After an exciting sixth stage that was very animated, it was Nathan Brown of Bontrager Cycling Team winning the top honours of the 28th edition of the Tour de Beauce, a premier cycling stage race in Canada.
Brown’s winning move came in the sixth lap, taking part in a three-rider chase towards the main break of the day, along with Christian Meier of the Canadian National team and Philip Deignan of UnitedHealthCare. Mancebo, who was wearing the yellow jersey to start today’s race, did not joined the chase group.
The Bontrager Cycling Team rider finished this traditional six-day race atop of the standings with a slim lead of 36 seconds on Deignan and 44 seconds on Meier.
“Meier attacked, I followed and Mancebo had no teammates left. When I crossed, Mancebo had no reaction. I told myself “Wow, this can’t be true!”, » said Brown after the race. « In the break, the guys were working really well together. Near the end, I knew this could happen. I gave it everything I had and it paid off. »
“Coming to the final three kilometres, all I was thinking about was to stay safe. The guys hit it at 500m to go, and I just rode it in as I had enough time. It’s so amazing to win. The team rode great all week, and to finish it off for them, it’s a great feeling.”
Brown became a solid contender for the General Classification after the fourth stage, a time trial race he won.
In the final stage on Sunday, Diego Jimenez of Team Inteja Domincan Republic was victorious crossing the finish line in a sprint of the breakaway after 107 km of racing in the urban circuit in the streets of St-Georges, host city of the Tour de Beauce, ahead of Luis Romero Amaran of Jamis Hagens Berman in second and Lucas Euser of UnitedHealthcare in third.
Among the Canadian riders, Christian Meier of the National Team excelled throughout the week, finishing third overall. Meier also finished third of the race in 2012. Ontario cyclist Michael Woods of the Garneau-Quebecor Cycling Team also impressed on his second experience in Beauce, taking the ninth position after six days of racing, his second Top 10 at the race in Beauce.
“Originally we thought we’d focus more on the stage win today. It turned out that the race proved more aggressive than anticipated through most the UnitedHealthcare guys,” said Meier. “I had Nic Hamilton in the break and rode all out. The guys going for the GC were fully committed to the breakaway. It was fantastic – another hard day.”
Canadian cyclists will now remain mainly in the Beauce region this week as the 2013 Canadian Road Championships get underway Thursday in St-Georges, an event also organized by Corporation du Grand Prix cycliste de Beauce.
The Tour de Beauce is an annual event of international scope that is made possible thanks to over 500 volunteers throughout the week. The Tour de Beauce is more than a bike race, it is a festival in St-Georges which features several activities downtown St-Georges, including the Festitour and the Défi Desjardins.
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*(In the photo : Nathan Brown in Red, Lucas Euser in white/blue, and Christian Meier in blue)
1. JIMENEZ, Diego (INTEJA, DOMINICAN CYCLING TEAM) 2:35:29
2. AMARAN, Luis Romero (JAMIS HAGENS BERMAN) 2:35:29
3. EUSER, Lucas (UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM) 2:35:29
4. WOODS, Michael (GARNEAU-QUEBECOR) 2:35:29
5. MCCARTNEY, Jason (BISSELL PRO CYCLING) 2:35:29
6. DEIGNAN, Philip (UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM) 2:35:29
7. MEIER, Christian (ÉQUIPE NATIONALE DU CANADA) 2:35:29
8. BROWN, Nathan (BONTRAGER CYCLING TEAM) 2:35:29
10. LEWIS, Joseph (Hincapie Sportswear DEVELOPMENT CYCLING TEAM) 2:36:55 +1:26
General Classification [Yellow Jersey Desjardins]
1. BROWN, Nathan (BONTRAGER CYCLING TEAM) 18:12:08
2. DEIGNAN, Philip (UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM) 18:12:44 +0:36
3. MEIER, Christian (ÉQUIPE NATIONALE DU CANADA) 18:12:52 +0:44
4. MANCEBO PEREZ, Francisco (5 HOUR ENERGY) 18:13:31 +1:23
5. COOKE, Matthew (CENTURY ROAD CLUB ASSOCIATION) 18:13:39 +1:31
6. DAY, Benjamin (UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM) 18:13:48 +1:40
8. EUSER, Lucas UNITEDHEALTHCARE PRO CYCLING TEAM) 18:14:23 +2:15
9. WOODS, Michael (GARNEAU-QUEBECOR) 18:14:27 +2:19
10. BUTLER, Chris (Champion System Pro Cycling TEAM) 18:15:04 +2:56
JERSEYS – 2013 Tour de Beauce
Yellow Jersey Desjardins: Nathan Brown (Bontrager Cycling Team)
White Jersey Hydro Québec: Nathan Brown (Bontrager Cycling Team)
Polka Dot Jersey Rocky Mountain: James Stemper (5-Hr Energy)
Blue Jersey Ville de Québec: Marc DeMaar (UnitedHealthcare)
Red Jersey Le Georgesville: Nathan Brown (Bontrager Cycling Team)
2013 Tour de Beauce – THE STAGES
Hydro-Québec Stage — Tuesday June 11: Lac-Etchemin/Lac-Etchemin (165 km)
Rocky Mountain Stage — Wednesday June 12: Thetford-Mines /Thetford-Mines (152 km)
Le Georgesville Stage — Thursday June 13: St-Georges /Mont-Mégantic (164 km)
Desjardins Stage — Friday June 14: St-Benoît-Labre (20 km) [Individual Time Trial]
Ville de Québec Stage — Saturday June 15: Ville de Québec (126 km) [Urban circuit]
Ville de St-Georges Stage — Sunday June 16: Ville de St-Georges (107 km) [Urban Circuit]