Initially tipped as the new leader of the Tour de l’Avenir, he eventually missed out on the yellow jersey after picking up a penalty for passing a bottle through the wrong place in the final. In the seventh stage, the yellow jersey continued on the shoulders of the third German, Michel Hessmann.
The Tour de l’Avenir entered its final and grueling stage on Friday, with three mountain stages on the riders’ menu. After a rest day on Thursday, the peloton arrived on Friday with the longest stage between Thonon-les-Bais and Saint-Francois-Longchamp, 175km and 3,293m high, finishing atop the Saint-Francois Skieres. Via Col de la Madeleine (1,602 m, 15.3 km at 8%).
Seven riders: Sebastien Kolse Changizi and William Bloom Levy (Denmark), Mathis Le Bere (France), Robin Donze (Switzerland), Enzo Leinze (Netherlands), Søren Verenskjold (Norway) (Irene Harlands) were leading after forty kilometers. ). Their advantage was almost two minutes to cover 100 km. As the German team set the pace for the pursuers, the peloton caught Donze on the Col du Tamier.
The peloton gradually melted away the lead men’s advantage, returning fifty seconds from the finish fifty kilometers from the finish.
The peloton regrouped at 45km at the start of the race to the bottom of the Col de la Madeleine, at high speeds in the Maurienne Valley.
Contenders for the general classification, France, Great Britain and Belgium, who lost Lenert van Eetvelt before the start due to illness, set the pace in the valley.
In the final kilometers Cian Ujitdebrox went to the front alone. The young rider, a professional at Bora-Hansgrohe, was held back by a trio of sixth stage winner Romain Grégoire (France), David Pigansoli (Italy) and Michael Hessmann (Germany). General classification.
Cian Ujitdebroeks, 1:16 behind in the standings, gradually widened the gap to his pursuers at the start of the day, unfazed, before winning solo.
The eighth stage of the Tour de l’Avenir will be contested on Saturday between Ugain and La Toussuire over a distance of 100 kilometers at an altitude of 3,100 meters. Riders have to control the sequence of the Col de la Madeleine, which they take in the opposite direction from Friday, and the climb to the site station of La Toussuire, where the finish is judged. In the ninth and final stage, which will be contested on Sunday, the riders will continue in the high mountains, climbing, especially La Madeleine and Iserran.
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