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Meersman wins Tour de l'Ain prologue

Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) won the Tour de l'Ain prologue time trial by the slimmest of margins: 12 hundredths of a second over teammate Dries Devenyns for the 3.3km course in Trevoux.

Arnaud Gerard (Bretagne-Seche Environnement) rounded out the top three, finishing one second off the pace of Meersman.

Meersman was pleasantly surprised by the stage victory as he'd never won a time trial before in his career.

"I am really happy about my performance," Meersman said. "I didn't expect to win this race because I was off from competition for five weeks. So, it was a long time without racing and I was surprised by my performance. But I also have to say I felt how good my legs were immediately this morning when we did the recon.

"This was for me the first time I won a time trial in my career," continued Meersman. "It is also something special because I was one of the first guys to take off. I was early, so I had to wait almost two hours until the end of the race. I can now understand the time trialists who have to wait a long time."

While Meersman will don the leader's jersey for Saturday's 156km stage between Lagnieu - Bourg-en-Bresse, he and his team will be focussed on their sprinter Andrew Fenn.

"Now, we will see about the next two stages for the sprinters," said Meersman. "We will try to go for Andy Fenn. Concerning the GC, we will see day-by-day what will happen. But the first goal is to put Fenn in position for the sprint in the next days."

Full Results
1Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:05:31.45
2Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:00.12
3Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:01.05
4Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:01.77
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:02.31
6Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:02.37
7Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:02.56
8Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:00:03.50
9Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:03.74
10Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:03.92
11Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:04.94
12Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:05.52
13Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:06.52
14Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:06.60
15Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:07.29
16Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:07.32
17Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:08.44
18Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:08.84
19Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:08.92
20Rick Zabel (Ger) Rabobank Development Team0:00:10.02
21Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:10.09
22Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar0:00:10.30
23Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:11.27
24Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:11.45
25Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:11.56
26Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:11.74
27Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:11.75
28Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:11.86
29Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia0:00:12.16
30Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:12.20
31Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:12.31
32Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling0:00:12.44
33Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:12.58
34Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:13.13
35Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:13.38
36Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:13.48
37Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:13.63
38Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:13.79
39Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:14.05
40Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun0:00:14.27
41Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
42David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun0:00:14.39
43Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:14.70
44Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:15.45
45Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:15.56
46Romain Guillemois (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:15.70
47Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:15.75
48Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:15.85
49Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:15.88
50Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:15.95
51Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:15.97
52Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:16.31
53Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:16.68
54Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:16.79
55Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:16.83
56Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:17.12
57Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:17.27
58Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:17.71
59José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille0:00:18.03
60Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:18.33
61Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:18.40
62Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:18.65
63Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:18.81
64John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:18.99
65Kevyn Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling0:00:19.36
66Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun0:00:19.60
67Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp0:00:19.85
68Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:20.39
69Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:20.48
70Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:20.66
71Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:20.67
72Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:20.78
73Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:20.98
74Marco Bandiera (Ita) IAM Cycling0:00:21.16
75Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling0:00:21.23
76Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:21.28
77Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:21.40
78Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:21.57
79Diego Ochoa Camargo (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:21.87
80Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:22.26
81Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:22.38
82Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:22.73
83Alexandre Billon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:22.86
84Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:23.02
85Fernando Orjuela (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:23.18
86Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun0:00:23.31
87Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:23.50
88Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:23.52
89Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:23.57
90Guillaume Martin (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:24.45
91Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling
92Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:24.51
93Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:24.95
94Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:25.13
95Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:25.42
96Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:25.49
97Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr
98Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:25.57
99Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:25.77
100Alexis Guerin (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:26.48
101Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:27.26
102Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia0:00:28.04
103Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia0:00:29.95
104Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:30.00
105Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia0:00:30.31
106Heiner Rodrigo Parra (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:30.97
107Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) Colombia0:00:31.55
108Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:31.91
109Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:32.15
110Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun0:00:32.45
111Ever Alexander Rivera Guerrero (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:33.12
112Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:33.63
113Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun0:00:34.03
114Clément Chevrier (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:35.93
115Marco Corti (Ita) Colombia0:00:38.00
116Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:42.19
117Juan Diego Quintero (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:44.57
118Juan Ernesto Chamorro Chitan (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:46.95
119Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:48.35
120Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:13.87

Points
1Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step15pts
2Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step12
3Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement10
4Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team8
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team6
6Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli5
7Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4
8Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling3
9Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step2
10Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1

Young riders
1Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:05:37
2Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:03
3Rick Zabel (Ger) Rabobank Development Team0:00:04
4Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
5Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:05
6Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:06
7Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:08
8Romain Guillemois (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:10
9Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) France Espoirs
10Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
11Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
12Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:12
13Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:13
14Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
15Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:15
16Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp
17Diego Ochoa Camargo (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:16
18Alexandre Billon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:17
19Fernando Orjuela (Col) Colombia Espoirs
20Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:18
21Guillaume Martin (Fra) France Espoirs
22Alexis Guerin (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:20
23Heiner Rodrigo Parra (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:25
24Ever Alexander Rivera Guerrero (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:27
25Clément Chevrier (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:30
26Juan Diego Quintero (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:39
27Juan Ernesto Chamorro Chitan (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:41

General classification after prologue
1Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:05:31
2Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
3Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:01
4Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:02
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
6Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
7Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:03
8Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling
9Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:04
10Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
11Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:05
12Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
13Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:06
14Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:07
15Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
16Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr
17Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:08
18Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:09
19Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
20Rick Zabel (Ger) Rabobank Development Team0:00:10
21Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
22Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
23Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:11
24Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
25Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:12
26Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
27Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
28Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
29Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia
30Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
31Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
32Rémi Cusin (Fra) IAM Cycling
33Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:13
34Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
35Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
36Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
37Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:14
38Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
39Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
40Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun
41Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
42David Lelay (Fra) Sojasun
43Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:15
44Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
45Niels Wubben (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:16
46Romain Guillemois (Fra) France Espoirs
47Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr
48Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) France Espoirs
49Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
50Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
51Steven Tronet (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
52Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
53Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:17
54Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
55Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
56Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
57Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
58Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:18
59José Gonçalves (Por) La Pomme Marseille
60Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
61Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
62Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:19
63Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
64John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
65Kevyn Ista (Bel) IAM Cycling
66Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun0:00:20
67Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Sharp
68Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
69Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
70Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:21
71Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
72Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
73Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Bretagne-Seche Environnement
74Marco Bandiera (Ita) IAM Cycling
75Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling
76Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp
77Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
78Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:22
79Diego Ochoa Camargo (Col) Colombia Espoirs
80Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
81Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
82Guillaume Faucon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:23
83Alexandre Billon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
84Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
85Fernando Orjuela (Col) Colombia Espoirs
86Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun
87Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp
88Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
89Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:24
90Guillaume Martin (Fra) France Espoirs
91Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling
92Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93
93Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:25
94Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
95Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar
96Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
97Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr
98Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:26
99Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
100Alexis Guerin (Fra) France Espoirs
101Théo Vimpere (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:27
102Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia0:00:28
103Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia0:00:30
104Riccardo Chiarini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
105Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia
106Heiner Rodrigo Parra (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:31
107Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) Colombia0:00:32
108Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
109Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
110Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun
111Ever Alexander Rivera Guerrero (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:33
112Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:34
113Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun
114Clément Chevrier (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:36
115Marco Corti (Ita) Colombia0:00:38
116Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff0:00:42
117Juan Diego Quintero (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:45
118Juan Ernesto Chamorro Chitan (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:47
119Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:48
120Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:14

Points classification
1Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step15pts
2Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step12
3Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Seche Environnement10
4Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team8
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team6
6Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni Giocattoli5
7Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits4
8Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling3
9Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step2
10Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team1

Young riders classification
1Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:05:37
2Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Rabobank Development Team0:00:03
3Rick Zabel (Ger) Rabobank Development Team0:00:04
4Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
5Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:05
6Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:00:06
7Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:08
8Romain Guillemois (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:10
9Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) France Espoirs
10Emiel Dolfsma (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
11Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille
12Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:12
13Yoann Paillot (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:00:13
14Lars van der Haar (Ned) Rabobank Development Team
15Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Bretagne-Seche Environnement0:00:15
16Jacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp
17Diego Ochoa Camargo (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:16
18Alexandre Billon (Fra) BigMat-Auber 930:00:17
19Fernando Orjuela (Col) Colombia Espoirs
20Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:18
21Guillaume Martin (Fra) France Espoirs
22Alexis Guerin (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:20
23Heiner Rodrigo Parra (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:25
24Ever Alexander Rivera Guerrero (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:27
25Clément Chevrier (Fra) France Espoirs0:00:30
26Juan Diego Quintero (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:39
27Juan Ernesto Chamorro Chitan (Col) Colombia Espoirs0:00:41

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