Wednesday, July 21, 2010

World Junior Athletics Opening Highlights and Tour de l’Abitibi Junior Cycling Competition Stage 1

World Junior Athletics

Women's 3000m

Kenya's Mercy Cherono defended her 3000 metres title by winning in a World leading time for the year of 8:55.07. She was followed by blistering finishes from Emebet Anteneh who clocked a personal best 8:55.24 and Layes Abdullayeva who set a Azerbaijan record of 8:55.33.

Men's 10000m

Dennis Masai became the seventh Kenyan winner of the IAAF World Junior Championships 10,000 metres. Masai's won in a teime of 27:53.88, a World leading mark for the year and a personal best by over 32 seconds. He was chased down by in a highly competitive race as he defeated Gebretsadik Abraha of Ethiopia and Lonyangata who also recorded lifetime fastest marks of 28:03.45 and 28:14.55.

By the way, Masai is the younger brother of Linet, the 10,000m World champion from Berlin.

Someone asked me what the entry standards are for World Juniors, here is an example of how tough they are:

Women's 3000m - 9:35:00
Women's 5000m - 16:30:00
Women's 3000m Steeplechase - 11:00:00

Men's 5000 Metres - 14:15.00 or 8:15.00 (3000 Metres)
Men's 10,000 Metres - 31:00.00

Tour de l’Abitibi Stage 1

The first stage of this traditional junior cycling competition has been completed. The first stage was a 94.6km route from Preissac to Val-d’Or.

Jean-Samuel Deshaies, a member of the Canadian National Team, was second and Philippe Nadon from the Québec team was third.

The 17-year-old Laberge claimed the brown, orange and blue jerseys. The second stage of the Coupe des Nations will take place on Wednesday afternoon with a 106.7km race beginning in Amos, the native town of seven of the riders taking part in the competition, and will finish in Val-d’Or.

Up until a month ago I did not know anything about Le Tour de l'Abitibi. However, after having the opportunity to be on the coaching staff for Junior Nationals, I learned what an amazing event and opportunity this event is for the junior male riders. Maybe one day it will include females!

Le Tour de l'Abitibi first took place in 1969. Throughout the years, the Tour has earned a solid reputation for the excellence of the organisation, as well as the festivities surrounding the event.

The Tour is the only North American stage of the International Cycling Union Junior World Cup. 6th of 12 stages, the Tour de l'Abitibi is the most important, longest and most popular stage. For cyclists, the Tour is a preparing event for the World Championship, scheduled at the end of September. The success of the Tour gives it its world-wide notoriety and each edition brings the best junior riders in the world.

" A Tour de France for juniors" is what the cyclists and team technical directors compare the Tour de l'Abitibi to each year.

More than 30 countries have participated so far and many contacts have been made to attract more. Many international teams compete every year along with other clubs from the United-States and Canada, making it a peloton composed of approximately 25 teams.

This international presence ensures an important media coverage for the Tour de l'Abitibi.

Three champions of the Tour de l'Abitibi, who have moved on to become world-class senior cyclists, Michaël Zanoli (Holland), Laurent Jalabert (France) and Alex Steïda (Canada), declared one day that Tour de l'Abitibi was " the biggest win of their career ".

Stage 1 Results

1. James Laberge (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors 2:12:54
2. Jean-Samuel Deshaies (Can) Team Canada
3. Philippe Nadon (Can) Team Québec
4. Robin Carpenter (USA) Young Medalists/Team Dual Temp
5. Louis Wright (Nzl) New Zealand National Team
6. Juan Carmona (USA) Young Medalists/Team Dual Temp
7. Chandler Knop (USA) Team Holowesko Partners
8. Mathew Lipscomb (USA) South Eastern Regional
9. Wataru Mutsumine (Jpn) Japanese National Team
10. Craig Logan (Can) Team Canada
11. Dion Smith (Nzl) New Zealand National Team
12. Wesley Kline (USA) Young Medalists/Team Dual Temp
13. Raphaël Massé-Viau (Can) Team Québec
14. Benjamin Swedberg (USA) USA National Team
15. Paul Lynch (USA) USA National Team
16. Eamon Franck (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors
17. Graham Dewart (USA) Pro Chain Junior Cycling
18. James Oram (Nzl) New Zealand National Team
19. Jeffrey Perrin (USA) Mid Atlantic Regional
20. David Kessler (USA) Team Holowesko Partners
21. Brandon Feehery (USA) Borah Development
22. Peter Taylor (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors
23. Andrew Ramage (USA) Mid-South Regional
24. Edison Turner (USA) DIY Music
25. Félix Côté-Bouvette (Can) Team Québec
26. Nathaniel Beams (USA) Pro Chain Junior Cycling
27. Nate Geoffrion (USA) USA National Team
28. Jacob Arnold (USA) Team Holowesko Partners
29. Jean-Michel Naud (Can) Team Québec
30. Tanner Putt (USA) South Eastern Regional
31. Jordan Brochu (Can) Team Québec
32. Angelo Ramon (USA) South Eastern Regional
33. Benjamin Salibra (USA) Colavita Racing
34. Lachlan Morton (Aus) Team Holowesko Partners
35. Nick Sutton (Nzl) New Zealand National Team
36. Kris Dahl (Can) Team Canada
37. Andrew Hemesath (USA) Team Holowesko Partners
38. Alex Cataford (Can) Team Canada
39. James Bird (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team
40. Michael Dalterio (Can) Espoirs Saputo
41. Frédéric Poisson (Can) Team Canada
42. Koji Nagase (Jpn) Japanese National Team
43. Ryan MacDonald (Can) Team Canada
44. David Novak (USA) Mid Atlantic Regional
45. Philippe Vézina (Can) Équipe Atrium CC2-R
46. Scott Creighton (Nzl) New Zealand National Team
47. Simon-Pierre Maltais (Can) Nippour/ Devinci
48. Jason King (Can) Team Ontario
49. Daniel Farinha (USA) USA National Team
50. AJ Snovel (USA) Mid Atlantic Regional
51. Thomas Jondall (USA) USA National Team
52. Zack Noonan (USA) Young Medalists/Team Dual Temp
53. Colt Peterson (USA) USA National Team
54. Thomas Folly (Can) Nippour/ Devinci
55. Michael Dziedzic (USA) Mid-South Regional
56. Jacob Gorke (USA) Colavita Racing
57. Ben Barthel (USA) Mid-South Regional
58. Olivier Delaney (Can) Team Québec
59. Torey Philipp (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors
60. Gabriel Murray (USA) Mid-South Regional
61. John Tomlinson (USA) Borah Development
62. Neal Shepherd (USA) South Eastern Regional
63. Jonathan Merritt (USA) South Eastern Regional
64. Nicholas Hand (Nzl) New Zealand National Team
65. David Benkoski (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors
66. Booey Hottenstein (USA) Hotel San Jose
67. William Rader (USA) Hotel San Jose
68. Paul Kumm (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team
69. William Zellmer (USA) Mid Atlantic Regional 0:14
70. Sirironnachai Sarawut (Tha) Thailand National Team
71. Taylor Gaines (USA) Pro Chain Junior Cycling
72. Seehabuntong Poompat (Tha) Thailand National Team
73. Jess Neufeld (Can) Team Alberta 0:21
74. Sanikwathi Thanawut (Tha) Thailand National Team
75. Alexandre Tremblay (Can) Équipe Atrium CC2-R
76. Émile Jean (Can) Espoirs Saputo
77. Daniel Choto (Biz) Belize National Team
78. Wei Chen (USA) Colavita Racing
79. David Onsow (Can) Équipe régionale Abitibi
80. Evan Wynn (USA) DIY Music
81. Nicholas Roeder (USA) Mid Atlantic Regional
82. Shogo Ichimaru (Jpn) Japanese National Team 0:24
83. Masaru Nakazato (Jpn) Japanese National Team 0:31
84. Milo Del Bigio (USA) Team Alberta 0:52
85. Thomson Remo (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 1:17
86. Ohko Shimizu (Jpn) Japanese National Team 1:20
87. Sianglam Satjakul (Tha) Thailand National Team 1:45
88. Michael Pincus (USA) Hotel San Jose 1:51
89. Jos Chalmers (USA) Florida Velo Junior Development 2:01
90. Julien Langlois (Can) Espoirs Saputo
91. David Goodman (USA) South Eastern Regional
92. Max Kaplan (USA) Colavita Racing
93. Scott Stern (USA) Équipe Atrium CC2-R
94. Noah MacCallum (Can) Team Ontario 2:04
95. Alexander Spook (USA) Florida Velo Junior Development 2:07
96. Samuel Geyer (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team
97. Benoît Lantagne (Can) Équipe régionale Abitibi
98. Christopher Bernard (Can) Espoirs Saputo
99. Jukrapech Wichana (Tha) Thailand National Team
100. Neal Forbes (USA) Pro Chain Junior Cycling
101. Jimmy Lapointe (Can) Équipe régionale Abitibi
102. Ryan Gadow (USA) Mid Atlantic Regional
103. Thomas Desjardins (Can) Équipe Atrium CC2-R 2:42
104. Kiernan Orange (Can) Espoirs Saputo
105. Jeffrey Alpert (USA) Young Medalists/Team Dual
106. Brian Trafford (Can) Team Ontario
107. Andrew Jr. Lanier (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors 3:07
108. Alexander Meyer (USA) Borah Development 3:11
109. Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Espoirs Saputo 3:13
110. Blaise Limoges (Can) Équipe régionale Abitibi
111. Sean Lynch (USA) Colavita Racing
112. Alex Battles-Wood (USA) Hotel San Jose 3:14
113. Ian Mcgauvran (USA) Florida Velo Junior Development
114. Tony Wieczorek (USA) Borah Development 3:16
115. Ty Andrews (Can) Team Alberta 3:28
116. Darren Williams (Biz) Belize National Team
117. Christopher Bennette (USA) Florida Velo Junior Development 3:35
118. Ryan Burns (USA) Colavita Racing 4:22
119. Graham Courtney (Can) Team Alberta 4:28
120. Jacob Bouchard (Can) Nippour/ Devinci 4:48
121. Austin Armstrong (Biz) Belize National Team 5:14
122. Luke Lininger (USA) Borah Development 5:16
123. Cody Tapley (USA) Hotel San Jose 6:19
124. Ian Sullivan (USA) DIY Music 6:38
125. Greg Brown (USA) Borah Development
126. Marc-Antoine Labelle (Can) Équipe Atrium CC2-R 9:13
127. Brian Lark (USA) Pro Chain Junior Cycling
128. Jérémie Lavoie-Doyon (Can) Nippour/ Devinci 9:15
129. Kyle Gentle (Biz) Belize National Team 10:07
130. Rhys Rathbun (USA) Team Holowesko Partners
131. Melvin Tillett (Biz) Belize National Team 10:23
132. Charles Matte (Can) Nippour/ Devinci 14:37
133. Taylor Warren (USA) Florida Velo Junior Development 16:02
134. Charles Chazz Martin (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team 16:44
135. Robert Chorost (USA) Mid-South Regional 17:30
136. Bryce Mouneyres (Fra) Nippour/ Devinci
137. Johnathan Freter (USA) Pro Chain Junior Cycling
138. Naoto Yokoya (Jpn) Japanese National Team
139. Mackenzie Garvin (Can) Team Alberta
140. Chris Balestrini (Can) Team Ontario
141. Vance Fletcher (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team
142. Alex Parks (USA) Hotel San Jose
143. Francis Desbiens (Can) Équipe Atrium CC2-R
144. Maxwell Robb (USA) DIY Music 17:35
145. Mackensie Carson (Can) Team Alberta 17:38
146. Dominic Proulx-Fournier (Can) Équipe régionale Abitibi 17:39
147. Gabriel Charlton (Can) Team Ontario 20:34
148. Richard Vera (Biz) Belize National Team 21:38
OTL Patrick McGinley (Can) Young Medalists/Team 28:33
OTL Christopher Flanagan (USA) Mid-South Regional
OTL Michael Raynor (USA) DIY Music 30:47
DNF Bradley Gordon (USA) Florida Velo Junior Dev
DNF Connor Williams (USA) DIY Music
DNF Brandon Spencer (Can) Team Ontario

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