Slagter claims an impressive victory in the first stage of the Tour du Haut Var

Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale) took the victory on the first stage of the Tour du Haut Var-matin Saturday, in Bagnols en Foret, finishing ahead of FDJ’s Arthur Vichot and AG2R’s Mickael Chérel.

The tough course featured two passages of the Col du Blavet, with the final passage coming just 21.1km from the finish and leading to two laps of a lumpy 7.5km finishing circuit that had an uphill finishing straight.

Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) made an attack with 4km to go but he was brought back with 500m to go where a few riders tried to attack. However, it was Slagter who timed his move perfectly with 400m to go. No one was able to bring him back and he narrowly held of Arthur Vichot and Mikael Cherel who led a splintering peloton across the line in the same time as Slagter.

Only 13 riders got the same time as Slagter who is the first leader of the race but as there are no bonus seconds, they all have the same time in the standings. He will try to win the race overall in tomorrow’s harder second and final stage. The first part of the stage includes two circuits that will see the riders tackle the Tourtour climb thrice and the Col de la Grange twice before they return to the finish. Here they will first do one lap of a flat circuit and then another circuit with the difficult Les Tuilieres climb just 14.6km from the flat finish in Draguignan.

Tour du Haut Var 2016 – stage 1 results (Le Cannet des Maures – Bagnols en Forêt):

1 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale)

3:53:03

2 Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

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3 Mikael Chérel (AG2R)

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4 Jésus Herrada (Movistar)

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5 Julien Simon (Cofidis)

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6 Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida)

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7 Francesco Gavazzi (Androni-Sidermec)

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8 Aleksei Tcatevich (Katusha)

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9 Petr Vakoc (Etixx-Quick Step)

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10 Patrick Bevin (Cannondale)  ,,

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