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Tour Méditerranéen, Stage 1, 2 and 3
 
By Anita van Crey
Date: 2/15/2008
Tour Méditerranéen, Stage 1, 2 and 3
 

The first stage of the Tour Méditerranéen has fallen into the hands of Norwegian sprinter Thor Hushovd. In the mass-sprint the rider of the Crédit Agricole team beat Italian Francesco Chicchi.

Stage 1
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 2.40.48 (40,858 km/h)
2 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas
3 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas
4 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
5 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
6 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux
7 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale
9 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux
10 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole

General classification after stage 1
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 2.40.38
2 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas 0.04
3 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas 0.06
4 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone 0.10
5 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
6 Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux
7 Bernardo Riccio (Ita) Tinkoff Credit Systems
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale
9 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux
10 William Bonnet (Fra) Crédit Agricole

Frenchman Jimmy Casper topped the second stage of this year's Tour Méditerranéen, over 135 kilometres from La Londe to La Garde. The 29 year-old sprinter of the French team Agritubel and former stage winner of Le Tour in 2006 finshed ahead of Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) and Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole). The day was marked by the first category Col de Tallude after 33 km. and had a breakawaygroup of 3 (Mickaël Buffaz (Cofidis), Jussi Veikkanen (Française des Jeux) and Mikhail Ignatiev (Tinkoff Credit Systems)) They worked together until the gap was nearly closed; the strong Russian from Tinkoff saw this as his chance to attack. He did last 12 kilometres on his own before being brought back in the final 3 km.

The sprinters may have had their day already, tomorrow they will take a day off as the climbers do the battle on the Mont Faron near Toulon.

Stage 2 - February 14: La Londe - La Garde, 135km
1 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel 2.46.41 (48.59 km/h)
2 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux
3 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole
4 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux
5 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas
6 Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche-Silver Cross
7 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale
8 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
9 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
10 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2r - La Mondiale

General classification after stage 2
1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 5.27.15
2 Jimmy Casper (Fra) Agritubel 0.04
3 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 0.08
4 Alberto Curtolo (Ita) Liquigas 0.10
5 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bretagne-Armor Lux 0.14
6 Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche-Silver Cross
7 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2r - La Mondiale
8 Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne
9 Alexander Serov (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems
10 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2r - La Mondiale

Russian rider Aleksandr Botcharov won the third stage of the Tour Méditerranéen. He came at the summit of the difficult slopes of the Mont Faron first. Botcharov finished in front of Frenchman David Moncoutié and Michael Albasini (Switserland).

Results and general classification to follow


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