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Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire 2012

Date range:
April 3- 6, 2012

April 05, Stage 3: Angers - Pré-en-Pail 181.8km

Ventoso triumphs in stage 3 of Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
April 05, 2012, 15:35 BST,
Updated:
April 05, 2012, 22:10 BST

Movistar Spaniard prevails in sprint finish

Stage 3 of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire has been a learning experience for Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge) who fought hard to get back onto the front group with 3km to go and keep the overall lead on the day that Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) was seen back in action in the hills.

Stage winner Francisco Ventoso of Movistar found more motivation for GC on the eve of the last stage from Le Mans to Sablé as he realized with the winner's time bonus that he's only 14 seconds down on the Australian prodigy in sixth place overall.

"I had been told by my directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois that it would come down to a sprint of 20 to 30 riders," Ventoso said after the finish. "That's why our team has worked so hard behind the breakaways."

For most of the stage, two Frenchmen ruled the road: Romain Mathéou (Vérandas Rideau-U) and Jonathan Thiré (Auber 93). As their advantage was stabilized around six minutes after 100 kilometres of racing, two teams were prominent at the head of the peloton: Movistar and GreenEdge. But the Australian outfit, however, was represented by one rider only: Peter Weening. The Dutchman is riding for the first time this year after suffering a knee injury, which is also the case of Durbridge now.

"Peter did 120km on the front solo, then Daniel [Teklehaimanot] helped me around the circuit," Durbridge told Cyclingnews. "When the team does such a special job, you want to repay them. I felt a pretty sore knee leading to the circuit and I told Peter ‘I'm finished'. He made me hold on as long as I could."

Durbridge knew that the summit of western France, the Mont des Avaloirs that culminates at 416 metres above sea level, was to be a deciding factor of the race with the climbers motivated in the steep, 10 percent ramp to be done five times. With 13km to go Andy Schleck put the hammer down which split the peloton in two.

"Every time on the climb, I thought ‘next lap I'm done' but it was just another five minutes of suffering to go," Durbridge said. "Ten of us got dropped in the last lap but we got back on with 3km to go. I've suffered like a dog but I'm still in the lead."

Russian champion Pavel Brutt (Katusha) and American prospect Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Barracuda) were the last two riders to get caught by the front group.

Ventoso admitted that it was an easy sprint for him, as he beat out Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1-Sanofi) and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), but it came after a lot suffering as well. "Without the help of Ruben Plaza, I wouldn't have stayed in that group," said Ventoso. "In the finale, I jumped on the wheel of Thomas Voeckler who had anticipated the sprint and I managed to pass him and win. Since the Tour of Qatar, I felt strong but I was missing the feeling of being brilliant. With the time bonus I got today, I can eye the overall victory tomorrow."

GreenEdge is reduced to only three riders, including the race leader, but Movistar will be motivated for taking care of the chase on the final day.

Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team 4:50:37  
2 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type1    
3 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.    
4 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
5 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
6 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan    
7 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
8 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
9 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
10 Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type1    
11 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
12 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
13 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan    
14 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team    
15 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank    
16 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
17 Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan    
18 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team    
19 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
20 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team    
21 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
22 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano    
23 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team    
24 David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
25 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
26 Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan    
27 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team    
28 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.    
29 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
30 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team    
31 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda    
32 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
33 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:05  
34 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank    
35 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig    
36 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type1 0:01:09  
37 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
38 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:02:33  
39 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems    
40 Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda    
41 Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber    
42 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale    
43 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda    
44 Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1    
45 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team    
46 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type1    
47 Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
48 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
49 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team    
50 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.    
51 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
52 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.    
53 Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan    
54 Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team    
55 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
56 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
57 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
58 George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan    
59 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
60 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
61 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team    
62 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:25  
63 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team    
64 Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:04:48  
65 Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:05:07  
66 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber    
67 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
68 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
69 Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
70 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
71 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:18  
72 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
73 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team    
74 Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
75 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems    
76 Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
77 Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team    
78 Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
79 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 0:06:59  
80 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber    
81 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
82 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 0:07:03  
83 Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:08:52  
84 Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox    
85 Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La Mondiale    
86 Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
87 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber    
88 Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
89 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U    
90 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 0:10:56  
91 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type1    
92 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 0:11:14  
93 Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 0:11:28  
94 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar 0:12:32  
95 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs-Willems    
96 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.    
97 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
98 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:14:26  
General classification after stage three
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 11:52:00  
2 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:08  
3 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan    
4 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:13  
5 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:14  
6 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team    
7 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
8 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
9 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:15  
10 Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan 0:00:18  
11 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:19  
12 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:22  
13 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team 0:00:23  
14 Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type1    
15 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:24  
16 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:25  
17 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig. 0:00:27  
18 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type1 0:00:28  
19 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig. 0:00:29  
20 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda    
21 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:30  
22 Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan    
23 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:32  
24 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:00:33  
25 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:34  
26 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:00:52  
27 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano 0:00:56  
28 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:08  
29 David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:11  
30 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig. 0:01:17  
31 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:20  
32 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:01:30  
33 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:01:40  
34 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:50  
35 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type1 0:02:08  
36 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:02:45  
37 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:02:48  
38 Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team 0:02:51  
39 Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-Barracuda    
40 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:55  
41 Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1 0:03:07  
42 Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-Nissan    
43 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig. 0:03:11  
44 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
45 Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U 0:03:15  
46 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano 0:03:17  
47 George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-Nissan    
48 Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 0:03:19  
49 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:24  
50 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda 0:03:26  
51 Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar 0:03:32  
52 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:57  
53 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team    
54 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type1 0:03:58  
55 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:04  
56 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:04:23  
57 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team 0:04:26  
58 Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.    
59 Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team 0:05:53  
60 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U 0:06:18  
61 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 0:06:24  
62 Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:06:26  
63 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:06:47  
64 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar 0:06:49  
65 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:06:54  
66 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:07:00  
67 Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U 0:07:25  
68 Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:07:29  
69 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
70 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team 0:07:31  
71 Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:07:36  
72 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 0:07:39  
73 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:07:46  
74 Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team 0:08:03  
75 Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:08:08  
76 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 0:08:29  
77 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 0:08:42  
78 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:04  
79 Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:09:46  
80 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 0:09:47  
81 Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:10:09  
82 Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U 0:10:24  
83 David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:10:32  
84 Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U 0:10:37  
85 Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:10:45  
86 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type1 0:11:41  
87 Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:12:11  
88 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:13:01  
89 Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La Mondiale 0:13:49  
90 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano 0:14:22  
91 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig. 0:15:04  
92 Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:15:24  
93 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs-Willems 0:15:25  
94 Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:15:34  
95 Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U 0:16:37  
96 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank 0:18:23  
97 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar 0:20:23  
98 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 0:21:36  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda 43  pts
2 Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team 41  
3 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 40  
4 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda 24  
5 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 23  
6 Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 20  
7 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 20  
8 Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 19  
9 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 18  
10 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 17  
11 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan 16  
12 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox 16  
13 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar 14  
14 Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 13  
15 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 13  
16 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team 12  
17 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 12  
18 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team 11  
19 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan 11  
20 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank 10  
21 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 10  
22 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 9  
23 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93 9  
24 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93 9  
25 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 8  
26 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 8  
27 Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U 8  
28 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano 7  
29 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 7  
30 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems 7  
31 Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi 6  
32 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 6  
33 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 6  
34 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4  
35 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano 3  
36 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 2  
37 Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team 2  
38 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team 1  
39 Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan 1  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Radioshack-Nissan 35:36:39  
2 Movistar Team    
3 FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:14  
4 Garmin-Barracuda 0:00:25  
5 Argos - Shimano 0:00:30  
6 Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig. 0:00:55  
7 Bretagne - Schuller 0:01:07  
8 Saur - Sojasun 0:01:11  
9 Team Type1 0:02:01  
10 Katusha Team 0:03:06  
11 Team Europcar 0:08:01  
12 Greenedge Cycling Team 0:10:15  
13 Team Saxo Bank 0:11:29  
14 AG2R La Mondiale 0:12:25  
15 Accent Jobs-Willems 0:14:00  
16 Colnago - CSF Inox 0:15:36  
17 Auber 0:16:15  
18 Veranda Rideau-Super U 0:16:34