Rémy Di Grégorio (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) has Saturday’s queen stage in the third edition of the Tour of the Provence (cat. 2.1) won. After 144,5 km, remained the 32-year-old Frenchman on the Col de l Espigouilier his compatriots Lilian Calmejane and Tony Gallopin.
Alexandre Geniez (AG23) also came with the first group of eight riders across the line and retained his leader’s jersey. The 29-year-old Frenchman has five seconds to Gallopin. Rudy Molard is on seven seconds and third in a competition organised by the thuisrijders dominated. Eliot Lietaer, with a sixteenth place at 1:17 best Belgian, is only the second non-Frenchman in the stand.
After a fast start and plenty of attack attempts, it took up to 30 kilometers for the early flight got form with five riders. Jimmy Turgis, Julien Antormarchi, Marco Bernardinetti, Lucas De Rossi and our fellow countryman Ludovic Robeet were never more than three minutes of the peloton, which leader AG2R for leader Geniez checked. On the first of two ascents of the Col de l Espigoulier dropped the bonus of the escapees quickly and dunde the peloton to about 60 riders. In the descent, it ventured our compatriot Tom Dernies his chance. He could climb only to start, but saw after two miles of climbing, a small platoon to return. Also a lot of favorites tried something, Gallopin and Calmejane saw their attempt beaches. Leader Geniez got it hard, but held out. In the sprint uphill was Di Grégorio the strongest.
Di Grégorio recorded his first victory since march 2014, when he took a ride in the Tour of Taiwan (2.1.) won. In addition, he has a stage in the vuelta Asturias (2.1) of 2012 and a stage in Paris-Nice (WT) of 2011 on his name.