Tour de France: Gaviria wins opener and takes first yellow jersey

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) won stage 1 of the Tour de France in Fontenay-le-Comte after a drama-filled finale to what seemed like it would be a standard sprint stage. The Colombian's first Tour victory came at the expense of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in second and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) in third.

The Colombian becomes the first rider to win his debut Tour stage since Sagan in 2012, also becoming only the second man from his country to wear the yellow jersey after Víctor Hugo Peña in 2003. He benefitted from a fantastically-organised lead-out from his Quick Step team, with four men on the front in the final kilometre executing their jobs perfectly.

Sagan and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) lurked dangerously on his wheel, but there was nothing to be done about the Colombian, who was both the strongest man and led from the front - an unbeatable combination.

"It really is an amazing day for me," said Gaviria. "It's really good for our team and amazing for every rider in the team. We had a clear plan for today's stage - were ready for the sprint to succeed and thanks to god it has.

"It's a jersey that everyone wants to get and to get it on the first day is just amazing," he added. "I really don't have any words to describe what I've achieved today; I'm going to be so happy to wear it. I don't know if I'll keep it of course, but we'll try to keep it for as long as we can."

Formulaic for much of the day, the race came alive in the final 10km as multiple crashes and mechanical incidents first saw Richie Porte (BMC) and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) lose contact with the peloton, then Chris Froome (Team Sky) who crashed into a grass verge after colliding with another rider. Seconds later Nairo Quintana (Movistar) punctured, meaning the GC race had already begun just 200km into the race.

In the end, Froome, Porte and Yates lost 51 seconds, while Quintana and his countryman Egan Bernal (Team Sky) came in 1:12 behind the peloton. Gaviria leads the overall classification by four seconds from Sagan, and also leads the points and young riders classification. Escapee Kévin Ledanois (Fortuneo-Samsic) leads the mountain classification.

How it happened

The opening stage of the 2018 Tour was a long one at 201km, and a largely flat jaunt starting out from Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, an island off the coast of western France situated in the Vendée department. The island was last visited for the 2005 prologue, won by David Zabriskie.

After heading over the Pont de Noirmoutier bridge to the mainland, the route hugged the coast for much of the day before heading inland for the finale. The day's only intermediate sprint came at 119.5km in the town of La Tranche-Sur-Mer, while the first climb of the race was the Côte de Vix a 700-metre hill averaging 4.2 per cent which came 173km into the stage.

A new addition to the Tour, the bonification sprint, came in Maillezais just 13.5km from the line. Included for the first nine stage of the race - minus the TTT - the sprint awards 3-2-1 second time bonuses, though no green jersey points. As ever, ten, six and four seconds were available at the finish in Fontenay-le-Comte. Late obstacles consisted of two roundabouts in the last 3km, plus a sharp right before the straight final kilometre

Three riders were on the attack as soon as race director Christian Prudhomme dropped the flag at the start of the stage. The men in question were three Frenchmen - Ledanois, Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Jérôme Cousin (Direct Energie), with Cousin's team keen to make an impression in their home region of the Vendée.

The trio quickly worked their way to a four-minute gap as they reached the mainland, with their fast pace offset by the more leisurely peloton, who were happy with the composition of the Tour's first breakaway.

EF-Drapac's Lawson Craddock didn't take long to suffer from his bib number - the unlucky 13. He went down in the feed zone, suffering cuts to his left eye before getting back on his bike and back to the peloton.

At the intermediate sprint, the break simply rolled through, but two minutes further back Gaviria beat out André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Arnaud Demaré (Groupama-FDJ) for fourth place.

With Dimension Data, Groupama-FDJ, LottoNL-Jumbo and Quick Step Floors all prominent at the front of the peloton, a sprint finish was all but assured, with the gap down to under a minute with 30km to run. Ledanois, the U23 world champion in 2015, took the first polka dot jersey of the race, beating his breakmates up the generously-titled 'climb' 28km from the line.

Before and after the climb, Yoann Offredo's multiple attacks showed his determination to go it alone, or at least extend Wanty's time on television. Having won the combativity award on stage two last year, he looked set to take another this time around.

After fighting for half the stage to stay in contact with the peloton, Craddock - who was also nursing an injured shoulder - dropped back as the pace upped in the final 20km. Cousin beat Offredo to the time bonification sprint, but the break was soon over, caught with 10km to go.

Soon afterwards, Demaré was in the wars, caught up in a crash towards the rear of the peloton and all but losing his chance at the stage victory. Young climbers Bernal and Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) were also delayed while Porte was missing from the peloton too.

With 5km to run, there was more drama as Bernal's team leader Froome hit the deck, tumbing onto the grass verge on the outside of a corner. Then came Quintana's troubles, with the Colombian dropping behind the Froome group, to give the end of a fairly straightforward stage a whole new meaning.

Groups featuring GC contenders were scattered along the route, but up front the Quick Step Floors train was untroubled, riding a perfect leadout to take the first stage victory of the Tour.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors4:23:32
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 3 - Cell 2
5Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 4 - Cell 2
6Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 5 - Cell 2
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 6 - Cell 2
8John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 9 - Cell 2
11Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 11 - Cell 2
13Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 12 - Cell 2
14Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 14 - Cell 2
16Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 20 - Cell 2
22Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 21 - Cell 2
23Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 26 - Cell 2
28Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 28 - Cell 2
30Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 32 - Cell 2
34Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 34 - Cell 2
36Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension DataRow 35 - Cell 2
37Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 38 - Cell 2
40Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 39 - Cell 2
41Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 40 - Cell 2
42Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 41 - Cell 2
43Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 42 - Cell 2
44Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 43 - Cell 2
45Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 44 - Cell 2
46Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 45 - Cell 2
47Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 46 - Cell 2
48Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 47 - Cell 2
49Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 48 - Cell 2
50Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 50 - Cell 2
52Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team EmiratesRow 51 - Cell 2
53Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 52 - Cell 2
54Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-JumboRow 53 - Cell 2
55Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 55 - Cell 2
57Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 56 - Cell 2
58Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJRow 58 - Cell 2
60Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 59 - Cell 2
61Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 60 - Cell 2
62Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 61 - Cell 2
63Edward Theuns (Bel) Team SunwebRow 62 - Cell 2
64Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida0:00:22
65Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:24
66Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:32
68Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors0:00:33
69Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:34
70Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 69 - Cell 2
71Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:40
72Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:42
73Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 72 - Cell 2
74Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 74 - Cell 2
76Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 75 - Cell 2
77Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 76 - Cell 2
78Amael Moinard (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 77 - Cell 2
79Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 78 - Cell 2
80Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 79 - Cell 2
81Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 80 - Cell 2
82Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 81 - Cell 2
83Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:51
84Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 83 - Cell 2
85Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 84 - Cell 2
86Arthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 85 - Cell 2
87Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 86 - Cell 2
88Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 88 - Cell 2
90Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 89 - Cell 2
91Chris Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 90 - Cell 2
92Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 92 - Cell 2
94Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Rein Taaramäe (Est) Direct EnergieRow 94 - Cell 2
96Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 95 - Cell 2
97Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 97 - Cell 2
99Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 98 - Cell 2
100Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 99 - Cell 2
101Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 100 - Cell 2
102Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 101 - Cell 2
103Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 102 - Cell 2
104Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:02
105Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:01:04
106Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 105 - Cell 2
107Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 106 - Cell 2
108Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:12
109Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 108 - Cell 2
110Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:14
111Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:01:15
112Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Egan Bernal (Col) Team SkyRow 112 - Cell 2
114Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team0:01:17
115Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:01:18
116Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 115 - Cell 2
117Paul Martens (Ger) LottoNL-JumboRow 116 - Cell 2
118Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-JumboRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 118 - Cell 2
120Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb0:01:22
121Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 120 - Cell 2
122Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:27
123Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 122 - Cell 2
124Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:30
125Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 124 - Cell 2
126Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 125 - Cell 2
127Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky0:01:38
128Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:52
129Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:00
130Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:11
131Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:16
132Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 131 - Cell 2
133Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:19
134Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 133 - Cell 2
135Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:02:24
136Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 135 - Cell 2
137Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 136 - Cell 2
138Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Trek-SegafredoRow 137 - Cell 2
139David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 138 - Cell 2
140Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 140 - Cell 2
142Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 141 - Cell 2
143Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 143 - Cell 2
145Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 144 - Cell 2
146Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 145 - Cell 2
147Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 146 - Cell 2
148Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 147 - Cell 2
149Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 148 - Cell 2
150Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 149 - Cell 2
151Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team0:02:42
152Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:02:44
153Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 152 - Cell 2
154José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:48
156Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:00
157Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:03:02
158Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 157 - Cell 2
159Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 160 - Cell 2
162Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 161 - Cell 2
163Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 162 - Cell 2
164Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:03:12
165Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:04:04
166Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 165 - Cell 2
167Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 166 - Cell 2
168Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 167 - Cell 2
169Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 168 - Cell 2
170Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 169 - Cell 2
171Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 170 - Cell 2
172Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:06:23
173Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 172 - Cell 2
174Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 173 - Cell 2
175Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Sky0:07:48
176Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:07:50
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Sprint 1 - La Tranche-Sur-Mer, 119.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie20pts
2Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors13Row 3 - Cell 3
5André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Finish - Fontenay-Le-Conte, 201km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors50pts
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe30Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marcel Kittel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates18Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo14Row 5 - Cell 3
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb12Row 6 - Cell 3
8John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo10Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team8Row 8 - Cell 3
10Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors2Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Cote de Vix, 173km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic1
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Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors4:23:32
2Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 1 - Cell 2
3Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 3 - Cell 2
5Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 5 - Cell 2
7Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 6 - Cell 2
8Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 7 - Cell 2
9Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 8 - Cell 2
10Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:32
11Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:34
12Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team0:00:42
13Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:51
15Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 14 - Cell 2
16Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky0:01:15
17Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:18
18Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic