Roux rules in Poitou's first stage
Eurosport - Wed, 25 Aug 00:40:00 2010
Anthony Roux, riding for the FDJ team, claimed the first stage of the Tour of Poitou-Charentes - a 186km stage linking Chalais to Royan.
Roux had been in the big breakaway of the day's stage and managed to stay in front of the chasing pack until the line.
"At the end it was tough with the wind in the face. I knew that I had to push down on the pedals, think about nothing else," Roux said afterwards.
Roux also claimed the overall lead of the Tour, taking a nine second lead over the stage runner-up Daniele Colli and fellow Frenchman Romain Lemarchand.
122 of the 147 riders on the Tour of Poitou-Charentes finished the day within fifteen seconds of Roux.
1 Anthony Roux 4h24'42"
2 Daniele Colli 09"
3 Romain Lemarchard 11"
4 Alessandro Donati 11"
5 Jost Van Leijen 12"
6 Cyril Gautier 13"
7 Romain Matheou 14"
8 Florian Vachon 15"
9 Enrico Rossi 15"
10 Tony Hurel 15"