The British-based Endura team kicked off its 2010 season on Wednesday at the Tour of the Mediterranean in France.

Endura’s team of Ross Creber, James Moss, Rob Partridge, Evan Oliphant, Ian Wilkinson, James McCallum, Gary Hand and Alexandre Blain mixed it with some of the big names of the pro peloton in Robert Gesink (Rabobank), Tom Danielson (Garmin), Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) and Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) on stage one, a chilly 95km route from Carcassonne to Souvian.

The stage was won by Belarus road champion Yauheni Hutarovich of the Francaise Des Jeux team. Endura’s Frenchman Alexandre Blain was the best placed of the British based team in 58th place at 1-58.

Race favourites Valverde lies in seventh place, Vinokourov 14th and Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r), who wore the yellow jersey in last year’s tour, is in 11th all at 10 seconds from Hutarovich.

The race continues from Peynier today with a 170km route to Trets. Sunday’s hilly final stage finishes on Mont Faron above Toulon.

Stage 2 Peynier-Trets 170km
Stage 3 Greasque – Six Fours 115km
Stage 4 La Londe Les Maures – Biot 160km
Stage 5 La Ciotat – Toulon Mont Faron 126km

Related links

Endura targets Tour of the Med

Endura Racing team officially launched

  • Mark Jones

    You have to admire Endura for having the guts to take on the big teams in the early season. I think Blain will do exceptionally this year in the Premier Calendar and Crits and with Wilkinson only just over 3 minutes down, he’s showing that he could potentially make the step up. Hopefully more UK based teams will look to compete in races like these in the future. This should be a good year for British cycling with the likes of Endura, Rapha, Raleigh, Sigma Sport and Motorpoint not to mention other teams improving thanks to the televised crits (oh and Team Sky of course).