Tour du Poitou Charentes
Stage 1: Saint Maixent l'Ecole - Saintes - Stage Details

With Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn amongst the team’s seven starters, ORICA-GreenEDGE lined up for the first stage of the Tour du Poitou Charentes with an interest in bunch sprint despite losing Aidis Kruopis to illness before the French Tour. Durbridge, the defending champion of the four day, five stage race, and Hepburn aim to start the stage three time trial in contention for the overall victory.

A three rider breakaway slipped away from the bunch in the opening kilometres. By the end of the first hour of racing, the trio had more than 11 minutes on the field. Vini Fantini and ORICA-GreenEDGE were the first teams to inject effort into the chase. FDJ.fr assumed control for the pace-making in the second half of the race. They slowly but steadily reeled in the escape until Brett Lancaster and Jens Mouris took one last pull each to shut down the lone hold-out.

“We’re not the only team with an eye on the time trial. Thomas Löfkvist (IAM) and Gustav Larsson (IAM) could also have really good rides, so IAM was another team with general classification aspirations that was ready to work with the sprint teams. It’s a shame that Aidis is sick. It was a good stage for him, and we definitely could have helped him out today.” - Brett Lancaster


Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) - FDJ.fr 4:49:49
2 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) - La Pomme Marseille ST
3 Maxime Daniel (Fra) - Sojasun ST
4 Maxime Vantomme (Bel) - Crelan-Euphony ST
5 Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) - Etixx-Ihned ST
6 Rudy Barbier (Fra) - Roubaix-Lille Métropole ST
7 Davie Appollonio (Ita) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
8 Yauheni Hutarovich (Bel) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
9 Kevin Reza (Fra) - Team Europcar ST
10 Oliver Chevalier (Bel) - Wallonie-Bruxelles ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
21 Fumy Beppu (Jap) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
33 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
71 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
91 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
142 Jens Mouris (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:41
144 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:01
148 Travis Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:48