The Sidi colors got some great satisfaction on the roads of France, with victory in the final classification going to Australian Richie Porte (Team Sky), who built his success with victory in the 5th, challenging mountain stage, and in the final, 9.6 km time trial.
At the Paris-Nice Sidi also won the second stage featuring a sprinting arrival with Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni (Fdj), already a success story in this start of the season, sharing an all-Sidi podium with Ale Jet Petacchi (Lampre-Merida), second, and Elia Viviani (Cannondale) third.
In Italy, in the race between two seas, victory in the general classification remained elusive for Sidi and chris froome (Team Sky) who, after a fine victory in the 5th stage at Prati di Tivo, had to give up the light blue leader’s jersey in the last two stages to Vincenzo Nibali.
However, all the Sidi athletes raced as major players, obtaining 5 stage victories: in addition to Froome’s triumph, another two came from Peter Sagan (Cannondale), who captured the second and the sixth fractions; one stage, the fifth, belonged to Purito Rodriguez (Katusha), and to conclude the splendid triple crown, in the final time trial first place went to the World Champion in this specialty, Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quick Step). Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida) was second and Costa Rica’s andrey amador (Movistar) took third. Not to mention the leader’s jersey worn first by Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – Quick Step) and subsequently by chris froome.
Now it’s time for sidi sport and its champions to look ahead to the first great classic of the season, the Milano-Sanremo, the “Springtime Super-Classic” scheduled on Sunday, March 17th.