Movistar Team keeps their options untouched in the 38th Tour Méditerranéen, the race going through southern France with the squad directed by Yvon Ledanois saving energy for one more day before the decisive stage atop the Mont Faron on Sunday.
Today’s ride, the third on the race, over 130 kilometers from Carnoux to La Farlede, only saw crashes from Ángel Madrazo -just after climbing the Cat. 1 Col de l’Espigoulier halfway the stage- and Fran Pérez in the ending kilometers. The two Spaniards only have minour bruises and were able, just like their teammates, to make it into the main field which contested the final sprint, won once again by Frenchman Romain Feillu (VCD), who jumped into the overall lead. “The important thing is that we’re still here,” appointed Ledanois. “We’ve spent three days en route and we’ve saved major crashes and nervous points who usually characterize this race. Let’s hope for tomorrow not to cause any troubles on us -Saturday’s stage on a complicated finish, with several roundabouts and an uphill final kilometers- and reach the Mont Faron with winning options, because the guys are looking really good.“ Mauricio Soler and David López seem to be the main contenders from the Spanish team in the race’s queen stage, but before that, 155 kilometers will have to be covered on Saturyda, the race travelling from La Londe les Maures to Biot.