Young wins GP Saguenay opener

Optum rider tops Verschoor, Naud

Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) won the opening stage of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay in La Baie, Quebec, on Thursday. He won a bunch sprint ahead of Martijn Verschoor (Novo Nordisk) and Pierrick Naud (Garneau-Quebecor). 

The peloton raced for a total of 166km over the course of 11 circuits. Although several breakaways gained time on the field, the main field held together on the way to the finish line on the final circuit.

Young is now leading the overall classification heading into the second stage, a 170.4km circuit race held on a total of eight laps on Friday in La Baie.

The Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay is in its first official season as a UCI 2.2 professional men's event. It took over from the previous Coupe des Nations.

 

 

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eric Young (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
2Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Novo Nordisk  
3Pierrick Naud (Can) Garneau-Québecor  
4Jure Kocjan (Slo) Smartstop  
5Leonardo Pinizzotto (ITA) Amore & Vita  
6Andersen Asbjorn Kragh (Den) Christina Watches  
7Luca Benedetti (ITA) Amore & Vita  
8Anatoliy Pakhtusov (UKR) ISD Continental  
9Eric Marcotte (USA) Smartstop  
10Aurélien Passeron (Fra) Silber Pro Cycling Team  
General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eric Young (USA) Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies  
2Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Novo Nordisk  
3Pierrick Naud (Can) Garneau-Québecor  
4Jure Kocjan (Slo) Smartstop  
5James Stemper (USA) 5 Hour Energy P/B Kenda  
6Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis Hagens Berman  
7Ian Crane (USA) Jamis Hagens Berman  
8Bruno Langlois (Can) 5 Hour Energy P/B Kenda  
9Jacob Rathe (USA) Jellybelly P/B Maxxis  
10Serghei Tvetcov (Mda) Jellybelly P/B Maxxis  

 

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