Stage 7 – Colombian climber, Belgian leader
21 August 2019
La Giettaz (SAVOIE) – And another change of leader on the Tour de l’Avenir! The fifth in seven days of a decidedly very moving race with a very international connotation. After a Dane (Jörgensen), a Norwegian (Foss), a Frenchman (Guglielmi), an Italian (Aleotti), it is the turn of a Belgian, Mauri Vansevenant, climber profile, to take the hand and take the yellow jersey.
The first of the four Savoyard days that punctuate the event quickly inspired the climbers, and gave new life to the Colombians who have suffered so far but won the 7th “slide” stage that ended this Thursday in La Giettaz. Harold Alfonso Tejada, winner on the line at the expense of the Belgian Vansevenant, thus continues the Colombian tradition on the Tour de l’Avenir and appears as a new talent, who has already signed at World Tour level in favour of the Astana team.
Several climbers took advantage of the attack launched from the first of the five difficulties concentrated on this 100-kilometre stage to make an interesting approach. The Belgian Mauri Vansevenant, the new leader, was already in an advanced position (10th at 1’20” from the dispossessed Italian Aleotti) following his presence in last Tuesday’s breakaway, on the wet stage of Privas. This confirmation on his favourite terrain is worth to Vansevenant to take a certain option on the general classification, especially since his dispositions in the mountains are already proven by his victory in the Tour du Val d’Aoste, a convincing test. His favourite opponent could be the Frenchman Clément Champoussin, who had missed the breakaway on the road to Privas, but not this one, even if the efforts made at the beginning of the race to catch the right wagon, then to try to isolate himself, may have cost him at the end (3rd of the stage). As for the winner of the day, Colombian Tejada, he was the Colombian who had best limited the damage before the mountain and is getting back into the race.
In any case, the best climber of the lot should emerge this Friday in the “flash” stage (23 km) contested this Friday in the form of a hill race between Brides-Les-Bains and the Col de la Loze, above Méribel, an unprecedented finish at the top of a road recently laid out specifically for cyclists and perhaps destined to become a “spot” for the major events in the Alps.