La Méditerranéenne, a four-day French stage race held since 1974, has been cancelled for 2017, due to a lack of security forces.
BMC's Cummings, who won the stage-r time trial, finishes fourth in the final stage to confirm his overall victory.
Degenkolb scores the hat trick in the morning's road stage, but Cummings takes the overall lead after winning the afternoon's time trial
Monfort now leads the overall going into Sunday's fifth and final stage
The loss of 25,000 euros' worth of bikes took Garmin-Sharp out of the Tour Méditerranéen ahead of the decisive stage
Italian crashes heavily in the wind, but does not fracture collarbone
Former Tour champ suffering from respiratory infection
Hoogerland was motorpacing in preparation for the Tour Méditerranéen when a turning car struck him
There is a notable difference between amateur racing and the professional ranks, not just in the race style but also in the riders themselves. There are some riders in the peloton who seem to command respect, the ones who make their hardest efforts appear effortless, never showing the strain that their bodies are surely going through.
A reader asks how and why race officials can cut short a stage because of weather ... and we get some unbelievable news.
Française des Jeux keeps on pouring it on at the Tour Méditerranéen, with the French outfit winning its third stage in a row in the five-day race in southern France. Alejandro Valverde remains poised for overall victory, sitting sixth just 10 seconds back going into Sunday’s climactic stage finish atop Mont Faron.
Wednesday it was heavy winds, Thursday it was snow and cold — so far, there’s nothing Mediterranean at all in the Tour Méditerranéen in southern France. Perhaps it was appropriate that a rider from Finland, Jussi Veikkanen (FDJeux), won Thursday’s 170km second stage that saw riders buffeted by cold and wind yet again.
Just like he did in 2009, Belarussian Yauheni Hutarovich (FDJeux) won the opening stage of the Tour Méditerranéen in France on Wednesday. Pushed along by frigid winds, the 26-year-old won ahead of William Bonnet (Bbox Telecom) and Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana) in the 92.4km stage in Sauvian.