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Criterium International: Vachon beats Wyss to take stage one

by Shane Stokes at 7:42 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Critérium International
Several GC riders lose time in crosswind splits

Florian VachonOne week after taking the Classic Loire Atlantique, Bretagne Schuller rider Florian Vachon today grabbed the opening stage of the Criterium International in Corsica.

The Frenchman was quickest in a big sprint to the line in Porto Vecchio, taking the win in front of Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team), Clément Koretzky (La Pomme Marseille), Simon Geschke (1t4i) and 35 others.

Five-time race winner Jens Voigt was ninth, just ahead of RadioShack Nissan team-mates Linus Gerdemann and Maxime Monfort.

Defending champion Frank Schleck, also part of the Luxembourg team, was fourteenth, one place ahead of 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and two in front of his BMC Racing team-mate Marco Pinotti.

Voigt is determined to try to win the race again and was part of a move which eliminated several pre-race favourites. “After the downhill of the Côte de Conca, I saw we had five guys in the front,” he said. “I thought ‘let’s join the Sky Team and ride a little bit together with them’, trying to split up the peloton in the crosswind. That worked pretty well.

“With Fränk Schleck, Linus Gerdemann, Maxime Monfort, Nelson Oliveira and myself we had five guys in the front. We never got more than 30 seconds due to the fact that Garmin was chasing hard. They have a bunch of good riders. When they work hard, they can keep it very close, but not close enough.”

One of those who lost time and finished in a group 49 seconds back was Dave Zabriskie (Garmin Barracuda). He will be one of the favourites for this afternoon’s 6.5 kilometre time trial but, even if he wins, is no longer in the running for the race leader’s yellow jersey.

Team-mate Christope Le Mevel also lost out, as did Ag2r La Mondiale’s John Gadret, Romain Sicard (Euskaltel Euskadi), Pierre Rolland plus his Europcar team-mate Christophe Kern.

Voigt was pleased by what their move achieved. “For me Zabriskie is one of the favorites for the overall and he is an awesome time trial rider,” he said. “If he would have been with us till the end of this stage, it would have been hard to beat him. Now we have already a bit of an advantage. That’s why we tried to make it happen. Mission accomplished.”

Trio slip clear early on:

Being such a short stage, it was certain that the riders would take an aggressive approach to things. Just seven kilometres after the start, three clipped away. Julien Berard (Ag2r La Mondiale), David Le Lay (Saur Sojasun) and 21-year-old Grégoire Tarride (La Pomme Marseille) established a lead of 40 seconds nine kilometres of collaboration, and reached a maximum of two minutes by kilometre 23.

Berard picked up top mountains points at the Côte de Conca (km 46), pipping Tarride and Le Lay. The peloton was just fifty seconds back at this point and closing. Berard kicked clear alone but was reeled in at kilometre 58, five kilometres after the other two were caught.

This recapture coincided with the move by the Sky and RadioShack riders to break up the peloton. It was a successful effort, and ensured that a reduced peloton fought it out for the victory in Porto Vecchio. Of that group, several riders were delayed by a crash inside the final three kilometres.

One of those was Garmin-Barracuda’s Nathan Haas, who said afterwards that he felt he was in the running for a stage win until hitting the deck with approximately 200 metres to go. Fortunately he is not badly hurt, and will continue.

The race continues this afternoon with the time trial, then concludes with what will be a decisive uphill finish tomorrow.


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Criterium International, France (2.1) Stage 1 Results: Porto Vecchio to Porto Vecchio (89.5 km)

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
fra FRA 1 Florian Vachon (Bretagne Schuller) 02:03:48
sui SUI 2 Danilo Wyss (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
fra FRA 3 Clément Koretzky (La Pomme Marseille) s.t.
ger GER 4 Simon Geschke (1t4i) s.t.
fra FRA 5 Nicolas Bazin (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
fra FRA 6 Geoffroy Lequatre (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
fra FRA 7 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 8 Romain Hardy (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
ger GER 9 Jens Voigt (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
ger GER 10 Linus Gerdemann (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
bel BEL 11 Maxime Monfort (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
col COL 12 Jeffry Johan Romero (Colombia - Coldeportes) s.t.
usa USA 13 Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
lux LUX 14 Frank Schleck (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
aus AUS 15 Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 16 Marco Pinotti (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
fra FRA 17 Arnaud Gerard (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 18 Pierrick Fedrigo (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
aus AUS 19 Michael Rogers (Sky Procycling) s.t.
esp ESP 20 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
col COL 21 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Colombia - Coldeportes) s.t.
fra FRA 22 Rémi Pauriol (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ita ITA 23 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
lat LAT 24 Toms Skujins (La Pomme Marseille) s.t.
fra FRA 25 Benjamin Giraud (La Pomme Marseille) s.t.
fra FRA 26 Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
por POR 27 Nelson Oliveira (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 28 Grégoire Tarride (La Pomme Marseille) s.t.
ita ITA 29 Matteo Montaguti (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
gbr GBR 30 Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ita ITA 31 Davide Malacarne (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 32 Florian Guillou (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
swe SWE 33 Thomas Löfkvist (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 34 Hubert Dupont (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 35 Benoit Vaugrenard (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 36 Renaud Dion (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
gbr GBR 37 Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 38 Pierre Luc Perichon (La Pomme Marseille) s.t.
fra FRA 39 Jean Luc Delpech (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
fra FRA 40 Julien Berard (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:00:26
nor NOR 41 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Sky Procycling) s.t.
fra FRA 42 Cyril Gautier (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 43 Laurent Mangel (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 44 Dimitri Le Boulch (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:00:49
esp ESP 45 Mikel Astarloza (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
col COL 46 John Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Colombia - Coldeportes) s.t.
fra FRA 47 Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
ned NED 48 Tom Dumoulin (1t4i) s.t.
fra FRA 49 Nicolas Rousseau (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
fra FRA 50 Alexandre Geniez (1t4i) s.t.
usa USA 51 David Zabriskie (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 52 Steven Tronet (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
usa USA 53 Benjamin King (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 54 Arnaud Labbe (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 55 Christophe Le Mevel (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 56 Dimitri Champion (Bretagne Schuller) s.t.
fra FRA 57 Julien El Fares (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
col COL 58 Victor Hugo Pena (Colombia - Coldeportes) s.t.
fra FRA 59 Maxime Bouet (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
col COL 60 Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Colombia - Coldeportes) s.t.
fra FRA 61 Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 62 Rony Martias (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 63 Nacer Bouhanni (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
fra FRA 64 Jean-christophe Peraud (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
fra FRA 65 Yannick Talabardon (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 66 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 67 Rudy Molard (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 68 Amaël Moinard (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
slo SLO 69 Jure Kocjan (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
esp ESP 70 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 71 Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armienta (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 72 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 73 Tristan Valentin (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
fra FRA 74 Yohan Cauquil (La Pomme Marseille) s.t.
fra FRA 75 Anthony Roux (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
nzl NZL 76 George Bennett (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 77 Yannick Martinez (La Pomme Marseille) s.t.
esp ESP 78 Javier Mejias Leal (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
col COL 79 Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia - Coldeportes) s.t.
col COL 80 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Colombia - Coldeportes) s.t.
ned NED 81 Thomas Dekker (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
sui SUI 82 Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
usa USA 83 Andrew Talansky (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 84 Remi Cusin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
fra FRA 85 Christophe Riblon (Ag2R - La Mondiale) s.t.
ita ITA 86 Salvatore Puccio (Sky Procycling) s.t.
ltu LTU 87 Evaldas Siskevicius (La Pomme Marseille) 00:02:24
ger GER 88 Fabian Wegmann (Team Garmin - Barracuda) 00:02:26
ned NED 89 Michel Kreder (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
ned NED 90 Raymond Kreder (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
nor NOR 91 Vegard Laengen Stake (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) 00:00:49
fra FRA 92 David Lelay (Saur - Sojasun) 00:02:47
fra FRA 93 John Gadret (Ag2R - La Mondiale) 00:02:57
aus AUS 94 Nathan Haas (Team Garmin - Barracuda) s.t.
fra FRA 95 Ronan Racault (Big Mat - Auber 93) 00:04:10
ger GER 96 Patrick Gretsch (1t4i) 00:06:06
fra FRA 97 Mathieu Drujon (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
fra FRA 98 Pierre Rolland (Europcar) s.t.
swe SWE 99 Tobias Ludvigsson (1t4i) s.t.
fra FRA 100 Anthony Charteau (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 101 Fabien Bacquet (Big Mat - Auber 93) s.t.
aus AUS 102 Thimothy Roe (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
fra FRA 103 Arnaud Courteille (Equipe Cycliste FDJ - BigMat) s.t.
ned NED 104 Joost Posthuma (RadioShack - Nissan) s.t.
fra FRA 105 Christophe Laborie (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
chn CHN 106 Ji Cheng (1t4i) s.t.
fra FRA 107 Nicolas Vogondy (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
esp ESP 108 Alan Lezaun Perez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 109 Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) s.t.
esp ESP 110 Mikel Landa Meana (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
rus RUS 111 Alexander Efimkin (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
col COL 112 Johan Esteban Cháves Rubio (Colombia - Coldeportes) s.t.
fra FRA 113 Damien Monier (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) s.t.
bel BEL 114 Yannick Eijssen (BMC Racing Team) s.t.
ita ITA 115 Matteo Pelucchi (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 116 Romain Sicard (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
fra FRA 117 Christophe Kern (Europcar) s.t.
fra FRA 118 Julien Antomarchi (Team Type 1 - SANOFI) s.t.
fra FRA 119 Jean-eudes Demaret (Cofidis - Le Credit En Ligne) 00:07:28
fra FRA 120 Jonathan Hivert (Saur - Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA DNF Guillaume Faucon (Big Mat - Auber 93)  

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