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Marc Sarreau fastest in etoile de Bessèges after sprint, four Belgians in the top ten

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Marc Sarreau fastest in etoile de Bessèges after sprint, four Belgians in the top ten

Marc Sarreau (FDJ) is the first leader in the 48th edition of the etoile de Bessèges (cat. 2.1). After 162,5 km from Bellegarde to Baucaire (Gard), the 24-year-old Frenchman in a bunch sprint, his compatriots Thomas Boudat and Bryan Coquard. With Sean De Bie (fifth), Amaury Capiot (sixth), Jordi Warlop (eighth) and Kenny Dehaes (ninth) finished with four Belgians in the top ten.

The early flight came in the name of three riders, with two Belgians. Milan Ments and Michael Dieleman had the company of the Spaniard Aritz Bagües Kalparsoro. Up they drove a small four-minute bonus with each other, after which the peloton in action shot. Vital Concept, for Coquard, and AG2R, Rudy Barber, organized the pursuit.

Only 5 kilometers from the finish, the early escapees. In the sprintvoorbereiding was Guillaume Van Keirsbulck fall further in the final would also be his team mates, Timothy Dupont and Pieter Vanspeybrouck against the ground for a chat. Not a sprint for Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Sarreau recorded his third profzege, after driving in the Tour of Poitou Charentes (2.1) in 2015 and 2017.

Results 1st stage:

1. Marc Sarreau (Fra/FDJ) in 3u46:10

2. Thomas Boudat (Fra)

3. Bryan Coquard (Fra)

4. Christophe Laporte (Fra)

5. Sean Bie

6. Amaury Capiot

7. Enrico Barbin (Ita)

8. Jordi Warlop

9. Kenny Dehaes

10. Romain Feillu (Fra)

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