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Martin out of contention as Tiernan-Locke surprises in Med

Posted 12 February 2012


Dan Martin sacrificed himself for race leader Michel Kreder on the final stage of the Tour Mediterraneen only to see his Garmin-Barracuda team upstaged by a resilient Jonathan Tiernan-Locke who snatched the stage and overall victory from their grasp.
Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) finished the race as he started it by soloing to a second stage victory on the finishing climb of the Col de Garde after heavy snowfalls forced the organisers to reduce the stage to 77 kilometres and to abandon the planned finish on Mont Faron.
The race came together after a number of early attacks shortly before the climb with Martin and teammate Christophe Le Mevel riding strongly to protect and position Kreder who started the stage with a 10 second cushion lead over the third placed Tiernan-Locke.
The Briton, whose last victory took place in 2010 when he won a stage in the Rás, took everyone by the surprise with a ferocious attack as the race hit the climb and never looked back.
He had 17 seconds to spare over second placed Daniel Navarro (Saxo Bank) and Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) by the finish with double stage winner Kreder (Garmin-Barracuda) left to settle for second overall after conceding 27 seconds.
Martin rode stead in the third group on the road and finished the truncated stage in a group of seventeen riders 1’52” down. He finished 51st in the GC with a deficit of 2’12”.
Tour Mediterraneen
Stage 4: La Ciotat – Col du Corps de Garde, 77 kilometres
1.  Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Gbr) Endura Racing 01:54:05
2.  Daniel Navarro (Esp) Saxo Bank at 17 seconds
3.  Stefano Garzellie (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
4.  Angel Madrazo (Esp) Moviestar at 22 seconds
5.  Niki Sorensen (Den) Saxo Bank at 27 seconds
59. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda at 00:01:52
Final General Classification
1.  Jonathan Tiernan-Lock (Gbr) Endura Racing 10:48:42
2.  Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda at 27 seconds
3.  Daniel Navarro (Esp) Saxo Bank at 31 seconds
4.  Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone at 33 seconds
5.  Angel Madrazo (Esp) Moviestar at 42 seconds
51. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda at 2 minutes, 12 seconds

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