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Jon Tiernan-Locke wins Tour du Haut Var
Jon Tiernan-Locke won the second stage of the Cycliste International du Haut Var (UCI 2.1) in Provence today to secure overall victory in the south of France for the second week in a row.
Jon jumped in the last km as the race tackled the brutally steep climb to the finish line in Freyence and held off Julian El Fares (Team-Type 1) and Julian Simon (Saur-Sojasun) to take the stage and the overall classification.
It's perfectly suited to me round here, punchy climbs that sap legs. I could actually enjoy it today because at the Tour Méditerranéen I felt a lot of pressure, but here I was confident coming into the race that I could actually win this and I could relax a bit. To be honest I'm quite glad I didn't win yesterday even though I thought it might be my only chance.
I knew yesterday I could probably win this, I struggled on the fast bits but when it became a slogfest I knew I would be strong, plus of course I knew I would have some strong team mates up with me looking after me. They did a great job. I'm so happy that my form has come good this early.
Julian Winn, Directeur Sportif :
Just an unbelievable ride from JTL & the boys today. We were a man down to start, and then Alex was ill early on so we were down to six. The five that were with Jon, really stepped up today and I think they did a tremendous job. I am really speechless with regards to Jon, that was incredible, he's just put himself into a completely different league. The team should all be proud of what they did, Rob Partridge and Ian Bibby did some awesome riding for him closing the gaps, it's just amazing, been an incredible start to the season - JTL has now established himself as a major player and put Endura Racing firmly on the map.
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