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Breakaway trio stay away and contest the win on stage five of the Tour de l’Avenir

Tue 22 Aug 2017

A fast and intense start to stage five of the Tour de l’Avenir today saw a late breakaway maintain their advantage to steal a beat on the peloton and disrupt the sprinters plans for the stage victory.

The three riders managed to break clear after some 70kilometres of racing and held a five minute advantage on the somewhat disorganised peloton by the start of the closing circuit of Amboise,

Belarus had two riders in the move and it worked out perfectly for them with Vasili Strokau taking the win and his teammate Ilya Volkau in third.

Mitchelton-SCOTT riders Lucas Hamilton and Jai Hindley both finished safely in the bunch to maintain Australia’s position overall ahead of the important mountain stages coming up at the weekend.

“It worked out pretty well for us today,” said sport director James Victor. “Of course it was another fast and hectic start, but we were able to maintain our position in the bunch and look to conserve energy ahead of the stage to come in the Alps.”

“Really it was up to the sprinters teams to organise the chase today and there was definitely some games being played up at the front of the bunch and a distinct lack of cooperation.

“Our focus is the GC and we are doing everything we can to hold our positions and look after ourselves in anticipation of three very tough stage stages that will surely turn the race on it’s head.

“In all our years competing here this is probably the strongest group of riders we’ve ever had and to top that off they have been riding with each other for a long time and they are all completely motivated and united to achieve their goal.”

How it happened:

A three rider breakaway disappeared up the road relatively late on today’s stage five to Amboise, going clear after close to 70kilometres had been covered.

Not for the first time we saw a fast pace being set with an average speed of 48kph for the first two hours of racing.

The trio stretched their lead out past five minutes before the peloton intensified a late chase going into the fast finishing circuits with the sprinters teams in particular keen to see the race come back together.

Continuing to work well together into the final kilometres the three leaders maintained a healthy advantage close to four minutes despite the increased pursuit from the peloton.

In the end it came down to a three up contest with Strokau getting the jump on Patrick Gamper (Austria) to take the stage win with the bunch contesting the top ten placings some three minutes later.

Tour de l’Avenir stage five results:

1. Vasili Strokau (Belarus) 03:50:50

2. Patrick Gamper (Austria) ST

3. Ilya Volkau (Belarus) 00:00:12

41. Lucas Hamilton (Australia) 00:03:49

General Classification after stage five:

1. Patrick Gamper (Austria) 16:39:50

2. Ilya Volkau (Belarus) 00:01:23

3. Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) 00:03:45

22. Lucas Hamilton (Australia) ST

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