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Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 5
 
By Andy McGrath
Date: 9/7/2004
Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 5
 

After the second longest road stage yesterday, there came the second shortest road stage, and only because of a mere 500m! Following an attack from his teammate Alain van Katwijk (Bankgiroloterij), Jesper van de Wal went off on his own. On the first climb, the Cote de Montigny, after 46km, the Dutchman already had 4'10" as he crested the hill alone, with polka-dotty Yannick Talabardon leading the peloton behind. A few kilometres on, dangerous sprinter Jonas Holmkvist (Team Bianchi Nordic) and Russia's Andrei Pchelkin, who was involved in a breakaway earlier this week.

Finally at the 72km mark, just after the intermediate sprint which the Bankgiroloterij man led through, the two chasers caught the lone man in front, and they began to share the workload. Holmkvist took both intermediate sprints, meanwhile, at the Entrange-Cit part of the course. With about 16km to go and the peloton closing in, van der Wal unfortunately punctured but there was no way his companions were going to wait, and they kept up the pace while the peloton soon swallowed him up. With 11km to go, at the top of the Cote de Distroff, the 22 year old former Swedish champion led Pchelkin over the top, with Talabardon only 20" behind and dragging the pack with him for an inevitable bunch sprint.

Caught with ten kilometres to go, the French teams fought to get their men in the best positions. In the final sprint, pilot fish Anthony Geslin led young teammate Sébastien Chavanel out and he blasted out of Geslin's slipstream and held off a strong challenge from Fdjeux.com's next-big-Aussie-thing Mark Renshaw for his third victory of this Tour de l'Avenir, and one that finally gave him a stronghold in the points competition as the previously consistent green jersey wearer Steven Caethoven finished over 7 minutes back. Furthermore, Chavanel is actually creeping stealthily up the general classification, and now lies fifth 14 seconds down. The question is, are there enough flat stages and sprints for him to take yellow by dein of time bonuses? Still, on this first week's showing alone, the younger Chavanel brother, at 22, has as much potential, albeit in a different field to his frere Sylvain, and could be one of the French stars of the future.

Stage 5 - Stenay-Yutz, 141.5km - Top 20
1 012 CHAVANEL Sébastien FRA BLB 3h 34' 30"
2 033 RENSHAW Mark AUS FDJ 00' 00"
3 116 LUHOVYY Roman UKR RAG 00' 00"
4 051 LEQUATRE Geoffroy FRA C.A 00' 00"
5 204 ILESIC Aldo Ino SLO PER 00' 00"
6 024 MANGEL Laurent FRA FRA 00' 00"
7 095 GAZTANAGA Mikel ESP BAQ 00' 00"
8 093 ELORRIAGA Unai ESP BAQ 00' 00"
9 184 MAMYROV Bakhtiyar KAZ CAP 00' 00"
10 042 BURGHARDT Marcus GER GER 00' 00"
11 212 BRESCHEL Matti DEN TPH 00' 00"
12 003 FERNANDEZ Koldo ESP EUS 00' 00"
13 124 LECHNER Petr CZE CZE 00' 00"
14 084 PICHLER Michael AUT AUT 00' 00"
15 183 DYMOVSKIKH Alexandr KAZ CAP 00' 00"
16 043 HAUSSLER Heinrich GER GER 00' 00"
17 143 MERTENS Pieter BEL VLA 00' 00"
18 206 MARIN Matej SLO PER 00' 00"
19 142 DE SCHROODER Benny BEL VLA 00' 00"
20 152 BOUCHER David FRA MIX 00' 00"

General Classification after Stage 5
1 132 CESAR VELOSO Gustavo ESP REB 17h 48' 00"
2 064 FARRAR Tyler USA USA 00' 04"
3 171 RENANG Petter SWE TBN 00' 05"
4 031 LÖVKVIST Thomas SWE FDJ 00' 06"
5 012 CHAVANEL Sébastien FRA BLB 00' 14"
6 195 VAN DULMEN Frank NED BGL 00' 17"
7 162 DE KORT Koen NED RB3 00' 17"
8 036 VAUGRENARD Benoît FRA FDJ 00' 19"
9 211 CHRISTENSEN Mads DEN TPH 00' 20"
10 131 DUENAS NEVADO Moises ESP REB 00' 21"
11 173 HOLMKVIST Jonas SWE TBN 00' 21"
12 004 IRIZAR Markel ESP EUS 00' 22"
13 016 SPRICK Matthieu FRA BLB 00' 22"
14 205 KVASINA Matija CRO PER 00' 24"
15 163 DE MAAR Marc NED RB3 00' 26"
16 085 ROHREGGER Thomas AUT AUT 00' 26"
17 181 IGLINSKIY Maxim KAZ CAP 00' 27"
18 165 GILING Bas NED RB3 00' 29"
19 091 LOPEZ GARCIA David ESP BAQ 00' 31"
20 055 LEMOINE Cyril FRA C.A 00' 31"

Points Competition
1 012 CHAVANEL Sébastien FRA BLB 114 pts
2 141 CAETHOVEN Steven BEL VLA 87 pts
3 051 LEQUATRE Geoffroy FRA C.A 84 pts

King of the Mountains Competition
1 151 TALABARDON Yannick FRA MIX 30 pts
2 191 VAN DER WAL Eelke NED BGL 20 pts
3 103 PCHELKIN Andrey RUS RUS 12 pts

Team Competition
1 RABOBANK RB3 53h 24' 18"
2 FDJEUX.COM FDJ 00' 27"
3 BANKGIROLOTERIJ BGL 00' 48"

Thanks to letour.com for info and results.

 
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