Masciarelli magnificent at Mont Faron

Valverde seizes overall with second on final stage

Mont Faron lived up to its legendary early-season status as Francesco Masciarelli (Acqua e Sapone) rode to victory atop its famed summit on the fifth and final stage of the 2010 Tour Méditerranéen. The Italian was followed across the line by Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Rinaldo Nocentini (AG2r-La Mondiale).

For Valverde, his second place result was enough to secure overall victory as he wiped out his pre-stage 10 second deficit to Finland's Jussi Veikkanen (Française Des Jeux).

Masciarelli set up his victory as he attacked the peloton as part of a group three kilometres from the finish. After catching and subsequently passing the remnants of an earlier breakaway the Italian then set off in lone pursuit of the finish line with his cartoon Tasmanian devil scarf draped around his neck.

For Masciarelli, who has ridden for Aqua a Sapone since the start of his professional career in 2005, the victory was only the fourth added to his palmares and his first since the 2008 Giro del Lazio.

Weather picks up where it left off on stage four, Di Gregorio determined

With the weather apparently playing ball at the start in La Ciotat, three riders grabbed their lottery tickets and took their leave from the peloton. Mathieu Perget (Caisse d'Epargne), Remy Di Gregorio (Française Des Jeux) and Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano) forming part of the first escape of the day.

But the wild weather experienced by the peloton continued and perhaps heeding the omen, the trio were brought back to the group in time for organisers to reduced the course length due to a small snow storm. Fortunately for the fans and riders the disruption was short-lived and the journey towards Toulon could resume in earnest.

Di Gregorio once again went on the attack, this time with Brice Feillu (Vacansoleil). The two Frenchmen worked hard to establish an advantage and despite the later presence of another ten companions, the break was once again cancelled by the determined peloton.

Clearly unhappy to accept his fate, Di Gregorio took off for a third time along with teammate Mikael Cherel, Ludovic Turpin (AG2R La Mondiale), Leonardo Duque (Cofidis), Paul Martens (Rabobank) and Dimtriy Fofonov (Astana). This time, the break stuck. It moved out to an advantage of almost three minutes as the final summit loomed.

With a number of riders locked in the battle for the final overall, the break's advantage was sucked rapidly away as they hit the foot of the Faron with less than a minute of their earlier gains.

Turpin, Di Gregorio and Fofonov proved to be the strongest in the lead group as they dispatched their companions. But, as their advantage ticked closer to single digits a group including Remi Pauriol (Cofidis), Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) and Francesco Masciarelli (Acqua e Sapone) emerged from the bunch behind.

As Vinokorov and Pauriol joined forces with Turpin, Di Gregorio and Fofonov, it was Masciarelli who took the initiative as he built his own advantage. While the others were consumed close to the line Masciarelli held firm to take the summit finish.

Full Results
1Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo3:17:40 
2Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:08 
3Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
4Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank  
5Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:11 
6Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
7Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:22 
8Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:00:28 
9Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:30 
10Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana  
11Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:00:35 
12Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:36 
13Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
14Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:00:43 
15Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:51 
16Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:57 
17Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:01:02 
18Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07 
19Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:01:08 
20Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:01:22 
21Julien Mazet (Fra) BigMat Auber 930:01:30 
22Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux  
23Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano  
24Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
25Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
26Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom0:01:32 
27Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:01:41 
28Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:45 
29Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana0:01:57 
30Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:02:08 
31Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
32Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:14 
34Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:02:27 
35Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
36Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:02:39 
37Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia0:02:42 
38Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux0:02:45 
39William Bonnet (Fra) Bouygues Telecom0:03:23 
40Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:03:45 
41Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:03:54 
42Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:08 
43Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:04:30 
44Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller0:04:39 
45Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:04:42 
46Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank  
47Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
48Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
49Johan Mombaerts (Fra) BigMat Auber 93  
50Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
51Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
52Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
53Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:06:04 
54Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:06:49 
55Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:36 
56Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:07:37 
57Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
58Edwin Carvajal Jaramillo (Col) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia0:08:37 
59Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:12:05 
60Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions0:17:48 
61Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:20:24 
62Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux  
63Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
64Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
65Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing  
66Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom  
67Han Feng (Chn) Skil-Shimano  
68Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
69Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom0:20:28 
70Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
71Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank0:20:30 
72Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing0:20:31 
DNFJuan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFMathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFJosé Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFArnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFDavid Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFFrancisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
DNFAnthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Bouygues Telecom  
DNFSteve Chainel (Fra) Bouygues Telecom  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) Bouygues Telecom  
DNFStéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
DNFMickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
DNFDamien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
DNFAllan Davis (Aus) Astana  
DNFAssan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana  
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
DNFGorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Astana  
DNFOlivier Bonnaire (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
DNFRick Flens (Ned) Rabobank  
DNFTimothy Duggan (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFDaniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions  
DNFDario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
DNFPaolo Ciavatta (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
DNFRoss Creber (GBr) Endura Racing  
DNFRobert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing  
DNFGary Hand (GBr) Endura Racing  
DNFAlexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing  
DNFNoan Lelarge (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFGael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFLaurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFJean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNFYukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil-Shimano  
DNFKoen De Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano  
DNFDominique Cornu (Bel) Skil-Shimano  
DNFPasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
DNFRoberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
DNFSimone Campagnaro (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
DNFLuigi Gitto (Ita) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia  
DNFMatthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMatteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFStéphane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMartin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
DNFSébastien Joly (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun  
DNFNiels Brouzes (Fra) BigMat Auber 93  
DNFFabien Bacquet (Fra) BigMat Auber 93  
DNFNadir Haddou (Fra) BigMat Auber 93  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) BigMat Auber 93  
DNFJonathan Thire (Fra) BigMat Auber 93  
Mountain 1 - Col de Ceyreste (Cat 2)
1Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom5pts
2Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche3 
3Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
4Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller1 
Mountain 2 - Col de l'Espegoulier (Cat 1)
1Olivier Bonnaire (Fra) Française Des Jeux10pts
2Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team7 
3Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne5 
4Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux3 
Mountain 3 - Col du Corps de Garde (Cat 2)
1Rémy Di Gregoria (Fra) Française Des Jeux5pts
2Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana3 
3Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
4Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
Mountain 4 - Mont Faron (Cat 1)
1Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone10pts
2Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne7 
3Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale5 
4Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank3 
Final General classification
1Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne14:55:17 
2Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:02 
3Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana0:00:05 
4Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:09 
5Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:35 
6Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:01:13 
7Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux0:01:18 
8Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank0:02:11 
9Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:02:13 
10Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:02:18 
11Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:02:39 
12Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:02:46 
14Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:02:54 
15Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:03:00 
16Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank0:03:05 
17Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:06 
18William Bonnet (Fra) Bouygues Telecom0:03:15 
19Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom0:03:28 
20Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:33 
21Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
22Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:03:41 
23Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana0:04:00 
24Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:04:23 
25Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:04:42 
26Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux0:04:48 
27Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:05:00 
28Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:05:11 
29Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:05:48 
30Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:05:50 
31Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:06:12 
32Johan Mombaerts (Fra) BigMat Auber 930:06:34 
33Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:06:38 
34Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
35Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:06:45 
36Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo  
37Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:06:52 
38Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:07:52 
39Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions0:08:49 
40Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano0:08:52 
41Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:09:33 
42Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:10:35 
43Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone - Caffe Mokambo0:11:04 
44Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:33 
45Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:13:51 
46Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil-Shimano0:14:32 
47Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank0:14:36 
48Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:15:11 
49Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:15:19 
50Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:15:26 
51Julien Mazet (Fra) BigMat Auber 930:15:34 
52Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:16:10 
53Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia0:16:46 
54Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller0:17:02 
55Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:20:37 
56Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bouygues Telecom0:21:45 
57Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur-Sojasun0:21:48 
58Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions0:22:20 
59Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
60Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux0:22:26 
61Yohann Gene (Fra) Bouygues Telecom0:22:31 
62Edwin Carvajal Jaramillo (Col) Miche - Silver Cross - Selle Italia0:24:17 
63Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:26:32 
64Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank0:26:52 
65Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:29:24 
66Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions0:31:05 
67Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:32:34 
68Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:34:21 
69Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank0:49:22 
70Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing0:52:25 
71Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing0:56:49 
72Han Feng (Chn) Skil-Shimano0:59:54 
Points classification
1Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française Des Jeux51pts
2William Bonnet (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom47 
3Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne34 
4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne30 
5Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux27 
6Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana27 
7Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone26 
8Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale22 
9Leonardo-Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne21 
10Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team20 
11Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun17 
12Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9317 
13Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions17 
14Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank15 
15Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun12 
16Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom11 
17Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone10 
18Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana9 
19Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano9 
20Amael Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne8 
21Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun7 
22Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone6 
23Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller5 
24Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale4 
25Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale4 
26Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Transitions3 
27Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team3 
28Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole2 
29Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole2 
30Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne1 
31Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank1 
32Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
33Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
34Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana1 
35Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1 
36Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
37Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française Des Jeux1 
38Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone1 
39Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin - Transitions1 
40Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne1 
41Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone1 
42Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano1 
43Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions1 
44Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano1 
45Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller1 
46Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone1 
47Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
48Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale1 
49Rémy Di Gregoria (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
50Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 931 
51Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche1 
52Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller1 
53Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole1 
54Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom1 
55Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank1 
56Yohann Gene (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom1 
57Edwin Carvajal Jaramillo (Col) Miche1 
58Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team1 
59Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank1 
60Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 
61Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions1 
62Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano1 
63Stéphane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller1 
64Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank1 
65Ian Wilkinson (GBr) Endura Racing1 
Mountains classification
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20pts
2Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne15 
3Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone10 
4Rémy Di Gregoria (Fra) Française Des Jeux6 
5Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone6 
6Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom5 
7Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale5 
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team5 
9Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana5 
10Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne5 
11Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Miche5 
12Mikael Cherel (Fra) Française Des Jeux4 
13Leonardo-Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne4 
14Sébastien Turgot (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom4 
15Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank3 
16Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana3 
17Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux2 
18Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2 
19Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
20Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale1 
21Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller1 
22Anthony Roux (Fra) Française Des Jeux1 

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