Second stage win for Vorobyev in Sarthe

Anton Vorobyev (Katusha)

Anton Vorobyev (Katusha) (Image credit: Jean-François Quénet)

After winning the 6.8km individual time trial in Angers by the smallest margin (less than one second), Anton Vorobyev of Katusha went for a long solo effort to make it two in a row at the end of the queen stage of the Circuit Sarthe-Pays de la Loire atop the Mont des Avaloirs. FDJ young sensation Marc Fournier courageously retained his yellow jersey after losing contact with the peloton 25km before the finish.

“Initially I didn’t plan to go in the break, I wanted to help Matvey Mamykin to try for himself," Vorobyev explained. “But I happened to catch a small group and I decided to continue. I want to say a big thank to [directeur sportif] Dmitry Konyshev, who helped me a lot, saying where to work more, where to recover a bit. His help was crucial today. The last kilometers were really hard, but I did my best to keep the gap and to win it. I am really happy, I feel like it is the way to continue.”

Vorobyev was a member of the four-man breakaway that took off after 5km of racing, along with Patrick Gretsch (AG2R-La Mondiale), Benoît Jarrier (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Nicolas Baldo (Roth). They got a maximum lead of 6.05 at kilometre 80.

The Russian time triallist wasn’t happy with the speed of his companions as their initiative looked like going nowhere, so he rode away by himself even though there were 50km remaining on the difficult circuit including the 4-km ascent to the Mont des Avaloirs, which is the highest peak of western France 417 metres above sea level.

“When we passed the line the first time I checked it and found a right place to attack, so the second time I knew exactly where to go”, Vorobyev described. “Anton decided to go solo and it was the right decision," Konyshev echoed. “He is in a good form, alone he could hold a really good speed. It was a very strong and smart race from Anton, I am very happy for him.”

Having finished stage 1 with a deficit of more than seven minutes, Vorobyev wasn’t a threat to the yellow jersey but another race started in the hills near Pré-en-Pail in the last hour of racing. Sondre Holst Enger fired it up for IAM Cycling with an attack 30km before the finish. With 25km to go, Fournier couldn’t hold the pace of the main group led by Thomas Voeckler and his very powerful Direct Energie team. “But we didn’t have the capacity to put the bunch into pieces," Voeckler acknowledged. “Fournier is a solid rider. He fought really well.”

The young French leader of the race eventually crossed the finishing line with a deficit of 27 seconds from the group of Voeckler and Jérôme Coppel who is now the runner up at 1:57. Fournier almost fell into tears when asked by a TV reporter about the help he got from his teammates. “I wouldn’t be here without them”, he said. “I’m not too sure of what’s happening to me. It’s wonderful. It’s exceptional.

“I don’t want to say that it’s done but with almost two minutes lead and considering the last stage is flattish, I can eye the overall win," Fournier added. “Normally it’ll be for the sprinters on Friday.”

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha5:13:53
2Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:51
3Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:15
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 3 - Cell 2
5Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 5 - Cell 2
7Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 7 - Cell 2
9Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tiago Machado (Por) Team KatushaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 13 - Cell 2
15Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 14 - Cell 2
16Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 15 - Cell 2
17Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 16 - Cell 2
18Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 17 - Cell 2
19Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 18 - Cell 2
20Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 19 - Cell 2
21Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:28
22Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:01:36
23Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling0:01:38
24Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:41
25Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:42
26Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJRow 25 - Cell 2
27Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 26 - Cell 2
28Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 27 - Cell 2
29Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 28 - Cell 2
30Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 29 - Cell 2
31Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 30 - Cell 2
32Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:02:15
33Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:31
34François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:56
35Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:03:01
36Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 35 - Cell 2
37Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:03:11
38Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:38
39Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 38 - Cell 2
40Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:03:45
41Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:56
42Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:04:38
43Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:04:56
44Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:05:05
45Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 44 - Cell 2
46Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:05:57
47Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:08:12
48Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:08:49
49Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 48 - Cell 2
50Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service GroupRow 49 - Cell 2
51Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 50 - Cell 2
52Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service GroupRow 51 - Cell 2
53Martin Kohler (Swi) Team RothRow 52 - Cell 2
54Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 53 - Cell 2
55Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 55 - Cell 2
57Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:10:41
61Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 60 - Cell 2
62Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:12:32
63Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:13:10
64Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:45
66Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team RothRow 65 - Cell 2
67Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team RothRow 66 - Cell 2
68Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 67 - Cell 2
69Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:15:03
70Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jens Mouris (Ned) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 71 - Cell 2
73Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:15:40
74Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 74 - Cell 2
76Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service GroupRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 76 - Cell 2
78Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 77 - Cell 2
79Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team RothRow 78 - Cell 2
80Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 79 - Cell 2
81Frank Pasche (Swi) Team RothRow 80 - Cell 2
82Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 81 - Cell 2
83Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 83 - Cell 2
85Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 84 - Cell 2
86Dylan Page (Swi) Team RothRow 85 - Cell 2
87Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 86 - Cell 2
88Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 87 - Cell 2
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General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ12:07:26
2Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:01:57
3Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:11
4Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:12
5Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:13
6Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:15
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:02:18
8Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:21
9Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:22
10Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:27
11Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:02:28
12Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:29
13Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:30
14Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:32
15Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:35
16Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 16 - Cell 2
18Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:41
19Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:02:42
21Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 20 - Cell 2
22Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:44
23Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional CyclingRow 22 - Cell 2
24Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:49
25Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:02:53
26Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:01
27Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:35
28Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:47
29Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:53
30Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:04:23
31Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:04:32
32Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:01
33Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:02
34Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:05:17
35Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:24
36Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:05:33
37Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:05:56
38Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:06:40
39Christian Mager (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:09:08
40Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:09:18
41Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:21
42Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:59
43Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:14
44Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:10:22
45Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:25
46Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth0:11:11
47François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:41
48Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:13:06
49Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:13:13
50Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:24
51Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:14:34
52Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:14:39
53Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:15:24
54Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie0:16:35
55Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group0:16:40
56Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:16:56
57Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:59
58Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:17:31
59Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group0:18:12
60Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:18:15
61Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:18:23
62Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - SidermecRow 61 - Cell 2
63Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha0:18:36
64Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:18:54
65Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team0:19:25
66Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:20:00
67Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:20:18
68Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:20:45
69Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling0:21:29
70Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:21:39
71Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:08
72Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth0:23:28
73Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:23:49
74Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth0:24:29
75Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:25:03
76Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:25:16
77Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:25:27
78Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:25:28
79Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:25:30
80Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:25:41
81Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 80 - Cell 2
82Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:27:02
83Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:27:03
84Jens Mouris (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:27:11
85Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:27:24
86Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:28:37
87Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:28:45
88Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:40:26
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha52pts
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie45Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ42Row 2 - Cell 3
4Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team26Row 3 - Cell 3
5Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale24Row 4 - Cell 3
6Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling20Row 5 - Cell 3
7Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie19Row 6 - Cell 3
8Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton17Row 7 - Cell 3
9Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling17Row 8 - Cell 3
10Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits16Row 9 - Cell 3
11Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton16Row 10 - Cell 3
12Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits14Row 11 - Cell 3
13Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth13Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling13Row 13 - Cell 3
15Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept12Row 14 - Cell 3
16Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec12Row 15 - Cell 3
17Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert12Row 16 - Cell 3
18Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise10Row 17 - Cell 3
19Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling10Row 18 - Cell 3
20Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9Row 19 - Cell 3
21Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team8Row 20 - Cell 3
22Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM8Row 21 - Cell 3
23Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise8Row 22 - Cell 3
24Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling8Row 23 - Cell 3
25Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec8Row 24 - Cell 3
26Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits7Row 25 - Cell 3
27Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton7Row 26 - Cell 3
28Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ7Row 27 - Cell 3
29Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7Row 28 - Cell 3
30Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth7Row 29 - Cell 3
31Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling6Row 30 - Cell 3
32Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec6Row 31 - Cell 3
33Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM5Row 32 - Cell 3
34Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha4Row 33 - Cell 3
35Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 34 - Cell 3
36Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3Row 35 - Cell 3
37Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise3Row 36 - Cell 3
38Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept3Row 37 - Cell 3
39Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group1Row 38 - Cell 3
40Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth1Row 39 - Cell 3
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Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ26pts
2Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha24Row 1 - Cell 3
3Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise16Row 5 - Cell 3
7Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth5Row 7 - Cell 3
9Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 8 - Cell 3
10Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 9 - Cell 3
11Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie2Row 11 - Cell 3
13Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie2Row 12 - Cell 3
14Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
16Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling1Row 15 - Cell 3
17Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling1Row 16 - Cell 3
18Daniel Diaz (Arg) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1Row 17 - Cell 3
19Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1Row 18 - Cell 3
20Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise1Row 19 - Cell 3
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ12:07:26
2Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:47
3Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:05:33
4Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:21
5Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:10:22
6Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:13:06
7Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:24
8Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:08
9Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:25:16
10Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:25:27
11Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:25:41
12Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:27:02
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Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cofidis, Solutions Credits36:29:20
2Direct Energie0:00:15
3Movistar Team0:00:16
4Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:05
5AG2R La Mondiale0:01:28
6IAM Cycling0:02:29
7Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:34
8Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:23
10Team Katusha0:05:00
11Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:10:59
12Stölting Service Group0:18:02
13Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:19:25
14Drapac Professional Cycling0:35:01
15Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:41:06
16Team Roth0:50:41


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