Kamyshev too quick on opening stage

Clausen with narrow overall lead

A bunch sprint decided the opening stage of the Coupe des Nations – Ville de Saguenay with Kazakh Arman Kamyshev first across the finish line. He narrowly defeated Dane Patrick Clausen, who claimed the yellow leader's jersey by virtue of time bonuses, which confer him a slight lead of two seconds over the stage winner. Italian Thomas Fiumana rounded out the podium.

"It was a difficult day. There was a lot of wind and the rain was annoying, so we had to slow down the pace at the end," Kamyshev said through an interpreter. "At the end of the last lap, I attacked several times in order to stay well positioned for the sprint." Second overall last year, he believes his chances are good this year. It is indeed an admitted goal.

It was under an uncertain sky that the 88 riders started the 140.7 kilometres race taking Jonquiere's streets. Early in the race, a breakaway of three cyclists animated the stage. The fugitive trio was however caught before completing the first lap. A few attacks were conducted during the next two laps, but none were successful.

Halfway into the race, two competitors took off from the peloton. Four cyclists who went to their pursuit soon joined them. The lead group had to surrender against a peloton at full blast. With less than 40 kilometres to complete, many attempted to breakaway, but on the seventh and decisive lap, all escapees had reintegrated with the bunch. A crash that occurred in the last kilometres blew the chances of some and tainted the event's outcome, which was finally determined in the sprint.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Kazakhstan3:09:23 
2Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark  
3Thomas Fiumana (Ita) Italy  
4Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Italy  
5Hugo Houle (Can) Canada  
6Jan Dieteren (Ger) Germany  
7Mark Christian (GBr) Great Britain  
8Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany  
9Vladislav Gorbunov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
10Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) Italy  
11Michab Kadrzycski (Pol) POL  
12Jan Tratnik (Slo) Slovenia  
13Mats Lohne (Nor) Norway  
14Sebastian Lander (Den) Denmark  
15Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Slovenia  
16Kamil Gradek (Pol) POL  
17Ruben Companioni Blanco (Cub) Cuba  
18Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
19Sebastian Salazar (Col) Colombia  
20Alcides Miranda (Pan) Panama  
21Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Denmark  
22David Boily (Can) Canada  
23Jonathan Mould (GBr) Great Britain  
24Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain  
25David Pareja (Pan) Panama  
26Abdraimzhan Ishanov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
27Mateusz Nowaczek (Pol) POL  
28Fabio Tommassini (Ita) Italy  
29Nathan Brown (USA) USA  
30Matthias Plarre (Ger) Germany  
31Grzegorz Haba (Pol) POL  
32Charlie Avis (USA) USA  
33Romain Guillemois (Fra) France  
34Daniel Slatto Gomnes (Nor) Norway  
35Evan Huffman (USA) USA  
36Kevin Predatsch (Ger) Germany  
37Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) UCI Team  
38Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Denmark  
39Georges Atkins (GBr) Great Britain  
40Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Denmark  
41Ramon Carretero (Pan) Panama  
42Alexis Gougeard (Fra) France  
43Rudy Kowalski (Fra) France  
44Piter Campero (Bol) UCI Team  
45Stuart Wight (Can) Canada  
46Ever Rivera (Col) Colombia  
47Pawel Bernas (Pol) POL  
48Audun Brekke Flotten (Nor) Norway  
49Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany  
50Juan Diego Quintero (Col) Colombia  
51Juan Carlos Romeu Cabrera (Cub) Cuba  
52Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canada  
53Jos Chalmers (USA) USA  
54Roman Dronin (Uzb) UCI Team  
55Jose Rios (Pan) Panama  
56Carlos Galeano (Col) Colombia  
57Simone Camilli (Ita) Italy  
58Juan Chamorro (Col) Colombia  
59Ramon L. Martin Alvarez (Cub) Cuba  
60Vegard Breen (Nor) Norway  
61Christer Jensen (Nor) Norway  
62Aukasz Wizniowski (Pol) POL  
63Houssam Nasri (Tun) UCI Team  
64Olivier Le Gac (Fra) France  
65Mark Dzamastagic (Slo) Slovenia  
66Natnael Berhane (Eri) UCI Team  
67Florian Senechal (Fra) France  
68Fernando Orjuela (Col) Colombia  
69Ulises Castillo (Mex) UCI Team  
70Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France  
71Francisco Gonzalez (Pan) Panama  
72Pierrick Naud (Can) Canada  
73Mads Meyer (Den) Denmark  
74Eirik Kasa Jarlseth (Nor) Norway  
75Jorge Castillo (Pan) Panama  
76Mario Vogt (Ger) Germany  
77Robert Jenko (Slo) Slovenia  
78Tanner Putt (USA) USA  
79Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain  
80Joseph Schmalz (USA) USA  
81Thomas Moses (GBr) Great Britain  
82Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canada  
83Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
84Danil Fominykh (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
85Racso Gonzalez Toledo (Cub) Cuba  
86Luca Wackermann (Ita) Italy0:17:18 
87Leandro Marcos Vidueiro (Cub) Cuba0:21:38 
88Eduardo Acosta Rodriguez (Cub) Cuba  
Sprint - 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark5 pts
2Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan3 
3Jonathan Mould (GBr) Great Britain1 
Sprint - 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark5 pts
2Michab Kadrzycski (Pol) POL3 
3Tanner Putt (USA) USA1 
Sprint - 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Denmark5 pts
2Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain3 
3Mateusz Nowaczek (Pol) POL1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Italy9:28:09 
2Kazakhstan  
3Denmark  
4Germany  
5Great Britain  
6Poland  
7Canada  
8Panama  
9Slovenia  
10Norway  
11USA  
12Colombia  
13France  
14Cuba  
15UCI Team  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark3:09:11 
2Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:02 
3Thomas Fiumana (Ita) Italy0:00:08 
4Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Denmark0:00:09 
5Michab Kadrzycski (Pol) POL0:00:10 
6Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
7Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain  
8Jonathan Mould (GBr) Great Britain0:00:11 
9Mateusz Nowaczek (Pol) POL  
10Tanner Putt (USA) USA  
11Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Italy0:00:12 
12Hugo Houle (Can) Canada  
13Jan Dieteren (Ger) Germany  
14Mark Christian (GBr) Great Britain  
15Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany  
16Vladislav Gorbunov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
17Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) Italy  
18Jan Tratnik (Slo) Slovenia  
19Mats Lohne (Nor) Norway  
20Sebastian Lander (Den) Denmark  
21Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Slovenia  
22Kamil Gradek (Pol) POL  
23Ruben Companioni Blanco (Cub) Cuba  
24Sebastian Salazar (Col) Colombia  
25Alcides Miranda (Pan) Panama  
26David Boily (Can) Canada  
27David Pareja (Pan) Panama  
28Abdraimzhan Ishanov (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
29Fabio Tommassini (Ita) Italy  
30Nathan Brown (USA) USA  
31Matthias Plarre (Ger) Germany  
32Grzegorz Haba (Pol) POL  
33Charlie Avis (USA) USA  
34Romain Guillemois (Fra) France  
35Daniel Slatto Gomnes (Nor) Norway  
36Evan Huffman (USA) USA  
37Kevin Predatsch (Ger) Germany  
38Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) UCI Team  
39Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Denmark  
40Georges Atkins (GBr) Great Britain  
41Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Denmark  
42Ramon Carretero (Pan) Panama  
43Alexis Gougeard (Fra) France  
44Rudy Kowalski (Fra) France  
45Piter Campero (Bol) UCI Team  
46Stuart Wight (Can) Canada  
47Ever Rivera (Col) Colombia  
48Pawel Bernas (Pol) POL  
49Audun Brekke Flotten (Nor) Norway  
50Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany  
51Juan Diego Quintero (Col) Colombia  
52Juan Carlos Romeu Cabrera (Cub) Cuba  
53Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canada  
54Jos Chalmers (USA) USA  
55Roman Dronin (Uzb) UCI Team  
56Jose Rios (Pan) Panama  
57Carlos Galeano (Col) Colombia  
58Simone Camilli (Ita) Italy  
59Juan Chamorro (Col) Colombia  
60Ramon L. Martin Alvarez (Cub) Cuba  
61Vegard Breen (Nor) Norway  
62Christer Jensen (Nor) Norway  
63Aukasz Wizniowski (Pol) POL  
64Houssam Nasri (Tun) UCI Team  
65Olivier Le Gac (Fra) France  
66Mark Dzamastagic (Slo) Slovenia  
67Natnael Berhane (Eri) UCI Team  
68Florian Senechal (Fra) France  
69Fernando Orjuela (Col) Colombia  
70Ulises Castillo (Mex) UCI Team  
71Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France  
72Francisco Gonzalez (Pan) Panama  
73Pierrick Naud (Can) Canada  
74Mads Meyer (Den) Denmark  
75Eirik Kasa Jarlseth (Nor) Norway  
76Jorge Castillo (Pan) Panama  
77Mario Vogt (Ger) Germany  
78Robert Jenko (Slo) Slovenia  
79Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain  
80Joseph Schmalz (USA) USA  
81Thomas Moses (GBr) Great Britain  
82Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canada  
83Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
84Danil Fominykh (Kaz) Kazakhstan  
85Racso Gonzalez Toledo (Cub) Cuba  
86Luca Wackermann (Ita) Italy0:17:30 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark27 pts
2Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Kazakhstan20 
3Thomas Fiumana (Ita) Italy15 
4Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Italy13 
5Hugo Houle (Can) Canada12 
6Jan Dieteren (Ger) Germany10 
7Mark Christian (GBr) Great Britain9 
8Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany8 
9Michab Kadrzycski (Pol) POL8 
10Vladislav Gorbunov (Kaz) Kazakhstan7 
11Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) Italy6 
12Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Denmark5 
13Jan Tratnik (Slo) Slovenia4 
14Mats Lohne (Nor) Norway3 
15Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan3 
16Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain3 
17Sebastian Lander (Den) Denmark2 
18Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Slovenia1 
19Jonathan Mould (GBr) Great Britain1 
20Mateusz Nowaczek (Pol) POL1 
21Tanner Putt (USA) USA1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Italy9:28:09 
2Kazakhstan  
3Denmark  
4Germany  
5Great Britain  
6Poland  
7Canada  
8Panama  
9Slovenia  
10Norway  
11USA  
12Colombia  
13France  
14Cuba  
15UCI Team  
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