Degenkolb wins Tour Méditerranéen opener

Sprint finish to Montagnac

Giant-Shimano's sprinter John Degenkolb racked up his first victory of 2014 in the opening stage of the Tour Méditerranéen, besting Sicilian Danilo Napolitano (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) in the 223.5km stage from Argeles-sur-Mer to Montagnac.

The victory is the team's sixth after Marcel Kittle's hat trick in the Dubai Tour and Tobias Ludvigsson's stage and overall win in Etoile de Bessèges, but Degenkolb finally turned his pair of deuces from Etoile de Bessèges into an ace.

It was a chilly but clear day for the first stage of the Tour Med, and with a long day ahead, and only two category three climbs in the first half of the stage, the script was written well in advance, and five players were happy to come to the fore early in the day.

Juan Pablo Valencia (Colombia), Vegard Stake Laengen (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Pierre Gouault (BigMat-Auber 93) and Fernando Grijalba (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) went out from the gun and quickly gained 20 seconds. Sensing the move was going, Julien Bérard (AG2R La Mondiale) spent a good 10km bridging to the group before he finally made the juncture.

The five worked steadily while the peloton simply clicked off the kilometers, with Giant-Shimano taking the responsibility for keeping the gap around eight minutes.

Grijalba won both of the mountain sprints, followed by Valencia and Laengen in both cases, but then the gap began to slowly shrink.

The stage was going according to the usual plan until they reached a long, straight open road with 85km to go, and a turn into the cross-tailwind caused a rapid acceleration, and broke the peloton into two halves. It also served to quickly reduce the gap to the leaders, and as they reached the finishing circuits the five men had less than four minutes on the bunch.

Giant-Shimano's wicked pace at the front continued to shatter the peloton, and by the time the breakaway was caught with 30km to go, there were five groups on the road, and about 35 men left in front.

Europcar and IAM Cycling were well represented in the front, and finally, as the final lap approached, Giant-Shimano took its foot off the accelerator and allowed the leading group to grow.

Christophe Prémont (Wallonie-Bruxelles) attacked solo into the bell lap, and gained a healthy lead as Degenkolb suffered a mechanical with 10km to go, and his team put on the brakes.

IAM Cycling took up the chase, and together with BMC and Europcar managed to pull back the Frenchman with only 1km to go.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano5:34:01 
2Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
4Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
5Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
6Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
7Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
8Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
9Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
10Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
11Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
12Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
14Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
15Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
16Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
17Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
18Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
19Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
20Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
21Alo Jakin (Est) BigMat - Auber 93  
22Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
23Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
24Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
25Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
26Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
27Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
28Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille  
30Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr  
31Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
32Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr  
33Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
34Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
36Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
37Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
38Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
40Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
41Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
42Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
44Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar  
45Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
46Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing  
47Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
48Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano  
49Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team  
50Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
51Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
52Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
53Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
54Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
55Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
56Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
57Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
58Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
59Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
60Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
61Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
62Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
63Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
64Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh  
66Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
67Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
68Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
69Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr  
71Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
72Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr  
73Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
74Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
75Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
76Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
77Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
78Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
79Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
80Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr  
81Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr  
82Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
83Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
84Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
85Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
86Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
87Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
88Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
89Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
90Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:32 
91Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:00:44 
92Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
93Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:00:59 
94Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
95Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:01:07 
96Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
97Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
98Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:18 
99Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:32 
100Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:47 
101Frédéric Brun (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
102Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
103Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
104Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
105Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
106Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
107Piotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
108Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
109Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
110Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
111Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
112Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
113Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
114Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
115Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:02:00 
116Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:03 
117Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
118Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
119Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:41 
120Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
121Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh0:04:09 
122Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme Marseille  
123Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
124Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
125Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
126Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
127Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
128Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
129Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:06:45 
130Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
131Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
132Pierre Gouault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
133Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh  
134Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
135Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
136Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
137Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha  
138Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
139Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
140Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Raleigh  
141Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia  
142Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
143Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh  
144Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:07:45 
145Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
146Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
147Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
148Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
149Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
150George Atkins (GBr) Team Raleigh  
151Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
152Donato De Ieso (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
153Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
154Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:08:20 
155Joseph Perret (GBr) Team Raleigh0:14:33 
156Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:15:59 
157Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh  
158Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
159Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia  
160Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
161Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
162Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
163Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:17:41 
DNFDiego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano5:34:01 
2Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
3Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
4Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
5Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
6Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
7Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
8Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
9Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
10Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
11Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
12Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano  
14Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
15Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team  
16Yannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
17Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
18Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
19Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
20Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
21Alo Jakin (Est) BigMat - Auber 93  
22Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
23Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
24Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team  
25Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team  
26Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
27Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia  
28Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Domingos André Maciel Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille  
30Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr  
31Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
32Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr  
33Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
34Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
35Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
36Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
37Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
38Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
40Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling  
41Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia  
42Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
44Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar  
45Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
46Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing  
47Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
48Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano  
49Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team  
50Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
51Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
52Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
53Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
54Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
55Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
56Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
57Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
58Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
59Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
60Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
61Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha  
62Gustav Larsson (Swe) IAM Cycling  
63Julien Stassen (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
64Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
65Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh  
66Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia  
67Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
68Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
69Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr  
71Tom Dernies (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
72Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr  
73Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
74Christophe Premont (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
75Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
76Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
77Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
78Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
79Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
80Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr  
81Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ.fr  
82Angelo Pagani (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
83Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
84Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
85Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
86Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
87Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
88Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
89Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
90Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:32 
91Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing0:00:44 
92Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
93Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:00:59 
94Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
95Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:01:07 
96Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
97Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
98Grzegorz Stepniak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:01:18 
99Gert Joeaar (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:32 
100Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:47 
101Frédéric Brun (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
102Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
103Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing  
104Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
105Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
106Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
107Piotr Gawronski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
108Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
109Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
110Jonathan Dufrasne (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
111Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
112Laurent Evrard (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
113Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
114Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli  
115Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat - Auber 930:02:00 
116Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA0:02:03 
117Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
118Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
119Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:41 
120Maxime Anciaux (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles  
121Mark Christian (GBr) Team Raleigh0:04:09 
122Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme Marseille  
123Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
124Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
125Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
126Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
127Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
128Andrea Zordan (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
129Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:06:45 
130Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
131Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling  
132Pierre Gouault (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
133Evan Oliphant (GBr) Team Raleigh  
134Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Polsat Polkowice  
135Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia  
136Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
137Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Team Katusha  
138Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
139Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia  
140Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Team Raleigh  
141Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia  
142Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
143Yanto Barker (GBr) Team Raleigh  
144Quentin Bertholet (Bel) Wallonie - Bruxelles0:07:45 
145Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
146Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Team Katusha  
147Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
148Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat - Auber 93  
149Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA  
150George Atkins (GBr) Team Raleigh  
151Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar  
152Donato De Ieso (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
153Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
154Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:08:20 
155Joseph Perret (GBr) Team Raleigh0:14:33 
156Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:15:59 
157Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh  
158Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
159Darwin Ferney Pantoja Tobar (Col) Colombia  
160Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano  
161Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano  
162Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
163Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:17:41 
DNFDiego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  

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