Endura Racing's Jon Tiernan-Locke lost the race leader's yellow jersey at the Tour Méditerranéen after stage two this afternoon.
Garmin-Barracuda's Michel Kreder turned a lead-out for his brother Raymond into a solo attack which gave him the victory at the end of a bitterly cold stage to Martigues, while Belarusian Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJ-Big Mat) will wear the maillot jaune during the penultimate day of racing tomorrow.
Hutarovich started the day just four seconds off the race lead, and his third-place finish meant he gained enough in time bonuses to displace Tiernan-Locke at the top of the standings.
However, the GC still looks healthy for the British rider, especially as Sunday's final stage on Mont Faron suits him more than it does Hutarovich.
Tour Méditerranéen stage two: Salon de Provence - Martigues, 136km
1. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
2. Guillaume Boivin (Can) SpiderTech
3. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat
4. Francisco José Ventoso (Spa) Movistar
5. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda
General classification after stage two
1. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat in 6-31-33
2. Jon Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Endura Racing
3. Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda all at same time
4. Guillaume Boivin (Can) SpiderTech at 4 seconds
5. Sebastien Chavanel (Fra) Europcar at 6 seconds
6. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Barracuda at 10 seconds
7. Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Barracuda
8. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana
9. Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne Schuller
10. Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille all at same time
Tiernan-Locke takes Tour of the Med opener
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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.
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