News: GB Team for Tour de l’Avenir

Strong Great Britain team for the 2017 Tour de l’Avenir (18 – 27 August in France)

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News: GB Team for Tour de l’Avenir

A race that helped launch the careers of Simon and Adam Yates, the Tour de l’Avenir which has always been seen as the young riders Tour de France, will have a strong Great Britain team in it this year.

— Open to male riders aged 19 to 23
— Nations only
—  Final event of the U23 UCI Nations’ Cup

Created in 1961 to help the future stars of world cycling emerge, the Tour de l’Avenir is a mini Tour de France in 9 stages for the very best under-23 riders. Some of the greatest names in the history of pro cycling have won the race: Felice Gimondi (1964), Joop Zoetemelk (1969), Greg Lemond (1982), Miguel Indurain (1986), Laurent Fignon (1988), Nairo Quintana (2010).

British Under 23 road race champion Chris Lawless (above) and British under-23 time trial champion Scott Davies lead the six man Great Britain team. Senior academy endurance rider Jacob Hennessey, winner of the under-23 Gent-Wevelgem Nations Cup round and James Knox who finished second in the Under 23 Liege – Bastogne – Liege earlier this year, are also included in the team along with Ryedale Grand Prix winner Ollie Wood and Mark Stewart.

Senior Academy men’s endurance coach Keith Lambert said: “The Tour de L’Avenir, or the ‘Tour of the Future’ as it translates to, attracts the world’s best development riders and is a big target for us on the racing calendar. This will be the first time Jacob and Ollie have competed in this race and it will be beneficial for them as bike riders to experience a race of this calibre.”

Scott Davies

“The race will be challenging, with the route covering a distance of 1,201km including 16,673 metres of climbing, and as such it offers learning opportunities to the team in terms of race preparation and recovery, as well as an opportunity to race against the best riders in the world within their age group. The six riders we are entering into this race have all displayed impressive results this year and head to Brittany in great form. I’ll be looking for the team to work together and support each other throughout the race whilst also targeting stage results along the way.”

GB Team
Scott Davies
Jacob Hennessy
James Knox
Chris Lawless
Mark Stewart
Ollie Wood

Their rivals are list here


Stage 1 | Loudéac > Loudéac 134 km
Stage 2 | Inzinzac-Lochrist > Bignan 132km
Stage 3 | Missillac > Châteaubriant 125km
Stage 4 | Derval > Saumur 166km
Stage 5 | Montreuil-Bellay > Amboise 157km
Stage 6 | Montrichard > St-Amand-Montrond 139km
Stage 7 | St-Gervais Mont-Blanc > Hauteluce-Les Saisies 118km
Stage 8 | Albertville > Ste-Foy Tarentaise 120km
Stage 9 | Bourg-St-Maurice > Albiez-Montrond 107km

In a nod to the last two French winners of the event, Warren Barguil (2012) and David Gaudu (2016), Brittany will host the Grand Départ of the 54th Tour de l’Avenir. The first stage, Friday 18 August, will begin and end in Loudéac, after a journey on the rugged roads of Loudéac Communauté Bretagne Centre. Saturday 19th August , Inzinzac-Lochrist – part of the conurbation of Lorient Brittany South – will host the start of the second stage which will finish in Bignan, near Locminé, another stronghold of cycling in Brittany.

Sunday 20 August , the 3rd stage will take place on the roads of historical Brittany, between Missillac and Chateaubriant. Following that, three flat stages will traverse the vineyards and castles of the Loire Valley. Between Derval and Saumur on Monday 21 August , Montreuil-Bellay and Amboise on Tuesday 22 August , and then Montrichard and Saint-Amand-Montrond on Wednesday 23 August . The latter Cher town will mark the end of this first sequence of the race, punctuated by several tricky sections, between Brittany and Centre-Val de Loire.

Thursday 24 August , following a transfer, the rest day in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc will be appreciated by the riders. It will mark the final sequence of the race which will take place, as in previous years, in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. Friday 25 August , the 7th stage will take us from Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc to the Olympic domain of Les Saisies.

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August , two mountain stages will be the highlights of the 2017 edition: stage 8 between Albertville and Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise then stage 9 between Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Col du Mollard, above Albiez-Montrond, in the Maurienne province.

Stage 7

Stage 8

Stage 9

More detail here:

2016 David GAUDU (FRA)
2014 Miguel Angel LOPEZ (COL)
2012 Warren BARGUIL (FRA)
2011 Esteban CHAVES (COL)
2010 Nairo QUINTANA (COL)
2009 Romain SICARD (FRA)
2007 Bauke MOLLEMA (NED)
2006 Moisés DUENAS (ESP)
2005 Lars Ytting BAK (DEN)
2004 Sylvain CALZATI (FRA)
2003 Egoi MARTINEZ (ESP)
2002 Evgueni PETROV (RUS)
2001 Denis MENCHOV (RUS)
2000 Iker FLORES (ESP)
1999 Unai OSA (ESP)
1998 Christophe RINERO (FRA)
1997 Laurent ROUX (FRA)
1995 Emmanuel MAGNIEN (FRA)
1994 Angel CASERO (ESP)
1993 Thomas DAVY (FRA)
1992 Hervé GAREL (FRA)
1991 aucun
1990 Johan BRUYNEEL (BEL)
1989 Pascal LINO (FRA)
1988 Laurent FIGNON (FRA)
1987 Marc MADIOT (FRA)
1986 Miguel INDURAIN (ESP)
1985 Martin RAMIREZ (COL)
1984 Charly MOTTET (FRA)
1983 Olaf LUDWIG (ALL)
1982 Greg LEMOND (USA)
1981 Pascal SIMON (FRA)
1980 Alfonso FLOREZ (COL)
1977 Eddy SCHEPERS (BEL)
1976 Sven-Ake NILSSON (SWE)
1973 Gianbattista BARONCHELLI (ITA)
1972 Fedor DEN HERTOG (NED)
1971 Régis OVION (FRA)
1970 Marcel DUCHEMIN (FRA)
1968 Jean-Pierre BOULARD (FRA)
1967 Christian ROBINI (FRA)
1966 Mino DENTI (ITA)
1965 Mariano DIAZ (ESP)
1964 Felice GIMONDI (ITA)
1962 Antonio GOMEZ DEL MORAL (ESP)
1961 Guido DE ROSSO (ITA)




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