French in yellow and green21 August 2018
The 5th stage of the Tour de l’Avenir, Beaugency (Loiret) – Levroux (Indre), was an opportunity for the sprinters more or less frustrated until then, and this time, they did not miss it! The breakaways of the day, the Polish Maciejuk, already referenced as an efficient rider, and the Slovenian Horvat, were picked up in the last few kilometers after conducting a long raid on the roads of Sologne.
The stage finally ended with a massive sprint, won by the British Matthew Gibson, 21, member of the continental team JT Condor during the rest of the season, and already winner this year in France on stages of the Tour from Normandy and Loir-et-Cher.
This day, still well done (45.8 km / h), was especially marked by a cascade of half a dozen falls. The Norwegian leader, Häkon Aalrust, was the victim, as well as the German Max Kanter, wearing the green jersey, who are neither one nor the other, never managed to get back in the main pack.
This is how the yellow jersey returns to the shoulders of Frenchman Alan Riou, leader after his stage victory of Châteaubriant, dispossessed Monday for the team time trial, and even caught in a slight break on the line finish at Levroux (95 ‘to 14’ ‘), which is nothing compared to the quarter of an hour late conceded by the unlucky Norwegian leader, very delayed. “It’s not in these circumstances that I wanted to take the shirt again” acknowledged Alan Riou, necessarily less moved than during his first encounter with the yellow jersey. He himself was not spared by a fall, but he was able to come back and escape those who succeeded him. “I fell once, but I was able to avoid the next three or four falls,” said Alan Riou, who admitted that the France team had other intentions: “In fact, we wanted to play the sprint …”
But Damien Touzé, the finisher of the French team, winner Sunday in Châteaudun, could not do better than 6th, which does not prevent him from seizing the green jersey, since the German Max Kanter (113th at 39 ”) could not overcome his misfortune in time to compete in the sprint.
And here are the French in both yellow and green while the last stage of the plain is for this Wednesday, between Le Blanc (Indre) and Cérilly (Allier), 181.1 km with a false flat finish quite pronounced where Marcel Kittel had won a stage of Paris – Nice.