Pelucchi storms to Sarthe stage win

Tempers flare after crash in closing kilometres

Matteo Pelucchi scored his first win for IAM Cycling in the crash-marred finale of Stage 1 at Circuit de la Sarthe. A number of the favourites managed to avoid the carnage with Pelucchi outsprinting his compatriot Sacha Modolo (Bardiani-CSF) and the up-and-coming French duo of Bryan Coquard (Europcar) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ).

"At home before coming to this race, I already felt I had good legs," Pelucchi explained after the finish. "I haven't raced much yet. I came second in Stage 1 at the Tour of the Méditerranéen and I've done some classics but that's very difficult. I knew about the possibility of a bunch sprint finish today. My team gave me confidence, which is something I need for winning. It was an unusual sprint. With two laps to go on the finishing circuit, I understood that it would be a very fast sprint due to the tail wind. That's what suits me the best. I like to finish with a high speed like that."

Pelucchi was not affected by the crash that put many riders down with 2.5km to go. The sprint was tense again with 300 metres to go when both Coquard and Bouhanni got pushed towards the barricades. "It obliged me to open my sprint from far out," Coquard deplored. His teammate Kevin Reza who was his lead-out man for his two stage wins at Le Tour de Langkawi spent most of the day in a three-man breakaway with Ronny Martias (Sojasun) and Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF). "In a race contested by 6-man teams, we never know, it's always good to have someone at the front," Reza said. "But we knew it was logical to have a bunch sprint finish. We had a good card to play with Bryan."

Ironically, Pelucchi won the stage he finished only third in last year when he raced for local team Europcar. He scored two victories [at the Four Days of Dunkirk and the 2.2 Ronde de l'Oise] for the French before embarking on the Swiss project of IAM Cycling. "I' had a great year with Europcar," he underlined. "It's like a family but I've also found a very good team with IAM Cycling. I'm happy with my choice. We're strongly hoping for a wild card for the Tour de France anytime soon. With top-10 [placings] in the classics, we've demonstrated that we're competitive enough."

"At Circuit de la Sarthe, we also hope to do well on GC with Thomas Löfkvist," he warned ahead of the 6.8km individual time trial scheduled in Angers on Wednesday afternoon. The Swede will be confronted by the young guns from Orica GreenEdge, including defending champion Luke Durbridge and individual pursuit double world champion Michael Hepburn, and RadioShack Leopard riders Bob Jungels and Jesse Sergent.

According to Bouhanni, who came fourth behind Modolo (Bardiani) and Coquard (Europcar), he was in a fine position to take the sprint, but was nearly taken out by Pelucchi when the Italian came alongside and hooked his bars by passing too closely.

"I was behind Coquard with 200 meters to go, and I was going to start my sprint on the left of him. On my left, Pelucchi squeezed through and hooked my handlebars.

"I don't know how I avoided crashing and probably taking down the rest with me, we were travelling at 60 km/h... A guy like that, he should be banned. He is ready to play with his life and that of others for a sprint," Bouhanni said.

The French champion was especially bitter because, he said, his FDJ team drove the pace behind the day's breakaway without help from the other teams.

The breakaway left at kilometer seven of the 179.4km stage, with Martias (Sojasun) and Boem (Bardiani) being joined shortly by Reza (Europcar).

The trio pulled out a maximum advantage of five minutes before being slowly reeled in by the bunch. There was a crash with 2km to go that caused the bunch to split, and put Iker Camano (NetApp) and Sam Bewley (Orica GreenEdge) on the ground, but the remainder of the peloton was awarded the same time.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling4:39:51 
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
3Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ  
5Aexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha  
6Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
7Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard  
8Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp-Endura  
9Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
10Benoît Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
11Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
12Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha  
13Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
14Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
15Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
17Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
18Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard  
19Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
20Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard  
21Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
22Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
23Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
24Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
25Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
26Tinofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha  
27Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
28Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
29Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
30Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia  
31Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
32Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
33Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
34Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
35Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
36Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
37Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun  
38Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
39Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
40Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
41Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
42Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
43Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
44Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
45Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
46Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
47Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
48Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
50Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
51Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
52Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
53Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
54Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
55Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
56Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
57Ronny Martias (Fra) Sojasun  
58Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
59Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
60Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp-Endura  
61Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling  
62Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
63Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
65Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
66Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
67Christ. Van Develde (USA) Garmin Sharp  
68Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
69Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
70Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun  
71Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun  
72Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
73Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
74Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
75Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
76Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
77Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
78Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
80Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
81Aleksander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
82Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
83Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard  
84Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
85Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
86Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
87Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling  
88Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
89Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia  
90Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
91Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
92Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
93David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Netapp-Endura  
94Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
95Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge  
96Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
97Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
98Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
99Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
100Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:07:26 
101Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:07:53 
102William Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
103Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge  
104Iker Camano (Spa) Team Netapp-Endura  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling4:39:41 
2Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:03 
3Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
4Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:04 
5Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:06 
6Ronny Martias (Fra) Sojasun  
7Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:00:10 
8Aexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha  
9Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
10Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard  
11Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp-Endura  
12Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
13Benoît Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
14Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
15Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha  
16Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
17Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
18Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
21Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard  
22Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
23Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard  
24Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
25Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
26Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
27Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
28Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
29Tinofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha  
30Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
31Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
32Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
33Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia  
34Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
35Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
36Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
37Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
38Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
40Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun  
41Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
42Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
43Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
44Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
45Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
46Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
47Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
48Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
49Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
50Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
52Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
53Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
54Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
55Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
56Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
57Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
58Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
59Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
60Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
61Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp-Endura  
62Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling  
63Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
64Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
66Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
67Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
68Christ. Van Develde (USA) Garmin Sharp  
69Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
70Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun  
71Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun  
72Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
73Leopold König (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
74Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
75Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
76Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
77Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
78Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
80Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
81Aleksander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
82Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
83Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard  
84Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
85Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
86Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
87Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling  
88Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
89Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia  
90Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
91Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
92Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
93David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Netapp-Endura  
94Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
95Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge  
96Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
97Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
98Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
99Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
100Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdge  
101Iker Camano (Spa) Team Netapp-Endura  
102Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:07:36 
103Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:08:03 
104William Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling25 pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox20 
3Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar16 
4Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ14 
5Aexey Tsatevich (Rus) KAT12 
6Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox11 
7Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar11 
8Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp10 
9Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard9 
10Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp-Endura8 
11Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia7 
12Benoît Drujon RA BIG6 
13Ronny Martias (Fra) SOJ5 
14Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff5 
15Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha4 
16Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement3 
17Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun2 
18Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ronny Martias (Fra) Sojasun18 pts
2Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox12 
3Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar6 
4Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ2 
5Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar4:39:47 
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:00:04 
3Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team Netapp-Endura  
4Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
6Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia  
7Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
8Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
9Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
10Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
11Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
12Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
13Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
14Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
15Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
16Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
17Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
18Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katusha13:59:33 
2Radioshack-Leopard  
3Team Europcar  
4Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
5FDJ  
6Colombia  
7Sojasun  
8Garmin Sharp  
9Bretagne-Seche Environn.  
10Bigmat-Auber 93  
11Cofidis,Solutions Credits  
12IAM Cycling  
13Team Netapp-Endura  
14Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
15Ag2R La Mondiale  
16Orica - Greenedge  
17Accents Jobs-Wanty  
18Team Argos-Shimano  

 

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