Pauriol leads FDJ-Big Mat 1-2

Vichot, Izaguirre in podium finishes

Rémi Pauriol emerged victorious from a wind-swept Boucles du Sud-Ardèche-Souvenir Francis Delpech. The Frenchman soloed away from a breakaway which formed on the climb of Rocher de Sampzon to claim his first victory since he won the GP di Lugano exactly three years ago.

Behind, Pauriol's FDJ-BigMat teammate and the race's defending champion Arthur Vichot, who is still recovering from a broken collarbone sustained at Etoile de Bessèges, claimed the sprint for second ahead of Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

"I'm really pleased," said Pauriol to "I was anxious to raise my arms again. I have often placed in recent years, for example I finished second in a stage of Paris-Nice last year. I have felt better and better in recent weeks."

Vichot was happy for his teammate, and encouraged that his time spent on his stationary trainer paid off with continued form. "I made a lot of sacrifices to get back to my best quickly," Vichot said. "I paid attention to diet and training and worked out on the home trainer."

The one-two result was a strong performance for the FDJ-BigMat team, which is stepping back up to WorldTour status after a year in the Pro Continental ranks.

The race began with a flurry of attacks, and it wasn't until 56km in that a breakaway could finally gain ground. Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ-BigMat), Romain Bardet (AG2R - La Mondiale), Nicolas Baldo (Atlas - Jakroo) and Pierre-Luc Perichon (La Pomme Marseille) were the lucky men to have the front of the race, and worked well together to gain 2:30 ahead of the day's first climb.

Omega Pharma-Quickstep did much of the work to control the gap, although the first trip of the Rocher de Sampzon did some of the work for them. The break lost 20 seconds there, while the peloton split in two over the climb.

With the effort to close the gap between groups in the peloton, the gap to the breakaway plummeted, and the four men were caught before the next trip up "the Rock".

Quickly, a second break formed, this time with seven formidable riders: Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Julien Bérard (AG2R La Mondiale), Dimitri Le Boulch (Big Mat Auber 93), Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne Schuller), Jonathan Hivert (Saur Sojasun), Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Itera Katusha) and Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

As the peloton continued to set a vicious pace and began to shatter anew, the breakaway was caught with 70km to go by a small leading group of 22 riders.

AG2R-La Mondiale took the pace making into the third trip up the Rocher de Sampzon, further whittling the lead group. Omega Pharma's Kevin De Weert attacked at the start of the final climb, but a counter-attack from Hivert sent him backwards.

Hivert's move was marked by Pauriol, and then Izaguirre was able to come across alone with just over 10km remaining to race.

The chasers were able to reel in the trio, leaving Hivert with Pauriol, Vichot, Christophe Riblon and Blel Kadri (AG2R), Jerome Pineau Omega Pharma-Quickstep), Izaguirre, Davide Malacarne (Europcar) and Georg Priedler (Team Type 1-Sanofi).

It would be Pineau who put in the next dig, but with both Pauriol and Vichot chasing, his move was doomed. Pauriol reached Pineau on the côte de la Vignasse, the day's final ascent, and then left him behind before the crest.

By the time he reached the finish, Pauriol enjoyed a 31 second gap over Vichot, who led out the sprint for second.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 5:09:08  
2 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:31  
3 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
4 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
5 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
6 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
7 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
8 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:34  
9 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:59  
10 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:52  
11 Weert Kevin De (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:02:20  
12 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing    
13 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:04:02  
14 Boulch Dimitri Le (Fra) Auber 93    
15 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:04:04  
16 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:04:13  
17 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:35  
18 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Itera - Katusha 0:04:49  
19 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
20 Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
21 Bob Jungels (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
22 Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha 0:05:52  
23 Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme Marseille 0:06:06  
24 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
25 Sergey Chernetski (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
26 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
27 Peter Kusztor (Hun) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
28 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
29 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
30 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:56  
31 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
32 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
DNF Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Sylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
DNF Raphael Addy (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
DNF Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
DNF Simon Pellaud (Fra) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
DNF David Rosch (Ger) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
DNF Patrick Schelling (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
DNF Nicolas Winter (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
DNF Romain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93    
DNF Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
DNF Kenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Alexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Klaas Sys (Bel) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Kazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Hayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Ryota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural    
DNF Yelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural    
DNF Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Caja Rural    
DNF Enzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural    
DNF La Cruz Melgarejo David De (Spa) Caja Rural    
DNF Alexander Riabkin (Rus) Caja Rural    
DNF Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural    
DNF Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural    
DNF Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF Jean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
DNF John Anderson (Aus) Endura Racing    
DNF Ian Bibby (GBr) Endura Racing    
DNF Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Endura Racing    
DNF Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Endura Racing    
DNF Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing    
DNF Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing    
DNF Dean Windsor (Aus) Endura Racing    
DNF Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Peio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
DNF Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Mathieu Delaroziere (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Toms Skujins (Lat) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Jesus Ezquerra (Spa) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
DNF Julian Kern (Ger) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
DNF Alex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
DNF Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
DNF Pit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
DNF Olivier Hofstetter (Swi) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
DNF Joel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team    
DNF Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
DNF Ryan Anderson (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
DNF Luna Flavio De (Mex) Spidertech p/b C10    
DNF Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b C10    
DNF Caleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech p/b C10    
DNF Raymond Kunzli (Swi) Spidertech p/b C10    
DNF Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
DNF Will Routley (Can) Spidertech p/b C10    
DNF Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Rémi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Fares Julien El (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Kiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi    
DNF Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Kévin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Guillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Michal Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Tomasz Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U    
DNF Igor Boev (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
DNF Kirill Baranov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
DNF Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
DNF Igor Frolov (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
DNF Alexandr Prishpetnyy (Rus) Itera - Katusha    
DNF Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
DNF Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
DNF Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
DNF Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep    
DNF Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Rafaä Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
DNF Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    


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