Tour du Limousin: Rebellin in the top 10 overall

Davide Rebellin finished off the Tour du Limousin with top 15 on the 167-kilometer stage from Aixe-sur-Vienne to Limoges and top 10 in the general classification. 

First „small race” was played out early on. Fast GC contenders were fighting for bonus seconds at intermediate sprint, which was located at 18,7km mark. It was won by 4th overall, Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) ahead of the leader, Jesus Herrada (Movistar) and 2nd in the standings, Rudy Molard (Cofidis).

For some time it looked like the peloton will not any riders go away until the second intermediate sprint of the day (56,4km), but eventually 4-man managed to created a gap. Yannick Martinez (Europcar), Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale), Etienne Van Empel (Roompot) and Romain Combaud (Armée de Terre) were part of the breakaway of the day, which established a maximum advantage at 3:20.

With about 60 kilometers remaining a duo from Auber 93, Steven Tronet and Théo Vimpère, made an attempt to join the leaders. It took them long time to catch the 4-man group and when they finally did it, the bunch was less than a minute away. Few escapees tried late attacks within the last 20 kilometers, but they were doomed to failure and with 5km to go, it was all back together.

Tour du Limousin ended with a mass sprint. It could have a big impact on the final general classification, since the margins at the top of the ranking were very narrow. Maurits Lammertink (Roompot) claimed the win, ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) and Thomas Sprengers (Topsport-Vlaanderen Baloise). Due to bonus seconds gained on the stage, Colbrelli got the same overall time as the leader, Herrada. After adding up places achieved for each stage, the Italian was announced the winner of Tour du Limousin. Herrada finished 2nd and Rudy Molard (Cofidis) 3rd.

Davide Rebellin was the fastest man on CCC Sprandi Polkowice team and sprinted for 14th place. He completed the 4-day event in 10th overall (16 seconds back).