2015 Étoile de Bessèges

The 2015 Étoile de Bessèges (English: Star of Bessèges) was the 45th running of the Étoile de Bessèges road cycling stage race. It was rated as a 2.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour and took place from 4 to 8 February 2015 in southern France, near the town of Bessèges. It was the first stage race of the 2015 European season.[2]

2015 Étoile de Bessèges
2015 UCI Europe Tour
Race details
Dates4–8 February 2015
Stages5
Distance620.12 km (385.3 mi)
Winning time15h 43' 21"[1]
Results
Winner  Bob Jungels (LUX) (Trek Factory Racing)
  Second  Tony Gallopin (FRA) (Lotto–Soudal)
  Third  Kris Boeckmans (BEL) (Lotto–Soudal)

Points  Edward Theuns (BEL) (Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise)
Mountains  Julien Loubet (FRA) (Team Marseille 13 KTM)
Youth  Alexis Gougeard (FRA) (AG2R La Mondiale)
  Team Trek Factory Racing
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The race consisted of five stages, four of which were road stages and the last of which was an individual time trial. The 2014 champion was Tobias Ludvigsson, but his Team Giant–Alpecin was not selected to take part in the 2015 edition.[3]

The race was won by Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing), who won the time trial on the final day. He finished nine seconds ahead of the second placed rider, Lotto–Soudal's Tony Gallopin, with Gallopin's teammate Kris Boeckmans a further second back in third place. Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise) won the points competition, while Julien Loubet (Team Marseille 13 KTM) won the mountains competition. The best young rider was Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale). Trek Factory Racing were the best team.[1]

TeamsEdit

Twenty-one teams competed in the 2015 Étoile de Bessèges.[4] These included four UCI WorldTeams, nine UCI Professional Continental and eight UCI Continental teams.

The teams that participated in the race were:

RouteEdit

List of stages
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 4 February Bellegarde to Beaucaire 154 km (95.7 mi)   Flat stage   Kris Boeckmans (BEL)
2 5 February Nîmes to Les Fumades 154.5 km (96.0 mi)   Flat stage   Roy Jans (BEL)
3 6 February Bessèges to Bessèges 152.6 km (94.8 mi)   Flat stage   Bryan Coquard (FRA)
4 7 February L'Ardoise to Laudun 147.1 km (91.4 mi)   Hilly stage   Tony Gallopin (FRA)
5 8 February Alès to Alès 11.92 km (7.4 mi)   Individual time trial   Bob Jungels (LUX)

StagesEdit

Stage 1Edit

4 February 2015 — Bellegarde to Beaucaire, 154 km (95.7 mi)
Stage 1 result[5]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal 3h 25' 37"
2   Edward Theuns (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 0"
3   Marco Coledan (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
4   Cyril Gautier (FRA) Team Europcar + 0"
5   Julien Duval (FRA) Armée de Terre + 0"
6   Evaldas Šiškevičius (LTU) Team Marseille 13 KTM + 0"
7   Arnaud Courteille (FRA) FDJ + 0"
8   Alexis Gougeard (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 0"
9   Loïc Chetout (FRA) Cofidis + 0"
10   Brian van Goethem (NED) Team Roompot + 0"
General classification after stage 1[6]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Kris Boeckmans (BEL)    Lotto–Soudal 3h 25' 27"
2   Edward Theuns (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 4"
3   Marco Coledan (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 6"
4   Cyril Gautier (FRA) Team Europcar + 10"
5   Julien Duval (FRA) Armée de Terre + 10"
6   Evaldas Šiškevičius (LTU) Team Marseille 13 KTM + 10"
7   Arnaud Courteille (FRA) FDJ + 10"
8   Alexis Gougeard (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale + 10"
9   Loïc Chetout (FRA) Cofidis + 10"
10   Brian van Goethem (NED) Team Roompot + 10"

Stage 2Edit

5 February 2015 — Nîmes to Les Fumades, 154.5 km (96.0 mi)
Stage 2 result[7]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Roy Jans (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert 4h 27' 54"
2   Alexandre Blain (FRA) Team Marseille 13 KTM + 0"
3   Bob Jungels (LUX) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
4   Marco Coledan (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
5   Yannick Martinez (FRA) Team Europcar + 0"
6   Olivier Chevalier (BEL) Wallonie-Bruxelles + 0"
7   Antoine Demoitié (BEL) Wallonie-Bruxelles + 0"
8   Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) Roubaix–Lille Métropole + 0"
9   Edward Theuns (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 0"
10   Fábio Silvestre (POR) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
General classification after stage 2[8]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Kris Boeckmans (BEL)   Lotto–Soudal 7h 53' 21"
2   Edward Theuns (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 4"
3   Marco Coledan (ITA)   Trek Factory Racing + 6"
4   Cyril Gautier (FRA) Team Europcar + 10"
5   Alexis Gougeard (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale + 10"
6   Julien Duval (FRA) Armée de Terre + 10"
7   Dennis Vanendert (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 10"
8   Pim Ligthart (NED) Lotto–Soudal + 10"
9   Loïc Chetout (FRA) Cofidis + 10"
10   Evaldas Šiškevičius (LTU) Team Marseille 13 KTM + 10"

Stage 3Edit

6 February 2015 — Bessèges to Bessèges, 152.6 km (94.8 mi)
Stage 3 result[9]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Bryan Coquard (FRA) Team Europcar 3h 48' 06"
2   Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
3   Edward Theuns (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 0"
4   Pim Ligthart (NED) Lotto–Soudal + 0"
5   Marc Sarreau (FRA) FDJ + 0"
6   Anthony Maldonado (FRA) Auber 93 + 0"
7   Edwin Ávila (COL) Colombia + 0"
8   Justin Jules (FRA) Veranclassic–Ekoi + 0"
9   Julien Duval (FRA) Armée de Terre + 0"
10   Dylan Groenewegen (NED) Team Roompot + 0"
General classification after stage 3[10]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Edward Theuns (BEL)    Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise 11h 41' 24"
2   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 3"
3   Marco Coledan (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 9"
4   Cyril Gautier (FRA) Team Europcar + 11"
5   Alexis Gougeard (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale + 13"
6   Julien Duval (FRA) Armée de Terre + 13"
7   Pim Ligthart (NED) Lotto–Soudal + 13"
8   Loïc Chetout (FRA) Cofidis + 13"
9   Eliot Lietaer (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 13"
10   Brian van Goethem (NED) Team Roompot + 13"

Stage 4Edit

7 February 2015 — L'Ardoise to Laudun, 147.1 km (91.4 mi)
Stage 4 result[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto–Soudal 3h 43' 51"
2   Christophe Laporte (FRA) Cofidis + 0"
3   Edward Theuns (BEL)   Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 0"
4   Fabio Felline (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
5   Roy Jans (BEL) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 0"
6   Pim Ligthart (NED) Lotto–Soudal + 0"
7   Baptiste Planckaert (BEL) Roubaix–Lille Métropole + 0"
8   Armindo Fonseca (FRA) Bretagne–Séché Environnement + 0"
9   Bob Jungels (LUX) Trek Factory Racing + 0"
10   Marco Marcato (ITA) Wanty–Groupe Gobert + 0"
General classification after stage 4[12]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Edward Theuns (BEL)    Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise 15h 25' 11"
2   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 7"
3   Marco Coledan (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 13"
4   Cyril Gautier (FRA) Team Europcar + 15"
5   Julien Duval (FRA) Armée de Terre + 17"
6   Pim Ligthart (NED) Lotto–Soudal + 17"
7   Alexis Gougeard (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale + 17"
8   Loïc Chetout (FRA) Cofidis + 17"
9   Eliot Lietaer (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 17"
10   Brian van Goethem (NED) Team Roompot + 17"

Stage 5Edit

8 February 2015 — Alès to Alès, 11.92 km (7.4 mi), individual time trial (ITT)
Stage 5 result[13]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Bob Jungels (LUX) Trek Factory Racing 17' 40"
2   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto–Soudal + 19"
3   Fabio Felline (ITA) Trek Factory Racing + 20"
4   Riccardo Zoidl (AUT) Trek Factory Racing + 21"
5   Pierre Latour (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 26"
6   Maxime Monfort (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 27"
7   Alexis Gougeard (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale + 30"
8   Jonathan Hivert (FRA) Bretagne–Séché Environnement + 32"
9   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 33"
10   Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ + 34"
Final general classification[14]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Bob Jungels (LUX)   Trek Factory Racing 15h 43' 21"
2   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto–Soudal + 9"
3   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 10"
4   Alexis Gougeard (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale + 17"
5   Edward Theuns (BEL)   Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 20"
6   Cyril Gautier (FRA) Team Europcar + 22"
7   Pierre Latour (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 30"
8   Maxime Monfort (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 31"
9   Eliot Lietaer (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 31"
10   Pim Ligthart (NED) Lotto–Soudal + 35"

Classification leadership tableEdit

In the 2015 Étoile de Bessèges, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers at intermediate sprints and at the finish of mass-start stages, the leader received an orange jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the 2015 Étoile de Bessèges, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awarded a yellow jersey. In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 15 in a mass-start stage. For winning a stage, a rider earned 25 points, with 20 for second, 16 for third, 13 for fourth, 11 for fifth with a point fewer per place down to a single point for 15th place. Points towards the classification could also be accrued at intermediate sprint points during each stage; these intermediate sprints also offered bonus seconds towards the general classification. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a blue jersey. In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs.

The fourth jersey represented the young rider classification, marked by a white jersey. This was decided in the same way as the general classification, but only riders born after 1 January 1992 were eligible to be ranked in the classification. There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.

Stage Winner General classification
 
Points classification
 
Mountain classification
 
Young rider classification
 
Team classification
1[15] Kris Boeckmans Kris Boeckmans Kris Boeckmans Julien Loubet Alexis Gougeard Lotto–Soudal
2[16] Roy Jans Marco Coledan
3[17] Bryan Coquard Edward Theuns Edward Theuns
4[18] Tony Gallopin
5[1] Bob Jungels Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing
Final Bob Jungels[14] Edward Theuns[19] Julien Loubet[20] Alexis Gougeard[21] Trek Factory Racing[22]

Final resultsEdit

General classificationEdit

Final general classification[14]
Rank Rider Team Time
1   Bob Jungels (LUX)   Trek Factory Racing 15h 43' 21"
2   Tony Gallopin (FRA) Lotto–Soudal + 9"
3   Kris Boeckmans (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 10"
4   Alexis Gougeard (FRA)   AG2R La Mondiale + 17"
5   Edward Theuns (BEL)   Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 20"
6   Cyril Gautier (FRA) Team Europcar + 22"
7   Pierre Latour (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale + 30"
8   Maxime Monfort (BEL) Lotto–Soudal + 31"
9   Eliot Lietaer (BEL) Topsport Vlaanderen–Baloise + 31"
10   Pim Ligthart (NED) Lotto–Soudal + 35"

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