Circuit Sarthe: Jules claims opening stage in Baugé-en-Anjou

WB Aqua Protect rider takes first leader's jersey

One year after he won stage 1 in the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire in wet conditions, Justin Jules of WB-Veranclassic ruined the hopes of the favourites once again as most of the inaugural stage of the 66th edition of the French stage was held under a pouring rain from Le Mans to Baugé-en-Anjou. He took the final curve with 150 metres to go in first position ahead of La Roue Tourangelle winner Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) while Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) slipped at the exit of the bend.

"I launched my sprint before the turn, it was the only way to win," Jules explained. "Coming close to the line, I was losing speed and Sarreau was coming from behind faster than me. Luckily, I managed to maintain a bit of an advantage. This race brings me luck. Tomorrow, it's a fairly easy course, so I hope to stay in the lead before the stage that should shape the GC on Thursday. This year, there isn't a time trial to play to my disadvantage. I believe I have my chances on GC as well. I'll give it all to defend the jersey. I'm in a better form than last year."

Over the course of a year, Jules didn't win a single race but the 31-year-old collected a few top three results like second in the Tour de Vendée. He wasn't listed as a favourite against the quartet of French sprinters (Sarreau, Coquard, Nacer Bouhanni, Thomas Boudat) and Italians Manuel Belletti and Giacomo Nizzolo but his WB-Veranclassics team rode behind the breakaway formed at kilometre six. It was composed of Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Samsic), Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille-Provence KTM), Oscar Riesebeek (Rompoot), Mattia Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana-Postobon). Groupama-FDJ and Vital Concept were the most active teams in the chase while Sarreau lamented the passivity of Direct Energie at the finish.

Bouhanni called it a race before reaching the final circuit with 80km to go. The Cofidis staff reported the cold to have harmed the star sprinter who has been frequently sidelined with injury or illness over the last two seasons.

The pressure was on Coquard who has claimed only one victory in his new colours of Vital Concept (stage 1 of the Tour of Oman) and didn't finish the Ronde van Vlaanderen last Sunday. The Frenchman took the last curve in fifth position and slipped on the wet road along with Boudat (Direct Energie) and Jordan Parra (Manzana-Postobon). As he went back on his bike, he was fuming and called the organizers "assassins".

"Riders who aren't well positioned take risks and it usually ends the same way," Sarreau commented. "It's often the same riders who take risks too. The rain made it even more dangerous today. I'm maybe not in my best form but in a good form that makes me ambitious for the coming days."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic4:48:55 
2Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
3Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
4Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
6Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
7Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
8Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
9Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
10Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon  
11Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
12Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
13Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
14Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
16Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
17Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
18Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
19Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
20Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
21Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
22Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
23François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
24Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
25Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
27Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
28Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
29Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
30Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
31Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
32Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
33Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
34Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
35Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon  
36Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
37Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
38Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
39Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon  
40Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
41Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
42Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
43Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
44Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
45Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
46Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
47Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
48Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
49Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
50Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
52Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
53Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
54Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
55Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
57Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
58Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
59Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
60Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
61Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
62Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
63Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
64Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
66Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
67William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
68Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
69Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
70Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
71Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
72Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
73Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
74Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
75Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
76Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
77Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
78Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
79Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
80Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
81Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
82Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
83Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon  
84Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
85Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
86Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:59 
87Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
88Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
89Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:02:21 
90Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:03:08 
91Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:03:20 
92Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:04 
93Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:10 
94Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:21 
95Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ0:18:57 
96Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
97Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
98Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFIldar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon4:48:55 
2Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
3Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
4Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
5Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
6Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
8Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
9Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
10Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
12Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
13Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:03:20 
14Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:21 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise14:26:45 
2WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
3AG2R La Mondiale  
4Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
5Manzana Postobon  
6Trek-Segafredo  
7Gazprom–Rusvelo  
8Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
9Fortuneo-Samsic  
10EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
11Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
12Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
13Euskadi Basque Country  
14Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
15Vital Concept  
16Groupama-FDJ  
17Direct Energie  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic4:48:45 
2Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:02 
3Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:04 
4Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
5Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:06 
6Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
7Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:10 
8Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
9Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
11Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
12Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
13Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon  
14Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
15Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
16Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
17Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
19Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
20Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
21Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
22Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
23Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
24Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
25Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
26François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
27Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
28Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
30Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
31Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
32Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
33Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
34Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
35Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
36Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon  
37Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
38Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
39Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
40Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon  
41Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
42Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
43Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
44Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
45Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
46Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
47Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
48Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
49Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
50Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
52Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
53Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
54Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
55Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
57Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
58Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
59Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
60Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
61Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
62Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
63Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
64Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
66Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
67William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
68Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
69Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
70Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
71Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
72Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
73Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
74Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
75Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
76Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
77Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
78Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
79Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
80Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
81Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
82Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
83Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon  
84Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
85Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
86Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
87Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
88Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:09 
89Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:02:31 
90Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:03:18 
91Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:03:30 
92Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:14 
93Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:20 
94Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:31 
95Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ0:19:07 
96Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
97Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
98Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic25 pts
2Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ20 
3Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise16 
4Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale14 
5Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec13 
6Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert12 
7Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias10 
8Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM9 
9Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9 
10Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale8 
11Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo7 
12Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon6 
13Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic5 
14Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo5 
15Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo4 
16Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij3 
17Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
18Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon12 pts
2Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec5 
3Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2 
4Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij2 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec13 pts
2Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM9 
3Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic5 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon4:48:55 
2Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
3Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
4Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
5Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
6Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
8Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
9Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
10Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
12Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
13Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:03:20 
14Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:21 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise14:26:45 
2WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
3AG2R La Mondiale  
4Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
5Manzana Postobon  
6Trek-Segafredo  
7Gazprom–Rusvelo  
8Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
9Fortuneo-Samsic  
10EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
11Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
12Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
13Euskadi Basque Country  
14Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
15Vital Concept  
16Groupama-FDJ  
17Direct Energie  
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