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) TeamResult
1Rémi Pauriol (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat5:09:08 
2Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:31 
3Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
4Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
5Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
6Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
7Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
8Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:34 
9Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:59 
10Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:52 
11Weert Kevin De (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:02:20 
12Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing  
13Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:04:02 
14Boulch Dimitri Le (Fra) Auber 93  
15Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:04:04 
16David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:04:13 
17Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:35 
18Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:04:49 
19Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
20Dimitri Champion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
21Bob Jungels (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
22Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Itera - Katusha0:05:52 
23Clément Koretzky (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:06:06 
24Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
25Sergey Chernetski (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
26Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
27Peter Kusztor (Hun) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
28Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
29Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
30Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:56 
31Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFPierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFCédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSylvain Georges (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRomain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRaphael Addy (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFSimon Pellaud (Fra) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFDavid Rosch (Ger) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFPatrick Schelling (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFNicolas Winter (Swi) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFRomain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFFlavien Dassonville (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFMathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFNicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFJohan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFFlorian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFGaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFEric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFKenji Itami (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFThomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFAlexandre Lemair (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFKlaas Sys (Bel) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFMiyataka Shimizu (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFKazuo Inoue (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFHayato Yoshida (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFRyota Nishizono (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFMarcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural  
DNFYelko Gomez (Pan) Caja Rural  
DNFGarikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Caja Rural  
DNFEnzo Moyano (Arg) Caja Rural  
DNFLa Cruz Melgarejo David De (Spa) Caja Rural  
DNFAlexander Riabkin (Rus) Caja Rural  
DNFFrancesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural  
DNFKarol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural  
DNFMickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFLuis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFTristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFNicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJean-Eudes Demaret (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFJohn Anderson (Aus) Endura Racing  
DNFIan Bibby (GBr) Endura Racing  
DNFIker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Endura Racing  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Endura Racing  
DNFRene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing  
DNFAlexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing  
DNFDean Windsor (Aus) Endura Racing  
DNFRicardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAdrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFMikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFPierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFRomain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFRuben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFPeio Bilbao (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFMathieu Delaroziere (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFToms Skujins (Lat) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFGrégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFPierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFJesus Ezquerra (Spa) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
DNFJulian Kern (Ger) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
DNFAlex Kirsch (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
DNFAlexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
DNFPit Schlechter (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
DNFOlivier Hofstetter (Swi) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
DNFJoel Zangerle (Lux) Leopard - Trek Continental Team  
DNFCyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFMaxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFPaul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFRyan Anderson (Can) Spidertech p/b C10  
DNFLuna Flavio De (Mex) Spidertech p/b C10  
DNFLucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b C10  
DNFCaleb Fairly (USA) Spidertech p/b C10  
DNFRaymond Kunzli (Swi) Spidertech p/b C10  
DNFRyan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b C10  
DNFWill Routley (Can) Spidertech p/b C10  
DNFJulien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFRubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFRémi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFFares Julien El (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFAlexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFFreddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFRomain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFKévin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFGuillaume Malle (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFMichal Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFTomasz Olejnik (Pol) Veranda Rideau - Super U  
DNFIgor Boev (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
DNFKirill Baranov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
DNFAnton Vorobyev (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
DNFIgor Frolov (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
DNFAlexandr Prishpetnyy (Rus) Itera - Katusha  
DNFMarco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFMatthew Brammeier (Irl) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFKristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFJulien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFFranck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFRafaä Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar  
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  


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