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Tiernan-Locke 3rd in first stage of Haut Var
Jon Tiernan-Locke followed up last week’s stunning victory in the Tour Méditerranéen with an impressive third place on the first of two days of racing at the Tour du Haut Var in France.
Stage one ran fom Draguignan to La Croix Valmer and the team rode strongly, despite losing Rene Mandri to illness before the start. A tough day of racing saw the team deliver Jon to the podium in third spot, just six seconds behind stage winner Romain Hardy of Bretagne Schuller. Russ Downing finished in tenth, a further five seconds back.
It was good to get another podium for Endura Racing, despite missing the win. I actually think that could play into our hands tomorrow for the overall. I thought the chase would be more organised, but in the end two guys from the break held on. The boys rode well today, and kept me well placed, fed and watered. Rob and Scott got stuck in towards the end, and Russ got up there in the sprint too. A hard day, but tomorrow will be brutal!
Sunday’s second stage takes the riders over a mountainous route between Fréjusand Fayence
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