Stage 2 – Swiss Chrono
16 August 2019
The team time trial exercise is part of the essential baggage for the hopes that aspire to join the teams at the highest level in the world, and it is therefore logical that the Tour de l’Avenir should propose a stage based on this model.
The Swiss national team proved to be the best specialist, at an average of 50 km/hour this Friday, on a relatively hilly and very touristic route through the vineyards of the Dordogne, over 32.1 km between Eymet and Bergerac.
The performance of the Swiss team allows Stefan Bisseger to get seriously close to the Danish Mathias Norgaard Jörgensen, winner on Thursday in Marmande, and still in the yellow jersey but with a margin that has been reduced beyond expectations. After a too cautious start, the Danish team could not do better than the third best time, behind Switzerland and Norway, and out of the 52 seconds advantage they had after their solo victory in Marmande, Mathias Jörgensen only kept five ahead of Stefan Bisseger, the best placed Swiss rider.
The team time trial also allowed Italy, 4th, to position its climber Andrea Bagioli, who is one of the main favourites for the overall classification, while the French team, 7th, did not compromise most of its chances.
The race is entering a more rugged phase this weekend, on the south-western slope of the Massif Central, starting with the 3rd stage on Saturday, over 162.3 km between Montignac-Lascaux, in the Dordogne, and Mauriac in the Cantal mountains.