Route du Sud: Nicolas Roche seals overall victory as Adriano Malori wins stage three solo
Last Updated: 22/06/14 5:00pm
Ireland’s Nicolas Roche has followed in the footsteps of his father Stephen and cousin Dan Martin by sealing overall victory of the Route du Sud in France.
Roche successfully defended his 45-second lead over second-placed Alejandro Valverde at the top of the general classification by finishing in the peloton on a third and final stage won by Italy’s Adriano Malori.
The victory is the first stage race triumph of Roche's career and emulates Stephen Roche’s 1985 win and Martin’s success in 2008.
The Tinkoff-Saxo rider said: "It was a magnificent feeling crossing the finish line taking my very first GC win after three days of very hard racing. This was a confident-booster before taking on Tour de France in a couple of weeks, so obviously, I'm looking forward to it."
Movistar's Malori broke away from the peloton alongside Britain’s Josh Edmondson (Team Sky) and the duo later joined up with Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar), who had earlier formed part of the day’s initial escape group.
However, Malori powered clear on his own inside the final 1km to take his third win of the season.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Philippe Gilbert (BMC) sealed overall victory of the Ster ZLM Toer in the Netherlands as Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) won the final stage.
At the Tour of Slovenia, Britain's Simon Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) was named best young rider of the race after finishing seventh in the general classification. Portugal’s Tiago Machado (NetApp-Endura) claimed overall victory, while Elia Viviani (Cannondale) won the final stage.
Route du Sud stage three result
1 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar, 4:07:55
2 Benjamin Giroud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille, +5secs
3 Maxime Daniel (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, same time
4 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ, st
5 Clement Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, st
7 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) IAM Cycling, st
8 Chris Sutton (Aus) Team Sky, st
9 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling, st
10 Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia, st
Route du Sud final general classification
1 Nicolas Roche (Ire) Tinkoff-Saxo. 13:47:07
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, +45secs
3 Mick Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo, +49
4 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky, +53
5 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka, +55
6 Stephane Rossetto (Fra) BigMat-Auber 93, same time
7 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJm st
8 David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +1:25
9 Ian Boswell (USA) Team Sky, +1:32
10 Julien Berard (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +1:49