Ventoso triumphs in stage 3 of Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire

Stage 3 of the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire has been a learning experience for Luke Durbridge (GreenEdge) who fought hard to get back onto the front group with 3km to go and keep the overall lead on the day that Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan) was seen back in action in the hills.

Stage winner Francisco Ventoso of Movistar found more motivation for GC on the eve of the last stage from Le Mans to Sablé as he realized with the winner's time bonus that he's only 14 seconds down on the Australian prodigy in sixth place overall.

"I had been told by my directeur sportif Yvon Ledanois that it would come down to a sprint of 20 to 30 riders," Ventoso said after the finish. "That's why our team has worked so hard behind the breakaways."

For most of the stage, two Frenchmen ruled the road: Romain Mathéou (Vérandas Rideau-U) and Jonathan Thiré (Auber 93). As their advantage was stabilized around six minutes after 100 kilometres of racing, two teams were prominent at the head of the peloton: Movistar and GreenEdge. But the Australian outfit, however, was represented by one rider only: Peter Weening. The Dutchman is riding for the first time this year after suffering a knee injury, which is also the case of Durbridge now.

"Peter did 120km on the front solo, then Daniel [Teklehaimanot] helped me around the circuit," Durbridge told Cyclingnews. "When the team does such a special job, you want to repay them. I felt a pretty sore knee leading to the circuit and I told Peter ‘I'm finished'. He made me hold on as long as I could."

Durbridge knew that the summit of western France, the Mont des Avaloirs that culminates at 416 metres above sea level, was to be a deciding factor of the race with the climbers motivated in the steep, 10 percent ramp to be done five times. With 13km to go Andy Schleck put the hammer down which split the peloton in two.

"Every time on the climb, I thought ‘next lap I'm done' but it was just another five minutes of suffering to go," Durbridge said. "Ten of us got dropped in the last lap but we got back on with 3km to go. I've suffered like a dog but I'm still in the lead."

Russian champion Pavel Brutt (Katusha) and American prospect Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Barracuda) were the last two riders to get caught by the front group.

Ventoso admitted that it was an easy sprint for him, as he beat out Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1-Sanofi) and Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), but it came after a lot suffering as well. "Without the help of Ruben Plaza, I wouldn't have stayed in that group," said Ventoso. "In the finale, I jumped on the wheel of Thomas Voeckler who had anticipated the sprint and I managed to pass him and win. Since the Tour of Qatar, I felt strong but I was missing the feeling of being brilliant. With the time bonus I got today, I can eye the overall victory tomorrow."

GreenEdge is reduced to only three riders, including the race leader, but Movistar will be motivated for taking care of the chase on the final day.


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team4:50:37
2Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type1Row 1 - Cell 2
3Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.Row 2 - Cell 2
4Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-BarracudaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 5 - Cell 2
7Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 6 - Cell 2
8Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 7 - Cell 2
9Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - ShimanoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type1Row 9 - Cell 2
11Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 10 - Cell 2
12Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 11 - Cell 2
13Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-NissanRow 12 - Cell 2
14Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 14 - Cell 2
16Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 15 - Cell 2
17Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-NissanRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - ShimanoRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 20 - Cell 2
22Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos - ShimanoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24David Lelay (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 23 - Cell 2
25Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 24 - Cell 2
26Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-NissanRow 25 - Cell 2
27Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.Row 27 - Cell 2
29Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 28 - Cell 2
30Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-BarracudaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-BarracudaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:05
34Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo BankRow 33 - Cell 2
35Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En LigRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type10:01:09
37Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - SchullerRow 36 - Cell 2
38Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems0:02:33
39Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-WillemsRow 38 - Cell 2
40Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-BarracudaRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ronan Racault (Fra) AuberRow 40 - Cell 2
42Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-BarracudaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type1Row 43 - Cell 2
45Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type1Row 45 - Cell 2
47Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 46 - Cell 2
48Christophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 47 - Cell 2
49Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.Row 49 - Cell 2
51Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - ShimanoRow 50 - Cell 2
52Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.Row 51 - Cell 2
53Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-NissanRow 52 - Cell 2
54Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 55 - Cell 2
57Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 56 - Cell 2
58George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-NissanRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - Csf InoxRow 58 - Cell 2
60Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team EuropcarRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:03:25
63Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:04:48
65Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems0:05:07
66Mathieu Drujon (Fra) AuberRow 65 - Cell 2
67Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 66 - Cell 2
68Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 67 - Cell 2
69Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 68 - Cell 2
70Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - ShimanoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:18
72Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - Csf InoxRow 71 - Cell 2
73Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - Csf InoxRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-WillemsRow 74 - Cell 2
76Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 75 - Cell 2
77Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 77 - Cell 2
79Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber0:06:59
80Steven Tronet (Fra) AuberRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber0:07:03
83Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems0:08:52
84Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - Csf InoxRow 83 - Cell 2
85Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La MondialeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 85 - Cell 2
87Fabien Bacquet (Fra) AuberRow 86 - Cell 2
88Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 87 - Cell 2
89Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super URow 88 - Cell 2
90Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:10:56
91Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type1Row 90 - Cell 2
92Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox0:11:14
93Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox0:11:28
94Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar0:12:32
95Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs-WillemsRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.Row 95 - Cell 2
97Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 96 - Cell 2
98Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:14:26
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General classification after stage three
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team11:52:00
2Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank0:00:08
3Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-NissanRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:13
5Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:14
6Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos - ShimanoRow 6 - Cell 2
8Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:15
10Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:18
11Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:19
12Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:22
13Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team0:00:23
14Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type1Row 13 - Cell 2
15David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:24
16Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:25
17Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:00:27
18Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type10:00:28
19Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:00:29
20Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-BarracudaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:30
22Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack-NissanRow 21 - Cell 2
23Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:32
24Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:33
25Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:00:34
26Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:52
27Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:00:56
28Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:08
29David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:01:11
30Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:01:17
31Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:20
32Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:30
33Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:01:40
34Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo Bank0:01:50
35Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type10:02:08
36Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:02:45
37Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:48
38Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team0:02:51
39Sébastien Rossler (Bel) Garmin-BarracudaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:55
41Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type10:03:07
42Laurent Didier (Lux) Radioshack-NissanRow 41 - Cell 2
43Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:03:11
44Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:03:15
46Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:03:17
47George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack-NissanRow 46 - Cell 2
48Ronan Racault (Fra) Auber0:03:19
49Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:24
50Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda0:03:26
51Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Team Europcar0:03:32
52Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:57
53Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Alexander Efimkin (Rus) Team Type10:03:58
55Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:04:04
56Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:04:23
57Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team0:04:26
58Mickael Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.Row 57 - Cell 2
59Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:05:53
60Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:06:18
61Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber0:06:24
62Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:06:26
63Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:06:47
64Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:49
65Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems0:06:54
66Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:07:00
67Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:07:25
68Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:07:29
69Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 68 - Cell 2
70Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team0:07:31
71Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems0:07:36
72Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber0:07:39
73Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems0:07:46
74Pieter Weening (Ned) Greenedge Cycling Team0:08:03
75Françis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:08:08
76Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber0:08:29
77Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber0:08:42
78Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:04
79Andréa Pasqualon (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:09:46
80Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber0:09:47
81Wim De Voght (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems0:10:09
82Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:10:24
83David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:10:32
84Kevin Denis (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:10:37
85Andrea Di Corrado (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:10:45
86Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type10:11:41
87Event Verbist (Bel) Accent Jobs-Willems0:12:11
88Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:13:01
89Amir Zargari (IRI) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:49
90Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Argos - Shimano0:14:22
91Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:15:04
92Omar Lombardi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:15:24
93Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Accent Jobs-Willems0:15:25
94Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:15:34
95Freddy Bichot (Fra) Veranda Rideau-Super U0:16:37
96Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Team Saxo Bank0:18:23
97Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar0:20:23
98Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:21:36
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda43pts
2Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team41Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox40Row 2 - Cell 3
4Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Barracuda24Row 3 - Cell 3
5Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne23Row 4 - Cell 3
6Romain Matheou (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi20Row 6 - Cell 3
8Daniele Colli (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi19Row 7 - Cell 3
9Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat18Row 8 - Cell 3
10Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank17Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jan Bakelants (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan16Row 10 - Cell 3
12Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - Csf Inox16Row 11 - Cell 3
13Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar14Row 12 - Cell 3
14Benoît Jarrier (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U13Row 13 - Cell 3
15Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller13Row 14 - Cell 3
16Luke Durbridge (Aus) Greenedge Cycling Team12Row 15 - Cell 3
17Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller12Row 16 - Cell 3
18Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team11Row 17 - Cell 3
19Nelson Oliveira (Por) Radioshack-Nissan11Row 18 - Cell 3
20Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo Bank10Row 19 - Cell 3
21Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat10Row 20 - Cell 3
22Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar9Row 21 - Cell 3
23Jonathan Thire (Fra) Auber 939Row 22 - Cell 3
24Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 939Row 23 - Cell 3
25Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat8Row 24 - Cell 3
26Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun8Row 25 - Cell 3
27Justin Jules (Fra) Veranda Rideau - Super U8Row 26 - Cell 3
28Thierry Hupond (Fra) Argos-Shimano7Row 27 - Cell 3
29Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team7Row 28 - Cell 3
30Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems7Row 29 - Cell 3
31Remi Cusin (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi6Row 30 - Cell 3
32Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne6Row 31 - Cell 3
33Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat6Row 32 - Cell 3
34Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun4Row 33 - Cell 3
35Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Argos-Shimano3Row 34 - Cell 3
36Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat2Row 35 - Cell 3
37Daniel Teklehaianot (Eri) Greenedge Cycling Team2Row 36 - Cell 3
38Ruben Plaza (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 37 - Cell 3
39Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan1Row 38 - Cell 3
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Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Movistar TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3FDJ-Big Mat0:00:14
5Argos - Shimano0:00:30
6Cofidis,Le Credit En Lig.0:00:55
7Bretagne - Schuller0:01:07
8Saur - Sojasun0:01:11
9Team Type10:02:01
10Katusha Team0:03:06
11Team Europcar0:08:01
12Greenedge Cycling Team0:10:15
13Team Saxo Bank0:11:29
14AG2R La Mondiale0:12:25
15Accent Jobs-Willems0:14:00
16Colnago - CSF Inox0:15:36
18Veranda Rideau-Super U0:16:34

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