Second stage win for Vorobyev in Sarthe

Fournier keeps strong lead in the overall

After winning the 6.8km individual time trial in Angers by the smallest margin (less than one second), Anton Vorobyev of Katusha went for a long solo effort to make it two in a row at the end of the queen stage of the Circuit Sarthe-Pays de la Loire atop the Mont des Avaloirs. FDJ young sensation Marc Fournier courageously retained his yellow jersey after losing contact with the peloton 25km before the finish.

“Initially I didn’t plan to go in the break, I wanted to help Matvey Mamykin to try for himself," Vorobyev explained. “But I happened to catch a small group and I decided to continue. I want to say a big thank to [directeur sportif] Dmitry Konyshev, who helped me a lot, saying where to work more, where to recover a bit. His help was crucial today. The last kilometers were really hard, but I did my best to keep the gap and to win it. I am really happy, I feel like it is the way to continue.”

Vorobyev was a member of the four-man breakaway that took off after 5km of racing, along with Patrick Gretsch (AG2R-La Mondiale), Benoît Jarrier (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Nicolas Baldo (Roth). They got a maximum lead of 6.05 at kilometre 80.

The Russian time triallist wasn’t happy with the speed of his companions as their initiative looked like going nowhere, so he rode away by himself even though there were 50km remaining on the difficult circuit including the 4-km ascent to the Mont des Avaloirs, which is the highest peak of western France 417 metres above sea level.

“When we passed the line the first time I checked it and found a right place to attack, so the second time I knew exactly where to go”, Vorobyev described. “Anton decided to go solo and it was the right decision," Konyshev echoed. “He is in a good form, alone he could hold a really good speed. It was a very strong and smart race from Anton, I am very happy for him.”

Having finished stage 1 with a deficit of more than seven minutes, Vorobyev wasn’t a threat to the yellow jersey but another race started in the hills near Pré-en-Pail in the last hour of racing. Sondre Holst Enger fired it up for IAM Cycling with an attack 30km before the finish. With 25km to go, Fournier couldn’t hold the pace of the main group led by Thomas Voeckler and his very powerful Direct Energie team. “But we didn’t have the capacity to put the bunch into pieces," Voeckler acknowledged. “Fournier is a solid rider. He fought really well.”

The young French leader of the race eventually crossed the finishing line with a deficit of 27 seconds from the group of Voeckler and Jérôme Coppel who is now the runner up at 1:57. Fournier almost fell into tears when asked by a TV reporter about the help he got from his teammates. “I wouldn’t be here without them”, he said. “I’m not too sure of what’s happening to me. It’s wonderful. It’s exceptional.

“I don’t want to say that it’s done but with almost two minutes lead and considering the last stage is flattish, I can eye the overall win," Fournier added. “Normally it’ll be for the sprinters on Friday.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha5:13:53 
2Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:51 
3Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:15 
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
5Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team  
6Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
7Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
9Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
10Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
11Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
12Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
13Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha  
14Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
15Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
16Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
17Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
18Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
19Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
20Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
21Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:28 
22Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:01:36 
23Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:38 
24Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:41 
25Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:42 
26Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
27Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
28Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
29Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
30Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
31Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie  
32Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:15 
33Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:31 
34François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:56 
35Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:01 
36Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
37Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:03:11 
38Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:38 
39Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie  
40Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:03:45 
41Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:56 
42Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:04:38 
43Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:04:56 
44Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:05:05 
45Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
46Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:05:57 
47Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:08:12 
48Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:08:49 
49Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie  
50Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
51Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
52Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group  
53Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth  
54Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
55Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha  
57Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
58Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team  
60Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:10:41 
61Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
62Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:12:32 
63Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:13:10 
64Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
65Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:45 
66Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
67Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth  
68Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
69Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:15:03 
70Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
71Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
72Jens Mouris (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
73Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:15:40 
74Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling  
75Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
76Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group  
77Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
78Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
79Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth  
80Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
81Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth  
82Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
83Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
84Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
85Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
86Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth  
87Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
88Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ12:07:26 
2Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:01:57 
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:11 
4Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:12 
5Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:13 
6Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:15 
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:02:18 
8Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:21 
9Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:22 
10Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:27 
11Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:02:28 
12Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:29 
13Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:30 
14Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:32 
15Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:35 
16Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
18Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:41 
19Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:02:42 
21Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
22Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:44 
23Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling  
24Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:49 
25Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:02:53 
26Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:01 
27Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:35 
28Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:47 
29Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:53 
30Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:04:23 
31Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:04:32 
32Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:01 
33Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:02 
34Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:17 
35Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:24 
36Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:05:33 
37Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:05:56 
38Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:06:40 
39Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:09:08 
40Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:09:18 
41Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:21 
42Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:59 
43Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:14 
44Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:10:22 
45Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:25 
46Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth0:11:11 
47François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:41 
48Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:13:06 
49Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:13:13 
50Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:24 
51Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:14:34 
52Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:14:39 
53Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:15:24 
54Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie0:16:35 
55Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group0:16:40 
56Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:16:56 
57Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:59 
58Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:17:31 
59Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group0:18:12 
60Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:18:15 
61Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:18:23 
62Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
63Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha0:18:36 
64Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:18:54 
65Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team0:19:25 
66Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:20:00 
67Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:20:18 
68Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:20:45 
69Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling0:21:29 
70Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:21:39 
71Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:08 
72Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth0:23:28 
73Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:23:49 
74Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth0:24:29 
75Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:25:03 
76Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:25:16 
77Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:25:27 
78Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:25:28 
79Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:25:30 
80Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:25:41 
81Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
82Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:27:02 
83Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:27:03 
84Jens Mouris (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:27:11 
85Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:27:24 
86Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:28:37 
87Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:28:45 
88Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:40:26 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha52 pts
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie45 
3Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ42 
4Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team26 
5Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale24 
6Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling20 
7Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie19 
8Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton17 
9Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling17 
10Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits16 
11Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton16 
12Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits14 
13Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth13 
14Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling13 
15Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept12 
16Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec12 
17Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert12 
18Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise10 
19Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10 
20Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
21Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team8 
22Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM8 
23Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise8 
24Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling8 
25Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec8 
26Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits7 
27Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton7 
28Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ7 
29Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7 
30Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth7 
31Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling6 
32Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec6 
33Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM5 
34Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha4 
35Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
36Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3 
37Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise3 
38Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept3 
39Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group1 
40Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ26 pts
2Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha24 
3Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept20 
4Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth20 
5Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale16 
6Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise16 
7Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth8 
8Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth5 
9Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
10Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
11Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2 
12Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie2 
13Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie2 
14Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept2 
15Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1 
16Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling1 
17Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling1 
18Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1 
19Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1 
20Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ12:07:26 
2Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:47 
3Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:05:33 
4Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:21 
5Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:10:22 
6Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:13:06 
7Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:24 
8Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:08 
9Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:25:16 
10Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:25:27 
11Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:25:41 
12Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:27:02 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cofidis, Solutions Credits36:29:20 
2Direct Energie0:00:15 
3Movistar Team0:00:16 
4Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:05 
5AG2R La Mondiale0:01:28 
6IAM Cycling0:02:29 
7Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:34 
8Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:23 
10Team Katusha0:05:00 
11Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:10:59 
12Stölting Service Group0:18:02 
13Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:19:25 
14Drapac Professional Cycling0:35:01 
15Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:41:06 
16Team Roth0:50:41 


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