Jake Burke
Jake Burke following his victory on Mont-Megantic. Photo: Tom Bielaszka

Canadian Jack Burke won the queen stage of the 2018 Tour de Beauce on a cold and rainy day. Burke won on the summit of Mont-Mégantic ahead of American Thomas Revard of Hagens Berman Axeon and Serghei Tvetcov of UnitedHealthcare. The win moved Burke into the race lead as Stage 1 winner Pier-André Côté was not in contention on the summit finish.

Burke set himself up for victory with a powerful attack with 3-km to go on the 9-km ascent that averages six per cent but pitches up to 12 per cent in some sections. The chase group initially was composed of 20 riders but that was whittled down to nine by the last kilometre. Burke took the win by 30 seconds over Revard. Canadian’s Adam Roberge of Silber finished fourth and Rob Britton of Rally was sixth.

The breakaway of the day contained Rui Oliveira of Hagens Berman Axeon who was second on the opening stage and the Canadian duo of Ben Perry of Team Canada and last year’s stage winner Matteo Dal-Cin of Rally Cycling. With 15-km to go, their lead was rapidly shrinking and on the lowers slopes of the climb they were absord by the charging peloton.

Tomorrow the peloton tackles two stages with a 19-km time trial in the morning followed by a 78-km road stage.

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