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June 18/06 5:24 am - Tour de Beauce: Stage 6 Report & Results

Posted by Editoress on 06/18/06

Andrew Pinfold (Symmetrics) scored what he terms "the biggest win of my career" in the final stage of the Tour de Beauce on Sunday when he outsprinted breakaway companion Will Frischkorn (TIAA-CREF) after 132 kilometres of racing. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Navigators) easily hung onto the Yellow Jersey after finishing with the main peloton 58 seconds behind Pinfold.

In the final stage riders faced 12 laps of an 11 kilometre circuit through the host town of St Georges. In addition to a steep 2.8 kilometre climb each lap, riders had to contend with 30 degree (Celcius) temperatures and humidity which pushed the Humidex reading to 38 degrees. That didn't stop a group of four from immediately attacking, led by Canadian road champion Francois Parisien and his TIAA-CREF team mate Ian Macgregor. Also in the break were Jacob Erker (Symmetrics) and Timo Honstein (Sparkasse).

Chase groups formed over the next few laps as the break dangled two minutes in front of the Navigators controlled peloton, and by the fifth lap there were eight riders at the front: Parisien, Honstein, Erker, Cameron Jennings (DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed), Pinfold, Bruno Langlois (Team Canada), Rodolfo Lopez (Tecos Trek)and Jairo Salas Atehortua (Colombia Es Pasion). Jennings was the highest on GC, and he was over ten minutes back, so Navigators was content to let it go.

"As the break was getting established, it seemed like a good opportunity to have me up there" explained Pinfold. "Svein (Tuft) took me up to one of the chase groups, and we were able to make contact with the front group. Jacob rode like a selfless hero, so I got to sit on; until the last couple of laps I had a free ride."

At the front Erker and Parisien were doing most of the work, and the gap had stablized at around two and a half minutes, which is where it stayed until the leaders began to flag on the ninth lap and the gap dropped to just over a minute, making it look like the break's days were numbered. A pair of TIAA-CREF riders - Frischkorn and Bryan Smith - attacked the peloton at this point and quickly bridged up, bringing some fresh legs to the group and revitalizing it.

A lap later, with less than 20 kilometres remaining, the gap was still hovering at just over a minute, and Pinfold decided it was time to go. "I knew I wasn't going to win a bunch sprint - I saw that yesterday (when he finished fourth), so I attacked and Will was the only one able to go with me."

The pair quickly opened up a minute on the remnants of the break (Parisien and Erker dropped off, their work done), and two minutes on the peloton by the start of the last lap, ensuring that the race was now down to the two of them. Watchers kept waiting for the attacks to happen on the last climb, or through the twists and turns along the upper half of the course, but the duo rode side by side on the climb, and stayed together until the final sprint.

"I had the legs today, I think I could have attacked on the hill. I did a couple of accelerations and knew that I had him" said Pinfold "but we said let's just work together until the end, and go 'mano a mano'. So we just lined up 200 metres from the finish and I went as hard as I could."

Race Notes

- Mark Walters' (Navigators) bad luck Tour continued (after his incident with a car the day before), with a crash early in the race while he was at the front setting tempo. "I managed to catch a pedal - and with a Speedplay pedal that means you have to be way over - and it was enough to lift the back wheel and I slid out. I got back up, but just didn't have it in my legs to stay in the race."

- Kobzarenko was full of smiles and hugs after his win. "I am just so very happy that the team trusted me and worked so hard for me. The last two years (on Aqua Sapone) I was always working for someone else, so this is a special win for me."

Kobzarenko called Beauce "a really good race, really, really hard. It is not so much because of the hills, but that it is so technically difficult - always up and down, very windy, rough roads."

- This year, for the first time in memory, it did not rain once during racing. Interestingly, it is also the first time in memory that well-known Quebec cycling journalist Pierre Hamel did not attend ... is this maybe NOT a coincidence??? Everyone missed you Pierre.

- Andrew Pinfold was ecstatic crossing the finish line, calling his win "the biggest and best of my career. I was in the car (after a crash) following Svein when he won on a breakaway in 2001. It was the most motivating ride I've seen, and I was thinking about that today. I told some of the French journalists 'I could die now that I have won a stage at Beauce'. "

Stage 6: St-Georges Circuit, 133km
1. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics3:33:55
2. William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA-Crefat 0:01
3. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH0:43
4. Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-Crefs.t.
5. Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed0:50
6. Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team
7. Timo Honstein (Ger) Team Sparkasseboth s.t.
8. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance0:58
9. Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta
10. Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS
11. Miles Olman (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS
12. Ger Soepenberg (Ned) Altipower
13. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity
14. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion
15. David Harrigan (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed
16. Fausto Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH
17. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-Cref
18. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics
19. Peter Hatton (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity
20. Diego Montoya (Col) Colombia Es Pasion
21. Peter John Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello
22. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance
23. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH
24. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion
25. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity
26. Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello
27. Mathieu Roy (Can) Garneau - Optik
28. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.
29. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance
30. Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion
31. Brent Bookwalter (USA) Priority Health Cycling
32. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance
33. Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH
34. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse
35. Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse
36. Joshua Dillon (USA) Fiordifrutta
37. Phillip Cortes (Can) Garneau - Optik
38. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics
39. Russel Downing (GBr) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed
40. Tony Mann (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello
41. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Canadian National Team
42. Francisco Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH
43. Tom Zirbel (USA) Priority Health Cycling
44. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insuranceall s.t.
45. Philippe Abbott (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.1:30
46. Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS1:37
47. Matthew White (USA) Fiordifrutta2:43
48. Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jap) Aisan Racing Team
49. David Veilleux (Can) Garneau - Optik
50. Jamie Lamb (Can) Garneau - Optik
51. Niek Asbroek (Ned) Altipower
52. Satoshi Hirose (Jap) Aisan Racing Team
53. Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed
54. Brian Sheedy (USA) Priority Health Cycling
55. Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello
56. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics
57. Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Teamall s.t.
58. Jacob P. Erker (Can) Symmetrics6:53
59. Raphaël Tremblay (Can) Volkswagen Trek
60. Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Calyon-Litespeed
61. Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col) Colombia Es Pasionall s.t.
62. Hector Rangel Zimarron (Mex) Tecos Trek VH15:47
63. Derek McMaster (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.16:01
64. Simon Kelly (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn
65. Thijs Poelstra (Ned) Altipowerboth s.t.
66. David O'Brien (Can) Équipe Du Québec20:37
DNF. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators Insurance
DNF. Tom Flammang (Lux) Team Sparkasse
DNF. Francois Parisien (Can) Team TIAA-Cref
DNF. Ian Macgregor (USA) Team TIAA-Cref
DNF. Bernie Sulzberger (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed
DNF. Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello
DNF. Morgan Fox (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn
DNF. Condor Murphy (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn
DNF. Greg Reain (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF. Michael Ford (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS
DNF. Sean Finning (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS
DNF. Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Calyon-Litespeed
DNF. Edward King (USA) Priority Health Cycling
DNF. Thorben Wieditz (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.
DNF. Peter Sanowar (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.
DNF. Eric Boily (Can) Volkswagen Trek
DNF. Clovis Auger (Can) Volkswagen Trek
DNF. Jean-Sébastien Beland (Can) Volkswagen Trek
DNF. Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can) Équipe Du Québec
DNF. Peter Woestenberg (Ned) Altipower
1. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance20:04:14
2. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insuranceat 0:15
3. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-Cref0:18
4. Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse0:42
5. Fausto Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH1:49
6. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH2:50
7. Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH4:01
8. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance4:03
9. Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion4:08
10. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion4:51
11. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.5:09
12. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion5:14
13. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity5:18
14. Brent Bookwalter (USA) Priority Health Cycling6:13
15. Russel Downing (GBr) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed6:59
16. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance7:38
17. Francisco Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH7:47
18. Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello8:04
19. Joshua Dillon (USA) Fiordifrutta9:35
20. Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed10:03
21. Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS10:51
22. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics11:00
23. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity12:54
24. David Harrigan (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed14:00
25. Miles Olman (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS15:46
26. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH19:09
27. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics20:39
28. Peter Hatton (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity21:04
29. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Canadian National Team21:26
30. Phillip Cortes (Can) Garneau - Optik21:47
31. Mathieu Roy (Can) Garneau - Optik22:30
32. Diego Montoya (Col) Colombia Es Pasion22:38
33. William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA-Cref22:43
34. Brian Sheedy (USA) Priority Health Cycling22:54
35. Satoshi Hirose (Jap) Aisan Racing Team23:01
36. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics23:53
37. David Veilleux (Can) Garneau - Optik24:24
38. Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col) Colombia Es Pasion24:43
39. Jamie Lamb (Can) Garneau - Optik24:55
40. Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-Cref26:11
41. Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS27:02
42. Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team27:54
43. Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta28:16
44. Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jap) Aisan Racing Team30:15
45. Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed30:20
46. Ger Soepenberg (Ned) Altipower30:27
47. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse30:35
48. Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Team31:03
49. Tony Mann (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello31:23
50. Peter John Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello36:26
51. Timo Honstein (Ger) Team Sparkasse38:28
52. Derek McMaster (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.38:33
53. Jacob P. Erker (Can) Symmetrics39:02
54. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance40:26
55. Simon Kelly (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn40:48
56. Hector Rangel Zimarron (Mex) Tecos Trek VH41:37
57. Tom Zirbel (USA) Priority Health Cycling42:23
58. Raphaël Tremblay (Can) Volkswagen Trek42:49
59. Niek Asbroek (Ned) Altipower43:10
60. Matthew White (USA) Fiordifrutta44:53
61. Philippe Abbott (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.48:13
62. Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Calyon-Litespeed52:13
63. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics52:36
64. Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello57:44
65. Thijs Poelstra (Ned) Altipower18:51
66. David O'Brien (Can) Équipe Du Québec20:28
Points GC
1. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance78 pts
2. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance58
3. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-Cref56
4. Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse54
5. Fausto Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH40
6. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH34
7. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity31
8. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance28
9. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics27
10. Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion27
11. Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS27
12. Russel Downing (GBr) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed26
13. Peter Hatton (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity22
14. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion21
15. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH21
16. Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH18
17. Miles Olman (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS18
18. Brent Bookwalter (USA) Priority Health Cycling17
19. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance17
20. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse16
21. William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA-Cref14
22. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.13
23. Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-Cref12
24. Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col) Colombia Es Pasion11
25. Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed11
26. Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team11
27. Timo Honstein (Ger) Team Sparkasse10
28. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion8
29. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance8
30. David Harrigan (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed8
31. Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta8
32. Phillip Cortes (Can) Garneau - Optik7
33. Ger Soepenberg (Ned) Altipower7
34. Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.Com - AIS6
35. Joshua Dillon (USA) Fiordifrutta5
36. Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity5
37. Francisco Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH2
38. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics2
Climbers GC
1. Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion65 pts
2. Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators Insurance59
3. Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH29
4. Danny Pate (USA) Team TIAA-Cref29
5. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators Insurance28
6. William Frischkorn (USA) Team TIAA-Cref22
7. Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators Insurance21
8. Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Team Sparkasse18
9. Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH13
10. Tony Mann (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello12
11. John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH9
12. Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion9
13. Hector Rangel Zimarron (Mex) Tecos Trek VH8
14. Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators Insurance7
15. Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion7
16. Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators Insurance7
17. Jacob P. Erker (Can) Symmetrics7
18. Fausto Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH6
19. Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.6
20. Richard Faltus (Cze) Team Sparkasse6
21. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics5
22. Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed5
23. Timo Honstein (Ger) Team Sparkasse5
24. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity4
25. Francisco Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH4
26. Bryan Smith (USA) Team TIAA-Cref3
27. Peter John Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello2
28. Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team2
Team GC
1. Navigators Insurance60:13:40
2. Tecos Trek VHat 7:52
3. Colombia Es Pasion12:40
4. DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed24:49
5. Team TIAA-Cref30:15
6. Symmetrics35:34
7. Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity38:22
8. FRF Couriers - Caravello38:33
9. South Australia.Com - AIS45:03
10. Priority Health Cycling46:13
11. Team Sparkasse57:13
12. Garneau - Optik1:05.04
13. Fiordifrutta1:09.49
14. Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.1:13.09
15. Canadian National Team1:17.24
16. Altipower2:01.01


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