Hepburn wins third stage of l'Avenir

Wed, 07 Sep 18:53:00 2011

Australia's Michael Hepburn claimed victory in stage three of the Tour de l'Avenir whilst Canadian David Boilly claimed the overall lead.

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The 20-year-old Hepburn, who claimed the prologue on Sunday, continued in his fine run of form through the 166.5km stage from Gerardmer to the Swiss area of Porrentruy.

The Aussie was the fastest in a leading group of seven, beating Spain's Jordi Simon, who finished second, and Denmark's Christopher Juul-Jensen in third.

21-year-old Boilly is now the leader in the general classification, taking over from Australia's Rohan Dennis.

The Tour de l'Avenir is an eight-day race for national teams dubbed the "Tour of the Future" for U23 Tour de France prospects.

Felice Gimondi, Joop Zoetemelk, Greg Lemond, Miguel Indurain and Laurent Fignonall are all previous winners of the Tour de l'Avenir in the past who went on to win 12 Tour de France titles between them.

Results

1 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Australia 4:29:58

2 Jordi Simon (Spa) Spain

3 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Denmark

4 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Norway

5 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Italy

6 David Boily (Can) Canada

7 Johan Esteban Chaves (Col) Colombia

8 Mark Christian (GBr) Great Britain

9 Sebastian Salazar (Col) Colombia

10 Miras Bederbekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan

GC

1 David Boily (Can) Canada 12:41:13

2 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Australia 0:00:28

3 Christopher Juul-Jensen (Den) Denmark 0:00:34

4 Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Norway 0:00:38

5 Jordi Simon (Spa) Spain 0:00:41

6 Johan Esteban Chaves (Col) Colombia 0:00:45

7 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Italy 0:00:46

8 Mark Christian (GBr) Great Britain 0:01:21

9 Georg Preidler (Aut) Austria 0:01:29

10 Sebastian Salazar (Col) Colombia 0:01:31

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