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Twenty-one teams set for Avenir

The 2001 Tour de l’Avenir, or "Tour of the Future," begins on Thursday in France, with 21 teams of six riders, or 126 riders total, enrolled in the premier stage race for riders 25-years-old and younger. The 10-day race will begin in the town of Cosse-le-Vivien in western France and then cross the country from west to east before finishing in Morteau, near the German border. The race will really heat up in the final four days, beginning with the 26km stage 7 time trial in Rambervillers. That will be followed by three days in the Vosges mountains, including the final day’s circuit race that

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World U23 champion Evgeni Petrov will ride for Mapei

World U23 champion Evgeni Petrov will ride for Mapei

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The 2001 Tour de l’Avenir, or “Tour of the Future,” begins on Thursday in France, with 21 teams of six riders, or 126 riders total, enrolled in the premier stage race for riders 25-years-old and younger. The 10-day race will begin in the town of Cosse-le-Vivien in western France and then cross the country from west to east before finishing in Morteau, near the German border.

The race will really heat up in the final four days, beginning with the 26km stage 7 time trial in Rambervillers. That will be followed by three days in the Vosges mountains, including the final day’s circuit race that will include five ascents of the Category 1 Côte du Chauffaud climb.

Thursday’s opening stage will be 180km from Cosse-le-Vivien to Craon, with four Category 4 climbs scattered along the route.

Tour de l’Avenir, France. September 6-15.

Route

Sept. 6, Stage 1 COSSE-LE-VIVIEN – CRAON 180km

Sept. 7, Stage 2 RENAZE – ORGERES-EN-BEAUCE 249.5km

Sept. 8, Stage 3 TERMINIERS – CHALETTE-SUR-LOING 176km

Sept. 9, Stage 4 CHALETTE-SUR-LOING – EPERNAY 173km

Sept. 10, Stage 5 MARDEUIL – ANCERVILLE 198.5km

Sept. 11, Stage 6 ANCERVILLE – GERARDMER 193km

Sept. 12, Stage 7 RAMBERVILLERS – RAMBERVILLERS (TT) 26km

Sept. 13, Stage 8 GERARDMER – BELFORT 125.5km

Sept. 14, Stage 9 BELFORT – MONTBENOIT (LA PERDRIX) 175.5km

Sept. 15, Stage 10 MORTEAU – MORTEAU 135km

total 1632 km

Teams

EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI

ARRIZABALAGA, Gorka (Sp)

DIAZ DE CERIO, Ruben (Sp)

GONZALEZ , Gorka (Sp)

ISASI, Inaki (Sp)

SANCHEZ, Samuel

SILLONIZ, Josu (Sp)

COFIDIS . CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE

LOPEBOSSELLI, Angelo (I)

ANDRE, Nicolas (F)

CLAIN, Médéric (F)

LOUE, Cédric (F)

RUTKIEWICZ, Marek, POL

SASSONE , Robert (F)

FRANCAISE DES JEUX

CASAR, Sandy (F)

BODO, Thomas (F)

DUMOULIN, Samuel (F)

FRITSCH, Nicolas (F)

LHUILLIER, Régis (F)

NAZON, Jean-Patrick (F)

MAPEI – QUICK STEP

BODROGI, Laszlo (Hun)

GASPARRE, Graziano (I)

HULSMANS, Kevin (B)

PETROV, Evgeni (Rus)

ROGERS, Michael (Aus)

WEGELIUS, Charles (GB)

IBANESTO.COM

MERCADO, Juan Miguel (Sp)

GARCIA QUESADA, Adolfo (Sp)

GIL, Koldo (Sp)

JIMENEZ , Eladio (Sp)

LASTRAS, Pablo (Sp)

MENCHOV, Denis (Rus)

FESTINA Watches

BRARD, Florent (F)

FLICKINGER, Andy (F)

LARA, Francisco (Sp)

RADOCHLA, Steffen (G)

REYNAUD, Nicolas (F)

SCHLECK, Franck (Lux)

NORWAY

BREISETH, Lars (N)

JOGERT, Rune (N)

KAGGESTAD, Mads (N)

RASCH, Gabriel (N)

VESTBY, Gisle (N)

VIKOYR, Gisle (N)

CREDIT AGRICOLE

POILVET, Benoit (F)

CHARPENTEAU, Yoyann (F)

FEDRIGO, Pierrick (F)

LE MEVEL, Christophe (F)

MARTIN, Ludovic (F)

TOURNIER, Yan (F)

U.S. NATIONAL

DECANIO, Matt (USA)

FITZERGALD, Mark (USA)

KLUCK, Damon (USA)

LOUDER, Jeff (USA)

PATE, Danny (USA)

ZABRISKIE, David (USA)

BONJOUR

CHAVANEL, Sylvain (F)

CHARTEAU , Antony (F)

GESLIN, Anthony (F)

JOLY, Sébastien (F)

SALANSON, Fabrice (F)

VOECKLER, Thomas (F)

KELME – COSTA BLANCA

CUENCA, J.Miguel (Sp)

GARCIA QUESADA, Carlos (Sp)

LOPEZ TORELLA, Joaquim (Sp)

MANZANO, Jesus (Sp)

RODRIGUEZ, Alexis (Sp)

ZABALLA, Constantino (Sp)

JEAN DELATOUR

GABROVSKI, Ivaîlo (Bul)

EDALEINE, Christophe (F)

GERMAIN, Florian (F)

LAURENT, Christophe (F)

LEMBO, Eddy (F)

OLIVIER, Lenaïc (F)

REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE

BECKA, Radek (Cz)

CHROBAK, Jan (Cz)

DITE, Radek (Cz)

KUPKA, David (Cz)

PANEK, Ivo (Cz)

SESTAK, Petr (Cz)

PHONAK HEARING SYSTEMS

BADER, Vincent (Swi)

DEREPAS, David (F)

FRAGNIERE, Cédric (Swi)

LUDI, Florian (Swi)

REIHS, Michael, DEN

USOV, Alexandre, BLR

TEAM COLPACK – ASTRO

BONOMI, Giosuè (I)

BORLINI, Oscar (I)

COLLEONI, Michele (I)

GIGLI, Matteo (I)

MATEOS , Rafael (Sp)

MAZZOLENI, Renzo (I)

BIG.MAT – AUBER

AUGER, Guillaume (F)

LAMOULLER, Loïc (F)

LEVECOT, Benjamin (F)

LIBOREAU, Nicolas (F)

MEUNIER, Nicolas (F)

PENCOLE, Franck (F)

ORBITEL

CASTANEDA, Luis (Col)

CORTES, Alejandro (Col)

GONZALES, Jorge (Col)

GONZALES BARRERA, Javier (Col)

LEAL, Johnny (Col)

PEREZ ARANGO, Marlon (Col)

MERCURY

COOKE, Baden (Aus)

FRISCHKORN, Will (USA)

LECHUGA, Ernesto (USA)

TUFF, Svein (Can)

WILSON, Matt, AUS

ZAJICEK, Phil (USA)

VLAANDEREN-T INTERIM-EDDY MERCKX

DANIELS, Davy (B)

DE SCHOEMAECKER, Stijn (B)

DEMEYERE, Geoffrey (B)

SCHOONACKER, Jehudi (B)

SIJMENS, Nico (B)

VERSTRAETEN, Jan (B)

POST SWISS TEAM

BERGMANN, Reto (Swi)

CLERC, Aurélien (Swi)

ELMIGER, Martin (Swi)

RAST, Gregory (Swi)

RUCKSTUHL, David (Swi)

ZAMPIERI, Steve (Swi)

SAINT – QUENTIN OKTOS

CAPPELLE, Andy (B)

FAGHEL, Grégory (F)

KROSHEVSKIY, Sergey (Uzb)

NILSON, John (S)

OLEJNIK, Mickael (Pl)

POWER, Ciaran (Irl)