The UnitedHealthcare pro cycling Team closed out the 2013 Tour de Beauce in grand fashion with Lucas Euser taking 3rd place in Stage 6, Philip Deignan finishing 2nd overall (and 6th in Stage 6), and the Team winning the Overall Team Classification crown, earlier today, Sunday, June 16, in Quebec. In addition, teammate Ben Day (6th place overall) and Euser (7th place overall) also garnered top-10 overall finishes in the race’s general classification.
Following up on Marc De Maar’s Stage 5 win in Quebec City on Saturday, June 15, Team UnitedHealthcare headed into the sixth and final stage of the Tour with one thing on its mind – land a Blue Train mate on the final GC podium. And once again, the boys executed to near perfection en route to delivering Deignan to the number two spot on the final stage and securing three riders in the final top 10.
Reflecting on the stage, the race, and his teammates work throughout the week, Euser said, “This is an iconic last stage of a beautiful race in North America. It is always a battle but it can never be won as an individual. Today, our team showed up with a full deck of cards and we played them all the best we could. I kept pressure on the breakaway from the start and Phil did a great job coming across. The whole team rode flawlessly all week in what was a very hard Tour de Beauce. Overall, we stuck together and this was a brilliant week!”
Team Director, Hendrik Redant, added, “We had a great week of racing. The boys stuck together really well and I saw a very focused team. Like yesterday, today was a day where we were trying to get the yellow jersey. The plan was to make the race as hard as we could. Lucas was our guy in the break today, an ideal move so we would be able to bridge the gap later in the race. Philip was the rider who could bridge to the front group, which would have been an ideal situation were it not for Team Bontrager’s Nathan Brown – who understood our tactics and did the job he had to do bridging to the front group together with Philip. As Nathan was only five seconds down in GC, he became the leader of the race.”
Once Bontrager’s Brown secured his spot in the front group with Deignan, Paco Mancebo (5-Hour Energy p/b Kenda) lost his place atop the GC, but not without working very hard to get the group back. But to Mancebo’s dismay, he found himself stranded at 20 seconds behind the front group.
Team UnitedHealthcare’s Day did an outstanding job on the afternoon covering Mancebo’s moves and protecting Deignan.
Day commented on the work he put in throughout the afternoon.
“It was a real battle today,” he said. “We exploded the race and Phil was able to capitalize to move up to 2nd place on GC and Lucas was 3rd on the stage. I shadowed Mancebo all day, not giving him any rope. The boys’ execution was great. This was a fun day and we’re all happy with the results.”
Redant summed up the mood and feeling of the team, stating, “Lucas getting 3rd place today and Phil finishing 2nd on GC, along with the other results the boys produced this week, concluded a great tour in the beautiful region of Quebec. This was an awesome week of racing and we are pleased with the show of strength from our team. And the cherry on top was winning the team classification.”
Kiel Reijnen (USA)
Philip Deignan (IRL)
Ben Day (AUS)
Marc De Maar (CUR)
Lucas Euser (USA)
Jonny Clarke (AUS)
Davide Frattini (ITA)