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Tour de l'Ain - La route du progrès 2011

Date range:
August 9-13, 2011

August 10, Stage 1: Meximieux - Saint-Vulbas 139.6km

Casper takes sprint victory

By:
Peter Hymas
Published:
August 10, 2011, 16:59 BST,
Updated:
August 10, 2011, 19:38 BST

Kelderman remains in leader's jersey

Jimmy Casper (Saur-Sojasun) has won stage one of the Tour de l'Ain, covering 139.6km from Meximieux to Saint-Vulbas. The 33-year-old Frenchman outsprinted Romain Hardy (Bretagne-Schuller) and Robin Chaigneau (Skil-Shimano) in the bunch gallop finale to claim his sixth victory of the season.

Overnight leader Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Continental Team) remains in the leader's jersey, tied on time with Jan Barta (Team NetApp). Today's stage winner's time bonus moves Casper up into third place on general classification, one second down on Kelderman.

The stage was dominated by a four-man break which formed after only 10km of racing. The escapees included Eric Berthou (Bretagne-Schuller), Arthur Vichot (FDJ), Jonathan Thire (Big Mat-Auber 93) and Yoann Michaud (France Espoir Team).

Berthou, Thire and Michaud were finally brought back by the peloton with five kilometres remaining, while Vichot pushed on alone before being caught within sight of the flamme rouge. The FDJ Frenchman's efforts did not go un-rewarded, however, as he was the first over both classified climbs on the day and earned the Tour de l'Ain's mountains classification jersey.

The peloton faces a slightly hillier stage tomorrow as they travel 153.6km between Parc des Oiseaux and Bellignat. Four classified climbs are on tap for Thursday, one 4th category ascent and three 3rd category climbs, with the final climb situated just 6.3km from the finish.

Full Results
1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 3:16:26  
2 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
3 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
4 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team NetApp    
5 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
6 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
7 Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
8 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ    
9 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
10 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
11 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
12 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
13 Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
14 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
15 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
16 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
17 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
18 Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
19 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
20 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
21 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
22 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
23 Daan Olivier (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
24 Emilien Viennet (Fra) France Espoir Team    
25 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
26 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp    
27 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
28 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
29 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
30 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp    
31 Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana    
32 Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar    
33 Rudy Molard (Fra) France Espoir Team    
34 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
35 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
36 Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
37 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
38 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
39 Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
40 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
41 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
42 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp    
43 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
44 Axel Domont (Fra) France Espoir Team    
45 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
46 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
47 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
48 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
49 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
50 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
51 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    
52 Romain Bardet (Fra) France Espoir Team    
53 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
54 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ    
55 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
56 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp    
57 Warren Barguil (Fra) France Espoir Team    
58 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
59 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
60 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team NetApp    
61 David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
62 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
63 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
64 Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
65 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
66 Florian Le Corre (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
67 Sander Oostlander (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
68 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
69 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
70 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
71 Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
72 John Edibberto Martinez Montero (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
73 Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
74 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
75 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
76 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ    
77 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
78 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
79 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
80 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
81 Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
82 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
83 Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team    
84 Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
85 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ    
86 Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
87 Sylvain Georges (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
88 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
89 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
90 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
91 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
92 Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
93 Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:18  
94 Zachary Bell (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:24  
95 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:01:14  
96 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:02:04  
Points
1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 25 pts
2 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 20  
3 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 16  
4 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team NetApp 14  
5 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 12  
6 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 10  
7 Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 9  
8 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ 8  
9 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 7  
10 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar 6  
11 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 5  
12 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 4  
13 Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano 3  
14 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 2  
15 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 1  
Sprint 1 - Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey, 15.5km
1 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 5 pts
2 Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team 3  
3 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 1  
Mountain 1 - Côte de Chaillon (Cat. 4) 23.3km
1 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 5 pts
2 Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team 3  
3 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 1  
Mountain 2 - Côte de Gévrieux (Cat. 4) 56.4km
1 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 5 pts
2 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 3  
3 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 1  
Teams
1 Team Europcar 9:49:18  
2 Rabobank Continental Team    
3 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
4 Roubaix Lille Métropole    
5 Team NetApp    
6 Skil - Shimano    
7 Saur - Sojasun    
8 Bretagne - Schuller    
9 AG2R la Mondiale    
10 Pro Team Astana    
11 FDJ    
12 France Espoir Team    
13 Big Mat - Auber 93    
14 Team Spidertech Powered by C10    
15 Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe de Colombia    
16 Cofidis, Le Crédit en Ligne    
General classification after stage 1
1 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 3:20:59  
2 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp    
3 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:01  
4 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
5 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
6 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 0:00:03  
7 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:04  
8 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
9 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:05  
10 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 0:00:07  
11 Sander Oostlander (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
12 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team NetApp 0:00:08  
13 Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana    
14 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
15 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:09  
16 Daan Olivier (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
17 Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
18 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:10  
19 David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
20 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
21 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
22 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
23 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:00:11  
24 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ    
25 Sylvain Georges (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
26 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ    
27 Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:12  
28 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
29 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
30 Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
31 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp 0:00:13  
32 Rudy Molard (Fra) France Espoir Team    
33 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
34 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
35 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
36 Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:00:14  
37 Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
38 Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar    
39 Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
40 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
41 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
42 Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
43 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:15  
44 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano    
45 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
46 Emilien Viennet (Fra) France Espoir Team    
47 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 0:00:16  
48 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
49 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp    
50 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
51 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
52 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:00:17  
53 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
54 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
55 Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:00:18  
56 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
57 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10    
58 Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Pro Team Astana    
59 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ    
60 Robert Retschke (Ger) Team NetApp 0:00:19  
61 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ    
62 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
63 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
64 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
65 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
66 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp    
67 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
68 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:00:20  
69 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ    
70 Warren Barguil (Fra) France Espoir Team    
71 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93    
72 Florian Le Corre (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
73 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:21  
74 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:22  
75 Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia    
76 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:23  
77 Romain Bardet (Fra) France Espoir Team    
78 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 0:00:24  
79 Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
80 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:00:25  
81 Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team    
82 Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team    
83 John Edibberto Martinez Montero (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 0:00:26  
84 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
85 Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:00:27  
86 Axel Domont (Fra) France Espoir Team 0:00:28  
87 Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:00:30  
88 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 0:00:31  
89 Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:35  
90 Zachary Bell (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:36  
91 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:00:39  
92 Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:40  
93 Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:00:56  
94 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 0:01:28  
95 Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia 0:01:45  
96 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:02:22  
Points classification
1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 25 pts
2 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 20  
3 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 16  
4 Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano 16  
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 15  
6 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team NetApp 15  
7 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp 12  
8 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
9 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 10  
10 Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole 9  
11 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 8  
12 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ 8  
13 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 7  
14 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 6  
15 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar 6  
16 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 5  
17 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 5  
18 Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 5  
19 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 4  
20 Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team 3  
21 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 3  
22 Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano 3  
23 Sander Oostlander (Ned) Skil - Shimano 2  
24 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 2  
25 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 1  
26 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 1  
27 Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia -15  
Mountains classification
1 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 10 pts
2 Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 4  
3 Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team 3  
4 Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller 1  
Young riders classification
1 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 3:20:59  
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 0:00:03  
3 Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 0:00:04  
4 Daan Olivier (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 0:00:09  
5 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 0:00:10  
6 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
7 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:11  
8 Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:12  
9 Rudy Molard (Fra) France Espoir Team 0:00:13  
10 Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 0:00:14  
11 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:00:15  
12 Emilien Viennet (Fra) France Espoir Team    
13 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 0:00:20  
14 Warren Barguil (Fra) France Espoir Team    
15 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:22  
16 Romain Bardet (Fra) France Espoir Team 0:00:23  
17 Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team 0:00:25  
18 Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team    
19 Axel Domont (Fra) France Espoir Team 0:00:28  
20 Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10 0:00:35  
21 Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano 0:00:39  
Teams classification
1 Rabobank Continental Team 10:03:04  
2 Saur - Sojasun 0:00:09  
3 Team NetApp 0:00:14  
4 AG2R la Mondiale 0:00:17  
5 Team Europcar 0:00:18  
6 Skil - Shimano 0:00:25  
7 Team Spidertech Powered by C10 0:00:26  
8 Pro Team Astana 0:00:27  
9 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:28  
10 FDJ    
11 Cofidis, Le Crédit en Ligne 0:00:30  
12 Big Mat - Auber 93 0:00:32  
13 Roubaix Lille Métropole 0:00:33  
14 Bretagne - Schuller 0:00:37  
15 France Espoir Team 0:00:41  
16 Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe de Colombia 0:00:47