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Fournier seals Circuit de la Sarthe overall

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FDJ celebrate Marc Fournier's overall win

FDJ celebrate Marc Fournier's overall win (Image credit: Jean-François Quénet)
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Marc Fournier (FDJ)

Marc Fournier (FDJ) (Image credit: Jean-François Quénet)
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FDJ celebrate Marc Fournier's overall win

FDJ celebrate Marc Fournier's overall win (Image credit: Jean-François Quénet)
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Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar)

Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) (Image credit: Jean-François Quénet)

Marc Fournier of FDJ joined Bernard Hinault (1975), Greg LeMond (1980), Thomas Löfkvist (2004) and Luke Durbridge (2012) in the circle of the selected few who have won the Circuit Sarthe-Pays de la Loire at the age of 20 or 21. He felt no fear in the conclusive stage won by Movistar's Juanjo Lobato in a bunch gallop ahead Marco Benfatto (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling).

"Milan-San Remo was my big goal of the first part of the season," said Lobato. "But I had a pain in my knee that prevented me from contesting it as I wanted [he finished 143rd]. Milan-San Remo is my favourite race so my morale was a bit down after that but this win here puts me back on track. It was a nervous sprint with no team clearly leading the pack. I didn't know where to position myself with 3km to go but with 1km to go, the team Roompot made a train and I followed their move, which was the way to win."

Six riders had attacked from kilometer zero: Delio Fernandez (Delko-Marseille), François Bidard (AG2R-La Mondiale), Chris Anker Sørensen (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Eliot Lietaer (Topsport-Vlaanderen), Daniele Ratto (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and once again Anton Vorobyev (Katusha) who was unstoppable after he won the individual time trial and the queen stage. But they didn't get more than two minutes advantage at km 80 as many teams were keen to come up with a bunch sprint finish.

It suited FDJ who maintained Fournier well protected till the end. The Frenchman had enough lead to take time to celebrate with his team-mates as they crossed the finishing line seven seconds after Lobato. "This is a crazy experience," Fournier told Cyclingnews as soon as he stopped pedaling. "Riders with ten years as a pro like Benoît Vaugrenard and Sébastien Chavanel helping me win my first stage race, it's enormous. They've raced with their heart for me. It's something big!"

Fournier had little training prior to the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire as he resumed riding in January after an operation to his wrist following a crash on November 23rd. The first stage he won from a long solo breakaway was only his sixth day racing as a professional. It looks like France has a new champion in the making.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team4:01:07
2Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
3Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling
4Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
5Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
6Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
8Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
9Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
10Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
11Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
12Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
13Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
14Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth
15Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
16Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
17Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
18Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha
19Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
20Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team
21Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling
22Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group
23Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha
24Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
25Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
26Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
27Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
28Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group
29Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group
30Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
31Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
32Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
33Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
34Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie
35Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team
36Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling
37Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
38Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
39Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:07
40Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
41Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
42Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
43Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
44Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
45Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling
46Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
47Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team
48Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
49Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth
50Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
51Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
52Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
53Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
54Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha
55Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton
56Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
57Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth
58Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
59Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ
60Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ
61Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ
62Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ
63Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ
64Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
65Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:16
66Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:00:20
67Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group
68Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie
69Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
70Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
71Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling
72François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
73Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
74Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:27
75Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie
76Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:00:39
77Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:00:48
78Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
79Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:01:26

Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ16:08:40
2Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:01:50
3Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:04
4Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie
5Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:05
6Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:06
7Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:08
8Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:02:11
9Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:02:16
10Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:20
11Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:02:21
12Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:22
13Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:25
14Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:28
15Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:30
16Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:34
17Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:35
18Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
19Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:41
20Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:02:42
21Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
22Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:02:44
23Thomas Scully (NZl) Drapac Professional Cycling
24Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:02:46
25Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:01
26Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:03:32
27Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:40
28Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:53
29Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:04:16
30Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ0:04:32
31Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:49
32Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:14
33Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:24
34Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:05:26
35Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:05:56
36Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:06:33
37Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:14
38Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:09:18
39Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:52
40Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:14
41Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:10:15
42Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:25
43Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth0:11:11
44François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:52
45Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:12:59
46Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:13:13
47Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:17
48Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:14:39
49Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Stölting Service Group0:14:47
50Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:16:05
51Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Stölting Service Group0:16:33
52Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie0:16:55
53Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ0:16:56
54Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:59
55Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:17:24
56Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Stölting Service Group0:18:05
57Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha0:18:29
58Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:18:32
59Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:18:35
60Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:18:47
61Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar Team0:19:18
62Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:19:53
63Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:20:38
64Jens Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:21:39
65Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:21
66Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth0:23:28
67Travis Meyer (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:24:30
68Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:25:21
69Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:25:34
70Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:25:35
71Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:25:40
72Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:25:41
73Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:26:35
74Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:26:56
75Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:27:11
76Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:27:15
77Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:28:50
78Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:28:58
79Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:40:15

Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha63pts
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie57
3Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team51
4Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ42
5Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling36
6Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton30
7Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec28
8Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale24
9Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits22
10Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert21
11Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling20
12Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie19
13Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton17
14Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling17
15Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits16
16Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise15
17Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise14
18Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth13
19Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling13
20Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale13
21Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept12
22Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec12
23Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits11
24Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise10
25Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9
26Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth9
27Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec9
28Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team8
29Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept8
30Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling8
31Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton7
32Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ7
33Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling6
34Leonardo Duque (Col) Delko Marseille Provence KTM5
35Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha4
36Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4
37Gaetan Bille (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert3
38Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept3
39François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3
40Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Stölting Service Group1

Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha38pts
2Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ26
3Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept20
4Grischa Janorschke (Ger) Team Roth20
5Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale16
6Floris De Tier (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise16
7Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Fortuneo - Vital Concept10
8Martin Kohler (Swi) Team Roth8
9Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4
10Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4
11Loïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits2
12Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie2
13Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie2
14Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2
15Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise2
16Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling1
17Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling1
18François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1
19Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1
20Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec1

Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ16:08:40
2Clément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:40
3Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) IAM Cycling0:05:26
4Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team Katusha0:09:14
5Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:10:15
6Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:12:59
7Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:17
8Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:21
9Dylan Page (Swi) Team Roth0:25:34
10Luca Pacioni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:25:40
11Frank Pasche (Swi) Team Roth0:26:35
12Giacomo Tomio (Ita) Team Roth0:27:15

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cofidis, Solutions Credits48:32:41
2Movistar Team0:00:16
3Direct Energie0:00:22
4Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:19
5AG2R La Mondiale0:01:35
6IAM Cycling0:02:29
7Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:41
8Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:23
10Team Katusha0:05:00
11Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:11:06
12Stölting Service Group0:18:02
13Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:19:25
14Drapac Professional Cycling0:35:28
15Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec0:41:22
16Team Roth0:50:55


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