Fournier seals Circuit de la Sarthe overall

Lobato wins sprint on final stage

Marc Fournier of FDJ joined Bernard Hinault (1975), Greg LeMond (1980), Thomas Löfkvist (2004) and Luke Durbridge (2012) in the circle of the selected few who have won the Circuit Sarthe-Pays de la Loire at the age of 20 or 21. He felt no fear in the conclusive stage won by Movistar's Juanjo Lobato in a bunch gallop ahead Marco Benfatto (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling).

"Milan-San Remo was my big goal of the first part of the season," said Lobato. "But I had a pain in my knee that prevented me from contesting it as I wanted [he finished 143rd]. Milan-San Remo is my favourite race so my morale was a bit down after that but this win here puts me back on track. It was a nervous sprint with no team clearly leading the pack. I didn't know where to position myself with 3km to go but with 1km to go, the team Roompot made a train and I followed their move, which was the way to win."

Six riders had attacked from kilometer zero: Delio Fernandez (Delko-Marseille), François Bidard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Chris Anker Sørensen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Eliot Lietaer (Topsport-Vlaanderen), Daniele Ratto (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and once again Anton Vorobyev (Katusha) who was unstoppable after he won the individual time trial and the queen stage. But they didn't get more than two minutes advantage at km 80 as many teams were keen to come up with a bunch sprint finish.

It suited FDJ who maintained Fournier well protected till the end. The Frenchman had enough lead to take time to celebrate with his team-mates as they crossed the finishing line seven seconds after Lobato. "This is a crazy experience," Fournier told Cyclingnews as soon as he stopped pedaling. "Riders with ten years as a pro like Benoît Vaugrenard and Sébastien Chavanel helping me win my first stage race, it's enormous. They've raced with their heart for me. It's something big!"

Fournier had little training prior to the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire as he resumed riding in January after an operation to his wrist following a crash on November 23rd. The first stage he won from a long solo breakaway was only his sixth day racing as a professional. It looks like France has a new champion in the making.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team4:01:07 
2Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
3Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling  
4Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
5Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie  
6Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
8Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
10Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
12Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
14Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth  
15Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
16Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
17Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
18Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha  
19Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha  
20Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team  
21Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling  
22Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group  
23Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
25Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
27Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
28Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
29Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group  
30Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
32Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
33Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
34Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
35Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team  
36Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
37Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
39Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:07 
40Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
41Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
42Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
44Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
45Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling  
46Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
47Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
49Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth  
50Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
51Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
52Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
53Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
54Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha  
55Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton  
56Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
57Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth  
58Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
59Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
60Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
61Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
62Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ  
63Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ  
64Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
65Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:16 
66Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:00:20 
67Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
68Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie  
69Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
71Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling  
72François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
73Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec  
74Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:27 
75Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie  
76Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:00:39 
77Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:48 
78Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
79Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:01:26 
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ16:08:40 
2Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:01:50 
3Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:04 
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
5Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:05 
6Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:06 
7Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:08 
8Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:02:11 
9Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:16 
10Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:20 
11Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:02:21 
12Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:22 
13Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:25 
14Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:28 
15Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:30 
16Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:34 
17Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:35 
18Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:41 
20Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:02:42 
21Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
22Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:44 
23Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling  
24Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:02:46 
25Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:01 
26Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:32 
27Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:40 
28Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:53 
29Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:04:16 
30Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:04:32 
31Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:49 
32Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:14 
33Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:24 
34Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:05:26 
35Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:05:56 
36Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:06:33 
37Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:14 
38Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:09:18 
39Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:52 
40Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:14 
41Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:10:15 
42Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:25 
43Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth0:11:11 
44François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:52 
45Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:12:59 
46Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:13:13 
47Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:17 
48Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:14:39 
49Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:14:47 
50Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:16:05 
51Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group0:16:33 
52Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie0:16:55 
53Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:16:56 
54Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:59 
55Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:17:24 
56Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group0:18:05 
57Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha0:18:29 
58Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:18:32 
59Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:18:35 
60Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:18:47 
61Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team0:19:18 
62Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:19:53 
63Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:20:38 
64Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:21:39 
65Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:21 
66Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth0:23:28 
67Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:24:30 
68Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:25:21 
69Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:25:34 
70Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:25:35 
71Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:25:40 
72Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:25:41 
73Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:26:35 
74Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:26:56 
75Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:27:11 
76Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:27:15 
77Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:28:50 
78Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:28:58 
79Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:40:15 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha63 pts
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie57 
3Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team51 
4Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ42 
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling36 
6Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton30 
7Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec28 
8Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale24 
9Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits22 
10Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert21 
11Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling20 
12Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie19 
13Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton17 
14Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling17 
15Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits16 
16Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise15 
17Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise14 
18Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth13 
19Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling13 
20Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale13 
21Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept12 
22Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec12 
23Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits11 
24Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise10 
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
26Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth9 
27Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec9 
28Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team8 
29Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept8 
30Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling8 
31Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton7 
32Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ7 
33Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling6 
34Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM5 
35Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha4 
36Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
37Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3 
38Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept3 
39François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
40Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha38 pts
2Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ26 
3Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept20 
4Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth20 
5Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale16 
6Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise16 
7Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept10 
8Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth8 
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 
14Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2 
15Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise2 
16Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling1 
17Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling1 
18François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
19Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1 
20Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ16:08:40 
2Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:40 
3Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:05:26 
4Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:14 
5Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:10:15 
6Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:12:59 
7Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:17 
8Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:21 
9Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:25:34 
10Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:25:40 
11Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:26:35 
12Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:27:15 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cofidis, Solutions Credits48:32:41 
2Movistar Team0:00:16 
3Direct Energie0:00:22 
4Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:19 
5AG2R La Mondiale0:01:35 
6IAM Cycling0:02:29 
7Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:41 
8Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:23 
10Team Katusha0:05:00 
11Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:11:06 
12Stölting Service Group0:18:02 
13Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:19:25 
14Drapac Professional Cycling0:35:28 
15Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:41:22 
16Team Roth0:50:55 


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