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

The seventh stage of the Tour de l'Avenir saw some of the best young riders in the world going from Metz to Rambervilliers, over 146km. With the relatively short distance, the atmosphere was very cagey with the peloton determined to not risk giving a break a large amount of time to play with. A six man escape got away, including Geslin (Brioches la Boulangeres) and Fernandez of Euskaltel-Euskadi, but it was pulled back within 40km, with the time gap always kept low by a vigilant peloton.

Attacking off a dangerous group of a dozen or so riders with 20km to go, as they were being caught by the peloton, Lars Bak (Bankgiroloterij) and Matija Kvasina (Perutnina Ptuj) briefly had the bit between their teeth, but after taking an advantage of 45 seconds speedily, they were pulled back, allowing a big bunch gallop to ensue. Many would have favoured the three-time winner already in this race, Sébastien Chavanel, but the promising Frenchman was left trailing in the wake of one of America's prospects for the future, Tyler Farrar, who blasted past the points leader in the last 150m and took a great victory - his first in the professional ranks. Basque Orange Man Koldo Fernandez also sneaked ahead of Chavanel for second, but the Brioches la Boulangere man still increased his advantage in the points competition with third. Meanwhile, Thomas Lovkvist finished comfortably in the bunch to maintain the maillot jaune.

20-year-old Farrar, who rides for Health Net in the US, took third in the initial time-trial to place himself well overall, and at one point the man from Wenatchee was only four seconds off the lead. Leading up to the event, he took second in the USPRO Criterium Championship, showing his good form ahead of this race. Although he lost about a minute yesterday, thus scuppering any chances of wearing the yellow jersey after winning today's stage, he deservedly should be delighted with this result and is currently the best-placed of his countrymen. Showing there is a definite future beyond Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton and Co., Saul Raisin and Patrick McCarthy - both of whom ride (or will be riding in 2005) for top professional teams - are also doing well, and presumably are raring for the road to twist upwards.

Stage 7 - Metz-Rambervilliers, 146km - Top 20
1 064 FARRAR Tyler USA USA 3h 12' 32"
2 003 FERNANDEZ Koldo ESP EUS 00' 00"
3 012 CHAVANEL Sébastien FRA BLB 00' 00"
4 212 BRESCHEL Matti DEN TPH 00' 00"
5 046 SIEBERG Marcel GER GER 00' 00"
6 051 LEQUATRE Geoffroy FRA C.A 00' 00"
7 144 VAN DER LINDEN Wesley BEL VLA 00' 00"
8 093 ELORRIAGA Unai ESP BAQ 00' 00"
9 184 MAMYROV Bakhtiyar KAZ CAP 00' 00"
10 096 GUTIERREZ Francisco ESP BAQ 00' 00"
11 164 ELTINK Theo NED RB3 00' 00"
12 196 VAN KATWIJK Alain NED BGL 00' 00"
13 054 LE MEVEL Christophe FRA C.A 00' 00"
14 042 BURGHARDT Marcus GER GER 00' 00"
15 105 TERENIN Ivan RUS RUS 00' 00"
16 116 LUHOVYY Roman UKR RAG 00' 00"
17 033 RENSHAW Mark AUS FDJ 00' 00"
18 152 BOUCHER David FRA MIX 00' 00"
19 021 BOUQUET Camille FRA FRA 00' 00"
20 182 BAZAYEV Assan KAZ CAP 00' 00"

General Classification after Stage 7
1 031 LÖVKVIST Thomas SWE FDJ 24h 28' 55"
2 132 CESAR VELOSO Gustavo ESP REB 00' 02"
3 131 DUENAS NEVADO Moises ESP REB 00' 04"
4 171 RENANG Petter SWE TBN 00' 09"
5 012 CHAVANEL Sébastien FRA BLB 00' 14"
6 162 DE KORT Koen NED RB3 00' 21"
7 211 CHRISTENSEN Mads DEN TPH 00' 24"
8 091 LOPEZ GARCIA David ESP BAQ 00' 25"
9 016 SPRICK Matthieu FRA BLB 00' 26"
10 205 KVASINA Matija CRO PER 00' 28"
11 163 DE MAAR Marc NED RB3 00' 30"
12 085 ROHREGGER Thomas AUT AUT 00' 30"
13 181 IGLINSKIY Maxim KAZ CAP 00' 31"
14 165 GILING Bas NED RB3 00' 33"
15 192 BAK Lars DEN BGL 00' 39"
16 011 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 00' 40"
17 023 DURET Sebastien FRA FRA 00' 42"
18 043 HAUSSLER Heinrich GER GER 00' 42"
19 164 ELTINK Theo NED RB3 00' 43"
20 106 VORGANOV Eduard RUS RUS 00' 44"
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30 064 FARRAR Tyler USA USA 00' 54"

Points Competition
1 012 CHAVANEL Sébastien FRA BLB 150 pts
2 051 LEQUATRE Geoffroy FRA C.A 111 pts
3 033 RENSHAW Mark AUS FDJ 83 pts

King of the Mountains Competition
1 151 TALABARDON Yannick FRA MIX 33 pts
2 014 KERN Christophe FRA BLB 24 pts
3 191 VAN DER WAL Eelke NED BGL 20 pts

Best Team Competition
1 BRIOCHES LA BOULANGERE BLB 73h 26' 58"
2 RABOBANK RB3 00' 07"
3 FDJEUX.COM FDJ 00' 48"

Thanks to letour.com for info and results.

 
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