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Posted by Editoress on 06/17/10
The third and maybe most anticipated stage has just started in downtown St-Georges. The race will finish at the top of Mont-Mégantic - starting at 596.2 metres finishing at 1100 metres with a 10% average grade over the 5 km climb - at the end of 153.4 kms of racing
The roads were wet just before the racing started but the overnight rain was finished and blus sky beginning to poke through. CC editor has never experienced rain on the Mont Megantic stage of the Tour de Beauce, so here is hoping the luck holds.
Team manager for the Heraklio-Murcia team of overall leader said today is not for Serrano. The team will work to limit his losses, but will also support climbing specialists Francisco Mancebo and Hector Gonzalez to go for the win. Serrano is a former TT champion of Spain and will use tomorrow's ITT to strengthen his lead.
Mart Ojavee (CKT Champion System) has attacked as soon as the neutral start zone ends (3.8 km)
There has been a series of attacks and counter attacks, but all have been shortlived. Group is all together
At 35 km and the group is still all together
While you are waiting for updates, be sure to go to the Tour De Beauce website and watch the daily videos
especially the one for the 25th anniversary (top)
Result of the 1st Sprint (at 27.7 km)
Andrew Pinfold (Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis), Charles Dionne (Fly V), Nic Hamilton (Team Canada)
Now at 44 km and there are Lots of flats : Dionne, Chris Barton (BMC) Guillaume Boivin (Spidertech)
And the bunch is all together
The peloton is just a long thin line as the pace has hit 60 kmph
Going through Lac-Drolet (59 km) and 2 are away: Valeriy Kobzarenko (TTi) and Sergy Grechyn (Amore & Vita) with a small gap. The first KOM of the day is coming up shortly
They are on the KOM (at 66 km) now and the break is now 6: Kobzarenko and Grechyn have been joined by Darren Rolfe (Fly V), Jeff Louder (BMC) , Derrick St-John (Garneau), Björn Papstein (SS Wledenbruck).
As they top the KOM that gap to the peloton is approaching 2 min
KOM at 66.0 km won by Kobzarenko
A bit of information about today's course. The route out of St Georges was changed this year and is relatively flat compared to previous years. This new course allowed the peloton to hold quite a high speed and discouraged breakaways. Now that the course has gotten back to the usual route, the "rollers" are there.
5 km outside the village of Lac Megantic and the gap is 2:05 with Kobzarenko at the front driving it.
For some reason Fly V and BMC riders in break are not making any contribution. Gap is 2:20
Heraklio-Murcia team is at the front of the peloton stting tempo
DS for Fly V Australia Ed Beamon says they are not helping the break because of Kobzarenko "he's too dangerous"
Fly V has David Tanner in 2nd (on GC) while Grechyn who is in the break is 3rd. Kobzarenko is 24th
They have hit a gravel section. The race has been neutralized - no risk is being taken after what happened on stage 1.
Gap is now 3:20
Andrew Randell is a DNF'd. He is still feeling some pain in his knee from a crash in Philly - Source Spidertech p/b Planet Energy
32 KM to go now. The gap between the leaders and the peloton still holding around 3 min+
We've been in a cell phone black hole for the last 40 min
So here are the updates
Some riders complained about the "stoppage" at the gravel at ~ 106 km point. Nathan O'Neil (Bahati Foundation) said "it's a bike race"!!!
At 111 km the gap was 2:45
At 25 km to go gap was holding
At 20 km to go the gap was down to 2 min
At 10 to go it had gone up a bit to 2:05
1:57 pm and at the start of the climb the bunch at the front is still all together
2 km to go - Derrick St-John (Garneau) has attacked and the chase is slow getting going
De Maar catches St-John with 750 m to go and takeds the win
Final - Unofficial
1 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis
2 Derrick St-John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures
3 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1
Map of stage (opens in sep window)
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