Live coverage replay: 2012 Tour de Beauce Stage 6By Canadian Cycling Magazine - Published June 17, 2012
The Tour de Beauce will host some of the strongest road cyclists in world for a six-day stage race held in Saint-Georges, Quebec. Follow our live coverage of the race that begins on Tuesday, June 12 and concludes on Sunday, June 17.
Defending champion Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist) will take the starting line alongside other past winners Svein Tuft (Team Canada) and Ben Day (UnitedHealthcare).
There are a handful of other riders capable of winning the overall title that include Sebastian Salas (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), who won the climber’s jersey at the Tour of California, Ryan Roth (SpiderTech p/b C10), Craig Lewis (Champion System) and Rob Britton (H&R Block)
The Canadian national team, led by Tuft, will start a series of notable riders including Christian Meier and David Veilleux. Francois Parisien (SpiderTech p/b C10) will look for improve on his strong performance from last year.
The international stage race is one of the longest-standing events in Canadian history. Previous winners include Jonathan Vaughters, Levi Leipheimer and Michael Rogers.
Stage 1, June 12 (starts at 9:30 a.m. EST): Lac-Etchemin to Lac-Etchemin, 162 km
Stage 2, June 13 (starts at 10:00 a.m. EST): Thetford-Mines to Thetford-Mines, 160 km
Stage 3, June 14 (starts at 9:30 a.m. EST): St-Georges to Mont-Megantic, 164 km
Stage 4, June 15 (starts at 9:00 a.m. EST): St-Benoit-Labre Time Trial, 20 km
Stage 5, June 16, (starts at 12:15 p.m. EST): Circuit Urbain / Ville de Quebec, 125 km
Stage 6, June 17 (starts at 11:00 a.m. EST): Circuit Urbain / Ville de Saint-Georges, 125 km
Good morning and welcome to the final stage of the Tour de Beauce. Today’s stage six finale is a circuit race in Saint-Georges. The peloton will complete 10 laps of a 12.5 km course for a total of 125 km.There are three sprints and three King of the Mountain climbs on the course today.
Temperature at start of race are around 20C degrees but it is expected to rise to 25C … There’s a bit of cloud cover.
Christian Meier (Team Canada) will be on the move today trying to jump a few places in the overall classification. His teammate Svein Tuft (a former overall winner) won this stage last year.
To recap yesterday’s stage 5 circuit race in Quebec City, Vegard Stake Laengen (Team Type 1-Sanofi) clawed his way to victory. He outpaced two of his eight breakaway companion, Russell Hampton in second and Liam Holohan in third, both from team Raleigh.
The men are rolling through the start-finish line waiting for the time to start staging.
Rory Sutherland relied on his UnitedHealthcare teammates to keep him in the yellow leader’s jersey heading into today’s finale in Saint-Georges. He is leading the race by 19 seconds ahead of Hugo Houle (SpiderTech) in second and 43 seconds ahead of third placed Christian Meier (Team Canada).
Medique team director Steve McFarlane is down to one rider. He says this week has been a learning experience, but they want to finish the race. That’s very important.
Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) has just arrived to the starting line. HIs UnitedHealthcare team DS, Henrik Redant said today’s circuit race is much harder than yesterday’s because there are more climbs. It will be tougher to control the race today. But he is confident that his riders are strong and they will be able to win the overall GC.
The riders are all starting to line up. There are a lot of fans watching at the start line. There is also an expo for them to enjoy while the peloton is out on course.
We want to wish all the fathers on the start line a happy Father’s Day today!
Our guys for today! Hamilton, Sutherland, Houle, Mancebohttp://instagr.am/p/L-qipUEv-W/
One minute to start
Peloton r ready to start http://instagr.am/p/L-q30dEv-l/
The peloton will roll through a neutral start until they get to the outer limits of the downtown area.
The King of the Mountain climb is during the first section of the course. It is gradually up hill out of town and then steeper as the race heads toward the big climb on course. The race will then travel along some rural roads, over several other shorter climbs before a technical descent back down into the city.
And they are off …
The UnitedHealthcare team mechanic broke his foot in a bizzare accident yesterday. DS Henrik Redant will be helping out as a mechanic today.
Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies is attacking the peloton
They have Sebastien Salas sitting in ninth place overall, 1:35 minutes behind Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare).
The peloton is stretched out as they race through a small neighbourhood outside of Saint-Georges. There are a flurry of attacks keeping the overall pace of the race very fast.
There are 13 riders dropped halfway through the first lap.
A breakaway of three riders is starting to form
Attack of the #37, peloton react
Chris Butler (Champion System) is attacking
The peloton is back together and strung out along the very fast and technical descent back into Saint-Georges.
7 riders in the break: 3, 33, 62, 66, 73,74,142 @ 45 sec
@UHCprocycling lead the peloton
One UnitedHealthcare rider has crashed
one riders in chasse @ 28 sec
A breakaway of eight riders has started the second lap
#TOURDEBEAUCE Stage 6 underway Updateshttp://www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=24343
The riders in the breakaway are Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist), Matthias Friedemann (Champion System), Jamie Sparling and Liam Holohan (Raleigh), Marsh Cooper and Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS) and Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor).
No more chasse. Gap @ 38 sec
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 2 on the climb and the field is splintering badly
The eight-rider breakaway has a gap of just under one minute. There is one rider chasing.
Former winner Ben Day (UnitedHealthcare) has a mechanical
UnitedHealthcare seems to be having a bit of bad luck at the moment.
gap @ 35 sec
Let’s hope they don’t have too many mechanicals because their mechanic has a broken foot.
New gap @ 30 sec, speed is very high on the moment
The peloton is flying down the descent and only about 30 seconds off the back of the breakaway
if you want the name and number of the rider:http://tourdebeauce.com - Peloton - Team - and download the link on top of the page.
Ben Day (UnitedHealthcare) has just made it back onto the back of the peloton after a mechanical
Si vous voulez la liste de coureur et leurs numéro:http://tourdebeauce.com - Peloton - Équipe - downloader le lien en haut de page.
The eight breakaway riders have 32 seconds on the field.
Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist), Matthias Friedemann (Champion System), Jamie Sparling and Liam Holohan (Raleigh), Marsh Cooper and Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS) and Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor).
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 3 The pace is high in both the break and the peloton so the break is not making a lot of headway. Gap at 30 sec
Chad Beyer and Liam Holohan were apart of yesterday’s breakaway. Holohan place third on the stage
The breakaway is starting the third lap. The pace is very fast.
To recap today’s stage, it’s a circuit race in Saint-Georges. The peloton completes 10 laps of a 12.5 km course for a total of 125 km. There are three sprints and three King of the Mountain climbs on the course.
Part of the circuit travels through residential neighbourhoods. People are out on the lawn and cheering. One family has a BBQ going … nice day to watch a bike race.
The breakaway is descending back down to the start finish area. It is a technical descent with one very sharp hairpin turn.
Gap now @45 sec
The peloton is travelling at 55km/h
The eight breakaway riders have gained an additional 15 seconds, the gap is now 45 seconds.
The gap is now 55 seconds
Breakaway riders Chad Beyer and Matthias Friedemann are the highest placed riders in the GC, both 3:43 behind Sutherland.
Last year Svein Tuft won this stage, attacking the field on the last lap on the descent and soloing to the finish line.
Friedemann just won the first intermediate sprint of the stage
At the start of the stage, Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist) was leading the points classification with 43 points ahead of Christian Meier (Team Canada) with 34 points and Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) with 33 points.
New gap @ 25 sec
The gap has been reduced to 25 seconds
Friedemann started the stage in fourth place in the Points classification with 30 points. He will no doubt want to pick up some points today to move up in that competition.
There are three intermediate sprints for points and three KOM ascents today
A dangerous rider has just bridged across to the breakaway. Sebastien Salas (Optum-KBS)), ninth overall, 1:35 behind Sutherland.
There are two more riders trying to bridge across. Taylor Sheldon (Competitive Cyclist) and Morgan Schmitt (Exergy)
Chase @ 12 sec of the break
#TOURDEBEAUCE Salas of KBS has joined the break. Gap at 20 sec. Shelden ( Comp) and Schmitt (Exergy) are bridginghttp://www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=24343
Shelden and Schmitt are just 12 seconds behind the breakaway.
Gap @ 32 sec for the chaser and 44 sec for the pack
The breakaway is just starting lap 4
The riders have a 44-second gap ahead of the breakaway. There are two chasers just behind the breakaway.
Correction, the eight riders in the breakaway have a 44-second gap on the field.
The breakaway riders are Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist), Matthias Friedemann (Champion System), Jamie Sparling and Liam Holohan (Raleigh), Marsh Cooper and Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS) and Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor). And Sebastian Salas (Optum-KBS), who is in ninth place overall, 1:35 minutes behind Sutherland.
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 4 - 3 Optum p/b KB riders driving break. The gap is 45 seconds to the peloton http://www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=24343
Max Jenkins (Competitive Cyclist) just had to do a bike change.
The breakaway is on the first KOM of the stage.
To recap, Nic Hamilton (Team Canada) is leading the King of the Mountain competition with 33 points. Craig Lewis (Champion System) has 23 points and Matt Cooke (Exergy) has 20 points.
The gap to the main field has increased to 1:25 minutes
No more chase, new gap @ 1m05
Gap @ 55 sec
Shelden and Schmitt did not make it across to the breakaway and have been reabsorbed back into the main field.
Gap @ 50 sec
Lap 4 and the breakaway has 50 seconds ahead of the peloton.
There are several riders who have dropped out of the race.
Gap @ 55 sec 121 chase
Rob Britton (H&R Block) is trying to bridge across to the breakaway
#TOURDEBEAUCE On the climb Mancebo attacks. Meier & Sutherland on him. Gap to leaders 1:20 http://www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=24343
#TOURDEBEAUCE Rob Britton ( H&R Block) is attempting to bridge along top of course
The temperature are starting to get warmer. The feeding just opened and riders can either go back to the cars to get a water bottle or get one from their team staff at the side of the road in the feedzone.
defending overall champion Francisco Mancebo (Competitive Cyclist) has launched an attack but he was quickly followed by the current race leader Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) and Christian Meier (Team Canada)
Anyone have results for first KOM? #tourdebeauce
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 5 starting: Britton is at 44 sec back. Peloton at 1:10 http://www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=24343
Matthias Friedemann (Champion System) won the second sprint of the stage
Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor) won the first KOM
Correction. Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS) won the first KOM. Not surprising as he won the first two KOM ascents from a breakaway on the first stage.
Rob Britton (H&R Block) has made it across to the breakaway
6 laps to go / 6 tours à faire http://yfrog.us/o0a74z
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 5, top of the climb - Britton has now joined the break
new gap 1m10, @UHCprocycling lead the pack
Was Rob Britton on his own bridging accross?
#6 try to brige the gap
There are now nine riders in the breakaway.
Yes, Rob Britton bridged across to the breakaway on his own, very strong ride.
Gap @ 55 sec for the chaser and 1m10 for the peloton
Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist), Matthias Friedemann (Champion System), Jamie Sparling and Liam Holohan (Raleigh), Marsh Cooper and Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS), Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor), Sebastian Salas (Optum-KBS) and Rob Britton (H&R Block).
Out of the breakaway riders Salas is the highest placed in the overall GC, ninth place and 1:35 minutes behind Sutherland.
Britton is in 10th place overall, 1:39 behind Sutherland. These two riders are putting pressure on UnitedHealthcare.
No more chasing riders, gap @ 1m10
#TOURDEBEAUCE Max Jenkins (Competitive Cyclist) is trying to bridge
#TOURDEBEAUCE UHC at front of peloton setting tempo. Then Meir, Tuft and Mancebo
The nine breakaway riders are about to start lap 6 with a 1:15 minute gap ahead of the peloton led by UnitedHealthcare.
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 6 starting - Gap 1:18
Gap @ 1m30
Ken Hanson (optum-KBS) just won the second KOM. He is moving back up in the climber’s competition.
The breakaway riders are on lap 6 with a 1:18 minutes gap ahead of the peloton. UnitedHealthcare seems content to keep the breakaway less than 1:30 minutes. Breakaway riders Salas is 1:35 back in GC and Britton is 1:39 back.
Sutherland has a mechanical on course
Several riders from UnitedHealthcare are dropping back behind the peloton to wait for their GC leader Rory Sutherland, who has a mechanical
The gap to the breakaway has gone up to 1:30 minutes
Sutherland is back in the peloton and the team is reorganizing themselves at the front of the field
Gap @ 1m38
The breakaway has just started lap 7 and their advantage has gone up to 1:38
Gap @ 1m35
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 6 - Mechanical for Sutherland at top of climb. UHC brings him safely back to bunch - Gap 1:38
To recap, lap 7, the breakaway riders are Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist), Matthias Friedemann (Champion System), Jamie Sparling and Liam Holohan (Raleigh), Marsh Cooper and Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS), Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor), Sebastian Salas (Optum-KBS) and Rob Britton (H&R Block).
Svein Tuft (Team Canada) is now on the front of the peloton, in front of the UnitedHealthcare train.
#TOURDEBEAUCE Pace of peloton to slow, so Tuft now at front towing. Peloton one long line behind him
The gap is slowly dropping back down under 1:30
The hardman Svein Tuft on the front of the peloton. He was at the front all day earlier this year at Tirreno-Adriatico. #tourdebeauce
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 7 starting. gap 1:25 UHC back at front now
Svein Tuft (Team Canada) attacked the peloton
One of the Optum-KBS riders has attacked the breakaway
Svein Tuft (Team Canada) has attacked three times
He won this stage last year after attacking the main field on the last lap and soloed to the finish line.
The nine breakaway riders are all together.
#TOURDEBEAUCE Svein Tuft is making repeated attacks. Forcing peloton to react. Tuft has won this stage in past - gap to leaders 55 sec
37 attack and chase @ 47 sec
RT @Toguri_Training: Svein tuft is Repeatedly attacking
An Exergy rider has a flat tire
The nine-rider breakaway has 50 seconds on the main field
The nine-rider breakaway now has 1:10 minutes. There is a second chase group on the road now.
#TOURDEBEAUCE Chris Butler (Champion System) is chasing break at 44 sec back. Peloton at 1 min
gap @ 48 sec for the chaser ans 1m10 for the peloton
The chase group includes Svein Tuft (Team Canada) and Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare). Interesting combination.
After making several attacks Svein Tuft has finally broke free from the field, but he has race leader Rory Sutherland with him
#TOURDEBEAUCE Tuft and Sutherland have now taken up the chase
Buttler, 37 is the chasing riders #ChampionSystem
3 laps to go / 3 tours à faire http://yfrog.us/cb9ajz
No more feeding
There are three laps to go
The nine-rider breakaway has 50 seconds ahead of the main field. Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist), Matthias Friedemann (Champion System), Jamie Sparling and Liam Holohan (Raleigh), Marsh Cooper and Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS), Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor), Sebastian Salas (Optum-KBS) and Rob Britton (H&R Block).
The chasers, Butler, Tuft, Sutherland have a small lead on the peloton. Two laps to go
Gap @ 26 sec for chaser, 1m02 for the peloton
Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS) won all three King of the Mountain ascent today
Ken Hanson, 74, are the winner of the KOM today!@OPTUMpbKBS
Butler, Tuft and Sutherland have only 15 seconds on the main field
#TOURDEBEAUCE Less than three (3) laps to go. Tuft, Sutherland and Butler not making much headway on peloton
#TOURDEBEAUCE Christian Meier attacks from peloton
Sprinter Ken Hanson (Optum) takes KOM win at #tourdebeauce
5 riders attack and chase @ 44 sec, 1, 7, 15, 22, 104
Christian Meier (Team Canada) just attacked the field with Hugo Houle (SpiderTech) in tow.
Houle is in second place overall, 19 seconds behind Sutherland and Meier is in third place overall, 43 seconds back
Gap @ 40 sec for the chasing group
There are no more KOMs today, Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS) has won all three from the breakaway
Gap @ 30 sec
There is now a group of 5 riders chasing. Francisco Mancebo and David Williams (Competitive Cyclist), Francois Parisien (SpiderTech), Marc de Maar (UnitedHealthcare), Taylor Gunman (PureBlack Racing)
to recap, there is a nine-rider breakaway followed by two chase groups and then the peloton
Break of 9 riders again, chasing group have 7 to 10 riders @ 34 sec
#TOURDEBEAUCE Lap 9 start: Mancebo,Parisien & DeMaar are chasing the break. Houle, Sutherland and Tuft chasing them. gap 40 sec to leaders
#TOURDEBEAUCE All back together again. Break has 1 minhttp://www.canadiancyclist.com/dailynews.php?id=24343
The activity at the front of the field with the GC riders has come to an end, for now. The peloton is back together. The original 9-man breakaway is still off the front.
Pack @ 30 sec
Matthias Friedemann (Champion System) won the third intermediate sprint from the breakaway
Now that the KOM competition is over, Ken Hanson (Optum-KBS) has decided to call it a day and dropped out of the breakaway
Gap @ 35 sec
#TOURDEBEAUCE KOM winner Hanson has dropped from break group
Marc de Maar (UnitedHealthcare) and Hugo Houle (SpiderTech) are now chasing the breakaway.
The 9-rider breakaway includes Chad Beyer (Competitive Cyclist), Matthias Friedemann (Champion System), Jamie Sparling and Liam Holohan (Raleigh), Marsh Cooper, Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor), Sebastian Salas (Optum-KBS) and Rob Britton (H&R Block).
#TOURDEBEAUCE Mancebo attacks on climb. Houle, Meier, Sutherland, Parisien & De Maar go with. 100m on peloton, Break at 30 sec
Svein Tuft (Team Canada) is back on the front of the peloton
Chasing group @ 15 sec of the Break
The 9-rider breakaway group is being followed by a chase group that includes Mancebo, De Maar, Houle, Sutherland and Meier
#TOURDEBEAUCE Chase group now 15 sec behind break
#TOURDEBEAUCE Bruno Langlois attacks off front of break group
The 8-rider breakaway is now followed by two chasers Sutherland and Houle. Tuft is leading the peloton
Langlois and Cooper have attacked the breakaway
#TOURDEBEAUCE Peloton back together, and break group all but caught
Langlois and Cooper are holding a small gap ahead of the field. Their remaining breakaway companions have sat up and are waiting for the peloton.
No more chasing rider, Gap @ 15 sec
#TOURDEBEAUCE Langlois and Cooper still dangling out front, rest of break in peloton
@dominiquehardy Ça fait grandement plaisir
Langlois and Cooper are holding a 15-second gap, 5 km to go.
Langlois has just attacked Cooper
Langlois,142, attack, Gap @ 25 sec
Langlois is trying to race by himself to the finish line for the win.
Cooper caught back up to Langlois, 3 km to go.
Langlois and Cooper have a 40-second gap on the main field
It looks like these two have a good shot at staying away.
#TOURDEBEAUCE Cooper and Langlois start last lap w. 40 sec gap
The peloton is not responding to Langlois and Cooper’s advantage. They have one kilometre to go to the start of the final lap.
Langlois and Cooper are increasing their lead, now 52 seconds
Langlois is doing most of the work in that breakaway.
Langlois and Cooper are holding 45 seconds gap to the field
#TOURDEBEAUCE Langlois and Cooper holding on at ~ 40 seconds.
Langlois and Cooper have a 35-second gap. De Maar of UnitedHealthcare is leading the main field
Gap @ 53sec, Langlois 142 lead the Break
#TOURDEBEAUCE Mancebo makes one last effort on the climb. Leaders have 5 km to go and gap is 46 sec
@UHCprocycling lead always the peloton
Gap @ 46 sec
UnitedHealthcare is back on the front of the peloton
The gap has gone up to 46 seconds
There are riders on course who are getting lapped.
Gap @ 36sec
Gap @ 33 sec
#TOURDEBEAUCE 3.5 km to go and the gap from Cooper and Langlois to the peloton is 36 sec
@7thgroove langlois et cooper. 4 km to go
Langlois and Cooper are about to start the fast descent to the finish line. They have under 4 km to go and are holding a 30-second gap.
UnitedHealthcare is leading the peloton
Gap @ 32 sec
Langlois is doing all the work to keep the two riders away from the field.
#TOURDEBEAUCE It is all downhill now to the finishline. Lap 32 sec with langlois doing bulk of work
Langlois and Cooper have 2 km to go
Langlois and Cooper have 1 km to go and 30 seconds on the field
It’s a flat run in to the finish line
GO MACHO!!! “@cdncyclist: #TOURDEBEAUCE Mancebo makes one last effort on the climb. Leaders have 5 km to go and gap is 46 sec”
It is going to be a two-up sprint?
#TOURDEBEAUCE Less than a km to go and the gap is 29 sec. Who is the better Sprinter? Copper or Langlois
Langlois has done a lot of work today, can he still sprint for the finish line?
Yes! Langlois wins the stage
1. Bruno Langlois 2. Marsh Cooper
Matthis Friedemann takes third
#TOURDEBEAUCE Langlois takes Cooper in Sprint.
1. Bruno Langlois (Garneau-Quebecor) 2. Marsh Cooper (Optum-KBS) 3. Matthis Friedemann (Champion System)
Magnificent race Marsh Cooper!
#TOURDEBEAUCE Stage 6 Finish 1 B Langlois (Garneau) 2 MCooper (Optum p/b KB) 3 M Friedemann (Champion System) Final GC 1 Rory Sutherland
Non-official . Some pictures coming soon http://t.co/G3yoHj6f
Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) wins the 2012 Tour de Beauce
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