Mezgec wins stage 2 of Tour du Haut Var

Ben Gastauer seals overall victory

Luka Mezgec (Giant-Alpecin) opened his account for 2015 with victory on the second and final stage of the Tour du Haut Var in Draguignan, while Ben Gastauer (AG2R-La Mondiale) finished safely in the front group to seal the overall win.

The rugged terrain around Draguignan and the rapid pace made for a typically tough afternoon of racing, and Mezgec had to battle simply to remain in contention for the final sprint on the keenly-contested approach to the finish.

"It was hard today and at first look at the stage profile I didn't think I could be present at the finish but coach Aike [Visbeek] and the team had confidence in me and looked after me all day so I have to thank them all," Mezgec said.

The day was marked by a nine-man move that went clear after 50 kilometres, with the AG2R team of Gastauer forced to lead the chase. Johan Le Bon (FDJ) struck out alone from the break in the final hour of racing and held a lead of 1:10 entering the final 20 kilometres but he was swept up soon afterwards.

Davide Rebellin (CCC Sprandi) launched a fierce attack on the Côte des Tuilières in the company of Julien Loubet, but they were pegged back on the undulating approach to the line, with AG2R eager to control affairs.

In the eventual bunch finish, Mezgec timed his effort well to see off the twin challenges of Philippe Gilbert (BMC) and Baptiste Planckaert (Roubaix Lille Metropole). Gastauer was well-placed throughout and after his solo stage win yesterday, that was enough for the Luxembourger to seal overall victory.

"This morning I was really motivated. But, I was also under pressure The gap with the others riders was not very important but the whole team perfectly controlled the race The team was really fantastic," Gastauer said. "I'm very proud of this week-end. First of all, it's my first victory and the first for Ag2r-La Mondiale this year. It's encouraging ahead of next weekend in Drôme - Ardèche and Paris-Nice."

For Mezgec, there was relief at opening his account for the season. "I knew from feelings and the analysis of the numbers in training that I am at a higher level compared to last year but you always need a big result to confirm this for the confidence, so it’s good that I’ve got this win so early in the season," he said.

Mezgec was forced to chase back on after being dropped in the finale, and he praised the efforts of American Chad Haga in setting him up for the sprint. "Together with two others I attacked from the second group and managed to jump across to the leaders where Chad was already present," he said. "It was a big effort but I managed to recover just before the sprint. Chad then got me into the right wheel and I could do a really good sprint."


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin5:03:06 
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
3Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
4Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)  
5Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
6Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
7Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
8Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
9Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
11Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
12Quentin Pacher (Fra) Armee de Terre  
13Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
14Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
15Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team  
16Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar  
17Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Julien Loubet (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
19Joseph Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
20Théo Vimpere (Fra) Auber 93  
21Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
22Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
23Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)  
24Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
25Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
26Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha  
27Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:00:06 
28Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:00:07 
29Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
30Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:09 
31Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling0:00:53 
32Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
33Romain Combaud (Fra) Armee de Terre  
34Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling  
35Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
36Laurent Pichon (Fra)  
37Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
38Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:20 
40Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
41Christophe Premont (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
42Antoine Warnier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
43Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
44Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
45Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
46Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
47Alo Jakin (Est) Auber 93  
48Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
49Serge De Wortelaer (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
50Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
51Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
52Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
53Anthony Maldonado (Fra) Auber 93  
54Yann Guyot (Fra) Armee de Terre  
55Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
56Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
57Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
58Kevin Ista (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
59Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
60Jerome Mainard (Fra) Armee de Terre  
61Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
62Pierre Gouault (Fra) Auber 93  
63Yoann Barbas (Fra) Armee de Terre  
64Maxime Renault (Fra) Auber 93  
65Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
66Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
67Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
68Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
69Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
70Anthony Geslin (Fra)  
71Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
72Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
73Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
74Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
75Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
76Kévin Reza (Fra)  
77Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
78Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
79David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling  
80César Bihel (Fra) Auber 930:04:21 
81Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
82Oddbjorn Klomsten Andersen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo0:04:51 
83Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli0:05:11 
84Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling  
85Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:08:07 
86Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
87Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:09:39 
88Jeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
89Jérôme Gilbert (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
90Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
91Jussi Veikkanen (Fin)  
92Julien Guay (Fra) Auber 93  
93Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
94Johan Le Bon (Fra)  
95Kai Reus (Ned) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
96Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
97Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
98Jimmy Raibaud (Fra) Armee de Terre  
99Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
100Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
101Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
102Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
103Olivier Le Gac (Fra)  
104Clément Penven (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
105Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
106Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:28 
107Louis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
108Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
109Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
110Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
111Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
112Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFJonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling  
DNFCheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFChetout Loic (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFStéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFOscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFFabio Taborre (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
DNFNikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFMarek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFGrzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
DNFClement Saint Martin (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFDieter Bouvry (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFRudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFBenoît Sinner (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFThomas Wertz (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
DNFNiels De Rooze (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFDirk Finders (Ger) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFEdwig Cammaerts (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFGorik Gardeyn (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFMelvin Rulliere (Fra) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFOlivier Pardini (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
DNFDamien Garcia (Fra) Team Froy Oslo  
DNFHenrik Steen Haugen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo  
DNFJon Soeveras Breivold (Nor) Team Froy Oslo  
DNFHenrik Evensen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo  
DNFHalvor Tandrevold (Nor) Team Froy Oslo  
DNFAnders Kristoffersen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo  
DNSRick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
DNSAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNSLinus Gerdemann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNSFabian Wegmann (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNSGustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNSRomain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNSRasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNSTroels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNSMichael Reihs (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNSMartin Mortensen (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale9:14:21 
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:07 
3Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
4Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)  
5Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
6Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha  
7Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
8Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
9Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
10Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
11Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha  
12Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
13Brent Bookwalter United States BMC Racing Team  
14Julien Loubet (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
15Quentin Pacher (Fra) Armee de Terre  
16Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
17Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
18Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team  
19Chad Haga United States Team Giant-Alpecin  
20Théo Vimpere (Fra) Auber 93  
21Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
22Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:00:14 
23Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:16 
25Joseph Rosskopf United States BMC Racing Team0:00:21 
26Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:01:00 
27Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Laurent Pichon (Fra)  
29Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
30Lawrence Warbasse United States IAM Cycling  
31Romain Combaud (Fra) Armee de Terre  
32Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:14 
33Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:23 
34Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar0:01:42 
35Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team0:01:52 
36Patrick Schelling (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:35 
37Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:27 
38Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
39Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha  
41Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
42Antoine Warnier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
43Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
44Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
45Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
47Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
48Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar  
49Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr0:03:40 
50Gaetan Bille (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team0:03:41 
51Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
52Yoann Barbas (Fra) Armee de Terre  
53Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
54Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM0:03:48 
55Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:02 
56Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:04:28 
57César Bihel (Fra) Auber 930:04:48 
58Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:57 
59David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling0:05:02 
60Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:05:04 
61Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:05:37 
62Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team0:05:43 
63Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli0:05:50 
64Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:30 
65Kevin Ista (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:06:53 
66Yann Guyot (Fra) Armee de Terre0:06:58 
67Alo Jakin (Est) Auber 930:07:00 
68Serge De Wortelaer (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
69Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
70Jerome Mainard (Fra) Armee de Terre  
71Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
72Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
73Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
74Oddbjorn Klomsten Andersen (Nor) Team Froy Oslo0:08:31 
75Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:09:46 
76Christophe Premont (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team  
77Pierre Gouault (Fra) Auber 93  
78Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 930:09:50 
79Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:10:07 
80Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:10:21 
81Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr0:11:10 
82Olivier Le Gac (Fra)  
83Jimmy Raibaud (Fra) Armee de Terre0:11:18 
84Julien Guay (Fra) Auber 930:11:23 
85Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Team Marseille 13 KTM0:12:08 
86Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:12:43 
87Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:12:45 
88Anthony Maldonado (Fra) Auber 93  
89Maxime Renault (Fra) Auber 93  
90Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
91Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:12:47 
92Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:13:19 
93Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
94Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
95Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
96Stef Van Zummeren (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team0:13:46 
97Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:14:08 
98Clément Penven (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM0:14:15 
99Simon Pellaud (Swi) IAM Cycling0:14:34 
100Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:14:37 
101Kai Reus (Ned) Verandas Willems Cycling Team0:15:03 
102Jeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:16:05 
103Jussi Veikkanen (Fin)  
104Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
105Antoine Demoitie (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:16:58 
106Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:18 
107Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team0:17:24 
108Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:17:32 
109Jérôme Gilbert (Bel) Verandas Willems Cycling Team0:19:02 
110Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:19:04 
111Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:19:53 
112Louis Verhelst (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:19:59 
Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team36 pts
2Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale29 
3Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement29 
4Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin25 
5Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr22 
6Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole20 
7Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Team Katusha15 
8Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM12 
9Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits12 
10Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin10 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Team Marseille 13 KTM48 pts
2Serge De Wortelaer (Bel) Veranclassic - Ekoi24 
3Julien Guay (Fra) Auber 9316 
4Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice15 
5Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale14 
6Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin10 
7Julien Loubet (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM10 
8Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin10 
9Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr10 
10Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement8 
Youth classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Quentin Pacher (Fra) Armee de Terre9:14:28 
2Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
3Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:53 
4Romain Combaud (Fra) Armee de Terre  
5Antoine Duchesne (Can) Team Europcar0:01:35 
6Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:20 
7Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin  
8Antoine Warnier (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
9Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
10Yoann Paillot (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM0:03:41 


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