July 23, 2006 (Val-d’Or, QC) – The only interesting aspect of the final road race yesterday at Abitibi was the rapid pace. There were no major breakaways or crashes, just a straightforward stage covering 94.4 kms from Preissac to Val-d’Or. Team Canada’s Mark Hinnen made sure he kept the brown leaders jersey by finishing second.
Like most of the road race stages that ended with a few laps of a criterium, the stage was won with a sprint finish by Ben Barsi-Rhyne of Team Arizona just ahead of Hinnen and Belgium’s Thomas Chamon of Team SG Macs.
Canadian team members did their job and protected their leader and the brown jersey. Hinnen is also the points leader (orange jersey) and is very close to becoming the first racer to end his junior career having won the brown, orange and blue jersey (won last year).
The 54.6 km criterium in Val-d’Or on Sunday marks the end of the 38th edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi.
1. Ben Barsi-Rhyne (USA) Arizona 2:04:45
2. Mark Hinnen (Can) Team Canada
3. Thomas Chamon (Bel) SG Macs
4. Tony Guinhut (Fra) PÃ´les Espoirs
5. Sebastien Sintobin (Bel) VC Ardennes
6. Julian Arredondo Colombie
7. Romain Matheou (Fra) PÃ´les Espoirs
8. Sander Verhaeghe (Bel) Vc Ardennes
9. Lars Andersson (Swe)
10. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Team Canada
GC after Stage 7
1. Mark Hinnen (Can) 10:33:43
2. William Goodfellow (Can) 0:19
3. Guillaume Boivin (Can) 0:36
4 Charlie Bryer (Can) 0:43
5. Kevin Soller (USA) 0:59
6. Vincent Blouin (Can) QuÃ©bec 1:23
7. Masakazu Ito (Jpn) 1:24
8. Lars Andersson (Swe) 1:25
9. Julian Arredondo (Col) Colombie 1:26
10. Sander Verhaeghe (Bel) Lotto Davitamon VC Ardennes 1:26
Brown Jersey (leader) – Mark Hinnen (Canada)
Orange Jersey (Points) – Mark Hinnen (Canada)
Blue Jersey (Best first year junior) – Guillaume Boivin (Canada)
Complete results : www.tourabitibi.qc.ca