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June 10/08 7:36 am - Tour de Beauce: Stage 1 report & results


Posted by Editoress on 06/10/08
 

Tour de Beauce

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The 23rd Tour de Beauce began today with the traditional Lac Etchemin road race stage. Mexico's Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Tecos Trek UAG) took the biggest win of his career when a mid-race breakaway resulted in a solo victory and the yellow jersey.

The 165 kilometre stage on one long loop that encompasses typical Beauce terrain - lots of climbing and rough roads. The 30-plus Celcius temperature and heavy, damp air was not conducive to breakaway efforts, plus most of the peloton was either coming off Philly Week or Coupe Des Nations Ville De Saguenay for the U23 riders. Tired legs did not make for extremely aggressive racing.

Two riders did finally manage to break free of the bunch at close to the halfway mark - Jay Robert Thomson (South African U23 Team) and Martyn Irvine (Pezula Racing). By the second KoM at the 100 kilometre mark the pair had two minutes on Colex (who had jumped away from the peloton at the base of the KoM) and 3:22 on the field.

"It had been pretty agressive for a while, and then everyone sort of sat up, so that was the time to go," explained Thomson. "But it was a long time for two to be out there; we were hoping more would come across."

Colex went across quickly, and wih the extra power the trio took the gap to over five minutes by the 125 kilometre point. This was too much for Symmetrics and the German Sparkasse team, and they went to the front to reduce the deficit.

With 25 kilometres to go the gap was down to 3:30, and then Colex rode the other two off his wheel on a short, steep climb a few kilometres later. He quickly took 45 seconds out of Thomson and Irvine, who were eventually absorbed by the peloton in the closing kilometres, on the final climb back into Lac Etchemin.

The effort of the top teams shattered the field, with a lead group of 17 coming in 16-20 seconds behind Colex. Amore E Vita's Swedish sprinter Michael Stevenson led the group home to take second, followed by Eric Baumann (Sparkasse). Also in the group were three Symmetrics riders (Svein Tuft, Christian Meier and Cam Evans), Glen Chadwick (Team Type 1) and Miguel Martinez (Amore E Vita), the former mountain bike Olympic and world champion. After time bonuses are factored in, Colex leads Stevenson by 20 seconds, with 17 other riders within 30 seconds.

For Symmetrics, it was an almost perfect scenario, explained manager Kevin Fields. "We wanted to break it up a bit, but not have someone with too big a gap in the lead. This works really well for, because we have three guys up there, and Tecos will do the work of protecting the jersey."

24 year old Bernardo Colex was almost stunned with his unexpected win, vibrating with energy as he waited for the awards ceremony. "This is the greatest result of my career," he confirmed with a smile. "I have never been the leader in a big international event like this."

Like Thomson and Irvine, he picked his moment to attack. "It was very slow at the time, and my team captain [Gregorio Ladino Vega] told me to make a move. I had no doubt that I could catch the break, and I went up to them quickly. After I saw that I had dropped them, it was up to me on my own."

So will Tecos Trek defend the jersey?

"Si" said both Colex and his manager simultaneously.

Race Notes

- The Tour de Beauce lost two teams even before it started. Slipstream Chipotle is wracked with injuries, and would have been unable to send even a partial team of five riders (instead of eight), while the French Aix en Provence squad had flight problems and couldn't make the start.

- The peloton had shed over a dozen riders by the 100 kilometre mark, and three eventually finished outside the time limit, while 13 did not start.

Stage 1: Lac-Etchemin to Lac-Etchemin, 165km
1. Bernardo Colex Tepoz (Mex) Tecos Trek UAG4:17:09
2. Michael Stevenson (Swe) Amore E Vita-Mcdonald'sat 0:16
3. Eric Baumann (Ger) Team Sparkasse0:16
4. Miguel Martinez (Fra) Amore E Vita-Mcdonald's0:16
5. Ramos Kleber (Bra) Garneau-Crocs0:16
6. Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Sparkasse0:17
7. Glen Chadwick (NZl) Team Type 10:17
8. Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 10:17
9. Paul Brousse (Fra) A-Style Stomn0:17
10. Graziano Gasparre (Ita) Amore E Vita-Mcdonald's0:17
11. Soren Nissen (Den) Amore E Vita-Mcdonald's0:17
12. Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek UAG0:18
13. Moises Aldape (Mex) Team Type 10:18
14. Darren Lapthorne (Aus) Team Sparkasse0:19
15. Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics0:19
16. Cam Evans (Can) Symmetrics0:19
17. Carlos Oyarzun Guinez (Chi) Tecos Trek UAG0:20
18. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics0:20
19. Ciaran Power (Irl) Pezula Racing0:49
20. Johann Rabie (RSA) South African U23 National Team0:49
21. François Parisien (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro0:49
22. Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics0:49
23. Rob Britton (Can) Trek-Red Truck Racing0:49
24. Francisco Javier Matamoros (Mex) Tecos Trek UAG0:50
25. Cameron Jennings (Aus) Pezula Racing0:50
26. Luis Macias Hernandez (Mex) Tecos Trek UAG1:05
27. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro1:05
28. Neil Shirley (USA) Jittery Joe's1:05
29. Aristide Ratti (Ita) A-Style Stomn1:05
30. Ryan Roth (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro1:16
31. Christopher Newton (GBr) Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk1:17
32. Jacobus Venter (RSA) South African U23 National Team1:17
33. Mark Walters (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro1:17
34. Charles Dionne (Can) Team Quebec1:17
35. Chris Jones (USA) Team Type 11:17
36. Sébastien Fournet-Fayard (Fra) A-Style Stomn1:18
37. Derrick St-John (Can) Garneau-Crocs1:18
38. Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore E Vita-Mcdonald's1:18
39. David O'Loughlin (Irl) Pezula Racing1:18
40. Jairo Perez Suarez (Col) Colombian National Team1:19
41. Bruno Langlois (Can) Team Volkswagen1:26
42. Kristian House (GBr) Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk1:30
43. Arnaud Papillon (Can) Team Volkswagen1:35
44. Florencio Ramos Torres (Mex) Tecos Trek UAG1:35
45. Omar Cervantes Diaz (Mex) Tecos Trek UAG1:36
46. Michael Joanisse (Can) Garneau-Crocs1:41
47. Ryan Bonser (GBr) Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk1:42
48. Benjamin Martel (Can) 2peer.Com1:43
49. Philipp Mamos (Ger) Team Sparkasse1:44
50. Patrique Gama Azevedos (Bra) Garneau-Crocs1:45
51. Siphiwe Sowella (RSA) South African U23 National Team2:14
52. Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Col) Colombian National Team2:14
53. Guillaume Boivin (Can) EVA Devinci2:20
54. Dominique Perras (Can) EVA Devinci2:45
55. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro2:45
56. Ryan Sullivan (Aus) Jittery Joe's2:46
57. Ian Macgregor (USA) Team Type 12:46
58. Matt Shriver (USA) Jittery Joe's2:46
59. Sylvain Georges (Fra) A-Style Stomn2:46
60. Evan Elken (USA) Jittery Joe's2:46
61. Travis Allen (RSA) Konica-Minolta2:52
62. Jonathan Kinnear (RSA) South African U23 National Team2:52
63. Graham Briggs (GBr) Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk2:52
64. Robert Partridge (GBr) Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk2:53
65. Jean-Sébastien Perron (Can) EVA Devinci3:33
66. Dennis Van Niekerk (RSA) Konica-Minolta3:34
67. Bradley Potgieter (RSA) South African U23 National Team3:38
68. Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Team Quebec3:38
69. Tomas Roba (Cze) Rocky Mountain Bikes4:57
70. Phil Cortes (Can) Amore E Vita-Mcdonald's4:57
71. Peter Ladd (Aus) Garneau-Crocs4:57
72. Hichem Chaabane (Alg) Konica-Minolta4:57
73. Tim Hucker (Aus) Garneau-Crocs4:57
74. Pascal Bussières (Can) 2peer.Com4:57
75. Mohamed Aoun Seghir (Alg) Konica-Minolta4:57
76. Alex Cloutier (Can) Team Quebec4:58
77. Sebastian Frey (Ger) Team Sparkasse4:58
78. Matt Guse (Can) Team Quebec4:58
79. Chad Hartley (USA) Jittery Joe's4:58
80. Charly Vives (Can) Team Quebec4:58
81. Ben Kneller (USA) Jittery Joe's4:58
82. Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 14:58
83. Jamie Sparling (Can) Trek-Red Truck Racing4:58
84. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics4:59
85. Tilo Schuler (Ger) Team Sparkasse4:59
86. Mathieu Toulouse (Can) EVA Devinci4:59
87. Matthew Bell (Can) Team Quebec4:59
88. Dave Vukets (Can) Trek-Red Truck Racing4:59
89. Kevin Noilles (Can) Trek-Red Truck Racing5:00
90. Diego Genovesi (Ita) A-Style Stomn5:00
91. Matt Wilson (Aus) Team Type 15:00
92. Arles Antonio Castro Laverde (Col) Colombian National Team5:01
93. Martyn Irvine (Irl) Pezula Racing6:10
94. Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) South African U23 National Team6:10
95. Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Col) Colombian National Team6:41
96. Christoff Van Heerden (RSA) Konica-Minolta7:23
97. Herman Fouche (RSA) Konica-Minolta7:23
98. Zach Bell (Can) Symmetrics8:10
99. Kevin 'Buck' Miller (Can) Team R.A.C.E Pro8:10
100. Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics8:10
101. Lars Wackernagel (Ger) Team Sparkasse8:10
102. Rhys Lloyd (GBr) Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk8:10
103. Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Col) Colombian National Team8:11
104. Christian Deshaies (Can) Team Volkswagen8:48
105. Dan Timmerman (USA) Team R.A.C.E Pro10:21
106. Jean-François Racine (Can) Garneau-Crocs14:59
107. Morgan Fox (Irl) Pezula Racing14:59
108. Randy Reichardt (USA) Rocky Mountain Bikes14:59
109. George-Édouard Duquette (Can) EVA Devinci14:59
110. Tyler Trace (Can) Trek-Red Truck Racing24:51
111. Courtney Guck (USA) Rocky Mountain Bikes27:54
112. François Chabot (Can) Team Volkswagen35:54
113. Norman Bryner (USA) Rocky Mountain Bikes37:27
114. Pierre Boilard (Can) 2peer.Com40:24
115. John Bairo Casallas (Col) 2peer.Com40:25
116. Derek Burke (Irl) Pezula Racing45:19
117. William Connolly (Irl) Pezula Racing45:47
HD. Abdalla Ben Youcef (USA) Konica-Minolta
HD. Nathan Macdonald (Can) Trek-Red Truck Racing
HD. Justin Brunner (USA) Rocky Mountain Bikes
DNS. Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's
DNS. Alain Van Der Velde (Ned) A-Style Stomn
DNS. Dale Appleby (GBr) Rapha Condor Recycling.co.uk
DNS. Alexander Fulton (Can) EVA Devinci
DNS. Eric Boily (Can) Team Volkswagen
DNS. François-Charles Malo (Can) Team Volkswagen
DNS. Marc Allard (Can) Team Volkswagen
DNS. Maxime Vives (Can) Team Quebec
DNS. Dave Brooks (Can) Trek-Red Truck Racing
DNS. Daniel Ceccato (Arg) 2peer.Com
DNS. Ugo Lapierre (Can) 2peer.Com
DNS. Vincent Veilleux (Can) 2peer.Com
DNS. Brad Gehrig (USA) Rocky Mountain Bikes


 


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