Tough day in the saddle for Jayco-AIS WTA at Alsace
10^ TOUR ALSACE (UCI 2.2)
July 23 to 28
Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy, Australian under 23 team (Alex Clements, Caleb Ewan, Campbell Flakemore, Brad Linfield, Adam Phelan, Calvin Watson)
Strasbourg - Bischoffsheim, 153km
It was a testing day for the guys beginning with the 20 minunte neutral section getting a bucketing from above before the stage started. The two consecutive cat.1 climbs before 55km were not without drama for us - Caleb punctured at the bottom of the first climb and Calvin needed a bike change less than one minute later. Caleb managed to get onto the back of the main group but had used too much energy and soon dropped behind to the trailing riders.
It was evident that Calvin, Campbell and Alex had not recovered sufficiently after the Stage winning chase for Caleb yesterday, and as a result were left in the trailing group by the top of the second climb.
Alex then punctured without any neutral support in sight - the team car had moved up front with Adam and Brad. He eventually got a wheel and joined the three others behind but finished the stage three minutes outside the time cut-off.
In the main peloton, there was still a fair amount of aggression on the 18 kilometre finish loop which was to be covered four times. Brad and Adam got into some small moves that never quite stuck before a group of 12 eventually broke away on the last circuit to finish 39 seconds in front of the 60-strong peloton.
All of the main contenders are still saving some of themselves for Saturday's queen stage. Adam and Brad are positioned a little down on the general classification but are confident their climbing form will move their overall prospects up by Saturday's stage end. Caleb has now moved to three points off the Points Jersey lead.
Tomorrow's stage is from Dannemarie to Colmar (164.6km) and is a relatively flat course despite a Category 3 climb (3.7km @ 6%) peaking 36km from the finish. So a split plan again, protecting our G.C. prospects for Saturday and Caleb chasing another bunch sprint, who should have pulled up well after today's frustrating puncture.
STAGE 3 - 164.6km DANNEMARIE - COLMAR
1. Phillip Walsleben (BKP, BEL) @ 39.58 km/hr
1. Nicolas David (Brest Iroise, FRA)
35. Adam Phelan @ 1m.16s.
42. Brad Linfield @ s.t.
109. Caleb Ewan @ 18m.24s.
126. Calvin Watson @ 18m.34s.
131. Campbell Flakemore @ 18m.54s.
Cycling Australia Under 23 and Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy Coach
|Stage 1 and 2 report|