5 conclusions from the Tour du Var

The riders climb the Col de la Madone
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

With so many early-season race cancellations, the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var – formerly the Tour du Haut Var – attracted a stellar field for its 53rd edition and produced three days of gripping racing. 

After Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) won the opening stage, Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation) grabbed the yellow jersey on the steep uphill finish on stage 2. However, in a dramatic finale, he lost the race by a handful of seconds as Groupama-FDJ drove a long-range break and Mollema's teammate Gianluca Brambilla rode away to take stage honours and the overall title. 

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).