Sagan wins opening stage at Driedaagse De Panne

Slovak champion edges Demare in photo finish

Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) gave another demonstration of his dominant spring form, winning the first stage of Driedaagse De Panne after going on the attack in the final 20km.

The Slovakian surged clear several times on the final climbs, dragging a group of 10 riders away but still had the speed and sprinting skills to beat France's Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).

Sagan carefully closed the door on Demare as the road curved left in the final two hundred metres but race officials decided not to intervene. It was Sagan's seventh win of the 2013 season and also gave him the race leader's jersey.

Demare and his directeur sportif Marc Madiot carefully studied the replay of the sprint but accepted defeat.

"Peter moved across slightly but that's part of racing, part of sprinting," Demare admitted.

Sagan waited quietly for the judges decision and then headed onto the podium to collect the flowers and the praise after another victory.

How it unfolded:

Racing got underway from the edge of the North Sea at Middelkerke shortly before midday under clear blue skies, but it was hardly beach weather with the peloton wrapped in as many layers as possible against the harsh wind chill and close to zero temperatures.

Before 10km of racing had been complete, the break of Marco Haller (Katusha), Kiel Reijnen (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), Koen Barbe (Crelan-Euphony) and Sam Bennett (An Post-Chainreaction) established itself on the outskirts of Leffinge. Andrea Di Corrado (Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox) took off in pursuit but by the 30km mark, the Italian’s chase had faltered and he was back in the peloton. Meantime, the quartet’s lead over the bunch had opened up to 2:25.

Word filtered through that Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol), winner of the first stage of De Panne two years ago in Zottegem, would be without key leadout man Greg Henderson.

Bennett claimed the first points on offer for the day at the first sprint point at 47.7km, ahead of Haller and Barbe, meantime the gap had opened up to just over four minutes before stabilising at six with 135km of racing remaining.

After an earlier attempt by teammate Tim Mertens failed, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise’s Preben Van Hecke made a brave move off the front earning an advantage of 4:20 after 80km of racing.

The leaders hit the first climb of the day, the Edelare with a gap of 8:46 on the peloton, the largest split of the day, with Van Hecke in limbo three and a half minutes behind. Haller was proving to be the aggressor of the group, taking maximum points on offer. Barbe took the spoils at the second sprint shortly after, with Bennett and Reijen trailing.

The break negotiated the Haaghoek, a two-kilometre sector of cobbles for the first of three times today with little difficulty. However Van Hecke’s time in limbo appeared to be running out as he realised that he would not have the legs to catch the four men out front. With 100km of racing complete, the Belgian was back in the peloton, 4:38 back from the leaders who were on the Berendries ascent.

Boonen on the front

Keen to test his injured knee out, Tom Boonen moved to the front of the peloton over the Haaghoek as the peloton picked up a gear.

Approaching the first of three passes though the finish in Zottegem and with 90km of racing remaining, the peloton was slowly making ground on the four leaders with Lotto Belisol driving the peloton, the gap down to 4:30. The pace lifting considerably resulted in decent splits at the back of the peloton as the team’s gunning for a bunch sprint at the finish, spread out across the width of the road up ahead.

Haller remained the protagonist on the second run over the Haaghoek but as the terrain started to rise, Bennett appeared to trip his front wheel over one of the cobbles, resulting in him losing momentum and then contact with his breakaway companions. As the sector was coming to an end, Haller decided to make a move on the splintering group, going it alone up the road. Barbe was able to gradually make contact with the Katusha rider on the Leberg ascent, meantime the peloton continued to make ground with the gap now under two minutes.

Haller was determined to lose Barbe’s company, attacking again on the Berendries, distancing the Crelan – Euphony rider but he was not about to let Haller go, fighting his way back on to the Katusha rider’s wheel and the pair then exchanging words.

An attack off the front of the peloton from Tomas Vaitkus (Orica GreenEdge) with 70km to go did not appear to worry the pack and he pushed on alone. Approaching the Valkenberg, Oscar Gatto received a wheel from a teammate, losing ground on his sprint rivals while surprisingly Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) led the charge up the climb, with Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEdge on his back wheel.

An aggressive Greipel made the catch on Vaitkus but the Australian team was determined to put their stamp on the race ahead of the Ten Bossche with Stuart O’Grady directing affairs and setting up another attack from Vaitkus. With 60km to go, the break’s advantage was down to a minute.

Vaitkus caught up with Bennett around 45 seconds ahead of the bunch with the penultimate ascent of the Eikenmolen to come. The pace of the peloton eased somewhat, with the gap yo-yoing between 55 seconds and just over a minute with 56km left to race.

Kess Heytens (Team 3M), Damien Gaudin (Europcar) and Matt Brammeier (Champion System) led the charge up the Eikenmolen with Mattia Pozzo (Vini Fantini – Selle Italia) for company. The Irishman would not be able to hold on, and they soon caught Vaitkus.

The Lituanian had shed Bennett and with 51km to go, he was back in the bunch. The gap had plummeted however, down to 49 seconds with the two lead groups about to merge up ahead.

The race clock ticked over to just over four hours as the breakaway’s last loop from Zottegem began, but again the gap was out to just over a minute with Vaitkus looking strong. As Omega Pharma-QuickStep moved to the front of the peloton, the gap again dropped to below a minute, with Tom Boonen tucked in at fourth wheel. The Belgian super team’s fortunes however were dealt a blow with Iljo Keisse suffering a puncture and waiting for the support car.

Gaudin forged ahead on his own, wrestling with his bike in his trademark style with Vaitkus’ attempts to stick with him in vain.
Omega Pharma-QuickStep finally received a reprieve on the Haaghoek with FDJ dictating the pace and catching Heytens, Vaitkus, and Pozzo. Gaudin’s lead stood at 36 seconds.

Terpstra launched an attack on the Leberg, causing an immediate response from Durbridge once more, along with riders from FDJ and Lotto Belisol. That gave rise to a move from last year’s overall winner Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and he soon had clean air.

30km remained and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) moved to the front of the bunch, Boonen on his wheel as the peloton passed through Middelbeke. The race was in crescendo and Gaudin was mercilessly reeled-in.

Other attacks followed, in the final 20km, including a testing dig by Sagan over the top of a climb but they were swept up, as Omega Pharma-QuickStep and the other teams seemed determined to set up a sprint finish.

The sprinters began to sense victory but Sagan again took charge and turned the race upside down. He accelerated away and nine other riders went with him. Omega Pharma-Quick Step had Sylvain Chavanel and Niki Terpstra there to protect Mark Cavendish's interests, but Sagan didn't care and kept driving the pace. Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) and the FDJ duo also helped and suddenly the sprint was going to be between these ten.

Sagan seemed out numbered and perhaps tired but he used his skills and his strength to win yet again.

Full Results
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling5:00:27 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha  
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
5Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
6Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
7Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
8Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
9Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
10Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
11André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:00:09 
12Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano  
13David Boucher (Fra) FDJ  
14Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
15Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
16Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
17Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
18Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
19Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
20Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
21Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
22Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
23Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
24Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
25Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
26Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha  
27Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
28Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha  
29Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
30Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
31Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
32Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
33Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
34Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
35James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
36Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
37Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
38Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
39William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
40Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
41Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
42Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
43Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
44Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha  
45Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
46Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura  
47Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
48Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
49Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ  
50Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
51Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
52Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
53Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
54Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol  
55Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano  
56Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
57Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
58Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
59Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
60Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
61Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar  
62Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
63Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
64Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony  
65Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
66Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
67Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha  
68Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo0:00:20 
69Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar0:00:42 
70Kess Heytens (Bel) Team 3M0:01:26 
71Kevin Claeys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:01:58 
72Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:02 
73Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
74Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
75Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:04 
76Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka0:05:13 
77Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:06:49 
78Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ  
79Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
80Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
81Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
82Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
83Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M0:07:28 
84Alphonse Vermote (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
85Reinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony  
86Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:08:26 
87Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
88Thomas Vanhaecke (Bel) Team 3M  
89Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
90Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
91David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar  
92Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
93Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
94Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
95Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
96Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
97Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura  
98Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
99Russell Downing (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
100Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
101Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha  
102Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
103Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha  
104Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
105Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
106Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction0:12:40 
107Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
108Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:14:53 
109Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
110Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
111Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
112Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
113Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
114Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
115Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
116Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
117Timothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M  
118Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
119Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo  
120Glenn O'Shea (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction  
121Valery Kaykov (Rus) RusVelo  
122Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
123Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
124Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo  
125Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
126Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
127Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
128Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka  
129Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3M  
130Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge  
131Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
132Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo  
133Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo  
134Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
135Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M  
136Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
137Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
138Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
139Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura  
140Wu Kin San (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
141Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
142Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
143Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
144Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
145Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
146Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
147Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
148Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
149Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
150Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
151Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
152Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
153Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction  
154Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
155Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
156Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
157John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
158Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
159Roger Kluge (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
160Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
161Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
162Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
163Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
164Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
165Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
166Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
167Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction0:22:10 
168Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
169Joren Segers (Bel) Team 3M  
170Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M  
171Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
172Jiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
173Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
174Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
DNFAndrea Di Corrado (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
DNFAldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
DNFIvan Savitskiy (Rus) RusVelo  
DNFJani Tewelde Weldegabir (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka  
DNFStaf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
DNFAndriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDavy Commeyne (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
DNSBert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-Shimano  
DNSGreg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
Sprint 1 - 47.7km
1Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction3pts
2Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha2 
3Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony1 
Sprint 2 - 92.3km
1Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony3pts
2Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction2 
3Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Sprint 3 - 154.7km
1Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony3pts
2Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia2 
3Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar1 
Points - Zottegem, 199.8km
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling20pts
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ18 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha16 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step14 
5Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia12 
6Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step10 
7Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony9 
8Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar8 
9Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida7 
10Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ6 
11André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol5 
12Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano4 
13David Boucher (Fra) FDJ3 
14Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team2 
15Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox1 
Mountain 1 - Edelare, 89.1km
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha5pts
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team3 
3Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony1 
Mountain 2 - Leberg, 97km
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha5pts
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team3 
3Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony1 
Mountain 3 - Berendries, 101.5km
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha5pts
2Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team3 
3Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony1 
Mountain 4 - Leberg, 124.2km
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha5pts
2Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony3 
3Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountain 5 - Berandries, 128.6km
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha5pts
2Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony3 
3Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction1 
Mountain 6 - Valkenberg, 133.7km
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha5pts
2Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony3 
3Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction1 
Mountain 7 - Ten Bosse, 140.2km
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha5pts
2Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony3 
3Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction1 
Mountain 8 - Eikenmolen, 143.8km
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha5pts
2Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony3 
3Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge1 
Mountain 9 - Leberg, 169.4km
1Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar5pts
2Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step3 
3Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar1 
Mountain 10 - Berendries, 173.8km
1Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar5pts
2Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia3 
3Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling1 
Mountain 11 - Valkenberg, 178.8km
1Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar5pts
2André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol3 
3Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
Mountain 12 - Ten Bosse, 185.3km
1Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step5pts
2Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol3 
3Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
Mountain 13 - Eikenmolen, 188.9km
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling5pts
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step3 
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
Teams
1FDJ15:01:30 
2Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
3Crelan-Euphony0:00:09 
4Katusha  
5Team Europcar  
6Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
7Cannondale Pro Cycling  
8Lampre-Merida  
9Team Argos-Shimano0:00:18 
10Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
11Lotto Belisol  
12Astana Pro Team  
13Orica-GreenEdge  
14Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
15Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:08:35 
16MTN-Qhubeka0:13:39 
17UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:15:02 
18Team NetApp-Endura0:16:52 
19Team 3M0:17:11 
20Accent Jobs-Wanty0:21:42 
21RusVelo0:29:57 
22An Post-Chainreaction0:32:39 
23Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:44:30 
General classification after stage 1
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling5:00:17 
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ0:00:04 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha0:00:06 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:10 
5Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
6Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
7Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
8Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
9Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
10Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
11Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:18 
12André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol0:00:19 
13Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano  
14David Boucher (Fra) FDJ  
15Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
16Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
17Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
18Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
19Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
20Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
21Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
22Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
23Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
24Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
25Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
26Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
27Rudiger Selig (Ger) Katusha  
28Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
29Alexey Tsatevich (Rus) Katusha  
30Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
31Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
32Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
33Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
34Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
35Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
36James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
37Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
38Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
39Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
40William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
41Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
42Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
43Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
44Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
45Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha  
46Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
47Blaz Jarc (Slo) Team NetApp-Endura  
48Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
49Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
50Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ  
51Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
52Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
53Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
54Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
55Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol  
56Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano  
57Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
58Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
59Yves Lampaert (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
60Francesco Failli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
61Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
62Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
63Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
64Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Crelan-Euphony  
65Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
66Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
67Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha  
68Roman Maikin (Rus) RusVelo0:00:30 
69Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar0:00:52 
70Kess Heytens (Bel) Team 3M0:01:36 
71Kevin Claeys (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:02:08 
72Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:12 
73Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
74Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
75Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge0:04:14 
76Martin Reimer (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka0:05:23 
77Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:06:59 
78Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ  
79Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha  
80Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
81Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
82Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
83Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team 3M0:07:38 
84Alphonse Vermote (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
85Reinier Honig (Ned) Crelan-Euphony  
86Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony0:08:29 
87Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:08:34 
88Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha  
89Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:08:36 
90Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
91Thomas Vanhaecke (Bel) Team 3M  
92Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
93David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar  
94Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
95Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
96Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
97Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
98Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura  
99Wouter Mol (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
100Russell Downing (GBr) Team NetApp-Endura  
101Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
102Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka  
103Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha  
104Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
105Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
106Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction0:12:50 
107Steven Van Vooren (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction  
108Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction0:14:58 
109Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:15:02 
110Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:15:03 
111Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
112Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
113Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Crelan-Euphony  
114Markus Eichler (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
115Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
116Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
117Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
118Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
119Timothy Stevens (Bel) Team 3M  
120Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
121Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo  
122Glenn O'Shea (Aus) An Post-Chainreaction  
123Valery Kaykov (Rus) RusVelo  
124Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
125Jacobe Keough (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
126Artur Ershov (Rus) RusVelo  
127Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  
128Artem Ovechkin (Rus) RusVelo  
129Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
130Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN-Qhubeka  
131Marius Bernatonis (Ltu) Team 3M  
132Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge  
133Martin Wesemann (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
134Igor Boev (Rus) RusVelo  
135Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) RusVelo  
136Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
137Wouter Wippert (Ned) Team 3M  
138Tim Mertens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
139Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
140Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
141Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura  
142Wu Kin San (HKg) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
143Clinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
144Matt Brammeier (Irl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
145Mark McNally (GBr) An Post-Chainreaction  
146Christian Delle Stelle (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
147Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
148Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
149Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox  
150Bradley Potgieter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka  
151Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
152Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
153Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
154Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
155Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
156Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
157Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
158John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
159Jeffry Louder (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
160Roger Kluge (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura  
161Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
162Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
163Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
164Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
165Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
166Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge  
167Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post-Chainreaction0:22:20 
168Jang Chan Jae (Kor) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
169Joren Segers (Bel) Team 3M  
170Michael Vingerling (Ned) Team 3M  
171Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
172Jiao Pengda (Chn) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
173Shane Archbold (NZl) An Post-Chainreaction  
174Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty  
Points classification
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling20pts
2Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ18 
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha16 
4Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step14 
5Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia12 
6Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step10 
7Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Crelan-Euphony9 
8Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar8 
9Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida7 
10Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ6 
11André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol5 
12Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-Shimano4 
13David Boucher (Fra) FDJ3 
14Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team2 
15Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox1 
Sprint classification
1Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony7pts
2Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction5 
3Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia2 
4Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha2 
5Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar1 
6Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountains classification
1Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha40pts
2Koen Barbe (Bel) Crelan-Euphony18 
3Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar15 
4Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team10 
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling6 
6Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step6 
7Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step4 
8Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia3 
9Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step3 
10André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol3 
11Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol3 
12Sam Bennett (Irl) An Post-Chainreaction3 
13Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1 
14Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar1 
15Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdge1 
Teams classification
1FDJ15:01:30 
2Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
3Crelan-Euphony0:00:09 
4Katusha  
5Team Europcar  
6Vini Fantini-Selle Italia  
7Cannondale Pro Cycling  
8Lampre-Merida  
9Team Argos-Shimano0:00:18 
10Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
11Lotto Belisol  
12Astana Pro Team  
13Orica-GreenEdge  
14Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
15Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:08:35 
16MTN-Qhubeka0:13:39 
17UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:15:02 
18Team NetApp-Endura0:16:52 
19Team 3M0:17:11 
20Accent Jobs-Wanty0:21:42 
21RusVelo0:29:57 
22An Post-Chainreaction0:32:39 
23Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:44:30 
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