Alejandro Valverde of Team Caisse d’Epargne beat the cold and the mountains to claim the overall victory in the 2010 Tour of Mediterranean and his first win of the season.
The last stage of this year’s Tour Med also had the riders enduring nasty weather, but it was not enough to cause the officials to interfere with the race, as they did during the fourth stage last Saturday when the snow and the cold necessitated some delays and modifications to the course, finally forcing the race to be halted with 46 kilometers still to go.
This time, it was left to the cyclists (and the steep climbs) to decide who would be the winners. Valverde was already in control of the whole race and didn’t relinquish his overall lead until the very end, as he placed second behind Francesco Masciarelli of Team Acqua e Sapone. Masciarelli won the stage and Valverde won the event.
Meanwhile, Team FDJeux’s Jussi Veikkanen, who wore the yellow jersey during the last stage, could not keep up with the climbers and had to fall back during the climbs up Mont Faron.
Rinaldo Nocentini of Team Ag2r finished for third place in the stage and second overall for the event, while Tom Danielson of Team Garmin-Transitions had to settle for a decent 14th place finish.