First stage at Haut Var for Nocentini as Brit teams fight on


Rinaldo Nocentini of Ag2r-La Mondiale took the opening stage of the Tour du Haut Var after attacking in the closing kilometre on the brutal ascent to the fortress town of Grimaud.

The in-form Italian, who took second place in last week's Tour of the Mediterranean, now holds a two second lead over Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) going into Sunday's 200km stage finishing in Montauroux.

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