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July 12/15 21:24 pm - Tour de France: Stages 8 & 9


Posted by Editoress on 07/12/15
 

Stage 8:  Vuillermoz delivers first French win

Alexis Vuillermoz delivers the first French stage victory of the 2015 Tour de France one year after another AG2R-La Mondiale, Blel Kadri, paved the way for his compatriots one year ago. He counter-attacked after an acceleration by Chris Froome 800 metres before the top of Mûr de Bretagne and surprised Dan Martin who started his effort too late and came second. Froome retained the yellow jersey ahead of the team time trial set to finish in Plumelec where the winner of the yearly Grand Prix this year in May was... Vuillermoz.

185 riders started stage 8 in Rennes. One non-starter: Luca Paolini (Katusha). Local team Bretagne-Séché Environnement attacked from the gun but only at km 9 a four-man breakaway was formed with Bartosz Huzarski (Bora-Argon 18) and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) being rejoined by Romain Sicard (Europcar) and Pierre-Luc Périchon (Bretagne-Séché Environnement). They reached a maximum time gap of 3.55 at km 16. Lotto-Soudal was prompt to seize the reins of the peloton and not let the time difference grow.

Bak, Golas and Huzarski in the middle of Breton flags
After the intermediate sprint at Gare de Moncontour (km 108.5), a group of 17 riders continued its effort and took off: Lars Boom (Astana), Jeremy Roy (FDJ), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Lars Bak, Thomas de Gendt and André Greipel (Lotto), John Degenkolb, Roy Curvers and Koen de Kort (Giant), Michal Kwiatkowski, Mark Cavendish and Michal Golas (Etixx), Pierre Rolland, Bryan Coquard and Angelo Tulik (Europcar), Frédéric Brun and Pierrick Fédrigo (Bretagne-Séché Environnement). With 69km to go, they caught the four leaders. The green jersey contenders gave up and three riders managed to ride away: Bak, Golas and Huzarski. They were strongly encouraged by huge crowds waving Breton flags all along the route.

Vuillermoz responds to Froome
Cannondale-Garmin was the most active team in the chase of the leading trio. Soon after Huzarski gave up, Bak and Golas were reeled in with 8km to go. The Polish rider from Bora-Argon 18 was awarded the most aggressive rider price of the day. Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale) showed his intentions under the flamme rouge but Chris Froome accelerated just after that as Vincenzo Nibali was in trouble. The tiny French climbers responded to the lanky Brit and rode away solo. Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) rode after him but a bit too late. Already third atop the Mur de Huy, Vuillermoz, a former mountain biker, claimed his first stage victory at the Tour de France at the age of 27.

Stage 9: BMC Racing Team beats Team Sky by one second

It was tight! BMC Racing Team won the atypical team time trial from Vannes to Plumelec on the 28km long stage that closed the first chapter of the 102nd Tour de France. The other two dominant teams were Sky who only lost by one second after creeping in the Cadoudal hill and Movistar who finished strongly but four seconds down. Chris Froome retained the lead of the overall ranking with an advantage of 12 seconds over Tejay van Garderen before the Pyrenees.

Orica-GreenEDGE started first as they were last in the teams' classification. Reduced to a six-man squad after the abandons of Simon Gerrans, Daryl Impey and Michael Albasini due to crashes, the previous winners of the team time trial of the Tour de France in Nice in 2013 obviously weren't motivated and cruised at 45km/h with the only intention to complete the race within the time cut. Second team on the road, local favourites Bretagne-Séché Environnement who aren't specialists in this exercise beat the Australians by more than three minutes!

Excellent finish by Movistar
The eighth team in action, IAM Cycling, was first to set an interesting time at the finish in Plumelec at an average speed of 51.08km/h. Astana was the first team to beat the Swiss outfit, by only three seconds, as Vincenzo Nibali had put his team-mates in trouble on several occasions. Jakob Fuglsang, Tanel Kangert, Michele Scarponi and Lieuwe Westra accompanied the defending champion of the Tour de France till the end. Astana lost the lead to Movistar by 31 seconds, so Nairo Quintana overtook Nibali in the overall ranking. He also passed Warren Barguil and therefore will wear the white jersey in the first Pyrenean stage as Peter Sagan remains in the lead of the points classification. Movistar's average speed was 51.98km/h. They used their time trial specialists first (Alex Dowsett, Adriano Malori) and finished with their climbers in the Cadoudal hill.

BMC Racing Team at 52.09km/h
Team time trial world champions BMC Racing Team was the first squad to clock in more than 52km/h average with Tejay van Garderen, Rohan Dennis, Damiano Caruso, Greg van Avermaet and Samuel Sanchez. Wout Poels, Richie Porte, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Nicolas Roche finished the job for Team Sky but missed out on the victory by one second after being equal with BMC at the first check point and leading by one second at the second check point. Prior to the mountain stages, Froome leads the overall ranking with 12 seconds over Van Garderen while Alberto Contador is at 1.03, Quintana at 1.59 and Nibali at 2.22.

Report courtesy ASO

 

Stage 8 (July 11th): Rennes to Mûr-de-Bretagne, 181.5 km
1 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 4:20:55
2 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Cannondale - Garmin at 0:05
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team 0:10
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff - Saxo
5 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto - Soudal
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
7 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica - GreenEDGE
8 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
10 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
11 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing
12 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha
13 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant - Alpecin
14 Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Tinkoff - Saxo
15 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick Step
16 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff - Saxo
17 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
18 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits
19 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo
20 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar all s.t.
 
116 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Cannondale - Garmin 5:42
159 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica - GreenEDGE 7:58
 
Stage 9: Vannes to Plumelec TTT, 28 km
1 BMC Racing Team 0:32:15
2 Team Sky at 0:01
3 Movistar Team 0:04
4 Tinkoff - Saxo 0:28
5 Astana Pro Team 0:35
6 IAM Cycling 0:38
7 Etixx - Quick Step 0:45
8 Lampre - Merida 0:48
9 Team LottoNL - Jumbo 1:14
10 Ag2r La Mondiale 1:24
11 Trek Factory Racing 1:25
12 Team Cannondale - Garmin 1:29
13 Bora - Argon 18 1:32
14 FDJ 1:33
15 Lotto - Soudal 1:36
16 Team Giant - Alpecin 1:37
17 Team Europcar 1:42
18 Bretagne - Séché Environnement 1:46
19 Team Katusha 1:53
20 MTN - Qhubeka 1:56
21 Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2:32
22 Orica - GreenEDGE 4:58
 
GC
1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 31:34:12
2 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team at 0:12
3 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:27
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff - Saxo 0:38
5 Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp) Tinkoff - Saxo 1:03
6 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick Step 1:18
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team 1:50
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 1:52
9 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 1:59
10 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick Step 1:59
11 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto - Soudal 2:01
12 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff - Saxo 2:18
13 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 2:22
14 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant - Alpecin 2:43
15 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 2:52
16 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 2:56
17 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 3:30
18 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha 3:52
19 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Cannondale - Garmin 4:17
20 Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling 4:32
21 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 4:38
22 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale 5:08
23 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida 5:20
24 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 5:22
25 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing Team 6:17
26 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora - Argon 18 6:28
27 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team 6:40
28 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 6:49
29 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 8:05
30 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Team Cannondale - Garmin 8:35
31 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Cannondale - Garmin 9:21
32 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 9:21
33 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN - Qhubeka 10:14
34 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Esp) Team Katusha 10:37
35 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling 11:20
36 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 11:43
37 Paul Voß (Ger) Bora - Argon 18 11:47
38 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 12:25
39 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick Step 15:18
40 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff - Saxo 15:57
41 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ 16:24
42 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant - Alpecin 16:47
43 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 17:14
44 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto - Soudal 17:18
45 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 17:44
46 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica - GreenEDGE 17:45
47 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 17:49
48 Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 18:03
49 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica - GreenEDGE 18:29
50 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 19:41
51 Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick Step 20:23
52 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Esp) Movistar Team 20:33
53 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 20:54
54 Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 20:54
55 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 20:59
56 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto - Soudal 21:52
57 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant - Alpecin 22:15
58 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 22:25
59 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 23:00
60 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ 23:01
61 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto - Soudal 23:02
62 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 23:06
63 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick Step 23:31
64 Michael Schär (Sui) BMC Racing Team 23:49
65 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 24:12
66 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar 24:31
67 Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick Step 24:32
68 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 24:47
69 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ 24:50
70 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 25:05
71 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Astana Pro Team 25:11
72 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 25:25
73 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 25:36
74 Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 25:42
75 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar 25:57
76 Grégory Rast (Sui) Trek Factory Racing 26:24
77 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 26:29
78 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 26:34
79 Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ 26:51
80 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 27:14
81 Jan Barta (Cze) Bora - Argon 18 27:17
82 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 27:21
83 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant - Alpecin 27:22
84 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 27:34
85 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 27:59
86 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Team Cannondale - Garmin 28:02
87 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 28:04
88 Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 28:19
89 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 28:39
90 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora - Argon 18 28:47
91 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff - Saxo 29:00
92 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky 29:04
93 Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka 29:28
94 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 29:39
95 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 30:01
96 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 30:17
97 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing 30:19
98 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 30:34
99 Michael Valgren (Den) Tinkoff - Saxo 31:02
100 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick Step 31:15
101 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick Step 31:36
102 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) IAM Cycling 31:43
103 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 31:57
104 Marcel Wyss (Sui) IAM Cycling 32:06
105 Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2r La Mondiale 32:09
106 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 32:34
107 Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka 32:38
108 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre - Merida 32:46
109 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka 33:39
110 José Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre - Merida 34:09
111 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar 34:10
112 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto - Soudal 34:22
113 Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 34:31
114 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 34:47
115 Nelson Filipe Santos Simões Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida 35:06
116 Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Esp) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 35:08
117 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Bora - Argon 18 35:11
118 Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling 35:27
119 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ 36:15
120 Yohann Gène (Fra) Team Europcar 36:21
121 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida 36:26
122 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Team Cannondale - Garmin 36:28
123 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 36:28
124 Arnaud Gérard (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 36:29
125 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 36:52
126 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha 37:46
127 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 37:48
128 Matthias Brändle (Aut) IAM Cycling 38:03
129 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Esp) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 38:57
130 Leopold König (Cze) Team Sky 38:58
131 Perrig Quéméneur (Fra) Team Europcar 39:28
132 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky 39:31
133 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing 39:53
134 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 40:00
135 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff - Saxo 41:01
136 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha 41:35
137 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 41:56
138 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica - GreenEDGE 42:34
139 Nathan Haas (Aus) Team Cannondale - Garmin 42:55
140 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 43:19
141 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling 43:23
142 Martin Elmiger (Sui) IAM Cycling 43:29
143 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 43:29
144 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 44:04
145 Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 45:01
146 José Herrada Lopez (Esp) Movistar Team 45:09
147 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team 45:59
148 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ 46:43
149 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 46:50
150 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant - Alpecin 47:52
151 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team 48:39
152 Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 48:39
153 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lampre - Merida 48:48
154 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Team Cannondale - Garmin 49:17
155 Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre - Merida 49:23
156 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto - Soudal 50:15
157 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida 51:14
158 Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff - Saxo 51:23
159 Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro Team 51:24
160 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Team Cannondale - Garmin 51:41
161 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka 51:51
162 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 52:00
163 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky 52:07
164 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff - Saxo 52:10
165 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka 52:23
166 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 52:37
167 Bryan Nauleau (Fra) Team Europcar 52:54
168 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Bora - Argon 18 52:54
169 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 53:16
170 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 53:18
171 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 53:30
172 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - Merida 54:24
173 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 54:27
174 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora - Argon 18 54:54
175 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica - GreenEDGE 57:09
176 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto - Soudal 59:17
177 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora - Argon 18 1:00:45
178 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL - Jumbo 1:00:46
179 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Ag2r La Mondiale 1:01:51
180 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica - GreenEDGE 1:04:17
181 Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne - Séché Environnement 1:06:00
182 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto - Soudal 1:06:12
183 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits 1:09:54
184 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team 1:13:01
185 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica - GreenEDGE 1:16:10

 

 

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