Aggressive from the start of stage 2 at the Tour de l’Abitibi, the USA National team was rewarded for its efforts when TJ Eisenhart outsprinted Olivier Miclette (Equipe du Québec) to win not only the stage but take over the brown leader’s jersey at the 44th edition of the UCI Men junior 17/18 race yesterday.
The duo had escaped from a break with two laps to go in the finishing circuits in Rouyn-Noranda. The remnants of the break was driven to the line by Alberto Ivan Covarrubias Rocha (Major Motion Development) who took third.
” We wanted to be aggressive, to always have a few riders in every break so that way we could control the race.” Eisenhart told Abitibi Express.
With Eisenhart in the leader’s jersey and his teammate Alexandre Darville in the orange sprinters jersey, the USA National team takes over the team classification from the USA Selection A squad. Jorge Amando Moreno Martinez (Major Motion Development) holds the blue jersey for the best first year rider.
The break. After multiple attacks, including a solo move from Logan Owen (USA National Team), the 10 riders finally escaped and stayed away for the final 50 km in the 106-km stage from La Sarre to Rouyn-Noranda. Riders in the break included Covarrubias Rocha and his teammate Jorge Armando Moreno Martinez, Olivier Brisebois (Canada National Team), Lionel Rocheleau (Lionel Racers Against Childhood Cancer), Adam Kopera (Ontario), Dakota Schaeffer (Young Medalists / Team Rothrock), Raphael Gagnon-Gascon (Spidertech PB/Powerwatts), Evan Hartig (Borah Development), Miclete and Eisenhart and his teammate Gregory Daniel.
The gap went up to a bit over one minute with 30 km to go which brought stage 1 winner Miguel Bryon and his USA Selection A team to the front. With the field chasing hard, Eisenhart and Miclette put in their move which stuck to the finish line with the remnants of the break crossing the line 42 seconds later.
Split-stage day on Thursday with the time trial in the morning. The 9.6-km race will take place around Lake Osisko in Rouyn-Noranda, a course which might be sinuous for many of the racers. In the afternoon, the cyclists will head towards Malartic for a short stage of 51.2 km.
Stage 2 Top 10 Results
1. Taylor Eisenhart (USA) Team USA 2.19:21
2. Olivier Miclette (Can) Equipe Québec
3. Alberto Ivan Covarrubias Rocha (Mex) Major Motion Development 0:42
4. Gregory Daniel (USA) Team USA
5. Olivier Brisebois (Can) Team Canada
6. Lionel Rocheleau (USA) Racers Against Childhood Cancer
7. Adam Kopera (Can) Team Ontario
8. Jorge Armando Moreno Martinez (Mex) Major Motion Development
9. Dakota Schaeffer (USA) Young Medalists/Team Rothrock
10. Raphael Gagnon-Gascon (Can) SpiderTech p/b Powerwatts
Top 10 GC After Stage 2
1. Taylor Eisenhart (USA) Team USA 5:03:59
2. Alberto Ivan Covarrubias Rocha (Mex) Major Motion Development 0:50
3. Gregory Daniel (USA) Team USA 0:51
4. Jorge Armando Moreno Martinez (Mex) Major Motion Development 0:52
5. Adam Kopera (Can) Team Ontario
6. Wilson Steeven Cardona Garcia (Col) Colombia 0:53
7. Evan Hartig (USA) Borah Development 0:54
8. Raphael Gagnon-Gascon (Can) SpiderTech p/b Powerwatts
9. Lionel Rocheleau (USA) Racers Against Childhood Cancer
10. Olivier Brisebois (Can) Team Canada