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June 11/13 0:00 am - Tour de Beauce Stage 1: report, results and photos

Posted by Editoress on 06/11/13

Stuyven Sprints to Rainy Win

Taking advantage of a tricky downhill finish, Jasper Stuyven (Bontrager) timed  his sprint perfectly to take the win on a rainy stage 1 of the 28th edition of the Tour de Beauce. Once the early break was caught with five kilometers to go, the sprinters and the leadout men jockeyed for position at the front with no team establishing complete control.  On the final dash,  with riders crashing behind him on the wet roads, Stuyven came around his teammate and held on to claim not only the yellow leader's jersey but also the red best young rider and the white points jerseys.

“The last hill, the little kicker,  we were going hard, the field split, there were some crashes up there and then just the last five kilometers, my team did an incredible job, covering moves and keeping me in the front. I started my sprint at 300 [meters to go] because it's a little down so you get the draft, it was perfect. I'm happy to win here after a long day in the rain, the team was amazing today.” Stuyven said after the race.

Forced to do multiple trips back to the caravan with a mechanical during the stage, Guillaume Boivin  was well supported by his teammates on the Canadian National, and finished second. Andrea Peron (Novo Nordisk) took third.

“Gord [Fraser] and our mechanic, Sean, were really terrific.” explained Boivin who came to the race without his spare bike. “I had to do a couple of kilometers, with a replacement bike, it wasn't ideal. I had to return change bikes again because I broke my seatpost so I did a lot of back and forths in the caravan today. That's part of the race. The guys did their best to try to make it as easy as possible for me.”

“Overall with the day we had, it wasn't a bad race.”  Boivin continued. “It was my first sprint in almost one year so I'm going to find my sprinting legs. Tomorrow, the finish should suit me, so I'm going to try to win.”

“The last climb, I was in the first part of the group. With the help of the team, I try to stay in the front. The last kilometer, I try to take the best position, the best wheel. It's a lot of confusion but I had a good result, could have been better but a good result.” Perron said.

The early break.

The rain was coming down at the start for the 165-km Lac Etchmein-Lac Etchemin stage which featured the well-known rolling hills of Beauce along with two King of the Mountain and two intermediate sprints.  After a few attacks, two riders, Jim Stemper (5-Hr Energy) and Alex Cataford (Garneau-Quebecor) escaped the peloton and established a gap 13 kilometers into the stage.

“It was more an opportunity thing, we were all going  fast. Me and the another guy in the break both rolled off the front, kind of in a time trial, we eventually connected and had a minute. He and I are very similar riders it turns out, we both decided to destroy each other.” explained Stemper.

Behind them, the field was quite happy to let the two men suffer in the wind with Nic Hamilton of the Canadian National Team setting the pace, a position he kept for half of the race. 

“Sometimes those breaks of two little guys can be dangerous because you give them a good leash. We just wanted to set the precedent that we're here, we're not going to pull the whole race but we're definitely looking to shake the race up. We slotted a guy in and it just happened to be me.” Hamilton said. “It's hard to get a lot of teams motivated early so I just went in and rolled just a little bit to keep the gap steady and eventually helped came, UHC and Champion System really helped out.”

The gap grew steadily,  hitting a maximum of nine minutes and 20 seconds by kilometer 82.  The pair worked well together, in what Stemper called a “gentleman's break” and agreed to split the KOM and sprint points.

“Right when I got in the break, I talked to the other guy and said he could have the sprints if I could have the KOMs so we traded. We worked together very well, I'm actually very disappointed that there weren't enough points for him to get the KOM jersey today, it's really too bad because he deserved it.” continued Stemper who took the first King of the Mountain jersey.

With more teams slotting riders into the rotation, the gap started to slowly come down but it was still over seven minutes with 50 kilometers to go. Stemper started to believe that maybe they can make it to the finish line but it wasn't to be.  The rain increased in the final kilometers bringing UnitedHealthcare and then Bontrager teams to the front to shake things up.

The field was back together with one more kicker left at five kilometers to go and the battle was on.

Teamwork. Both Boivin and Hamilton praised the teamwork on the Canadian National team.

“It's really exciting because we always race against each other so it's really nice that we put everyone together and there were no egos, we know what needs to be done, we know who's good to do what and we just meshed together, It's really nice to don the Maple Leaf, it's quite an honor. “ Hamilton stated.

“The guys did a big job, Ni Hamilton rolled at the front all day.” Boivin concluded. “Ot is the first time that we race together and we have good cohesion which is not always the case on a national team, everyone comes in with their own goals, trying to get his result. I think that we're going to have a good week.”

Riders who went down during the race include Gavin Mannion (Bontrager) who finished while holding his shoulder and Hugo Houle (Canadian National Team).

More rain is in the forecast on Wednesday for the 152-km stage, starting and ending in Thetford Mines,; a stage that typically finishes in a bunch sprint.
Report by Lyne Lamoureux


Full results from today's first stage of the Tour de Beauce in Quebec

Stage 1:Lac-Etchemin to Lac-Etchemin, 165 km
1 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team 4:06:11
2 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canadian National Team
3 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
4 Kiel J Reijnen (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
5 Phillip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block
6 Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissel Pro Cycling
7 Joseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team
8 Robert Sweeting (USA) 5 Hour Energy -5hr
9 Joseph Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team
10 Tanner Putt (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
11 Philip Deignan (Irl) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
12 Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
13 Christian Meier (Can) Canadian National Team
14 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team
15 Robert Britton (Can) Canadian National Team
16 Michael Woods (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
17 Jonathan Clark (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
18 Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block
19 G. Lawson Craddock (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
20 Nathan English (USA) 5 Hour Energy -5hr
21 Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis Hagens Berman
22 Benjamin Day (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
23 Lucas Euser (USA) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
24 Maxim Jenkins (USA) 5 Hour Energy -5hr
25 Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore Vita -Amo
26 Francisco Mancebo Perez (Esp) 5 Hour Energy -5hr
27 Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
28 Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
29 David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
30 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team
31 David Boily (Can) Amore Vita -Amo
32 Benjamin Jacques Maynes (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
33 Marsh Cooper (Can) Canadian National Team
34 Matthew Cooke (USA) Century Road Club Association
35 Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
36 Adam Farabaugh (USA) Garneau-Quebecor
37 Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
38 Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
39 Julian Kyer (USA) Bissel Pro Cycling
40 Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team
41 Carter Jones (USA) Bissel Pro Cycling
42 Jonathan Mccarty (USA) Bissel Pro Cycling
43 Gavin Mannion (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team all s.t.
44 Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team 0:19
45 James Schurman (USA) Century Road Club Association 0:23
46 Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 0:00
47 Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team 0:23
48 Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team 0:27
49 Chris Gruber (Can) Century Road Club Association 0:33
50 Anton Varabei (Can) Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech
51 Phil Mooney (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
52 Garrett McLeod (Can) H&R Block
53 Zachary Hughes (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
54 Carson Miller (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
55 Daniel Holloway (USA) Amore Vita -Amo
56 Samuel Blanchette (Can) Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech
57 Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team
58 Rémi Pelletier Roy (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
59 Adam Carr (USA) Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech
60 Conor Mullervy (USA) Century Road Club Association
61 Jordan Brochu (Can) Ekoï/Devinci
62 James Piccoli (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments
63 Matthew Green (GBr) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team
64 Pierrick Naud (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
65 Coultan Hartrich (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team
66 James Driscoll (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman
67 Shawn Milne (USA) 5 Hour Energy -5hr
68 Christian Parrett (USA) 5 Hour Energy -5hr
69 Andrew Baker (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team
70 Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau-Quebecor
71 Marc de Maar (Aho) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
72 Jeremy Vennell (Nzl) Bissel Pro Cycling 0:00
73 Nicolas Masbourian (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments 0:44
74 Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore Vita -Amo
75 Kyle Buckosky (Can) H&R Block both s.t.
76 Mark Korus (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 0:47
77 William Blackburn (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments
78 Ryan Aitcheson (Can) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team both s.t.
79 Dominique Rollin (Can) Canadian National Team 0:00
80 Anton Mikhailov (Isr) Amore Vita -Amo 1:07
81 Ryan Shaun Macdonald (Can) H&R Block
82 Olivier Delaney (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments both s.t.
83 Anthony Walsh (Irl) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 1:15
84 Diego M. Jimenez (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team 0:00
85 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Bissel Pro Cycling 1:25
86 Juan Miguel Perez Garcia (Esp) Ekoï/Devinci
87 Viesruts Luksevics (Lat) Amore Vita -Amo all s.t.
88 Hugo Houle (Can) Canadian National Team 0:00
89 Robert Ralph (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments 1:28
90 Micheal Midlarsky (USA) Ekoï/Devinci s.t.
91 Federico Marchiori (Ita) H&R Block 1:56
92 James Stemper (USA) 5 Hour Energy -5hr s.t.
93 Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 1:58
94 Daniel Chabanov (USA) Century Road Club Association 2:02
95 Benjamin Zawacki (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team 2:08
96 Demis Aleman (Arg) Jamis Hagens Berman 2:10
97 Émile Jean (Hun) Ekoï/Devinci 2:14
98 Christopher Williams (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk 2:16
99 Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk 2:20
100 Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team 2:24
101 Clinton Avery (Nzl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team
102 Thomas Raeymaekers (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk both s.t.
103 Ryan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team 0:00
104 Cortlan Brown (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 2:59
105 Étienne Samson (Can) Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech
106 Benjamin Chartrand (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments both s.t.
107 Alexander Cataford (Can) Garneau-Quebecor 3:21
108 Antoine Matteau (Can) Ekoï/Devinci 3:47
109 Nick Hamilton (Can) Canadian National Team 4:22
110 Davide Frattini (Ita) Unitedhealthcare Pro Cycling Team
111 David Onsow (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments both s.t.
112 Jacob Rytlewski (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team 4:32
113 Jason Mccartney (USA) Bissel Pro Cycling 5:53
114 Jesse Keough (USA) Century Road Club Association 7:34
115 Jorge Perez Pena (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team 8:29
116 Guillaume Fiset (Can) Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech 16:58
117 Sébastien Rousseau (Can) Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech 17:01
118 Logan Cornel (Can) Norco Bicycles/Premier Tech s.t.
119 Artur Sagat (USA) Ekoï/Devinci 17:19
120 François Chabot (Can) Ekoï/Devinci s.t.
121 Enmanuel Nunez Marzan (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team 27:00
122 Nicholes Keough (USA) Century Road Club Association 27:39
123 José Frank Rodriguez Hernandez (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team 31:44
DNS Robin Clegg (Can) H&R Block


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