USA National Team Dominate At Tour de l’Abitibi

Posted on 19. Jul, 2012 by in race

The Americans simply dominated the double stage day at the Tour de l’Abitibi first with the time trial in the morning where the six riders on the USA National Team finished in the top 7, and then by winning – and taking third – in the short stage in the early evening. After four days of competition, the USA National holds all the jerseys, the brown for the overall leader TJ Eisenhart, the orange for the sprint leader Alexandre Darville and the blue for the best first-year rider Logan Owen. The squad also holds the top 6 positions in the general classification.

USA National team sweeps TT podium: TJ Eisenhart first, Alexey Vermeulen 2nd and Gregory Daniel 3rd. - photo © Hugo Lacroix

USA National team sweeps TT podium: TJ Eisenhart first, Alexey Vermeulen 2nd and Gregory Daniel 3rd. - photo © Hugo Lacroix

This is only the second time in its 44 years that a team could take home all the jerseys, along with the team classification – the first time was in 2006 by the Canada National Team.

Thursday started off with the race of truth - photo © Hugo Lacroix

Thursday started off with the race of truth - photo © Hugo Lacroix

Eisenhart clocked the fastest time of 12 minutes and 25 seconds, setting an average speed of 46 kmh on the  sinuous 9.6 km course to win stage 3. Separated by a few hundreds of a second, his teammates Alexey Vermeulen and Gregory Daniel were one second back and took second and third.  Only one rider, Yohan Patry (Canada National Team) broke the stranglehold of the American team with a sixth place at five seconds.

USA National Team controls the front of the field - photo © Hugo Lacroix

USA National Team controls the front of the field - photo © Hugo Lacroix

After a short break, the riders returned to racing with the short 51.2 km stage 4 from Malartic to Rivière-Héva. A few attacks were tried early on the lollipop-shaped course but the USA National team kept the speed high, averaging 47kmh and controlled everything. With 5 km to go, the teams started to move their sprinters up in the field to try, Equipe de Québec working for Elliott Doyle, Borah Development for Evan Hartig with the USA National team setting the pace at the front. Crashes took down a few riders in the final corner as they sped to the line where Darville took the win. Winner of the first stage, Miguel Bryon (USA Selection A) was second and Owen 3rd.

Racing continues on Friday when the race returns to the Témiscamingue region for the first time in 15 years. Starting at 2:15pm EST in Timiskaming First Nation, the 103-km stage includes two KOMs and two intermediate sprints for points and bonus seconds before ending in Lorrainville.

Tour de l'Abitibi - photo © Hugo Lacroix

Tour de l'Abitibi - photo © Hugo Lacroix

Stage 3 Top 10 Results
1. Taylor Eisenhart (USA) USA National Team 12:25
2. Alexey Vermeulen (USA) USA National Team 0:01
3. Gregory Daniel (USA) USA National Team
4. Alexandre Darville (USA) USA National Team 0:04
5. Geoffrey Curren (USA) USA National Team 0:05
6. Yohan Patry (CAN) Canada National Team
7. Logan Owen (USA) USA National Team 0:06
8. Brandon Etlz (CAN) Canada National Team 0:15
9. Nigel Ellsay (CAN) Cycling BC 0:18
10. Evan Hartig (USA) Evan Borah Development 0:21

Stage 4 Top 10 Results
1. Alexandre Darville (USA) USA National Team 1:05:22
2. Miguel Bryon (USA) USA Selection A
3. Logan Owen (USA) USA National Team
4. Elliott Doyle (CAN) Québec
5. Setthawut Yordsuwan (THA) Thailande
6. Lucas Wardein (USA) Southeastern Regional
7. Romeo Daniel Quicibal Estada (GUA) Guatemala
8. Gregory Daniel (USA) USA National Team
9. Brandon Etlz (CAN) Canada National Team
10. Max Toeldte (CAN) Max Atlantique

Top 10 GC After Stage 4
1. Taylor Eisenhart (USA) USA National Team 6:21:46
2. Gregory Daniel (USA) USA National Team 0:52
3. Alexandre Darville (USA) USA National Team 0:56
4. Logan Owen (USA) USA National Team 1:12
5. Geoffrey Curren (USA) USA National Team 1:14
6. Alexey Vermeulen (USA) USA National Team 1:18
7. Evan Hartig (USA) Evan Borah Development 1:22
8. Yohan Patry (CAN) Canada National Team
9. Brandon Etlz (CAN) Canada National Team 1:25
10. Nigel Ellsay (CAN) Cycling BC 1:28

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