It was an excellent ride today from the riders of Movistar Team in the final stage of the Tour du Haut Var, concluding today in Draguignan with Thomas Voeckler (EUC) conquering the overall classification while José Joaquín Rojas approached the final podium.
The Spanish rider went just a big short for both the stage triumph and the final victory after a thrilling 207km stage in and around Draguignan, where the riders of Movistar Team went constantly into attacking manners to make the head of the race, playing their cards one by one in a perfect strategy. Ángel Madrazo was the first one to make his move, the Spaniard entering a 14-rider breakaway that led the race for the first part of the route. After that, ruding the demanding climb to the Col de Mons, Javier Iriarte and David López made it into a group of twelve members that saw the Basque jumping with 25 kilometers to go, firstly solo and then riding along with four other riders until getting caught only 15km to go. The attacks for the overall victory came at that point, Rojas always paying attention on the front of the bunch.
Finally, after several attempts that ran out forces at former leader Dumoulin’s (COF) side, Thomas Voeckler, sitting in 3rd overall, jumped with Julien Antomarchi (LPM), eventual stage winner, for the successfull break which Rojas couldn’t afford despite an impressive effort. The Movistar Team rider had to step off and content himself with the third place in the stage -being the fastest into the short field behind once again- and the fourth at the GC, after the two escapees and Nocentini (ALM), claming this way his 11th top-10 placement in just a month’s time.