A nervous hilly opener in France

A nervous hilly opener in France

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl returned at the start of the Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time since 2003, the team’s maiden year in the peloton, with a roster built around Mark Cavendish, a winner of three races already this season, including Milano-Torino, the oldest event in the world.

Held in and around Mamers, where the peloton had to face a 16km circuit six times, the stage got off to a furious start, several riders bursting away from the pack as they attempted to form a breakaway. After numerous skirmishes, a small group formed, but as the gap wasn’t a big one, they were joined by seven riders from the peloton with more than 70 kilometers to go, the new members helping the breakaway take their advantage out to two minutes.

Despite some serious chasing, the attackers made it and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) took the victory, outsprinting his companions in the last 200 meters. Mark Cavendish was the first Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider to come home, around 50 seconds down on the winner.

 

Photo credit: ©Dario Belingheri / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
4:32:04
2 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
3 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
0:00
4 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
5 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
6 Luke Plapp
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
8 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
0:05
9 Alexis Gougeard
0:07
10 Anthony Perez
Cofidis
0:21
21 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:49
70 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:49
77 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:09
89 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:34
91 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:34
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
4:31:51
2 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
0:07
3 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
0:07
4 Luke Plapp
INEOS Grenadiers
0:12
5 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:13
6 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:13
8 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
0:14
9 Alexis Gougeard
0:17
10 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
0:29
21 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:02
70 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:02
77 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:22
89 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:47
91 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
5:47
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
30 pt
2 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
20 pt
3 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
19 pt
4 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
14 pt
5 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
14 pt
6 Filippo Ganna
INEOS Grenadiers
12 pt
7 Luke Plapp
INEOS Grenadiers
11 pt
8 Alexis Gougeard
11 pt
9 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
9 pt
10 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
8 pt
1 Maël Guégan
Team U Nantes Atlantique
30 pt
2 Alexis Gougeard
24 pt
3 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
16 pt
4 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
14 pt
5 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
6 Cameron Wurf
INEOS Grenadiers
3 pt
7 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
2 pt
8 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
1 pt
1 Luke Plapp
INEOS Grenadiers
4:32:03
2 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:01
3 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
0:02
4 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
0:22
5 Marijn van den Berg
EF Education-EasyPost
0:50
6 Milan Fretin
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:50
7 Gilles De Wilde
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
0:50
8 Valentin Tabellion
Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Métropole
0:50
9 Filippo Baroncini
Trek - Segafredo
0:50
10 Antoine Raugel
AG2R Citroën Team
0:50
20 Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:10
1 INEOS Grenadiers 13:37:01
2 Cofidis 0:21
3 Trek - Segafredo 0:21
4 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:21
5 AG2R Citroën Team 0:49
6 EF Education-EasyPost 0:54
7 Array 0:56
8 Groupama - FDJ 1:05
9 TotalEnergies 1:10
10 Alpecin-Fenix 1:10

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