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Martinez wins Route du Sud opening stage

Yannick Martinez (La Pomme Marseille) sprinted to victory in the opening stage of the Route du Sud and earned the first leader's jersey of the French four-day stage race. Anthony Roux (FDJ) and Adrien Petit (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) rounded out the top three in the field sprint finale.

With the time bonuses factored in, Martinez holds the leader's jersey with a four-second lead on Roux with Thomas Rostollan (La Pomme Marseille) in third overall, also at four seconds.

The 209km stage from Castres to Mirande, the longest of the Route du Sud, was dominated by a three-rider escape which formed in the opening kilometres. Rostollan, Romain Hardy (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) and Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli) quickly rode to an advantage in excess of eight minutes, but once Movistar and AG2R-La Mondiale upped the tempo in the peloton the break's lead began to steadily decrease.

Midway through the opening stage rain began to fall and with Europcar and BigMat-Auber93 also contributing to the chase effort the race came back together inside of 20km remaining.

For their efforts off the front, Rostollan would take the sprint jersey while Hardy picked up the mountains jersey.

A technical and rolling finale saw a flurry of attacks from the peloton, but nothing was able to stay away resulting in a field sprint finish taken by UCI Continental rider Yannick Martinez, who claimed his second win of the 2013 season.

Full Results
1Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille5:19:44
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
3Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty
5Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
6Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ
7Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
8Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun
11Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
12Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
13Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
14Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
15Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
16Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
17Léo Menville (Fra) Team NSP-Ghost
18Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
19Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
20Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
21Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
22Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
23Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
24Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
25Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
26Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
27John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
28Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
29Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
30Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
31Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
32Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ
33Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
34Nicolas Lüthi (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
35Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
36Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling
37David Boucher (Fra) FDJ
38Timo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
39Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun
40Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
41René Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP-Ghost
42Sébastian Baldauf (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
43Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun
44Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ
45Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46Sebastian Forke (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
47Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
48Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
49Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
50Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
51Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
52Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
53Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
54Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
55Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
56Nicolas Winter (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
57Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
58Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar
59Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
60Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
61Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
62Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
63Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
64Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
65Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
66Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ
67Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
68Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
69Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
70Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
71Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
72Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
73David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
74Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
75Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
76Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
77David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun
78Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
79Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun
80Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
81Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
82Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
83Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
84Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
85Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
86Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
87Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
88Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
89Temesgen Teklehaymanot (Eri) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
90Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
91Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
92Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
93Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
94Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team
95Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
96Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ
97Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
98Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling
99Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
100Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun
101Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
102Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
103Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
104Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar
105Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
106Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
107Adrien Chenaux (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo0:00:41
108Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:01:43
109Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:02
110Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
111Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
112Argiro Alonso Ospina Hernandez (Col) Movistar Team
113Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:13:05
DNFFabien Schmidt (Fra) Sojasun
DNFRuben Fernandez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

Points
1Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille20pts
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ17
3Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits15
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty13
5Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling11
6Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ10
7Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille9
8Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 938
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7
10Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun6
11Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement5
12Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4
13Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team3
14Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar2
15Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1

Sprint 1 - Coufouleux, 52.9km
1Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille6pts
2Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli3
3Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1

Sprint 2 - L'Isle Jourdain, 126km
1Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille6pts
2Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli1

Sprint 3 - Masseube, 179km
1Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team6pts
2Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar3
3Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Mountain 1 - Côte de Lautrec (Cat. 3) 11.5km
1Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5pts
2Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille3
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2
4Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo1

Mountain 2 - Côte au CR D39-D253 (Cat. 3) 135.5km
1Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits5pts
2Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille3
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2
4Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar1

Mountain 3 - Côte de Loubersan (Cat. 3) 199.7km
1Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ5pts
2Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3
3Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2
4John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Teams
1FDJ15:59:12
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits
3Sky Procycling
4Movistar Team
5Team Europcar
6La Pomme Marseille
7Ag2R La Mondiale
8Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
9Team NSP-Ghost
10Accent Jobs - Wanty
11Sojasun
12Bigmat - Auber 93
13Bretagne - Seche Environnement
14Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela
15Atlas Personal - Jakroo

General classification after stage 1
1Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille5:19:34
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:00:04
3Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
4Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:06
5Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:07
6Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
7Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
8Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar0:00:08
9Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:09
10Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:00:10
11Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling
12Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ
13Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
14Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
15Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun
17Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
18Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
19Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
20Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
21Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
22Léo Menville (Fra) Team NSP-Ghost
23Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
24Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
25Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
26Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
27Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
28Nicolas Bazin (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
29Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
30Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
31John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
32Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
33Jacob Fiedler (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
34Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
35Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
36Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ
37Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
38Nicolas Lüthi (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
39Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
40Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling
41David Boucher (Fra) FDJ
42Timo Thömel (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
43Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun
44René Hooghiemster (Ned) Team NSP-Ghost
45Sébastian Baldauf (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
46Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun
47Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ
48Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
49Sebastian Forke (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
50Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
51Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
52Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
53Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
54Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
55Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
56Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
57Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
58Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
59Nicolas Winter (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
60Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
61Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar
62Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
63Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
64Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
65Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
66Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
67Thomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
68Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
69Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ
70Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
71Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
72Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
73Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
74Roy Jans (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
75Sven Forberger (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
76David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
77Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
78Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
79Stefan Schäfer (Ger) Team NSP-Ghost
80David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun
81Danail Andonov Petrov (Bul) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
82Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun
83Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
84Pierre-Luc Perrichon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
85Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
86Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
87Benoit Drujon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
88Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
89Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
90Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
91Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
92Temesgen Teklehaymanot (Eri) Atlas Personal-Jakroo
93Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
94Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
95Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
96Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team
97Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
98Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ
99Ian Boswell (USA) Sky Procycling
100Flavien Dassonville (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
101Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun
102Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
103Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
104Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar
105Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
106Steven Caethoven (Bel) Accent Jobs-Wanty
107Adrien Chenaux (Swi) Atlas Personal-Jakroo0:00:51
108Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs-Wanty0:01:53
109Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:12
110Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
111Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
112Argiro Alonso Ospina Hernandez (Col) Movistar Team
113Mattia Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:13:15

Points classification
1Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille20pts
2Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ17
3Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits15
4Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Accent Jobs-Wanty13
5Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling11
6Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ10
7Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille9
8Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 938
9Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale7
10Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun6
11Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement5
12Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4
13Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team3
14Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar2
15Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1

Sprint classification
1Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille12pts
2Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team6
3Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4
4Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4
5Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar3
6Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Mountains classification
1Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits10pts
2Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille6
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ5
4Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli4
5Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA3
6Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli2
7Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar1
8Oleksandr Polivoda (Ukr) Atlas Personal-Jakroo1
9John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1

Teams classification
1FDJ15:59:12
2Cofidis, Solutions Credits
3Sky Procycling
4Movistar Team
5Team Europcar
6La Pomme Marseille
7Ag2R La Mondiale
8Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
9Team NSP-Ghost
10Accent Jobs - Wanty
11Sojasun
12Bigmat - Auber 93
13Bretagne - Seche Environnement
14Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela
15Atlas Personal - Jakroo

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