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One in a Billion | Rise to the Summit
WOW what a season opening !
Tamijo wrote:
WOW what a season opening !

Nice salary and pretty impressive stats already (do others really progress even faster?). I'm sure Lotto will be glad to have you.
Ripley wrote:
Nice salary and pretty impressive stats already (do others really progress even faster?). I'm sure Lotto will be glad to have you.

Yeah they've reached these stats by the first or second season!

I hope they will be Smile
A win is always welcomed. IIRC, your only two pro wins have been in Spanish roads?

Which races will you take part in the upcoming months?
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A win is always welcomed. IIRC, your only two pro wins have been in Spanish roads?

Which races will you take part in the upcoming months?

Yes, the first came on Andalucia Stage 5 last year. Details here.

As far as other races are concerned, I'm sticking to Spain for February with Murcia and Andalucia. I wanted to stick to my strengths for the start of my World Tour journey. Following that I'll be in Paris-Nice and one of Catalunya or Pais Vasco. I will also start in atleast two of the three races in the Ardennes week, with LBL a surety for now. Beyond that, the plans are still being made.

Thanks for the questions Smile

Still in Spain for two races in February. Murcia and the six stage Andalucia up ahead. If last year is anything to go by, this should be another good month for me. Did I continue my good start for Lotto? Let's find out...

Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia

I was picked for a free role by the team and yet the bookies put me among the favourites for a race win. I couldn't help but beam at the progress I've made in three years being a pro. This isn't so difficult, is it now Wink
The race saw Jelle Wallays join the breakaway for us as I stayed in the pack looking for opportunities later. The break was caught before the last climb of the race. At that stage, there were around 50 riders left at the front. I was around the middle of the pack when the climb started, a bad position to be in. I tried to go up through the sides as I heard news about riders starting to attack from the front. I was of no use as I kept getting bunched in. A group of 5 leapt away from the bunch and contested the sprint for the win. Ruben Fernandez took the win, edging out Sebastien Henao and Eddie Dunbar. I had to be content with 21st.

1Rubén FernándezTinkoff-Saxo4h17'44
2Sebastian HenaoColombias.t.
3Eddie DunbarTeam Katushas.t.
4Eduard BeltranColombias.t.
5Kenny ElissondeTeam Europcars.t.
6Fabio DuarteColombia+ 37
7Robert PowerTeam Sky+ 45
8Joshua EdmondsonTeam Skys.t.
9Ian BoswellTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
10Larry WarbasseTeam Skys.t.
11Juan ChamorroColombias.t.
12Matvei MamykinTinkoff-Saxos.t.
13Evgeny ShalunovTeam Katushas.t.
14Simone PetilliTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
15Alexandre GeniezESPNs.t.
16Emanuel BuchmannTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
17Arvid MelchiotTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
18Julian ArredondoAg2r La Mondiales.t.
19Winner AnaconaTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
20Pello BilbaoTinkoff-Saxos.t.
21Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudals.t.
22Joseph DombrowskiESPNs.t.
23Alejandro ValverdeTeam Katushas.t.
24Steff CrasESPNs.t.
25Edward RavasiTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
26Jay McCarthyTeam Skys.t.
27Jasper OckeloenTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
28Diego UlissiTinkoff-Saxos.t.
29Jean-Christophe PeraudAg2r La Mondiales.t.
30Alfredo BalloniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
31Alberto GallegoIberdrolas.t.
32Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
33Jan PolancLotto Soudals.t.
34José HerradaTEAM Cepsas.t.
35Jan HirtBora - Argon 18s.t.
36Arnaud DuteilTeam Europcars.t.
37Óscar GonzálezTEAM Cepsas.t.
38David De la CruzTinkoff-Saxos.t.
39Jackson RodríguezAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
40Victor LafayAg2r La Mondiales.t.
41Tao Geoghegan HartTeam Skys.t.
42Peter StetinaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
43Tom SlagterTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
44Daniele Dall'OsteAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
45Sérgio PardillaTinkoff-Saxos.t.
46Rafael VallsTEAM Cepsas.t.
47Nicolas EdetCyanides.t.
48Mikel BizkarraKaikus.t.
49Eros CapecchiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1'59
50Fabio TuziAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
51Martijn KeizerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2'09
52Patrick FacchiniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 2'22
53Jelle WallaysLotto Soudals.t.
54Diego OchoaColombias.t.
55Floris GertsTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
56Daniel JaramilloColombias.t.
57Jean KüpperTeam Europcars.t.
58Frederico FigueiredoIberdrolas.t.
59Ángel MadrazoTeam Katushas.t.
60Patrick KonradBora - Argon 18s.t.
61Aurélien Paret-PeintreAg2r La Mondiales.t.
62Lachlan MortonTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
63Stefano PirazziESPNs.t.
64Hugo HouleTEAM Cepsas.t.
65Marcos GarcíaTEAM Cepsas.t.
66Nelson OliveiraTinkoff-Saxos.t.
67Mikaël ChérelAg2r La Mondiales.t.
68Serge BeaufortCyanides.t.
69Rudy MolardCyanides.t.
70Simon RaffinTeam Europcars.t.
71Alexis GuerinTeam Europcars.t.
72Alexis DulinAg2r La Mondiales.t.
73Thomas DegandIberdrolas.t.
74Daniel MorenoTeam Katushas.t.
75Jérémy MaisonAg2r La Mondiales.t.
76Gregor MühlbergerBora - Argon 18s.t.
77François BidardAg2r La Mondiale+ 3'21
78Michael VinkTeam Europcars.t.
79Alvaro CuadrosTeam Katusha+ 3'41
80Andres PereyraAdega Mayors.t.
81Jan BartaESPNs.t.
82Arnau SoleBurgos - BHs.t.
83Mike TeunissenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
84Christopher Juul-JensenKaiku+ 4'12
85Sander ArmeeTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
86Hector SaezIberdrolas.t.
87Simon ClarkeLotto Soudals.t.
88Michele ScarponiAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
89David BeldaTEAM Cepsas.t.
90Johan Le BonESPNs.t.
91Ricardo GarcíaTeam Skys.t.
92Yoann BagotTeam Europcars.t.
93Sebastian TrilliniActiveJet Teams.t.
94Michael WoodsAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
95Anthony VandrepotteCyanides.t.
96Edoardo ZardiniTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
97Simon GeschkeBora - Argon 18s.t.
98Jesús Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
99Thomas LebasBurgos - BHs.t.
100Jordi SimónTeam Katushas.t.
101Delio FernándezBurgos - BHs.t.
102Dusan RajovicColombias.t.
103Rein TaaramäeTeam Katushas.t.
104Miguel Angel BenitoTEAM Cepsas.t.
105Dries Van GestelLotto Soudals.t.
106Victor ValinhoAdega Mayors.t.
107Davide CimolaiLotto Soudals.t.
108Igor MerinoBurgos - BHs.t.
109Gorka CeballosIberdrolas.t.
110Ben SwiftTeam Skys.t.
111Dimitry KozontchukTinkoff-Saxos.t.
112Hugo PigeonCyanide+ 5'35
113Unai IntziarteKaiku+ 7'08
114Jesús HerreroKaikus.t.
115Jesús EzquerraBurgos - BHs.t.
116Jasper BovenhuisTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
117Marc SolerActiveJet Teams.t.
118Corrado LampaBora - Argon 18s.t.
119Anthony MaldonadoCyanides.t.
120Fredrik LudvigssonActiveJet Teams.t.
121Nacer BouhanniCyanides.t.
122Vitaliy ButsTeam Europcars.t.
123Adam StachowiakActiveJet Teams.t.
124Jan GhyselinckESPNs.t.
125Pablo LechugaKaikus.t.
126Andrés VigilBurgos - BHs.t.
127Marco TizzaColombias.t.
128Maurits LammertinkTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
129Aner EchegarayActiveJet Team+ 7'43
130Lukas SpenglerESPNs.t.
131Diego RubioIberdrolas.t.
132Taylor PhinneyTeam Skys.t.
133Bernard ThielBora - Argon 18s.t.
134Mario GonzálezBurgos - BHs.t.
135Jelle VanendertLotto Soudals.t.
136Roman KubikActiveJet Teams.t.
137Andriy GrivkoIberdrola+ 9'18
138Igor RomeroActiveJet Team+ 10'20
139Michael HümbertBora - Argon 18+ 10'47
140Erick RowsellIberdrolas.t.
141Ricardo MestreAdega Mayors.t.
142Sebastian SchönbergerCyanide+ 13'59
143Daniel MestreAdega Mayors.t.
144Lucas LissBora - Argon 18s.t.
145Domen NovakKaikus.t.
146Laureano PonceAdega Mayors.t.
147Riccardo ChiariniAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
148Unai IparragirreKaikus.t.
149Leonid KrasnovAdega Mayors.t.
150Berden De VriesTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
151Joaquín CachoAndroni Giocattoli - Sidermecs.t.
152Jon Andoni Martínez RuizActiveJet Teams.t.
153Joeri StallaertLotto Soudals.t.
154Serse TattiAdega Mayor+ 17'22
155Tom StamsnijderTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 18'41
156Giacomo NizzoloTEAM Cepsas.t.
157William GuzmanBurgos - BH+ 20'38
158Leonildo PaisAdega Mayor+ 22'12

Well, it isn't that easy either!

Vuelta a Andalucia

I was riding the race which saw me win my first ever stage last year. Once again, I would be riding the same stage on my birthday. This was a good opportunity to put the slight disappointment of Murcia behind me. I was once again picked in a free role and that suited me perfectly.

Stage 1 was a short time trial and was being touted as among the favourites for the win again. It started off well enough. When I finished, I was 6th, 19 seconds off the best time. I finished up 22nd, 28 seconds off. Not the best day, but not a lot of time lost.

Stage 2 had an uphill finish and I was targeting that from the time I saw the race route for the first time. The plan was to be safe throughout the stage and I did that. The next part of the plan was to attack at the start of the short uphill to the finish. That didn't exactly work out with Pinot outgunning everyone to the line, with a time gap. I was in the second group at the finish, picking up a decent 5th place. The real good was that I was up into 2nd place in the GC! Pinot was ahead by just less than a minute.

1Thibaut PinotAg2r La Mondiale4h54'08
2Eduard BeltranColombia+ 53
3Mikel LandaTeam Katushas.t.
4Carlos VeronaTeam Katushas.t.
5Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudals.t.
6Lilian CalmejaneTeam Europcars.t.
7Petr VakocIberdrolas.t.
8Rudy MolardCyanides.t.
9Igor AntónTEAM Cepsas.t.
10Tom SlagterTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1'37

Stage 3 saw me start with the white jersey over my shoulders. I was again one of the favourites. Van Gestel joined the break for us. But that's about all that went our way here. I struggled at the end to keep pace with the final attacks losing more than a minute to stage winner Eduard Beltran, and slipping down to 9th in the GC.

Stage 4 was a flat stage and there was nothing much I could do to improve my situation in the GC. I finished in the bunch and saw Cimolai grab a top 10 for us. Fabien Schmidt picked up the win.

Stage 5 on my birthday again. I was determined to have a repeat of last year. There was a scary moment as a 22 rider crash slowed down the peloton near the halfway mark. Me along with three teammates were involved in the crash. Luckily, all of us recovered from it, but it more or less put paid to my strength of being able to get away at the end. The stage came down to a reduced bunch sprint of around 30 riders. Nacer Bouhanni won the sprint with Cimolai taking 2nd place for us. I finished 11th.

Stage 6 was not one where time gains could be made. There was good news for our team though as Cimolai picked up the stage win! Eduard Beltran suffered a crash in the closing kilometres, losing more than four minutes and I moved up one place in the GC.

General Classification

1Thibaut PinotAg2r La Mondiale19h57'36
2Carlos VeronaTeam Katusha+ 14
3Mikel LandaTeam Katusha+ 27
4Tom SlagterTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 55
5Rafael VallsTEAM Cepsas.t.
6Igor AntónTEAM Cepsa+ 1'08
7Lilian CalmejaneTeam Europcar+ 1'09
8Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 1'14
9Petr VakocIberdrola+ 1'39
10Rudy MolardCyanide+ 2'15

11Alberto GallegoIberdrola+ 2'31
12Thomas De GendtLotto Soudal+ 2'46
13Nicolas EdetCyanide+ 2'49
14Juan José LobatoTEAM Cepsa+ 2'57
15Simone PetilliTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 3'28
16Serge BeaufortCyanide+ 3'52
17Eduard BeltranColombia+ 4'36
18Marc SolerActiveJet Team+ 4'41
19Jesús Del PinoTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 4'52
20Javier MorenoTEAM Cepsa+ 5'14
21Sander ArmeeTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 5'42
22Davide CimolaiLotto Soudal+ 6'22
23Pello BilbaoTinkoff-Saxo+ 6'27
24Sebastian TrilliniActiveJet Team+ 7'07
25Jonathan CastroviejoTEAM Cepsa+ 7'42
26Daniel Felipe MartinezTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 8'33
27Matvei MamykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 8'59
28Jesper AsselmanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 9'23
29Jordi SimónTeam Katusha+ 9'33
30Simon ClarkeLotto Soudal+ 9'45
31Sérgio PardillaTinkoff-Saxo+ 10'47
32Diego UlissiTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'07
33Eros CapecchiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 11'09
34Daryl ImpeyTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'34
35Ángel MadrazoTeam Katusha+ 11'40
36William GuzmanBurgos - BH+ 11'59
37Jonas GregaardTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 12'02
38Louis MeintjesLotto Soudal+ 12'06
39Diego OchoaColombia+ 12'33
40Romain HardyCyanide+ 12'41
41Dries Van GestelLotto Soudals.t.
42Dylan GroenewegenTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 12'49
43Jasper BovenhuisTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 12'54
44Nelson OliveiraTinkoff-Saxo+ 13'00
45Mike TeunissenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 13'07
46Nacer BouhanniCyanide+ 13'08
47Erick RowsellIberdrola+ 15'18
48José Joaquín RojasTeam Katusha+ 16'22
49Thomas DamuseauAlcatel+ 16'45
50Beñat TxoperenaTeam Katusha+ 16'48
51Matteo RabottiniTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 17'34
52Mads Würtz SchmidtTinkoff-Saxo+ 18'33
53Albert TimmerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 18'48
54Giacomo NizzoloTEAM Cepsa+ 18'58
55Thomas LebasBurgos - BH+ 19'06
56Francisco José VentosoTeam Katusha+ 19'08
57Jon LarrinagaBurgos - BH+ 19'42
58Igor MerinoBurgos - BH+ 21'04
59Boy Van PoppelTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 21'44
60Lucas DestangAg2r La Mondiale+ 21'46
61Aleksejs SaramotinsTEAM Cepsa+ 21'58
62Nicolas BaldoCyanide+ 22'03
63Bob SchoonbroodtTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 22'10
64Badu ObasanjoAg2r La Mondiale+ 22'12
65Alexandre PliuschinKaiku+ 22'29
66Marc SarreauTeam Europcar+ 22'42
67Aser EstévezIberdrola+ 22'44
68Jean-Lou PaianiTeam Europcar+ 23'35
69Enrique SanzIberdrola+ 23'48
70Carlos QuinteroColombia+ 24'00
71Adam StachowiakActiveJet Team+ 24'39
72Mario GonzálezBurgos - BH+ 25'00
73Flavien DassonvilleCyanide+ 25'04
74Sidio MezziniNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 25'25
75Romain Le RouxAg2r La Mondiale+ 27'22
76Jonas Van GenechtenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 28'12
77Gianluca VecchioNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 28'21
78Mateusz NowaczekBurgos - BH+ 28'30
79Jon Remigio Díaz de OlarteIberdrola+ 28'39
80Omar LombardiNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 28'44
81Yannis YssaadAg2r La Mondiale+ 28'47
82Egoitz GarcíaKaiku+ 29'06
83Pio ScarpatoAg2r La Mondiale+ 29'14
84Antoine DuchesneTeam Europcar+ 29'29
85Unai IparragirreKaiku+ 29'52
86Nikita ZharovenAlcatel+ 30'08
87Etienne TortelierAg2r La Mondiale+ 30'29
88Przemyslaw KasperkiewiczActiveJet Team+ 30'30
89Marco TizzaColombias.t.
90Cheng JiKaiku+ 32'00
91Alexandre PichotTeam Europcar+ 33'27
92Vadim GaleyevKaiku+ 33'52
93Rafael InfantinoColombia+ 35'29
94Rémy RochasAlcatel+ 36'12
95Vicente ReynèsBurgos - BH+ 36'35
96Floris GertsTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 37'49
97Stef ClementTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 38'23
98Jesús HerreroKaiku+ 39'37
99Charles HerbertTeam Europcar+ 40'30
100Manuel TodaroNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 40'31
101Jimmy DuquennoyLotto Soudal+ 40'41
102Georgios BouglasIberdrola+ 43'27
103Joaquím DurantAlcatel+ 43'33
104Steve ChainelTeam Europcar+ 44'23
105Hossein NateghiNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 44'32
106Vicente García de MateosNIPPO - Vini Fantini+ 46'24
107Luka GrubicActiveJet Team+ 47'28
108Juan Sebastian MolanoColombia+ 48'48
109Mattia GavazziColombia+ 49'29
110Dylan Van ZijlTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 54'34
111Fabien SchmidtAlcatel+ 55'47
112Aner EchegarayActiveJet Team+ 1h25'05
113Clément Saint-MartinAlcatel+ 1h33'37

Points Classification

1Nacer BouhanniCyanide65
2Davide CimolaiLotto Soudal51
3Thibaut PinotAg2r La Mondiale47
4Eduard BeltranColombia45
5Giacomo NizzoloTEAM Cepsa44

Mountain Classification

1Jonas GregaardTeam Cannondale - Garmin28
2Thomas DamuseauAlcatel17
3Nelson OliveiraTinkoff-Saxo14
4Eduard BeltranColombia12
5Alexandre PliuschinKaiku12

Young Rider Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal19h58'50
2Simone PetilliTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 2'14
3Serge BeaufortCyanide+ 2'38
4Marc SolerActiveJet Team+ 3'27
5Sebastian TrilliniActiveJet Team+ 5'53


General Classification

1TEAM Cepsa59h55'12
2Lotto Soudal+ 4'12
3Team Katusha+ 4'46
4Cyanide+ 6'14
5Team Cannondale - Garmin+ 6'42

A better GC position and the U25 jersey but no repeat of last year's stage win. Instead, an overall much better team showing, unsurprising since I am in a better team. A good race for teammate Cimolai too. February wasn't spectacular in terms of personal performances, but I think I've made progress. Till next time...
Edited by AbhishekLFC on 06-04-2017 13:54
Some top climbers in Vuelta a Murcia to beat, getting in top 10 was a fine outcome.
Some top climbers in Vuelta a Murcia to beat, getting in top 10 was a fine outcome.
OMG, I see what Cyanide is trying to do. Don't ever sign with them, they will troll you from the inside
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Tamijo wrote:
Some top climbers in Vuelta a Murcia to beat, getting in top 10 was a fine outcome.

Yes quite happy with the improvement in the final standings. Can't win a stage here every year.

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OMG, I see what Cyanide is trying to do. Don't ever sign with them, they will troll you from the inside

I'll keep that in mind Wink. Btw, Cyanide is erstwhile Cofidis.

The third month of the year is upon us and time sure is flying! This month, I'm in France for both races. Firstly, I go to Paris-Nice for my first taste of a World Tour race after joining Lotto. This will be my first start in this race too. Following this, I will start the three day mixed race of Criterium International at the end of the month.

Paris - Nice

A first start at this famous race for me. Most of the big names, i.e. GT contenders, were incidentally absent from this race this year. Froome was present, but his decline has already begun. Besides him, the likes of Kelderman, Kwiatkowski, Dumoulin, Barguil And Betancur were favoured to challenge for the win. I didn't have a lot of hopes for a top GC placing, again looking out for the stage win.

Stage 1 was a short ITT. I crossed the line 28 seconds on the then leader but eventually finished up 48 seconds behind stage winner Dumoulin.

Stage 2 and a surprise awaited me. By virtue of being place the highest amongst my teammates, I was given leadership duties for this race. This was a moment to remember. However, this meant that my stage hunting dreams were put on the back-burner for the moment.
This stage was one for the sprinters and rising star Gaviria picked up the win.

Stage 3 was pretty much a carbon copy of the previous one. Only this time, Carlos Barbero edged out Gaviria in the bunch sprint.

Stage 4 was the first of the hilly stages. Lotto put van Hoecke into the break and I could just concentrate on the end of the stage. While the hills did not effectively break up the peloton the upward finish did allo some punchers to get into the mix. Bonifazio did take the win for the sprinters but I managed to get 9th on this stage. We had four riders finishing inside the top 15.

Stage 5 was the first where time gaps popped up. Boonen, and later van Hoecke, were a part of the breakaway for us. I managed to stay with the group of leaders throughout the race as more and more riders kept getting dropped. The break was caught and it came down to a bunch sprint of a select group of riders. I finished 9th again and pushed myself up to 10th in the GC! I also took the lead of the U25 competition

Stage 6 was a change from the normal as the early breakaway managed to stay away and win by more than four minutes. However, one of them managed to trouble the top of the GC, having lost too much time in previous stages.


(Me with the white jersey on Stage 6

Stage 7 saw the break being caught early, before the last climb. At this stage, with 30 km to go, and 4 km from the summit of the last climb, I made my move to escape from the leading group. I was ahead for a while but was caught before the summit and fell back to the third group on the road. A group of four riders, Sagan, Alaphilippe, Kwiatkowski and Kelderman, put a gap to the rest and fought it out for the win, finishing in the order mentioned. I finished 12th, losing almost three minutes to the leading group and also lost a place in the GC. My teammates struggled horribly on this stage.

Stage 8 and the race ended like it started, with an ITT. Having started off towards the end, I finished 37 secinds off the pace when I crossed the line. That's where I ended up too with none of the higher place GC riders being able to beat Geraint Thomas's time. I stayed put at 11th in the GC. I did hold on to my White Jersey too.

General Classification

1Michał KwiatkowskiTeam Cannondale - Garmin26h55'15
2Wilco KeldermanTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1'06
3Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo+ 1'19
4Julian AlaphilippeStella Artois+ 1'34
5Pierre RollandTeam Sky+ 2'39
6Warren BarguilStella Artois+ 3'27
7Carlos BetancurTinkoff-Saxo+ 3'45
8Robert GesinkMTN-Qhubeka+ 4'30
9Ion IzagirreTinkoff-Saxo+ 4'34
10Geraint ThomasAstana Pro Team+ 4'44

11Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 4'51
12Tom DumoulinTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 5'25
13Joaquím RodríguezTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'32
14Anastasio AniaTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'33
15Ilnur ZakarinTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'44
16Diego UlissiTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'57
17Chris FroomeTeam Sky+ 6'05
18Andrew TalanskyTeam Sky+ 6'10
19Gorka IzagirreIAM Cycling+ 6'22
20Alexandre GeniezESPN+ 7'06
21Ever RiveraAstana Pro Team+ 7'11
22Domenico PozzovivoTEAM Pirelli+ 7'28
23Eros CapecchiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 9'07
24Peter KennaughMTN-Qhubeka+ 10'20
25Jesús HerradaTEAM Cepsa+ 10'29
26Scott AmbroseIAM Cycling+ 10'56
27Edward RavasiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 11'00
28Carlos BarberoTEAM Cepsa+ 11'16
29Ben SwiftTeam Sky+ 11'48
30Simon SpilakOrica-GreenEDGE+ 12'38
31Adriano MaloriTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 12'42
32Valerio ContiAstana Pro Team+ 13'13
33Cyril GautierAlcatels.t.
34Arthur VichotAg2r La Mondiale+ 13'26
35Giovanni ViscontiAstana Pro Team+ 13'53
36Sébastien ReichenbachIAM Cycling+ 14'10
37Yury TrofimovAlcatel+ 14'49
38Janier AcevedoIAM Cycling+ 15'51
39Mischa Van der HeijdenTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 16'37
40Alexis GougeardAstana Pro Team+ 16'40
41Geoffrey DuteilStella Artois+ 16'53
42Anthony RouxAg2r La Mondiale+ 17'53
43Mattia CattaneoTEAM Cepsa+ 17'56
44François BidardAg2r La Mondiale+ 18'04
45Luka MezgecMTN-Qhubeka+ 18'16
46Matteo TrentinTeam Sky+ 18'56
47Lars BoomTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 19'03
48Danny Van PoppelOrica-GreenEDGE+ 19'12
49Jérôme CoppelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 19'36
50Johan Le BonESPN+ 19'47
51Serghei TvetcovTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 19'49
52John DegenkolbTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 20'09
53Loïc BouchereauAlcatel+ 20'11
54Nacer BouhanniCyanide+ 20'24
55Kristian SbaragliTEAM Pirelli+ 20'30
56José HerradaTEAM Cepsa+ 20'39
57Larry WarbasseTeam Sky+ 21'07
58Mads PedersenESPN+ 21'13
59Arnaud DemareCyanide+ 21'52
60Patrick SchellingIAM Cycling+ 22'03
61André GreipelStella Artois+ 22'17
62Anthony MaldonadoCyanide+ 22'21
63Oscar GattoOrica-GreenEDGE+ 22'25
64Edvald Boasson HagenMTN-Qhubeka+ 22'30
65Dennis VanendertESPNs.t.
66Carlos RibeiroTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 22'56
67Aidan van NiekerkTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 23'04
68Niccolo BonifazioOrica-GreenEDGE+ 23'07
69Matteo BusatoTEAM Pirelli+ 23'28
70Jonathan HivertOrica-GreenEDGE+ 23'48
71Thomas DamuseauAlcatel+ 23'52
72Luca SterbiniTEAM Pirelli+ 24'02
73Fernando GaviriaMTN-Qhubeka+ 24'13
74Jesper AsselmanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 24'30
75Rémy di GregorioRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 24'39
76Pierre-Luc PérichonCyanide+ 25'09
77Allessio BotturaTEAM Pirelli+ 25'12
78Davide AppollonioOrica-GreenEDGE+ 25'56
79Daniel EatonTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 26'14
80Mirko SelvaggiAstana Pro Team+ 26'57
81Jérémy CornuAg2r La Mondiale+ 26'59
82Joeri StallaertLotto Soudals.t.
83Jesse SergentAstana Pro Team+ 27'42
84Andreas SchillingerTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 27'56
85Miguel RubianoTEAM Cepsa+ 28'28
86Luke RoweAstana Pro Team+ 28'55
87Emilien ViennetAg2r La Mondiale+ 28'57
88Christophe LaporteTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 29'13
89Alexis DulinAg2r La Mondiales.t.
90Rayane BouhanniStella Artois+ 29'20
91Matteo PelucchiTeam Katusha+ 29'28
92Rick ZabelTEAM Pirelli+ 29'30
93Gerald CiolekMTN-Qhubeka+ 30'15
94Marco HallerTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 30'20
95Daniel MorenoTeam Katusha+ 30'30
96Mike TeunissenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 30'37
97Simone AndreettaRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 30'42
98Alton McArtherTeam Sky+ 30'48
99Marc SarreauTeam Europcar+ 30'51
100Juan José LobatoTEAM Cepsa+ 31'03
101Kris BoeckmansLotto Soudals.t.
102Eduard-Michael GrosuMTN-Qhubeka+ 31'43
103João SilvaTeam Katusha+ 31'49
104Alexis GuerinTeam Europcar+ 32'28
105Romain MatheouAg2r La Mondiale+ 32'31
106Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo+ 32'35
107Vitaliy ButsTeam Europcar+ 32'36
108Kenneth Van RooyRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 32'44
109Lukas SpenglerESPN+ 33'02
110Kristof VandewalleStella Artois+ 33'03
111Mieszko BulikRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 33'12
112Giacomo NizzoloTEAM Cepsa+ 33'35
113Gijs Van HoeckeLotto Soudal+ 33'43
114Onur BalkanOrica-GreenEDGE+ 33'56
115Bert-Jan LindemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 34'08
116Julien BérardAlcatels.t.
117Julien VermoteStella Artois+ 34'21
118Anthony TurgisIAM Cyclings.t.
119Quentin JaureguiTeam Europcar+ 34'29
120Francesco GinanniTeam Europcar+ 34'31
121Arnaud GérardESPN+ 34'52
122Enzo WoutersLotto Soudal+ 35'04
123Julien DuvalCyanide+ 35'29
124Fabio SabatiniTEAM Pirelli+ 35'46
125Roy JansStella Artois+ 35'59
126José Joaquín RojasTeam Katusha+ 36'22
127Clément Saint-MartinAlcatel+ 36'37
128James ShawTEAM Pirelli+ 37'52
129Sébastien TurgotTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 38'01
130Miguel Angel BenitoTEAM Cepsas.t.
131Sergey FirsanovTeam Katusha+ 38'08
132Yevgeniy GidichTeam Sky+ 38'20
133Jérôme CousinRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 38'31
134Justin JulesAlcatels.t.
135Jonas GregaardTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 39'50
136Rüdiger SeligMTN-Qhubeka+ 40'23
137Alexander PorsevTeam Katusha+ 40'36
138Romain GuillemoisAlcatel+ 40'47
139Nicolas BaldoCyanide+ 41'42
140Koen De KortTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 42'41
141Etienne TortelierAg2r La Mondiale+ 43'15
142Steven TronetRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 43'45
143Stig BroeckxLotto Soudal+ 44'19
144Kenny DehaesLotto Soudal+ 47'09
145Maarten WynantsESPN+ 48'30
146Tom BoonenLotto Soudal+ 50'35
147Jori van SteenberghenCyanide+ 51'05
148Tony HurelIAM Cycling+ 51'19
149Tim KerkhofTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 51'25
150Christopher SuttonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 51'50
151Kenneth VanbilsenESPN+ 51'54
152Pierre MoncorgeCyanide+ 55'56
153Araik StorozhukTeam Katusha+ 56'00
154Thierry HupondTeam Europcar+ 1h00'46
155Kevin RezaTeam Europcar+ 1h01'15
156Jordan LevasseurRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 1h02'00
157Alexis BodiotRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 1h03'16
158Guillaume ThevenotIAM Cycling+ 1h06'27
159Florian SenechalTeam Europcar+ 1h06'31

Points Classification

1Michał KwiatkowskiTeam Cannondale - Garmin106
2Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo100
3Niccolo BonifazioOrica-GreenEDGE79
4Fernando GaviriaMTN-Qhubeka71
5Julian AlaphilippeStella Artois70

Mountain Classification

1Cyril GautierAlcatel61
2João SilvaTeam Katusha23
3Vitaliy ButsTeam Europcar23
4Janier AcevedoIAM Cycling20
5Romain MatheouAg2r La Mondiale19

Young Riders Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal19'2527h00'06
2Anastasio AniaTinkoff-Saxo+ 42
3Scott AmbroseIAM Cycling+ 6'05
4Edward RavasiTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 6'09
5Valerio ContiAstana Pro Team+ 8'22


Team Classification

2Team Sky+ 7'03
3Team Cannondale - Garmin+ 11'39
4IAM Cycling+ 12'43
5Team Giant-Alpecin+ 13'36

Another positive result. Achieving the top 10 would've been special here but the White Jersey is something to enjoy after this race. A bad race for the team otherwise. The start of the year has been unreal and I hope that this remains only the start. More to follow hopefully. Till next time...
Another good day with Lotto
11th is a great way to appear at the WT climbing scene. Smile



Tamijo wrote:
Another good day with Lotto

Was for me. Not for the team though!

Kiserlovski01 wrote:
11th is a great way to appear at the WT climbing scene. Smile

Hope to remove a '1' from that '11' soon Wink
Criterium International

The second race of March took me to the Criterium International. Although not a WT race, this was my first start here. I was selected as the GC leader for our team. Even so, I was surprised to find myself listed among the favourites for the GC. To be fair, the big names were all surprisingly missing. I strapped myself in for what could be a breakthrough race.

Stage 1 was flat and meant specifically for the sprinters. I minded my own business and stayed out of trouble on this stage. The bunch sprint at the finish saw three of our guys finish in the top 10, van Staeyen was the best with 5th.

Stage 2 featured the important but not utimately decisive ITT. I was being considered as among the favourites for this stage too! I did well enough, finishing in 9th place, 41 seconds off stage winner Adriano Malori's time. This also meant I had taken up 9th place in the GC.

Stage 3 had the big climb a couple of kilometres from the finish that would decide the fate of this race. With no major time gaps made in the IT, it would be difficult for the pure TTists to keep hold of their positions after this stage. I was again a favourite for the stage win. Our team worked very hard and were able to bring down the size of the lead group considerably while chasing the breakaway. The latter were caught before the peloton reached the business end. A very select group of 6 riders, with me in it, reached the 10 km to go mark together. A couple of kilometres later, two of them, Chevrier and le Lavandier, went away from the others and were never caught. I made my move for escape from the bunch with 5 km left. I managed to distance the other three but could not make up ground on the two early attackers. Chevrier won from le Lavandier with me coming 3rd on the stage. This is also how it finished at the top of the GC.

General Classification

1Clément ChevrierAlcatel6h22'30
2Maxime Le LavandierBretagne - Séché Environnement+ 2'03
3Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 2'22
4Jesús HerradaTEAM Cepsa+ 2'34
5Nicolas EdetCyanide+ 3'51
6Arnold JeannessonCyanide+ 4'00
7Loïc BouchereauAlcatel+ 4'22
8Vladislav GorbunovCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 6'10
9Adriano MaloriTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 7'01
10Óscar GonzálezTEAM Cepsa+ 7'44

11Natnael BerhaneCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 7'49
12Marcos GarcíaTEAM Cepsa+ 7'59
13David BeldaTEAM Cepsa+ 8'02
14Miguel RubianoTEAM Cepsa+ 8'06
15Romain HardyCyanide+ 8'28
16Romain SicardTeam Europcar+ 8'42
17Rémy di GregorioRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 9'03
18Matthieu LadagnousAg2r La Mondiale+ 11'20
19Björn ThurauTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 11'22
20Bjørn Tore Nielsen HoemCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 11'24
21Marc GarbyBretagne - Séché Environnement+ 11'49
22Alexis DulinAg2r La Mondiale+ 11'50
23Javier MorenoTEAM Cepsa+ 11'51
24Kevin LedanoisAg2r La Mondiale+ 12'37
25Huub DuynTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 13'19
26José Agustín Martínez TorrénRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 13'37
27Dylan van BaarleTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 13'39
28Elia FavilliTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 13'48
29Yonas TekesteColombia+ 14'20
30Jérémy CornuAg2r La Mondiale+ 14'28
31Maxime BouetBretagne - Séché Environnement+ 14'41
32Michael GoolaertsESPN+ 16'01
33Frantisek PadourTeam Europcar+ 16'04
34Kirill PozdnyakovAuber 93+ 16'07
35Mickaël DelageAuber 93+ 16'20
36Diego OchoaColombia+ 16'36
37Alexander GeuensLotto Soudal+ 17'00
38Johannes WindischbauerCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 17'50
39Eduardo EstradaAuber 93+ 17'56
40Clément KoretzkyEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terres.t.
41Kevin DenisEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 18'09
42Jérôme CousinRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 18'10
43Fabien SchmidtAlcatel+ 18'14
44Maximilian SchachmannTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 18'19
45Jenthe BiermansTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 18'23
46Angelo TulikAg2r La Mondiale+ 18'27
47Nikias ArndtTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 18'34
48Morgan LamoissonEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 18'35
49Erwann CorbelColombia+ 18'37
50Bruno ArmirailCyanide+ 18'39
51Branislau SamoilauEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terres.t.
52Jonas BokelohTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 18'44
53Mickaël LarpeEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terres.t.
54Matthieu HalleguenAuber 93+ 18'47
55Jacques MevelRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 18'49
56Aleksejs SaramotinsTEAM Cepsa+ 18'50
57Dylan GroenewegenTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 18'51
58Jefferson ReáteguiColombia+ 18'56
59Davide MartinelliESPN+ 18'59
60Sergey KuzminAuber 93+ 19'04
61Jérôme BaugniesESPN+ 19'07
62Jean-Lou PaianiTeam Europcar+ 19'11
63Gilles CazesEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 19'12
64Tom BohliESPN+ 19'18
65Adrien PetitTeam Europcar+ 19'19
66Joey RosskopfESPN+ 19'26
67Enzo WoutersLotto Soudals.t.
68Samir JabrayilovCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
69Matthias PlarreTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 19'57
70Antonio DuboisColombia+ 20'01
71Jimmy DuquennoyLotto Soudal+ 20'13
72Liam BertazzoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 20'25
73Dennis CoenenTopsport Vlaanderen - Baloise+ 20'40
74Pierre MoncorgeCyanide+ 20'47
75Heinrich HausslerAg2r La Mondiale+ 20'52
76Sebastian SchönbergerCyanide+ 20'54
77Joseph PerrettCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 20'55
78Michael Van StaeyenLotto Soudal+ 20'56
79Anthony DelaplaceBretagne - Séché Environnement+ 21'35
80Florian MaîtreTeam Europcar+ 21'44
81Bryan NauleauBretagne - Séché Environnement+ 22'25
82Etienne TortelierAg2r La Mondiale+ 22'27
83Miguel BryonESPN+ 22'46
84Dennis VanendertESPN+ 23'10
85Arnauld CottonAuber 93+ 23'28
86Benoit JarrierBretagne - Séché Environnement+ 23'34
87Jérémy RoyAlcatel+ 23'43
88Grégory RastESPN+ 23'45
89Kenneth Van RooyRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 23'57
90Michael CarbelCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
91Nikita ZharovenAlcatel+ 24'01
92Charles HerbertTeam Europcar+ 24'02
93Justin JulesAlcatel+ 24'08
94Steven TronetRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 24'10
95Kris BoeckmansLotto Soudal+ 24'47
96Jelle VanendertLotto Soudal+ 25'19
97Jonas GregaardTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 26'25
98David RivièreEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 26'28
99Emil WangAlcatel+ 26'40
100Mattia GavazziColombia+ 26'44
101Daniel KlemmeTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 26'49
102Jacopo GuarnieriAg2r La Mondiale+ 26'55
103Matthieu BouloBretagne - Séché Environnement+ 26'59
104Roland ThalmannRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 27'00
105Alexis BodiotRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 27'03
106Charly PetelinColombia+ 27'04
107Julien El FaresAlcatel+ 27'11
108Jon GaitánCyanide+ 27'45
109Gamal JespersenCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 28'42
110Konstantin YakimovAuber 93+ 29'47
111Steve ChainelTeam Europcar+ 29'48
112Simon ClarkeLotto Soudal+ 30'20
113Bryan AlaphilippeColombia+ 30'46
114Fabien CanalAuber 93+ 32'39
115Sieben WoutersTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 32'40
116Loris RocaEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre+ 34'33
117Sebastian MascaroTEAM Cepsa+ 35'13

Points Classification

1Adriano MaloriTeam Cannondale - Garmin15
2Johannes WindischbauerCULT Energy Pro Cycling15
3Jesús HerradaTEAM Cepsa15
4Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal15
5Clément ChevrierAlcatel15

Mountain Classification

1Rémy di GregorioRoubaix Lille Métropole22
2Bjørn Tore Nielsen HoemCULT Energy Pro Cycling14
3Clément KoretzkyEquipe Cycliste de l'Armée de Terre12
4Clément ChevrierAlcatel6
5Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal4

Young Riders Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal6h24'52
2Loïc BouchereauAlcatel+ 2'00
3Óscar GonzálezTEAM Cepsa+ 5'22
4Kevin LedanoisAg2r La Mondiale+ 10'15
5José Agustín Martínez TorrénRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 11'15

Team Classification

2TEAM Cepsa+ 1'30
3Alcatel+ 6'09
4Bretagne - Séché Environnement+ 8'24
5CULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 8'43


Another brilliant individual performance but my teammates struggled again. Stage 3 was a giant and a giant-killer of a stage which saw huge time-gaps and nullified the ITT completely. 3rd in the GC is an excellent outcome. Winning the white jersey again shows how good I am performing now at this level. Top 5s in both other individual classifications as well an outcome of two high finishes. I'm still having the time of my life so far riding for Lotto Smile
Great result !!
Tamijo wrote:
Great result !!

Thanks Smile
Nice to see you doing very well so far this season, podium in Criterium International is fantastic Grin
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