Capiot wins GP La Marseillaise

Amaury Capiot (Arkéa-Samsic) took victory at the GP La Marseillaise, sprinting to his first career win outside the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille ahead of Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Francisco Galván (Kern Pharma).

The Belgian continued his strong start to the season, having finished second at last week's Clàssica Valenciana. He timed his surge to the line to perfection after TotalEnergies' lead out had taken control of the front of the peloton in the final kilometre.

Their man, Edvald Boasson Hagen, jumped a little too early, though, and was swamped before the line as first Pedersen and then – right at the death – Capiot swept past. Spaniard Galván rounded out the podium ahead of Boasson Hagen while the fast-finishing Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën) took fifth.

Arkéa-Samsic has organised their own sprint train in the finale having earlier worked to chase down the break and late attacker Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), who was caught 6.5 kilometres out. However, TotalEnergies were massed on the front and so Capiot took the decision to instead jump onto Pedersen's wheel.

That proved a savvy choice, with the Danish former world champion making his way onto Boasson Hagen's wheel just in time for the sprint. When it launched in the last few hundred metres, Capiot was in exactly the right place to profit, and in the process step on the top of the podium for the first time in his career.

How it unfolded

The 43rd edition of the GP La Marseillaise kicked off the 2022 French road season, serving up 174.3 kilometres of riding over challenging hilly terrain for the peloton of 143 riders to tackle. With numerous climbs packed into the parcours, would be few flat kilometres during the race, with the Pas d'Ouillier (4.4km at 5.3 per cent) at 29 kilometres to go and the Col de la Gineste (7.6km at 3 per cent) 10 kilometres from the line the main late challenges.

It took under 15 kilometres for the breakaway to form after a number of attacks during the early stages of the race. Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels-KTM) was the major name in the move, and the Frenchman was joined out from by Nicolas Debeamarché (St Michel-Auber93), Clément Carisey (Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole), Louis Blouwe (Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces WB), Danny van der Tuuk (Kern Pharma), and Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise).

The sextet quickly built a gap of a minute before Jordan Jegat (Team U Nantes Atlantique), and Julien Amador (Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur) countered and made it across in no short order while Van Poucke was distanced, leaving seven men out front with 150 kilometres to go.

They enjoyed a large lead of just over seven minutes at that point as Groupama-FDJ, Trek-Segafredo, and AG2R Citroën were among the teams setting the pace back in the peloton. After two hours of racing and with 70 kilometres covered, Amador was the next man to drop from the breakaway, leaving his five former companions with a five-minute advantage.

Over the hilly mid-section of the race, the break split up as Gougeard and Debeamarché outpaced the rest of the move, but things came back together fairly quickly, though the gap was only going down. At 70 kilometres to go, the pair made it away again, shedding Jegat in the process before the group came back together once again.

The remaining quintet ploughed on, but the climbing was taking its toll, and at the 50-kilometre mark, the EF Education- and UAE-led peloton was just 2:30 in arrears. Up front, Blouwe was detached on a tough climb as riders pushed on back in the peloton, leaving four men in the break.

Over the next 10km the break disintegrated for good, leaving just Gougeard and Debeamarché up front while Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) lead the attacking from the peloton with Sandy Dujardin (TotalEnergies) and Van der Tuuk in his wheel.

At the 30km to go, Ulissi's group had merged with the two up front, though the new lead group enjoyed a 40-second lead over the peloton, where Trek-Segafredo lead the chase. The next climb saw Ulissi move away for good, with Gougeard the last man to hang on, while 50 seconds back Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) launched a move,

The Frenchman brought Ulissi's teammate Alexys Brunel with him, while Debeamarché, Gougeard and Dujardin also joined them, with the group dragging back Ulissi at 21km to go. Four kilometres later, on the Col de la Gineste, Martin made his move once more, with only Brunel able to follow his acceleration immediately before dropping soon after. 

Brunel, Ulissi and Dujardin attempted a chase but with attacks from the peloton behind, they were brought back at 11.5km to go, with Martin left out front with a slim 20-second lead.

His adventure ended with six kilometres to go despite his best effort, leaving a reduced bunch to race to a sprint finish in Marseille, where it was 28-year-old Capiot who triumphed, giving the French ProTeam their first victory of the season.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amaury Capiot (Bel) Arkea-Samsic 4:31:11
2Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
3Francisco Galvan Fernandez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
4Edvald Boasson-Hagen (Nor) TotalEnergies
5Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
6Bryan Coquard (Fra) Cofidis
7Georg Zimmermann (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
8Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
9Alessandro Covi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
10Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo
11Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
12Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Cofidis
13Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
14Hugo Houle (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
15Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Arkea-Samsic
16Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
17Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
18Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
19Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
20Remy Mertz (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
21Luc Wirtgen (Lux) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
22Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
23Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
24Thibault Ferasse (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
25Marti Marquez Roman (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
26Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
27Tobias Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
28Quentin Pacher (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
29Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
30Rasmus Tiller (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
31Joel Nicolau Beltran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
32Sandy Dujardin (Fra) TotalEnergies
33Joel Suter (Swi) UAE Team Emirates
34Julien Simon (Fra) TotalEnergies
35Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
36Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) TotalEnergies
37Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
38Alexis Gougeard (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
39Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Education-Nippo
40Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
41Maxime Bouet (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 0:00:07
42Connor Swift (GBr) Arkea-Samsic 0:00:13
43Clément Russo (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 0:00:15
44Tony Gallopin (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:18
45Fabien Grellier (Fra) TotalEnergies
46Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
47Alexys Brunel (Fra) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:21
48Hugo Page (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:03:35
49Eugenio Sanchez Lopez (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma 0:04:43
50Louis Barre (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
51Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R Citroen Team
52Quentin Jauregui (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
53Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Cofidis
54Nicolas Debeaumarche (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
55Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
56Jonathan Hivert (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
57Alan Riou (Fra) Arkea-Samsic 0:05:56
58Sébastien Grignard (Bel) Lotto Soudal
59Jon Barrenetxea Golzarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
60Andréa Mifsud (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
61Jonas Gregaard (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
62Anders Skaarseth (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
63Alessandro Verre (Ita) Arkea-Samsic
64Clément Carisey (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Meropole
65Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ 0:09:46
66Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ
67Lindsay De Vylder (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
68Antoine Raugel (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
69Derek Gee (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
70Ward Vanhoof (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
71Filippo Conca (Ita) Lotto Soudal
72Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
73Pau Miquel Delgado (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
74Romain Cardis (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
75Louis Blouwe (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
76Milan Menten (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
77Yael Joalland (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
78Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
79Paul Lapeira (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
80Johan Meens (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
81Théo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
82Ibon Ruiz Sedano (Spa) Equipo Kern Pharma
83Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
84Victor Koretzky (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
85Aimé De Gendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
86Orluis Alberto Aular Sanabria (Ven) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
87Torjus Sleen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
88Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Start-Up Nation
89Danny van der Tuuk (Ned) Equipo Kern Pharma
90Owain Doull (GBr)
91Michael Valgren (Den) EF Education-Nippo
92Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
93Alan Jousseaume (Fra) TotalEnergies
94Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies
95Cedric Beullens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:11:37
96Jens Reynders (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:11:52
97Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
98Jean Goubert (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
99Calum Johnston (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
100Alex Colman (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
101Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
102Arne Marit (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
103Hugo Toumire (Fra) Cofidis
104Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation
105David Gonzalez Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
106Ceriel Desal (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
107Aritz Bagües Kalparsoro (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
108Edo Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy
109Daryl Impey (RSA) Israel Start-Up Nation
110Xandres Vervloesem (Bel) Lotto Soudal
111Tom Paquot (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
112Morten Hulgaard (Den) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
113Tom Devriendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
114Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
115Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Meropole 0:15:30
116Tristan Delacroix (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
117Mael Guegan (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
118Morné Van Niekerk (RSA) St Michel - Auber 93
119Maxime Urruty (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
120Aaron Van Poucke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 0:16:49
121Maxime Jarnet (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Meropole
122Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
123Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique 0:17:46
124Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) EF Education-Nippo
125Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo
126Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93
127Evaldas Šiškevičius (Ltu) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Meropole
128Tom Mainguenaud (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Meropole
129Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education-Nippo
130Thomas Boudat (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Meropole
DNFValentin Tabellion (Fra) Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Meropole
DNFJulien Amadori (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
DNFAlan Boileau (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
DNFOtto Vergaerde (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
DNFPaul Hennequin (Fra) Nice Metropole Cote D'Azur
DNFJordan Jegat (Fra) Team U Nantes Atlantique
DNFDaniel Alejandro Mendez Noreña (Col) Equipo Kern Pharma
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels-KTM
DNFSimone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
DNFTom Paquet (Lux) Team U Nantes Atlantique
DNSEdward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
DNSMatteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
DNSIvo Manuel Alves Oliveira (Por) Uae Team Emirates

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