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June 5/14 16:05 pm - Grand Prix Saguenay: Stage 1 report, photos and results

Posted by Editoress on 06/5/14

The first stage of the inaugural Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay was held Thursday in La Baie, Quebec, and Eric Young of Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies took top honours on the 166.1 kilometre, 11 lap race of a 15.1 kilometre circuit.

The race started with a very fast pace right from the sound of the gun, with a group of 30 riders controlling the race. In the first few kilometres, the group took off on a breakaway and stayed together for about 30 kilometres before they were caught by the bunch.

A smaller breakaway group consisting of seven riders then formed. In the seventh lap, four riders joined the breakaway, but the pack quickly responded to this move, closing the gap at the end of the seventh lap, just before crossing the start/finish line where the crowd had gathered.

The main bunch stayed together at that point until the final lap, when breakaway away attempts multiplied in the last ten kilometres. As expected, all these attacks were very quickly controlled and the race was decided by a bunch sprint.



Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies' Eric Young wins the first stage of the  Grand Prix Saguenay


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With less than 100 metres to go, the sprint was initiated and it was Optum's sprinter Young that crossed the finish line first, ahead Martijn Verschoor Team Novo Nordisk and Canadian Pierrick Naud of Garneau-Quebecor in third.

"We knew that the hill would be kind of a sting in the legs, and as a sprinter I was kind of worried about that. We had to make it through the climbs and [ensure] that the team was in all the moves. We did a pretty good job with all of that and once we figured it would be a sprint finish, got all the guys together, stay fuelled up and get ready for the sprint," commented Eric Young, who dons both the leader's yellow jersey and the green jersey as leader of the points classification.

Young is the National Champion of the United States in the criterium, and should be a formidable force in the event Saturday evening, presented in Chicoutimi. "The time gaps aren't big, so let's hope it finishes again in a sprint tomorrow. I'm guessing that if a breakaway makes it through to the finish tomorrow, well, that's the GC. We have to stay heads up, and it's still full on racing tomorrow."

Pierrick Naud, meanwhile, is very happy with his third place. "I think with the performance in Europe lately, my form is excellent. It is certain that with the time difference between Europe and here, we were not too convinced at first. As the race progressed, the better I felt. At the end of the race, my teammates have all worked well to position me for the sprint. I was very well placed at the last turn."

"Travelling in Europe has been a bit of preparation for this race. We had two big races, and it allowed me to regain some form that I missed from the winter. I hope it goes well go for the rest of the Grand Prix," said Naud.

With respect to criterium, Naud has confidence in his team. "Garneau has done very well this year at criteriums. It is certain that we will try to give all we've got for the race on Saturday."

The classification for the King of the Mountain is led by Luca Benedetti of Team Amore & Vita, who collected the most points in this first stage, 14 points, and will wear the Polka Dot Jersey on Friday. Benedetti secured the jersey by winning the first two sprints of the Grand Prix de la Montagne.

The white jersey of Best Young Rider (U23) will be worn on Friday by Asbjorn Kragch Andersen of the Danish team Christina Watches-Kuma.

The first stage was dedicated in honor of Philippe Boivin, a cycling enthusiast and longstanding volunteer who passed earlier this year after heart issues. The wife of Mr. Boivin was present at start of the race and received a bouquet of flowers.

The race continues tomorrow with the second stage, still in La Baie. This second stage will cover 170.4 kilometres with lots of climbing, including a two kilometre section with a grade between 8% and 10%.

Report courtesy Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay



Full results from the first stage in Quebec

Stage 1: La Baie to La Baie, 166.1 km
1 Eric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 3:51:55
2 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Novo Nordisk
3 Pierrick Naud (Can) Garneau-Québecor
4 Jure Kocjan (Slo) SmartStop
5 Leonardo Pinizzotto (Ita) Amore & Vita
6 Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Den) Christina Watches
7 Luca Benedetti (Ita) Amore & Vita
8 Anatoliy Pakhtusov (Ukr) ISD Continental
9 Éric Marcotte (USA) SmartStop
10 Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Silber Pro Cycling Team
11 Benjamin Perry (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC express
12 Ian Crane (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
13 Elliot Doyle (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team
14 Tommy Nankervis (Aus) Budget Forklifts Cycling
15 Edson Calderon (Col) 4-72 Colombia
16 Michael Vink (NZl) Budget Forklifts Cycling
17 Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Astellas Cycling
18 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Christina Watches
19 Chad Beyer (USA) 5 hour Energy p/b Kenda
20 Joshua Berry (USA) SmartStop
21 Jonathan Hornbeck (USA) 5 hour Energy p/b Kenda
22 Gavin Mannion (USA) 5 hour Energy p/b Kenda
23 Javier Megian Leal (Esp) Novo Nordisk
24 Oleksandr Sheydyk (Ukr) ISD Continental
25 Léandre Bouchard (Can) Transport Lacombe
26 Anatoliy Budyak (Ukr) ISD Continental
27 Viesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita
28 Jake Tanner (GBr) Christina Watches
29 Timothy Rugg (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme
30 Robbie Squire (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
31 Christopher Uberti (USA) Astellas Cycling
32 Michael Woods (Can) Amore & Vita
33 Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team
34 Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) JellyBelly p/b Maxxis
35 Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team
36 Brodie Talbot (Aus) Budget Forklifts Cycling
37 James Stemper (USA) 5 hour Energy p/b Kenda
38 Matt Green (GBr) Astellas Cycling
39 Frédéric Cossette (Can) Transport Lacombe
40 Charles Planet (Fra) Novo Nordisk
41 Talor Shelden (USA) 5 hour Energy p/b Kenda
42 Jacob Kauffmann (Aus) Garneau-Québecor
43 Bruno Langlois (Can19790301) 5 hour Energy p/b Kenda
44 Will Routley (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
45 Jacob Rathe (USA) JellyBelly p/b Maxxis
46 Maxime Jenkins (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme
47 Jordon Cheyne (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme
48 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Novo Nordisk
49 Kirk Carlsen (USA) JellyBelly p/b Maxxis
50 Yohan Patry (Can) Transport Lacombe
51 Daniel Durango (Col) 4-72 Colombia
52 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis Hagens Berman
53 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Novo Nordisk
54 Vitaliy Popkov (Ukr) ISD Continental
55 Nicolas Lefrançois (Fra) Novo Nordisk
56 Volodymyr Dzhus (Ukr) ISD Continental
57 Julian Kyer (USA) SmartStop
58 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team
59 Will Elliot (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC express
60 Jimmi Sorensen (Den) Christina Watches
61 Bjorn Selander (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
62 Stephen Leece (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
63 Williams David (USA) 5 hour Energy p/b Kenda
64 Fernando Orjuela Gutierrez (Col) 4-72 Colombia
65 Michael Torckler (NZl) SmartStop
66 Thomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
67 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman all s.t.
68 Charles Bradley Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:18
69 Shane Kliine (USA) SmartStop 1:10
70 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
71 Martin Rupes (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC express
72 Yors Santofimio (Col) 4-72 Colombia
73 Adam Matthew Farabaugh (USA) Garneau-Québecor
74 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
75 Alex Wohler (Aus) Budget Forklifts Cycling
76 Alexis Cartier (Can) Transport Lacombe
77 James Gene Piccoli (Can) Amore & Vita
78 Clay Murfet (Aus) Astellas Cycling
79 Enrico Rossi (Ita) Christina Watches
80 Maksym Vasilyev (Ukr) ISD Continental all s.t.
81 Sam Witmitz (Aus) Budget Forklifts Cycling 2:10
82 Joshua Lucas Galloway Prete (Aus) Budget Forklifts Cycling 2:12
83 Jesse Kerrison (Aus) Budget Forklifts Cycling 3:21
84 Stephen Hyde (USA) Astellas Cycling
85 Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau-Québecor
86 Ian Burnett (USA) JellyBelly p/b Maxxis
87 Yean Stefan Rodriguez Sepulveda (Col) 4-72 Colombia all s.t.
88 Sebastian Forke (Ger) Christina Watches 4:18
89 Benjamin Chaddock (Can) Garneau-Québecor 5:24
90 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Jamis Hagens Berman
91 Émile Jean (Can) Transport Lacombe both s.t.
92 Simon-Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau-Québecor 6:38
93 Kristofer Dahl (Can) SmartStop s.t.
94 Cortlan Brown (USA) Astellas Cycling 13:27
95 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Astellas Cycling
96 Antonio Di Batista (Ita) Amore & Vita both s.t.
97 Camilo Andres Suarez Albarracin (Col) 4-72 Colombia 18:08
98 David Drouin (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC express 22:18
99 William Goodfellow (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team 22:22
100 Luke Van Lauwe (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC express 22:47
101 Olivier Brisebois (Can) Norco Premier Tech 22:50
102 Benjamin Chartrand (Can) Silber Pro Cycling Team s.t.
DNF Simon Lambert-Lemay (Can) Garneau-Québecor
DNF Nic Hamlton (Can) JellyBelly p/b Maxxis
DNF Matthew Lloyd (Aus) JellyBelly p/b Maxxis
DNF Jack Burke (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC express
DNF Jacob Restall (Can) Team NCCH p/b DEC express
DNF Étienne Samson (Can) Norco Premier Tech
DNF Maxime Lepluart (Can) Norco Premier Tech
DNF Adam Andersen (Can) Norco Premier Tech
DNF Simon Ouellet (Can) Norco Premier Tech
DNF Guillaume Fiset (Can) Norco Premier Tech
DNF Jean-François Racine (Can) Norco Premier Tech
DNF Ryan Anderson (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNF Lucas Bent (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme
DNF Casey Roth (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme
DNF Kiernan Orange (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme
DNF Dennis Cottreau (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme
DNF Samuel Gagnon (Can) Transport Lacombe
DNF Stephen Keeping (Can) Transport Lacombe



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