Calmejane takes overall win at Circuit de la Sarthe

Direct Energie kept the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire under control as Bryan Coquard fended off FDJ's Arthur Vichot in the intermediate and final sprints to help his team-mate Lilian Calmejane deliver his third stage race overall victory of the year after the Etoile de Bessèges and the Settimana Coppi & Bartali.

"Our goal was to keep Lilian's jersey," Coquard reacted on the finish line. "We were happy with the 11-man group that went away early but it was a very eventful race and it was all together again just before the intermediate sprints. In that case, it was planned that I'd go for it to prevent Vichot from taking three seconds bonus each time. He took two seconds twice though, so he was virtually three seconds down on GC.

"I told Lilian to not move away from my back wheel. I trusted [lead out man] Angelo [Tulik]. I took the last curve in first position and I looked back to see if Vichot was anywhere in the top 3. As he wasn't, it's a superb day for us. With three stage wins and GC, our Circuit de la Sarthe is a complete success, that’s what we wanted for Thomas Voeckler's last appearance here."

The Circuit de la Sarthe also came to an end in Saint-Calais forty years ago when Raymond Poulidor made his farewell in 1977. The captain of Direct Energie was honored by race organizers and local authorities for his tribute to a race he won in 2008.

Runner up Vichot was fuming after the finish.

"I went for the time bonuses because I didn't want to have anything to regret today," the French champion told Cyclingnews. "Yesterday I was very disappointed to have missed out on the lead. I was upset to been fooled by Direct Energie. But with a seven seconds deficit this morning, everything was possible still even though they [Direct Energie] had a big team here. I only had to finish third in the final sprint. In the last curve, I was fourth I think but someone from Marseille let a gap and it was game over for me. It's not the goal to get good placing, but only to win."

Calmejane continued his winning streak ahead of the Ardennes classics where he could become a man to watch. He's the only pro rider in the world to have won three stage races up to date this year.

"It's been complicated to defend the lead," the 24-year-old from Albi declared. "As I said yesterday, it was better to have seven seconds lead than nothing. We've handled the responsibilities pretty well. I watched Vichot closely in the final lap. I knew it'd be hard for him to make the top 3 considering the level and the motivation of all the sprinters here. Coq to win is the ice on the cake.

"My early part of the season is quite impressive," Calmejane added. "It's a big satisfaction. Last year, I made the top 15 of all my stage races. This year I won three of them plus the King of the Mountain competition at Paris-Nice. It means I have stepped up. It puts pressure on me for the coming years!"

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie4:33:31
2Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 3 - Cell 2
5Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua ProtectRow 4 - Cell 2
6Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni GiacattoliRow 5 - Cell 2
7Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 6 - Cell 2
8Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 8 - Cell 2
10Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue SportRow 9 - Cell 2
11Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 11 - Cell 2
13Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 14 - Cell 2
16Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 15 - Cell 2
17Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 16 - Cell 2
18Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La MondialeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 19 - Cell 2
21Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 20 - Cell 2
22Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 23 - Cell 2
25Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana PostobonRow 26 - Cell 2
28Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 27 - Cell 2
29Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 28 - Cell 2
30François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 29 - Cell 2
31Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 30 - Cell 2
32Juan Pablo Villegas Cardona (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 31 - Cell 2
33Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue SportRow 32 - Cell 2
34Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 33 - Cell 2
35Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 34 - Cell 2
36Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 35 - Cell 2
37Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo NordiskRow 36 - Cell 2
38Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 38 - Cell 2
40Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 40 - Cell 2
42Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital ConceptRow 41 - Cell 2
43Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 42 - Cell 2
44Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 44 - Cell 2
46Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 45 - Cell 2
47Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua ProtectRow 46 - Cell 2
48Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni GiacattoliRow 47 - Cell 2
49Fernando Orjuela Gutierrez (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 48 - Cell 2
50Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 49 - Cell 2
51Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni GiacattoliRow 50 - Cell 2
52Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua ProtectRow 51 - Cell 2
53Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:12
54Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua ProtectRow 53 - Cell 2
55Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 54 - Cell 2
56Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:00:31
57Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJRow 56 - Cell 2
58Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:00:51
59Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ0:00:55
60Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:34
61Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 60 - Cell 2
62Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:38
63Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:59
64Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:33
65Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 64 - Cell 2
66Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:55
67Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 66 - Cell 2
68Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 67 - Cell 2
69Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue SportRow 68 - Cell 2
70Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 70 - Cell 2
72Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:12
73Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:04
74Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 73 - Cell 2
75Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:05:50
76Leigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue SportRow 75 - Cell 2
77Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue SportRow 76 - Cell 2
78Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:10:03
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) FDJRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFIgnatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFLuca Pacioni (Ita) Androni GiacattoliRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFAndrea Palini (Ita) Androni GiacattoliRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFMattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni GiacattoliRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFAnton Vorobyev (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFSergey Nikolaev (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFGerd De Keijzer (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFUmberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo NordiskRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFQuentin Valognes (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFKenny Dehaes (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFDimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua ProtectRow 92 - Cell 2
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Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie16:44:34
2Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:00:03
3Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:13
4Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:24
5Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:40
6Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:44
7Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon0:00:45
8Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:00:54
9Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:57
10Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:00:59
11Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:01
12Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:05
13Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:09
14Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:10
15Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:19
16Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 15 - Cell 2
17Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:01:26
18Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:01:54
19Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:58
20Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:41
21Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giacattoli0:02:50
22François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:54
23Gregory Habeaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:03:13
24Alex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:03:33
25Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:04:32
26Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:04:33
27Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:36
28Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ0:04:38
29Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:04:41
30Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:04:44
31Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:04:45
32Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:04:49
33Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:05:01
34Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:05:50
35Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:07:18
36Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:37
37Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:08:18
38Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon0:09:09
39Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:09:11
40Fernando Orjuela Gutierrez (Col) Manzana Postobon0:09:32
41Delio Fernandez Cruz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:09:39
42Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:09:40
43Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:09:51
44Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:09:53
45Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:09:54
46Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:10:47
47Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:53
48Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:14:05
49Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team0:14:24
50Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team0:14:30
51Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:14:42
52Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:14:45
53Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:15:11
54Juan Pablo Villegas Cardona (Col) Manzana Postobon0:15:23
55Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:15:33
56Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:35
57Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:15:41
58Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:16:03
59Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:16:07
60Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:16:17
61Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:16:41
62Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:41
63Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ0:18:00
64Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport0:18:06
65Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon0:18:22
66Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:19:41
67Romain Gioux (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:20:06
68Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport0:20:26
69Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:21:31
70Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giacattoli0:21:37
71Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:22:27
72Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giacattoli0:26:12
73Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:27:14
74Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:27:34
75Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:27:50
76Leigh Howard (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:29:28
77Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:31:07
78Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar Team0:34:51
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Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie64pts
2Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ55Row 1 - Cell 3
3Justin Jules (Fra) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect51Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie50Row 3 - Cell 3
5Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits45Row 4 - Cell 3
6Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits34Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team28Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team25Row 7 - Cell 3
9Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij23Row 8 - Cell 3
10Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo20Row 9 - Cell 3
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Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM47pts
2Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie25Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale18Row 2 - Cell 3
4Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept10Row 6 - Cell 3
8Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert9Row 7 - Cell 3
9Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM8Row 8 - Cell 3
10Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept8Row 9 - Cell 3
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Best Young Rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon16:45:53
2Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giacattoli0:01:31
3Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:42
4Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:12:34
5Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:13:26
6Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:14:14
7Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:22
8Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon0:17:03
9Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:21:08
10Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:25:55
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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Movistar Team50:18:42
2AG2R La Mondiale0:00:29
3WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect0:01:06
4Fortuneo - Vital Concept0:01:21
5Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:31
6Manzana Postobon0:02:00
7Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:12
8Direct Energie0:03:03
9Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:03:59
10FDJ0:04:46
11Cofidis, Solutions Crédits0:05:10
12Androni Giocattoli0:16:44
13Aqua Blue Sport0:17:35
14Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:21:36
15Gazprom-RusVelo0:30:17
16Team Novo Nordisk0:42:38

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