Leaders jersey.

"From where I come back, it is sure that it is a great satisfaction."
-Nacer Bouhanni, Stage 1 winner.

After five stormy years with Cofidis (with his DS Cedric Vasseur), Nacer Bouhanni joined the modest Arkea Samsic French squad. With his second victory of the season, (the other was a stage at the Tour of Saudi) he seems back competing as one of the top sprinters, so far, this early season. The Tour de Provence is only five years old and is a breath of fresh air when many of us are still in Winter's grip, myself included. I'm happy to see Nacer Bouhanni back winning and I hope he keeps it going.

Stage 1 Chateaurenard-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Before stage 2, a star is re-born.

Beside the vineyards