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Wednesday 21 August 2024
Stage 1

Type Individual TT
Distance 15 km
Climbing +181 m
Distance

15 km (9 mi)

Climbing

+181 m (594 ft)

Type

Individual TT

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Timetable (estimated)
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  • KM 5.2
    GPM 4 - Saint-Romain-sous-Gourdon (2,1 km à 3,4 %)
Rider Gaps
NIEDERMAIER Antonia (GER) 00:19:56
SHACKLEY Anna (GBR)
+ 00:00:14
VAN ANROOIJ Shirin (NED)
+ 00:00:23
4 VAN ANROOIJ Shirin (NED)
+ 00:00:40
5 BACKSTEDT Elynor (GBR)
+ 00:00:52
Rider Gaps
NIEDERMAIER Antonia (GER)
2 SHACKLEY Anna (GBR)
+ 00:00:14
3 VAN ANROOIJ Shirin (NED)
+ 00:00:23
4 VAN ANROOIJ Shirin (NED)
+ 00:00:40
5 BACKSTEDT Elynor (GBR)
+ 00:00:52
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For the stage:
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  • Polka dot jersey
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  • Green jersey
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  • White jersey
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  • Stage victory
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  • Combativity prize
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  • Team classification
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For the whole race:
  • Super combative rider
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Team Gaps
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136 - WUDNIAK Julia - POLOGNE - 00h25'17
116 - COURET RODRIGUEZ Gabriela - MEXIQUE - 00h25'41
143 - ŽUMER Hana - SLOVENIE - 00h25'48

History will record the name of Antonia Niedermaier as the first to don the yellow jersey in the brand new Tour de l’Avenir for women, open as it is for boys to U23 riders.

It’s a logical result, given that the young German rider, aged 20, is the world time trial champion in her category and it was at an average speed of 44.5 kph that she covered the 14.8 km of this inaugural time trial, which was nonetheless very hilly around Saint-Vallier (Saone-et-Loire), where three competitors had already missed the deadline.
Antonia Niedermaier, who also won a stage in the women’s Giro d’Italia, beat Britain’s Anna Shackley by 13 seconds, Dutch European champion Shirin Van Anrooij, one of the big names in the category, by 22 seconds and French rider Cedrine Kerbaol, the best young rider in the last Tour de France for women, by 39 seconds.

None of this bodes well for what’s to come, however, as the U23 women, like the boys, will have to contend with the mountains over the final two days of the five-day event. And this first edition of the Tour de l’Avenir for women should go some way towards establishing the kind of benchmark that the women’s U23s have so far lacked in an event of this stature.

Stage 2 takes the peloton from Charolles to Louhans-Chateaurenaud, covering 91.8km on the initially rough roads of the Saone-et-Loire region, before easing off in the final stages.

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Saint-Vallier is the 7th town in the department of Saône-et-Loire in Burgundy.

Located on the RCEA (route centre Europe Atlantique), it is also crossed by the Nantes-Budapest Eurovéloroute and the Tour de Bourgogne en vélo.

Saint-Vallier is part of the Le Creusot – Montceau-les-Mines Urban Community and is 20 minutes from the Le Creusot-Montceau TGV station (1h20 from Paris).

The Canal du Centre linking the Loire and Saône rivers runs through the commune.

Like many communes in France, Saint-Vallier is a town with no history! Founded by a Roman general, it developed little until the 19th century. Essentially rural, in the 17th century it experienced strong opposition between the inhabitants of one district and a neighbouring lord.

In the 19th century, Saint-Vallier benefited from the development of mining in the coalfield. In 1856, the commune “lost” part of its territory when the town of Montceau-les-Mines was created.

In the 1920s, Polish immigration necessitated the construction of mining towns. Polish” culture is still very much present in the form of associations, gastronomic practices (sausages, pastries, etc.) and exchanges with Poland. The twinning with Rybnik has been going on for over 50 years.

Two other towns are also twinned with Saint-Vallier: Wallerfangen in Germany and Umbertide in Italy.

Saint-Vallier is mainly a residential town, but it also has economic advantages with a strong presence of craftsmen and particularly innovative companies: construction of lifting equipment, tunnel boring machines, industrial maintenance, textiles. Local commerce plays a full role.

Saint-Vallier is also a rural commune with several environmentally friendly farms.

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