50^ TOUR de l’AVENIR
( U.C.I. 2.2 – under 23 Nations Cup )
August 24 to 31
Australian under 23 team
Stage 7 – CHATEL to PLATEAU des GLIERES (COTE de la VERNAZ), 135 km
The final stage was always going to be decisive. For the overall general classification and for Caleb who had been doing his best to hang onto the Green Points jersey.
With two Cat.1 climbs on this stage, the first after 88km at Le Saleve and the final Cat.1 which was the tough finishing climb to Plateau des Glieres.
Caleb put himself in the early break of 5 riders which maxed at six minutes after 60km approaching Le Saleve.
The best on G.C. in the lead group was over 20 minutes down therefore offering a great opportunity for any of these guys to hang on for the stage win and Caleb giving himself every chance of retaining the Points classification after five days in Green – he was going to need a solid head start at the bottom of the Cote de la Vernaz.
But it was the descent from Le Saleve that two French riders and a Slovenian hurtled down at breakneck speed to put one minute into the peloton and set off in pursuit of the breakaway and stage win.
The gap was coming down quickly with the chasing three eventually hitting the lead in the stage with only 20 kilometres remaining.
The eventual stage winner, Julian Alaphilippe, rode superbly and was also one of the big threats to Caleb’s points jersey.
Alaphilippe road strong to hold off the chasing peloton on the final climb to secure the stage and overall points classification.
Adam was our best placed for the stage hanging onto the peloton attacking each other to the mountain top finish.
Sam, Damien, Calvin and Brad came in with the 19 minute group with all of the guys having a successful week securing two stage wins for Caleb and understanding the demands of a seven day stage race.
Caleb hung onto the Green jersey for five stages and will take a lot from this mountainous stage race in preparation for much bigger tours in the future.
Also a good solid week’s race preparation for all of the guys going into the World Road Championships, Firenze starting on September 22.
One more race remains to finish off the Worlds Road Race preparations with a U.C.I. 1.1, Tour de Doubs (FRA) on September 15.
Damien and Campbell Flakemore move into their final preparations for Chrono Champenois Time Trial (FRA) on September 15 and possibly for the under 23 World Time Trial Championship on September 23.
STAGE 7 results – CHATEL to PLATEAU des GLIERES (COTE de la VERNAZ), 135 km
(105 starters, 104 finishers,)
1. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) 3hr 46’25” @ 35.8 km/hr
2. Matej Mohoric (SLO) @ 51s.
3. Adam Yates (FRA) @ 1m.39s.
35. Adam Phelan (AUS) @ 5m24s.
FINAL Overall Classification
1. Ruben Fernandez (ESP) 893km, 22hrs 00m.31s. @ 40.589 km/hr
2. Adam Yates (FRA) @ 55s.
3. Patrick Konrad (AUT) @ 1m.7s.
30. Adam Phelan (AUS) @ 11m.59s.
37. Damien Howson (AUS) @ 21m.05s.
56. Bradley Linfield (AUS) @ 34m.09s.
66. Caleb Ewan (AUS) @ 38m.13s.
67. Sam Spokes (AUS) @ 38m.15s.
86. Calvin Watson (AUS) @ 52m.57s.
Final Points Classification after stage 7.
1. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) 107 pts.
2. Adam Yates (GBR) 105 pts.
3. Caleb Ewan (AUS) 85 pts.
|Tour de l’Avenir website|
|Caleb Ewan leads points classification||Caleb Ewan leads points classification||Adam Phelan leads the peloton||Caleb Ewan wins stage two|
|Tour de l’avenir team||Caleb Ewan podium|