Tour Méditerranéen – Stages 1-5 Recap

Photo: © Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde claimed the Tour Méditerranéen that was running from February 10th-14th in the South of France. The five day tour runs between Carcassone and Nice along the Cote D’Azur and finishes with a grueling climb up Mt.Faron in Toulon.

“I had good feelings during the entire week but today, with the accumulation of cold weather, rain and even snow since last Wednesday, I did not feel so good as the other days and I really suffered a lot while climbing the Mont Faron,” Valverde said.

Valverde, who attended the first two days of the five races of the Challenge Ciclista a Mallorca, was quickly sent over to the South of France to ride the Méditerranéen. With other notables such as Alexandre Vinokourov, Stefano Garzelli, Rinaldo Nocentini and Robert Gesink, the tour was not without it’s fireworks and star power. The first three stages were dominated by Française Des Jeux riders with Yameni Hutarovich winning two and Finlander Jussi Veikkanen winning the other. Stage four was called off due to wind, snow and rain and the fifth and final stage, won by Francesco Masciarelli, need only be controlled by Valverde to ensure his overall victory, as he was the best placed of the GC contenders.

Photo: © Sirotti

Stage 1 Results
1 Yameni Hutarovich (La Française des Jeux)
2 William Bonnet (BBox Telecom)
3 Maxim Iglinsky (Astana)

Stage 2
1 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Francaise des Jeux
2 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat – Auber 93
3 Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat – Auber 93

Stage 3
1 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux 2:33:19
2 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat – Auber 93
3 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d’Epargne

Stage 4 – –

Stage 5
1 Francesco Masciarelli (ITA) Acqua & Sapone______3:17:40
2 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne________:08
3 Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) AG2R
4 Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank

Final General Classification after 5 stages:

1 VALVERDE Alejandro (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne___14:55:17
2 NOCENTINI Rinaldo (ITA) AG2R______________:02
3 IGLINSKIY Maxim (KAZ) Astana______________:05

Photo: © Sirotti

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