Coquard wins stage 2 in Sarthe

Jules keeps race lead ahead of time trial

Bryan Coquard of Direct Energie ended a long drought as he claimed stage 2 in the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire, one and a half months after his last success on stage 4 in the Vuelta a Andalucia. A home favourite, he out-sprinted Italy's Matteo Malucelli of Androni Giocattoli and Cofidis' Clément Venturini in Angers. However, fourth on the line, stage 1 winner Justin Jules of WB Veranclassic, retained the overall lead before the afternoon individual time trial (6.6km).

"I was the favourite today so I'm happy to fulfill the requirements," Coquard reacted. "I know this finale very well. I win here for the second year running. Yesterday we rode at the front all day but it was a difficult stage because of the rain. After I took part in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, racing as soon as Tuesday left me a bit tired. I missed out on the win yesterday. I was disappointed."

"I wanted to do well here," Coquard added. "Angers is the town of my lead out man Angelo Tulik who brought me to the front at perfection today. It was also the town of my former teammate Romain Guyot [who died in a training accident one year ago] so this win is for him. It's also the town of my coach [Fabien Aoustin]."

It was Coquard's dream to win stage 3 of last year's Tour de France in Angers but Mark Cavendish and André Greipel got there first. The fast Frenchman, 24, who rides for Pro Continental outfit Direct Energie has thirty wins under his belt since he turned pro in 2013 after taking the silver medal for omnium at the London Olympics but he's yet to win a race in the WorldTour.

"[Teammate] Thomas [Voeckler] perfectly knows the game of the peloton chasing the breakaway," he argued. "He said the escapees [Dorian Godon of Cofidis and Fernando Orjuela from Manzana-Postobon] shouldn't have more than thirty seconds at the entrance of the circuit in Angers. It's been a good day for us. All the guys have played their role. I think many people are impressed by our neo pro Paul Ourselin. We're relieved. The Circuit de la Sarthe is now a successful one for us but it's not over. [Etoile de Bessèges and Settimana Coppi & Bartali winner] Lilian Calmejane has ambitions on GC and we'll now work on them."

Jules was pleased to keep the yellow jersey for the time trial. "Finishing fourth, I missed out on the time bonus but with such a finale, to be well placed was already something positive," the WB Veranclassic rider said. "I didn't manage to pass Bryan. It also happens to me to win fast sprints as well but it's true that uphill finales like yesterday suit me better."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie2:19:55 
2Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
3Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
5Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
6Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
7Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
8Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
9Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
10Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
11Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
12Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
14Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
15Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
16Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
17Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
18Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon  
20Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
22Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
23Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
24Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
25Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
27Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
28Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) Manzana Postobon  
29Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
30Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
31Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
34Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
35Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
36Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
37Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
38Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
39Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
40Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
41Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
42Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
43Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
44Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
45Bernardo Suaza (Col) Manzana Postobon  
46Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
47Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
48Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
49Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
50Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
51Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
52Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
53Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
55Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Juan Pablo Villegas (Col) Manzana Postobon  
57Wilmar Paredes (Col) Manzana Postobon  
58Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
59Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
60Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
61Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
62Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
63Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
64Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
65Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
66Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
67Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
68Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
69Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
70Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
71Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
72Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
73Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
74Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
75Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie  
76Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
77Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
78Fernando Orjuela (Col) Manzana Postobon  
79Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport  
80Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
81Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
82Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
83Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
84Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ  
85Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:12 
86Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
87Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:00:18 
88Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:30 
89Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:39 
90Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
91Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
92Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
93Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
94Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
95Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:49 
96Leigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect6:35:28 
2Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:00:02 
3Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
4Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:03 
5Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:06 
6Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:08 
7Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:00:09 
8Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:10 
9Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
10Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport  
11Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
12Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
14Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
15Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
16Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) Manzana Postobon  
17Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
18Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
19Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
20Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon  
21Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
22François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
24Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport  
25Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
26Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
27Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
28Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
29Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
30Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
31Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
32Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
33Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
34Wilmar Paredes (Col) Manzana Postobon  
35Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
36Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
37Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team  
39Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
40Bernardo Suaza (Col) Manzana Postobon  
41Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
42Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
43Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
45Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport  
46Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team  
47Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:22 
48Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
49Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
50Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
51Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
52Fernando Orjuela (Col) Manzana Postobon0:00:26 
53Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:29 
54Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
55Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
56Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:34 
58Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
59Sergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
60Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
61Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:44 
62Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ  
63Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:49 
64Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
65Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
66Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
67Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ0:01:03 
68Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:08 
69Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
70Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:23 
71Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
72Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
73Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:26 
74Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:40 
75Leigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:03:42 
76Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:08 
77Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:04:52 
78Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:05:32 
79Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:05:36 
80Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:13 
81Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:06:16 
82Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:23 
83Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
84Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
85Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie  
86Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:06:56 
87Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:44 
88Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:09:15 
89Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
90Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:09:27 
91Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:10:31 
92Juan Pablo Villegas (Col) Manzana Postobon  
93Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:11:10 
94Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:16 
95Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:55 
96Javier Megias (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:58 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect39 pts
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie29 
3Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits25 
4Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ22 
5Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli20 
6Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli16 
7Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo15 
8Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie14 
9Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM13 
10Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert12 
11Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij11 
12Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept10 
13Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport10 
14Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect10 
15Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij9 
16Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij8 
17Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept7 
18Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team7 
19Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits6 
20Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise6 
21Fernando Orjuela (Col) Manzana Postobon5 
22Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team5 
23Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ5 
24Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4 
25Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale4 
26Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
27Andrea Palini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2 
28Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept1 
29Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise1 
30Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM21 pts
2Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij14 
3Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie9 
4Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie5 
5Fernando Orjuela (Col) Manzana Postobon4 
6Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie2 
7Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2 
8Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie1 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli6:35:34 
2Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:04 
3Sergio Andres Higuita (Col) Manzana Postobon  
4Wilmar Paredes (Col) Manzana Postobon  
5Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
6Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:16 
7Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:00:43 
9Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ0:00:57 
10Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:07 
11Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:06:10 
12Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:06:17 
13Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:06:50 
14Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk0:09:09 
15Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:09:21 
16Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:10:25 
17Quentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:10 
18Gerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:49 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect19:46:54 
2Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
3Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
4Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
5Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
6Manzana Postobon  
7Movistar Team  
8AG2R La Mondiale  
9Aqua Blue Sport  
10Direct Energie0:00:12 
11FDJ  
12Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:19 
13Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
14Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:24 
15Androni Giocattoli0:00:58 
16Team Novo Nordisk0:14:06 
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