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Young Guns News Roundup #11 (04/05/2007)
By Fabio
Date: 4/5/2007
Young Guns News Roundup #11 (04/05/2007)

Our small mid-week report on the stars of tomorrow focuses on the U Factor in France, as Team U Nantes-Atlantique won Grand Prix U, and Vendée U demolished opposition in a minor stage race. Plus, we get back talking about the Italian sensation Francesco Ginanni and his win at GP Mercatale, and post a preview of the upcoming "Tryptique des Monts et Chateaux" in Belgium.

Due to the Easter Holiday, our following report to come the next week could be a more reduced one. In the meantime … let us wish you all a very happy Easter!

For the third time in four years, the U Nantes-Atlantique crew stamped their authority on their home race, the Grand Prix U in the lands of Brittany, held in the north-west of France Wednesday. After the Australian Simon Gerrans took the spoils in 2004, and Britain's Jonathan Dayus did for the Nantes-based side the following year, this time the winner was a French-speaker: young Mikaël Chérel. Waiting to join the professional cycling team Française des Jeux, the boy from Saint Brice de Landelles (Normandy) kept himself busy opening his 2007 accont in the U23 class as he prevailed over breakaway companions Frédéric Lubach (VC Rouen 76), Pascal Harnois (UC Briochine) and Romain Lebreton (CC Etupes). The quartet broke clear of the peloton with about 50 kilometres to go. They couldn't gain more than a minute or so over the field, but succeeded in keeping chasers at bay, and Chérel did the rest down the final straight, thus taking the season's tally of his team up to three victories, as Jonathan Thiré, Tarmo Raudsepp and the same Mikaël wrapped up the top three spot at Circuit de la Vallée de la Loire and Kevin Cherruault had made it two at Nantes-Segré (reports and results of both races can be found in the links at the bottom of the page). Bradley Fairall was the only English-speaking finisher in the 2007 edition of the event.

Grand Prix U Results
1. Mikaël Chérel (Fra - U Nantes-Atlantique)
2. Frédéric Lubach (Fra - VC Rouen 76)
3. Pascal Harnois (Fra - UC Briochine)
4. Romain Lebreton (Fra - CC Etupes)
5. Julien Fouchard (Fra - Côtes d'Armor-Maître Jacques)
6. Vincent Guégo (Fra - Pôle Espoirs Saint-Brieuc)
7. Denis Cioban (Mol - SuperSport 35-ACNC)
8. Guillaume Perrin (Fra - CC Liffré)
9. Gaëtan Guernion (Fra - Brest IC 2000)
10. Jérôme Barbey (Fra - CA Mantes-la-Ville)
11. Stéphane Simon (Fra - Brest IC 2000)
12. Franck Vermeulen (Fra - VC Rouen 76)
13. Jacques Kernéis (Fra - Brest IC 2000)
14. Florian Auberger (Fra - Pôle Espoirs Saint-Brieuc)
15. Bradley Fairall (Can - SuperSport 35-ACNC)

Another home win came in France the past few days. Better, a total domination of the peloton, as the Vendée U riders captured all top five spots in the final classification of the ninth 2 Jours Leclerc des Olonnes. Alexandre Bousseau took the opening stage from team-mate and fellow escapee Damien Gaudin, with Sébastien Turgot filing in the other podium place at one minute and twenty seconds. The Vendean powerhouse demolished opposition in the Team TT of 21.5 km held sunday morning, averaging close to 50 kph and doing better than POCCL by 01'24", with third place finishers of Blois Club Avenir Cyclisme 41 a further ten seconds down. Alex Bousseau held onto his yellow jersey in Sunday afternoon's third an final leg, marred by adverse weather conditions, and won by Sylvain Georges (Blois CAC 41), recent winner of Prix de la Municipalité de Saint Savin (see roundup #8B) who happened to be also "best of the rest" in the overall as he finished sixth on the GC.

2 Jours Leclerc des Olonnes - Final GC: Top 10 Places
1. Alexandre Bousseau (Fra - Vendée U) - 05h56'07"
2. Damien Gaudin (Fra - Vendée U) - at 13"
3. Sébastien Turgot (Fra - Vendée U) - at 16"
4. Ludovic Bret (Fra - Vendée U) - at 01'33"
5. Gert Joeaar (Est - Vendée U) - s.t.
6. Sylvain Georges (Fra - Blois CAC 41) - at 02'43"
7. Laurent Deligné (Fra - POCCL) - at 02'58"
8. David Boisseau (Fra - POCCL) - s.t.
9. Didier Crochet (Fra - POCCL) - s.t.
10. Gwenaël Teillet (Fra - POCCL) - s.t.

Stage Winners:
Stage 1: Alexandre Bousseau (Fra - Vendée U)
Stage 2: Vendée U (Team TT)
Stage 3: Sylvain Georges (Fra - Blois CAC 41)

With five victories in the bag in the space of just one month – three of which over the past nine days – Francesco Ginanni is definitely the "man of the moment" on the Italian cycling scene. The Tuscan prospect showcased his talent also in past years, such that he wore the Italian NT jersey at the last World Champs, but is getting even better this season, as he's just two wins away from equalling his 2006 record. We are likely going to see him against the big guns of the professional peloton soon, walking the same way walked by other (former) members of his current squad Finauto-Neri-Lucchini-Zoccorinese, like Giovanni Visconti and Dmytro Grabovskky (the Ukrainian is still recovering for the car accident he had a couple weeks ago, by the way). In the meantime the fellow townsman of Squadra Azzurra coach Franco Ballerini, and a "student" at the "Bike Racing University" of another former professional turned successful Direttore Sportivo (Luca Scinto) keeps rocking both in Italy and abroad.

His latest show took place at Mercatale Valdarno near Florence (see our most recent roundup). It took a couple legs like Ginanni's for Tuscan riders to get back to victory on home roads for the first time since 1969 (!!!). And it took a white-and-blue framed Specialized bike, which he was riding for the first time, for Francesco to accomplish such task. He finished off great team efforts also featuring domestiques Mirenda, Vona, Maksim Belkov, Davide Ricci Bitti and Simone Stortoni, and obviously Scinto. "I have always wanted to win this race, so I'm extremely happy I got it" Ginanni said in after-race interviews at Mercatale, adding that "I am in very good shape in this period, albeit not as good as I was the past month of September. Everything went fine on the road, we lifted the pace in the last three laps, thinning down the peloton, to about twenty riders as competition came to the bell. Simone (Stortoni) was one of them, and it was him who set me up for the sprint, leading me out until 150m from the finish". But Ginanni dedicated his victory to one man, and one man only: "Luca (Scinto). I promised that, in case of victory in this race, I would have dedicated it just to him. And I am glad that now I can keep my promise".

A few pictures of the Mercatale race are available in the Finauto Team message board

Triptyques des Monts & Chateaux - Preview

The US Development Team will be up against the Rabobank Espoirs and 19 more squads in the 12th Triptyques des Monts & Chateaux (Mountains and Castles Trilogy), to run in the French speaking side of Belgium – but with the starting short fired in France - over the Easter weekend. The team to beat is certainly Rabobank that, after claiming their fourth straight victory at Tour of Normandy (see our most recent roundups) will be aiming for a carbon copy of last year's accomplishments in this contest. Not an easy task to do, as the Mini-Rabos rode like cannibals in the 2006 race, with Hubb Duyn, Lars Boom and Dmitriy Kozontchuk (twice) taking all stage victories at stake, and Boom ending atop the overall. Plus, they are expected to meet stiff opposition this coming weekend, not only from the U.S. squad (fielding John Devine as top rider plus Chad Beyer, Brent Bookwalter, Ben Bradshaw, Sheldon Deeny, Caleb Fairly and Bjorn Selander) but also from some Belgian teams going for home glory as well as the German NT, the strong Velo Club Mendrisio from Switzerland, the Vendée U guys and the Moscow Stars: even without their top rider Yury Trofimov, the mighty boys from Russia keep their potential to have high impact on the event intact.

The stages are as follows:

Saturday, April 7th 2007
Stage 1 (Vieux-Condé (France) to Quevaucamps - 167.3 km)

Sunday, April 8th 2007
Stage 2A (Vieux-Leuze, 8.4 km - ITT)
Stage 2B (Ath to Tournai, 121.4 km)

Monday, April 9th 2007
Stage 3 (Château de Beloeil to Flobecq, 149,9 km)

Races and Winners

Young Guns News Roundup #1 (02/20/2007)

  • Boucles Catalanes Alexandre Blain
  • Circuit Méditerranéen Benjamin Giraud
  • Route de l'Atlantique Giovanni Carini
  • Boucles de la Soule Charles Guilbert
  • Plages Vendéennes #1 (Perrier) Mathieu Drujon
  • La Tramontane Jérémie Dérangère
  • Ronde du Canigou Jérémie Dérangère
  • Circuit de la Nive David Le Lay
  • Plages Vendéennes #2 (Luçon) Mathieu Drujon
  • Grand Prix de Peymeinade Julien Antomarchi
  • 41st Circuito del Guadiana Pedro José Vera

    Young Guns News Roundup #2 (02/23/2007)

  • Plages Vendéennes #3 (Saint-Urbain) Jérémie Galland
  • Ronde du Pays-Basque Stéphane Bonsergent
  • Plages Vendéennes #4 (Saint-Julien-des-Landes) Bastien Delrot
  • Le Tour du Labourd Stephane Petilleau

    Young Guns News Roundup #3 (02/27/2007)

  • Coppa San Geo Hrvoje Miholijevic
  • Memorial Giuseppe Polese Mauro Abel Richeze
  • GP Firenze-Empoli Cristian Benenati
  • Trofeo Caduti di Soprazocco Salvatore Mancuso
  • GP Brefer Edoardo Costanzi
  • GP Lavi (Circuito di Paderno) Marcello Pavarin
  • GP La Torre Fucecchio Uladzimir Autka
  • Gran Premio d'Apertura Fermo Davide D'Angelo
  • Souvenir Vietto-Gianello Thierry Hupont
  • Plages Vendéennes #5 (Chantonnay) Bastien Delrot
  • GP Souvenir Jean Masse Ruslan Sambris
  • Plages Vendéennes #6 (Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie) Gert Joeaar
  • Trophée de l'Essor Basque Yuri Trofimov (Overall)
  • Trofeo Guerrita Jesús Buendia
  • Subida a la Sierra de los Califas José Luis Roldan
  • GP Inauguració Memorial Joaquim Sabaté Àlex Mollà
  • Gran Premio Caja Cantabria Mikel Olano

    Young Guns News Roundup #4 (03/03/2007)

  • Plages Vendéennes #7 (Saint Maixent sur Vie) Guillaume Blot
  • Plages Vendéennes #8 (Moutiers) Franck Vermeulen
  • Trofeo ZSSDI Unione Circoli Sportivi Sloveni in Italia - PREVIEW

    Young Guns News Roundup # 5 (03/06/2007)

  • Trofeo ZSSDI Unione Circoli Sportivi Sloveni in Italia Simone Ponzi
  • Coppa Città di Melzo Edoardo Costanzi
  • Coppa Belricetto / Memorial Gualandi Matteo Busato
  • Gran Premio Apertura Città di Pescara Sante Di Nizio
  • Trofeo Colline Capannoresi Francesco Ginanni
  • Gran Premio Ceda Jacopo Guarnieri
  • Trois Jours du Vaucluse Sébastien Turgot (Overall)
  • Circuit de la Vallée de la Loire Jonathan Thiré
  • GP de Carqueiranne Gatis Smukulis
  • GP d'Ouverture Pierre Pinel Ivan Seledkov
  • Tour des Communes de la Vallée du Bedat Jean Christophe Péraud
  • Paris-Ezy Franck Perque
  • Route Bretonne / Souvenir Loïc Le Flohic Piotr Zielinski
  • Melrandaise Salva Jésus Vilchez
  • Grand Prix d'Ouverture Saint-Hilaire du Harcouët Gaylord Cumont
  • Aiztondo Klasikoa Óscar Puyol
  • Trofeo Diputación Alicante José Belda (Overall)

    Young Guns News Roundup # 6 (03/13/2007)

  • Giro delle Tre Province Jacopo Guarnieri
  • Circuito di San Urbano Jacopo Guarnieri
  • Piccola Coppa Agostoni Luca Zanderigo
  • Trofeo Balestra Simone Ponzi
  • Coppa San Bernardino Sacha Modolo
  • Trofeo Gruppo Meccaniche Luciani Corridonia Anton Sintsov
  • GP Ville de Lillers / Souvenir Bruno Comini Benoît Daeninck
  • Circuit des 4 Cantons Nikolas Cotret
  • GP de la ville de Villefranche / Mathias Nomblot Gatis Smukulis
  • Manche Atlantique Sébastien Duret
  • Paris-Evreux Jérémie Galland
  • Vienne Classic Espoirs Damien Gaudin
  • GP Ayuntamiento Camargo / Mem. Tinin Castañera David Gutiérrez
  • GP San José / Memorial Echevarría Juan José Lobato
  • Gran Premio Ciclista Chiclanero Jorge Martín Montenegro
  • Porec Trophy Marko Kump

    Young Guns News Roundup #7A (03/21/2007)

  • Bordeaux-Saintes Evgeny Sokolov (Overall)
  • Vuelta a Alicante / GP San Antonio Rafael Rodríguez (Overall)
  • Vuelta Ciclista a Valladolid José Angel Rodríguez (Overall)
  • Istrian Spring Trophy Edvald Boasson Hagen (Overall)

    Young Guns News Roundup #7B (03/21/2007)

  • Trofeo Memorial Fratelli Gandolfi Cristiano Fumagalli
  • Trofeo Edilizia Mogetta Francesco Lasca
  • GP San Giuseppe Montecassiano Andrey Solomennikov
  • Popolarissima Mauro Abel Richeze
  • Trofeo Antonietto Rancilio Matteo Scaroni
  • Trofeo Cesab Francesco Ginanni
  • GP Calzifici e Calzaturifici Stabbiesi Enrico Montanari
  • Souvenir Louison Bobet Nikolas Cotret
  • Paris-Troyes Yuri Trofimov
  • Nantes-Segré Kévin Cherruault
  • Maillot des Jeunes #1 (Montfort-sur-Risle) Guillaume Malle
  • Circuit du Morbihan / Trophée Jean Floc'h Guillaume Le Floc'h
  • Trofeo Iberdrola Andrés Avelino Antuña
  • Memorial Pedro Zamora / GP Bahía Mazarrón Jaume Rovira
  • Giro del Mendrisiotto Andreas Dietziker

    Young Guns News Roundup #8A (03/27/2007)

  • Milano-Busseto / Trofeo Auto Boreri Jan Stannard
  • Piccola Sanremo Luca Zanderigo
  • GP Artigiani Sediai e Mobilieri di Grosso Alessandro Raisoni
  • Coppa Caduti Buscatesi Alessandro Formentelli
  • Coppa del Grano Enrico Magazzini
  • Circuito di Orsago / Memorial Fratelli Mion Federico Masiero
  • GP San Giuseppe Marane di Sulmona Francesco De Bonis
  • Bolghera Simone Stortoni

    Young Guns News Roundup #8B (03/27/2007)

  • Classic Loire-Atlantique Nicolas Jalabert
  • Boucles du Sud Ardèche Evgeny Sokolov
  • Roue Tourangelle Yury Trofimov
  • Troyes-Dijon Cédric Pineau
  • Flèche de Locminé Cyrille Noël
  • Trophée des Bastides Blel Kadri
  • Grand Prix de Buxerolles Perrig Quémeneur
  • Prix de la Municipalité de Saint Savin Sylvain Georges
  • Ontur-Ontur José Angel Rodríguez
  • Gran Premio Macario Francisco Torrella
  • Trofeu Joan Escolà Flavien Chipault
  • Campionat de Sabadell Leonid Krasnov
  • Vuelta a Cartagena Jesús Buendia Romero (Overall)

    Young Guns News Roundup #9 (03/29/2007)

  • Trofeo Mario Zanchi Francesco Ginanni
  • Gran Premio della Possenta Edoardo Costanzi
  • Gran Premio Liberazione - PREVIEW
  • Giro delle Regioni - PREVIEW
  • Tour de Normandie - Stage 1 Lars Boom
  • Tour de Normandie - Stage 2 Mattia Gavazzi
  • Tour de Normandie - Stage 3 Mattia Gavazzi
  • Tour de Normandie - Stage 4 Mattia Gavazzi
  • GP Waregem Enrico Montanari

    Young Guns News Roundup #10A (04/03/2007)

  • Trofeo Edil C Paolo Tomaselli
  • Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza Manuel Belletti
  • Trofeo Alta Valle del Tevere Marco Stefani
  • Trofeo FPT Tapparo Sergey Rudaskov
  • Coppa Caduti di Reda Federico Vitali
  • Coppa Fiera di Mercatale Francesco Ginanni
  • Giro Valle d’Aosta - PREVIEW
  • Tour of Friuli Venezia Giulia - PREVIEW

    Young Guns News Roundup #10B (04/03/2007)

  • Tour de Normandie - Stage 5 Andrey Klyuev
  • Tour de Normandie - Stage 6 Kristof De Zutter
  • Tour de Normandie - Stage 7 Noan Lelarge
  • Tour de Normandie - Stage 8 Edvald Boasson Hagen
  • Tour de Normandie - Overall Martijn Maaskant
  • GP de Saint-Etienne Loire Jérémie Dérangère
  • Prix Gilbert Bousquet Piotr Zielinski
  • Boucles Guégonnaises Stéphane Bonsergent
  • Tour du Canton de Saint-Ciers - Stage 1 Yury Trofimov
  • Tour du Canton de Saint-Ciers - Stage 2 Gilles Canouet
  • Tour du Canton de Saint-Ciers - Overall Yury Trofimov
  • Boucles du Canton de Picquigny Franck Perque
  • Maillot des Jeunes #2 (Torigni-sur-Vire) Tomasz Olejnik
  • Annemasse-Bellegarde et Retour Jérémie Dérangère
  • GP Fêtes de Cénac & Saint-Julien Jean-Luc Delpech

    Young Guns News Roundup #10C (04/03/2007)

  • Memorial Valenciaga Mikel Nieve
  • GP Primavera Amorebieta Salvador Guardiola
  • GP Portugal / Taças das Nações - Stage 1 Francesco Ginanni
  • GP Portugal / Taças das Nações - Stage 2 Jonas Jörgensen
  • GP Portugal / Taças das Nações - Stage 3 Victor Rodrigues
  • GP Portugal / Taças das Nações - Overall Victor Rodrigues
  • GP Valloton Sven Schelling

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