Tour de France - Souvenir Fabio Casartelli
Pieter Weening was made the biggest gains following his marvellous solo effort on the final climb which showed a confidence and ability way beyond his tender years. his victory brings him into the top ten with a bullet at number 5.
Meanwhile Discovery’s day of slumber on the Col de la Schlucht saw defending champion Vladimir Karpets take the White Young riders jersey for the first time this Tour moving ahead of Yaroslav Popovych , while team mate Alejandro Valverde moves into third place- just reward for the teams hard work throughout the stage.
Alberto Contador continues to be very solid in 4th spot while Andrei Kashechkin has a quite remarkable day. A member of the early break he still had the legs to finish in the second group as did Jose Angel Gomez Marchante who is now fully recovered from his fall earlier in the week and may well get stronger as the stages get tougher. Patrik Sinkewitz may have fallen out with his Quickstep Team but he also finished in the second group along with Jérôme Pineau and Maxim Iglinski (Domina Vacanze).
Karpets, Pineau and Maxim Iglinski are all their teams highest General Classification rider, which is an indication of the strength of competition.
Young rider classification – Stage 8
1 Vladimir Karpets Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 28.08.30
2 Yaroslav Popovych Discovery Channel 0.01
3 Alejandro Valverde Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 1.11
4 Alberto Contador Liberty Seguros-Würth 1.20
5 Andrei Kashechkin Credit Agricole 1.53
6 Pieter Weening Rabobank 2.25
7 Patrik Sinkewitz Quick.Step 3.34
8 Jérôme Pineau Bouygues Telecom 3.58
9 Maxim Iglinski Domina Vacanze 4.05
10 Jose Angel Gomez Marchante Saunier Duval-Prodir 4.19
Yaroslav Popovych not only helped Lance Armstrong back into Yellow but also took the White Young Riders jersey. Defending Champion, Vladimir Karpets , and his Illes Balears Team finished a very creditable 8th on the day which saw him stay in second spot 57 seconds down and team mate Alejandro Valverde moved up the Classification into the top ten 2’16’’ down.
The Liberty Seguros trio of Luis León Sanchez, Alberto Contador and Allan Davis all benefited from their teams excellent day and increasingly the fight for the white jersey seems to be between Popovych, Karpets and Contagor.
Don’t tell that to Andrei Kashechkin – the Credit Agricole climber is still very handily placed in 6th spot. The poor performance of FdJ and Saunier Duval saw both Philippe Gilbert and Jose Angel Gomez Marchante loose out and both riders are now nearly three minutes down, but with the mountains looming they may yet have chance to shine.
Young rider’s classification Stage 4
1 Yaroslav Popovych Discovery Channel 10.00.28
2 Vladimir Karpets Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 0.57
3 Luis León Sanchez Liberty Seguros-Würth 1.01
4 Fabian Cancellara Fassa Bortolo 1.14
5 Alberto Contador Liberty Seguros-Würth 1.19
6 Andrei Kashechkin Credit Agricole 1.54
7 Allan Davis Liberty Seguros-Würth 2.06
8 Tom Boonen Quick.Step 2.11
9 Mauro Facci Fassa Bortolo 2.12
10 Alejandro Valverde Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 2.16
Tour de France - Souvenir Fabio Casartelli Stage 1
No surprise that “Mr Time Trial” Fabian Cancellara was the best young rider in the first stage Time trial. That said, Vladimir Karpets had a great ride finishing just 3 seconds behind him. Karpets also put nearly a minute and a half into his team leader Francisco Mancebo and was his team’s best rider on the day.
Yaroslav Popovych lived up to expectations with a solid 3rd spot amongst the young riders, while both Luis Leon Sanchez and Alberto Contador (4th and 7th) out raced their team leaders Roberto Heras and Joseba Beloki. Andrei Grivko is the Champion of the Ukraine in the TT and was the 5th best placed young gun , but the big surprise was to see Tom Boonen ride so strongly and finish in 6th spot.
Todays sprint finish saw Boonen gain the bonus winning 20 seconds and leap frog over Grivko and Sanchez to move into 4th spot. Now just 27 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara , Boonen may yet take the white jersey to go with his Green one before the mountains, although the Team Time Trial will cause a big shake up and Popovych could well be in white on Tuesday evening .
So after two stages the standings are –
Young rider’s classification Stage 2
1 Fabian Cancellara Fassa Bortolo 4.13.24
2 Vladimir Karpets Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 0.03
3 Yaroslav Popovych Discovery Channel 0.16
4 Tom Boonen Quick.Step 0.27
5 Luis León Sanchez Liberty Seguros-Würth 0.37
6 Andrei Grivko Domina Vacanze 0.44
7 Alberto Contador Liberty Seguros-Würth 0.55
8 Mauro Facci Fassa Bortolo 0.58
9 Thomas Lövkvist Française Des Jeux 1.04
10 Bernhard Eisel Française Des Jeux 1.06
White jersey rules, history and this years riders
Unlike some rules of the Tour de France, such as the Team Time Trial, where one needs a calculator, stop watch and an honours degree in mathematics to follow the result, the Young Riders White Jersey Competition is very simple to follow. Riders competing for the white jersey must be born after January 1, 1980 to qualify. The winner is the highest placed young-rider in the overall rankings. Last year Valdimir Karpets beat Sandy Casar and Thomas Voeckler to take the jersey.
The White Jersey Young Riders competition has been a feature of the race since 1975 when the Italian star Francesco Moser became the first ever winner. However there was a White Jersey awarded prior to that for the Combination Classification, whose rules were slightly more complicated than the present day Team Time trial and was thankfully dropped. Between 1983 and 1986, the Young Riders Competition was only open to those making their debut in the race, but since 1987 the competition has remained open to anyone young enough to qualify.
Since 1997 the competition has gained a special significance, since it is called Souvenir Fabio Casartelli, in memory of the Italian rider who was fatally injured in 1995.
This year 32 riders will be eligible for the competition they are fully listed below, but these are the Daily Peloton’s expected top 5:
Vladimir Karpets, José Angel Gomez Marchante, Yaroslav Popovych, Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde
With Patrick Sinkewitz, Andrey Kashechkin, Philippe Gilbert and Fabian Wegmann in contention.
Souvenir Fabio Casartelli – White Jersey Young Riders 2005
Vladimir Karpets 20.09.1980 – Illes Balears
Alejandro Valverde 25.04.1980 – Illes Balears
David Arroyo 07.01.1980 – Illes Balears
Vladimir Karpets will defend his jersey and will hope to match Marco Pantani’s record of 2 jerseys. Looking good this season, he used the Giro as preparation and still finished in 7th spot. However the presence of both Valverde and Mancebo in the team may limit his options.
Alejandro Valverde is a truly charismatic rider as he demonstrated in last year's Vuelta. How he will react to his first Tour de France is a matter of great debate and discussion, but obviously a rider to watch closely. Illes Balears have three riders in the competition with David Arroyo, a double stage winner of the Tour of Portugal last year, being the third.
Yaroslav Popovych 04.01.1980 – Discovery Channel
Gets into the competiton by the narrowest of margins (three days) and hard to believe that the rider who has finished 12th, 3rd and 5th in the Giro is still young enough for the Competition. Winner of the Tour de Catalogne and outstanding in Dauphiné Libéré, he is one of the favourites for the competition.
Alberto Contador 06.12.1982 – Liberty Seguros
Luis Leon Sanchez 24.11.1983 – Liberty Seguros
Allan Davis 27.07.1980 – Liberty Seguros
Alberto Contador is without doubt the revelation of the season so far. Ranked 15th in the UCI Pro tour rankings he has demonstrated great Time Trialing and climbing talents. He got his 5th victory of the season on stage 4 Stage of the Tour de Romandie (St. Denis - Les Paccots, 146,9 km) and is a big favourite to take the White Jersey competition. Luis Leon Sanchez will probably be the second youngest rider in the race. As the team website says, “There is no need to put the pressure on a 21-year old lad who has won three professional stages and also won the Down Under Tour this same year. He must ride calmly, but be aware of his huge potential.” Allan Davis rides his second Tour de France and continues to develop as a strong fast man.
José Angel Gomez Marchante 13.05.1981 – Saunier Duval
Joxean “Matxin” Fernandez, Directeur Sportif, made the following comments on his young rider who finished seventh in the Dauphiné Libéré:
"He is the rider of the future. I can imagine him wearing the white jersey in the Tour! Angel is very strong and raced an excellent Dauphiné; he even gave shivers to the favorites!” Certainly an outstanding climber, but is his time trialing good enough?
Philippe Gilbert 05.07.1982 – FdJ
Bernhard Eisel 17.02.1981- FdJ
Thomas Lövqvist 04/04/1984 – FdJ
Francis Mourey 08.12.1980 - FdJ
No surprise to see a team of Mark Madiot with a strong youthful feel. Philippe Gilbert continues to fulfil his potential 4 victories already this season in the Tour Méditérranéen, Tour du Haut Var, the Trophée des Grimpeurs and the second stage of the 4 Jours de Dunkerque. Thirty-second in the Giro Italia last year, but he is more likely to be looking for a stage victory rather than the White jersey. Bernhard Eisel has three victories this year, including a great victory in the Tour de Suisse. Thomas Lövqvist is the youngest rider in the race, and is already being hailed as the next Valverde. Too young to ride the Tour? Well, if you’re good enough you are old enough.
Anthony Geslin 09.06.1980 – Bouygues Telecom
Jérôme Pineau 02.01.1980 – Bouygues Telecom
Matthieu Sprick 29.09.1981 – Bouygues Telecom
Jerome Pineau had a great season last year winning a stage and the GC of the Tour de l’Ain and also winning the Clasica de Alméria. Matthieu Sprick won the Tour du Doubs and finished 12th in the Tour de l’Avenir . Anthony Geslin won the third stage of the Circuit de Lorraine this year. All talented team members but the Bouygues trio will not have high hopes for the white jersey.
Patrick Sinkewitz : 20.10.1980 - Quick Step – Innergetic
Tom Boonen 15.10.1980 - Quick Step – Innergetic
Patrick Sinkewitz looks like being the only support on offer in the high mountains for GC Contender Michael Rogers, so he may find he has his hands full on other matters. Likewise Tom Boonen will have other Green jerseys on his mind.
Fabian Wegemann 20.06.1980 – Gerolsteiner
Young Fabian can certainly climb as his green King of the mountains jersey in the Giro d’Italia 2004 showed. However, team duties looking after Levi Leipheimer and Georg Totschnig may be enough for young Fabian.
Michael Albasini 20/12/1980 – Liquigas Bianchi
Winner of a stage in the recent Tour de Suisse , Michael Albasini is a good rouleur with a fast turn of speed at the finish .
Andrey Kaschechkin 21.03.1980 – Credit Agricole
The Youngster had an exceptional Dauphiné Libéré finishing in 9th place, a very strong climber. However he will be helping team leader, Christophe Moreau so team duties may dictate tactics.
Andriy Grivko 07.08. 1980 - Domina Vacanze
Alessandro Vanotti 16.09.1983 – Domina Vacanze
Maxim Inglinskiy 18.04.1981 – Domina Vacanze
Young Kazakh hope Maxim Inglinskiy had an excellent Tour de l’Avenir in 2004 and has won races in China, Greece, Bulgaria and Ireland while Andriy Grivko has been aggressive all season. Alessandro Vanotti had an excellent Giro d’Italia and was star of the day on stage 16 when he was third at the finish line. "I attacked several times, but they always caught up with me. I was really doing well and I wanted to win, so I could dedicate the victory to my mother, who died in 2002."
Mauro Facci 11.05.1982 – Fassa Bortolo
Fabian Cancellara 18.03.1981 – Fassa Bortolo
Claudio Corioni 26.12.1982 – Fassa Bortolo
Winner of the prologue last year, Fabian will not be thinking of the White Jersey but rather repeating last years success on the opening day. The 19 kilometre Time trial suits him ideally and he is a favourite for that part of the race, but not for the white jersey. Fassa Bortolo had to replace Paolo Bossoni at the last minute so in came young gun Mauro Facci.
Claudio Corioni won the second stage of the Setmana Catalana this year and wore the leaders jersey.
Joost Posthuma 08.03.1981 – Rabobank
Pieter Weening 05.04.1981 – Rabobank
Since finishing 6th in the Tour de l’Avenir in 2002 with RB3, Pieter Weening has continued to impress with an excellent 9th spot in the Vuelta a Murcia this year. Likewise Joost Posthuma has joined the Rabobank Pro team via their youth system and has an excellent win on Stage 6 of Paris Nice.
Samuel Dumoulin 20.08.1980 – AG2R
Simon Gerrans 16.05.1980- AG2R
Wild card team AG2R bring the gutsy Samuel Dumoulin, winner of the Tro Bro Leon in 2003 and 2004, he also won stage 2 of this years Dauphine Libere. Winner of the
Tour Finisterre, the Australian Simon Gerrans unusually makes his debut in the tour in his first full year as a pro.
Johan Van Summeren 04.02.1981 – Davitamon Lotto
will be working hard for Cadel Evans as the race progresses.
White Jersey Winners
The bracket figure is the riders ranking in the overall General Classification. Two riders have won both the Yellow and White Jersey, Laurent Fignon in 1983, and Jan Ullrich in 1997. Ullrich has also won the competition most times (three) with Marco Pantani the only other rider to score more than one victory.
The lowest ranked rider on General Classification to win the event was Fabrice Philipot who finished 24th in 1989. Interestingly while some riders have gone on from winning the White Jersey to being legends of the sport (Moser, Fignon, Anderson, Le Mond and Hampsten) for other riders it was the highlight of their career (for example, Benoît Salmon). The Netherlands have most winners with 6 riders, but Russia have won the competition with Menchov and Karpets for the last two years.
1975 - Francesco Moser (Ita) (7)
1976 - Enrique Martínez Heredia (Esp) (23)
1977 - Dietrich Thurau (FRG) (5)
1978 - Henk Lubberding (Ned) (8)
1979 - Jean-René Bernaudeau (Fra) (5)
1980 - Johan van der Velde (Ned) (12)
1981 - Peter Winnen (Ned) (5)
1982 - Phil Anderson (Aus) (5)
1983 - Laurent Fignon (Fra) (1) *
1984 - Greg LeMond (USA) (3) *
1985 - Fabio Parra (Col) (8) *
1986 - Andrew Hampsten (USA) (4) *
1987 - Raúl Alcala (Mex) (9)
1988 - Erik Breukink (Ned) (12)
1989 - Fabrice Philipot (Fra) (24)
1990 - Gilles Delion (Fra) (15)
1991 - Alvaro Mejía (Col) (19)
1992 - Eddy Bouwmans (Ned) (14)
1993 - Antonio Martín Velasco (Esp) (12)
1994 - Marco Pantani (Ita) (3)
1995 - Marco Pantani (Ita) (13)
1996 - Jan Ullrich (Ger) (2)
1997 - Jan Ullrich (Ger) (1)
1998 - Jan Ullrich (Ger) (2)
1999 - Benoît Salmon (Fra) (16)
2000 - Francisco Mancebo (Esp) (9)
2001 - Oscar Sevilla (Esp) (7)
2002 - Ivan Basso (Ita) (11)
2003 - Denis Menchov (Rus) (11)
2004 - Vladimir Karpets (Rus) (13)