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August 26/14 12:15 pm - Tour du Poitou Charente: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 08/26/14

Omega Phama - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Mark Cavendish finished the fantastic work of his teammates, launching with impressive power and winning the bunch sprint finale of 192.4km Tour du Poitou-Charentes Stage 1 on Tuesday.

The OPQS leadout was so impressive — despite a nervous stage with plenty of crashes — that Mark Renshaw also placed 9th.

Maxime Daniel (AG2R - La Mondiale) was 2nd, and Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) was 3rd.

The original breakaway was brought back early, but it wasn't clear who would control for the sprint until the final kilometers. OPQS emerged on the front with inside 10km to go in the stage, and Cavendish was put into position for the group arrival perfectly. It was the 10th victory of the season for Cav, and the 56th on the road (58th overall) for OPQS in 2014.

OPQS looks next to 183.6km Stage 2 on Wednesday, with Cav in the leader's jersey.

"The team was incredible today," Cavendish said. "We rode well, we protected ourselves from the wind but also sped up a bit to try and split the group. But the wind changed direction and it was impossible. The guys controlled perfectly regardless. With 8 kilometers to go, with a crosswind, we started our leadout and it was perfect. I'm so proud of the guys, this was a real team victory today. Personally it's a nice feeling to win again, especially after such a well executed sprint. In the next few days we'll see if we can try again and continue this winning mood."
Omega Phama - Quick-Step Cycling Team press release


Top Canadian was Svein Tuft (Orica GreenEDGE) in 63rd.  Antoine Duchesne (Team Europcar) finished 84th, both in the same time as the winner.


Results from the first stage of the Tour du Poitou Charente in France.

Stage 1: Jarnac to La Ronde, 192.4m
1 Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 4:47:06
2 Maxime Daniel (AG2R La Mondiale)
3 Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
4 Rudy Barbier (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
5 David Menut (BigMat - Auber 93)
6 Yannis Yssaad (BigMat - Auber 93)
7 Evaldas Siskevicius (Team La Pomme Marseille 13)
8 Morgan Lamoisson (Team Europcar)
9 Mark Renshaw (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
10 Leigh Howard (Orica GreenEDGE)
11 Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
12 Francesco Chicchi (Neri Sottoli)
13 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Movistar Team)
14 Florian Senechal (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
15 Andrea Zordan (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela)
16 Alo Jakin (BigMat - Auber 93)
17 Justin Jules (Team La Pomme Marseille 13)
18 Clément Koretzky (Bretagne Séché Environnement)
19 Andrea Piechele (Bardiani CSF)
20 Lorenzo Manzin (
21 Juan Pablo Valencia Gonzales (Colombia)
22 Leonardo Duque (Colombia)
23 Stéphane Poulhies (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
24 Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team)
25 Kevin Ista (IAM Cycling)
26 Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
27 Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling)
28 Matthias Brandle (IAM Cycling)
29 Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R La Mondiale)
30 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Colombia)
31 Julien Fouchard (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
32 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Movistar Team)
33 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela)
34 Brice Feillu (Bretagne Séché Environnement)
35 Julien Stassen (Wallonie - Bruxelles)
36 Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF)
37 Gijs Van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
38 Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing Team)
39 Christophe Premont (Wallonie - Bruxelles)
40 Dylan Kowalski (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
41 Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar Team)
42 Laurent Evrard (Wallonie - Bruxelles)
43 Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEDGE)
44 Cyril Gautier (Team Europcar)
45 Vegard Stake Laengen (Bretagne Séché Environnement)
46 Julien Duval (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
47 Eduardo Sepulveda (Bretagne Séché Environnement)
48 Benoit Jarrier (Bretagne Séché Environnement)
49 Arnaud Courteille (
50 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar Team)
51 Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing Team)
52 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Movistar Team)
53 Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela)
54 Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF)
55 Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling)
56 Jérôme Pineau (IAM Cycling)
57 Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
58 Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
59 Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEDGE)
60 Francis De Greef (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
61 Olivier Chevalier (Wallonie - Bruxelles)
62 Pierre Luc Perichon (Bretagne Séché Environnement)
63 Svein Tuft (Orica GreenEDGE)
64 Jérémy Roy (
65 Amael Moinard (BMC Racing Team)
66 Jean-Lou Paiani (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
67 Tim Declercq (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
68 Sébastien Minard (AG2R La Mondiale)
69 Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne Séché Environnement)
70 Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
71 Thomas Lövkvist (IAM Cycling)
72 Romain Pillon (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
73 Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling)
74 Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
75 Kévin Reza (Team Europcar)
76 Arthur Vichot (
77 Mauro Finetto (Neri Sottoli)
78 Francesco Failli (Neri Sottoli)
79 Adrien Petit (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
80 Matthieu Ladagnous (
81 Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela)
82 Simone Ponzi (Neri Sottoli)
83 Mirko Selvaggi (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
84 Antoine Duchesne (Team Europcar)
85 Jarl Salomein (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
86 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
87 Christophe Kern (Team Europcar)
88 Stéphane Rossetto (BigMat - Auber 93)
89 Jens Mouris (Orica GreenEDGE)
90 Petr Vakoc (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
91 Stephen Cummings (BMC Racing Team)
92 Flavien Dassonville (BigMat - Auber 93)
93 Romain Cardis (Team Europcar)
94 Andrea Fedi (Neri Sottoli)
95 Michael Hepburn (Orica GreenEDGE)
96 Steven Tronet (BigMat - Auber 93)
97 Maxime Vantomme (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
98 Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani CSF)
99 Nicola Boem (Bardiani CSF) all s.t.
100 Andrea Dal Col (Neri Sottoli) 0:20
101 Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 0:26
102 Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Colombia) 0:29
103 Sébastien Chavanel ( 0:34
104 Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 0:36
105 Victor Campenaerts (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) 0:46
106 Domingos Goncalves (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) 0:47
107 Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani CSF) 0:48
108 Olivier Le Gac ( 0:50
109 Jonathan Dufrasne (Wallonie - Bruxelles) 1:12
110 Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) 1:19
111 Sander Helven (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) s.t.
112 Juan Sebastian Arango (Colombia) 1:36
113 Tom Dernies (Wallonie - Bruxelles) 1:41
114 Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani CSF) s.t.
115 Danilo Napolitano (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) 1:55
116 Christophe Laborie (Bretagne Séché Environnement) 2:11
117 Simon Pellaud (IAM Cycling)
118 Damien Howson (Orica GreenEDGE) both s.t.
119 Romain Guillemois (Team Europcar) 2:19
120 Nico Sijmens (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
121 Sébastien Delfosse (Wallonie - Bruxelles) both s.t.
122 Romain Lemarchand (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 0:00
123 Jonathan Paredes (Colombia) 3:09
124 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Team Europcar)
125 Alessio Taliani (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) both s.t.
126 Grégoire Tarride (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) 4:05
127 Thomas Vaubourzeix (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) s.t.
128 Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale) 4:15
129 Francis Mourey ( 4:20
130 Duber Armando Quintero Artunduaga (Colombia) 5:01
131 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Colombia)
132 Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale)
133 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Bardiani CSF)
134 Baptiste Planckaert (Roubaix Lille Metropole) all s.t.
135 Jérémy Bescond (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 5:13
136 Maxime Anciaux (Wallonie - Bruxelles)
137 Franck Vermeulen (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
138 Emanuele Sella (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela)
139 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela)
140 Fréderic Brun (BigMat - Auber 93) all s.t.
141 Jan Ghyselinck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) 6:51
142 Gianfranco Zilioli (Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela) 7:35
143 Samuele Conti (Neri Sottoli)
144 Théo Vimpere (BigMat - Auber 93)
145 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Movistar Team) all s.t.
146 Luke Davison (BMC Racing Team) 9:37
147 Sebastian Lander (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
148 Kevin Van Melsen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) 9:57
149 Benjamin Giraud (Team La Pomme Marseille 13) s.t.
150 Blel Kadri (AG2R La Mondiale) 11:06
151 Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale)
152 Thomas Rostollan (Team La Pomme Marseille 13)
153 Yoann Paillot (Team La Pomme Marseille 13)
154 John Gadret (Movistar Team)
155 Jean Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale) all s.t.



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