Crash spoils sprinters’ plans in Sarthe

Crash spoils sprinters’ plans in Sarthe

It should have been one last hurrah for the fast men at the of 68th Circuit de la Sarthe, but the heavy rain and wind that made an appearance in the closing stages of the day changed the expected narrative.

Before that happened, the organisers decided to cut the route by 20 kilometers, but the bunch remained nervous and the fight for positioning was intense on the last lap of the stage. This and the slippery roads meant that just four kilometers from the finish in La Chapelle-Saint-Aubin, a huge crash took place and fragmented the peloton, leaving small groups scattered all over the road.

Among the many riders who hit the deck were also Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish and lead-out man Bert Van Lerberghe. Fortunately, without any major consequences – the stage was won by Olav Kooij (Jumbo-Visma) from a two-man group that got away following that incident.

 

Photo credit: ©Dario Belingheri / Getty Images

Race details

1 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
3:11:34
2 Xandro Meurisse
Alpecin-Fenix
0:00
3 Elia Viviani
INEOS Grenadiers
0:15
4 Mick van Dijke
Jumbo-Visma
0:15
5 Jérémy Leveau
Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Métropole
0:15
6 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:15
7 Alexis Renard
Cofidis
0:15
8 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
0:15
9 Bram Welten
Groupama - FDJ
0:15
10 Romain Cardis
St Michel - Auber93
0:39
61 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:49
DNF Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-03:11:34
DNS Stan Van Tricht
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-03:11:34
1 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
15:49:52
2 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
0:08
3 Xandro Meurisse
Alpecin-Fenix
0:14
4 Jérémy Leveau
Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Métropole
0:35
5 Axel Zingle
Cofidis
1:08
6 Elia Viviani
INEOS Grenadiers
1:09
7 Alexis Renard
Cofidis
1:15
8 Romain Cardis
St Michel - Auber93
1:27
9 Thibault Guernalec
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:32
10 Mattia Bais
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
1:49
49 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7:17
52 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:33
1 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
75 pt
2 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
61 pt
3 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R Citroën Team
34 pt
4 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
34 pt
5 Xandro Meurisse
Alpecin-Fenix
25 pt
6 Elia Viviani
INEOS Grenadiers
25 pt
7 Lorrenzo Manzin
TotalEnergies
24 pt
8 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22 pt
9 Bram Welten
Groupama - FDJ
21 pt
10 Laurent Pichon
Team Arkéa Samsic
19 pt
21 Yves Lampaert
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
1 Maël Guégan
Team U Nantes Atlantique
44 pt
2 Alexis Gougeard
24 pt
3 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
20 pt
4 Valentin Ferron
TotalEnergies
10 pt
5 Jimmy Janssens
Alpecin-Fenix
10 pt
6 Clément Carisey
Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Métropole
8 pt
7 Nicolas Debeaumarché
St Michel - Auber93
8 pt
8 Mattia Bais
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
6 pt
9 Andrii Ponomar
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
5 pt
10 Ben Healy
EF Education-EasyPost
4 pt
1 Olav Kooij
Jumbo-Visma
15:49:52
2 Alexis Renard
Cofidis
1:15
3 Paul Penhoët
Groupama - FDJ
2:03
4 Kévin Vauquelin
Team Arkéa Samsic
3:19
5 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
3:49
6 Ben Healy
EF Education-EasyPost
4:16
7 Luke Plapp
INEOS Grenadiers
4:30
8 Mick van Dijke
Jumbo-Visma
6:00
9 Andrii Ponomar
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
6:17
10 Antoine Raugel
AG2R Citroën Team
6:22
1 Alpecin-Fenix 47:36:51
2 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:11
3 Cofidis 0:52
4 AG2R Citroën Team 0:55
5 INEOS Grenadiers 1:54
6 Go Sport - Roubaix Lille Métropole 1:58
7 Groupama - FDJ 2:44
8 TotalEnergies 2:51
9 Array 4:26
10 St Michel - Auber93 4:35

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