Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tour De France: Young Riders Jersey

This is for riders who are 25 and under.  Guys who win this Jersey or finish high in the competition are assured to get a big contract from someone, because they have shown that they can ride, at a young age, at the top in a grand tour.  It seems to me that Andy Schleck has won this the past three years.  He has now taken second in the Tour two years in a row, and will now possibly fade into obscurity as he moves onto a newly constructed team next year.  It will be interesting to see how quickly his new team can come around and bring him back to the front of the Tour.  In this sport nothing surprises me and I wouldn't be surprised to never hear from Andy Schleck again in a grand tour. 

As I said Robert Gesink and Roman Kreuziger will both get big contracts after their performances.  Neither man showed a real talent for explosive power in the mountains, but both were riding as lieutenants for more veteran riders.  Sometimes these guys can move into a lead role and do well, but more often they try it and fail.  Validimir Karpets and Yaroslav Popovych are the two that first come to mind.  

Young riders classification
1 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 91:59:27  
2 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:08:52  
3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo 0:11:15  
4 Julien El Farès (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:52:43  
5 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:24:33  
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 1:37:53  
7 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto 1:41:48  
8 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:46:03  
9 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 1:59:26  
10 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2:01:19  
11 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2:11:43  
12 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 2:11:49  
13 Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française des Jeux 2:20:55  
14 Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto 2:29:10  
15 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto 2:33:59  
16 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 2:48:44  
17 Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Doimo 2:56:32  
18 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:07:01  
19 Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha 3:08:26  
20 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:14:18  
21 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3:17:48  
22 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 3:21:40  
23 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini 3:22:28  
24 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team 3:22:57  
25 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank 3:25:39  
26 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 3:26:57  
27 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step 3:28:22  
28 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 3:30:31  
29 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Française des Jeux 3:46:20  
30 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia 3:50:44  
31 Anthony Roux (Fra) Française des Jeux 4:12:58  
32 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 4:26:24  

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