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Tour de France - Souvenir Fabio Casartelli Stage 10
By Podofdonny
Date: 7/12/2005
Tour de France - Souvenir Fabio Casartelli Stage 10

Alejandro Valverde. Photo by Karen Lambrecht.

Stage 10

“With Valverde, everybody has seen the future of cycling. He's fast, he's strong, he's intelligent. It's impressive." A high recommendation indeed from 6 times winner Lance Armstrong on the new White Jersey leader Alejandro Valverde; not only could the young Spaniard hold the wheel of Armstrong, he also had enough power to take the stage. Of the ten stages so far, 5 have been won outright by a White Jersey contender: Fabian Cancellara,  Boonen (two), Pieter Weening, the aforementioned Valverde, and if you credit Popovych with his role in Discovery Channel’s Team Time Trial, then 60% of this year's stage victors so far have been under 25.

Popovych, of course, had other jerseys on his mind today. He was the last man standing in the Blue train and was clearly told to up the pace by Armstrong, his decisive turn at the front caused carnage behind; the Ukrainian then had to dig deep and finished a very creditable 19th on the day and third best young rider home. Between the flying Spaniard Valverde and the tough Ukrainian was the excellent Kazakhstan rider Andrev Kashechkin. He finished 2’14’’ down on the day and moved up into third spot. It was surprising that he was not ordered to drop back and help his Captain Christophe Moreau, who, having gone through a bad patch, seemed to be making a recovery.

Meanwhile Vladimir Karpets, the defending champion, suffered on the early part of the final climb, and he, Alberto Contador and Maxim Iglinskiy formed a little group which came in 6’38’’ down, a very good placing but not good enough to keep them in contention for overall victory in the competition, unless one of the top three men falters.

Youngest rider in the race, the Swedish rider Thomas Lovkvist, continues to impress, but the real hats off must today must go to Alejandro Valverde and his Illes Balears team, who now have 3 riders in the top ten: Valverde, Karpets, and, moving into the top ten for the first time, David Arroyo. Spain is the best placed country with Alberto Contador, Arroyo and Valverde, while Kazakhstan, the national colours being so proudly worn by Vinokourov, have 2 riders represented: Kashechkin (who finished ahead of his much more famous countryman) and the battling Maxim Iglinskiy.

Reader's Question

An “Ace” question from the very aptly named Ace.

I have a question about the young rider's classification.

The limit of age used to be 24 years old. I've taken a look in old classifications and in 1989 there was an 25-year old Miguel Indurain. His place in the classification was higher than Fabrice Philipot, but he didn't win the young rider classification because he was already 25.

Now I'd like to know in which year the people of the Tour the France decide to move the age-limit from 24-years old to 25?

It’s a very interesting question - at first I thought it was because of the first appearance rule, which made the competition only open to debutees, but that seems only to have run between 1983 to 1986. Of course in 1989, the White Jersey was abolished due to the simplification policy of the Tour, but the results were still calculated. The competition was reintroduced in 2000.

None of which answers Ace’s question: why wasn’t did Miguel Indurain, born on 16 July 1964 who finished 17th overall in the 1989 Tour de France (while Philipot finished 24th) declared the winner of the competition?

If you do know the answer to this question or have any other items of interest regarding the White Jersey, please email in.

Young Rider Classification – Stage 10

1 Alejandro Valverde Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 37.14.20
2 Yaroslav Popovych Discovery Channel 3.09
3 Andrei Kashechkin Credit Agricole 3.16
4 Vladimir Karpets Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 5.47
5 Alberto Contador Liberty Seguros-Würth 7.07
6 Maxim Iglinskiy Domina Vacanze 9.52
7 Jérôme Pineau Bouygues Telecom 14.58
8 Thomas Lövkvist Française Des Jeux 18.57
9 Patrik Sinkewitz Quick.Step 19.14
10 David Arroyo Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 27.38

Rest Day Summary

As expected, Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) was the fastest rider who was under 25 years old in the 19 kilometres time trial which opened the race on the not so windy Atlantic Coast. Armstrong passing Ullrich but Zabriskie taking the stage and yellow may be the main memory of that dramatic day between the salt pans, but remember that Cancellara was also being pushed very hard by defending White Jersey Champion Vladimir Karpets. Of course Popovych rode a great race finishing in third spot, but the surprise of the day was Tom Boonen. He finished in a very strong fourth spot, and of course, Boonen reaped the rewards of the Loire Valley as the race swept eastwards with two back to back stage victories.

Boonen's quest for Green may have been a bridge too far, and Grand Tour racing re-emerged at the Team Time Trial. Regardless of Zabriskie’s crash, Popovych was clearly onto a winner being part of the Discovery team.

Of course the Team Time Trial changed all that. Yaroslav Popovych not only helped Lance Armstrong back into Yellow but also took the White Young Rider's 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.

However, Stage 8 saw defending champion Vladimir Karpets be amongst the top men and the White Jersey went back to the defending champion after Popovych suffered a (very comparatively) bad day.

Stage 9 saw no real change, but an unfortunate crash saw Jose Angel Gomez Marchante, who has had no luck in this race whatsoever, withdraw from the race with a broken collar bone. The young Belgian hope Philipe Gilbert had a good day and moved into the top ten.

Young Rider Classification – Stage 9

1 Vladimir Karpets Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne 32.22.54
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 Philippe Gilbert Française Des Jeux 6.10

Stage 8

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

Stage 4

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 lose 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 Year's 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)

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