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2023 GP d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise (1.1)

44th edition: Sunday, January 29, 2023

GP d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise podium history | 2022 edition | Course profile | Race photos | Start list

Marseille - Marseille, 167.8 km

All alone. Neilson Powless has left everyone else more than a minute behind. Sirotti photo

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Weather at the start/finish city of Marseille at 2:00 PM, local tme: 11C (51F), sunny, with the wind from the west-northwest at 11 km/hr (8 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from third-place Brent Van Moer's Team Lotto Dstny.

Lotto Dstny rider Brent Van Moer has shown his early form with a podium spot at the French one-day race Grand Prix de la Marseillaise. The 25-year-old rouleur was part of a front group that took shape in a tough final and that would eventually battle for victory. Just ahead of the Col de la Gineste – the final climb of the day – Neilson Powless went solo and the American held his effort until the finish. In a tight sprint for second place, Van Moer only had to let Frenchman Ferron in front of him as the Belgian took a deserved podium place after already showing his good shape at last weekend’s Classica Valenciana.

Brent Van Moer: “Last week, I already felt that I was going uphill quite well and when the race exploded on Route des Crêtes today, I was again part of a sizeable breakaway. That way, we could play different cards with also our sprinter Arnaud De Lie still in the peloton. But as quite a lot of teams were represented in the front group, it soon became clear that we would go for the win. When Powless attacked, nobody really had an answer, so I think he was the strongest today. The chase wasn’t really smooth and when I realised that the victory was gone, I shifted my focus on the sprint for second. Unfortunately, I was forced to start the sprint from pole position and I decided to go at 250 metres from the line. Due to the headwind, it was tight in the end but I could eventually hold on to a podium place.”

No disappointment for Brent Van Moer, the 25-year-old rider is especially happy with the many training hours that are now resulting in a good shape.

“This third place does not feel like a disappointment. It’s true that you don’t often get this chance, but I didn’t make any mistakes. I am especially happy that I can start the season with good legs and a podium spot. That is promising for the upcoming Etoile de Bessèges, where there’s a couple of nice chances to again show the Lotto Dstny colours.”

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167.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.840 km/hr

1 Neilson Powless EF Education-EasyPost 4hr 19min 13sec
2 Valentin Ferron TotalEnergies @ 1min 15sec
3 Brent Van Moer Lotto Dstny s.t.
4 Jenno Berckmoes Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
5 Krists Neilands Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
6 Pierre-Luc Périchon Cofidis s.t.
7 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
8 Lenny Martinez Groupama-FDJ s.t.
9 Enzo Paleni Groupama-FDJ s.t.
10 Petr Kelemen Tudor Pro Cycling Team 1:19
11 Marijn Van Den Berg EF Education-EasyPost 1:55
12 Dries De Bondt Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
13 Fabio Van Den Bossche Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
14 Sep Vanmarcke Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
15 Emmanuel Morin CIC U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
16 Aaron Van Poucke Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
17 Jenthe Biermans Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
18 Guillaume Boivin Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
19 Hugo Houle Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
20 Vito Braet Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
21 Milan Fretin Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
22 Nils Brun Tudor Pro Cycling Team s.t.
23 Sam Watson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
24 Kristoffer Halvorsen Uno-X s.t.
25 Nolann Mahoudo CIC U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
26 Sébastien Grignard Lotto Dstny s.t.
27 Arnaud De Lie Lotto Dstny s.t.
28 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB s.t.
29 Pau Miquel Delgado Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
30 Anthony Maldonado St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
31 Clément Russo Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
32 Liam Slock Lotto Dstny s.t.
33 Thomas Pesenti Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli s.t.
34 Edward Planckaert Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
35 David González Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
36 Eduard Prades Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
37 Sandy Dujardin TotalEnergies s.t.
38 Maël Guégan CIC U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
39 Ludovic Robeet Bingoal-WB s.t.
40 Nadav Raisberg Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
41 Oliver Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
42 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
43 Joel Nicolau Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
44 Alexis Vuillermoz TotalEnergies s.t.
45 Jordan Jegat CIC U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
46 Fredrik Dversnes Uno-X s.t.
47 Anthony Perez Cofidis s.t.
48 Axel Laurance Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
49 Jean Goubert Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
50 Luca Van Boven Bingoal-WB s.t.
51 Maxime Urruty Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
52 Flavien Maurelet St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
53 Jacob Eriksson Tudor Pro Cycling Team s.t.
54 Bruno Armirail Groupama-FDJ s.t.
55 Mathieu Burgaudeau TotalEnergies s.t.
56 Elias Maris Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
57 Yaël Joalland CIC U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
58 Lucas Eriksson Tudor Pro Cycling Team s.t.
59 Nicolas Debeaumarché St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
60 Clément Champoussin Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
61 Benoît Cosnefroy Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
62 Francisco Galván Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
63 Robin Plamondon CIC U Nantes-Atlantique s.t.
64 Lawrence Warbasse Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
65 Raúl García Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
66 Julian Mertens Bingoal-WB s.t.
67 Laurent Pichon Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
68 Maxime Bouet Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
69 Erik Resell Uno-X s.t.
70 Rasmus Tiller Uno-X s.t.
71 Dylan Teuns Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
72 Luca Mozzato Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
73 Rémy Rochas Cofidis s.t.
74 Thomas Champion Cofidis s.t.
75 Lars Van Den Berg Groupama-FDJ s.t.
76 Thomas Devaux St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
77 Simon Carr EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
78 Ben Hermans Israel-Premier Tech s.t.
79 Thomas Gachignard St Michel-Mavic-Auber 93 s.t.
80 Jasper De Buyst Lotto Dstny s.t.
81 Fabian Lienhard Groupama-FDJ s.t.
82 Stefan Bissegger EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
83 Alexandre Delettre Cofidis 2:07
84 Benjamin Thomas Cofidis s.t.
85 Wesley Kreder Cofidis s.t.
86 Ben Healy EF Education-EasyPost s.t.
87 Martin Urianstad Bugge Uno-X 3:22
88 Joel Suter Tudor Pro Cycling Team 4:49
89 Martí Márquez Equipo Kern Pharma 9:36
90 Tom Mainguenaud GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
91 Andrea Mifsud Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
92 Jérémy Cabot TotalEnergies s.t.
93 Léo Danès CIC U Nantes-Atlantique 13:17
94 Jonathan Couanon Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur 13:18
95 Thomas Bonnet TotalEnergies s.t.
96 Maximilien Juillard GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole 14:33
97 Alex Raimondi Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli s.t.
98 Eugenio Sanchez Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
99 Andrea Biancalani Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli s.t.
100 Lucio Pierantozzi Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli s.t.
101 Célestin Guillon GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
102 Julian Lino Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
103 Luca De Meester Bingoal-WB s.t.
104 Thomas Boudat GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
105 Tristan Delacroix Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
106 Joseba Lopez Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
107 William Blume Levy Uno-X s.t.
108 Aaron Verwilst Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
109 Jean-Louis Le Ny Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur s.t.
110 Danny Van Der Tuuk Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
111 Lawrence Naesen Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
112 Alex Jaime Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
113 Gilles De Wilde Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
114 Michal Schlegel Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
115 Siebe Roesems Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
116 Ayco Bastiaens Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
117 Valentin Retailleau Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
118 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
119 Lionel Taminiaux Alpecin-Deceuninck s.t.
120 Maxime Jarnet GO Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
121 Robin Froidevaux Tudor Pro Cycling Team s.t.
122 Pierre Latour TotalEnergies 14:37
123 Pierre Gautherat Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
124 Josu Etxeberria Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 18:03


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Course profile:

Grand Prix de la Marseillaise photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Team presentations before the race. Groupama-FDJ has a new kit.

Tudor pro team

The Tudor pro team, owned by retired racer Fabian Cancellara

Dylan Teuns at the presentation ceremony.

Caja Rural riders head to the start. That's David Gonzalez

Lotto Dstny riders lead the peloton.


A trio tries to escape.

Still cool, the riders have on their arm warmers.

There they go...

The one that got away. Neilson Powless has plenty of time to sit up and enjoy his win.

The sprint for second place.

Field Sprint

Valentin Ferron on the right takes second.


The podium, from left: Valentin Ferron (2nd), Neilson Powless (1st) & Brent Van Moer (3rd)

Winner Neilson Powless

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Start list with back numbers, January 28, 2023:

Team Arkéa-Samsic
1 Maxime Bouet
2 Luca Mozzato
3 Clément Champoussin
4 Laurent Pichon
5 Thibault Guernalec
6 Jenthe Biermans
7 Clément Russo
Ag2r Citroën Team
11 Benoît Cosnefroy
12 Pierre Gautherat
13 Lawrence Naesen
14 Oliver Naesen
15 Nicolas Prodhomme
16 Valentin Retailleau
17 Lawrence Warbasse
21 Benjamin Thomas
22 Thomas Champion
23 Alexandre Delettre
24 Wesley Kreder
25 Anthony Perez
26 Pierre-Luc Périchon
27 Rémy Rochas
31 Bruno Armirail
32 Enzo Paleni
33 Fabian Lienhard
34 Lenny Martinez
35 Jake Stewart
36 Lars Van Den Berg
37 Samuel Watson
41 Dries De Bondt
42 Axel Laurance
43 Edward Planckaert
44 Lionel Taminiaux
45 Fabio Van Den Bossche
46 Ayco Bastiaens
47 Siebe Roesems
EF Education-EasyPost
51 Stefan Bissegger
52 Simon Carr
53 Marijn Van Den Berg
54 Ben Healy
55 Mark Padun
56 Neilson Powless
61 Pierre Latour
62 Jérémy Cabot
63 Alexis Vuillermoz
64 Thomas Bonnet
65 Mathieu Burgaudeau
66 Sandy Dujardin
67 Valentin Ferron
Israel-Premier Tech
71 Sep Vanmarcke
72 Guillaume Boivin
73 Ben Hermans
74 Hugo Houle
75 Krists Neilands
76 Dylan Teuns
77 Nadav Raisberg
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
81 Anders Halland Johannessen
82 Kristoffer Halvorsen
83 William Blume Levy
84 Martin Bugge Urianstad
85 Rasmus Tiller
86 Erik Nordsaeter Resell
87 Fredrik Dversnes
91 Arnaud De Lie
92 Johannes Adamietz
93 Cédric Beullens
94 Jasper De Buyst
95 Sébastien Grignard
96 Liam Slock
97 Brent Van Moer
101 Julian Mertens
102 Luca De Meester
103 Johan Meens
104 Rémy Mertz
105 Ludovic Robeet
106 Luca Van Boven
107 Nathan Vandepitte
Team Flanders-Baloise
111 Jenno Berckmoes
112 Vito Braet
113 Gilles De Wilde
114 Milan Fretin
115 Elias Maris
116 Aaron Van Poucke
117 Aaron Verwilst
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
121 Josu Etxeberria Azpilikueta
122 Tomas Barta
123 David Gonzalez Lopez
124 Joseba Lopez Cuesta
125 Joel Nicolau Beltran
126 Eduard Prades Reverter
127 Michal Schlegel
Equipo Kern Pharma
131 Francisco Galvan
132 Marti Marquez Roman
133 Danny Van Der Tuuk
134 Pau Miquel Delgado
135 Eugenio Sanchez Lopez
136 Raùl Garcia Pierna
137 Alex Jaime Fernandez
Tudor Pro Cycling Team
141 Nils Brun
142 Aloïs Charrin
143 Jacob Eriksson
144 Lucas Eriksson
145 Robin Froidevaux
146 Petr Kelemen
147 Joel Suter
St-Michel-Mavic-Auber 93
151 Romain Cardis
152 Nicolas Debeaumarché
153 Anthony Maldonado
154 Thomas Devaux
155 Thomas Gachignard
156 Flavien Maurelet
157 Florian Rapiteau
Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole
161 Thomas Boudat
162 Célestin Guillon
163 Maxime Jarnet
164 Maximilien Juillard
165 Jérémy Leveau
166 Tom Mainguenaud
167 Kenny Molly
Cic U Nantes Atlantique
171 Jordan Jegat
172 Yaël Joalland
173 Léo Danès
174 Maël Guégan
175 Robin Plamondon
176 Nolann Mahoudo
177 Emmanuel Morin
Nice Métropole Côte D'Azur
181 Andrea Mifsud
182 Jonathan Couanon
183 Tristan Delacroix
184 Jean Goubert
185 Julian Lino
186 Jean-Louis Le Ny
187 Maxime Urruty
Beltrami TSA-Tre Colli
191 Matteo Freddi
192 Thomas Pesenti
193 Lucio Pierantozzi
194 Andrea Piras
195 Alex Raimondi
196 Andrea Biancalani
197 Michael Vanni