Jules takes opening stage at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire

Frenchman outsprints Vichot from far out to win in Pouzauges

Frenchman Justin Jules from Pro Continental Belgian outfit WB Veranclassic-Aquality Protect took some of the favourites by surprise to claim stage 1 of the Circuit Sarthe-Pays de la Loire ahead of French champion Arthur Vichot of FDJ and Italy's Andrea Vendrame from Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia.

It was a long uphill finish that left top sprinter Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) in 13th position after breakaway riders Martijn Budding (Roompot Nederlanse Loterij) and Angel Madrazo (Delko Marseille-Provence KTM) were reined in on the final circuit in Pouzauges.

"Sometimes it pays off to be audacious and seize the reins of the race by attacking," Jules observed. "With the rain and the hills, it was a very challenging stage. With my team, we paid a lot of attention to what was happening. I was well positioned, so I used my explosiveness to create a bit of a gap 350 metres before the line. Arthur is a very strong rider when it's hard like today but he didn't close the gap. I wasn't the favourite, but I took my chance as I'm on good form these days. It makes me happy. This is a nice race and I got a beautiful victory here today."

The win is Jules' third victory of the year after stage 1 of the Tour La Provence and stage 4 of the Tour of Normandy. It's also his 12th top 10 of the season, his first in the Pro Continental ranks after riding for continental teams La Pomme Marseille, Vérandas Rideau and Veranclassic. Aged 30 now, he took his first international success in stage 1 of the 2011 Tour of Hainan in China.

As he finally steps up this year, he's remembered as the son of Pascal Jules, an extravagant stage winner of the 1984 Tour de France who died in a car accident on October 25, 1987 when Justin was only one year old. Also a Parisian, he was a close friend of the late Laurent Fignon. In October 1982, Pascal Jules was nominated "French sportsman of the month" by a panel of 31 journalists from newspapers, TV stations and agencies for L'Equipe Magazine. Runner up at the Tour of Lombardy, the 21-year-old neo pro from the Renault-Elf team got more votes than Yannick Noah, who qualified France for the final of the Davis Cup that month.

He was carrying the hopes of French cycling for the supposed to be post-Bernard Hinault generation. Those super talents had joined Cyrille Guimard's team pretty much together at the same time: Greg LeMond, Laurent Fignon, Marc Madiot, Martial Gayant and Philippe Chevallier. Jules was a rebel and not exactly a seriously dedicated cyclist.

The leader of the Circuit Sarthe-Pays de la Loire hardly talks about his dad and his personal eventful life. Stage 2 to Angers held in the morning prior to the time trial should suit Coquard more.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect4:15:43 
2Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
3Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
4Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
5Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
6Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
7Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
9Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
10Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
12Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie  
14Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
15Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
16Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
17Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
18Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
19Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
20Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon  
21Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
22Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
23Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
24Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
25Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
26Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
27Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
28Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
29François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
32Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon  
33Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
34Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
35Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
36Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
37Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
38Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
39Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
40Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
42Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport  
43Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon  
44Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
45Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:12 
47Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
48Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
50Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
51Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:19 
52Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
53Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
54Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
55Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Fernando Orjuela Gutierrez (Col) Manzana Postobon  
57Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:24 
58Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
59Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport  
60Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
62Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:00:34 
63Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
64Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
65Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
66Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:00:39 
67Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
68Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
69Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
70Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ0:00:53 
71Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:58 
72Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:16 
73Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
74Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:00 
75Leigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:02:43 
76Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:03:58 
77Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:42 
78Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:26 
79Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
80Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
81Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:13 
82Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
83Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
84Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
85Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
86Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:06:34 
87Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:34 
88Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:09:05 
89Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
90Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
91Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:21 
92Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
93Juan Pablo Villegas Cardona (Col) Manzana Postobon  
94Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:06 
95Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
96Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:30 
General Classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect4:15:33 
2Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:00:02 
3Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:03 
4Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:06 
5Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:09 
6Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
7Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:10 
8Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
9Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
10Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
12Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie  
14Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
15Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
16Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
17Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
18Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
19Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
20Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon  
21Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
22Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
23Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
24Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
25Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
26Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
27Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
28Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
29François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
32Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon  
33Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
34Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
35Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
36Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
37Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
38Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
39Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
40Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team  
42Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport  
43Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon  
44Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
45Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
47Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:22 
48Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
50Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
51Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
52Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:29 
53Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
54Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
55Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Fernando Orjuela Gutierrez (Col) Manzana Postobon  
57Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
58Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:34 
59Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport  
60Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale  
61Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
62Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ  
63Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:00:44 
64Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
65Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
66Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
67Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:49 
68Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
69Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
70Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
71Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:03 
72Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:08 
73Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:26 
74Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:10 
75Leigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:02:53 
76Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:08 
77Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:52 
78Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:36 
79Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
80Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
81Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:16 
82Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:06:23 
83Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
84Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
85Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
86Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:06:44 
87Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:44 
88Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:09:15 
89Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
90Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
91Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:31 
92Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
93Juan Pablo Villegas Cardona (Col) Manzana Postobon  
94Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:16 
95Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
96Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:40 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4:15:39 

 

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