Day wins overall at Tour de Beauce

Gonzalez victorious in final stage

Heraklio-Murcia opened the 25th Tour de Beauce with a Rafael Serrano Fernandez’s stage one victory and closed it with a second win on the sixth and final stage by Hector Gonzalez Baeza on Sunday. Ben Day (Fly V Australia) finished in the main field and won the overall.

Baeza attacked the day’s decisive breakaway and soloed to the finish line with a slim lead over Jackson Stewart (BMC Racing) in second and Will Routely (Team Canada) in third.

“On the last lap of the breakaway I was feeling really good,” Gonzalez said. “I attacked over the top of the climb and got away. The road to the finish line was very hard and I was riding as hard as I could but little-by-little I gained time. I think we can leave here feeling good about our week. We started with a win and ended with a win.”

Ben Day captured his second overall title at the Tour de Beauce, a race he first won in 2007. The Australian was presented with final yellow jersey in front his wife and race organizer, Isabelle Vachon-Day, along with a family-filled audience. Day rode into the overall lead in the stage four time trial and finished more than a minute ahead of teammate Darren Rolfe and Marc de Maar (UnitedHealthcare p/b Maxxis).

“My team absolutely rode themselves into the ground today and I would not have won here without them,” Day said. “My wife’s family being up here means that it is a very special race for me and last year I went home feeling very disappointed. I didn’t put as much pressure on myself this year. I hoped for the best. Things worked out to plan this week. We raced the way we needed to race and I put myself in all the right positions. Fly V Australia keeps showing that we have one of the strongest teams on the continent. We are going to keep winning races.”

Day’s goal of winning overall title was met with a bonus win of the event’s Points jersey. Danny Summerhill (Holowekso Partners) brought home the Best Climber award and David Boily (SpiderTech p/b Planet Energy) earned himself the Best Young Rider award.

Rain showers over Tour de Beauce finale

Just when the riders thought they would escape the weeklong race without getting wet, a torrential downpour soaked the opening laps of the sixth and final stage of the Tour de Beauce, an eleven-lap circuit race that totalled 135 kilometres. Three riders attacked the Fly V Australia train just when the storm hit the hardest making it nearly impossible to see where the threatening riders were.

The breakaway swelled to nine and those riders included Gonzalez Baeza, Stewart and Routely, Jamie Sparling (Team Canada), Caleb Fairly (Holowesko Partners), Jason Donald and Nathan O’Neill (Bahati Foundation) and the highest place rider in the overall was Ryan Roth (SpiderTech p/b Planet Energy).

The group gained a maximum of nearly three minutes and Roth became the virtual leader on the road. The riders continued onward ahead of a peloton controlled by the Fly V Australia squad. “We were in control of the race the whole time,” Day said.

The break was reduced to eight riders when O’Neill dropped off pace after putting in much of the initial effort to open the gap. “I would say Nathan was doing so much work in the first part,” Routely said. “His teammate said he cracked. He was pulling so hard and he almost cracked all of us.”

Sparling attacked on the descent with two laps to go. He was caught at the base of the climb on the eleventh and final lap where Gonzalez made his winning counter attack. Just behind, Fly V Australia increased the pace and brought the gap down to under 30 seconds.

“We were thinking that we could stay together and get organized to pull him back after the climb because he was just dangling in front of us,” Routley said. “We got over the top and he was gone on the flat section. I think we were all surprised that he could stay away because at an earlier point during the race he was getting dropped.”

Gonzalez Baeze’s gap grew to 15 seconds on the descent back down to the finish line in Saint-Georges. He crossed the line with a solo victory salute by a slim margin ahead of his group of breakaway companions. The field arrived roughly five seconds later and Aroussen La Flamme (Spirit-CIBC) won the bunch sprint for seventh place.

Full Results
1Hector Gonzalez Baeza (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia3:22:42 
2Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:16 
3Will Routley (Can) Canadian National Team  
4Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1  
5Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U23  
6Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy0:00:19 
7Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis0:00:28 
8David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy  
9Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
10Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 1  
11Roger Beuchat (Swi) CKT Champion System  
12Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia  
13Derrick St-John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures  
14Hugo Houle (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures  
15Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
16Holger Slevers (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 2000  
17Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team  
18Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1  
19François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy  
20Jaume Rovira Pous (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia  
21Deon Locke (Aus) CKT Champion System  
22Alex Howes (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U23  
23Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia  
24Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
25Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis  
26Benjamin Martel (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy  
27Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia  
28Jason Donald (USA) Bahati Foundation  
29Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team  
30Morgan Schmitt (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis  
31Björn Papstein (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 2000  
32Chris Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis  
33Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 1  
34Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team  
35Corey Collier (USA) Bahati Foundation0:01:37 
36Jay Thomson (RSA) Fly V Australia0:01:41 
37Jean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures  
38Jeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Restore Cycling Team0:02:05 
39Andreas Keuser (Ger) Restore Cycling Team  
40Joris Boillat (Swi) CKT Champion System  
41Walker Savidge (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U230:02:56 
42Bobby Lea (USA) Bahati Foundation  
43Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy0:03:07 
44Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis0:04:39 
45Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia0:05:23 
46Rafael Serrano Fernandez (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia  
47Raphael Gagné (Can) Équipe Québec0:06:41 
48Pascal Bussières (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy  
49Dennis Klemme (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 2000  
50Travis Allen (RSA) DCM0:07:50 
51John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team0:10:18 
52Danny Summerhill (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U230:11:20 
53Vincent Quirion (Can) Équipe Québec0:16:05 
54Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Équipe Québec  
55Aroussen Laflamme (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy0:21:52 
56Jesse Reams (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures0:24:41 
57Yannick Bédard (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy  
58Ruurd-Jan Zwarts (Ned) Global Cycling Team  
59Pieter Seyfert (RSA) DCM  
60Tim Abercrombie (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures  
61Rodney Green (RSA) DCM  
62Vincent Veilleux (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy  
DNFCharles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia  
DNFDarren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia  
DNFDavid Tanner (Aus) Fly V Australia  
DNFJai Crawford (Aus) Fly V Australia  
DNFChad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
DNFThomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 1  
DNFWilliam Dugan (USA) Team Type 1  
DNFMax Durtschi (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U23  
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy  
DNFClinton Barrow (RSA) DCM  
DNFNathan O'neil (Aus) Bahati Foundation  
DNFAlex Hagman (USA) Bahati Foundation  
DNFMatthew Rice (Aus) Bahati Foundation  
DNFJean-François Racine (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures  
DNFChris Heiberg (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFMarc Den Hoed (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFFlavio Pasquino (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFDanny Vrolijk (Ned) Restore Cycling Team  
DNFYuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad  
DNFJaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Conad  
DNFFausto Fognini (Ita) Amore & Vita - Conad  
DNFHendrik Werner (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 2000  
DNFOliver Johr (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 2000  
DNFJar Deutschmann (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 2000  
DNFErik Kooiman (Ned) Global Cycling Team  
DNFJorne Videler (Ned) Global Cycling Team  
DNFTim Nederlof (Ned) Global Cycling Team  
DNFMaint Berkenbosch (Ned) Global Cycling Team  
DNFHolger Burkhardt (Ger) CKT Champion System  
DNFBenjamin Stauder (Ger) CKT Champion System  
DNFMart Ojavee (Est) CKT Champion System  
DNFArnaud Papillon (Can) Équipe Québec  
DNFAndré Tremblay (Can) Équipe Québec  
DNFKeir Plaice (Can) Canadian National Team  
DNFJamie Sparling (Can) Canadian National Team  
DNFAntoine Matteau (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy  
DNSBruno Langlois (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy  
DNSMichael Joannisse (Can) Canadian National Team  
1Hector Gonzalez Baeza (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia15pts
2Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team14 
3Will Routley (Can) Canadian National Team13 
4Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 112 
5Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U2311 
6Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy10 
7Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis9 
8David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy8 
9Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad7 
10Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 16 
11Roger Beuchat (Swi) CKT Champion System5 
12Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia4 
13Derrick St-John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures3 
14Hugo Houle (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures2 
15Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Restore Cycling Team1 
Sprint 1
1Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy3pts
2Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 12 
3François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy1 
Sprint 2
1Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U233pts
2Will Routley (Can) Canadian National Team2 
3Jason Donald (USA) Bahati Foundation1 
1Hector Gonzalez Baeza (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia7pts
2Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 15 
3Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team2 
4Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy1 
1Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U235pts
2Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 13 
3Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team2 
4Will Routley (Can) Canadian National Team1 
1Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 17pts
2Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team5 
3Jason Donald (USA) Bahati Foundation3 
4Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy2 
5Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U231 
2Team Type 10:00:16 
3BMC Racing Team  
4Spidertech / Planet Energy0:00:19 
6Garneau Club Chaussures0:01:41 
7Fly V Australia  
8CKT Champion System0:02:05 
9Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U230:02:44 
10Restore Cycling Team Holland0:03:42 
11Bahati Foundation0:04:05 
12SC Wledenbruck 20000:06:41 
13Team Spirit-CIBC Wood Gundy0:28:05 
14Équipe Québec0:37:55 
Final general classification
1Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia19:09:54 
2Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia0:00:57 
3Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis0:01:04 
4Morgan Schmitt (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis0:01:14 
5Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1  
6François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy0:01:37 
7Derrick St-John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures0:01:40 
8Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy0:01:44 
9David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy0:01:49 
10Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia0:02:48 
11Chris Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis0:02:56 
12Björn Papstein (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 20000:03:00 
13Will Routley (Can) Canadian National Team0:03:22 
14Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:27 
15Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad0:03:28 
16Hugo Houle (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures0:03:33 
17Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:42 
18Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad0:04:02 
19Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U230:04:11 
20Alex Howes (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U230:04:52 
21Jason Donald (USA) Bahati Foundation0:04:53 
22Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 10:05:44 
23Holger Slevers (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 20000:07:19 
24Benjamin Martel (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy0:08:14 
25Deon Locke (Aus) CKT Champion System0:08:18 
26Corey Collier (USA) Bahati Foundation0:08:54 
27Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team0:08:59 
28Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy0:09:01 
29Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis0:09:15 
30Jeffrey Wiersma (Ned) Restore Cycling Team0:09:20 
31Andreas Keuser (Ger) Restore Cycling Team0:10:59 
32Jean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures0:12:43 
33Raphael Gagné (Can) Équipe Québec0:12:52 
34Jaume Rovira Pous (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia0:13:52 
35Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Restore Cycling Team0:14:10 
36Travis Allen (RSA) DCM0:15:21 
37Bobby Lea (USA) Bahati Foundation0:15:40 
38Jay Thomson (RSA) Fly V Australia0:16:26 
39Pascal Bussières (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy0:17:22 
40Joris Boillat (Swi) CKT Champion System0:17:28 
41Rafael Serrano Fernandez (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia0:17:39 
42Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis0:19:01 
43Hector Gonzalez Baeza (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia0:19:06 
44Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team0:21:23 
45Roger Beuchat (Swi) CKT Champion System0:22:35 
46Dennis Klemme (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 20000:23:46 
47John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team0:24:15 
48Vincent Quirion (Can) Équipe Québec0:24:27 
49Danny Summerhill (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U230:25:16 
50Walker Savidge (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U230:27:58 
51Yannick Bédard (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy0:32:21 
52Tim Abercrombie (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures0:33:32 
53Pieter Seyfert (RSA) DCM0:38:42 
54Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Équipe Québec0:39:13 
55Rodney Green (RSA) DCM0:39:38 
56Salvador Guardiola Tora (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia0:39:39 
57Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 10:40:34 
58Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 10:41:44 
59Aroussen Laflamme (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy0:46:13 
60Jesse Reams (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures1:13:27 
61Vincent Veilleux (Can) Team Spirit-Cibc Wood Gundy1:17:40 
62Ruurd-Jan Zwarts (Ned) Global Cycling Team1:39:37 
Points classification
1Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia44pts
2Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad41 
3Andrew Pinfold (Can) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis40 
4Derrick St-John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures33 
5Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy32 
6Morgan Schmitt (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis31 
7Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U2331 
8Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis30 
9Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team28 
10Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia26 
11Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 125 
12Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia25 
13Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 125 
14David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy23 
15Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia21 
16Rafael Serrano Fernandez (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia20 
17François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy19 
18Hector Gonzalez Baeza (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia16 
19Will Routley (Can) Canadian National Team16 
20David Tanner (Aus) Fly V Australia15 
21Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Type 115 
22Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 114 
23Yuriy Metlushenko (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad14 
24Nathan O'neil (Aus) Bahati Foundation14 
25Roger Beuchat (Swi) CKT Champion System13 
26Jorne Videler (Ned) Global Cycling Team12 
27Björn Papstein (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 200012 
28Danny Summerhill (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U2312 
29Jamie Sparling (Can) Canadian National Team11 
30Jay Thomson (RSA) Fly V Australia11 
31John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team11 
32Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team11 
33Alex Howes (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U239 
34Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita - Conad9 
35Hugo Houle (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures9 
36Guillaume Boivin (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy8 
37Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad8 
38Jai Crawford (Aus) Fly V Australia8 
39Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy6 
40Thomas Rabou (Ned) Team Type 15 
41Raphael Gagné (Can) Équipe Québec4 
42Arnaud Papillon (Can) Équipe Québec4 
43Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team3 
44Holger Slevers (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 20003 
45Darren Lill (RSA) Fly V Australia3 
46Walker Savidge (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U232 
47Max Jenkins (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis2 
48André Tremblay (Can) Équipe Québec1 
49Jean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures1 
50Jason Donald (USA) Bahati Foundation1 
51Peter Van Agtmaal (Ned) Restore Cycling Team1 
KOM classification
1Danny Summerhill (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U2338pts
2Rafael Serrano Fernandez (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia28 
3Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 128 
4Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 122 
5Derrick St-John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures21 
6Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis20 
7Björn Papstein (Ger) SC Wledenbruck 200019 
8Hector Gonzalez Baeza (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia19 
9Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Amore & Vita - Conad18 
10Jay Thomson (RSA) Fly V Australia16 
11Darren Rolfe (Aus) Fly V Australia14 
12Will Routley (Can) Canadian National Team13 
13Jeff Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team12 
14François Parisien (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy12 
15Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Type 19 
16Jackson Stewart (USA) BMC Racing Team9 
17Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Heraklio-Murcia7 
18Lucas Euser (USA) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy7 
19Caleb Fairly (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U236 
20Walker Savidge (USA) Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U235 
21John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team5 
22Andreas Keuser (Ger) Restore Cycling Team4 
23Jean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Garneau Club Chaussures3 
24Morgan Schmitt (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis3 
25Ryan Roth (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy3 
26Jason Donald (USA) Bahati Foundation3 
27Chris Baldwin (USA) Unitedhealthcare p/b Maxxis2 
28Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team2 
29Bobby Lea (USA) Bahati Foundation2 
30Benjamin Day (Aus) Fly V Australia2 
31Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team1 
32David Boily (Can) Spidertech p/b Planet Energy1 
33Roger Beuchat (Swi) CKT Champion System1 
Teams classification
1Fly V Australia57:33:37 
2Spidertech / Planet Energy0:01:06 
4Team Type 10:03:06 
5BMC Racing Team0:04:15 
6Garneau Club Chaussures0:10:20 
7Bahati Foundation0:15:04 
8Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin U230:19:01 
9SC Wledenbruck 20000:19:36 
11Restore Cycling Team Holland0:26:30 
12CKT Champion System0:37:22 
13Team Spirit-CIBC Wood Gundy0:50:38 
14Équipe Québec0:57:34 
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