Bouhanni claims first win of 2015 in Circuit Sarthe opener

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) made it into the top ten in Milan-San Remo

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) made it into the top ten in Milan-San Remo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Nacer Bouhanni finally whipped his Cofidis lead-out train into shape and claimed a long-awaited first victory of 2015 in the opening stage of Circuit Cycliste Sarthe in Varades. The Frenchman denied the remaining two early breakaway riders a shot at the first leader's jersey, his train catching them in the final kilometre and delivering their star to the win.

"We didn't know if we'd be able to bridge the gap or not," the Frenchman told Cyclingnews after the race. "So we used Dominique Rollin to chase with three kilometres to go although he was scheduled for leading me out. It's a relief to finally pull up a win."

Carlos Ramirez (Colombia), Romain Lemarchand (Cult Energy) and Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka) wasted no time establishing the day's breakaway as they rode away from the bunch after five kilometers of racing in the crosswinds, and although two Bretagne-Séché Evironnement riders, Armindo Fonseca and Anthony Delaplace, attempted to chase they never made the junction. The peloton made a huge gamble, giving the trio an 11 minute 30 second advantage at km 60.

Janse Van Rensburg picked up the three mountain sprints along the way, assuring himself a podium visit at the end of the stage, while Lemarchand claimed the three intermediate sprints, the last of which came on the fourth of six 7.2km finishing circuits in Varades, when the gap to the peloton was still over three minutes.

"It was very nice to ride at the front after I got sick at the Settimana Coppi & Bartali," Janse Van Rensburg explained. "I had a week off the bike. It was good for my recovery to be in the breakaway today. I'm feeling good on the bike again. I knew it would be hard to stay away, so I went for the KOM and I'm happy to get the jersey, it's good for the team. But we almost made it to the finish."

As the kilometers ticked down, more teams began to contribute to the chase, with Cofidis trying to set it up for Bouhanni, and Movistar, Roompot, Cannondale-Garmin all putting in a huge last-minute effort to shut down the trio. It nearly looked like they'd left it too late when, at 20km to go, the breakaway still had 2:35.

But with 3km to go, the three had just 25 seconds, and when Ramirez let go of the breakaway their gap quickly fell. With 2km to go it was down to just 8, and Janse Van Rensburg and Lemarchand had lost all chances as the lead-out trains bore down on them.

"It's been a hectic sprint," Europcar's up and coming fast man Thomas Boudat said. "With 600 metres to go, I was well positioned but I got caught by a wave of ten to fifteen riders and I found myself rejected in twentieth place. I became a spectator of the sprint. It's frustrating and I hope to do better tomorrow as I want to sprint against Nacer to know what I'm worth really."

"With 1km to go, I was on tenth position," Bouhanni described. "My teammate Christophe Laporte made a huge effort for me and we took the commands with Geoffrey Soupe with 600 or 700 metres to go. I launched my sprint at 200. Apparently it looked easy but the important is to win, whether it's by five centimetres or two lengths of a bike.

"This is my third win at Circuit de la Sarthe. I like this stage race. The course is lumpy. I've won stage 2 in Angers as a French champion with FDJ (in 2013) so I know what the finish of tomorrow's half stage is like. It'll be important to follow my teammates like today. I'm only targeting the sprints here. The time trial is not my specialty and during stage 4, which is hard, I'll preserve myself for stage 5."

Alex Dowsett and Adriano Malori (Movistar) lead the predictions for Wednesday's time trial in Angers with defending champion Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale-Garmin), Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka), Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Tiago Machado (Katusha) also in contention for a great result against the clock.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4:32:27
2Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Raymond Kreder (Ned) Team RoompotRow 2 - Cell 2
4Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team KatushaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 4 - Cell 2
6Thomas Boudat (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 5 - Cell 2
7Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 6 - Cell 2
8Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) ColombiaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team KatushaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Team RoompotRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 18 - Cell 2
20Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.frRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 21 - Cell 2
23Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 22 - Cell 2
24Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Michel Kreder (Ned) Team RoompotRow 27 - Cell 2
29Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 29 - Cell 2
31Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 30 - Cell 2
32Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 31 - Cell 2
33Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 33 - Cell 2
35Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - QhubekaRow 35 - Cell 2
37Leonardo Duque (Col) ColombiaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 37 - Cell 2
39Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.frRow 39 - Cell 2
41John Gadret (Fra) Movistar TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni GiocattoliRow 42 - Cell 2
44Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 45 - Cell 2
47Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 46 - Cell 2
48Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 47 - Cell 2
49Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 49 - Cell 2
51Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 50 - Cell 2
52Christian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 52 - Cell 2
54Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 54 - Cell 2
56Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) ColombiaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 57 - Cell 2
59Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 59 - Cell 2
61Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 60 - Cell 2
62Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) ColombiaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 62 - Cell 2
64Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 68 - Cell 2
70Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 70 - Cell 2
72Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 71 - Cell 2
73Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team RoompotRow 72 - Cell 2
74Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 74 - Cell 2
76Carlos Galviz (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 75 - Cell 2
77Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 76 - Cell 2
78Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 79 - Cell 2
81Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team RoompotRow 80 - Cell 2
82Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 81 - Cell 2
83Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 82 - Cell 2
84Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:00:14
85Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:25
86Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia0:01:11
87Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:19
88Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 87 - Cell 2
89Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:04:33
91Reinier Honig (Ned) Team RoompotRow 90 - Cell 2
92Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:02
94John Kronborg Ebsen (Den) Androni GiocattoliRow 93 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4:32:17
2Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:01
3Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:04
4Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Raymond Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot0:00:06
6Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia0:00:07
7Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:10
8Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 7 - Cell 2
9Thomas Boudat (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 8 - Cell 2
10Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 9 - Cell 2
11Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 12 - Cell 2
14Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team KatushaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 17 - Cell 2
19Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Team RoompotRow 18 - Cell 2
20Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 20 - Cell 2
22Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.frRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 23 - Cell 2
25Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 24 - Cell 2
26Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 26 - Cell 2
28Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Michel Kreder (Ned) Team RoompotRow 29 - Cell 2
31Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 31 - Cell 2
33Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 32 - Cell 2
34Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 33 - Cell 2
35Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 34 - Cell 2
36Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 35 - Cell 2
37Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - QhubekaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Leonardo Duque (Col) ColombiaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 39 - Cell 2
41Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.frRow 41 - Cell 2
43John Gadret (Fra) Movistar TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni GiocattoliRow 44 - Cell 2
46Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 47 - Cell 2
49Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 48 - Cell 2
50Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 49 - Cell 2
51Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 52 - Cell 2
54Christian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 53 - Cell 2
55Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 56 - Cell 2
58Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) ColombiaRow 58 - Cell 2
60Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 59 - Cell 2
61Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 60 - Cell 2
62Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 61 - Cell 2
63Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) ColombiaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 63 - Cell 2
65Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 65 - Cell 2
67Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 68 - Cell 2
70Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 70 - Cell 2
72Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 71 - Cell 2
73Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team RoompotRow 72 - Cell 2
74Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 74 - Cell 2
76Carlos Galviz (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 75 - Cell 2
77Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 76 - Cell 2
78Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 79 - Cell 2
81Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team RoompotRow 80 - Cell 2
82Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 81 - Cell 2
83Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 82 - Cell 2
84Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:00:24
85Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:35
86Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia0:01:21
87Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:29
88Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 87 - Cell 2
89Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:04:43
91Reinier Honig (Ned) Team RoompotRow 90 - Cell 2
92Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:12
94John Kronborg Ebsen (Den) Androni GiocattoliRow 93 - Cell 2

 

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