Poulhiès repeats in Ales

Rolland retains lead ahead of afternoon time trial

Stéphane Poulhiès (Saur-Sojasun) repeated his feat of a year ago by winning the penultimate stage of the Étoile de Bessèges into Ales. The Frenchman proved too fast for Justin Jules (Véranda Rideau U) and Bobbie Traksel (Landbouwkrediet) in the bunch finish, while Pierre Rolland (Europcar) safely maintained his overall lead ahead of Sunday afternoon’s concluding time trial.

The freezing weather that has struck much of continental Europe in recent days once more played havoc with the race, and organisers were again forced to make alterations to the route. Glaze ice on its upper slopes saw the proposed summit finish at the Col de la Baraque removed from the route, and instead the peloton tackled the lower part of the climb before returning to finish in Ales.

The main break of the morning came 20km into the stage, as Renaud Dion (Bretagne Schuller), Frédéric Amorison (Landbouwkrediet) and Jonathan Hivert (Saur Sojasun) sallied clear of the peloton, although their advantage never stretched beyond the minute mark.

Hivert forced the pace on the way up the truncated climb of the Col de la Baraque, first dropping Dion and then forcing his way clear of Amorison at the beginning of the descent. With 10km to race, Hivert still had 44 seconds in hand on the peloton, but he was eventually swallowed up on the approach to Ales.

In the finishing sprint, it was Poulhiès who emerged from the carnage, seeing off the challenge of Jules and Traksel, while his teammate Jimmy Engoulvent came home in third. Overall, Pierre Rolland has 6 seconds in hand over Franck Vermeulen (Veranda Rideau U) ahead of the afternoon’s short time trial.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun1:40:35 
2Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau U  
3Bobbie Traksel (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
4Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
5Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
6Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
7Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
8Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
10Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
11Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling  
12Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
13Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Project 1t4i  
14Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
15Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
16Sven Jodts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
17Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
18Simon Geschke (Ger) Project 1t4i  
19Yannick Martinez (Fra) Vélo Club La Pomme Marseille  
20Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent.Jobs - Willems Verandas  
21Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) An Post - Sean Kelly  
22Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau U  
24Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
25Rémi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
26Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
27Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
28Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber 93  
29Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
31Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling  
32Dimitri Le Bouch (Fra) Auber 93  
33Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
34Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
35Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
36Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
37Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
38Andy Cappelle (Bel) Accent.Jobs - Willems Verandas  
39Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Vélo Club La Pomme Marseille  
40Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
41Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Rémi Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
44Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
45Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling  
46Rob Goris (Bel) Accent.Jobs - Willems Verandas  
47Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ - Big Mat  
48Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling  
49Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
50Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ - Big Mat  
51Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
52Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
53Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ - Big Mat  
54Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
55Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Vélo Club La Pomme Marseille  
56David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
57Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
58Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
59Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
60Leif Hoste (Bel) Accent.Jobs - Willems Verandas  
61Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
62Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
63Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
64Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
65Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
66Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau U  
67Mark McNally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
68Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
69Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
70Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:02:31 
71Bert De Backer (Bel) Project 1t4i  
72Mickaël Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau U  
73Dominique Cornu (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
74Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 930:02:35 
75Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole0:02:37 
76Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Veranda Rideau U0:02:39 
77Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ - Big Mat0:03:31 
78Gaylord Cumont (Fra) Veranda Rideau U0:04:16 
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
DNFJure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFKevyn Ista (Bel) Accent.Jobs - Willems Verandas  
DNFJean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent.Jobs - Willems Verandas  
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