Coquard sprints to victory in Route du Sud opening stage

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) continues his good form with a dominant victory on the opening stage of the Route du Sud. 

Using superior technical skills, Coquard accelerated out of the final corner to open a gap and easily held off Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) to take both the stage win and the leader’s jersey.

With the win, Coquard is of course the first leader of the race, holding a four-second advantage over Demare while Quintana is one second further adrift in third. He should have a good chance to make it two in a row in tomorrow morning’s stage 2 which only has an early category 2 climb and has a flat finish on the motor circuit in Albi. Things will get more difficult in the afternoon where the GC battle will start in the hilly time trial.

Route du Sud 2016 – stage results (Saint-Pons-de-Thomières – Bessieres):

1 Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie)

4:50:01

2 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

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3 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)

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4 Yannick Martinez (Delko Marseille)

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5 Daniel Mclay (Fortuneo – Vital Concept)

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6 Maxime Daniel (AG2R)

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7 Stephane Poulhies (Armee de Terre)

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8 Mikael Delage (FDJ)

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9 Romain Hardy (Cofidis)

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10 Manuel Belletti (Wilier Triestina-Southeast)

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