Posted by Editoress on 06/19/11
Stage 6: St-George Circuit, 125 km
The Final stage of the 2011 Tour de Beauce will take place on the St-Georges town course. The course is moderatly changed from perevious years with a few morre switchbacks added which may make it somewhat easier for an established break to stay away from teh larger peloton.
The remainder of the peloton is now just 86 riders from the original 113 who set out on Tuesday morning.
The day started cool, overcast and windy. THere will be a strong headwind on the finishing straight
10 laps of the 12.5 km circuit
François Parisien (Spidertech) jumps away off the front the first time up the climb, and is shortly afterward joined by 9 riders who have a small gap.
The break was reduced to 7, then caught before the end of the lap. The peloton is at very high speed.
Lap 2. Spidertech at the front hammering away at high speed. Riders are being shed off the back steadily.
Sprint for PTs at end of lap 2: Ilesic Ino (Team Type 1), Alex Howes (Chipotle), Benjamin King (Team Type 1)
A group of 4 has gone off the front just after the sprint. Svein Tuft (Spidertech), Bernard Sulzberger (V Australia), Philipp Mamos (Amore & Vita), Alex Howes (Chipotle)
Late in lap 3 they have a gap os 15 seconds
Gap increasing slowly, now 37 seconds
End of Lap 3. STech has given over to Realcyclist.com at the front of the peloton
Lap 4 on the climb
Break is at almost 1 minute ahead of the pelton. Realcyclist.com seems to be struggling
The break hits the first KOM: Tuft, Howes, Sulzberger
Gap is 1:10
Howes is not he virtual leader on the road
As they head to the end of lap 4 the gap is 1:30
Lap 5 on the climb
Gap is 1:40. Mancebo has lost all but 1 of his teammates. Colex has now come up to help in the chase
Lap 6. Gap is holding at 1:40
Gap is inching upward again and is now 1:45. Mancebo is not getting much help form his teammates, who are coming up on the flats but flagging on the climb. Amore Vita is adding some assistance, but not much/ Parisien and McCarty are glued to mancebo's wheel, so if he makes a move he is well covered.
Howes is taking most of the Sprints so accumulating more time bonuses.
4 Laps to go
At the top of the climb on lap 7. The gap to the pelton is 1:47.
Amore & Vita's Vladislav Borisov is at the front of the peloton with Mancebo and 1 teamate on his wheel, then it is all Spidertech
Starting Lap 8, 3 laps to go
Break rider Philipp Mamos (Amore & Vita) has stopped doing any work, letting Tuft and Howes are doing all the work.
Gap 52 seconds as they head up the climb
Mancebo attacked on the climb and at the top the gap is 15 seconds
Mancebo has only one teamate left to help, Dutch rider Thomas Rabou
Up over the top of the climb there is now a new lead bunch of 9 with Phil Gaimon ( Kenda), Svein Tuft, Pat McCarty (Spidertech), Christopher Jones ( UnitedHealthcare), Bernard Sulzberger (V Australia), Philipp Mamos, Bernardo Colex (Amore & Vita), Francisco Mancebo Perez (Realcyclist.com), Alex Howes (Chipotle). Mancebo driving.
at 15 seconds is a chase group of 17
Then another group of ~ 20 at 40 seconds
Starting Lap 9
On the climb
The 2nd group has caught the leaders
Joris Boillat (Champion System) has attacked and McCarty has gone with, tehy have 10 seconds
Last KOM and Scott Lyttle (Pure Black Racing) will win the overall
Through the feedzone, gap 10 seconds
One to go
As they started the final lap the gap was 12 seconds
As they started the climb they were caught
Colex is at the front setting the pace on the climb - a hard pace, dropping a lot of riders. Mancebo is on his wheel, followed by Howes. A UHC rider is 4th and Pinfold (UHC) sitting 5th. Looks like UHC setting it up for a sprint
5 km to go. It is a bunch of 35 heading to the finish
Tuft has attacked, has 18 sec
1 Svein Tuft (Can) Spidertech powered by C10
2 Andrew Pinfold (Can) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
3 Brett Tivers (NZl) Garneau-Club Chaussures- Norton Rose
Stage Profile (map below)
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