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Route du Sud - la Depeche du Midi 2012

Date range:
June 14-17, 2012

June 14, Stage 1: Lacaune Les Bains - Albi 183km

Poulhies prevails on opening stage at Route du Sud

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Cycling News
Published:
June 15, 2012, 15:18 BST,
Updated:
June 15, 2012, 16:47 BST

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
1 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4:15:55  
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
3 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
4 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
5 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93    
6 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
7 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
9 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
10 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93    
11 Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia    
12 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
13 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
14 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
15 Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli    
16 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
17 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
18 Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing    
19 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Endura Racing    
20 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
21 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
22 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
23 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
24 Dean Windsor (Aus) Endura Racing    
25 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
26 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
27 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
28 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
29 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
30 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
31 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
32 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
33 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
34 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing    
36 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia    
37 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
38 Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia    
39 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
40 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
41 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
42 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
43 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93    
44 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
45 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos - Shimano    
46 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
47 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
48 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
49 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
50 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
51 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
52 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
53 Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
54 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
55 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx 0:00:16  
56 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
57 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
58 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:22  
59 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
60 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
61 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
62 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
63 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
64 Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Auber 93    
65 Joeri Bueken (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
66 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team    
67 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
68 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia    
69 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
70 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing    
71 Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
72 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
73 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
74 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
75 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
76 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
77 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
78 Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team    
79 Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing    
80 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos - Shimano    
81 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia    
82 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
83 Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
84 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Auber 93    
85 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
86 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
87 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
88 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team    
89 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
90 Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
91 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
92 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia    
93 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Argos - Shimano    
94 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93    
95 Sergey Belykh (Rus) Lokosphinx    
96 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
97 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team    
98 Alexey Kunshin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
99 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
100 Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia    
101 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
102 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
103 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
104 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
105 Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Lokosphinx    
106 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
107 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
108 Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia 0:00:46  
109 Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 0:01:05  
110 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 0:02:02  
111 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 0:02:15  
112 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:02:38  
113 Romain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93    
114 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
115 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 0:07:31  
116 Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing 0:10:59  
117 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing    
DNF Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team    
DNS Evert Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
Points
1 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 20 pts
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 17  
3 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 15  
4 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 13  
5 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93 11  
6 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 10  
7 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 9  
8 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 8  
9 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 7  
10 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93 6  
11 Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia 5  
12 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 4  
13 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 3  
14 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 2  
15 Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 1  
Mountain 1 - Côte du Pradel
1 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 7 pts
2 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 5  
3 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 3  
4 Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 2  
5 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1  
Mountain 2 - Villefranche d'Albigeois
1 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 5 pts
2 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 3  
3 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 2  
4 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 1  
Mountain 3 - Côte de Mascle
1 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 5 pts
2 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 3  
3 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 2  
4 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93 1  
Sprint 1 - Lacaune Les Bains
1 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 6 pts
2 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 3  
3 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 1  
Sprint 2 - Saint Juery
1 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 6 pts
2 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 3  
3 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 1  
Sprint 3 - Blaye Les Mines
1 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 6 pts
2 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 3  
3 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 1  
Teams
1 Auber 93 12:47:45  
2 FDJ-Big Mat    
3 Ag2R La Mondiale    
4 Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela    
5 Endura Racing    
6 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
7 Bretagne - Schuller    
8 Andalucia    
9 Team Europcar    
10 Saur - Sojasun    
11 Landbouwkrediet - Euphony    
12 Team Argos - Shimano    
13 Lokosphinx 0:00:16  
14 Movistar Team 0:00:22  
15 Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda    
General classification after stage 1
1 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 4:15:45  
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:04  
3 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:06  
4 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:10  
5 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93    
6 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
7 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
8 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team    
9 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
10 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93    
11 Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia    
12 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
13 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
14 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
15 Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli    
16 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
17 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
18 Rene Mandri (Est) Endura Racing    
19 Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Endura Racing    
20 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93    
21 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team    
22 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
23 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
24 Dean Windsor (Aus) Endura Racing    
25 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
26 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
27 Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
28 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
29 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
30 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
31 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
32 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
33 Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
34 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Alexander Wetterhall (Swe) Endura Racing    
36 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia    
37 Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
38 Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spa) Andalucia    
39 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
40 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
41 Davy Commeyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
42 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale    
43 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93    
44 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
45 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Argos - Shimano    
46 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
47 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
48 Gilles Devillers (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
49 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
50 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
51 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
52 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
53 Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar    
54 Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
55 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 0:00:25  
56 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
57 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx 0:00:26  
58 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
59 Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
60 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 0:00:28  
61 Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:32  
62 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
63 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
64 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team    
65 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
66 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
67 Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Auber 93    
68 Joeri Bueken (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
69 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar Team    
70 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
71 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia    
72 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
73 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing    
74 Mikhail Antonov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
75 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
76 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
77 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar    
78 Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
79 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
80 Javier Iriarte (Spa) Movistar Team    
81 Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing    
82 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Argos - Shimano    
83 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
84 Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx    
85 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Auber 93    
86 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
87 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
88 Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony    
89 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team    
90 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
91 Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's    
92 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
93 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia    
94 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Argos - Shimano    
95 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93    
96 Sergey Belykh (Rus) Lokosphinx    
97 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
98 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team    
99 Alexey Kunshin (Rus) Lokosphinx    
100 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
101 Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia    
102 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
103 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
104 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
105 Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Lokosphinx    
106 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli    
107 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
108 Sergio Carrasco Garcia (Spa) Andalucia 0:00:56  
109 Kevin Ista (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 0:01:15  
110 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 0:02:12  
111 Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 0:02:25  
112 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:02:48  
113 Romain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93    
114 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
115 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 0:07:41  
116 Russell Downing (GBr) Endura Racing 0:11:09  
117 Paul Voss (Ger) Endura Racing    
Points classification
1 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 20 pts
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 17  
3 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 15  
4 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 13  
5 Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93 11  
6 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 10  
7 Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 9  
8 Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team 8  
9 Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet-Euphony 7  
10 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93 6  
11 Jose Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia 5  
12 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 4  
13 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 3  
14 Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 2  
15 Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 1  
Mountains classification
1 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 15 pts
2 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 13  
3 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 7  
4 Francisco Javier Moreno Allue (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 2  
5 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 2  
6 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 93 1  
Sprint classification
1 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar 13 pts
2 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's 12  
3 Javier Chacon (Spa) Andalucia 5  
Teams classification
1 Auber 93 12:47:45  
2 FDJ-Big Mat    
3 Ag2R La Mondiale    
4 Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela    
5 Endura Racing    
6 Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
7 Bretagne - Schuller    
8 Andalucia    
9 Team Europcar    
10 Saur - Sojasun    
11 Landbouwkrediet - Euphony    
12 Team Argos - Shimano    
13 Lokosphinx 0:00:16  
14 Movistar Team 0:00:22  
15 Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda