Sam Titter-Dower takes fourth in opener

The Tour de l’Abitibi has gotten off to a strong start for the New Zealand squad.  Sam Titter-Dower has finished fourth in the opening stage of the race, won by Kurt Penno of Canada.  Titter-Dower crossed the line out of a breakaway that was able to stay clear of the peloton by 32 seconds.

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Sam Titter-Dower took fourth in stage 1 of the Tour de l'Abitibi with New Zealand in a strong position after day 1, photo John Rippon

The Tour de l’Abitibi has gotten off to a strong start for the New Zealand squad.  Sam Titter-Dower has finished fourth in the opening stage of the race, won by Kurt Penno of Canada.  Titter-Dower crossed the line out of a breakaway that was able to stay clear of the peloton by 32 seconds.

140 riders from all around the world gathered in Rouyn-Noranda to contest the first stage of the 2017 Tour de l’Abitibi.  The stage was 119.2km in length and featured two categorised cilmbs before the flat run in to the finish.  It was the mid-section of the stage that was lumpy and could tempt a breakaway to go clear. 

Six riders were able to distance the rest of the field.  Two Canadians – Kurt Penno and Guilaaume Davidson – were joined by Nicholas Diniz of Ontario, Robin Plamondon of Quebec, Riley Sheehan of the USA and Sam Titter-Dower of the New Zealand National Team.  While the peloton of some 70 riders were in hot pursuit of the break, they’d misjudged the commitment of the six riders who managed to stay clear to contest the win.

In the sprint for the line Penno, Titter-Dower, Sheehan and Diniz managed to gap the rest of the breakaway.  But it was Kurt Penno who had the legs to take the stage win and with it the 11 second time bonus.  Nicholas Diniz took second place and a 6 second time bonus, while Riley Sheehan took third and 4 seconds.

The result means that Sam Titter Down sits fourth overall at 11 seconds to Penno, while Ben Hamilton is next in the overall standings; sitting in 8th place overall at 40 seconds.  Liam Cappell took 20th on the stage and sits 22nd overall at 43 seconds.

New Zealand currently sit fourth overall in the team standings, 24 seconds behind Canada who lead.  Titter-Dower sits fifth in the sprint classification with Ben Hamilton 9th, while Jayden Kuijpers is just 2 points off of the lead in the mountains classification; 4th overall at the moment.

 

Stage results:
Pos. Rider Nation Team Time

1

Kurt Penno CAN Canada 2.31.08

2

Nicholas Diniz CAN Ontario ST

3

Riley Sheehan USA United States of America ST

4

Sam Titter-Dower NZL New Zealand ST

5

Robin Plamondon CAN Quebec +0.05

6

Guillaume Davidson CAN Canada +0.08

7

Fernando Islas Lopez MEX Mexico +0.22

8

Richard Holec CZE LUX/Stradling p/b Specialized +0.32

9

Emiliano Mrafuentes Resendez MEX Mexico ST

10

Charles-Etienne Chretien CAN Canada ST

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