58 
2Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:05 
3David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:09 
4Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ0:00:12 
5Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:13 
6Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:21 
7Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:29 
8Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:34 
9Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:00:36 
10Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:37 
11Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:39 
12Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:42 
13Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:46 
14Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
15Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:47 
16Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
17Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:49 
18Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
19Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:50 
20Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:53 
21Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
22Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
23Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
24Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:54 
25Mitja Mahoric (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:57 
26Thomas Degand (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:00:58 
27Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis  
28Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:59 
29Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
30Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:00 
31Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:01 
32Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:01:02 
33Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:06 
34Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano0:01:07 
35Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
36Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:01:08 
37Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:09 
38Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:01:10 
39Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:11 
40Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:12 
41Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:01:13 
42Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:14 
43Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:19 
44Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:20 
45Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:01:23 
46Kristjan Fajt (Slo) Adria Mobil0:01:25 
47Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:32 
48Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis0:01:35 
49Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek0:01:43 
50Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:01:44 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek55 pts
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ33 
3Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo32 
4Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale26 
5Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ26 
6Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale25 
7Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia23 
8Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C1022 
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne20 
10David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo19 
11Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ18 
12David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo16 
13Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano15 
14Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil15 
15Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C1014 
16Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar14 
17Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller14 
18Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne12 
19Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9312 
20Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis12 
21Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent11 
22Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano10 
23Matej Gnezda (Slo) Adria Mobil9 
24Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli8 
25Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo7 
26Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar7 
27Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis7 
28Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil6 
29Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia6 
30Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 935 
31Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis5 
32Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis5 
33Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano4 
34Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia3 
35Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ3 
36Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller2 
37Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
38Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano22 pts
2Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C1016 
3David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo12 
4David Zabriskie (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo12 
5Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano10 
6Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar8 
7Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli8 
8Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 936 
9Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne6 
10Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne6 
11Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
12Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ5 
13Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Skil - Shimano4 
14Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ4 
15Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia3 
16Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
17Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia2 
18Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek2 
19Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano2 
20Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar1 
21Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1 
22Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
2Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:13 
3Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:00:34 
4Blaz Jarc (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:37 
5Blaz Furdi (Slo) Adria Mobil0:00:47 
6Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:53 
7Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
8Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo  
9Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:00:59 
10Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Garmin-Cervelo0:01:00 
11Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:01 
12Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:01:08 
13Johan Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:01:10 
14Luca Barla (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:11 
15Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:12 
16Jacobus Venter (RSA) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:01:44 
17Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar0:08:07 
18Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:08:38 
19Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:10:17 
20Salazar Hugo Sebastian (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:10:23 
21Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:12:29 
22Romain Bacon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:12:49 
23Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent0:12:54 
24Marco Haller (Aut) Adria Mobil0:12:56 
25Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:15:07 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Garmin-Cervelo35:34:03 
2FDJ35:34:10 
3AG2R La Mondiale35:34:35 
4Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne35:34:48 
5Skil - Shimano35:34:56 
6Saur - Sojasun35:35:05 
7Team Europcar35:35:06 
8Adria Mobil35:35:17 
9Androni Giocattoli35:35:47 
10Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis35:35:50 
11Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia35:35:56 
12Veranda's Willems - Accent35:36:34 
13Bretagne - Schuller35:37:27 
14Team Spidertech Powered By C1035:43:02 
15Leoparad Trek35:43:18 
16Big Mat - Auber 9335:50:58 

 

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