Poulhies prevails in Saint-Vulbas

Time bonus moves Romain Feillu into race lead

Stéphane Poulhies (Saur-Sojasun) won the field sprint deciding the 144.4km first stage of the Tour de l'Ain in Saint-Vulbas. The 25-year-old Frenchman bested Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) and Jean-Lou Païani (French National Espoirs Team) for the victory, his team's 19th of the season.

The six-second time bonus earned by Feillu for finishing second moved him into the leader's jersey. Prologue winner Haimar Zubeldia (Team RadioShack) drops into second place, four seconds behind Feillu, while prologue runner-up Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Continental) holds third place on general classification tied on time with Zubeldia.

"The riders are doing well and we will defend the jersey tomorrow," said Hilaire Van Der Schueren, Vacansoleil team manager. "The stages on Friday and Saturday are difficult."

The peloton faces a 138.8km stage from Le Parc Des Oiseaux to Trevoux on Thursday.

Full Results
1Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun3:22:09 
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
3Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
4Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
6Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
7Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
9Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
10Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
11Martin Kholer (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
12Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
13Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
14Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
15Pierre Cazeaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
16Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
17Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
18Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
19Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
20Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
21Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
22Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
23Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
24Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
25Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia  
26Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
27Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Rémi Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
29John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
31Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
32Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
33Frédérik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
34Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack  
35Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
36Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
37Nicolas Capdepuy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
38Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
40David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
41Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
42Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
43Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
44Markel Irizar (Spa) Team Radioshack  
45Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
46Thomas Bonnin (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
47Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
48Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
49Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
50Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
51Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
52Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
53Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
54Thibault Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
55Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
56Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
57Yoann Barbas (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
58Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
59Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
60Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
61Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
62Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
63José-Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack  
64Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
66Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
67Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
68Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:46 
69Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
70Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
71Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:49 
72Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
73Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
74Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
75Edouardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller  
76Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia  
77Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
78Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
79Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
80Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
81Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
82Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
83Arnaud Courteille (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
84Steve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
85Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
86Romain Bardet (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
87Franck Bouyer (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
88Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
89Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
90Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:05:50 
91Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
92Khakharman Merey (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
93Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
94Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:06:57 
95Yvan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack  
96Benoît Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
97Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team Radioshack  
98John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team  
99Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
100Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
101Cole House (USA) BMC Racing Team  
102Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
103Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:06:59 
104Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team0:13:56 
105Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
DNFNazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
DNFChristophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
Points
1Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun25pts
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team20 
3Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team16 
4Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller14 
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto12 
6Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun10 
7Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
8Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8 
9Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team7 
10Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne6 
11Martin Kholer (Swi) BMC Racing Team5 
12Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team4 
13Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole3 
14Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole2 
15Pierre Cazeaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
Sprint 1
1Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5pts
2Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team3 
3Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 931 
Mountain 1 - Col de Fay, 116.4km
1Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team10pts
2Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7 
3Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
4David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3 
5Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
Teams
1Roubaix Lille Métropole10:06:27 
2BMC Racing Team  
3Saur - Sojasun  
4French National Espoirs Team  
5Bretagne Schuller  
6AG2R la Mondiale  
7Team HTC - Columbia  
8Rabobank  
9Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
10FDJ  
11Big Mat - Auber 93  
12Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
13Caisse d`Epargne  
14Omega Pharma - Lotto  
15Team Radioshack  
16Skil - Shimano0:00:49 
17Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
18Kazakhstan National Team0:01:32 
General classification after stage 1
1Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3:25:43 
2Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack0:00:04 
3Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
4Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:05 
6Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
7Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
8Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:06 
9Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
10Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
11Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:07 
12Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia  
13Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:09 
14Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
15Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:10 
16Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
17Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
18Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
19Frédérik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
20Martin Kholer (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
21Markel Irizar (Spa) Team Radioshack0:00:11 
22Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
23Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:12 
24Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
26Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:13 
27Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
29José-Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack0:00:14 
30Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
31Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
32Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:15 
34Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
35Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
36Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
37Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:16 
38Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
39Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
40John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:17 
41Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
43Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:18 
44Thibault Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
45Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
46Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:19 
47Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
48Rémi Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
49Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
50Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
51Pierre Cazeaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:20 
52Thomas Bonnin (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
53Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
54Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
55Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
56Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
57Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack0:00:22 
58Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
59Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:23 
60Nicolas Capdepuy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
61Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:25 
62Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
63Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:26 
64Yoann Barbas (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:27 
65Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:28 
66Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:29 
67Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:39 
68Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:01:01 
69Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:02 
70Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:03 
71Romain Bardet (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
72Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano0:01:04 
73Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
74Franck Bouyer (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
75Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
76Steve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:01:05 
77Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
78Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:01:06 
79Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
80Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:01:07 
81Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
82Arnaud Courteille (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:01:08 
83Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:01:09 
84Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:11 
85Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom0:01:12 
86Edouardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:14 
87Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
88Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:01:17 
89Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
90Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:05:57 
91Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:06:11 
92Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:06:13 
93Khakharman Merey (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:06:30 
94John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team0:07:05 
95Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
96Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:09 
97Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team Radioshack0:07:10 
98Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:07:11 
99Yvan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack0:07:12 
100Benoît Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
101Cole House (USA) BMC Racing Team0:07:15 
102Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:07:17 
103Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano0:07:23 
104Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team0:14:09 
105Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:16:59 
Points classification
1Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun25pts
2Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team22 
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun20 
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto20 
5Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team16 
6Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack15 
7Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller14 
8Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental12 
9Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9 
10Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller8 
11Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team7 
12Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team7 
13Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6 
14Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne6 
15Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale5 
16Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne5 
17Martin Kholer (Swi) BMC Racing Team5 
18Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental4 
19Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia3 
20Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole3 
21Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole2 
22Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 931 
23Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team1 
24Pierre Cazeaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
Mountains classification
1Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team10pts
2Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7 
3Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
4David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne3 
5Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
Young riders classification
1Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental3:25:47 
2Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:01 
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
4Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:02 
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
6Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:05 
7Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:06 
8Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:12 
9Thibault Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:14 
10Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
11Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:15 
12Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
13Thomas Bonnin (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:16 
14Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
15Nicolas Capdepuy (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:19 
16Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:22 
17Yoann Barbas (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:23 
18Romain Bardet (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:59 
19Arnaud Courteille (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:01:04 
20Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:01:05 
21Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:07 
22Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:06:07 
23Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:06:09 
24Khakharman Merey (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:06:26 
25Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:07:05 
26Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:07:07 
27Cole House (USA) BMC Racing Team0:07:11 
28Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team0:14:05 
Teams classification
1Team HTC - Columbia10:17:30 
2Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:01 
3BMC Racing Team0:00:04 
4Saur - Sojasun0:00:06 
5Team Radioshack0:00:07 
6Rabobank0:00:09 
7Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:11 
8Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
9French National Espoirs Team0:00:16 
10Roubaix Lille Métropole0:00:18 
11AG2R la Mondiale  
12Big Mat - Auber 930:00:24 
13Bretagne Schuller0:00:27 
14Caisse d`Epargne0:00:29 
15FDJ0:00:31 
16Skil - Shimano0:01:05 
17Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:01:11 
18Kazakhstan National Team0:02:12 
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