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2018 GP d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise (1.1)

39th edition: Sunday, January 28, 2018

GP d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise podium history | 2017 edition | 2019 edition | Race photos

Marseille - Marseille, France 145 km

Alexandre GEniez

Alexandre Geniez takes the first continental race of 2018

The race: Winner Alexandre Geniez's Ag2r team posted these rider comments.

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Alexandre Geniez:
“Today I especially want to remember the amazing team. From now on, we are seven guys on the start line, and every element of the team is important! Everyone played his part today, we didn’t miss a thing. Everything worked well. Romain (Bardet) did a huge job of work in the last kilometre and put me in the perfect position with 250 meters to go. It was ideal. I have started the season very well, and that’s not only satisfying but reassuring too.I am happy to win this event in particular since the AG2R LA MONDIALE team has not won it in a long time. Now, we must take this momentum into the next races and not fall asleep ahead of what it to come!”

Romain Bardet (8th):
“We all had fun today! We saw we have a good team, we had a surplus of riders in the final, and we took the opportunity to win. It is a perfect way to start the season. I am glad to have pinned on a bib, and to have had the feeling already of being at the front of the race. We were tested and we answered well. I knew that Alex (Geniez) was one of the fastest, and so we simply had to play the best option for the team.”

Tony Gallopin (9th):
“It was my first race with the AG2R LA MONDIALE jersey, and we immediately found the right rhythm together. With Romain and Alex in the end, we did not need to talk to each other. Everything was done automatically. I had a lot of fun riding today. I’m happy with my form, it’s the ideal condition for now. It gives me confidence for the future.”

Complete Results:

145 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.267 km/hr

1 GENIEZ Alexandre Ag2r La Mondiale 3hr 47min 21sec
2 EIKING Odd Christian Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
3 CALMEJANE Lilian Direct Energie s.t.
4 HERRADA Jesus Cofidis s.t.
5 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty-Groupe Gobert @ 2sec
6 DI GREGORIO Rémy Delko Marseille Provence 3
7 MADOUAS Valentin FDJ 4
8 BARDET Romain Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
9 GALLOPIN Tony Ag2r La Mondiale 13
10 CLAEYS Dimitri Cofidis 1:52
11 DE GENDT Aimé Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
12 MEURISSE Xandro Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
13 DUMOULIN Samuel Ag2r La Mondiale 2:40
14 MARTINEZ Yannick Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
15 MÜLLER Patrick Vital Concept s.t.
16 DEVRIENDT Tom Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
17 MALDONADO Anthony St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
18 BOUET Maxime Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
19 HARDY Romain Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
20 OFFREDO Yoann Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
21 PEREZ Anthony Cofidis s.t.
22 FINETTO Mauro Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
23 HIVERT Jonathan Direct Energie s.t.
24 EL FARES Julien Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
25 LE TURNIER Mathias Cofidis s.t.
26 COMBAUD Romain Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
27 ROY Jérémy FDJ s.t.
28 THOMINET Camille St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
29 HERRADA LOPEZ José Cofidis s.t.
30 BAGOT Yoann Vital Concept s.t.
31 ANTOMARCHI Julien Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
32 EDET Nicolas Cofidis 2:53
33 CAPIOT Amaury Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 3:35
34 WAEYTENS Zico Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
35 COENEN Dennis Cibel-Cebon s.t.
36 BARTHE Cyril Euskadi Basque Country-Murias s.t.
37 STÜSSI Colin Amore & Vita s.t.
38 DELAPLACE Anthony Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
39 BACKAERT Frederik Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
40 VANTOMME Maxime Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic s.t.
41 RUYTERS Brecht Cibel-Cebon s.t.
42 DUYN Huub Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
43 MARCHAND Gianni Cibel-Cebon s.t.
44 MAISON Jérémy Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
45 CABOT Jérémy Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
46 THOMAS Benjamin FDJ s.t.
47 PAILLOT Yoann St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
48 MAURELET Flavien St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
49 DIELEMAN Michiel Cibel-Cebon s.t.
50 BARCELO Fernando Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 3:39
51 DUPONT Hubert Ag2r La Mondiale 3:42
52 DERNIES Tom Roubaix-Lille Metropole 6:06
53 LE CUNFF Kévin St Michel-Auber 93 6:13
54 IDJOUADIENE Pierre Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
55 DEVOLDER Stijn Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
56 SARREAU Marc FDJ s.t.
57 DE ROSSI Lucas Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
58 MAINARD Jérôme Roubaix-Lille Metropole s.t.
59 COURTEILLE Arnaud Vital Concept s.t.
60 MOINARD Amaël Fortuneo-Samsic 9:08
61 DE WINTER Ludwig Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic 10:37
62 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
63 VAN GESTEL Dries Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
64 JANSSENS Jimmy Cibel-Cebon s.t.
65 TOUZE Damien St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
66 FONSECA Armindo Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
67 SISKEVICIUS Evaldas Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
68 BOUDAT Thomas Direct Energie 12:54
69 FARAZIJN Maxime Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
70 GERARD Arnaud Fortuneo-Samsic s.t.
71 MASSON Christophe Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic s.t.
72 MENTEN Milan Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
73 PICHOT Alexandre Direct Energie s.t.
74 TURGIS Anthony Cofidis s.t.
75 DE BIE Sean Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
76 SPENGLER Lukas Wb Aqua Protect Veranclassic s.t.
77 GABBURO Davide Amore & Vita s.t.
78 BERNARDINETTI Marco Amore & Vita s.t.
79 VINCENT Léo FDJ s.t.
80 STEELS Stijn Veranda's Willems-Crelan s.t.
81 IRIZAR LASKURAIN Julen Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 17:19
82 BAGUES KALPARSORO Aritz Euskadi Basque Country-Murias s.t.
83 PLANCKAERT Edward Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
84 JAUREGUI Quentin Ag2r La Mondiale 17:52
85 MOTTIER Justin Vital Concept s.t.
86 CARDIS Romain Direct Energie s.t.
87 CORBEL Erwann Vital Concept s.t.
88 LEVARLET Guillaume St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
89 JANS Roy Cibel-Cebon s.t.
90 LAMMERTINK Steven Vital Concept s.t.
91 ABERASTURI Jon Euskadi Basque Country-Murias s.t.
92 JOURNIAUX Axel Direct Energie s.t.
93 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas Vital Concept s.t.
94 ARMIRAIL Bruno FDJ s.t.
95 VAUGRENARD Benoit FDJ s.t.

2018 GP d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Roubaix Lille Metropole

The Roubaix Lille Metropole team is presented before the race.

Cibel - Cebon

The Cibel-Cebon team


A lovely day for a bike race in the south of France

Nika, Iltjan

Iltjan Nika on a solo break.

Tom Dernies

Tom Dernies leads an escape.

Elexandre Geniez

Eventual winner Alexandre Geniez leaned over and at speed.

Direct Energie car

Hey guys, you can park that car in my driveway. I'll take care of the bikes for you.

Alexandre Geniez

Looks like Alexandre Geniez (center) has this one.

Alexandre Geniez

Alexandre Geniez is the fastest man of the day.

Alexandre Geniez

Alexandre Geniez enjoys his win.