Martinez wins Route du Sud opening stage

La Pomme Marseille rider in leader's jersey

Yannick Martinez (La Pomme Marseille) sprinted to victory in the opening stage of the Route du Sud and earned the first leader's jersey of the French four-day stage race. Anthony Roux (FDJ) and Adrien Petit (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) rounded out the top three in the field sprint finale.

With the time bonuses factored in, Martinez holds the leader's jersey with a four-second lead on Roux with Thomas Rostollan (La Pomme Marseille) in third overall, also at four seconds.

The 209km stage from Castres to Mirande, the longest of the Route du Sud, was dominated by a three-rider escape which formed in the opening kilometres. Rostollan, Romain Hardy (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) and Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli) quickly rode to an advantage in excess of eight minutes, but once Movistar and AG2R-La Mondiale upped the tempo in the peloton the break's lead began to steadily decrease.

Midway through the opening stage rain began to fall and with Europcar and BigMat-Auber93 also contributing to the chase effort the race came back together inside of 20km remaining.

For their efforts off the front, Rostollan would take the sprint jersey while Hardy picked up the mountains jersey.

A technical and rolling finale saw a flurry of attacks from the peloton, but nothing was able to stay away resulting in a field sprint finish taken by UCI Continental rider Yannick Martinez, who claimed his second win of the 2013 season.

Full Results
1Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille5:19:44 
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
3Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
5Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
6Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
7Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
8Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun  
11Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
12Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team  
14Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
15Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
16Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
17Léo Menville (Fra) Team NSP-Ghost  
18Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
19Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
20Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling  
21Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
22Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
23Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
24Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
25Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
26Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team  
27John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
29Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
30Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
31Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar  
32Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ  
33Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
34Nicolas Lüthi (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
35Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
36Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling  
37David Boucher (Fra) FDJ  
38Timo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
39Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun  
40Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
41René Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP-Ghost  
42Sébastian Baldauf (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
43Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun  
44Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
45Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Sebastian Forke (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
47Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
48Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
49Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
50Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
51Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
52Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
53Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
54Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
55Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Nicolas Winter (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
57Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
58Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
59Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
60Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
61Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
62Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
63Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
64Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
65Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
66Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
67Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
68Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
69Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
70Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
71Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
72Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
73David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
74Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
75Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
76Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
77David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun  
78Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
79Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun  
80Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
81Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
82Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
83Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
84Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
85Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
86Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
87Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
88Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
89Temesgen Teklehaymanot (Eri) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
90Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
91Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
92Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
93Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
94Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team  
95Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
96Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
97Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
98Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling  
99Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
100Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun  
101Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
102Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
103Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
104Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
105Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
106Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
107Adrien Chenaux (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo0:00:41 
108Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:01:43 
109Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:02 
110Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
111Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
112Argiro Alonso Ospina Hernandez (Col) Movistar Team  
113Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:13:05 
DNFFabien Schmidt (Fra) Sojasun  
DNFRuben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
Points
1Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille20pts
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ17 
3Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits15 
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty13 
5Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling11 
6Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ10 
7Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille9 
8Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 938 
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7 
10Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun6 
11Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement5 
12Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4 
13Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team3 
14Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar2 
15Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Sprint 1 - Coufouleux, 52.9km
1Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille6pts
2Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli3 
3Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
Sprint 2 - L'Isle Jourdain, 126km
1Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille6pts
2Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli1 
Sprint 3 - Masseube, 179km
1Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team6pts
2Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar3 
3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountain 1 - Côte de Lautrec (Cat. 3) 11.5km
1Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5pts
2Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille3 
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2 
4Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo1 
Mountain 2 - Côte au CR D39-D253 (Cat. 3) 135.5km
1Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5pts
2Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille3 
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2 
4Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar1 
Mountain 3 - Côte de Loubersan (Cat. 3) 199.7km
1Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ5pts
2Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3 
3Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2 
4John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Teams
1FDJ15:59:12 
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
3Sky Procycling  
4Movistar Team  
5Team Europcar  
6La Pomme Marseille  
7Ag2R La Mondiale  
8Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
9Team NSP-Ghost  
10Accent Jobs - Wanty  
11Sojasun  
12Bigmat - Auber 93  
13Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
14Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
15Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
General classification after stage 1
1Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille5:19:34 
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:00:04 
3Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
4Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:06 
5Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:07 
6Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
7Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:00:08 
9Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:09 
10Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:00:10 
11Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling  
12Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
13Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
14Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
15Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun  
17Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
18Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
20Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
21Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
22Léo Menville (Fra) Team NSP-Ghost  
23Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team  
24Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
25Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling  
26Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
27Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
28Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
29Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team  
30Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team  
31John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
33Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
34Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
35Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar  
36Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ  
37Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
38Nicolas Lüthi (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
39Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
40Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling  
41David Boucher (Fra) FDJ  
42Timo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
43Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun  
44René Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP-Ghost  
45Sébastian Baldauf (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
46Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun  
47Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
48Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
49Sebastian Forke (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
50Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
51Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
52Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
53Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
54Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
55Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
57Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
58Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
59Nicolas Winter (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
60Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
61Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
62Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
63Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
64Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
65Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
66Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
67Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
68Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
69Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
70Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
71Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
72Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
73Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
74Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
75Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
76David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
77Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
78Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
79Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost  
80David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun  
81Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
82Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun  
83Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
84Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
85Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
86Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement  
87Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
88Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
89Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
90Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
91Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
92Temesgen Teklehaymanot (Eri) Atlas Personal-Jakroo  
93Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
94Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
95Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
96Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team  
97Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team  
98Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
99Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling  
100Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
101Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun  
102Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
103Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93  
104Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
105Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
106Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
107Adrien Chenaux (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo0:00:51 
108Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:01:53 
109Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:12 
110Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
111Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
112Argiro Alonso Ospina Hernandez (Col) Movistar Team  
113Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:13:15 
Points classification
1Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille20pts
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ17 
3Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits15 
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty13 
5Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling11 
6Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ10 
7Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille9 
8Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 938 
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7 
10Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun6 
11Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement5 
12Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4 
13Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team3 
14Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar2 
15Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1 
Sprint classification
1Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille12pts
2Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team6 
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4 
4Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4 
5Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar3 
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Mountains classification
1Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits10pts
2Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille6 
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ5 
4Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4 
5Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3 
6Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2 
7Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar1 
8Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo1 
9John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Teams classification
1FDJ15:59:12 
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
3Sky Procycling  
4Movistar Team  
5Team Europcar  
6La Pomme Marseille  
7Ag2R La Mondiale  
8Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
9Team NSP-Ghost  
10Accent Jobs - Wanty  
11Sojasun  
12Bigmat - Auber 93  
13Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
14Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela  
15Atlas Personal - Jakroo  

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