Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Viviani wins stage 1

Italian beats Bouhanni and Napolitano

Elia Viviani (Team Sky) won the opening stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, beating Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Danilo Napolitano (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) in a bunch finish in Saintes. It was the Italian's second win in three days after he claimed the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg on Sunday.

The opening part of the stage was enlivened by a five-man escape featuring Julen Amezqueta (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia), Kenneth Van Rooy (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Simone Velasco (Bardiani-CSF), Igor Boev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Jérémy Leveu (Roubaix-Lille Métropole).

The quintet went clear after five kilometres and struck up a sound working alliance to establish a maximum lead of a little over four minutes, before Sky – with Ian Boswell very prominent – and Cofidis set about trimming their advantage down to more manageable proportions.

FDJ and Direct Energie joined the chase shortly after the midway point, which added a little more urgency to the pursuit. With 60 kilometres to go, the gap was down to just 1:15 and it was clear that the escapees were living on borrowed time.

While the leading group began to fragment, with Velasco and Boev pressing clear together, Direct Energie sought to split the peloton inside the final 50 kilometres, with two sustained bouts of forcing in crosswind sections, but despite sending a frisson through the bunch, the race remained together ahead of the finale.

Boev and Velasco, meanwhile, were swept up with 25 kilometres, at which point a bunch finish seemed inevitable. Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) has quickly built up a reputation for a Thomas Voeckler-style never-say-die attitude in his two seasons in the peloton, however, and the Frenchman made an ambitious move off the front in the finale, and he was joined by Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro) and Luca Wackermann (Bardiani-CSF), but they were unable to shake off the attentions of the sprinters' teams.

The finale was fraught as a crash split the peloton with a little under 7 kilometres to go, leaving only 40 riders in contention for the win come the final approach to the line. FDJ were to the fore in the closing kilometres, and they continued to lead beneath the flamme rouge in support of Marc Sarreau.

FDJ's Jacopo Guarnieri led out the sprint for Sarreau, but it was a former Liquigas teammate, Elia Viviani, who proved the quickest in the finishing straight. Viviani delivered another pitch-perfect sprint to claim a fine win and continue his run of August form, which began with second place behind Alexander Kristoff at the European Championships in Herning.

Viviani, who will ride for Quick-Step Floors in 2018, proved too quick in the closing metres for Bouhanni, Napolitano and the fourth-placed Sarreau.

Viviani will carry the overall lead into Wednesday's stage 2 from Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente to Roumazières-Loubert.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky4:47:29 
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
3Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
4Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
5Jordan Levasseur (Fra) Armee de Terre  
6Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
8Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
9Bram Welten (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
10Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
11Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
12Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
13Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
14Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
15Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
16Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
17Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
18Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
19Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
20Damien Touze (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
21Jarl Salomein (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
22Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
23Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
24Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
26Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
27Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
28Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
29Damien Gaudin (Fra) Armee de Terre  
30Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
31Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
32Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
33Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
34Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
35Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
36Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
37Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
38Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
39Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
40Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
42Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
43Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
44Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
45Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
46Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo  
47Nicolas Baldo (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
48Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
49Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
50Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
51Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
52Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
53Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
54Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
56Bruno Armirail (Fra) FDJ  
57Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
58Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
59Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
60Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
61Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
62Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee de Terre  
63Ayden Toovey (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
64Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Armee de Terre  
65Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
66Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
67Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
68Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ0:00:21 
69Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:28 
70Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:43 
71Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:00:55 
72Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
73Jeremy Cabot (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
74Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
75Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:01:00 
76Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:01:09 
77Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:01:31 
78Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
79Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
80Romain Seigle (Fra) FDJ  
81Jeremy Bescond (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
82Bastien Duculty (Fra) Armee de Terre  
83Léo Vincent (Fra) FDJ  
84Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
85Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
86Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
87Alo Jakin (Est) HP BTP - Auber 93  
88Romain Feillu (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
89Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
90Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
91Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
92Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
93Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
94Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
95Lander Seynaeve (Bel) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
96Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
97Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
98Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
99Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
100Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
101Thomas Rostollan (Fra) Armee de Terre  
102Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
103Kevin Lebreton (Fra) Armee de Terre  
104Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
105Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
106Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:03:05 
107Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
108Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
109Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
110Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
111Flavien Dassonville (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
112Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
113Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
114Killian Evenot (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
115Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
116Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
117Bryan Alaphilippe (Fra) Armee de Terre0:03:52 
118Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:22 
119Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:16 
120Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
121Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
122Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
123Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
124Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:05:46 
125Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:34 
126Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:06:40 
127Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:45 
128Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:06:55 
129Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
130Emils Liepins (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:07:28 
131Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:43 
132Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
133Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
134Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
135Clement Orceau (Fra) Direct Energie  
136Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:07:51 
137Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:11:01 
138Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:11:44 
139Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
140Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina  
141Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:13:33 
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky4:47:19 
2Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:04 
3Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:06 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:09 
5Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ0:00:10 
6Jordan Levasseur (Fra) Armee de Terre  
7Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
8Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
9Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
10Bram Welten (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
11Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team  
12Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
13Robin Stenuit (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
14Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
15Luca Wackermann (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
16Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
17Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
18Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
19Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
21Damien Touze (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
22Jarl Salomein (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
23Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
24Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
27Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
28Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
29Rúben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
30Damien Gaudin (Fra) Armee de Terre  
31Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina  
32Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
33Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
34Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
35Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
36Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
37Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
38Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
39Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
40Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
42Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
43Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky  
44Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
45Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
46Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo  
47Nicolas Baldo (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
48Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
49Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
50Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
51Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
52Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
53Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
54Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Stepan Kuriyanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
56Bruno Armirail (Fra) FDJ  
57Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
58Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
59Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
60Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
61Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
62Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee de Terre  
63Ayden Toovey (Aus) Trek-Segafredo  
64Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Armee de Terre  
65Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team  
66Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
67Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
68Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ0:00:31 
69Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:38 
70Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:53 
71Simone Velasco (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:01 
72Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:01:05 
73Jeremy Cabot (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
74Artur Ershov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
75Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:01:10 
76Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:01:19 
77Igor Boev (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:01:33 
78Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:01:38 
79Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:39 
80Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:01:41 
81Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
82Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
83Romain Seigle (Fra) FDJ  
84Jeremy Bescond (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
85Bastien Duculty (Fra) Armee de Terre  
86Léo Vincent (Fra) FDJ  
87Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team  
88Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
89Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
90Alo Jakin (Est) HP BTP - Auber 93  
91Romain Feillu (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
92Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
93Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
94Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
95Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
96Lander Seynaeve (Bel) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
97Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
98Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
99Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo  
100Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
101Thomas Rostollan (Fra) Armee de Terre  
102Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
103Kevin Lebreton (Fra) Armee de Terre  
104Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
105Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
106Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:03:15 
107Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo  
108Alberto Cecchin (Ita) Wilier Triestina  
109Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
110Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
111Flavien Dassonville (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
112Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky  
113Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky  
114Killian Evenot (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
115Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
116Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
117Bryan Alaphilippe (Fra) Armee de Terre0:04:02 
118Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:32 
119Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:26 
120Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
121Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
122Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
123Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
124Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:05:56 
125Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:44 
126Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:06:50 
127Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:55 
128Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:05 
129Marco Maronese (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
130Emils Liepins (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:07:38 
131Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:53 
132Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
133Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
134Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
135Clement Orceau (Fra) Direct Energie  
136Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:08:01 
137Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:11:11 
138Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:11:54 
139Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky  
140Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier Triestina  
141Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:13:43 

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