Sarreau wins stage 2 in Circuit Sarthe

Groupama-FDJ rider takes race lead

Marc Sarreau of Groupama-FDJ avenged himself after losing stage 1 of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire to Justin Jules (WB Veranclassics). He claimed stage 2 in another bunch gallop with a comfortable margin over runner-up Alex Frame, the neo pro from New Zealand who made his first podium for Trek-Segafredo. The Frenchman also moved into the lead ahead of the queen stage.

"I had thirst for revenge and thirst for winning as well," Sarreau reacted after taking his fourth victory this year following two stages at the Étoile de Bessèges and La Roue Tourangelle last Sunday. "I'm glad I got the first prize today. We played it perfectly today."

Groupama-FDJ let the WB Veranclassics team of the race leader take care of the chase behind Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana-Postobon) who accompanied Nikolay Mihaylov (Delko Marseille-Provence KTM) as the Bulgarian champion attacked from the gun. The duo got a maximum advantage of 5:05 at kilometer 51 but got reeled in with 60km to go just before tackling the final circuit in Ancenis. The finish line was drawn on the Kirkham boulevard named after the town in Lancashire, not after Don, the first Australian cyclist to participate to the Tour de France along with his fellow compatriot "Snowy" Munro in 1914.

After the regrouping, Groupama-FDJ sent track champion Benjamin Thomas to the front together with François Bidard (AG2R-La Mondiale). They got caught within 3km to go after forcing teams like Vital Concept to chase hard. Bryan Coquard was left with two teammates only as one of them, former FDJ rider Arnaud Courteille, crashed out early in the race. One day after slipping in the last curve, it was another defeat for Coquard who stayed out of the top 15 in the bunch gallop and preferred to not comment.

Sarreau is scheduled for Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. "The Circuit de la Sarthe is not an ideal preparation as it finishes on Friday," he said. "But it was an opportunity for me to try and win something. I was part of Arnaud Démare's train last year and I asked the team to have that job again because he's very grateful to his teammates, but I also asked for sprinting for myself sometimes as I feel matured at the age of 24. I'm glad it pays off."

"Tomorrow's stage is possibly too hard for me, so we won't necessarily defend the yellow jersey but we have other cards to play in the team," Sarreau added.

There's no time trial at the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire this year, giving more chances to climbers to take advantage of the Mont des Avaloirs. Pierre Rolland (EF Education First), Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Julien Simon (Cofidis), Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) are among the riders expected to challenge defending champion Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie).

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ4:37:50 
2Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
3Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
4Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
5Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
7Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
8Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
9Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
10Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
12Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
13Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
14Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
15Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
16Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
17Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
18Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
19Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
20Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
21Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
22Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
23Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon  
24Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
26Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
27Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
28Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
29Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
30Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
31Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
32Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
33Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
34Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
35Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
36Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
37Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
38François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
40Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
41Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
42Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ  
43Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
44Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
45Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
46Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
47Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
48Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
49Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
50Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
51Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
52Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon  
53Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
54Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
55Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
56Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
57Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
58Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
60Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
61Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
62Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
63Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
64Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
65Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ  
66Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon  
67Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:01 
68Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
69Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
70Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
71Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
72William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
73Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
74Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
75Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:26 
76Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:42 
77Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
78Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:15 
79Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
80Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
81Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon  
82Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:03:17 
83Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:03:19 
84Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
85Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:06:38 
86Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:07:14 
87Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:08:23 
88Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
89Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
90Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
91Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
92Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:08:28 
93Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:11:14 
94Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:11:19 
95Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:16:04 
96Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:17:39 
97Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
General classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ9:26:29 
2Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:00:06 
3Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:08 
4Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo0:00:10 
5Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
6François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:11 
7Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:12 
9Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
10Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
11Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:14 
12Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:15 
13Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:16 
14Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
15Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
16Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
17Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
18Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon  
19Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
20Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
21Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
22Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
23Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
24Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
25Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
26Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
27Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
28Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
29Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
30Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
31Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
32Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
33Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
34Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
36Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
37Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
38Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
39Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
40Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
41Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
42Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
43Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
44Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon  
45Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
46Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
47Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
48Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
49Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
50Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
51Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
52Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
53Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon  
54Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
55Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
56Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
58Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
59Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
60Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
61Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
62Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
63Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
64Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
65Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:01:17 
66Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
67Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
68Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
69William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
70Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
71Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
72Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:01:42 
73Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:58 
74Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
75Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:16 
76Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:02:37 
77Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:31 
78Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
79Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon  
80Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:03:33 
81Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:35 
82Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
83Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:06:39 
84Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:06:54 
85Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:08:39 
86Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
87Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
88Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:11:30 
89Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:13:34 
90Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:14:53 
91Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:16:20 
92Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ0:19:13 
93Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:24:46 
94Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:27:36 
95Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:27:41 
96Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:36:16 
97Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:36:52 

 

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