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Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire 2013

Date range:
April 2- 5, 2013

April 03, Stage 2: Ligné - Angers 93.6km

Bouhanni strikes in Angers

By:
Jean-François Quénet
Published:
April 03, 2013, 14:17 BST,
Updated:
April 03, 2013, 16:04 BST

Coquard second behind French champion, Pelucchi retains lead

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) shows off the French national champions jersey in style

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) shows off the French national champions jersey in style

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The day after clashing with stage one winner Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling), who was accused of some dangerous riding in the sprint, Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) took his revenge by winning stage two of Circuit de la Sarthe in Angers.

The sprint ended with the same result as the Val d’Ille Classic on Sunday, with the French national champion out-sprinting the up and coming Bryan Coquard (Team Europcar).

“I was very disappointed yesterday," Bouhanni said after his win. “It wasn’t an easy sprint today but having done this race before, I knew the little basin under the bridge before the finishing line, so I opened my sprint just before that to hit it with full speed. My teammate Benoît Vaugrenard did an enormous amount of work for me towards the end and Anthony Geslin led-out the sprint for me. I got an excellent lead-out.”

It was Bouhanni's fourth victory this year after taking stage six of the Tour of Oman, stage one of Paris-Nice and the Val d’Ille Classic. He crashed out of Paris-Nice on stage two, while wearing the leader's yellow jersey.

“My form is coming back slowly but surely after my crash," the FDJ rider said. “This year, I feel that I have improved a lot compared to last year.”

Coquard admitted that Bouhanni is currently sprinting better than he is. “I didn’t feel at ease on the cobblestones on the final circuit." he said. “But I’m not looking for excuses. Nacer is the French champion. He’s a great sprinter. I’m happy to realize that I did’t finish far away from him this morning.”

The Bouhanni-Coquard duel has been one of the highlights of the early season. French cycling now has several young and talented fast finishers after years of little success.

“I don’t look at being compared just with Coquard," Bouhanni told Cyclingnews. “He’s got four wins already [two at Etoile de Bessèges and Le Tour de Langkawi each]. He’s a super sprinter. The media try to put us against each other but sprinting isn’t only about him and me. Here at Circuit de la Sarthe, there’s a good list of sprinters.”

Bouhanni was happy to have beaten Pelucchi, who came in third and maintained the overall lead ahead of the afternoon 6.8km time trial. Bouhanni reiterated his words from the day before.

“We have spoken and clarified the situation yesterday," the Frenchman said. “We all take risks in the sprints, but it’s not correct to put people’s lives in danger.”

Pelucchi admitted he was not perfectly placed this time. “I was a bit too far back before the first roundabout leading to the sprint," he said. “I was a bit too isolated to make it back to the front. I started too late.”

His IAM Cycling team led the chase of the five riders that jumped away from the start. Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp), Julian Kern (AG2R-La Mondiale), Cyril Bessy (Cofidis), Daniel Quintero (Colombia) and Rony Martias (Sojasun), who was away for the second day in a row, got a maximum lead of 1:30.

Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun) made a late attack but could not stop the French sprinters from taking the glory.

Full Results
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 2:22:57  
2 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar    
3 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling    
4 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha    
5 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
6 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard    
7 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha    
8 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
9 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
10 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
11 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
12 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
13 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun    
14 Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
15 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
16 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
17 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
18 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun    
19 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
20 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia    
21 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
22 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
23 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
24 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
25 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha    
26 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge    
27 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
28 Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
29 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
30 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
31 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
32 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
33 Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
34 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
35 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
36 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
37 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
38 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
39 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
40 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
41 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
42 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia    
43 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia    
44 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
45 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
46 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
47 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
48 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling    
49 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
50 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
51 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard    
52 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
53 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
54 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha    
55 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
56 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling    
57 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
58 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
59 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
60 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura    
61 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
62 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun    
63 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ    
64 Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia    
65 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
66 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling    
67 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha    
68 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
69 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
70 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
71 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia    
72 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
73 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard    
74 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling    
75 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
76 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
77 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
78 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
79 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
80 Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun    
81 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
82 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
83 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
84 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
85 Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
86 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
87 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
88 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
89 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
90 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun    
91 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
92 Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling    
93 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
94 Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
95 Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:00:21  
96 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:36  
97 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:56  
98 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
99 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:09  
100 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia 0:07:40  
General classification after stage 2
1 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling 7:02:38  
2 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:00:03  
3 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 0:00:04  
5 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:06  
6 Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun    
7 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 0:00:10  
8 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
9 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha    
10 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard    
11 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
12 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
13 Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
14 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia    
15 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun    
16 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
17 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
18 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
19 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
20 Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha    
21 Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
22 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
23 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp    
24 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
25 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
26 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
27 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
28 Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard    
29 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha    
30 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
31 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
32 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia    
33 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
34 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
35 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
36 Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
37 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
38 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha    
39 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun    
40 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling    
41 Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard    
42 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard    
43 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
44 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
45 Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia    
46 Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
47 Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
48 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun    
49 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
50 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
51 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
52 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
53 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
54 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
55 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia    
56 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp    
57 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
58 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
59 Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha    
60 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
61 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura    
62 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge    
63 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
64 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
65 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
66 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
67 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge    
68 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
69 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
70 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
71 Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard    
72 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ    
73 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
74 Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
75 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
76 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling    
77 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
78 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
79 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling    
80 Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling    
81 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
82 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
83 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano    
84 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp    
85 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia    
86 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling    
87 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura    
88 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun    
89 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura    
90 Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
91 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
92 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
93 Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
94 Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:00:31  
95 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:46  
96 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:06  
97 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:19  
98 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty 0:08:03  
99 Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty    
100 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia 0:15:16  
Points classification
1 Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling 41 pts
2 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 39  
3 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 36  
4 Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 22  
5 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 21  
6 Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha 21  
7 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard 19  
8 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha 14  
9 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 13  
10 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura 13  
11 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 11  
12 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 11  
13 Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 8  
14 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia 7  
15 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty 7  
16 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano 6  
17 Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun 5  
18 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 4  
19 Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha 4  
20 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun 3  
21 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement 3  
22 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun 2  
23 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
Mountains classification
1 Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun 22 pts
2 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox 12  
3 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 6  
4 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 2  
5 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ 2  
6 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 1  
7 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 1  
Young riders classification
1) Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 7:02:44  
2) Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 0:00:04  
3) Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura    
4) Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
5) Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
6) Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard    
7) Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia    
8) Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
9) Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha    
10) Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
11) Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93    
12) Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
13) Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
14) Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge    
15) Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano    
16) Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93 0:00:25  
Teams classification
1 Katusha 21:08:24  
2 Team Europcar    
3 RadioShack-Leopard    
4 Team Saxo-Tinkoff    
5 Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox    
6 FDJ    
7 Ag2R La Mondiale    
8 Colombia    
9 Sojasun    
10 Garmin-Sharp    
11 Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
12 Bretagne-Seche Environnement    
13 Bigmat-Auber 93    
14 IAM Cycling    
15 Team NetApp-Endura    
16 Accents Jobs-Wanty    
17 Orica-GreenEdge    
18 Team Argos-Shimano