Marc Sarreau took the first stage of the Tour Poitou-Charentes by winning the bunch sprint in Périgny.
After having reeled in the breakaway at 5 kilometres from the finish, the positioning of the sprinter’s teams started with a strong Oliver Naesen who did a perfect lead-out for teammate Marc Sarreau. The Frenchman finished off Naesen’s work by winning the sprint in convincing fashion. Sarreau is also the first leader of the 4-day stage race.
"I am very happy. The day was relatively quiet despite the quick start. Everyone had energy for the final section, which was aggressive and edgy. The team did a tremendous job. We knew from Oliver (Naesen) that it was necessary to be well placed at the point of the last roundabout but that the most important thing was the launch of my sprint. He dropped me off at 250 m from the line and I was able to keep my full speed; it was perfect. It’s been two years that I’ve been struggling with difficulties. It’s been a frustrating time for me and for the team. So, I’m happy to be back and win again, but I hope it’s only the start of a good period. There are still several opportunities to win this week so we will try to give it our all and defend the leader’s jersey."