Malori, Dowsett make it Movistar 1-2 in Sarthe TT

Adriano Malori (Movistar Team) stays in the blue leader's jersey

Adriano Malori (Movistar Team) stays in the blue leader's jersey (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Adriano Malori led a Movistar one-two in the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire afternoon time trial, beating teammate Alex Dowsett in the 6.8km test in Angers.

The Italian covered the course in a time of 7:58 at over 51km/h. Dowsett was nine seconds slower, with Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale-Garmin) third in a time of 8:13. It was Malori’s third win of the 2015 season after also winning time trials at the Tour de San Luis and the more recent Tirreno-Adriatico.

“I’m not so surprised to win as I’ve felt good sensations in the last month," the Italian champion for time trial explained after receiving the yellow jersey on stage. “I came here to win the time trial today. Now I also lead the race. It looks like a very hard stage on the map tomorrow and I have strong competitors with [Tiago] Machado, [Ramunas] Navardauskas and [Stephen] Cummings. They are so close to me...”

Asked how much of a climber he was ahead of that queen stage due to finish atop the Mont des Avaloirs, which is the highest peak of western France (alt. 416 m.), Malori said: “I don’t know, I’ll answer this question tomorrow.” But he gave an interesting insight of what kind of tactic Movistar might play: “Alex is training for the Hour Record. We have more chances to win this race with Jesus Herrada.”

The 2013 Spanish road champion stands 20 seconds down on GC while former yellow jersey Anthony Roux of FDJ limited the losses despite his bronchitis and now lays in third place at 12 seconds. He’s the 2011 overall winner of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire.

“I didn’t feel super as I felt the efforts of the morning stage in my legs”, defending champion Navardauskas told Cyclingnews. “I tried my best on this quite technical course with small bumps that required to stay focused all the time. I’m third like last year with Movistar ahead of me. They’re a strong team with strong boys for time trialling but there are still two days to go. They’ll need to ride and I wish them the best of luck to defend the jersey with a team of six riders only.”

Malori also mentioned Machado among the underdogs. As he scored the fourth best time, the Portuguese also bettered his winning time of 2010 by twelve seconds. “It’s all due to the improvement of time trial bikes," said the Katusha rider. “This bike I rode today is the best I’ve ever had against the clock.”

The Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire continues with two road race stages on Thursday and Friday.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:07:58
2Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:00:09
3Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:15
4Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:00:16
5Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:20
6Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:21
8Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:22
9Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:25
11Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:28
12Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team KatushaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:29
14Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:30
15Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.frRow 14 - Cell 2
16Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:31
17Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Ben King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin0:00:32
19Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:33
22Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:34
24Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:36
25Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Bretagne-Sche Environnement0:00:37
26Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:38
27Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:39
29Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 28 - Cell 2
30Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 29 - Cell 2
31Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni GiocattoliRow 30 - Cell 2
32Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:41
34Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 33 - Cell 2
35Thomas Boudat (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 35 - Cell 2
37Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:42
38Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 37 - Cell 2
39Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:43
41Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia0:00:44
42Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:45
43Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:46
44Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:00:47
45Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:48
47Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Team RoompotRow 46 - Cell 2
48Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:49
50Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 49 - Cell 2
51Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 50 - Cell 2
52Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:50
53Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot0:00:51
54Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:00:52
55John Gadret (Fra) Movistar TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:54
57Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:55
59Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 58 - Cell 2
60Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:56
62Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Movistar0:00:57
63Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 62 - Cell 2
64Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:58
66Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 65 - Cell 2
67Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 66 - Cell 2
68Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:59
69Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:01:00
70Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:01
72Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:02
73Raymond Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot0:01:04
74Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia0:01:05
75Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 74 - Cell 2
76Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Marco Minnaard (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:07
78Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 77 - Cell 2
79Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Juan Sebastian Molano (Colombia) Team Colombia0:01:08
81Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 80 - Cell 2
82Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team RoompotRow 81 - Cell 2
83Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:01:10
84Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:11
85Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:01:13
86Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Carlos Galviz (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 86 - Cell 2
88Christian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:01:16
89Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team RoompotRow 88 - Cell 2
90Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:17
91Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:24
92John Kronborg Ebsen (Den) Androni Giocattoli0:01:44
93Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Roompot0:01:52
94Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Colombia0:01:53
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General classification after stage 2b
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team6:45:27
2Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:00:09
3Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:12
4Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:15
5Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:00:16
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:20
8Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:21
10Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:22
11Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:25
12Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:28
13Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team KatushaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team KatushaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:09
16Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:30
17Johann Van Zyl (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:31
18Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Ben King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin0:00:32
20Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:33
23Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:34
25Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:36
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 25 - Cell 2
27Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Bretagne-Sche Environnement0:00:37
28Rasmus Guldhammer (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:38
29Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:39
30Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 29 - Cell 2
31Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 30 - Cell 2
32Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni GiocattoliRow 31 - Cell 2
33Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:00:41
35Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 35 - Cell 2
37Thomas Boudat (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 36 - Cell 2
38Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Tim De Troyer (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:42
41Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia0:00:44
43Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:45
44Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:46
45Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:00:47
46Gustav Larsson (Swe) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 45 - Cell 2
47Maurits Lammertink0:00:48
48Alessio Taliani (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 47 - Cell 2
49Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:49
51Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 50 - Cell 2
52Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 51 - Cell 2
53Michel Kreder (Ned) Team Roompot0:00:51
54John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team0:00:52
55Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka0:00:54
56Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:55
57Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 56 - Cell 2
58Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sander Helven (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:00:56
60Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:57
61Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) MovistarRow 60 - Cell 2
62Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:58
64Arthur Van Overberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 63 - Cell 2
65Troels Ronning Vinther (Den) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:00:59
66Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia0:01:00
67Raymond Kreder (Ned) Team RoompotRow 66 - Cell 2
68Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:01
70Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:02
71Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:05
72Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Edwin Avila (Col) Colombia0:01:06
74Marco Minnaard (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:07
75Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Juan Sebastian Molano (Colombia) Team Colombia0:01:08
77Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 76 - Cell 2
78Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:01:10
79Russell Downing (GBr) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:01:13
80Carlos Galviz (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 79 - Cell 2
81Christian Mager (Ger) Cult Energy Pro Cycling0:01:16
82Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Team RoompotRow 81 - Cell 2
83Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:23
84Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Colombia0:01:53
85Carlos Mario Ramirez (Col) Colombia0:02:13
86Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:30
87Mike Terpstra (Ned) Team Roompot0:04:32
88Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:05:16
89Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:06:47
90Reinier Honig (Ned) Team Roompot0:07:28
91Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:07:44
92Dominique Rollin (Can) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 91 - Cell 2
93John Kronborg Ebsen (Den) Androni Giocattoli0:13:30
94Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:47

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