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Circuit Sarthe: Jules claims opening stage in Baugé-en-Anjou

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Justin Jules (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) wins the stage

Justin Jules (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) wins the stage (Image credit: Richard Rousseau)
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Justin Jules on the podium after winning Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire

Justin Jules on the podium after winning Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire (Image credit: Jean-François Quénet)
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Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon) in the breakaway

Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana Postobon) in the breakaway (Image credit: Richard Rousseau)
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Marco Frapporti (Androni) leads the breakaway

Marco Frapporti (Androni) leads the breakaway (Image credit: Richard Rousseau)
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Justin Jules (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) collects the leader's jersey

Justin Jules (WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic) collects the leader's jersey (Image credit: Richard Rousseau)

One year after he won stage 1 in the Circuit de la Sarthe-Pays de la Loire in wet conditions, Justin Jules of WB-Veranclassic ruined the hopes of the favourites once again as most of the inaugural stage of the 66th edition of the French stage was held under a pouring rain from Le Mans to Baugé-en-Anjou. He took the final curve with 150 metres to go in first position ahead of La Roue Tourangelle winner Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ) while Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) slipped at the exit of the bend.

"I launched my sprint before the turn, it was the only way to win," Jules explained. "Coming close to the line, I was losing speed and Sarreau was coming from behind faster than me. Luckily, I managed to maintain a bit of an advantage. This race brings me luck. Tomorrow, it's a fairly easy course, so I hope to stay in the lead before the stage that should shape the GC on Thursday. This year, there isn't a time trial to play to my disadvantage. I believe I have my chances on GC as well. I'll give it all to defend the jersey. I'm in a better form than last year."

Over the course of a year, Jules didn't win a single race but the 31-year-old collected a few top three results like second in the Tour de Vendée. He wasn't listed as a favourite against the quartet of French sprinters (Sarreau, Coquard, Nacer Bouhanni, Thomas Boudat) and Italians Manuel Belletti and Giacomo Nizzolo but his WB-Veranclassics team rode behind the breakaway formed at kilometre six. It was composed of Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Samsic), Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille-Provence KTM), Oscar Riesebeek (Rompoot), Mattia Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Juan Felipe Osorio (Manzana-Postobon). Groupama-FDJ and Vital Concept were the most active teams in the chase while Sarreau lamented the passivity of Direct Energie at the finish.

Bouhanni called it a race before reaching the final circuit with 80km to go. The Cofidis staff reported the cold to have harmed the star sprinter who has been frequently sidelined with injury or illness over the last two seasons.

The pressure was on Coquard who has claimed only one victory in his new colours of Vital Concept (stage 1 of the Tour of Oman) and didn't finish the Ronde van Vlaanderen last Sunday. The Frenchman took the last curve in fifth position and slipped on the wet road along with Boudat (Direct Energie) and Jordan Parra (Manzana-Postobon). As he went back on his bike, he was fuming and called the organizers "assassins".

"Riders who aren't well positioned take risks and it usually ends the same way," Sarreau commented. "It's often the same riders who take risks too. The rain made it even more dangerous today. I'm maybe not in my best form but in a good form that makes me ambitious for the coming days."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic4:48:55
2Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
3Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
4Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
5Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
6Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
7Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
9Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo
10Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon
11Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
12Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
13Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
14Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon
16Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
17Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
18Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
19Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
20Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
21Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
22Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
23François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
24Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
25Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
26Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
27Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
28Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo
29Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
30Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
31Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
32Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
33Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
34Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
35Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon
36Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
37Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club
38Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
39Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon
40Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
41Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
42Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
43Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
44Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
45Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
46Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
47Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
48Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
49Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
50Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
51Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
52Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club
53Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
54Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
55Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
56Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club
57Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
58Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
59Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
60Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
61Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
62Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
63Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
64Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
65Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
66Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
67William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
68Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
69Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
70Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
71Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
72Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
73Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo
74Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
75Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie
76Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
77Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
78Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
79Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
80Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
81Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie
82Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club
83Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon
84Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
85Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
86Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:00:59
87Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
88Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club
89Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:02:21
90Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:03:08
91Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:03:20
92Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:04
93Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:10
94Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:21
95Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ0:18:57
96Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
97Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club
98Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
DNFIldar Arslanov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij

Young riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon4:48:55
2Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon
3Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
4Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
5Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
6Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
8Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
10Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
11Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
12Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
13Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:03:20
14Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:21

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise14:26:45
2WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
3AG2R La Mondiale
4Wanty-Groupe Gobert
5Manzana Postobon
6Trek-Segafredo
7Gazprom–Rusvelo
8Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
9Fortuneo-Samsic
10EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
11Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
12Delko Marseille Provence KTM
13Euskadi Basque Country
14Cofidis, Solutions Credits
15Vital Concept
16Groupama-FDJ
17Direct Energie

General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic4:48:45
2Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:02
3Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:04
4Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
5Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:00:06
6Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
7Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:10
8Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
9Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
11Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
12Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo
13Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon
14Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
15Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
16Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
17Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
18Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon
19Kevin Deltombe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
20Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
21Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
22Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
23Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
24Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
25Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
26François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
27Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
28Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
29Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
30Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
31Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo
32Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
33Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
34Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
35Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
36Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Manzana Postobon
37Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
38Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club
39Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
40Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon
41Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
42Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
43Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
44Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
45Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
46Antoine Warnier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
47Wouter Wippert (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
48Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
49Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
50Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
51Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
52Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club
53Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
54Robbert de Greef (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
55Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
56Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club
57Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
58Raffaello Bonusi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
59Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
60Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
61Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
62Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie
63Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
64Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
65Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
66Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
67William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
68Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
69Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie
70Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
71Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
72Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
73Gregory Daniel (USA) Trek-Segafredo
74Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
75Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie
76Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
77Ludwig De Winter (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
78Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
79Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
80Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
81Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie
82Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club
83Jordan Arley Parra Arias (Col) Manzana Postobon
84Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
85Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
86Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
87Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club
88Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:09
89Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:02:31
90Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:03:18
91Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:03:30
92Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:06:14
93Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:16:20
94Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:31
95Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ0:19:07
96Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
97Marc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club
98Ander Barrenetxea Uriarte (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias

Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic25pts
2Marc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ20
3Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise16
4Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale14
5Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec13
6Boris Vallee (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert12
7Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias10
8Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM9
9Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9
10Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale8
11Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo7
12Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon6
13Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic5
14Sergei Shilov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo5
15Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo4
16Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij3
17Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2
18Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon1

Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon12pts
2Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec5
3Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2
4Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij2

Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mattia Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec13pts
2Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM9
3Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic5

Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon4:48:55
2Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Manzana Postobon
3Julien Mortier (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
4Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
5Thomas Deruette (Bel) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
6Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
7Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
8Mathias Van Gompel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
9Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
10Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
11Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
12Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
13Juan Felipe Osorio Arboleda (Col) Manzana Postobon0:03:20
14Julian Cardona Tabares (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:18:21

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise14:26:45
2WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic
3AG2R La Mondiale
4Wanty-Groupe Gobert
5Manzana Postobon
6Trek-Segafredo
7Gazprom–Rusvelo
8Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
9Fortuneo-Samsic
10EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
11Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij
12Delko Marseille Provence KTM
13Euskadi Basque Country
14Cofidis, Solutions Credits
15Vital Concept
16Groupama-FDJ
17Direct Energie

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