Tour du Haut Var: Vanmarcke wins stage 1

Belgian beats El Fares and Ciccone to take first win since 2016

Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First) won stage 1 of the Tour du Haut Var in the south of France, beating Julien El Fares (Delko Marseille Provence) in the sprint after mimosa pollen made a late descent treacherous and sparked numerous crashes.

It is Vanmarcke’s first win since 2016 as he follows an alternative build-up to the spring Classics. It was EF Education First's fifth win of the 2019 season. Last year, the team recorded six victories in total.

“I’m really happy to win. It’s my first win in nearly three years. It feels so good to be back on the top step,” said Vanmarcke.

The 154-kilometre stage was over undulating terrain. Groupama-FDJ did the pace-setting in the peloton behind the three-rider breakaway for team leader Thibaut Pinot but he crashed on the descent, as did French rival Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale). Both suffered road rash but managed to chase and finish with the select Vanmarcke group.

“There was a false flat part with 30-kilometers to go,” said sport director Ken Vanmarcke, Sep’s older brother. “If the gap to the breakaway was small, we wanted to anticipate action with Sep and Matti [Breschel]. The gap wasn’t small enough to do anything then, but on the second to last climb, the gap was down to 40-seconds and Lachlan [Morton] tried to go across. The climb was too short for that.”

EF Education First then regrouped ahead of the last climb and Vanmarcke confirmed his early-season form.

“Normally the final would be hard for me with a five kilometre climb but I felt really good all day, and I wanted to give it a try,” he explained.

Only 20 riders remained in contention over the top, Vanmarcke and Hugh Carthy among them. Crashes and splits on the descent further reduced the group to 14 riders for the four-kilometre flat run-in to the line.

“Hugh knew Sep had a big chance to win the sprint, and immediately started riding in the front of the group to keep the pace high,” said Ken Vanmarcke.

“He pulled into the last corner,” Sep added. “I could focus on the sprint. My timing was good. I made it a long sprint and could hold on to take the win.”

The Tour du Haut Var continues on Saturday with a hilly 200-kilometre day between Le Cannent-des-Maures and Mons.

“We will enjoy the jersey, but we have to be realistic,” said Ken Vanmarcke. “Sep won’t have the jersey on Sunday evening. We will try to keep it on the team but on different shoulders.”

“Tomorrow (Saturday – ed) will be another hard day, and on Sunday the final is on a longer climb,” said Sep. “I want to give something back to Hugh. He’s our strongest climber here, and I suspect well work for him this weekend.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First4:00:22 
2Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
3Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
4Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
5Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
7Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
8Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
9Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
10Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
11Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
12Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First  
15Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:00:14 
16Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel-Auber 930:00:30 
17Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
19Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:38 
20Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
21Matteo Busato (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:41 
22Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:00:52 
23Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
24Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
25Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:01:14 
27Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First  
28Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
29Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
30Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:40 
31Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
32Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
33Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
34Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
35Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
36Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
37Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First  
38Amael Moinard (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
39Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:32 
40Davide Rebellin (Ita) Sovac  
41Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
42Tom Dernies (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
43Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
44Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie  
45Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
46Camille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
47Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie Bruxelles  
48Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
49Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:35 
50Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:58 
51Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
52Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:01 
53Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:10 
54Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
55Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
56Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Jérémy Maison (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
58Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
59Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First0:03:46 
60Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:04:12 
61Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
62Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:32 
63Nicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:06:20 
64Victor Langellotti (Mon) Burgos-BH  
65Jonas Aaen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:06:52 
66Yoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:07:03 
67Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
68Romain Le Roux (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
69Arthur Vichot (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
70Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
71Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
72Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:08:42 
73Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ  
74Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
75Christophe Masson (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
76Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
77Gotzon Udondo Santamaria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
78Thibault Ferasse (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
79Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
80Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct Energie  
81Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
82James Mitri (NZl) Burgos-BH  
83Matti Breschel (Den) EF Education First  
84Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
85Brice Feillu (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
86Kenny Molly (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
87Nicolas Baldo (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
88Laurent Evrard (Bel) Sovac  
89Morné Van Niekerk (RSA) St Michel-Auber 93  
90Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
91Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
92Maxime Cam (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
93Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
94Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:11:01 
95Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:12:44 
96Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
97Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
98Jaume Sureda Morey (Spa) Burgos-BH  
99Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Burgos-BH  
100Nuno Matos (Por) Burgos-BH  
101Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
102Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
103Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
104Abderrahmane Mehdi Hamza (Alg) Sovac  
105Mathijs Paasschens (Ned) Wallonie Bruxelles  
106Franklin Six (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
107Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
108Romain Hardy (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
109Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
110Justin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
111Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
112Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
113Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
114Islam Mansouri (Alg) Sovac0:14:44 
115Urko Berrade Fernandez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:16:34 
OTLAlvaro Robredo Crespo (Spa) Burgos-BH0:33:31 
OTLMatthew Gibson (GBr) Burgos-BH  
DNFMoreno Hofland (Ned) EF Education First  
DNFBeñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFHamza Mansouri (Alg) Sovac  
DNFNassim Saidi (Alg) Sovac  
DNFMohamed Bouzidi (Alg) Sovac  
Sprint 1 - Tourette s/Loup
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits6 pts
2Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct Energie4 
3Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo2 
Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First25 pts
2Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM20 
3Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo16 
4Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ14 
5Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale12 
6Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team10 
7Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy9 
8Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ8 
9Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec7 
10Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles6 
11Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5 
12Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4 
13Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
14Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First2 
15Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ1 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First4:00:22 
2Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
3Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
4Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
5Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
6Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
7Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy  
8Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
9Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
10Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
11Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
12Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
13Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First  
15Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:00:14 
16Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel-Auber 930:00:30 
17Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
19Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:38 
20Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
21Matteo Busato (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:41 
22Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:00:52 
23Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
24Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
25Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:01:14 
27Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First  
28Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
29Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
30Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:40 
31Alexander Cataford (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
32Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
33Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
34Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
35Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
36Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
37Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Education First  
38Amael Moinard (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
39Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:32 
40Davide Rebellin (Ita) Sovac  
41Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
42Tom Dernies (Bel) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
43Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
44Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie  
45Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
46Camille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
47Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie Bruxelles  
48Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
49Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:35 
50Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:58 
51Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
52Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:01 
53Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:10 
54Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
55Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
56Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Jérémy Maison (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
58Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
59Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First0:03:46 
60Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:04:12 
61Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
62Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:32 
63Nicolai Philip Brochner Nielsen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:06:20 
64Victor Langellotti (Mon) Burgos-BH  
65Jonas Aaen (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:06:52 
66Yoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:07:03 
67Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
68Romain Le Roux (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
69Arthur Vichot (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
70Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy  
71Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
72Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:08:42 
73Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ  
74Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
75Christophe Masson (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
76Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
77Gotzon Udondo Santamaria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
78Thibault Ferasse (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
79Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
80Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct Energie  
81Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo  
82James Mitri (NZl) Burgos-BH  
83Matti Breschel (Den) EF Education First  
84Florian Vachon (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
85Brice Feillu (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
86Kenny Molly (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
87Nicolas Baldo (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
88Laurent Evrard (Bel) Sovac  
89Morné Van Niekerk (RSA) St Michel-Auber 93  
90Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
91Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
92Maxime Cam (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
93Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
94Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:11:01 
95Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:12:44 
96Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
97Alexander Kamp (Den) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team  
98Jaume Sureda Morey (Spa) Burgos-BH  
99Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Burgos-BH  
100Nuno Matos (Por) Burgos-BH  
101Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
102Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
103Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
104Abderrahmane Mehdi Hamza (Alg) Sovac  
105Mathijs Paasschens (Ned) Wallonie Bruxelles  
106Franklin Six (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
107Ludovic Robeet (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
108Romain Hardy (Fra) Arkéa Samsic  
109Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
110Justin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
111Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
112Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
113Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
114Islam Mansouri (Alg) Sovac0:14:44 
115Urko Berrade Fernandez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:16:34 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First25 pts
2Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM20 
3Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo16 
4Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ14 
5Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale12 
6Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team10 
7Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy9 
8Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ8 
9Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec7 
10Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles6 
11Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5 
12Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4 
13Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3 
14Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First2 
15Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo12 pts
2Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo10 
3Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First8 
4Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits8 
5Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie6 
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
7Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct Energie4 
8Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ2 
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucas Eriksson (Swe) Riwal Readynez Cycling Team4:00:22 
2Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
3Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:52 
5Fernando Barcelo Aragon (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:01:40 
6Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec  
7Tom Wirtgen (Lux) Wallonie Bruxelles0:02:32 
8Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:03:10 
9Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:32 
10Victor Langellotti (Mon) Burgos-BH0:06:20 
11Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Direct Energie0:08:42 
12James Mitri (NZl) Burgos-BH  
13Kenny Molly (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
14Morné Van Niekerk (RSA) St Michel-Auber 93  
15Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
16Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:12:44 
17Jaume Sureda Morey (Spa) Burgos-BH  
18Mathijs Paasschens (Ned) Wallonie Bruxelles  
19Franklin Six (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles  
20Islam Mansouri (Alg) Sovac0:14:44 
21Urko Berrade Fernandez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:16:34 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Groupama-FDJ12:01:20 
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:16 
3EF Education First0:01:00 
4Trek-Segafredo0:01:16 
5AG2R La Mondiale0:01:26 
6Riwal Readynez Cycling Team0:01:30 
7Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:02:07 
8Israel Cycling Academy0:03:06 
9Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:03:34 
10St Michel-Auber 930:04:02 
11Wallonie Bruxelles0:05:16 
12Direct Energie0:05:23 
13Arkéa Samsic0:05:28 
14Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:11:13 
15Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:14:10 
16Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:18:50 
17Sovac0:23:44 
18Burgos-BH0:27:32 

 

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