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*ch Lukas Ruegg - a season helping the bigs is beneficial back at this level; favourite Hirschi was third.

*de Max Kanter - bunch sprint won by bunch sprinter: quelle surprise ;)

*lu Pit Leyder - another winner who's been serving time with the bigs.
It's worth noting that these were won in a combined *de *lu *ch race in Unna that, as you say, finished in a bunch sprint.
Would be very interesting to see the 'combined' result.

Going by this photo, the result was:
1 *de Kanter
X *de M. Franz (relegated)
2 *de Rutsch
3 *ch Rüegg
4 *de Grosser
5 *de Gross
6 *ch Froidevaux
as far as I can tell.
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    It's worth noting that these were won in a combined *de *lu *ch race in Unna that, as you say, finished in a bunch sprint.
    Would be very interesting to see the 'combined' result.

    Going by this photo, the result was:
    1 *de Kanter
    X *de M. Franz (relegated)
    2 *de Rutsch
    3 *ch Rüegg
    4 *de Grosser
    5 *de Gross
    6 *ch Froidevaux
    as far as I can tell.

    Wow, yeah, I hadn't actually noticed that. Very odd. Bit like back in the day when they used to let "foreigners" do the Aussie nats.
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    Re: U23 news, results, rumours and all that jazz
    « Reply #92 on: September 21, 2018, 12:26 »
    I have been somewhat remiss with this thread lately, especially because one of the goals was to follow some of the names to which we were introduced in Spring right through to stagiaire and/or pro contract.

    We left the story just after the Nats but a good while before the final and most important round of the U23 Nations Cup, namely the Tour de l'Avenir. Let's look at the GC palmares since 2010:

    2017 - BERNAL Egan
    2016 - GAUDU David
    2015 - SOLER Marc
    2014 - LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
    2013 - FERNÁNDEZ Rubén
    2012 - BARGUIL Warren
    2011 - CHAVES Esteban
    2010 - QUINTANA Nairo

    And here's the top 10 of the very closely fought 2017 edition, showing those who would go on to sign for teams and those who we could expect to see again this year:

    1. BERNAL Egan 29:56:33 --> #sky
    2. LAMBRECHT Bjorg at 1:09 --> #tdflotto
    3. EG Niklas at 1:12 --> #trek
    4. HAMILTON Lucas at 1:28 --> #mitchelton
    5. CRAS Steff at 2:03 --> #katusha
    6. SCHLEGEL Michal at 2:06 --> #ccc
    7. FOSS Tobias at 2:11 --> returns in 2018
    8. KNOX James at 2:38 --> #quickstep
    9. STORER Michael at 3:14 --> #sunweb
    10. HINDLEY Jai at 4:10 --> #sunweb

    While the time gaps weren't huge on last year's parcours, this time around and in common with the TdF, the riders faced a 36km mountain stage, as well as three stiff Alpine tests of a more normal length.

    Many of the "usual suspects" turned up: a strong Colombian contingent now reinforced by the precocious Ivan Sosa, the complete Baby Giro podium of Vlasov, Almeida and Stannard and several hot tips already racing among the bigs including Brandon McNulty, Edward Dunbar, Damien Touze and Fernando Barcelo.

    Future sprint king Max Kanter took the opening gallop while Alain Riou scored from the next day's BOTD to put himself in yellow at least until the TTT on Stage 4. Touze took Stage 3 in commanding fashion to continue the home nation's impressive run.

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, *dk destroyed the TTT on a short 20km course, putting 13 seconds into nearest rival *be but a solid ride from third-placed *no put Hakon Aalrust into yellow. The stage was particularly tough on  *rw, already down to a duo after four of its riders DNF'd the previous day due to crashes and time limits, but Areruya and Mugisha did enough to stay in the race.

    In this most crashy of Avenirs, Aalrust and Kanter both hit the deck and the Norwegian was forced to hand the jersey back to Riou who now held a comfortable cushion over his next nearest rival Andreas Stokbro on GC. Matthew Gibson won the mass sprint.

    19-year old #uae recruit Alessandro Covi stole a win from the bunch on Stage 6 with a long BOTD success but the sharp end of the week was afoot and, having been patient on the flat, it was now Sosa's turn to shine on the short mountain stage, outsprinting McNulty - whose victory salute proved premature - and Tadej Pogacar after barely an hour of fierce racing.

    At this point, Sosa was too far back on GC to draw closer than 13th overall, which meant that Pogacar, still only 19 and already the winner of this year's Peace Race in this year's Nations Cup, took over with a narrow lead. This set the scene for the stages to follow, with the entire top 10 on GC now inside a minute.

    Stage 8 featured a long, rather uneventful approach to the Col de Saisies and, perhaps more importantly, its descent, the bottom of which would bring the peloton within 2km of the uphill finish. Swiss talent Gino Mäder climbed with the leaders but distanced them downhill, hanging on to a fifteen-second gap to take the victory from an élite group in a result that did little to change the overall standings.

    The penultimate stage included the major obstacles of Les Arcs and the MTF at Val d'Isère and Fernando Barcelo made his big solo attack on the penultimate climb of the day. Meanwhile, isolated but more than capable of following the moves of the day, Pogacar put a big stamp on GC by attacking with 20km to go. Sosa, who had been riding through illness, could not follow and would lose well over a minute, while McNulty punctured on the final climb and lost almost five. The Slovene leader had Barcelo in his sights as he and Luxembourgeois rival Michel Ries hacked away at the last few kilometres but the the bold Spaniard would hold on for a famous win.

    Pogacar could now contemplate the final day, from Val d'Isère to the Col du Glandon, with a comfortable 1:07 margin over Ries but, with the Col de l'Iseran in between, he had every reason to feel trepidation. As it turned out, however, the organisers were forced to shorten the stage due to conditions on the Iseran and so the race started further along the route.

    If Pogacar enjoyed any benefit from skipping the Iseran, he would quickly lose it on the descent of the Col de Chaussy, where he mistook a corner and, while narrowly avoiding a crash, found himself dropped by the other contenders. The demon descender Mäder had no such problems and built himself a decent gap, lying thirty seconds on virtual GC before being reeled in with six kilometres to go. Pogacar eventually regained contact and looked on as Mäder, seemingly undaunted by being caught, outsprinted Dunbar for the stage. The Swiss also took third step on the GC podium behind Dutchman Thyman Arensman who had himself ridden a more measured, tactical race.

    But it was Pogacar who retained yellow and won the 2018 Tour de l'Avenir. Another #uae signing for next year, given due time and careful coaching, he will surely become a future Grand Tour contender.

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    Re: U23 news, results, rumours and all that jazz
    « Reply #93 on: September 21, 2018, 12:31 »
    More upcoming names here:



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    Re: U23 news, results, rumours and all that jazz
    « Reply #94 on: September 24, 2018, 08:14 »
    https://twitter.com/FirstCycling/status/927493606360993792

    An interview with the future of Finnish cycling.

    The future is now!



    Hanninen slew the mighty Taaramachine at the  Tour du Gevaudan Occitanie. Former winners include Guillaume Martin, Pinot and......Rebellin.



    Plenty of climbing including two ascents of Montee Jalabert towards the end of the race.

    https://www.twd.fi/?x118281=460396

    Quote from: Hanninen
    When I looked at the start list, I thought I could be in the 15th place. As the race progressed, I noticed that there are opportunities for the top 10. The point I saw is that there are opportunities for four. And soon I was fighting for the victory of the race. Yes, this is an incredible feeling

    https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/69531/tour-du-gevaudan-les-reactions

    Quote from: Taaramae
    I'm a little disappointed today because I'm beaten by an amateur. But when you know the level of the pros and we know that I'm doing well at the moment, as we saw the weeks spent on great races, I can say that the one who won (Jaakko Hanninen) will be a great champion in the future. He was really impressive.

    My feeling is that he'll end up at the new Groupama CT team next year (Jussi has given him help and advice in the past), but performances like this might even have him on the radar of PCT outfits.
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    #rainbow #rainbow #rainbow Mikkel BJERG *dk ITT  #rainbow #rainbow #rainbow

    Of course it was.



    #rainbow #rainbow #rainbow Marc HIRSCHI *ch RR  #rainbow #rainbow #rainbow

    Hirschi Bar has been racing toward this result, the U23 World RR title, for two seasons already and with his talent he deserves to be around a lot longer than that dreadful wisp of hair he's been growing on his face.

    Still only 20, Marc's not become a prolific winner yet but he can climb, do a more than respectable TT and descend like a stone. And I think, with the sport as it is today, downhilling probably now deserves a bigger spot than ever on the young pro's to-do list.

    Compact and light but with a good engine, he is certainly a potential GC package, but it's still hard to say with the U23 calendar still rather dominated by one-day events.



    It wasn't all about Hirschi and his compatriots, even if *ch rode like the best team on the day. A lot of other nations showed up for the race, with the notable exception of *co, which really should have done better on this, the ideal parcours. *gb and *fr deserve a mention even if neither got a medal out of it.

    Lambrecht was second again but a very strong result for a young man who has been doing the hard yards all year. He has a super fast finish for a lightweight but didn't really have to push it in the finale against Hanninen, who produced an extraordinary, if not entirely unexpected performance after his recent Gevaudan Occitanie result (see above). Sure he was pretty much cooked on the last lap but that he was still there at all is remarkable: like Stake Laengen in the bigs, he's a hefty fellow to be getting over those climbs.

    Following up on an excellent summer, Mader was one of the strongest riders in the race and did a great preparatory job for Hirschi. Perhaps the strongest of all was the tenacious Padun, who was caught and dropped after striking out too early but still kept the leaders in sight all the way to the line.

    Finally Pogacar, who has achieved arguably the best U23 stage race palmares this year without the kind of support enjoyed by representatives of the big nations, still managed to get a top 10 in a war of attrition that became increasingly tactical.
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    Plenty of climbing including two ascents of Montee Jalabert towards the end of the race.
     . . .

    Have they given Laurent his own mountain?   :S  :lol
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    Have they given Laurent his own mountain?   :S  :lol

    You surprise me that you didn't know that the Côte de la Croix Neuve into Mende was renamed, in time for the Tour's visit there in 2005, the  Montée Laurent Jalabert in honour of his 1995 stage win there.

    Usually gets a few mentions any time they climb up to the airport.
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    Re: U23 news, results, rumours and all that jazz
    « Reply #98 on: November 12, 2018, 08:54 »
    https://twitter.com/ChrisLeMevel/status/1061712613934018560

    http://www.be-celt.com/2018/11/11/royaume-uni-stuart-balfour-cotes-darmor-elu-meilleur-espoir-2018-par-la-dave-rayner-fund/

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    Yesterday evening in Leeds (England), the Scot Stuart Balfour (Côtes d'Armor Marie Morin Veranda Rideau) was elected by the foundation "  The Dave Rayner Fund ", best British runner hope. The last winner of the Plouay Amateur Grand Prix succeeds Chris Lawless (Team Sky). He also joins, on the laureates' shelf, runners like Dan Martin (UAE Emirates), Adam Yates (Scott Mitchelton), Owain Doull (Team Sky), James Shaw (Lotto Soudal) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) in 2016 , Dan McLay (EF First Education by Drapac) and many others since the very first with David Millar.

    Interview with him from a week ago.
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    https://twitter.com/LGSCyclingTeam/status/1106552467599360000

    The Hungarians are coming!

    20 year old Valter winning today on the cobbled climb into Labin on stage 1 of the Istarsko Proljece. He was also third overall at Antalya the other week, but really came to prominence last year with a third on a stage of the Okolo Slovenska.

    Things are looking quite rosy for the Magyars with Peak and Dina also making their mark.
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    I'm assuming there isn't an official "Juniors" thread, but this future U23 rider should be one to watch.

    17-year-old American Quinn Simmons.



    I only just became aware of him because he won the Junior Gent-Wevelgem this past weekend, the first American to ever do so (beating out three Brits behind him, and easily clear of the field).


    (I don't know about ya'll, but those junior podium girls look creepy to me.)

    It looks like he might have quite a future. I'm curious to see how he does at the World Championships this year.

    The last American Jr. to win worlds was Jeff Evanshine who won back in 1991 (subsequently busted for doping; prepared by the notorious René Wenzel, etc, etc, etc.) Prior to that, the only other American Jr. to win Worlds was Greg LeMond in 1979.


    Inside Quinn Simmons’s historic Gent-Wevelgem victory

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    Hours before he raced solo down the streets of Wevelgem, becoming the first American to win the junior men’s race at Gent-Wevelgem, 17-year-old Quinn Simmons found himself on the back foot. Minutes after the peloton left the starting line in Ypres, Simmons crashed and destroyed his cycling shoe.

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    The victory marks the latest chapter in the growing book of Simmons’s accolades. Simmons hails from Durango, Colorado, and showed early talents in mountain bike racing. In 2018 Simmons won the U.S. national title in both the junior road race and junior mountain bike race. He turned heads within the U.S. domestic road scene after he won Arizona’s Valley of the Sun professional race while riding for the Lux development team.



    Durango’s Quinn Simmons first American winner of junior Gent-Wevelgem
    (Video of win embedded in link)

    Next stop, Paris-Roubaix on April 14.  :cool
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    (I don't know about ya'll, but those junior podium girls look creepy to me.)
    Until it became part of the Gent-Wevelgem race day, the U23 race was (and still is) known as the "Kattekoers" (Cats' race). The U19 is known as the GP Noyelle, the U17 is the "Katjeskoers" (Little cats' race).

    So the podium girls for all three races are dressed as cats (with red mice on their arms).
    It is ... different. :snooty
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    https://twitter.com/LGSCyclingTeam/status/1106552467599360000

    The Hungarians are coming!

    20 year old Valter winning today on the cobbled climb into Labin on stage 1 of the Istarsko Proljece. He was also third overall at Antalya the other week, but really came to prominence last year with a third on a stage of the Okolo Slovenska.

    https://twitter.com/U23CyclingZone/status/1121004479980232704
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    Durango’s Quinn Simmons first American winner of junior Gent-Wevelgem
    (Video of win embedded in link)

    Next stop, Paris-Roubaix on April 14.  :cool

    Just to follow up on this a bit...

    It turns out that Paris-Roubaix was quite the target for him this year, and he was extremely unhappy with his 20th place finish, as he had been preparing for this for a couple of years. Things did not go as planned.

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    In the junior men’s race that was nearly 69 miles long, Durango’s Quinn Simmons placed 20th. The 17-year-old was seventh at Roubaix a year earlier despite a crash and a flate tire. This year, he was frustrated by his result, especially coming off a win a the Gent-Wevelgem junior race in Belgium two weeks earlier.

    “When people lose sight of the overall goal you get beat,” Simmons said in a post to Instagram. “Days like today show you who your true friends are. :-x No stone for me but I will keep coming back until I get one. Hopefully the next time I’m here will be with the big boys.

    The race juniors was won by Hidde van Veenendaal in 2:44:29. Simmons finished in the group 17 seconds behind the winning time. France’s Hugo Toumire was second, and Lars Boven of the Netherlands finished third.

    Simmons said his equipment and legs were good this year.

    “Today wasn’t the day,” he said in another Instagram post. “Good legs, good equipment, and good preparation can only get you so far. Spent the last 2 years preparing for this day so it hurts. Some would say ‘that’s bike racing,’ but it’s a lot more (than) that.”

    Simmons, the reigning junior road race national champion, will compete at nationals again this year and will now turn his big focus to the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in September in Yorkshire, England.
    :cool

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    Disappointed and a bit angry, Simmons channeled his emotions into the four-stage Ster van Zuid-Limburg race in the Netherlands. Simmons finished second, one second behind his teammate Michael Garrison, in the time trial. Magnus Sheffield gave the USA Cycling juniors squad a podium sweep with a third-place result. Simmons was able to win the fourth-and-final stage. USA Cycling claimed the team victory in Holland.



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    Still, the sting of seeing the pre-race plan fall apart at Paris-Roubaix is hard for the young rider to swallow. He doesn’t know when he will get another shot at Roubaix. While there is an under-23 race, it will be up to his future team to decide which events he can race, and he may not make it back until he reaches the elite level.

    “Roubaix, I’m using that disappointment as motivation for the rest of the year and going into the world championships in Yorkshire later this year,” he said. “Roubaix was my biggest goal of spring. This year, we had that unique, block headwind all day. For the juniors, that kind of slows the race down because there’s not enough firepower like pro races where big teams put guys on the front to keep the speed high. The slower race works worse for me and keeps more people in contention.

    “We had a plan going in to have guys ride the front, keep it relatively together but to try to make it hard enough through the cobble sectors. One of our guys went up the road in one of the last couple sectors and blew it up. That put myself and other guys on the team riding defensively trying to shut down moves. Being the most-marked rider, everyone sat in the group watching what I was doing. I could only cover so many things, and a couple guys slipped away. With gour guys away and all the other teams following me around with only 10 (kilometers) to go to the line, we didn’t have the chase to catch the guys.”

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    Michael Garrison was the offending party (from his view point anyway).

    If you haven't read the Gila thread, they're not just USA junior team mates, but they also ride for the same team over in the States (LUX/Sideshow p/b Specialized).
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    https://twitter.com/Tour_de_Hongrie/status/1139894207764750344

    Okay Dina is actually too old for this thread, but him and Valter are still impressing. Just to buck the trend of CX + Road = Wins, they both come from MTB backgrounds. I'm not 100% sure, but I think Valter has already done enough to qualify for the Olympics in that event.
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    In lieu of a junior thread, this can go here.

    https://twitter.com/directvelo/status/1152463394479464449

    It's not just Rujano's offspring that are making waves.
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    A bit of a double-post, but whatevs... :P

    More Quinn-time.  :cool


    Leadville Trail 100 Elite Men’s Results:

    1. Howard Grotts, Specialized, 6:19:18
    2. Quinn Simmons, Lux Cycling, at 3:06  :snooty

    3. Lachlan Morton,  #ef EF Education First, at 3:24
    4. Peter Stetina,  #tdftrek Trek-Segafredo, at 3:25
    5. Alex Howes,  #ef EF Education First, at 7:47


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    The most impressive ride of the day, however, belonged to 18-year-old Quinn Simmons (Lux Cycling), who caught the chase group on the run-in to the finish and then won the sprint for second place overall.

    Simmons was competing in his first ever Leadville 100—previously he was too young to register for the event.

    Simmons closed a six-minute gap in the waning miles of the race to catch the WorldTour road riders. Simmons said he suffered four flat tires on the course—some of which came from thumb tacks on the course.

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    “I flatted four times—someone threw tacks on the course and I flatted four times and had three kilometers of riding on the rim going down [the] Powerline [descent],” Simmons told VeloNews. “By the second feed zone someone told me I was 10:45 back. I rode it back to five minutes by the top of Powerline and caught these guys on the top of Powerline on the second time up.”

    Simmons is a rising star of U.S. pro cycling, and in 2018 won the U.S. junior national titles in the road race, criterium, and cross-country mountain biking. In April he became the first American to ever win the junior version of Gent-Wevelgem.


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    Re: U23 news, results, rumours and all that jazz
    « Reply #109 on: September 26, 2019, 21:48 »
    I'm assuming there isn't an official "Juniors" thread, but this future U23 rider should be one to watch.

    17-year-old American Quinn Simmons.

    Bumped for obvious reasons. You'll have to forgive any redundant Twitter links.  :P

    https://twitter.com/usacycling/status/1177291951202111488

    https://twitter.com/UCI_cycling/status/1177258310074011649

    https://twitter.com/usacycling/status/1177268657497333760


    I suppose he won't fit into this thread much longer.
    https://twitter.com/TrekSegafredo/status/1177283926584365058
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