Poulhies prevails on opening stage at Route du Sud

Saur-Sojasun Frenchman assumes GC lead

Stéphane Poulhies (Saur-Sojasun) has won stage 1 at the Route du Sud and earned the first leader's jersey of the four-day French stage race. The 26-year-old Frenchman sprinted to his second victory of the season in the bunch gallop finale with the top three rounded out by compatriot Arnaud Demare (FDJ-Big Mat) and Italy's Manuel Belletti (AG2R La Mondiale).

With time bonuses factored in Poulhies leads general classification by four seconds over Demare and six seconds on Belletti.

The stage was dominated by a three-man break initiated by Jerome Cousin (Team Europcar). Cousin rode alone in the race lead for 40 kilometres before he was joined by Staf Scheirlinckx (Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's) and Javier Chacon (Andalucia). The trio extended their lead to three minutes on the peloton, but were ultimately caught with 15 kilometres remaining.

Their efforts off the front did not go unrewarded, however, as Scheirlinckx claimed the mountains classification jersey while Cousin tops the sprint classification.

Full Results
1Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4:15:55 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
3Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
4Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
5Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
6Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
7Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
10Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
11Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia  
12Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
14Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
15Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
16Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
17Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
18Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing  
19Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Endura Racing  
20Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
21José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
22Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
23Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
24Dean Windsor (Aus) Endura Racing  
25Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
26Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
27Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
28Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
29Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
30Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
32Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
33Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
34Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing  
36Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia  
37Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
38Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia  
39Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
40Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
41Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
42Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
44Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
45Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos - Shimano  
46Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
48Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
49Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
50Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
51Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
52Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
53Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar  
54Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
55Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:00:16 
56Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
57Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
58Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:22 
59Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
60Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
61Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
62Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
63Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos - Shimano  
64Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Auber 93  
65Joeri Bueken (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
66Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team  
67Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
68Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia  
69Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
70Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing  
71Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
72Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
73Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar  
75Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
76Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
77Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
78Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team  
79Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
80Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos - Shimano  
81Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia  
82Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
83Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
84Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Auber 93  
85Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
86Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
87Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
88Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
89Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
90Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
91Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
92Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia  
93Dominic Klemme (Ger) Argos - Shimano  
94Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93  
95Sergey Belykh (Rus) Lokosphinx  
96Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
97Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
98Alexey Kunshin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
99Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
100Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia  
101Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
102Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
103Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
104Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
105Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Lokosphinx  
106Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
107Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
108Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia0:00:46 
109Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:05 
110Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:02:02 
111Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:02:15 
112Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:38 
113Romain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93  
114Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
115Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:07:31 
116Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing0:10:59 
117Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing  
DNFAngel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team  
DNSEvert Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
Points
1Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun20pts
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat17 
3Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale15 
4Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat13 
5Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 9311 
6Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar10 
7Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
8Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team8 
9Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony7 
10Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 936 
11Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia5 
12Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4 
13Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3 
14Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2 
15Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli1 
Mountain 1 - Côte du Pradel
1Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's7pts
2Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia5 
3Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar3 
4Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli2 
5Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat1 
Mountain 2 - Villefranche d'Albigeois
1Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia5pts
2Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's3 
3Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar2 
4Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat1 
Mountain 3 - Côte de Mascle
1Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's5pts
2Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia3 
3Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar2 
4Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 931 
Sprint 1 - Lacaune Les Bains
1Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar6pts
2Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's3 
3Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia1 
Sprint 2 - Saint Juery
1Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar6pts
2Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's3 
3Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia1 
Sprint 3 - Blaye Les Mines
1Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's6pts
2Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia3 
3Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar1 
Teams
1Auber 9312:47:45 
2FDJ-Big Mat  
3Ag2R La Mondiale  
4Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
5Endura Racing  
6Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
7Bretagne - Schuller  
8Andalucia  
9Team Europcar  
10Saur - Sojasun  
11Landbouwkrediet - Euphony  
12Team Argos - Shimano  
13Lokosphinx0:00:16 
14Movistar Team0:00:22 
15Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda  
General classification after stage 1
1Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4:15:45 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:04 
3Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:06 
4Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:10 
5Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
6Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
7Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
9Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
10Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
11Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia  
12Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
13Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
14Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
15Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
16Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
17Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
18Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing  
19Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Endura Racing  
20Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
21José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team  
22Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
23Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
24Dean Windsor (Aus) Endura Racing  
25Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
26Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
27Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
28Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
29Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
30Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
31Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
32Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
33Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
34Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing  
36Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia  
37Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
38Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia  
39Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
40Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
41Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
42Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
44Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
45Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos - Shimano  
46Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
48Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
49Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
50Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
51Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
52Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
53Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar  
54Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
55Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:00:25 
56Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
57Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:00:26 
58Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
59Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
60Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia0:00:28 
61Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:32 
62Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
63Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
64Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
65Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
66Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos - Shimano  
67Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Auber 93  
68Joeri Bueken (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
69Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team  
70Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
71Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia  
72Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
73Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing  
74Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
75Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
76Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar  
78Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
79Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
80Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team  
81Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
82Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos - Shimano  
83Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano  
84Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
85Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Auber 93  
86Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
87Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
88Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony  
89Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team  
90Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
91Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
92Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
93Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia  
94Dominic Klemme (Ger) Argos - Shimano  
95Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93  
96Sergey Belykh (Rus) Lokosphinx  
97Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
98Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
99Alexey Kunshin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
100Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
101Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia  
102Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
103Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
104Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
105Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Lokosphinx  
106Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
107Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
108Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia0:00:56 
109Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:01:15 
110Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:02:12 
111Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony0:02:25 
112Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:02:48 
113Romain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93  
114Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
115Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's0:07:41 
116Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing0:11:09 
117Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing  
Points classification
1Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun20pts
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat17 
3Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale15 
4Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat13 
5Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 9311 
6Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar10 
7Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
8Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team8 
9Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony7 
10Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 936 
11Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia5 
12Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4 
13Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller3 
14Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2 
15Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli1 
Mountains classification
1Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's15pts
2Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia13 
3Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar7 
4Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli2 
5Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat2 
6Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 931 
Sprint classification
1Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar13pts
2Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's12 
3Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia5 
Teams classification
1Auber 9312:47:45 
2FDJ-Big Mat  
3Ag2R La Mondiale  
4Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
5Endura Racing  
6Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
7Bretagne - Schuller  
8Andalucia  
9Team Europcar  
10Saur - Sojasun  
11Landbouwkrediet - Euphony  
12Team Argos - Shimano  
13Lokosphinx0:00:16 
14Movistar Team0:00:22 
15Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda  
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