Poitou Charentes
Stage 1: Villebois Lavalette - Royan - Stage Details

Recap:

Aidis Kruopis won the field sprint in Royan to become the first overall leader of the 26th edition of Tour du Poitou Charentes. The early action was dominated by a three rider break that gained eight minutes on the field before they were brought back by the bunch. Jens Kekeleire and Leigh Howard provided the 'perfect lead out' in the final kilometer of racing.

“Jens knew the finish. He raced here two years ago, and this finish was included then. That’s why we had him take charge of our sprint in the last kilometer. All three riders gave their maximum. Aidis finished off their effort and arrived two bike lengths ahead of everyone else. He made it look easy. It was a perfect day for us. We did our work, and we finished first.” - Sports Director Lionel Marie. 

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 4:41:54
2 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) - FDJ-Big Mat ST
3 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) - La Pomme Marseille ST
4 Alexander Serebryakov (Rus) - Team Type 1 - Sanofi ST
5 Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) - Team Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank ST
6 Joeri Stallaert (Bel) - Landbouwkrediet-Euphony ST
7 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) - Auber 93 ST
8 Justin Van Hoecke (Bel) - Wallonie Bruxelles - Credit Agricole ST
9 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) - Team Europcar ST
10 Adrien Petit (Fra) - Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 4:41:54
40 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
45 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
51 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
55 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
130 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
148 Brett Daniel Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:59
154 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:10:21