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Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 8
 
By Andy McGrath
Date: 9/10/2004
Tour de l'Avenir - Stage 8
 


















After a week or so of flat stages to whet the appetite, yesterday saw the first assault on the mountains, destined to totally change the face of the overall classification. The 199km stage from Gerardmer to Morteau had seven classified climbs, with a Cat 1 - the Ballon d'Alsace, the first climb ever rode over in the Tour de France in 1905 (Rene Pottier crested it first) - coming early on, and also two tricky Category 2 climbs coming within 20km of the finish, with Le Mont-Vouillot ascent finishing just 9.5km from the finish.

Making the early running alongside half a dozen or so riders was King of the Mountains leader Yannick Talabardon, getting more and more used to his extravagant, dotty attire having held the lead for eight days. However, he just missed the boat for the main breakaway (although, as things materialised later in the day, had done enough to maintain his polka dot lead), formed on and over the tricky Ballon d'Alsace which numbered eight men including Czech PSK Whirlpool pair Kamil Vrana and Martin Mares who led the escape over the climb, as well as Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle (Crédit Agricole) and Mickael Buffaz of R.A.G.T. Semences.

On the Cat 3 Cote de Tournedoz, with 70km to go, Vrana boldly took things into his own hands and attacked away, cresting the climb fifty seconds ahead of Duclos-Lasalle and the rest of the break, with the peloton 6'40" back. With the gap sticking briefly at 40 seconds, Vrana's rash decision caught up with him - or rather the rest of the break did - thirty kilometres after his little escapeade. However, with the break on the penultimate Cat 2 climb of the Mont de Fuans, evidently his attempt softened up the breakaway, as when Vrana's teammate Martin Mares put in a spurt, and just rode away. Behind, as leader Thomas Lovkvist got into a bit of trouble, Talabardon cranked up the chase alongside Calzati (R.A.G.T Semences), Kvasina (Pertunina Ptuj) and Iglinsky (Team Capec).

Over the penultimate climb, Mares had 1'30" to a quartet formed from the splintered break, with the four peloton protagonists just under a minute back of them. For Mares's previous companions, the final ascent was just one too far, and they were passed and dropped by Calzati, Kvasina, Iglinsky and Talabardon as they maintained the pressure. On the tricky drop down to Morteau, 22 year old Mares had just enough focus and speed in his legs to stave off their frenzied chase, and he therefore celebrated his first pro victory, 19 seconds ahead of fast man Iglinsky who had sprinted in ahead of Calzati and Kvasina, while polka dot man Talabardon was dropped and joined by Le Mevel of Crédit Agricole, fifty seconds behind.

Thomas Lovkvist finished 1'29" down in ninth, therefore losing his yellow jersey to promising Kazakh Maxim Iglinsky. Racing for Division III outfit Team Capec, made up mostly of Kazakhs, Iglinsky - already a stage winner this year, winning a bunch sprint - is making a real name for himself and his team. With Croatian Matija Kvasina only three seconds behind in second, it was definitely an excellent day for the Eastern European riders, as the balance of power shifted in the mountains.

Stage 8 - Gérarder-Morteau, 199km - Top 20
1 125 MARES Martin CZE CZE 5h 02' 21"
2 181 IGLINSKIY Maxim KAZ CAP 00' 19"
3 111 CALZATI Sylvain FRA RAG 00' 19"
4 205 KVASINA Matija CRO PER 00' 19"
5 054 LE MEVEL Christophe FRA C.A 00' 50"
6 151 TALABARDON Yannick FRA MIX 00' 50"
7 202 DANCULOVIC Tomislav CRO PER 01' 29"
8 146 WILLEMS Frederik BEL VLA 01' 29"
9 031 LÖVKVIST Thomas SWE FDJ 01' 29"
10 131 DUENAS NEVADO Moises ESP REB 01' 29"
11 164 ELTINK Theo NED RB3 01' 29"
12 011 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 01' 29"
13 091 LOPEZ GARCIA David ESP BAQ 01' 29"
14 171 RENANG Petter SWE TBN 01' 41"
15 103 PCHELKIN Andrey RUS RUS 01' 44"
16 143 MERTENS Pieter BEL VLA 01' 44"
17 081 RUCKER Stephan AUT AUT 01' 44"
18 065 RAISIN Saul USA USA 01' 44"
19 211 CHRISTENSEN Mads DEN TPH 01' 44"
20 145 VAN HUFFEL Wim BEL VLA 01' 44"

General Classification after Stage 8
1 181 IGLINSKIY Maxim KAZ CAP 29h 32' 00"
2 205 KVASINA Matija CRO PER 00' 03"
3 111 CALZATI Sylvain FRA RAG 00' 20"
4 031 LÖVKVIST Thomas SWE FDJ 00' 45"
5 131 DUENAS NEVADO Moises ESP REB 00' 49"
6 054 LE MEVEL Christophe FRA C.A 00' 51"
7 151 TALABARDON Yannick FRA MIX 00' 55"
8 171 RENANG Petter SWE TBN 01' 06"
9 132 CESAR VELOSO Gustavo ESP REB 01' 07"
10 091 LOPEZ GARCIA David ESP BAQ 01' 10"
11 125 MARES Martin CZE CZE 01' 11"
12 211 CHRISTENSEN Mads DEN TPH 01' 24"
13 011 HARY Maryan FRA BLB 01' 25"
14 164 ELTINK Theo NED RB3 01' 28"
15 202 DANCULOVIC Tomislav CRO PER 01' 40"
16 192 BAK Lars DEN BGL 01' 44"
17 081 RUCKER Stephan AUT AUT 01' 47"
18 143 MERTENS Pieter BEL VLA 01' 51"
19 114 BUFFAZ Mickaël FRA RAG 02' 05"
20 065 RAISIN Saul USA USA 02' 05"

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 50 pts
2 126 VRANA Kamil CZE CZE 49 pts
3 125 MARES Martin CZE CZE 35 pts

Best Team Competition
1 R.A.G.T. SEMENCES - MG ROVER RAG 88h 40' 14"
2 BRIOCHES LA BOULANGERE BLB 00' 08"
3 RABOBANK RB3 01' 03"

Thanks to letour.com for info and results.

 
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