The winner of the first French stage Tour du Limousin was IAM Cycling team rider, Martin Elmiger. At the finish line in Rochechouart defeated Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar) and Andrea Di Corrado (Bardi Valvole – CSF Inox).
The first stage of the Tour du Limousin ran from Limoges to Rochechouart. Its length was 168 km and practically the entire length of the route led the tight hilly terrain. In positioned between three mountain bonuses (two categories 3 and one Category 2) which did not cause riders to overcome major difficulties. In addition, the route the riders fighting for points on the three intermediate sprints.
The race started very fast, because the very first kilometer route began on the first “jumping”, and many riders tried to pull away from the pack. Very conducive to this path, because all of the departures were initiated on driveways, from which there was plenty. The peloton rode very alert and did not admit to any of departure gained a greater advantage. The rate of driving was very high and the average speed of the stage was more than 47 km / h
Despite such high speeds, the 60-th kilometer of the route of the peloton rode quite a large group of cyclists. This was one of the first major departures in which such driving Nikolay Mihaylov (CCC Polsat Polkowice). Escape got a small advantage over the peloton which exercised control of the French team, and after a few kilometers departure was closed.
When the finish stage remained less kilometers, the peloton which was already heavily “stretched”, attacked a number of riders and among them also made an attempt to escape Adrian Kurek (CCC Polsat Polkowice). Sorry, there was given to him a long time to stay ahead of the pack, as another attack resulted in departure of a group of 11 riders here who managed to get to the finish line with a minute advantage and play with each other finish.
The fastest at the finish was Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling), who for two seconds ahead of last year’s race winner, Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar). Third at the finish line reported to Andrea Di Corrado (Bardi Valvole – CSF Inox) losing to the winner 12 seconds. Top ranked player CCC Polsat Polkowice was Jacek Morajko that the finish line was at 74 place losing to the winner 1 minute. 10 sec.