Casper takes sprint victory

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
1Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun3:16:26 
2Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
3Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
4Daryl Impey (RSA) Team NetApp  
5Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
6Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
7Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
8Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ  
9Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
10Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
11Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
12Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
13Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
14Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
15Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
16Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
17Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
18Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
19Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
20Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
21Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
23Daan Olivier (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
24Emilien Viennet (Fra) France Espoir Team  
25Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
26Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp  
27Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
29Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
30Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp  
31Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana  
32Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
33Rudy Molard (Fra) France Espoir Team  
34Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
35Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
36Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
37Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
38Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
39Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
40Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
41Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp  
43John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Axel Domont (Fra) France Espoir Team  
45Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
46Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
47Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
48Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
49Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
50Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
51Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
52Romain Bardet (Fra) France Espoir Team  
53Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
54Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
55Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
56Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp  
57Warren Barguil (Fra) France Espoir Team  
58Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
59Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
60Robert Retschke (Ger) Team NetApp  
61David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
62Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
63Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
64Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
65Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
66Florian Le Corre (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
67Sander Oostlander (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
68Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
69Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
70Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
71Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
72John Edibberto Martinez Montero (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
73Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
74Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
75Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
76Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
77Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
78Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
79Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
80Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
81Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
82David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
83Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team  
84Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
85Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
86Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
87Sylvain Georges (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
88Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
89Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
90Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
91Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
92Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
93Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:00:18 
94Zachary Bell (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:00:24 
95Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:14 
96Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:04 
Points
1Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun25pts
2Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller20 
3Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano16 
4Daryl Impey (RSA) Team NetApp14 
5Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team12 
6Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team10 
7Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole9 
8Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ8 
9Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7 
10Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar6 
11Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C105 
12Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C104 
13Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano3 
14Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar2 
15Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana1 
Sprint 1 - Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey, 15.5km
1Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ5pts
2Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team3 
3Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 931 
Mountain 1 - Côte de Chaillon (Cat. 4) 23.3km
1Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ5pts
2Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team3 
3Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 931 
Mountain 2 - Côte de Gévrieux (Cat. 4) 56.4km
1Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ5pts
2Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 933 
3Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller1 
Teams
1Team Europcar9:49:18 
2Rabobank Continental Team  
3Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
4Roubaix Lille Métropole  
5Team NetApp  
6Skil - Shimano  
7Saur - Sojasun  
8Bretagne - Schuller  
9AG2R la Mondiale  
10Pro Team Astana  
11FDJ  
12France Espoir Team  
13Big Mat - Auber 93  
14Team Spidertech Powered by C10  
15Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe de Colombia  
16Cofidis, Le Crédit en Ligne  
General classification after stage 1
1Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team3:20:59 
2Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp  
3Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:01 
4Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
6Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:00:03 
7Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:04 
8Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
9Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:05 
10Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:07 
11Sander Oostlander (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
12Daryl Impey (RSA) Team NetApp0:00:08 
13Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana  
14Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
15Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:09 
16Daan Olivier (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
17Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
18Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:10 
19David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
21Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
22Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
23Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:00:11 
24Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
25Sylvain Georges (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
26Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ  
27Ryan Anderson (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:00:12 
28Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
29Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
30Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
31Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetApp0:00:13 
32Rudy Molard (Fra) France Espoir Team  
33Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
34Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
36Kevin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:14 
37Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano  
38Bryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
39Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
40David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
41Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
42Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
43Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:15 
44Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
45Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
46Emilien Viennet (Fra) France Espoir Team  
47Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:00:16 
48Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
49Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp  
50Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
51Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
52Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:00:17 
53Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
54Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
55Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:18 
56Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
57Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
58Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
59Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
60Robert Retschke (Ger) Team NetApp0:00:19 
61Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
62Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
64Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
65Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
66Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp  
67John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
68Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:20 
69Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
70Warren Barguil (Fra) France Espoir Team  
71Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
72Florian Le Corre (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
73Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:21 
74Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:00:22 
75Juan Villegas (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia  
76Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:23 
77Romain Bardet (Fra) France Espoir Team  
78Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:24 
79Julien Guay (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
80Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:25 
81Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team  
82Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team  
83John Edibberto Martinez Montero (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:00:26 
84Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
85Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:27 
86Axel Domont (Fra) France Espoir Team0:00:28 
87Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:00:30 
88Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:00:31 
89Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:00:35 
90Zachary Bell (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:00:36 
91Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:39 
92Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:40 
93Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:56 
94Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:28 
95Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia0:01:45 
96Sébastien Joly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:22 
Points classification
1Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun25pts
2Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller20 
3Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team16 
4Robin Chaigneau (Ned) Skil - Shimano16 
5Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team15 
6Daryl Impey (RSA) Team NetApp15 
7Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp12 
8Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
9Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team10 
10Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole9 
11Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun8 
12Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ8 
13Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team7 
14Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team6 
15Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar6 
16Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ5 
17Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun5 
18Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C105 
19Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C104 
20Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team3 
21Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar3 
22Martin Reimer (Ger) Skil - Shimano3 
23Sander Oostlander (Ned) Skil - Shimano2 
24Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar2 
25Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 931 
26Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana1 
27Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Col) Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe De Colombia-15 
Mountains classification
1Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ10pts
2Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 934 
3Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team3 
4Eric Berthou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller1 
Young riders classification
1Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team3:20:59 
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:00:03 
3Jasper Bovenhuis (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:00:04 
4Daan Olivier (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:00:09 
5Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:00:10 
6Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
7Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:11 
8Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:12 
9Rudy Molard (Fra) France Espoir Team0:00:13 
10Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:14 
11Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:15 
12Emilien Viennet (Fra) France Espoir Team  
13Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ0:00:20 
14Warren Barguil (Fra) France Espoir Team  
15Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:00:22 
16Romain Bardet (Fra) France Espoir Team0:00:23 
17Nicky Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental Team0:00:25 
18Yoann Michaud (Fra) France Espoir Team  
19Axel Domont (Fra) France Espoir Team0:00:28 
20Hugo Houle (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:00:35 
21Thomas Bonnin (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:39 
Teams classification
1Rabobank Continental Team10:03:04 
2Saur - Sojasun0:00:09 
3Team NetApp0:00:14 
4AG2R la Mondiale0:00:17 
5Team Europcar0:00:18 
6Skil - Shimano0:00:25 
7Team Spidertech Powered by C100:00:26 
8Pro Team Astana0:00:27 
9Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:28 
10FDJ  
11Cofidis, Le Crédit en Ligne0:00:30 
12Big Mat - Auber 930:00:32 
13Roubaix Lille Métropole0:00:33 
14Bretagne - Schuller0:00:37 
15France Espoir Team0:00:41 
16Colombia Es Pasion - Cafe de Colombia0:00:47 

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