The recent week-end was featured by a lot of young gun racing in Italy, France and Spain. Two teenage sprinting sensations gave their older and more accomplished colleagues in Italy a lesson, while Zalf never have enough of winning. Sebastien Turgot's first win was the good news from France, along with the 1-2-3 shows put in by the Nantes and Marseille teams and the podium reesults scored by Australians and New Zealanders. Samuel Bonnet's terrible accident was the bad news instead. Hayden Roulston led the kiwi charge in Spain, but it was young Belda and Puyol who stole the limelight. All the details in our reports below.
Italy's top event of the week-end in the young gun scene was arguably the "Trofeo ZSSDI" (aka "Trofeo Unione Circoli Sportivi Sloveni in Italia"), run by the Slovene-speaking Sporting Clubs of the Trieste area, and taking place in the north-eastern tip of the nation on the "white-red-and-green" side of the Italian-Slovenian border.
The race, which we previewed in our previous round-up, kicked off with a five-minute delay and had its startline slightly displaced due to traffic jams. It got away to a hectic start too, with several early attacks. Mario Lexmuller (Aut) and the Italians Daniele Ferraresso (Zalf) and Leandro Cotesta (Marchiol) looked after starting the fireworks four miles into the ride, but as the peloton pulled the opening breakaway back other athletes - amongst them Ukraine's Yuri Leontenko, Marchiol's Italian Alberto Curtolo, Slovakia's Ivan Vigakasky and Radoslaw Kwiatkwski of the Poland-based Norda-Atala - gave it a try; all they could get was some brief up-front exposure though.
The route. Click for bigger map.
A more serious attempt came as the peloton rolled out of Savogna town and five guys got into action: Italy's only man in the multi-ethnic front group Marco Vivian (UC Trevigiani) and fellow attackers Zoltan Remak (Svk), Marek Imiela (Pol - Norda-Atala), Matej Marin (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) and Vojtech Hacecky (Cze - Dukla Praha) built up an advantage of close to two minutes by the km. 44 check. The fab five achieved their maximum lead at Palchisce (02'45"), then the chase began. And the frontrunners stopped working together, as Slovenia's Marin put in a strong solo attack at km. 73 and took a dozen seconds out of the other escapees, while the gruppo was still two minutes back. The 1980-born cyclist extended his lead on them to 01'30" at the Longera Hot Spot Sprint (km. 90 /2k to go), and even managed to make some gains on the whole chasing bunch.
But it was just an illusion. After easily bringing Vivian, Remak, Imiela and Haceck back, the field got much more serious about the chase, and on the Boschetto descent also Marin's adventure came to end. It happened at km. 108, while covering the second loop of the four-lap final circuit around Longera. The breakaway machines from the other side of Adriatic sea didn't give up: first they got David Tratnik (Radenska Powerbar) into the next move, with Italy's Marco Padoan (GS Permac Bibanese) as attacking mate. Later it was the turn of the Croatian pair of Matija Kvasina (Perutnina) and Robert Kiserlovski (Team Adria Mobil). But none of them could go far either. And once the main bunch (down to 60-70 riders) was together again with half a dozen km. left, nobody else was allowed to break clear.
The start. Photo courtesy Trofeo ZSSDI.
The last kilometres were about the sprinter's teams driving their fastmen to the line. And the last few seconds of the battle were all about Simone Ponzi of the mighty Zalf Desirée-Fior writing another glorious page in the histry books of the squad Damiano Cunego and Ivan Basso used to race for, as he beat fellow Italian - and former professional rider - Massimo Iannetti (Gruppo Lupi) to the line, while Jure Kocjan (Radenska Powerbar) took the Slovenian armada onto the podium, whereas San Geo champion Hrvoje Miholjevic could get a fifth place result only.
Simone Ponzi notched up Zalf's sixth ever victory in the Trieste-area contest, entering his name in a team list also containing the likes of Federico Ghiotto (Zalf's winning choice in 1985), Maurizio Fondriest (first over the line in 1986). Giuliano Figueras (1996 race champion) and most recent Zalfmen Daniele Pietropolli (2002) and Marco Bandiera (2006). Not bad really! As we wrote in our race preview, the unfit reigning champion couldn't be there to defend his title, but nevertheless Zalf showed (as it was needed) that they've got many trick up their sleeves.
The winner was obviously 100% happy ("I still can't believe it. It's huge satisfaction to me") and dedicated his success to the whole team, sponsors, managers and domestiques. Ponzi wore the Maglia Azzurra twice (2004 and 2005) as a junior, and should the man continue like this, he can get back to the Italian National Team ranks as an U23 sooner then expected. Massimo Iannetti's first goal is not a call form the Azzurri's coach, but a place back in the pro ranks. He also hopes that his current results - a top ten finish at the recent Coppa San Geo included - may just be the starting shot of a very successful season.
And the finish. Ponzi wins. Photo courtesy Trofeo ZSSDI.
31st Trofeo ZSSDI Unione Circoli Sportivi Sloveni in Italia (Longera-Longera, 142 km. - 1.2): Top 20 Places
1. Simone Ponzi (Ita - GS Zalf Desirèe Fior) - 03h21'03" (42.738 kph)
2. Massimo Iannetti (Ita - ACS Gruppo Lupi) - s.t.
3. Jure Kocjan (Slo - KD Radenska Powerbar) - s.t.
4. Matej Stare (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - s.t.
5. Hrvoje Miholjevic (Cro - BK Loborika) - s.t.
6. Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol - Norda-Atala) - s.t.
7. Enrico Zen (Ita - GS Filmop Sorelle Ramonda Parolin) - s.t.
8. Stefano Basso (Ita - Team Marchiol Famila Ima Liquigas) - s.t.
9. Enrico Peruffo (Ita - GS Filmop Sorelle Ramonda Parolin) - s.t.
10. Gianmario Pedrazzini (Ita - GS San Marco Concrete Caneva) - s.t.
11. Angelo Ciccone (Ita - Cycling Team Friuli) - s.t.
12. Grega Bole (Slo - Sava Kranj) - at 10"
13. Simon Špilak (Slo - Team Adria Mobil) - at 10"
14. Matija Kvasina (Cro - Perutnina Ptuj) - at 10"
15. David Tratnik (Slo - KD Radenska Powerbar) - at 10"
16. Derik Zampedri (Ita - GS Zalf Desirèe Fior) - at 10"
17. Emanuele Fornasier (Ita - Marchiol Famila-Ima Liquigas) - at 10"
18. Robert Vrecer (Slo - KD Radenska Powerbar) - at 10"
19. Vladimir Isaychev (Rus - GS 93 Promosport) - at 10"
20. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita - GS Permac Cardin Bibanese) - at 10"
Starters: 180 Finishers: 61.
Full Standings HERE (XLS file).
Much more on the race (clips and a huge photo gallery included) in their official website.
That boy is a force to be reckoned with. One week after opening his account in the Under 23 ranks at Gran Premio Brefer (see our roundup number three - link at the bottom of the page), rookie Edoardo Costanzi
(Unidelta) impressed everyone again as he put forth another superb sprint and took the win in the 32nd Coppa Città di Melzo
, which kicked off the young gun season in the Milan area. The teenage (he's 19) sensation from northern Italy outrode Enrico Montanari (Lucchini) and swissman Alain Launer (Fidibc), with Giovanni Carini of Pagnoncelli falling short of the podium.
One hundred eighty-four riders lined up for the start at Melzo. One of the them, Maurizio Vanotti (Bergamasca) made the headlines first as he went on his own very early, but his breakaway attempt was nullified while covering lap two of the opening circuit. Next on the move was his team-mate Luca Barla, that was joined around km. 70 by Poland's Jaroslaw Marycz (FidiBc). The two guys were leading the pack by about two minutes at that point, but Ermanno Capelli kicked of the chase, and others in bunch followed, so that the peloton pulled them back in the space of 15 km.
With the field flying at 46 kph in the three laps of the final circuit, to provide the race with an alternative to a massive sprint was just mission impossible. Which no one accomplished. When the time for the fastest wheels around to rock came, the experienced Francesco Frisoni provided a great leadout for his younger team-mate Costanzi, at least until the roundabout at 200m from the finish (but how can a finishing line be so close to a roundabout?) and Unidelta’s new sensation finished off the job, beating top-class sprinters like Cariniand others. After his storming debut performances, the question is: how far can Mr. Costanzi go? Time will tell. In the meantime, he’s gone far enough to get a lot of praises from one of Italy’s best ever sprinters, Dino Zandegù, who was at the line on Sunday afternoon and had nothing but good words for him.
32nd Coppa Città di Melzo (138 km - 1.19): Top 10 Places
1. Edoardo Costanzi (Ita - Arvedi-Unidelta-Bottoli) - 03h00'52" (45.78 kph)
2. Enrico Montanari (Ita - Lucchini Neri Finauto) - s.t.
3. Alain Lauener (Swi - Team Fidibc.com) - s.t.
4. Giovanni Carini (Ita - SC Pagnoncelli NGC Perrel) - s.t.
5. Erminio Gatti (Ita - Eurobike Oliver Ogan) - s.t.
6. Francesco Martinetti (Ita - Team Tata) - s.t.
7. Francesco Frisoni (Ita - Arvedi-Unidelta-Bottoli)- s.t.
8. Michele Magni (Ita - UC Bergamasca Colpak) - s.t.
9. Alessandro Formentelli (Ita - UC Palazzago Saclà) - s.t.
10. Stefano Colangelo (Ita - Team FidIbc.com) - s.t.
Starters: 184. Finishers: 174.
Besides the Milano province, also the cycling-fond area of Romagna opened the 2007 season this past Sunday, with the 45th Coppa Belricetto/14th Memorial Ezio Gualandi
, run by GS Ariete and Società Ciclistica Baracca Lugo. A sunny start to the cycling year, with temperatures over 20°C. And with attacks starting not a long time after the flag was dropped. Inside a bunch of eleven early escapees was also Matteo Busato
, who would stole the show atop the podium hours later. The Fausto Coppi-Gazzera team fastman and his ten breakaway companions got chased down, and the same happened to a six-strong (Capponcelli, Cortivo, Vanagas, Beccaro, Pontieri and Merlo) group that went clear around km. 60, and stayed away for some 40 kilometres. It was a mass sprint that determined the winner who, as we wrote earlier, was young Matteo Busato, first across the line also thanks to the perfect leadout work of his teammates. Alessandro Bernardini improved the tenth place finish he got in Veneto one week-end ago, but not enough for him to clinch victory, while Lampre's future addition Roberto Longo recovered from last week's accident at the Memorial Giuseppe Polese and sprinted to an excellent top three result.
45th Coppa Belricetto/14th Memorial Gualandi (113 km. - 1.19)
Top 10 Places
1. Matteo Busato (Ita - Fausto Coppi Gazzera) - 02h28' (45.932 kph)
2. Alessandro Bernardini (Ita - FWR Bata) - s.t.
3. Roberto Longo (Ita - VC Mantovani) - s.t.
4. Simone Pasolini (Ita - SC Dalfiume) - s.t.
5. Michele Merlo (Ita - VC Mantovani) - s.t.
6. Alexander Zhdanov (Rus - Team Cycling Valdarno) - s.t.
7. Siarhei Zatonenka (Blr - Ciclistica Sestese) - s.t.
8. Davide Girlanda (Ita - Cicli Campagnari) - s.t.
9. Anton Sinstov (Rus - Calzaturieri Montegranaro) - s.t.
10. Julian Vanni (Ita - SC Dalfiume) - s.t.
Southward to another Italian region that just tasted the first Elite-2 & Under 23 bikefights: Danilo Di Luca's own Abruzzo, whose 2007 season had the 12th GP Città di Pescara / Medaglia d’Oro Tullio Campione
pancake-flat race as opener. Just like the past year, the local tifosi who packed the streets - as never before - to watch the action couldn't hope for a better start, with a home rider bringing home victory. Pescara's townsman - and track cycling specialist - Sante Di Nizio
(Velo Club Aran World) secured his second career win in a close sprint on the local seafront (named after Christopher Columbus) with Francesco Lasca and Davide D’Angelo - the latter also the deserving winner of the season opener in the nearby Marche region a week ago, but unable to get higher than third today - as the other men on the podium. "It was a team victory, my teammates were very good at supporting me until the final straight, then I just made the most out of the gasoline still in my legs. The parcours was easy, good for the sprinters, but the last part proved tricky. I'm happy especially as in won in my own hometown. And I have a big thank you to say to all the fans who cheered me on the route" were some of the after-race words from 25-year-old Di Nizio.
Gran Premio d’Apertura Città di Pescara (110 km. - 1.19)
Top 10 Places
1. Sante Di Nizio (Ita - Aran Cucine-Cantina Tollo) - 02h24' (45.833 kph)
2. Francesco Lasca (Ita - Monsummanese-Bedogni) - s.t.
3. Davide D’Angelo (Ita - SC Monturano-Civitanova M.) - s.t.
4. Angelo Papa (Ita - Centro Revisioni Cerone) - s.t.
5. Roberto Postacchini (Ita - Centro Revisioni Cerone) - s.t.
6. Simone Campagnaro (Ita - SC Calzaturieri Montegranaro) - s.t.
7. Gianfranco Visconti (Ita - Massi Team) - s.t.
8. Giacomo Michelessi (Ita - Centri Calzatura-Riviera Adriatica) - s.t.
9. Simone Menzietti (Ita - Vega-Acqua & Sapone) - s.t.
10. Manuel Fedele (Ita - Mithon Cucine-Filiere Fazzini) - s.t.
The Scinto-ists are back in full force! After demolishing opposition in the Firenze-Empoli riding-year opener, the Finauto powerhouse squad, coached by former professional athlete Luca Scinto, lost to a strong Belarusian in the second event of the season. But it didn't take longer than a week for the guys to get their redemption. It came in the third Trofeo Colline Capannoresi
, a difficult journey of 110 km. (eighteen laps of a small circuit of about 6 km.) up and down the hills of the Lucca province, in the north-west of Tuscany. They didn't just win the race, they dominated the upper side of the leaderboard, something they're not new to.
Even better, they proved that they've got more than one rider capable of performing consistently and winning. Cristian Benenati took line honours eight day before, but this time the man from southern Italy showed how good he can be as a leadoutman, and played a crucial part in the first win of 21-year-old Francesco Ginanni. The man from Casalguidi (same town as the Italian National Team coach Franco Ballerini) pipped another strong youngster from the Tuscan area, Roberto Cesaro, on the line, with Benenati having another podium performance. Even better again, the Scinto-ists displayed their huge versatility. They're good at winning sprints as well as putting in great leadouts, and they're good at launching late and timely attacks (the Firenze-Empoli way), as well as chasing down any escapees, like they did in this race. Once all attempts were nullified, it was all about Benenati getting into action 400m from the finish and delivering Ginanni to the line for the sprint. Fast Francesco finished off the job.
3rd Trofeo Colline Capannoresi (Camigliano di Capannori, 110.8 km)
Top 10 Places
1. Francesco Ginanni (Ita – Finauto-Neri-Lucchini) - 02h37' (42.344 kph)
2. Roberto Cesaro (Ita - G.S. Mastromarco) - s.t.
3. Cristian Benenati (Ita - Finauto-Neri-Lucchini-Zoccorinese) - s.t.
4. Teddi Turini (Ita - Danton Caparrini Vibert Italia) - s.t.
5. Massimo Pirrera (Ita - Bedogni-Natalini) - s.t.
6. Giuseppe Ascione (Ita - Promociclo) - s.t.
7. Davide Bonuccelli (Ita - Team Ciaponi Edilizia) - s.t.
8. Anatoly Pakhutsov (Ita - G.S. Ginestra) - s.t.
9. Giuseppe De Maria (Ita - G.S. Podenzano) - s.t.
10. Davide Mucelli (Ita - Cargo Compass Albatros) - s.t.
Starters: 134 Finishers: 54.
No cycling week-end would be the same without at least one young gun event in the Veneto area. And such region of northern Italy, home to countless stars of the pro peloton in the hsitory of this sport, grabbed a slice of the limelight also this past Sunday, courtesy of the 27th Gran Premio Ceda-Circuito Juvesport
, whose start/finish line was situated at Marano di Piave near Treviso. The winner of the 100-km challenge was one of the best U23 sprinting prospects around: Jacopo Guarnieri
. Unlike the aforementioned Costanzi, the teenage from Castelvetro Piacentino isn't a rookie here, as he made his debut in 2006, but similarly to the Unidelta new sprint master also Guarnieri was used to rock the sprints as a Junior (13 wins in the year 2005, when he used to leave his rivals battling it out over the runner-up spot ...) and apparently didn't lose his winning ways as he moved to a higher class.
High School duties kept him away from the podium for most of the past season (he won just once on the road, and once on the track), but now that he's done with them, he can start showing his colleagues who's the boss. The way he did as he came out like the wind in the last 50 meters to account for Barnardo Riccio and notably Argentina's Mauro Abel Richeze - winner at nearby San Michele di Piave seven days earlier - in the sprint. The Liquigas U23 branch velocista was a smart winner, as he was good at making the most out of the involuntary leadout he was given by the Sorelle Ramonda Parolin boys, working for Riccio, who didn't finish off their job. Reigning champion Fabrizio Amerighi and his Unione Ciclisti Trevigiani had a go at making it two in a row, but simply couldn't. Any breakaway attempts looked doomed to failure since the first portion of the race. Six brave riders (Boaro, Cecchin, Soprazzocco's winner Mancuso, plus Collodel, Zonca and Oss) gave it a early try, but were brought back into the pack. Later came Eddy Rosolen, appointed leader of the new team Moro Scott Bicycle Line, who made his own move with four laps to go, but didn't have better results. The peloton regrouped again, and drove the sprinters team to the line, where the Parolin team and Guarnieri put in their respective shows.
27th Gran Premio Ceda (Mareno di Piave, 100.8 km. - 1.19)
Top 10 Places
1. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita - Marchiol-Ima Famila) - 02h10'13" (46.446 kph)
2. Barnardo Riccio (Ita - Filmop-Sorelle Ramonda-Parolin) - s.t.
3. Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg - Modall Bici Team San Donà) - s.t.
4. Davide Tortella (Ita - Unidelta-Bottoli-Arvedi) - s.t.
5. Fabrizio Amerighi (Ita - UC Trevigiani-Dynamon) - s.t.
6. Filippo Baggio (Ita - Filmop-Sorelle Ramonda-Parolin) - s.t.
7. Andrea Piechele (Ita - UC Trevigiani-Dynamon) - s.t.
8. Marco Benfatto (Ita - Zalf Désirée-Fior) - s.t.
9. Andriy Kutalo (Ukr - San Marco-Concrete-Caneva) - s.t.
10. Valentino Borghesi (Ita - Moro Scott Bicycle Line) - s.t.
HE-GOT-IT! After a record number of top place finishes, but no victories at all, in the first couple weeks of the calendar, our man Sébastien Turgot (Vendée U) finally made it to the top of the podium
. Nope, the man didn't come first over the line in any races. BUT his outstanding regularity earned him the overall prize in the UCI-2.2 Trois Jours du Vaucluse
, a three-leg series that took place Friday thru Sunday in the south of France, aka the top young gun event of the past few days on French soil, that saw our man up against not just his usual opponents, but also some Continental teams all the way from the professional cycling ranks, like Agritubel and the Rabobank Espoirs crew. Turgot scored more points than France's former National RR Champion Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel) and Russian talent Andrei Klyuev, as well Sébastien Gredy (CC Etupes) and all other competitors.
First in Friday's opening stage was the Russian Yury Trofimov (Moscow Stars), who made a new addition to his season tally, after his recent triumph at Trophée de l'Essor Basque, as he powered away of the field with a timely move and held onto a small lead of eight seconds. But the "queen stage" of the contest was Saturday's hilly ride from Gordes to Cavaillon. That's when Trofimov's teammate Andrei Klyuev, Nicolas Vogondy and Sébastien Gredy broke clear and got to the finish. Oh yes, Sébastien Turgot was with them of course! Luyev continued Russia's winning streak, but the Vendée U-Pays de la Loire team superstar clinched the yellow jersey. Which he bravely held on to, with a huge help from his teammates, in Sunday's final round from Cavaillon to Pertuis, that came down to a field sprint with Danilo Wyss of Switzerland putting end to the Russian domination of the stages; Turgot had another top ten performance there, and such thing did nothing but increase his lead on his overall challengers. The 1984-born cyclist from Nantes entered his name in a list also featuring Irishman Mark Scanlon (winner of the 2002 edition) as well as dual victor Florent Brard (1998 and 2005), Hubert Dupont (2003) and last years champion René Mandri.
Trois Jours du Vaucluse - Stage 1 (Rasteau, 157.5 km)
Top 10 Places
1. Yuri Trofimov (Rus - Moscow Stars) - 03h42'34" (42.4 kph)
2. Juan-José Oroz (Spa - Orbea-Oreka Sda) - at 08"
3. Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa - Agritubel) - s.t.
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Den - Team Designa Kokken) - s.t.
5. Jérémy Galland (Fra - Auber 93) - s.t.
6. Romain Feillu (Fra - Agritubel) - s.t.
7. Jeremie Derangere (Fra - SCO Dijon) - s.t.
8. Mathieu Drujon (Fra - Auber 93) - s.t.
9. Thomas Bouteille (Fra - CC Etupes) - s.t.
10. Otxotorena Arraras (ESP - Orbea-Oreka SDA) - s.t..
Trois Jours du Vaucluse - Stage 2 (Gordes to Cavaillon, 158.3 km)
Top 10 Places
1. Andrei Klyuev (Rus - Moscow Stars) - 03h57'18" (40 kph)
2. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra - Agritubel) - s.t.
3. Sébastien Turgot (Fra - Vendée U-Pays de la Loire) - s.t.
4. Sébastien Gredy (Fra - CC Etupes) - s.t.
5. Martijn Keizer (Hol - Rabobank Espoirs) - at 24"
6. Freddy Bichot (Fra - Agritubel) - at 26"
7. Maxime Mederel (Fra - Auber 93) - s.t.
8. Tanel Kangert (Est - RO Saint-Amandoise) - s.t.
9. Michael Reihs (Den - Team Designa Kokken) - s.t.
10. Alexandre Blain (Fra - AVC Aixois Aix-en-Provence) - s.t.
Trois Jours du Vaucluse - Stage 3 (Cavaillon to Pertuis, 148 km)
Top 10 Places
1. Danilo Wyss (Swi - Hadimec) - 03h19'27" (44.5 kph)
2. Otxotorena Arraras (Spa - Orbea-Oreka Sda) - s.t.
3. Nicolas Jalabert (Fra - Agritubel) - s.t.
4. Alexandre Blain (Fra - AVC Aixois Aix-EN-Provence) - s.t.
5. Andrei Klyuev (Rus - Moscow Stars) - s.t.
6. Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol - Poland) - s.t.
7. Michael Reihs (Den - Designa-Kokken) - s.t.
8. Jeremie Derangere (Fra - SCO Dijon) - s.t.
9. Florent Barle (Fra - AVC Aixois Aix-en-Provence) - s.t.
10. Sébastien Turgot (Fra - Vendée U-Pays de la Loire) - s.t.
Trois Jours du Vaucluse (2.2) - Final GC: Top 10 Places
1. Sébastien Turgot (Fra - Vendée U-Pays de la Loire) - 10h59'27"
2. Nicolas Vogondy (Fra - Agritubel) - s.t.
3. Andrei Klyuev (Rus - Moscow Stars) - s.t.
4. Sébastien Gredy (Fra - CC Etupes) - s.t.
5. Martijn Keizer (Hol - Rabobank Espoirs) - at 24"
6. Alexandre Blain (Fra - AVC Aix-EN-Provence) - at 26"
7. Marco Jimenez (Swi - Hadimec) - s.t.
8. Francois Lamiraud (Fra - CR4C Roanne) - s.t.
9. Tanel Kangert (Est - RO Saint-Amandoise) - s.t.
10. Freddy Bichot (Fra - Agritubel) - s.t.
Nantes Rules! While a boy from the French city was stamping his authority on the race above, the Team U Nantes-Atlantique contingent went 1-2-3 in the 69th Circuit de la Vallée de la Loire
. Jonathan Thiré
, Mikaël Chérel (to become a professional rider with Française des Jeux) and Tarmo Raudsepp the mighty man from the Baltic - and past winner of this race - conquered the podium on home soil at Mouzeil. The team coached by directeur sportif Pascal Deramé got seven men (the top three place getters as well as Sylvain Cheval, Kevin Cherruault, Yoann Lucas and Alexandre Naulleau) in the sixteen-strong winning breakaway that featured also Grégory Chevillon, Laurent Deligne and Gwenaël Teillet (POCCL), Frédéric Bonsergent (UC Sud 53), Franck Charrier (CC Nogent-sur-Oise), Kevin Reza (Vendée U), Jean Marc Runavot (US Saint-Herblain), Christophe Diguet (Auber 93) and Sébastien Duret (Bretagne-Armor Lux). The peloton gave up the chase, and all the Nantes wondertrio had to do was attack the break during the final circuit. Needless to say, the three guys finished the race hand-in-hand, but as there was no room for a joint first place, it was Thiré who crossed the line first and took what was nothing short of a superb team victory. Their first win in the current season, coming after several failed attempts.
69th Circuit de la Vallée de la Loire (Ligné to Mouzeil, 158.5 km)
1. Jonathan Thiré (Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique) - 04h08'43"
2. Tarmo Raudsepp (Est - U Nantes-Atlantique) - s.t.
3. Mickaël Chérel (Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique) - s.t.
4. Grégory Chevillon (Fra - POCCL) - at 02'53"
5. Christophe Diguet (Fra - Auber 93) - s.t.
6. Kevin Cherruault (Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique) - s.t.
7. Gwenaël Teillet (Fra - POCCL) - s.t.
8. Laurent Deligne (Fra - POCCL) - s.t.
9. Yoann Lucas (Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique) - s.t.
10. Sylvain Cheval (Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique) - s.t.
11. Jean-Marc Runavot (Fra - US Saint-Herblain) - s.t.
12. Kevin Reza (Fra - Vendée U-Pays de la Loire) - s.t.
13. Sébastien Duret (Fra - Bretagne-Armor Lux) - s.t.
14. Alexandre Naulleau (Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique) - s.t.
15. Frédéric Bonsergent (Fra - UC Sud 53) - s.t.
The mighty men of Velo Club La Pomme Marseille replied to accomplishments from their northern colleagues of U Nantes-Atlantique with a similar smashing performance in the Var department of southern France. The "apple team" took all podium spots in Sunday's GP de Carqueiranne
, and became the most successful young gun equipe
so far in the French season, with four wins in the bag already. And with as many different riders as winners! After Julien Antomarchi (at GP de Peymeinade), Thierry Hupond (GP Rocheville), and Ruslan Sambis the Moldovan at GP Souvenir Jean-Masse, it was the turn of Latvia's Gatis Smukulis
, who recovered from muscular problems to clinch victory ahead of teammate Mathieu Fabry. For the first time we had an English-speaking cyclist on the podium too, as Australia's David Tanner, a "veteran" of the young gun circuit in France, filled in the remaining top three place. Even better, the team worked in perfect coordination without any needs for hearphones or anything like that. That was a sign of the current team harmony, and so it was also the lack of any kind of true sprint between Smukulis and Fabry: the pair crossed the line together.
To nobody's surprise, the race was basically an all-out battle of VC La Pomme and AVC Aixois. The cross-town rivalry between those two teams saw the men from Marseille deal a huge blow to their opponents from nearby Aix-ain-Provence this past Sunday. Guys from both squads got into the right breakaway with four laps (out of seven) of the 18-km. circuit to be covered. Miguel Tanguy, Colin Menc Molina, Alexandre Roger and Mika Nieminen of Finland tried to give the magnificent trio from a Marseille a hard time, but had to give up despite outnumbering their rivals. They managed to follow the move by rouleur Gatis Smukulis on the Canadel small ascent, but when "apple boy" Mathieu Fabry counter-attacked with 25k to go, only his Latvian teammate was capable of breaking clear with him. They continued their winning journey to the line, which they crossed hand-in-hand, while Tanner attacked the poor Aixois guys 7 km from the finish, and powered away towards the podium, coming in just 16 seconds behind his two teammates.
GP de Carqueiranne (126 km): Top 20 Places
1. Gatis Smukulis (Lat - VC La Pomme Marseille)
2. Mathieu Fabry (Fra - VC La Pomme Marseille)
3. David Tanner (Aus -VC La Pomme Marseille)
4. Yannick Maurin (Fra - VS Hyères)
5. Miguel Tanguy (Fra - AVC Aixois)
6. Guillaume De Gasquet (Fra - VC La Pomme Marseille)
7. Marc Faure (Fra - OCCV Draguignan)
8. Yann Durand (Fra - Martigues SC)
9. Colin Menc Molina (Fra - AVC Aixois)
10. Mika Nieminen (Fin - AVC Aixois)
11. Stevens Aubert (Fra - VS Hyères)
12. Kévin Pigaglio (Fra - VS Hyères)
13. Nikolai Mihailov (Bul - Martigues SC)
14. Julien Scandolera (Fra - CC Salon)
15. Baptiste Beth (Fra - VC Vallauris)
16. Henry Aracil (Fra - CC Salon)
17. Baptiste Ansaldi (Fra - VC Vitrolles)
18. Rémy Gauthier (Fra - Martigues SC)
19. Dominique Borelly (Fra - VC La Pomme Marseille)
20. Jonathan Brunel (Fra - VC La Pomme Marseille)
They changed their name to Team Moscow Stars. They lost top riders Sergei Kolesnikov and Alexander Kathuntsev to the pro team Unibet.com. But they kept their winning antics! The Russians from the former Omnibike Moscow squad continued their successful activities into the 52nd Grand Prix d'Ouverture Pierre Pinel
, held at Montastruc (Tarn-et-Garonne department of southern France) and won by the 1983-born Ivan Seledkov
from New Zealand's Peter Latham, with French prospect Blel Kadri in third.
The peloton had to cover a route of 139.5 kilometres, consisting of a first portion of 104.5 km. followed by five laps of a 5 kms final circuit. Seledkov and Kadri got into a breakaway group of five that formed in the last 40 km. and featured also another Russian (Roman Maximov) as well as France's Pierre Cazaux (Entente Sud Gascogne) and Johan Mombaerts (CA Castelsarrasin); but all of them were joined by about ten chasers before the bell lap was sounded. Still, Ivan the Terrible got into the action again as the race hit the Mur d'Angalinat. The Albi VS pair of Latham and Kadri followed his move, but couldn't do that much as the Team Moscow star proved to have the quickest legs in the three-man sprint.
GP d'Ouverture Pierre Pinel (139.5 km): Top 10 Places
1. Ivan Seledkov (Rus - Team Moscow Stars)
2. Peter Latham (NZl - Albi VS)
3. Blel Kadri (Fra - Albi VS)
4. Mickaël Szkolnik (Fra - Albi VS)
5. Johan Mombaerts (Fra - CA Castelsarrasin)
6. Yannick Marié (Fra - Entente Sud Gascogne)
7. Laurent Four (Fra - Lescar VS)
8. Thomas Lebas (Fra - Entente Sud Gascogne)
9. Viatcheslav Vilkov (Rus - Team Moscow Stars)
10. Roman Maximov (Rus - Team Moscow Stars)
When riding his mountain bike, he rocks the field with the Team Orbea jersey on his shoulders. When on the road, he wins for Creusot Cyclisme. And that's what Jean-Christophe Peraud
did this past week-end as he soloed in for the win in the Circuit de la Vallée du Bedat
. Moldova's Alexander Pluschin (Chambéry Cyclisme) and France's National ITT Champion in the Elite-2 class Jérôme Coppel (CR4C Roanne) secured the other top spots and kept the powerful Bretagne-Armor Lux - and Antoine Dalibard - from climbing the podium one more time. Peraud first got into a breakaway group of 22, and later launched a timely attack on his three last breakaway mates to take the win by a margin of over fifty seconds on Puschin, Coppel and Dalibard. Great Britain's Andrew Jackson rode to a twelfth-place finish, and David Smith of Velo Club Lyon-Vaux en Velin took 96th, a dozen minutes behind the race winner. Unfortunately the race was marred by the accident involving Samuel Bonnet
of the team Blois CAC 41 (younger brother of Crédit Agricole's professional rider William Bonnet), a former stagiaire with Cofidis and Française des Jeux, who fell and hit two cars in the last part of the race, and is currently in a critical condition at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Clermont-Ferrand as he suffered multiple fractures and more severe injuries.
8th Tour de Communes de la Vallée du Bedat (129.6 km)
Top 20 Places
1. Jean Christophe Péraud (Fra - Creusot Cyclisme) - 03h03'10"
2. Alexandr Pluschin (Mol - Chambéry Cycliste) - at 51"
3. Jérôme Coppel (Fra - CR4C) - at 52’"
4. Antoine Dalibard (Fra - Bretagne Armor Lux) - at 55"
5. Julien Fourrier (Fra - SCOD) - at 01'22"
6. Pawel Cieslik VC (Pol - Lyon Vaux en Velin) - at 01'50"
7. Florian Vachon EC (Fra - Montmarault Montluçon) - at 01'50"
8. Marc Denonfoux (Fra - CR4C) - at 01'50"
9. Guillaume Lejeune (Fra - Charvieu Chavagneux) - at 01'50"
10. Thomas Nosari (Fra - ECSEL) - at 01'50"
11. Aurélien Ribet (Fra - Blois CAC 41) - at 02'04"
12. Andrew Jackson (GBR - CGO) - at 04'23"
13. Wilfried Expertier (Fra - Charvieu Chavagneux) - at 04'23"
14. Nicolas Reynaud (Fra - Charvieu Chavagneux) - at 04'23"
15. Jean Charles Senac (Fra - Chambéry Cycliste) - at 04'50"
16. Cyril Lecler (Fra - Creusot Cyclisme) - at 05'10"
17. Fabien Copin (Fra - Blois CAC 41) - at 05'26"
18. Julien Rabaud (Fra - EC Montmarault Montluçon) - at 05'26"
19. Florian Courrège (Fra - Creusot Cyclisme) - at 05'26"
20. David De Vecchi (Fra - Creusot Cyclisme) - at 05'26"
Even if not part of the French Elite National calendar, the Paris-Ezy
race still is one of the top early season classics. The 2007 edition of the event was dominated by the Cyclo Club de Nogent-sur-Oise boys, with former professional rider Franck Perque
first at the summit finish line atop the Côte de la Couture, and finally able to open his season account after two other podium finishes, while teammate Brice Feillu was securing the runner-up spot. Too bad (for them) that the recent GC winner of the Plages Vendéennes circuit, Franck Vermeulen, used his excellent form to keep Yoann Offredo from competing the team domination of the podium.
Paris-Ezy: Top 5 Places
1. Franck Perque (Fra - CC Nogent-sur-Oise lisme)
2. Brice Feillu (Fra - CC Nogent-sur-Oise)
3. Franck Vermeulen (Fra - VC Rouen 76)
4. Yoann Offredo (Fra - CC Nogent-sur-Oise)
5. Benoît Daennick (Fra - UV Aube)
Bretagne-Armor Lux may have missed the podium in the Bedat valley, but sure they did not on the home roads of the 27th Route Bretonne
in the Morbihan area of Brittany. Even better, the Essor Basque dominators added a new jewel to their season palmares by gracing the top step of the podium with their star rider from Poland Piotr Zielinski
, who crossed the line ten seconds clear of Clément Mahé (Bic 2000); Freddy Ravaleu (VC Rouen 76) sat in spot number three for the second time this year, and Cyril Gautier narrowly failed to make Armor Lux's triumphal day complete, but still had his best performance in months.
Another excellent boy of the former Jean Floc'h powerhouse squad, David Le Lay, who has already experienced all three podium spots in 2007 early season races, stroke first after 25 km. About twenty riders followed his move, but the lead bunch later thinned to only three contenders: Matthieu Jeannes (Brest IC 2000), Jean-François Jégou (VCP Lorient) and Guillaume Le Floch for Bretagne-Armor Lux. The home team couldn't let things go like this anyway, and Gautier and Zielinski quickly regained the front (so did other riders) before taking turns in launching attack after attack. The good move was the last one from the Pole.
Route Bretonne / Souvenir Loïc Le Flohic (Saint-Avé, 150.6 km)
Top 20 Places
1. Piotr Zielinski (Pol - Bretagne-Armor Lux) - 03h39'29"
2. Clément Mahé (Fra - Brest IC 2000) - at 10"
3. Freddy Ravaleu (Fra - VC Rouen 76) - at 22"
4. Cyril Gautier (Fra - Bretagne-Armor Lux) - s.t.
5. Cyrille Noël (Fra - SuperSport 35-ACNC) - s.t.
6. Matthieu Jeannes (Fra - Brest IC 2000) - at 30"
7. (François Guimard (Fra - VCP Lorient) - s.t.
8. Julien Simon (Fra - SuperSport 35-ACNC) - s.t.
9. David Le Lay (Fra - Bretagne-Armor Lux) - s.t.
10. Jérôme Guisneuf (Fra - CC Castelbriantais) - s.t.
11. Jean Francois Jegou (Fra - VC Pays de Lorient) - s.t.
12. Guillaume Le Floch (Fra - Bretagne Armor Lux) - s.t.
13. Romain Lebreton (Fra - EC Etupes) - s.t.
14. Julien Gonnet (Fra - Super Sport 35 ACNC) - s.t.
15. Tristan Le Yondre (Fra - Super Sport 35 ACNC) - s.t.
16. Regis Geffroy (Fra - Cotes d'Armor Maitre Jacques) - s.t.
17. Jerome Beaufreton (Fra - Union Cycliste Cholet 49) - s.t.
18. Florian Hervo (Fra - Super Sport 35 ACNC) - s.t.
19. Arnaud Le Boulanger (Fra - EC Queven) - s.t.
20. Roger Cren (Fra - VC Pays de Lorien) - s.t.
One day prior to Zelinski's victory, the Melrandaise
(an Elite Regionale race, not part of the national calendar), kicked off the young gun season in both Brittany and the Morbihan area. A veteran of the French peloton like Salva Vilchez
(VC Pontivy) made a winning return to Breton roads as he got a great solo win ahead of his Breton (but racing with a non-Breton outfit) opponent Romain Lebreton (CC Etupes). The two guys first made it into a breakaway group of ten along with Vilchez's teammate Damien Le Tutour as well as Stéphane Conan (Hennebont Cyclisme), James Canévet (VS Quimper) Jacques Kernéis (Bic 2000), Simon Gouédard (OC Locminé), Jean Christophe Fagot (AC Lanester 56), Ludovic Poilvet (Côtes d’Armor Cyclisme) and Sébastien Cottier (UC Nantes Atlantique), but made the gap all by themselves in the last two laps, as Lebreton attacked and the future race winner was able to catch and subsequently drop him. Conan also rode clear of the group on the way to line, but wasn't "Barbarian" enough to join the leading pair and had to settle for the lowest step on the podium.
Melrandaise (124 km): Top 10 Places
1. Salva Jésus Vilchez (Fra - VC Pontivy) - 02h52'
2. Romain Le Breton (Fra - CC Etupes) - at 15"’
3. Stéphane Conan (Fra - Hennebont Cyclisme) - at 30"
4. J. Canévet (Fra - VS Quimper) - at 50"
5. Jacques Kernéis (Fra - Bic 2000) - s.t.
6. Simon Gouédard (Fra - OC Locminé) - s.t.
7. J. C. Fagot (Fra - Avenir Cycliste Lanester 56) - s.t.
8. Damien Le Tutour (Fra - VC Pontivy) - s.t.
9. Ludovic Poilvet (Fra - Côtes d’Armor Cyclisme) - s.t.
10. Sebastien Cottier (Fra - UC Nantes Atlantique) - at 01'15"
It's time for race openers in Normandy too. The D-Day (as in "Debut Day") was Sunday, and the D-Race was the Grand Prix d'Ouverture
starting/finishing at Saint-Hilaire du Harcouët
. Solo winner of such Elite Nationale event of 124 kilometres was Gaylord Cumont
of the USSA Pavilly-Barentin team (clinching their second victory in the season after Guillaume Blot opened their account at Plages Vendeénnes). Cumont and nine more fugitives made the gap very early into the race, and the newcomer to Pavilly-Barentin, aged 26, eventually scored ahead of fellow frenchmen Frédéric Lecrosnier (AC Octeville) and Benoît Legrix (VCB Vire).
Grand Prix d'Ouverture Saint-Hilaire du Harcouët (124 km)
Top 20 Places
1. Gaylord Cumont (Fra - USSA Pavilly-Barentin)
2. Frédéric Lecrosnier (Fra - AC Octeville)
3. Benoît Legrix (Fra - VCB Vire)
4. Alexandre Roux (Fra - UC Sablé)
5. Frédéric Lubach (Fra - VC Rouen 76)
6. Julien Mesnil (Fra - VC Evreux)
7. Raphaël Lesage (Fra - VC Rouen 76)
8. Jean-Michel Delarue (Fra - ES Gonfreville)
9. Mickaël Boulet (Fra - CC Ernée)
10. Vincent Cantero (Fra - AC Octeville)
11. Julien Foisnet (Fra - UC Cholet)
12. Benoit Ebrar (Fra - CCF Chámbery)
13. David Danion (Fra - UC Sable)
14. Romain Paillard (Fra - UC Sable)
15. Pascal Moisseron (Fra - EC Mayenne)
16. Mikael Diguet (Fra - UC Sable)
17. Arnaud Godet (Fra - CA Mantes)
18. Dany Godet (Fra - VCB Vire)
19. Guillaume Malle (Fra - USSAPB)
20. Guillaume Garnier (Fra - EC Mayenne)
On to the Basque Country of Spain, "crime scene" of Sunday's round three of the Copa de España series. The "Aitzondo Klasika", from Asteasu town to Zizurkil over 143.45 km. saw young Oscar Pujol
(recent addition to the Azpiru team) emerge as winner from the one-on-one battle with Gonzalo Zambrano (Fuenlabrada). Pujol, the son of a former professional cyclist, made the right move in the last kilometre and distanced himself from his breakaway - and presumably faster in a two-man sprint - companion. Toledo's own José Angel Rodríguez (Caja Castiilla La Mancha) snatched eighth place and maintained his lead in the Spanish Cup overall. One hundred eighty-five riders lined up for the start in excellent weather conditions. After the usual skirmishes (with the Caja Rural, Saunier Duval and Azpiru teams in the spotlight, and Caja Castilla La Mancha on the chasing side of the coin) ended, Pujol and Zambrano sent opposition a first clear message by breaking clear in the third passage over the Alkiza climb. They were later caught by five more riders, but as the race was back on such ascent, that once more proved decisive, with the line 33 km. away, the pair made another move ... the good one.
They quickly gained a good 01'15", but with Café Baque and Super Froiz chasing hard from behind, it looked the pair was going to be reeled again. It didn't happen though, as while climbing Alkiza for the fifth and last time (some 10k left), the pursuers gave up the fight, and one last attempt from Iker Aramendia (Lizarte), Mikel Nieve (Caja Rural), Josep Oriol Llesuy (Dictec-Costa Daurada), Carlos Capitán (Camargo) and the Cuban Luis Angel Romero (Café Mas Martín) didn't come to fruition, leaving those five guys to fight over the only podium spot still available, eventually taken Aramendia, of Miguel Indurain's own region Navarra. Rodríguez drove the bunch across the line at 18", and extended his advantage on closest GC threat Jesús López (Soctec-Huevar del Alfarafe), that finished five places behind him, to a good 27 points (133 v 106), with Zambrano in third. The Fuenlabrada leader missed the major prize, but took a big solace in winning all other classifications (mountains, hot spot and special sprints), and played a key part in helping his team take both stage victory and the overall lead from the Comunitat Valenciana U23 in the Teams standings. They will start fight off attacks to their leadership on home roads come March the 25th, the day of the next round, the Gran Premio Macario, running as usual in the Madrid area.
4th Aiztondo Klasikoa (Asteasu to Zizurkil, 143 km - 1.12.1)
Top 15 Places
1. Óscar Puyol (Spa - Azpiru) - 03h35'53" (39.92 kph)
2. Gonzalo Zambrano (Spa - Fuenlabrada) - at 01"
3. Iker Aramendia (Spa - Lizarte) - at 12"
4. Mikel Nieve (Spa - Caja Rural) - at 12"
5. Luis A. Romero Amarán (Cub - Cafemax) - at 12"
6. Oriol Llesuy (Spa - Ditec) - at 12"
7. Carlos Capitán (Spa - Camargo) - at 16"
8. J.A. Rodríguez (Spa - Caja Castillla) - at 17"
9. Juan C Escámez (Spa - Comunidad Valenciana) - at 17"
10. Pablo Hernán (Spa - Fuenlabrada) - at 17"
11. Rafael Rodríguez (Spa - Viña Magna) - at 17"
12. Carlos Juez (Spa - Bidelan) - at 17"
13. Jesús López (Spa - Soctec) - at 17"
14. Jesús Merino (Spa - Saunier Duval) - at 17"
15. Cecilio Gutiérrez (Spa - Andalucía Cajasur) - at 17"
Mountains: Gonzalo Zambrano (Spa - Fuenlabrada) - 18 p.
Metas Volantes: Gonzalo Zambrano (Spa - Fuenlabrada) - 9 p.
Special Sprints: Gonzalo Zambrano (Spa - Fuenlabrada) - 5 p.
Teams: Fuenlabrada - 10h47'23"
The last dish of today's young gun menu is ... kiwis and oranges. Edition number ten of the three-stage Trofeo Diputación
ran over the weekend in the Alicante province of Spain, famous (as much as the whole Valencia region is) for its orange production. And saw the Kiwis of the New Zealand National squad, led by Elite-2 Hayden Roulston, in attendance, even if not having outstanding performances. The winner of the opener against the clock as cycling made its way back to Calpe
- just two days after Alessandro Petacchi's royal sprint in the Tour of Valencia second stage - was the Spaniard José Esteban Parra
. The Alfus rider completed the 3,600 m course in five hundredths of a second less than José Luis Ruiz of the Comunitat Valenciana, the team that secured the other top three spot too. Ireland's Dermot Nally finished 12th, while the stage results of the New Zealand athletes can be found down in the page.
Saturday's second leg around the hamlet of Altea was the decider in determining the overall winner, and turned into a one-man show starring José Belda of the Cosaor team, who powered to a sensational solo victory and left the bunch, led home by two teammates of his, one minute and eighteen seconds behind. As one may have suspected, the "home team" Cosaor-Costa de Azahar dominated the leaderboard in the team rankings, with the New Zealand squad in seventh place, while Wesley Gough and Sam Bewly got into the stage top 20.
The last stage, finishing into Alicante, came down to a field sprint, and the Comundad Valenciana U23 branch could finally get the win they'd been longing for, courtesy of the fast legs of the Belgian Marcel Six, who outsprinted two Russians (Kaykov and Shehekundy). José Belda crossed the line in spot number 20, straight ahead of Bewly, and easily retained his lead to claim overall victory.
Much of the Trofeo Diputación peloton will be soon back to this land for the upcoming 21st Vuelta a Alicante (March 14-18).
10th Trofeo Diputación Round 1 - Calpe ITT (3.6 km - 1.12.2)
Top 20 Places
1. PARRA, José Esteban (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - 04’02"
2. RUIZ, José Luis (Spa - Comunitat Valenciana) - s.t.
3. VIGIL, Andrés (Spa - Comunitat Valenciana) - at 01"
4. KAYKOV, Valeri (Rus - Lokomotiv) - at 01"
5. SERRANO, Rafael (Spa - Saunier Duval) - at 03"
6. DOMINGUEZ, Sergio (Spa - Soctec Huevar) - at 03"
7. CHUZDA, Dmytro (Ukr - Comunitat Valenciana) - at 04"
8. RIOS, Miguel (Spa - Comunitat Valenciana) - at 05"
9. IGANYEV, Dimitri (Rus - Lokomotiv) - at 07"
10. SHEHEKUNDY, Vladimir (Spa - Lokomotiv) - at 07"
11. CUESTA, José Manuel (Spa - Soctec Huevar) - at 08"
12. NALLY, Dermot (Irl - Cafemax) - at 09"
13. SIX, Marcel (Bel - Comunitat Valenciana) - at 09"
14. ARANZAZU, William (Spa - COSAOR) - at 10"
15. ORTEGA, Ximo Joaquin (Spa - COSAOR) - at 10"
16. MARTINEZ, Andres (Spa - Soctec Huevar) - at 10"
17 GARCIA, Vicente (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - at 10"
18. TOLEDO, Victor (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - at 11"
19. BELDA, José (Spa - COSAOR) - at 12"
20. SERRA, Inocencio (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - at 12"
22. GOUGH, Westley (Nzl - New Zealand National Team) - at 13"
33. BEWLEY, Sam (Nzl - New Zealand National Team) - at 17"
44. RYAN, Marc (Nzl - New Zealand National Team) - at 22"
49. ROULSTON, Hayden (Nzl - New Zealand National Team) - at 25"
66. SERGENT, Jesse (Nzl - New Zealand National Team) - at 39"
10th Trofeo Diputación Round 2 - Altea (85 km. - 1.12.2)
Top 20 Places
1. BELDA, José (Spa - COSAOR) - 02h16'10" (37.45 km/h)
2. ORTEGA, Ximo Joaquin (Spa - COSAOR) - at 01'18"
3. GUTIERREZ, David (Spa - COSAOR) - s.t.
4. RUIZ, José Luis (Spa - Comunitat Valenciana) - s.t.
5. VIGIL, Andrés (Spa - Comunitat Valenciana) - s.t.
6. SERRANO, Rafael (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
7. MARQUEZ, Florentino (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
8. TOLEDO, Victor (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
9. COLOME, Oriol (Spa - Viveros Alcanar) - s.t.
10. ZUGASTI, Ibon (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
11. GARCIA, Vicente (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
12. SHEHEKUNDY, Vladimir (Rus - Lokomotiv) - s.t.
13. DOMINGUEZ, Sergio (Spa - Soctec Huevar) - s.t.
14. GARCIA, Alvaro (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
15. BERENGUER, Jordi (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
16. SERRA, Inocencio (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
17. RYBAKOV, Alexander (Rus - Lokomotiv) - s.t.
18. CANO, Jose Javier (Spa - COSAOR) - s.t.
19 GOUGH, Westley (Nzl - New Zealand National Team) - s.t.
20. BEWLEY, Sam (Nzl - New Zealand National Team) - s.t.
10th Trofeo Diputación Round 3 - Alicante (121 km. - 1.12.2)
Top 20 Places
1. SIX, Marcel (Bel - Comunitat Valenciana) - 02h59'54"
2. KAYKOV, Valery (Rus - Lokomotiv) - s.t.
3. SHEHEKUNDY, Vladimir (Rus - Lokomotiv) - s.t.
4. VILLALGORDO, Francisco (Spa - Supermercados Froiz) - s.t.
5. CUESTA, José Manuel (Spa - Soctec Huevar) - s.t.
6. CANO, José Luis (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
7. PEREZ, Francisco (Spa - Soctec Huevar) - s.t.
8. ORTEGA, Ximo Joaquin (Spa - COSAOR) - s.t.
9. RUIZ, José Luis (Spa - Comunitat Valenciana) - s.t.
10. GARCIA, Vicente (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
11. DOMINGUEZ, Sergio (Spa - Soctec Huevar) - s.t.
12. ZUGASTI, Ibon (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
13. MARQUEZ, Florentino (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
14. SERRA, Inocencio (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
15. IGANYEV, Dimitri (Rus - Lokomotiv) - s.t.
16. GARCIA, Alvaro (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
17. SERRANO, Rafael (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
18. TOLEDO, Victor (Spa - Univ. Polit. Valencia) - s.t.
19. PONCE, Alberto (Spa - Comunitat Valenciana) - s.t.
20. BELDA, José (Spa - COSAOR) - s.t.
Young Guns News Roundup # 1 (02/20/2007) Boucles Catalanes
Route de l'Atlantique
Boucles de la Soule
Circuit des Plages Vendéennes Round 1 (Perrier)
Ronde du Canigou
Circuit de la Nive
Circuit des Plages Vendéennes Round 2 (Luçon)
Grand Prix de Peymeinade
41st Circuito del Guadiana
Young Guns News Roundup # 2 (02/23/2007)
Circuit des Plages Vendéennes Round 3 (Saint-Urbain)
Ronde du Pays-Basque
Circuit des Plages Vendéennes Round 4 (Saint-Julien-des-Landes)
Le Tour du Labourd
Young Guns News Roundup # 3 (02/27/2007) Coppa San Geo
Memorial Giuseppe Polese
Trofeo Caduti di Soprazocco
GP Lavi (Circuito di Paderno)
GP La Torre Fucecchio
Gran Premio d'Apertura Fermo
Circuit des Plages Vendéennes Round 5 (Chantonnay)
GP Souvenir Jean Masse
Circuit des Plages Vendéennes Round 6 (Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie)
Trophée de l'Essor Basque
Subida a la Sierra de los Califas
GP Inauguració Memorial Joaquim Sabaté
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