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Kamyshev too quick on opening stage

Arman Kamyshev (Kazakhstan) claims a narrow victory

Arman Kamyshev (Kazakhstan) claims a narrow victory (Image credit: Coupe des Nations – Ville de Saguenay)

A bunch sprint decided the opening stage of the Coupe des Nations – Ville de Saguenay with Kazakh Arman Kamyshev first across the finish line. He narrowly defeated Dane Patrick Clausen, who claimed the yellow leader's jersey by virtue of time bonuses, which confer him a slight lead of two seconds over the stage winner. Italian Thomas Fiumana rounded out the podium.

"It was a difficult day. There was a lot of wind and the rain was annoying, so we had to slow down the pace at the end," Kamyshev said through an interpreter. "At the end of the last lap, I attacked several times in order to stay well positioned for the sprint." Second overall last year, he believes his chances are good this year. It is indeed an admitted goal.

It was under an uncertain sky that the 88 riders started the 140.7 kilometres race taking Jonquiere's streets. Early in the race, a breakaway of three cyclists animated the stage. The fugitive trio was however caught before completing the first lap. A few attacks were conducted during the next two laps, but none were successful.

Halfway into the race, two competitors took off from the peloton. Four cyclists who went to their pursuit soon joined them. The lead group had to surrender against a peloton at full blast. With less than 40 kilometres to complete, many attempted to breakaway, but on the seventh and decisive lap, all escapees had reintegrated with the bunch. A crash that occurred in the last kilometres blew the chances of some and tainted the event's outcome, which was finally determined in the sprint.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Kazakhstan3:09:23
2Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark
3Thomas Fiumana (Ita) Italy
4Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Italy
5Hugo Houle (Can) Canada
6Jan Dieteren (Ger) Germany
7Mark Christian (GBr) Great Britain
8Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany
9Vladislav Gorbunov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
10Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) Italy
11Michab Kadrzycski (Pol) POL
12Jan Tratnik (Slo) Slovenia
13Mats Lohne (Nor) Norway
14Sebastian Lander (Den) Denmark
15Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Slovenia
16Kamil Gradek (Pol) POL
17Ruben Companioni Blanco (Cub) Cuba
18Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan
19Sebastian Salazar (Col) Colombia
20Alcides Miranda (Pan) Panama
21Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Denmark
22David Boily (Can) Canada
23Jonathan Mould (GBr) Great Britain
24Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain
25David Pareja (Pan) Panama
26Abdraimzhan Ishanov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
27Mateusz Nowaczek (Pol) POL
28Fabio Tommassini (Ita) Italy
29Nathan Brown (USA) USA
30Matthias Plarre (Ger) Germany
31Grzegorz Haba (Pol) POL
32Charlie Avis (USA) USA
33Romain Guillemois (Fra) France
34Daniel Slatto Gomnes (Nor) Norway
35Evan Huffman (USA) USA
36Kevin Predatsch (Ger) Germany
37Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) UCI Team
38Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Denmark
39Georges Atkins (GBr) Great Britain
40Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Denmark
41Ramon Carretero (Pan) Panama
42Alexis Gougeard (Fra) France
43Rudy Kowalski (Fra) France
44Piter Campero (Bol) UCI Team
45Stuart Wight (Can) Canada
46Ever Rivera (Col) Colombia
47Pawel Bernas (Pol) POL
48Audun Brekke Flotten (Nor) Norway
49Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany
50Juan Diego Quintero (Col) Colombia
51Juan Carlos Romeu Cabrera (Cub) Cuba
52Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canada
53Jos Chalmers (USA) USA
54Roman Dronin (Uzb) UCI Team
55Jose Rios (Pan) Panama
56Carlos Galeano (Col) Colombia
57Simone Camilli (Ita) Italy
58Juan Chamorro (Col) Colombia
59Ramon L. Martin Alvarez (Cub) Cuba
60Vegard Breen (Nor) Norway
61Christer Jensen (Nor) Norway
62Aukasz Wizniowski (Pol) POL
63Houssam Nasri (Tun) UCI Team
64Olivier Le Gac (Fra) France
65Mark Dzamastagic (Slo) Slovenia
66Natnael Berhane (Eri) UCI Team
67Florian Senechal (Fra) France
68Fernando Orjuela (Col) Colombia
69Ulises Castillo (Mex) UCI Team
70Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France
71Francisco Gonzalez (Pan) Panama
72Pierrick Naud (Can) Canada
73Mads Meyer (Den) Denmark
74Eirik Kasa Jarlseth (Nor) Norway
75Jorge Castillo (Pan) Panama
76Mario Vogt (Ger) Germany
77Robert Jenko (Slo) Slovenia
78Tanner Putt (USA) USA
79Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain
80Joseph Schmalz (USA) USA
81Thomas Moses (GBr) Great Britain
82Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canada
83Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan
84Danil Fominykh (Kaz) Kazakhstan
85Racso Gonzalez Toledo (Cub) Cuba
86Luca Wackermann (Ita) Italy0:17:18
87Leandro Marcos Vidueiro (Cub) Cuba0:21:38
88Eduardo Acosta Rodriguez (Cub) Cuba

Sprint - 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark5pts
2Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan3
3Jonathan Mould (GBr) Great Britain1

Sprint - 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark5pts
2Michab Kadrzycski (Pol) POL3
3Tanner Putt (USA) USA1

Sprint - 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Denmark5pts
2Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain3
3Mateusz Nowaczek (Pol) POL1

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Great Britain
15UCI Team

General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark3:09:11
2Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Kazakhstan0:00:02
3Thomas Fiumana (Ita) Italy0:00:08
4Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Denmark0:00:09
5Michab Kadrzycski (Pol) POL0:00:10
6Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan
7Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain
8Jonathan Mould (GBr) Great Britain0:00:11
9Mateusz Nowaczek (Pol) POL
10Tanner Putt (USA) USA
11Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Italy0:00:12
12Hugo Houle (Can) Canada
13Jan Dieteren (Ger) Germany
14Mark Christian (GBr) Great Britain
15Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany
16Vladislav Gorbunov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
17Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) Italy
18Jan Tratnik (Slo) Slovenia
19Mats Lohne (Nor) Norway
20Sebastian Lander (Den) Denmark
21Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Slovenia
22Kamil Gradek (Pol) POL
23Ruben Companioni Blanco (Cub) Cuba
24Sebastian Salazar (Col) Colombia
25Alcides Miranda (Pan) Panama
26David Boily (Can) Canada
27David Pareja (Pan) Panama
28Abdraimzhan Ishanov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
29Fabio Tommassini (Ita) Italy
30Nathan Brown (USA) USA
31Matthias Plarre (Ger) Germany
32Grzegorz Haba (Pol) POL
33Charlie Avis (USA) USA
34Romain Guillemois (Fra) France
35Daniel Slatto Gomnes (Nor) Norway
36Evan Huffman (USA) USA
37Kevin Predatsch (Ger) Germany
38Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) UCI Team
39Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Denmark
40Georges Atkins (GBr) Great Britain
41Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Denmark
42Ramon Carretero (Pan) Panama
43Alexis Gougeard (Fra) France
44Rudy Kowalski (Fra) France
45Piter Campero (Bol) UCI Team
46Stuart Wight (Can) Canada
47Ever Rivera (Col) Colombia
48Pawel Bernas (Pol) POL
49Audun Brekke Flotten (Nor) Norway
50Yannick Mayer (Ger) Germany
51Juan Diego Quintero (Col) Colombia
52Juan Carlos Romeu Cabrera (Cub) Cuba
53Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Canada
54Jos Chalmers (USA) USA
55Roman Dronin (Uzb) UCI Team
56Jose Rios (Pan) Panama
57Carlos Galeano (Col) Colombia
58Simone Camilli (Ita) Italy
59Juan Chamorro (Col) Colombia
60Ramon L. Martin Alvarez (Cub) Cuba
61Vegard Breen (Nor) Norway
62Christer Jensen (Nor) Norway
63Aukasz Wizniowski (Pol) POL
64Houssam Nasri (Tun) UCI Team
65Olivier Le Gac (Fra) France
66Mark Dzamastagic (Slo) Slovenia
67Natnael Berhane (Eri) UCI Team
68Florian Senechal (Fra) France
69Fernando Orjuela (Col) Colombia
70Ulises Castillo (Mex) UCI Team
71Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France
72Francisco Gonzalez (Pan) Panama
73Pierrick Naud (Can) Canada
74Mads Meyer (Den) Denmark
75Eirik Kasa Jarlseth (Nor) Norway
76Jorge Castillo (Pan) Panama
77Mario Vogt (Ger) Germany
78Robert Jenko (Slo) Slovenia
79Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain
80Joseph Schmalz (USA) USA
81Thomas Moses (GBr) Great Britain
82Antoine Duchesne (Can) Canada
83Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan
84Danil Fominykh (Kaz) Kazakhstan
85Racso Gonzalez Toledo (Cub) Cuba
86Luca Wackermann (Ita) Italy0:17:30

Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Clausen (Den) Denmark27pts
2Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Kazakhstan20
3Thomas Fiumana (Ita) Italy15
4Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Italy13
5Hugo Houle (Can) Canada12
6Jan Dieteren (Ger) Germany10
7Mark Christian (GBr) Great Britain9
8Nikias Arndt (Ger) Germany8
9Michab Kadrzycski (Pol) POL8
10Vladislav Gorbunov (Kaz) Kazakhstan7
11Daniele Aldegheri (Ita) Italy6
12Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Denmark5
13Jan Tratnik (Slo) Slovenia4
14Mats Lohne (Nor) Norway3
15Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan3
16Simon Yates (GBr) Great Britain3
17Sebastian Lander (Den) Denmark2
18Klemen Stimulak (Slo) Slovenia1
19Jonathan Mould (GBr) Great Britain1
20Mateusz Nowaczek (Pol) POL1
21Tanner Putt (USA) USA1

Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Great Britain
15UCI Team

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