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Tour de l'Ain 2014

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August 12-16

August 12, Prologue: Saint-Amour - Saint-Amour 4.6km

Meersman wins Tour de l'Ain prologue

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Cycling News
Published:
August 12, 2014, 20:45 BST,
Updated:
August 12, 2014, 21:39 BST

Alaphilippe, Serry, Urah make Omega Pharma top 4 sweep

Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) on the podium

Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) on the podium

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On a day when Omega Pharma-Quickstep took over the lead of the Eneco Tour and won the stage with Zdenek Stybar, it continued that success across the French border when Gianni Meersman led the team to a four-man sweep of the top spots in the prologue of Tour de l'Ain.

Meersman blasted around the 4.6km course in St. Amour to repeat his opening victory of 2013, this time followed closely by teammates Julian Alaphilippe, Pieter Serry and Rigoberto Uran in close succession. Cofidis's Jerome Coppel was the best of the rest.

"I am really happy because this morning I thought about this exact result," Meersman said. "I thought about how I won this stage last year and, why not, I can try to win it again. A time trial is a fight against yourself. It's a question of how deep you want to go."

Meersman was perhaps buoyed by his recent performance in the Tour de Wallonie, where he finished second in four stages before finally taking the stage victory and overall win on the final day.

While last year, Meersman clocked a 5:31 for a 3.3km course, this year the stage was much faster, and it only took 5:22 to complete a course 1300m longer.

"The course was different from last year in that it was not so technical, but the last 500 meters were uphill. I think that section is where I won the race."

The secret to the team's success was a morning reconnaissance of the course, where the team trained for two hours on the time trial bikes and did five laps of the course. Having the top of the leader board stacked with teammates also opens up options for tactics in the coming stages.

"We're here with six strong guys," Meersman said. "Tomorrow we will try to defend my leader's jersey. It won't be easy with six riders instead of eight, but that's the same problem for everybody in the peloton. We'll do our best to figure out how to defend my leadership in the best way possible."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:05:22.52  
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:01.64  
3 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:03.29  
4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:03.35  
5 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:04.90  
6 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:04.99  
7 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:06.04  
8 Timo Roosen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:07.02  
9 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:08.46  
10 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:08.58  
11 Julien Loubet (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:11.26  
12 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:11.23  
13 Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:11.56  
14 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:12.17  
15 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:12.44  
16 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:13.35  
17 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:13.39  
18 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:13.58  
19 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia 0:00:13.69  
20 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:13.91  
21 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:14.00  
22 Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:14.91  
23 Artur Fedosseyev (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:15.67  
24 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:15.97  
25 Sam Oomen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:16.15  
26 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:16.20  
27 Derk Abel Beckeringh (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:16.22  
28 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp 0:00:16.27  
29 Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:16.31  
30 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:16.38  
31 Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:16.71  
32 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:17.10  
33 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:17.25  
34 Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Garmin Sharp 0:00:17.55  
35 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:17.56  
36 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:17.59  
37 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:17.82  
38 Jérémy Cornu (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:18.62  
39 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:18.64  
40 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:18.90  
41 Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:19.12  
42 Jérôme Mainard (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:19.17  
43 Alo Jakin (Est) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:20.06  
44 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar 0:00:20.23  
45 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:21.34  
46 Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:21.38  
47 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia 0:00:21.87  
48 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:22.01  
49 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:22.18  
50 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:22.42  
51 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:22.53  
52 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:23.15  
53 Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia 0:00:23.24  
54 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:23.31  
55 Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:00:23.63  
56 Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:00:23.88  
57 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp 0:00:24.43  
58 Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole    
59 Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:24.85  
60 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia 0:00:25.62  
61 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:25.77  
62 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
63 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:25.81  
64 Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:26.11  
65 Alexis Dulin (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:26.27  
66 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:26.99  
67 Steven Tronet (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:27.07  
68 Roman Semyonov (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:27.09  
69 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:27.67  
70 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:27.71  
71 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:28.21  
72 Rémi Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:28.95  
73 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:28.99  
74 Pierre Gouault (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:29.35  
75 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:29.43  
76 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:29.57  
77 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:29.80  
78 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia 0:00:30.17  
79 Viktor Okishev (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:30.30  
80 Pavel Gatskiy (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:30.64  
81 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:00:30.92  
82 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:30.96  
83 Jaume Rovira Pous (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:00:31.29  
84 Dan Craven (Nam) Team Europcar 0:00:32.62  
85 Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:00:33.52  
86 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:34.41  
87 Jonathan Parades Hernandez (Col) Colombia 0:00:34.95  
88 Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:36.52  
89 Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:37.48  
90 Antoine Lavieu (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:39.90  
91 Jérôme Gilbert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:44.89  
92 Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Team Ecuador 0:00:45.57  
93 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:49.08  
94 Maxime Renault (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:51.78  
95 Isaac Carbonell Rabat (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:01:03.20  
96 Galym Akhmetov (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:01:09.13  
General classification after prologue
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:05:22  
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:02  
3 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:03  
4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
5 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:05  
6 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement    
7 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:06  
8 Timo Roosen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:07  
9 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:08  
10 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:09  
11 Julien Loubet (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:11  
12 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
13 Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:12  
14 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93    
15 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
16 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:13  
17 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
18 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:14  
19 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombia    
20 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
21 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) Equipe de France    
22 Romain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:15  
23 Artur Fedosseyev (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:16  
24 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13    
25 Sam Oomen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team    
26 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
27 Derk Abel Beckeringh (Ned) Rabobank Development Team    
28 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp    
29 Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) C.T. Astana    
30 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
31 Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:17  
32 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13    
33 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Equipe de France    
34 Dylan Girdlestone (RSA) Garmin Sharp 0:00:18  
35 Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
36 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr    
37 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Equipe de France    
38 Jérémy Cornu (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:19  
39 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
40 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
41 Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
42 Jérôme Mainard (Fra) Equipe de France    
43 Alo Jakin (Est) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:20  
44 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar    
45 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:21  
46 Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole    
47 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia 0:00:22  
48 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement    
49 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
50 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
51 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:23  
52 Julien El Fares (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13    
53 Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia    
54 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr    
55 Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:00:24  
56 Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Team Ecuador    
57 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp    
58 Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole    
59 Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:25  
60 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia 0:00:26  
61 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement    
62 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
63 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar    
64 Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93    
65 Alexis Dulin (Fra) Equipe de France    
66 Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:27  
67 Steven Tronet (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93    
68 Roman Semyonov (Kaz) C.T. Astana    
69 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:28  
70 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr    
71 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement    
72 Rémi Di Gregorio (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:29  
73 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13    
74 Pierre Gouault (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93    
75 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
76 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:30  
77 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert    
78 Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia    
79 Viktor Okishev (Kaz) C.T. Astana    
80 Pavel Gatskiy (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:31  
81 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp    
82 Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole    
83 Jaume Rovira Pous (Spa) Team Ecuador    
84 Dan Craven (Nam) Team Europcar 0:00:33  
85 Higinio Fernandez (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:00:34  
86 Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin Sharp    
87 Jonathan Parades Hernandez (Col) Colombia 0:00:35  
88 Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:37  
89 Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:38  
90 Antoine Lavieu (Fra) Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:40  
91 Jérôme Gilbert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:45  
92 Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Team Ecuador 0:00:46  
93 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:49  
94 Maxime Renault (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:52  
95 Isaac Carbonell Rabat (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:01:03  
96 Galym Akhmetov (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:01:09  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 15  pts
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 12  
3 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 10  
4 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 8  
5 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 6  
6 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 5  
7 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 4  
8 Timo Roosen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 3  
9 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 2  
10 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 1  
Young rider classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:05:24  
2 Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:04  
3 Timo Roosen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:05  
4 Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:11  
5 Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:12  
6 Artur Fedosseyev (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:14  
7 Sam Oomen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team    
8 Derk Abel Beckeringh (Ned) Rabobank Development Team    
9 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:15  
10 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:16  
11 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Rabobank Development Team 0:00:21  
12 Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia    
13 Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:23  
14 Alexis Dulin (Fra) Equipe de France 0:00:24  
15 Roman Semyonov (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:25  
16 Pierre Gouault (Fra) Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:27  
17 Viktor Okishev (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:00:28  
18 Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:00:29  
19 Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:35  
20 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:47  
21 Isaac Carbonell Rabat (Spa) Team Ecuador 0:01:01  
22 Galym Akhmetov (Kaz) C.T. Astana 0:01:07  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step C.T. 0:16:11  
2 Rabobank Development Team 0:00:24  
3 Cofidis Solutions Crédit 0:00:28  
4 Bretagne - Séché Environnement 0:00:29  
5 Equipe de France 0:00:37  
6 Garmin - Sharp 0:00:38  
7 Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:40  
8 Team Europcar 0:00:42  
9 AG2R la Mondiale    
10 Team La Pomme Marseille 13 0:00:51  
11 Bigmat - Auber 93 0:00:53  
12 Colombia 0:00:54  
13 C.T. Astana    
14 FDJ.fr 0:01:04  
15 Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:01:05  
16 Team Ecuador 0:01:14