McLay wins final Circuit Sarthe stage

Martin seals overall victory

Dan McLay claimed his first victory for EF Education First-Drapac, out-sprinting the fast French men Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale) and Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) in the conclusive stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, won overall by Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).

"The boys got me in a good position in the last lap," McLay told Cyclingnews on the finishing line. "I used a little bit of energy earlier on to be in the front in the small road. I was a little bit far back. But I knew the finish a little bit uphill, so it was better to wait and go fast from behind. I started maybe with 250 metres to go but from behind, at 80% and I went full gas to cross the line. It was a little bit long waiting to win for my new team but it's good to open the account. It's a confidence booster for me and the team to believe in me. I'm on the right track for going forward."

Hot favourite Bryan Coquard was led out by his Vital Concept team but surrendered in the middle of the sprint even though the slightly uphill profile of the finale suited him at perfection. His former teammate Perrig Quémeneur (Direct Energie) and Jetse Bol (Manzana-Postobon) were the last of the breakaway riders reeled in by the peloton with 5km to go. They remained at the front until very late although they had been close to being caught much earlier on as their advantage was reduced to ten seconds with 30km to go.

"We rode almost too well as a team," overall winner Martin declared at the finish. "We could have let a bigger advantage to the escapees, like seven or eight minutes. We rode audaciously yesterday and we controlled it today with a strong team. Only when Pierre Rolland made a move, I was a little bit worried. Interestingly, I struggled to sleep during the first two nights at the Circuit de la Sarthe but I was very serene last night. This victory comes at the right time, about ten days ahead of the Ardennes classics that are my goals of the first part of the season. My work at training, notably in Sicily, has been productive. I hope to continue profiting from this good condition."

It was Martin's second participation to the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire. "When I realized there was no time trial this year, I really wanted to do it," Martin added. "But our team wasn't initially selected. We insisted to be lined up throughout our French sponsor BTP consultant. We've done well by insisting to do well."

Martin put his name on the record book of the French event in 66th position, following big names like Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond, David Millar, Andreas Klöden, Thomas Voeckler, Luis Leon Sanchez and Rolland.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:30:44 
2Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
3Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
4Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
5Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
6Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
7Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
8Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
9Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
10Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
11Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
12Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon  
13Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
14Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
15Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
16Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
17Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
18Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon  
21Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
22Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
23Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
24Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
25Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
26Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
27Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
28Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
29Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
30Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
31Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
32Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
33Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
34Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
35Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
36Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
37Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
38Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
39Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ  
40Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
41Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon  
42Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
43Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
44Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
45Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
46Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
47Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon  
48Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
49Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
50Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
51Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
52Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
53Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
54Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
55Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
56Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
57Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
58François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
60Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
61Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
62Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
63Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:08 
64Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
65Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
66Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
67William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
68Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
69Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
70Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
71Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
72Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
73Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:00:12 
74Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
75Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
76Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
77Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ  
78Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:16 
79Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
80Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:22 
81Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
82Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:00:29 
83Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:00:37 
84Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon0:01:13 
85Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
86Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
87Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:01:59 
88Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
89Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:22 
DNFSilvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFMatteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert19:22:20 
2Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:00:16 
3Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:00:24 
4Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:28 
5François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:29 
6Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:30 
7Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:00:31 
8Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:32 
9Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
10Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon0:00:33 
11Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
12Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
13Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:34 
14Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
15Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
16Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
17Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
18Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
19Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
20Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
21Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
22Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
23Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon0:00:40 
24Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:10 
25Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:01:12 
26Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:02:20 
27Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:02:24 
28Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:02:48 
29Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:03:09 
30Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:12 
31Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:25 
32Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:04:33 
33Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon0:05:00 
34Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:06:27 
35Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:06:55 
36Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:07:27 
37Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
39Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:07:35 
40Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
41Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:08:00 
42Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:08:57 
43Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie0:09:29 
44Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:10:00 
45Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:10:19 
46Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:10:23 
47Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:10:27 
48Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:10:35 
49Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:12:41 
50Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:13:00 
51Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:13:52 
52Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie0:14:18 
53Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:59 
54Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:16:17 
55Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:16:39 
56Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon0:17:10 
57Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:17:12 
58Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:17:54 
59Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:18:08 
60Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:18:10 
61Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:18:12 
62Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:18:14 
63Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
64Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
65Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij  
66Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
67Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:18:22 
68Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:18:26 
69William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:30 
70Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo0:19:15 
71Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:20:14 
72Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:21:18 
73Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:21:25 
74Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:21:28 
75Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon0:21:29 
76Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:22:10 
77Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:22:35 
78Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:22:46 
79Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:23:23 
80Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:27:59 
81Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:29:28 
82Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:29:51 
83Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:31:58 
84Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:34:18 
85Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ0:37:23 
86Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:38:08 
87Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:42:56 
88Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:50:47 
89Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:54:36 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ61 pts
2Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale40 
3Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale38 
4Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic33 
5Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise32 
6Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club27 
7Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec27 
8Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert25 
9Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert24 
10Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale20 
11Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ19 
12Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie19 
13Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec16 
14Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo15 
15Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie14 
16Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic14 
17Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij14 
18Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec13 
19Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias13 
20Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert13 
21Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon12 
22Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie11 
23Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
24Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club10 
25Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM9 
26Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert9 
27Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo9 
28François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
29Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ8 
30Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon8 
31Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale7 
32Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij6 
33Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM6 
34Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon6 
35Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic6 
36Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM5 
37Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic5 
38Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise4 
39Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon4 
40Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo4 
41Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic3 
42Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
43Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM3 
44Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij3 
45Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias3 
46Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo3 
47Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon3 
48Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic2 
49Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise1 
50Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic34 pts
2Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon27 
3Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM20 
4Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club18 
5Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias16 
6Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ12 
7Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon12 
8François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale8 
9Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon8 
10Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM8 
11Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie6 
12Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec5 
13Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic3 
14Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie3 
15Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2 
16Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij2 
17Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo2 
18Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1 
19Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise1 
20Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1 
21Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic1 
22Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ1 
23Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club1 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon19:22:53 
2Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:01 
3Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon0:00:07 
4Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:02:36 
5Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:05:54 
6Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:09:27 
7Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:14:26 
8Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:16:06 
9Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:17:49 
10Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:20:52 
11Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:22:50 
12Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:29:18 
13Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:31:25 
14Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:54:03 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wanty-Groupe Gobert58:08:06 
2AG2R La Mondiale0:00:36 
3Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:01:12 
5Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:14 
6Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
7Manzana Postobon0:05:08 
9WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic0:13:04 
11Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:17:22 
12Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:18:17 
13Direct Energie0:20:48 
14Vital Concept0:25:17 
15Euskadi Basque Country0:29:54 
16EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:35:19 
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