Poulhies seals stage one win in France
Eurosport - Thu, 12 Aug 00:47:00 2010
Stephane Poulhies of Saur-Sojasun won the first stage of the Tour de l'Ain in Saint-Vulbas, France - his first UCI victory as a professional.
The 25-year-old Frenchman beat Vacansoleil's Romain Feillu into second place in the deciding field sprint, and Jean-Lou Paiani of French National Espoirs Team into third.
Feillu, who receives a six-second time bonus for his second-placed finish, will wear the leader's jersey as the Tour continues on Thursday, pushing Prologue winner Haimer Zubeldia down to second place in the general classification.
"The riders are doing well and we will defend the jersey tomorrow," said Hilaire Van Der Schueren, Vacansoleil team manager. "The stages on Friday and Saturday are difficult."
Thursday will see the peloton take on a 138.8km stage from Le Parc Des Oiseaux to Trevoux.
Tour de l'Ain Stage One results:
1 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 3:22:09
2 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
3 Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team
4 Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller
5 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
6 Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun
7 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller
10 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne