Galimzyanov strikes in Sarthe sprint

Modolo, Haedo trail in behind Russian

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) TeamResult
1Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team4:49:24 
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Bardiani  
3Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
4Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar  
5Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda  
7Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
8Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
9Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
10Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
11Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
12Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda  
13Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
14Daniel Teklehayanot (Eri) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
15Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan  
16Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano  
17Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
18Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
19Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
20Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
21Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano  
22Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
24Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
25Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-Nissan  
26Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-Shimano  
27Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
28Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team  
29Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93  
30Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan  
31David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
32Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
33Brett Lancaster (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
34Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda  
35Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
36Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
37Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
38Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93  
39Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team  
40Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
41Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
42Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
44Pratick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-Shimano  
45Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
46Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
47Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
48David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
49Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
50Luke Durbridge (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
51Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
52Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
53Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
54Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
55Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
56Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
57Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
58Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan  
59Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
60Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank  
62Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda  
63David Le Lay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
64Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
65Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
66Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
67Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
68Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team  
69Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
70Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
71Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93  
72Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
73Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
74Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos-Shimano  
75Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
76Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank  
77Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan  
78George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack-Nissan  
79Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team  
80Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La Mondiale  
81Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
82Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
83Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
84Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
85Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank  
86Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
87Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar  
88Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
89Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
90Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U  
91Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
92Matthew Wilson (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
93Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
94Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
95Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
96Pieter Weening (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
97Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
98Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
99Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
100Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team  
101Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
102Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
103Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:56 
104Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
105Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:04:57 
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1)Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team4:49:14 
2)Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:00:02 
3)Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:04 
4)Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
5)Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:00:06 
6)Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
7)Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar0:00:10 
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  
100Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team  
101Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
102Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
103Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
104Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:06 
105Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos-Shimano0:05:07 


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