Canadian crit champion Pier-André Côté of Silber Pro Cycling won the opening stage of the 2018 Tour de Beauce. The race opened with a 177-km stage in St. George, Que. which was decided in a sprint. The peloton reeled in a late move to set the stage for the Silber rider’s victory. In winning the stage, Côté took the race leaders jersey, the best young riders jersey and the points jersey.

The finale of the stage was chaotic. With 20-km to go, an eight-man breakaway held onto to a slim lead of 35-seconds. In the final 10-km of the race, only three riders from that move remained including Silber’s Adam Roberge, Jordan Cheyne (Elevate-KHS) and Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare). The three riders were reeled in with less than 5-km to go setting the stage for a sprint.

Silber’s 21-years-old sprinted to victory ahead of Rui Oliveira of Axeon Hagens Bergen and John Murphy of Holowensko Citadel to take the biggest win of his young career. Côté moves into the race lead with the victory and earned the first points and best young riders jerseys of the race. Mexican rider Efren Santos Moreno of Canel’s-Specialized is the leader of the king of the mountains classification.

The race heads to Lac-Mégantic for Stage 2 which features the fearsome ascent of Mont-Mégantic in the finale.

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