Stage 6 – The jersey waltz
20 August 2019
PRIVAS (Ardèche) – Under the incessant rain, the Yellow Jersey of the Tour de l’Avenir changed shoulders again, for the fourth time in six days of racing! After the Dane Jörgensen, then the Norwegian Foss and the French Guglietti, here comes the Italian Giovanni Aleotti promoted to the new leader of the event.
The Italian, a member of today’s breakaway, was only one second behind Frenchman Simon Guglietti in the overall standings this Tuesday morning. The Savoyard dreamed of bringing the yellow jersey to his home department, visited from Thursday to Sunday. But this happiness escaped him, because the French team passed through the breakaway of twenty-one riders who broke away at the beginning of the race led drumming on the tormented course of the 6th stage, from Saint-Julien-Chapteuil (Haute-Loire) to Privas (Ardèche), under execrable weather conditions that finished cutting the peloton into spare parts.
Already winner of a stage of the Tour de l’Ain with the professionals in May, the Swiss Stefan Bissegger confirmed his great qualities as a puncher by winning the stage at the end of a “slide” final with the long climb of the Windmill and its winding descent before the finish ramp in the heart of the Ardèche prefecture. A sum of difficulties which ended up condemning Morten Hulgaard, who was already on the attack the day before (2nd in Saint-Julien-Chapteuil), to two kilometres from the goal and who therefore proved to be a formidable adventurer.
If he finished only 15th of the stage, the Italian Giovanni Aleotti, was wearing the yellow jersey at the end of this breakaway from which his compatriot Andrea Bagioli, renowned climber and therefore candidate for the final podium, could have benefited even better, but who could not keep all his advantage after having lost a little ground in the final.
Nevertheless, the Italians made the good overall operation of a day unfavourable to the French (Clément Champoussin nevertheless limited the damage by finishing on the line in the front of the peloton, at 2’35”) and pushed the Colombians back, also without any representative in the leading group.
The rest day on Wednesday announces the high-mountain sequence with a four-stage stay in Savoie, which will establish the hierarchy that has hitherto been fluctuating and quite unpredictable.