Route du Sud: Coquard wins opening stage

Direct Energie wins first battle against FDJ

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) continued his rich vein of form on French soil this season with an utterly convincing victory on the opening stage of the Route du Sud.

The 24-year-old’s nine stage wins this term – along with two general classification triumphs – have all come in races in his native France, and he had no trouble seeing off Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Demare (FDJ) to make it 10.

Though a breakaway, including none other than Nairo Quintana, did enjoy a substantial lead on the road from Courniou to Bessières, Coquard’s Direct Energie team encountered no real problems in bringing things back in the flat second half of the stage. They and FDJ were the prominent forces as the race entered the final kilometres and the two French teams were side-by-side, two men apiece heading under the flame rouge.

There was a 90-degree right-hand bend leading onto a bridge over the river Tarn in the final few hundered metres, and Coquard came through it perfectly before springing clear to win be some distance. Though given the same time, Demare was a distant second, and Jose Joaquin Rojas some way behind him in third.

With the help of bonus seconds, Coquard now leads the general classification by four seconds over Demare, though it’s not Rojas in third, but rather his teammate and race favourite Quintana.

Quintana, one of the leading favourites for the Tour de France, hasn’t raced since winning the Tour de Romandie in late April, and was keen to kick his legs back into action here by making a rare foray into the breakaway. He went early and was joined by Quentin Jauregui (AG2R-La Mondiale) for a long break during which he was able to mop up five bonus seconds via the two intermediate sprints.

Though the duo once had nearly 12 minutes over the bunch, they never seriously entertained ambitions for the stage win. Direct Energie and FDJ were able to control proceedings, though there was no contest in the final couple of hundred metres.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie4:50:01 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
3Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
4Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
5Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
6Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee de Terre  
8Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
9Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
11Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service Group  
12Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
13Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
14Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
15Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
16Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
17Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
19Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
20Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
21Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
22Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
23Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
24Julien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
25Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
26Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
27Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
28Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
29Anthony Maldonado (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
30Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
31François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
33Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
34Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
35Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
36David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
37Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
40Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
41Romain Le Roux (Fra) Armee de Terre  
42Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Michael Reihs (Den) Stölting Service Group  
44Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
45Enrique Sanz (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
46Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
47Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
49Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
50Mamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
51Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
52Flavien Dassonville (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
53Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
54Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
55Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
56José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
57Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
58Yoann Barbas (Fra) Armee de Terre  
59Christophe Laborie (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
60Pierre Gouault (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
61Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
62Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
63Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
64Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
65Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
66Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
67Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
68Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
69Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
70Alex Aranburu (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
71Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
72Julien Guay (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
73Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
74Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
75Théo Vimpere (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
76Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Jerome Mainard (Fra) Armee de Terre  
78Victor Etxebarria Carrasco (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
79Benat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
80Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
81Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
82Pablo Guerrero Bonilla (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
83Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
84Viktor Manakov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
85Bruno Armirail (Fra) Armee de Terre  
86Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
87Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
88Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
89David Miguel Costa Rodrigues (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
90Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:17 
91Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:41 
92Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group0:00:46 
93Julien Duval (Fra) Armee de Terre0:00:51 
94Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
95Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:00:57 
96David Menut (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 930:00:59 
97Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:01:16 
98Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
99Guillaume De Almeida (Fra) Radio Popular - Boavista  
100Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
101Alexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:02:10 
102Samuele Conti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
103Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
104Thomas Koep (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
105Mads Pedersen (Den) Stölting Service Group  
106Clément Penven (Fra) Armee de Terre  
107Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
108Yann Guyot (Fra) Armee de Terre0:02:14 
109Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:56 
110Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:04:12 
111Carlos Jimenez Lozano (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
112Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:28 
113Aritz Bagües (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
114Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
115Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ0:07:15 
DNFLasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group  
DNFMichael Carbel Svendgaard (Den) Stölting Service Group  
DNFIldar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team3 
3Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ1 
Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team6 pts
2Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
3Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ1 
Col des Thérondels
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7 pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team5 
3Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept3 
4Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
5Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ1 
Côte de la Glévade
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5 pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team3 
3Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ2 
4Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1FDJ14:30:03 
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
3Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
4Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
5Movistar Team  
6Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
7AG2R La Mondiale  
8Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
9HP-BTP Auber 93  
10Stölting Service Group  
11Direct Energie  
12Armee de Terre  
13Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
14Gazprom-Rusvelo  
15Radio Popular - Boavista  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie4:49:51 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ0:00:04 
3Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:05 
4Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:06 
5Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ0:00:08 
6Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:10 
7Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
8Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
9Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee de Terre  
10Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
12Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service Group  
13Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
14Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
15Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
16Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
17Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
18Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
20Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
21Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
22Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
23Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
24Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
25Julien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
26Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
27Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
28Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
29Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
30Anthony Maldonado (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
31Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
32François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
34Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
35Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
36David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
37Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
38Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
40Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
41Romain Le Roux (Fra) Armee de Terre  
42Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Michael Reihs (Den) Stölting Service Group  
44Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
45Enrique Sanz (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
46Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
47Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
48Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
49Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
50Mamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
51Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
52Flavien Dassonville (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
53Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
54Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
55Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
56José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
57Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
58Yoann Barbas (Fra) Armee de Terre  
59Christophe Laborie (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:10 
60Pierre Gouault (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
61Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
62Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
63Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
64Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
65Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
66Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
67Mikel Bizkarra (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
68Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
69Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
70Alex Aranburu (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
71Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
72Julien Guay (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
73Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
74Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
75Théo Vimpere (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
76Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Jerome Mainard (Fra) Armee de Terre  
78Victor Etxebarria Carrasco (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
79Benat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
80Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
81Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
82Pablo Guerrero Bonilla (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
83Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
84Viktor Manakov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
85Bruno Armirail (Fra) Armee de Terre  
86Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
87Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie  
88Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
89David Miguel Costa Rodrigues (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
90Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:27 
91Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:51 
92Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group0:00:56 
93Julien Duval (Fra) Armee de Terre0:01:01 
94Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
95Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:01:07 
96David Menut (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 930:01:09 
97Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:01:26 
98Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
99Guillaume De Almeida (Fra) Radio Popular - Boavista  
100Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
101Alexander Serov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:02:20 
102Samuele Conti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
103Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
104Thomas Koep (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
105Mads Pedersen (Den) Stölting Service Group  
106Clément Penven (Fra) Armee de Terre  
107Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
108Yann Guyot (Fra) Armee de Terre0:02:24 
109Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:01 
110Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:04:22 
111Carlos Jimenez Lozano (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
112Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:38 
113Aritz Bagües (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
114Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
115Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ0:07:25 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie20 pts
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ17 
3Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team15 
4Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM13 
5Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept11 
6Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ10 
7Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
8Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team9 
9Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
10Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee de Terre9 
11Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits7 
12Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast6 
13Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service Group5 
14Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA4 
15Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ3 
16Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2 
17Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale12 pts
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team8 
3Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
4Vegard Breen (Nor) Fortuneo - Vital Concept3 
5Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ2 
6Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ1 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie4:49:51 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ0:00:04 
3Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:00:10 
4Maxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Alexander Kamp (Den) Stölting Service Group  
6Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
7Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
8Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
9Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
10Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
11Anthony Maldonado (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
12Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
13François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Frederico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
15Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
16Romain Le Roux (Fra) Armee de Terre  
17Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group  
18Mamyr Stash (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
19Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
20Flavien Dassonville (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
21Daniel Martínez (Col) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
22Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
23Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
24Pierre Gouault (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
25Ricardo Ferreira (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
26Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
27Imanol Estevez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias0:00:10 
28Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
29Alex Aranburu (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
30Victor Etxebarria Carrasco (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
31Benat Txoperena Matxikote (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
32Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Pablo Guerrero Bonilla (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
34Viktor Manakov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
35Bruno Armirail (Fra) Armee de Terre  
36Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
37David Miguel Costa Rodrigues (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista  
38Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:27 
39Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:51 
40Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:01:07 
41David Menut (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 930:01:09 
42Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:01:26 
43Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
44Samuele Conti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:02:20 
45Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo  
46Mads Pedersen (Den) Stölting Service Group  
47Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:01 
48Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:04:22 
49Carlos Jimenez Lozano (Spa) Radio Popular - Boavista  
50Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:04:38 
51Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ0:07:25 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1FDJ14:30:03 
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
3Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
4Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
5Movistar Team  
6Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
7AG2R La Mondiale  
8Wilier Triestina-Southeast  
9HP-BTP Auber 93  
10Stölting Service Group  
11Direct Energie  
12Armee de Terre  
13Euskadi Basque Country - Murias  
14Gazprom-Rusvelo  
15Radio Popular - Boavista  
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