Tour du Poitou Charentes
Stage 5: Lezay - Poitiers - Stage Details

Eleven-time Canadian champion Svein Tuft has secured second overall at the Tour du Poitou Charentes, finishing within the bunch sprint on the last day of racing.

Tuft went into the fifth and final stage 47seconds behind leader Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), courtesy of the previous afternoon’s individual time trial, and the situation remained the same at the Tour’s close.

Sport director David McPartland conceded that the strength of the IAM Cycling team riding in support of Chavanel made it near impossible to challenge for the overall victory.

“Realistically, it really wasn’t going to happen,” McPartland said of Tuft’s chances of knocking Chavanel off the top step of the podium on the final stage.

Read the full final report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Jesus Herrada Lopez (ESP) - Movistar Team 4:28:32
2 Jan Bakelants (BEL) - Omega Pharma-QuickStep ST
3 Nicola Ruffoni (ITA) - Bardiani CSF ST
4 Kévin Reza (FRA) - Team Europcar ST
5 Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) - Bardiani CSF ST
6 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL) - Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise ST
7 Mauro Finetto (ITA) - Neri Sottoli ST
8 Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) - IAM Cycling ST
9 Cyril Lemoine (FRA) - Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ST
10 Martin Elmiger (SUI) - IAM Cycling ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
38 Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
53 Svein Tuft (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
105 Michael Albasini (SUI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:14
108 Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE
120 Jens Mouris (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:06:38