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Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire 2012

Date range:
April 3- 6, 2012

April 3, Stage 1: Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie - Riaillé 192.8km

Galimzyanov strikes in Sarthe sprint

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
April 3, 2012, 14:48,
Updated:
April 3, 2012, 18:40

Modolo, Haedo trail in behind Russian

Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) easily takes the sprint

Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) easily takes the sprint

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Katusha's Denis Galimzyanov has put an end to the dark part of his 2012 season as he scored his first win in Riaillé at the end of stage 1 of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire. It was a bunch gallop in which runner up Sacha Modolo of Colnago-CSF and Juan José Haedo could only admire the back wheel of the Russian.

It was the first win of the season for the 25-year-old who turned heads last year with sprint victories in the Three Days of De Panne, Tour of Luxembourg, Paris - Bruxelles and the Tour of Beijing.

"We've had one of our riders in the front all day," described Galimzyanov in reference to Mikhail Ignatiev who got a maximum lead of ten minutes with eventual king of the mountain Arnaud Courteille (FDJ-BiigMat) and best young rider Benoît Jarrier (Vérandas Rideau). Jarrier hails from the Sarthe province and his father is a member of the organizing committee of the race.

Ignatiev persisted solo on the final circuit in Riaillé. He had an advantage of 1:40 at bell lap with 12.5km to go, but got caught just before the red kite.

"We took the command of the race straight away," Galimzyanov continued. "From 1km to go to the 500 metres mark, Pavel Brutt put the peloton in one line on the left side of the road because the wind was blowing from the right, then Maxim Belkov took over until Haedo started sprinting. When I saw that, I jumped. I won with an advantage of one length of a bike, it's a good one!"

Galimzyanov seemed relieved and explained why. "I started the season pretty well with second places at the Tour of Qatar and the Tour of Oman," he recalled. "But when I returned from Oman to Europe, I got sick. I had fever for three days. I had to take antibiotics for ten days. It put me down physically.

"Initially, my goal was to perform at Ghent-Wevelgem and the Three Days of De Panne but I didn't make it to Belgium with the appropriate condition, so I rode De Panne as a helper for our Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff who had the leader's jersey and won a stage, but I wasn't able to win myself. I'm hungry to win! Today is the victory that I have been waiting for."

 "This is an important year for me because it's an Olympic year. When I turned pro with Katusha three years ago, I was told that I was on a program for London 2012 because the road race at the Olympics is for sprinters this year."

At the age of 25, he seems to know exactly the environment in which he has to perform. "This is my first time at the Circuit de la Sarthe," he said. "I didn't know the race but it's a nice one. We started from the sea and it was beautiful. The roads are good and we race with no stress. It's perfect to prepare for further goals.

"I'm well aware that a sprinter won the overall classification here last year but Daniele Bennati is more than a sprinter. He can time trial and he climb as well. I'm a 100% sprinter! However, I've noticed that the time trial tomorrow is short, only 6.8km. This year we have great time trial bikes with fantastic wheels, so I'll give it a go like Bennati did last year."

The second day of the race features two stages with a short time trial in Angers for which specialists Luke Durbridge of GreenEdge and Garmin-Barracuda's David Zabriskie will face the competition of some sprinters against the clock.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team 4:49:24  
2 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Bardiani    
3 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank    
4 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar    
5 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team    
6 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
7 Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
8 Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
9 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
10 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
11 Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
12 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
13 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
14 Daniel Teklehayanot (Eri) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
15 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan    
16 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano    
17 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
18 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93    
19 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
20 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
21 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano    
22 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
23 Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
24 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
25 Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan    
26 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano    
27 Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
28 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team    
29 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93    
30 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan    
31 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
32 Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
33 Brett Lancaster (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
34 Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda    
35 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
36 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
37 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
38 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93    
39 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
40 Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
41 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
42 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
43 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
44 Pratick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano    
45 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
46 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
47 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
48 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda    
49 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
50 Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
51 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
52 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team    
53 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
54 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team    
55 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
56 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
57 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93    
58 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
59 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda    
60 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
61 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank    
62 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
63 David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
64 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
65 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93    
66 Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
67 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
68 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team    
69 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
70 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
71 Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93    
72 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
73 Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
74 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos-Shimano    
75 Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
76 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank    
77 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
78 George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
79 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team    
80 Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La Mondiale    
81 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
82 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
83 Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
84 Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
85 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
86 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team    
87 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
88 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
89 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
90 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
91 Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
92 Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
93 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
94 Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
95 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
96 Pieter Weening (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
97 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
98 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
99 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team    
100 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team    
101 Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
102 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
103 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:00:56  
104 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
105 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos-Shimano 0:04:57  
DNF Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1) Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team 4:49:14  
2) Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U 0:00:02  
3) Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:00:04  
4) Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team    
5) Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:06  
6) Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
7) Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar 0:00:10  
8) Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team    
9) Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
10) Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
11) Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
12) Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
13) Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
14) Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
15) Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
16) Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
17) Daniel Teklehayanot (Eri) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
18) Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan    
19) Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano    
20) Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
21) Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93    
22) Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
23) Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
24) Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano    
25) Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
26) Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
27) Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
28) Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan    
29) Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano    
30) Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
31) Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team    
32) Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93    
33) Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan    
34) David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
35) Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
36) Brett Lancaster (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
37) Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda    
38) Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
39) Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
40) Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
41) Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93    
42) Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
43) Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
44) Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
45) Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
46) Pratick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano    
47) Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
48) Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
49) Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
50) David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda    
51) Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
52) Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
53) Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
54) Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team    
55) Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
56) Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
57) Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
58) Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93    
59) Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
60) Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda    
61) Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
62) Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank    
63) Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
64) David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
65) Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
66) Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93    
67) Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
68) Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
69) Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team    
70) Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
71) Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
72) Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93    
73) Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
74) Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
75) Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos-Shimano    
76) Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
77) Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank    
78) Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
79) George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan    
80) Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team    
81) Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La Mondiale    
82) Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
83) Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
84) Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
85) Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
86) Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team    
87) Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
88) Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
89) Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
90) Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
91) Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
92) Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
93) Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
94) Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox    
95) Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
96) Pieter Weening (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team    
97) Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
98) Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
99) Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team    
100 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team    
101 Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
102 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
103 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
104 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:01:06  
105 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos-Shimano 0:05:07  

 

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