Rapidly rising British talent Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (Endura) won his second major race of 2012 on Sunday, taking the second day of the Tour du Haut Var in France and winning the race overall.

Tiernan-Locke out-climbed the rest of the field to take the win in Fayence after placing third in the opening stage of the race on Saturday.

Julien El Fares (Team Type 1) placed second overall at six seconds, with fellow Frenchman Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) in third at nine seconds.

The UCI 2.1-ranked Tour du Haut Var featured a host of WorldTour teams, including GreenEdge, Garmin-Barracuda, Ag2r, FDJ and Astana.

That Tiernan-Locke (and Continental-level outfit Endura) took on vastly better resourced squads and beat them further proves the Devon man’s prospects as one of the most exciting climbers to emerge in the past few years.

Tour du Haut Var-matin dimanche 19.02 by france3cotedazur

Tour du Haut Var 2012, stage two: Frejus to Fayence, 205.4km
1. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura in 5-23-13

2. Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 at 1 sec
3. Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 4 secs
4. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 11 secs
5. Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge at 13 secs
6. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat at 19 secs
7. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana
8. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
9. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin-Barracuda
10. Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller at same time

Final overall classification
1. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura in 10-10-29

2. Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Type 1 at 6 secs
3. Julien Simon (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 9 secs
4. Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne-Schuller at 13 secs
5. Simon Clarke (Aus) GreenEdge at 18 secs
6. Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 20 secs
7. Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Garmin-Barracuda at 24 secs
8. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale at 28 secs
9. Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana at 28 secs
10. Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat at 28 secs

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Tiernan-Locke finishes third in Haut Var opener

  • Mark Jones

    What I find amazing is that they were down to 6 men soon into the race with Mandri not starting on the Saturday and Blain pulling out due to illness on the Sunday. To support JTL with a weakened team and a team without the likes of Dempster and Camano shows how good this team are.

  • arronski

    just watched the vid, wow steep climb and great climbing by JTL…. TDF winner of the future ?

  • arronski

    Another win all ready, fantastic ride !!

  • Alex

    Not used to this level of excitement at this time of year!! What a great weekend of cycling results!
    Great performance JTL! We’ve seen you make it look easy before, but this must take things to a new level! Well done on the strategy Team Endura!

  • Tim Robinson

    Superb work there, this guy looks like he is going to be a star if he can keep his wheels on the ground

  • Jonathan Burns

    Brilliant ride. A great video as well, that climb looked an absolute nightmare! Video picture quality was great as well, many thanks CW for posting it.

  • Toddy

    Yet again, another superb win for JTL in a field of established professionals.
    This guy has got to have a bright future ahead of him, surely.
    Well done fella !

  • Mark Jones

    Another great win for Jonathan and Endura. This will hopefully help to secure a World Tour place for JTL next season and get Endura into more races of this calibre over the season as they try to get that additional sponsor to move up a level.