Rolland prevails at Pré-en-Pail

Europcar Frenchman takes over GC lead

After winning the time trial and taking the lead of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire for the second year in a row, Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) was right to mention that Europcar would be testing their legs for Pierre Rolland ahead of the Ardennes Classics. The Frenchman who won an Alpine stage of the Tour de France in the past two years claimed a very convincing solo win atop the Mont des Avaloirs at Pré-en-Pail. As none of the time triallists managed to follow him, he also became the new race leader.

"This is my first victory of the year, so it makes me very happy," Rolland said. "It comes at the right time in an important period for me with Liège-Bastogne-Liège coming up. It was part of the plan that Europcar would be trying to do something. Once we reached the final circuit, I was content to realize that it was harder than in previous years. With my teammate Kevin Reza in the breakaway after finishing eleventh in the time trial, I only had to follow the rhythm of the peloton."

With 30 kilometres to go, Reza made it across to the leading trio formed early at kilometre 25 by Marco Coledan (Bardiani-Valvole-CSF Inox), Cyril Bessy (Cofidis) and Jimmy Engoulvent (Sojasun). The Europcar rider was accompanied by Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Séché) and Lloyd Mondory (AG2R-La Mondiale).

The race situation left Orica-GreenEdge and RadioShack Leopard to share the turns at the front of the peloton. With 25km to go, Rolland attacked with David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura) and continued by himself in the last lap, 7km away from the finishing line, after having dropped the former breakaway riders. Thomas Voeckler protected his advantage by marking closely the likes of Pierrick Fedrigo (FDJ) who counter-attacked.

"With Thomas, we form a duo that works well together," Rolland said. "We wanted to use this day as a test. It's reassuring for what's next to come. I hope to keep the yellow jersey till the end now. It's good to know that the last stage is also a difficult one."

Rolland is currently in the middle of his second bloc of racing this year. He started with 27 days of competition to build up his form through four stage races: Tropicale Amissa-Bongo, Etoile de Bessèges, Tour of the Mediterranean and Le Tour de Langkawi, after which he took a break prior to resuming racing at the Criterium International. "I knew from my training that my condition was good," Rolland said. "But every time I was racing in Europe, we faced apocalyptic weather conditions and I really can't stand the cold. Now I hope to not get sick before my big goal, which is Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Only after that, I'll start a new bloc of work for the Tour de France."

Durbridge and Bob Jungels, who were equal on time on top of the overall standings after the time trial, finished more than four minutes down on Rolland whose main threat now looks like RadioShack's Tony Gallopin (4th overall at 11 seconds).

Full Results
1Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar5:33:16 
2Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling0:00:09 
3Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:23 
4Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
5Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:25 
6Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
7Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard  
8Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
11Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
12Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
13Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun  
14Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
15Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
16Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
17Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
18Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
19Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
20Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
21Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:00:58 
22Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha  
23Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:01:07 
24Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
25Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun  
26Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
27Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
28Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
29Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
30Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:21 
31Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
32Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
33David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura  
34Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:34 
35Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
36Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:03:00 
37Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
38Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
39Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
40Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
41Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
42Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard  
43Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
44Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
45Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
46Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
47Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard0:04:12 
48Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:37 
49Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
50Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
51Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
52Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard  
53Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
54Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling  
55Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
56Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
57Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
58Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
59Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
60Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
61Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
62Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha  
63Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:06:33 
64Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia  
65Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:06 
66Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
67Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:07:37 
68Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
69Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling  
70Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
71Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun0:10:15 
72Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:12:22 
73Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha0:12:58 
74Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha  
75Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
76Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
77Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun  
78Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
79Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia0:18:33 
80Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura0:19:21 
81Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:20:28 
82Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun  
83Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
84Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ  
85Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
86Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
87Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
88Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge  
89Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
90Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
91Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:25:44 
General classification after stage 4
1Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar12:44:39 
2Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:00:10 
3Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano  
4Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard0:00:11 
5Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling0:00:12 
6Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:17 
7Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:19 
8Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ0:00:20 
9Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun0:00:22 
10Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:25 
11Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:28 
12Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:29 
13Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:30 
14Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
15Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:00:31 
16Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:00:32 
17Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:33 
19Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:40 
20Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:00:45 
21Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:00:49 
22Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha0:00:57 
23Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:01:01 
24Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:05 
25Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun0:01:07 
26Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:01:20 
27Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar0:01:22 
28Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia0:01:25 
29David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura0:01:28 
30Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
31Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:01:29 
32Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
33Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:02:19 
34Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:25 
35Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:43 
36Benjamin King (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:02:57 
37Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun0:03:05 
38Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:08 
39Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:10 
40Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:13 
41Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:21 
42Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:03:23 
43Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ0:03:25 
44Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:03:31 
45Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:03:32 
46Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard0:03:55 
47Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:20 
48Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard0:04:32 
49Timofey Kritskiy (Rus) Katusha0:04:33 
50Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:42 
51Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
52Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:04:43 
53Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard  
54Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:04:45 
55Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
56Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:04:52 
57Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) IAM Cycling0:04:53 
58Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:04:56 
59Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
60Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:05:00 
61Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia0:06:51 
62Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura0:06:54 
63Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:07:22 
64Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:07:32 
65Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:36 
66Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:37 
67Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:07:46 
68Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling0:07:49 
69Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:52 
70Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun0:10:48 
71Will Routley (Can) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:12:51 
72Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha0:12:56 
73Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:12:59 
74Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha0:13:06 
75Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun0:13:12 
76Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:31 
77Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:13:37 
78Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:59 
79Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia0:19:03 
80Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura0:19:45 
81Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge0:20:15 
82Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:20:18 
83Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:20:41 
84Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:20:51 
85Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano0:20:56 
86Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:21:00 
87Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun0:21:11 
88Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:21:20 
89Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:21:41 
90Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:25:30 
91Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:29:24 
Points classification
1Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling41pts
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ39 
3Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar36 
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar25 
5Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano22 
6Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp22 
7Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha21 
8Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox21 
9Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling20 
10Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack Leopard19 
11Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura18 
12Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale17 
13Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard14 
14Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha14 
15Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura13 
16Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo-Tinkoff13 
17Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox11 
18Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar11 
19Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge10 
20Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox10 
21Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits10 
22Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia9 
23Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard9 
24Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun8 
25Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits8 
26Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge8 
27Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 938 
28Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7 
29Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun7 
30Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement7 
31Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty7 
32Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling6 
33Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge6 
34Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack Leopard5 
35Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox5 
36Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun5 
37Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar4 
38Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha4 
39Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4 
40Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement3 
41Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun2 
42Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ1 
43Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
44Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge1 
Mountains classification
1Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun23pts
2Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun18 
3Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits16 
4Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar14 
5Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox12 
6Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement10 
7Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox9 
8Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 
9Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ4 
10Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge3 
11Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp2 
12Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ2 
13Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge1 
Young riders classification
1)Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano12:44:49 
2)Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:51 
3)Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:02:09 
4)Jay McCarthy (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:03:03 
5)Bob Jungels (Lux) RadioShack Leopard0:03:45 
6)Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:10 
7)Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:32 
8)Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:04:35 
9)Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:04:46 
10)Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:26 
11)Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia0:18:53 
12)Scott Thwaites (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura0:19:35 
13)Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:20:08 
14)Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ0:20:41 
15)Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-Shimano0:20:46 
Teams classification
1Team Saxo-Tinkoff38:14:58 
2Team Europcar0:00:41 
4Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:02:13 
6Cofidis,Solutions Credits0:03:09 
7Ag2R La Mondiale0:03:28 
9IAM Cycling0:04:36 
10Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:04:44 
11Team Argos-Shimano0:07:19 
12Team NetApp-Endura0:07:31 
14Garmin Sharp0:10:09 
15Bigmat-Auber 930:10:30 
17Accents Jobs-Wanty0:20:45 
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