Route d'Occitanie: Valverde seals overall victory

Anthony Roux wins final stage

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) sealed final overall victory at Route d’Occitanie after he placed second behind Anthony Roux (Groupama-FDJ) on stage 4 in Cazouls-les-Béziers.

Already overall leader after winning Saturday’s queen stage, Valverde went on the offensive once more on the final leg, attacking in the company of his compatriot Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) with 68km remaining after the day’s early break had been swept up.

With the category 1 Pic de Nore already behind them, Valverde and Sanchez made light work of the rugged terrain that followed. They had a lead of two minutes when they reached the summit of the category 2 Côte de la Minerve and despite the efforts of Cofidis, they still had 1:50 in hand atop the category 3 Côte de Villespassans.

On the flat run-in to the finish, Cofidis were aided in their pursuit by AG2R La Mondiale, Caja Rural-RGA Seguros and Delko-Marseille, and the Spanish duo’s lead began to fall away in the final 25 kilometres.

Valverde and Sanchez still had 9 seconds at the flamme rouge. Valverde led into the finishing straight, but the reduced bunch sprint was kicking off behind him, and he was overhauled by Roux in the closing metres.

Evaldas Siskevicius (Delko Marseille-Provence KTM) took third on the stage, ahead of Yevgeniy Gidich (Astana) and Kevin Ledanois (Fortuneo-Samsic).

In the overall standings, Valverde won by 14 seconds from Daniel Navarro (Cofidis), while Kenny Elissonde (Team Sky) took third overall at 20 seconds.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ4:37:19 
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
3Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
4Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
5Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
6Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon  
8Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
9Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
10Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
11Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
12Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
13Ricardo Vilela (Por) Manzana Postobon  
14Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
15Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
16Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
17Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
18Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
19Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ  
20Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
21Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
22Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
24Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
25Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
26Jérémy Maison (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
27Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
28Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
29Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
31Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
32Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
33Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team  
34Thomas Joly (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
35Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team  
36Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:07 
37Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:15 
38Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Fortuneo-Samsic0:00:55 
39Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
40Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon0:01:21 
41Beñat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:22 
42Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
43Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
44Johan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:02:12 
45Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky0:02:26 
46Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:02:38 
47Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
48Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:10 
49Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:03:39 
50Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:03:59 
51Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:07:52 
52Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:47 
53Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky0:14:10 
54Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:14:57 
55Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie0:17:54 
56Joaquim Silva (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:19:07 
57Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
58Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
59Camille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
60Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
61Jhojan Orlando Garcia Sosa (Col) Manzana Postobon  
62Salim Kipkemboi (Ken) Bike Aid  
63Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
64Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:19:17 
65Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
66Jerome Mainard (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
67Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team  
68Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Bike Aid  
69Julien Amadori (Fra) Project Nice Cote d'Azur0:19:19 
70Geoffrey Kiprotich Langat (Ken) Bike Aid  
71Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
72Tom Dernies (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
73Fabio Duarte (Col) Manzana Postobon  
74Meron Abraham (Eri) Bike Aid  
75Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie  
76Simon Antonini (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
77Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
78Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
79Pierre Gouault (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
80Yoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
81Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
82Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
83Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa (Col) Manzana Postobon  
84Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFJonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
DNFDavid Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
DNFJosu Zabala Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFStéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJulien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFPierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFStéphane Cognet (Fra) Project Nice Cote d'Azur  
Final General classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team18:25:34 
2Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:14 
3Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:00:20 
4Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:01:22 
5Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:24 
6Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
7Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:27 
8Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:50 
9Ricardo Vilela (Por) Manzana Postobon0:02:07 
10Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ0:02:08 
11Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:20 
12Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team0:02:26 
13Thomas Joly (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:56 
14Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:03:08 
15Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Fortuneo-Samsic  
16Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:25 
17Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:03:28 
18Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:05:23 
19Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:06:11 
20Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:06:37 
21Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:06:59 
22Jérémy Maison (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
23Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 930:07:33 
24Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
25Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:08:02 
26Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon0:08:09 
27Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:09:57 
28Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:10:11 
29Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:11:53 
30Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:12:26 
31Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:13:01 
32Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:13:37 
33Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:14:02 
34Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:14:30 
35Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky0:16:03 
36Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team0:17:21 
37Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:17:33 
38Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:19:09 
40Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:22:13 
41Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon0:22:26 
42Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:23:56 
43Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:59 
44Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:26:31 
45Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:27:11 
46Beñat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:27:37 
47Jhojan Orlando Garcia Sosa (Col) Manzana Postobon0:27:51 
48Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:28:07 
49Johan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:29:10 
50Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:29:38 
51Yoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:29:40 
52Joaquim Silva (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:30:05 
53Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 930:31:20 
54Camille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 930:32:44 
55Pierre Gouault (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:32:56 
56Salim Kipkemboi (Ken) Bike Aid0:33:06 
57Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa (Col) Manzana Postobon0:34:54 
58Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:36:23 
59Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:36:24 
60Julien Amadori (Fra) Project Nice Cote d'Azur0:36:45 
61Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
62Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:36:52 
63Jerome Mainard (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:37:06 
64Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:38:02 
65Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:38:11 
66Moreno Moser (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:39:51 
67Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:40:17 
68Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team0:40:41 
69Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:41:40 
70Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:42:48 
71Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:43:29 
72Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:44:11 
73Simon Antonini (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:45:21 
74Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:47:18 
75Suleiman Kangangi (Ken) Bike Aid0:51:02 
76Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie0:54:51 
77Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Sky0:58:44 
78Geoffrey Kiprotich Langat (Ken) Bike Aid0:59:36 
79Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team1:00:01 
80Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky1:00:02 
81Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club1:00:23 
82Fabio Duarte (Col) Manzana Postobon1:02:01 
83Meron Abraham (Eri) Bike Aid1:16:03 
84Tom Dernies (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole1:16:09 

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