Bouhanni strikes in Angers

Coquard second behind French champion, Pelucchi retains lead

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
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ2:22:57 
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
3Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
4Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
5Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
6Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard  
7Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha  
8Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
9Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
10Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
11Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
12Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
14Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
15Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
16Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
17Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun  
19Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
20Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
21Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
23Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
24Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
25Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha  
26Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge  
27Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
28Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
29Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
30Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
32Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
34Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
35Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
36Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
37Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
38Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
39Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
40Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
41Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
42Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
43Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
44Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
45Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
46Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
47Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
48Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
49Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
50Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
51Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard  
52Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
53Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
54Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha  
55Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
56Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
57Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
58Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
59Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
60Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura  
61Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
62Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun  
63Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
64Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia  
65Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
66Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
67Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
68Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard  
69Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
70David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura  
71Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia  
72Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
73Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard  
74Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling  
75Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
76Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
77Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
78Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
79Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
80Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun  
81Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
82Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
83Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
84Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
85Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
86Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
87Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
88Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
89Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
90Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun  
91Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
92Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling  
93Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
94Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
95Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:21 
96Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36 
97Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:56 
98Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
99Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:09 
100Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:07:40 
General classification after stage 2
1Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling7:02:38 
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 
6Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun  
7Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:00:10 
8Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
9Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha  
10Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard  
11Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
12Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
13Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
14Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
15Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
16Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
17Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
19Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
20Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha  
21Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard  
22Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
23Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
24Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
25Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
26Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
27Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
29Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha  
30Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
31Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
32Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
33Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
34Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
35Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
36Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
37Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
38Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
39Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun  
40Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
41Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard  
42Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard  
43Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
45Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia  
46Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
47Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
48Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun  
49Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
50Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
51Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
52Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
53Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
54Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
55Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
56Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
57Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
58Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
60Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
61Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura  
62Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge  
63Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
64Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
65Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
66Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
67Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
68Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
69Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
70Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
71Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard  
72Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
73Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
74Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
75Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
76Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
77Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
78Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
79Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
80Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling  
81Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
82Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
83Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
84Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
85Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia  
86Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling  
87Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
88Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun  
89David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura  
90Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
92Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
93Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
94Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:31 
95Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:46 
96Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:06 
97Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:19 
98Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:08:03 
99Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
100Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:15:16 
Points classification
1Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling41pts
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ39 
3Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar36 
4Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp22 
5Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox21 
6Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha21 
7Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard19 
8Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha14 
9Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff13 
10Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura13 
11Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox11 
12Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar11 
13Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 938 
14Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia7 
15Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty7 
16Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano6 
17Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun5 
18Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
19Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha4 
20Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun3 
21Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement3 
22Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun2 
23Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountains classification
1Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun22pts
2Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox12 
3Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar6 
4Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp2 
5Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ2 
6Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge1 
7Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Young riders classification
1)Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar7:02:44 
2)Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:00:04 
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 930:00:25 
Teams classification
2Team Europcar  
4Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
5Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
7Ag2R La Mondiale  
11Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
12Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
13Bigmat-Auber 93  
14IAM Cycling  
15Team NetApp-Endura  
16Accents Jobs-Wanty  
18Team Argos-Shimano  

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