By VeloNews Interactive
Editor’s note: The following is an update from stage 2 of the Tour de l’Avenir offered by the Mercury cycling team.
What a long day! The Tour de l’Avenir is reserved for young riders, it’s nicknamed “the little brother” of the Tour de France, but stage 2 was even longer than the stages in the Tour de France: 249.5 kilometers.
They all made it, except Will Frischkorn, which is not a surprise. Mercury’s young talent struggled to recover from his back injury and he felt that he couldn’t last long.
“This situation is more difficult to handle mentally than physically”, he said.
After a good musculation program, Will will be back next year for sure, a rider never loses his talent and he’s only 20. There are five more Tours de l’Avenir to come for him.
Baden Cooke finished third in the first hot spot sprint and took some bonus, which shows his high motivation. Later, Phil Zajicek went in a good breakaway, for a short time though because Mapei had no one up there. With 54 kilometers to go, two men broke clear: JP Nazon of Française des Jeux and Ale Cortinovis of Phonak.
It looked like a bunch sprint would happen for sure but these two were flying.
Nazon is looking for a contract for next year, he gave everything and deserves his win, that’s for sure.
Cooke thought he had won the bunch sprint less than one minute after the leaders, in fact Sergey Krushevskyi, from Uzbekistan beat him, and his coach is no other than Abdujaparov.
1. NAZON Jean-Patrick (F),FDJ, in 5:52:21;
2. CORTINOVIS Alessandro (I), CPK, at, 00:05;
3. LEMBO Eddy (F),DEL, at, 00:43;
4. KERN Christophe (F),BJR, at, 00:51;
5. FEDRIGO Pierrick (F),C.A, at, 00:51;
6. KRUSZHEVSKIY Sergey (Uz), SAI;
7. COOKE Baden (Aus), MCY;
8. USOV Alexandre (Blr), PHO;
9. GASPARRE Graziano (I), MAP;
10. KLUCK Damon(USA)USA;
11. VESTBY Martin (N), NOR;
12. SCHOONACKER Jehudi (B), VLA;
13. FLICKINGER Andy (F),FES;
14. PEREZ ARANGO Marlon (Col), ORB;
15. CLERC Aurélien (Swi), POS;
16. OLIVIER Lenaïc (F),DEL;
17. RUTKIEWICZ Marek(Pol),COF;
18. JOGERT Rune (N), NOR;
19. KUPKA David (Cz), CZE;
20. GESLIN Anthony (F),BJR, all s.t.;
Abandoned Will Frischkorn (USA), Mercury.
Overall, after two stages
1. NAZON Jean-Patrick (F),FDJ, in 9:58:42;
2. CORTINOVIS Alessandro (I), CPK, at, 00:20;
3. LEMBO Eddy (F),DEL, at, 01:01;
4. USOV Alexandre (Blr), PHO, at, 01:11;
5. LIBOREAU Nicolas (F),BIG, at, 01:11;
6. KERN Christophe (F),BJR, at, 01:14;
7. FEDRIGO Pierrick (F),C.A, at, 01:14;
8. COOKE Baden (Aus), MCY, at, 01:17;
9. CUENCA J.Miguel(Sp),KEL, at, 01:18;
10. BRARD Florent (F),FES, at, 01:18;