Matisse Julien (Staff Ecoflo Chronos) gained stage 1 of Tour de Beauce on Wednesday, taking the primary yellow chief’s jersey on the end on the stiff uphill end to Notre-Dame-des-Pins.
USA’s Tyler Stites (Challenge Echelon Racing) positioned second, and Olivier Péloquin (Cannondale Echelon p/b 4iiii) took third to offer Canada two riders on the rostrum.
A late breakaway of two riders, William Goodfellow (Yoeleo Manufacturing unit) and Evan Russell (Biking BC) escaped on the third categorized climb with 50km remaining within the 143km route. Russell later broke clear for a valiant solo effort and remained out entrance with 4km to go. He couldn’t maintain off the massive climbers on the ultimate 1.2km climb, and his hopes of a victory pale inside 150 metres to the road.
It was the second stage win of the season for the 20-year-old Julien, who gained the opening stage earlier in June at Ronde de I’Oise.
The way it unfolded
The opening stage of the four-day UCI 2.2 stage race set off from Saint-Georges and adopted the Chaudière River for 18.5 flat kilometres. The primary of two intermediate sprints have been positioned on the bridge over the waterway, simply 6.6km from the beginning, gained by Philippe Jacob (Staff Ecoflo Chronos).
As soon as on the climbing circuit, Oliver Dowd (UNC) and Ethan Pauly (Biking BC) had a 2:30 benefit on the peloton. Pauly accelerated to journey alone on the primary of a trio of ascents of Côte St-Séverin on a 15km loop, and Dowd misplaced contact with a mechanical.
The solo lead pale earlier than the second KOM with 74.4km to race, with assaults flying and Robin Fischer (Staff Storck) taking prime KOM factors. A strong surge by Goodfellow and Russell caught, and so they took the factors on the ultimate ascent of St-Séverin, together with a niche of virtually a full minute. The duo gained one other 25 seconds as they headed to the return alongside the river.
On the cross throughout the St-Joseph bridge over the river, a pointy left steered the duo to the 25km strategy to the 1.2km climb finale, with a median gradient of 6.5%. Goodfellow pale again into the chasing peloton, and Russell was swept up simply earlier than the end.
Now in its thirty fifth version, the Tour de Beauce returned after a three-year pause, happening June 14-18 this yr. Stage 2 on Thursday is a 169km loop with three intermediate sprints and three categorized climbs that ends in Saint-Odilon-de-Cranbourne.
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