Ahlstrand claims stage 2 at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe

Bouhanni maintains overall lead

Jonas Ahlstrand showed that Giant-Shimano has more sprinters in its line-up than Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb when he claimed stage 2 of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire. Ahlstrand beat race leader Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) in a bunch gallop. It was the second day in a row the race ended in a mass sprint.

The stage featured the same finish that had made Garmin's Michel Kreder a winner on two occasions in Angers in the past.

"I knew from last year that it was an unusual sprint with a roundabout at the end," Ahlstrand said. "I stayed in the top 20 in the final lap. Before the downhill, I positioned myself behind Bouhanni who had four guys left with him. Then Trek came to the front for [Giacomo] Nizzolo, and I moved up. I had to sprint before Bouhanni"

Bouhanni was unfazed by not being able to repeat his success from last year at the same location. "I passed the roundabout in second position, but he [Ahlstrand] came from behind, and I just couldn't pass him again," Bouhanni said. "This sprint is always special."

"My biggest goal this season was to win a bunch sprint and it's done already," said Ahlstrand. "Usually I play an important part in the lead-out train for Marcel [Kittel] and John [Degenkolb], but it was clear during the last two months that I was going to come here for a win. I was in good shape in the past few races I did: Criterium International, Limburg and De Panne. Yesterday I had great legs but I wasn't well positioned. Beating Bouhanni on his home soil in France makes it a big victory."

Ahlstrand is the first Swede to impose himself at the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire since Thomas Löfkvist, who won the last stage and the overall classification 10 years ago during his debut with FDJ and is now competing again under the colors of IAM Cycling.

"I also knew about this race from my good friend [and also former FDJ rider] Johan Lindgren, who lived just around the corner from this finishing line in Angers," said Ahlstrand, who expressed high hopes for fellow Giant-Shimano teammate and Swede Tobias Ludvigsson, winner of Etoile de Bessèges, to do well in the afternoon's 6.8km individual time trial.


#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano1:59:40 
2Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team  
3Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr  
4Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
5Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
6Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
8Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
9Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
10Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
11Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura  
12Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
13Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
14Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
15Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia  
16Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp  
17Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr  
18Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
19Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
20José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
21Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
22Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
23Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
24Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia  
25Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
26Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
27Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
28Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
29Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
30Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura  
31Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
33Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
34Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
35Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
36Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
37Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
38Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
39Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
40Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
41Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
43Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
44Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr  
47Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
48Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
49Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
50Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
51Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
52Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
53Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
54Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
57Yonder Godoy (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
58Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia  
59Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
60Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
61Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
62Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
63Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
64Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr  
65Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura  
66Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
67Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
68Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
69Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
70Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
71Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura  
72Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
73Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
74Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
75Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
76Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
77Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha  
78Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team  
79Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
80Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
81Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
82Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling  
83Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
84Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp  
85Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
86Jérôme Gilbert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
87Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
88Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
89Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
90Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
91Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
92Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
93Carlos Jose Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
94Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
95Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:22 
96Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:12 
97Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:34 
98Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura0:03:37 
99Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:31 
100Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Team Giant-Shimano  
101Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
102Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia  
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr6:49:28 
2Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:04 
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing0:00:06 
4Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
5Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
6Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:09 
7Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:10 
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:12 
9Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
11Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
12Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
13Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
14Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura  
15Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
16Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia  
17Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
18Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
19Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia  
20Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
21Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin Sharp  
22Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr  
23Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
24Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
25Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
26Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
28Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
29Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
30Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
31Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
32Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
33Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
34Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
35Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
36Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
37Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
38Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team  
40Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr  
41Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura  
42Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
44Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
45Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
46Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
47Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
48Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
49Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
50Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
51Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
52Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
53Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
54Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
55Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
57Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
58Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
60Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura  
61Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia  
62Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
63Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
64Yonder Godoy (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
65Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
67Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp  
68Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
69Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
70Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
71Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
72Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
73Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
74Frantisek Padour (Cze) Team NetApp - Endura  
75Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team  
76Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura  
77Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
78Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr  
79Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
80Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
81Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM Cycling  
82Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling  
83Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
84Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
85Jérôme Gilbert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
86Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
87Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp  
88Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
89Carlos Jose Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
90Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
91Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:33 
92Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:34 
93Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:24 
94Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:46 
95Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar0:02:35 
96Jonathan McEvoy (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura0:03:49 
97Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia0:05:38 
98Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:06:06 
99Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:21 
100Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:07:07 
101Sea Keong Loh (Mas) Team Giant-Shimano  
102Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:39 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr41 pts
2Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team36 
3Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano31 
4Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing29 
5Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli22 
6Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale20 
7Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp20 
8Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement19 
9Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar18 
10Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise16 
11Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert13 
12Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert9 
13Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha7 
14Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team6 
15Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia6 
16Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar5 
17Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura5 
18Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia5 
19Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli3 
20Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia3 
21Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise2 
22Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling2 
23Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia1 
24Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise16 pts
2Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia14 
3Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert5 
4Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar2 
5Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli1 
6Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr1 
7Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar1 
Best young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr6:49:28 
2Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:06 
3Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
4Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:12 
5Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Team NetApp - Endura  
6Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
7Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
8Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
9Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
10Arthur Vanoverberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
11Erick Rowsell (GBr) Team NetApp - Endura  
12Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
13Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
14Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
16Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp  
17Yonder Godoy (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
18Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
20Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
21Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
22Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
23Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp  
24Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Col) Colombia0:05:38 
25Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:06:06 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team20:29:00 
2Ag2R La Mondiale  
4Topsport Vlaaderen - Baloise  
5Trek Factory Racing  
7Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
8Team Europcar  
9Garmin Sharp  
10Team Giant - Shimano  
11Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
12IAM Cycling  
13BMC Racing Team  
14Team Netapp - Endura  
15Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
16Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
17Team Katusha  


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