Norway's Tobias Johannessen pips Ineos' Carlos Rodriguez to Tour de l'Avenir title after Spaniard's final stage surge

Britain's Tom Gloag was looking good for a top five finish before abandoning on the final day

Tobias Johannessen
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Norwegian 21-year-old Tobias Halland Johannessen has sealed the overall victory at the 2021 Tour de l'Avenir, following in the footsteps of Tadej Pogačar, Egan Bernal and Nairo Quintana in riders who've previously won the U23 stage race meant to uncover the future stars of cycling.

The Uno-X rider, competing for his national federation, survived a final stage scare from Carlos Rodriguez, the Spaniard winning the final summit finish stage atop the Col du Petit Saint-Bernard and closing his deficit of 2-18 at the start of the day to just seven seconds across the stage nine finish line.

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