FDJ Bigmat – GIRO D’ITALIA
1st Stage (Time Trial) - Taylor Phinney is the first leader of this race. For the FDJ riders:
2nd STAGE – Soupe finish 3 rd and Bonnet 9th so 2 FDJ Racers in the top 10. A good start, unfortunately Arnaud Démare couldn’t take part in the sprint, he was on the middle of a massive crash in the last corner before the finish line. Mark Cavendish wins the second stage before Matthew Goss and …… GEOFFREY SOUPE!
3rd stage – Horsens - 4th place for Démare, his first top 5 on the Giro! And the second top5 in a raw for FDJ – Bigmat team avec 3rd place of Soupe! Victory comes to Matthew Goss.
4th stage – 18th place on the Team Time Trial for the FDJ-Bigmat. The Garmin team claims victory, Ramunas Navardauskas is the new leader of the Giro.
5th stage – Arnaud Démare takes 9th place, Mickael Delage 12th. Mark Cavendish claims victory after a strong domination by the Team Sky.
6th stage – Angel Rubianio wins the stage and the pink jersey goes to Adriano Malori. 1st FDJ-Bigmat rider, Geoffrey Soupe, finishes with the peloton, 11th.
7th stage - 1st real climbing stage, but no big gaps finally. Sandy Casar is 43rd at 31 seconds from winner Paolo Tiralongo.
8th stage - Domenico Pozzovivo claims victory on the 8th stage. Sandy Casar, 1st FDJ rider, is 34th at 1’24 from the winner.
9th stage – 15th place for Geoffrey Soupe on the 9th stage of the Giro, won by José Ventoso. Calm stage except a big climb in the last kilometer, where a big crash
That was close for Sandy Casar ! On the 12th stage of the Giro, the leader of FDJ Bigmat was close to the victory. He escaped all stage long with 8 riders and was virtual leader at the overall classification. He finally won’t get the pink jersey, for about 20 seconds. The peloton, initially far back, finally woke up in the final kilometers and closed the gap significantly. Enough to keep the leader’s jersey on Joaquin Rodriguez’s shoulders. Casar sprinted for the victory but finished 2nd of that stage, behin Lars Bak (Lotto). Arnaud Démare quitted the race after 13 stages, and 4 places in the Top10. Encouraging for a 1st Grand Tour!
16th Stage – Sandy Casar finishes 13th and takes the 10th place at the overall.
17th Stage - Bad news for Sandy Casar, 27th to the 17th stage. He looses more than 10 minutes and logically goes out of the top 10. Probably the hardest stage since the beginning of the Giro: the 22nd ended at 6 ', the 30th at 11'30 ..
18th Stage - Geoffrey Soup takes part in the sprint and finish 9th!
19th Stage - Sandy Casar is 14th of the 19th stage on the Alpe di Pampeago. He takes the 18th place at the overall!
20th Stage - Sandy Casar finished far and is out of the top 25.
21th Stage - The Giro is over! No stage victory for the FDJ-BigMat but emotions with raids of Sandy Casar and numberous of top 10, thanks to Arnaud Démare.