Brown wins Tour de Beauce overall

Jimenez prevails on final stage in Ville de St-Georges

The sixth and final stage of the Tour de Beauce, the very difficult circuit race in St, Georges, lived up to its reputation and delivered one of the most exciting finales in the 28th edition of the event.

Diego Milan Jimenez (Inteja) won the stage in a sprint ahead of Luis Amaran (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare) from a nine-rider breakaway group while Nathan Brown (Bontrager), second overall starting the stage, claimed the overall victory after he bridged up to the break with four laps to go in the 107km stage.

"The victory is very important for the team, it's a very small team and it's growing so this is a good opportunity for the team to start to grow," said Jimenez through a translator.

"It's amazing. The team rode great all week and to finish it off is a great feeling," Brown said of the biggest victory of his career, so far. "Got third at US Pro and second at U23 Liege so it's been a great year so far, I'm glad to top off the first part of the year with this."

Only three seconds down in the general classification at the start of the stage, Brown along with other contenders Phil Deignan (UnitedHealthcare) and Christian Meier (Canadian National Team) eventually escaped off the front in pursuit of the early break. The move forced an isolated yellow jersey Francisco Mancebo (5-hour Energy p/b Kenda) to give chase with Deignan's teammate Ben Day on his wheel.

"Christian attacked and Mancebo had no teammates left and I went across to him," said Brown. "Mancebo had no reaction and I was thinking 'wow this could be it'. We worked great together, everyone was working good. It got close so I knew that the last time up the climb, I had to punch it, I gave it everything I had and it paid off in the end."

Deignan finished second overall at 36 seconds down while Meier was third, at 44 seconds.

"Another hard day, it was a short very aggressive day and we know the circuit quite well from the past racing here," said Meier who had to defend the yellow jersey of his then Symmetrics teammate Svein Tuft years ago. "5-hour Energy put up a good fight and did the best they could but in the end, I think that there were just too many guys out for GC today and unfortunate for them it was left to Paco in the end, on his own. You can follow so many moves but you can't follow them all and I think that's what happened in the end."

Brown also added the best young rider title as well as the final points jersey to his victory.

How it unfolded

With only 10 laps around the technical circuit, attacks flew in the race with the UnitedHealthcare team leading the charge every time up the climb. The goal was simple, to make Mancebo's 5-hour Energy team expend a lot of energy to cover the moves. A counter-move on the second lap launched several riders off the front. The break included Nic Hamilton (Canadian National Team), Jason McCartney and Patrick McCarty (Bissell), Michael Woods (Garneau-Quebecor), Kirk Carlsen (H&R Block), Amaran, Euser and Jimenez.

"I started the break, I got caught, I was in the break again, I kept working," said Euser. "I knew that I had to be up there today. I knew that I could present a big threat to 5-hour Energy being semi-close so they have to ride a little bit hard. The whole plan was just to send guys up the road. They were never going to let us go so that's the whole point, that's why this is a team sport, that's why it's so beautiful, it's not the individual."

Woods was the highest-placed overall, at two minutes and 23 seconds down while Euser was a further second down. While the 5-hour Energy team set the pace at the front of the field, UnitedHealthcare attacked every time up the climb, applying even more pressure. The gap was held at around the one-minute mark for lap after lap, while a few short-lived chase riders emerged until Brown, Meier and Deignan made their move.

"It turned out that the race ended up being quite aggressive through mostly UnitedHealthcare and I was able to benefit from that," said Meier. "Followed a move with [Philip] Deignan and Nathan Brown, we went across to the breakaway and then, I had Nic Hamilton in the breakaway and he rode full gas. Lucas Euser from UHC rolled, all the guys that were going for the GC, Nathan Brown and Philip, everyone committed straight away and it was fantastic."

"Everybody was working well until the three GC guys came across," explained Amaran on the tactics change.

Hamilton worked for Meier, Euser for Deignan and Brown for himself as they pushed the reformed break. With three laps to go, the 11 riders had a 55-second lead on Mancebo who was not giving up. The next time up the climb Mancebo gave a big dig, shattered the field and jumped away to chase solo with Day sitting on his wheel. He was able to reduce the gap down to 20 seconds but he couldn't quite close it and by the bell lap, the gap was back up to 45 seconds.

"When the guys knew that Mancebo was coming with Ben Day, Nate and Christian Meier went hard the last two laps to keep the gap," Amaran explained.

Brown accelerated the final time up the climb to seal the yellow jersey, now he only needed to finish safely as the rain started to come down.

"Coming into the final three kilometers, it started to sprinkle and all I was thinking about was stay safe, don't crash, don't crash. So the guys hit at 500 to go and I just rode it in because I knew that I had enough time and I wasn't going to lose it," Brown said with a smile.

The others in the break focused on the final sprint for the victory.

"The last lap, it was kind of easy for me because I left the responsibility for the GC guys," said Jimenez. "Nate did a very good job on the last climb and kept a very high pace. I knew that I had chances and finally I was lucky enough to get the victory."

McCarty won the King of the Mountain classification while the UnitedHealthcare squad took the overall team classification.

Euser concluded, "Third on GC, put a lot of guys on the podium this week, took the team classification and second overall, I think we have to be happy. You always want that win but I think that we have to be happy with this."

Full Results
1Diego M Jimenez (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team2:35:29 
2Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman  
3Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
4Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor  
5Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
6Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
7Christian Meier (Can) Canada National Team  
8Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team  
9Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block  
10Joe Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team0:01:26 
11Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team  
12Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team  
13Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team  
14Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
15Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
16Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team  
17Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda  
18Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team  
19Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
20Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team  
21Matthew Cooke (USA) Century Road Club Association  
22Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita  
23Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
24Phillip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block  
25Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman  
26Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
27Nicholas Hamilton (Can) Canada National Team  
28Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:01:35 
29Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
30Julian Kyer (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling  
31Bruno Langlois (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor  
32Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
33Marsh Cooper (Can) Canada National Team0:01:39 
34James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman0:01:42 
35Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:44 
36David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:02:49 
37Nathaniel English (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:04:22 
38Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team  
39Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
40Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
41Coultan Hartrich (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team  
42Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
43Pierrick Naud (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor  
44Garrett Mcleod (Can) H&R Block  
45Robert Britton (Can) Canada National Team  
46Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman  
47Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team0:05:37 
48Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:05:39 
49Viesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita  
50Conor Mullervy (USA) Century Road Club Association  
51Max Jenkins (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:12:48 
52James Stemper (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda  
53James Piccoli (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments0:13:29 
DNFGuillaume Boivin (Can) Canada National Team  
DNFDominique Rollin (Can) Canada National Team  
DNFRyan Roth (Can) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFClinton Robert Avery (NZl) Champion System Pro Cycling Team  
DNFAndrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFKiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team  
DNFShawn Milne (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda  
DNFChristian Parrett (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda  
DNFJeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell Pro Cycling  
DNFDavid Boily (Can) Amore & Vita  
DNFDaniel Holloway (USA) Amore & Vita  
DNFVolodymyr Starchyk (Ukr) Amore & Vita  
DNFAnton Mikailov (Isr) Amore & Vita  
DNFAntoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team  
DNFMike Midlarsky (USA) Equipe Cycliste Ekoï-Devinci  
DNFJuan Miguel Perez Garcia (Spa) Equipe Cycliste Ekoï-Devinci  
DNFFrançois Chabot (Can) Equipe Cycliste Ekoï-Devinci  
DNFRémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor  
DNFAdam Matthew Farabaugh (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor  
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor  
DNFBenjamin Zawacki (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team  
DNFCarson Miller (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman  
DNFFederico Marchiori (Ita) H&R Block  
DNFKyle Buckosky (Can) H&R Block  
DNFCortlan Brown (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team  
DNFMark Korus (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team  
DNFChris Gruber (Can) Century Road Club Association  
DNFDaniel Chabanov (USA) Century Road Club Association  
DNFJorge Perez Pena (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFÉtienne Samson (Can) Norco Bicycles-Premier Tech  
DNFGuillaume Fiset (Can) Norco Bicycles-Premier Tech  
DNFWilliam Blackburn (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments  
DNFRobert Ralph (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments  
DNFOlivier Delaney (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments  
Sprint 1 - 21.4km
1Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block3pts
2Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2 
3Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling1 
Sprint 2 - 42.8km
1Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block3pts
2Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling2 
3Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor1 
Sprint 3 - 85.6km
1Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block3pts
2Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team2 
3Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling1 
Sprint 4 - Finish
1Diego M Jimenez (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team15pts
2Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman14 
3Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team13 
4Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor12 
5Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling11 
6Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team10 
7Christian Meier (Can) Canada National Team9 
8Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team8 
9Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block7 
10Joe Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team6 
11Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team5 
12Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team4 
13Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team3 
14Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2 
15Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountain 1 - (Cat. 3) 33.5km
1Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling7pts
2Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling5 
3Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor3 
4Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2 
5Nicholas Hamilton (Can) Canada National Team1 
Mountain 2 - (Cat. 3) 54.7km
1Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling7pts
2Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling5 
3Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team3 
4Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block2 
5Nicholas Hamilton (Can) Canada National Team1 
Mountain 3 - (Cat. 3) 76.3km
1Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling7pts
2Christian Meier (Can) Canada National Team5 
3Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling3 
4Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2 
Teams
1UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team7:47:53 
2Bontrager Cycling Team0:01:26 
3Bissell Pro Cycling0:01:35 
4Canada National Team0:01:39 
5Jamis-Hagens Berman0:01:42 
6Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team0:02:52 
7Garneau-Quebecor0:04:31 
8H&R Block0:04:33 
9Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team0:05:37 
10Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:05:57 
11Team Novo Nordisk0:07:20 
Fina general classification
1Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team18:12:08 
2Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:00:36 
3Christian Meier (Can) Canada National Team0:00:44 
4Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:01:23 
5Matthew Cooke (USA) Century Road Club Association0:01:31 
6Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:01:40 
7Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block0:02:13 
8Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:02:15 
9Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor0:02:19 
10Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:02:56 
11Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team0:03:09 
12Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team0:03:27 
13Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:03:46 
14Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita0:04:34 
15Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman0:04:55 
16Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman0:05:20 
17Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team0:06:27 
18Diego M Jimenez (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team0:07:06 
19Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman0:07:07 
20Nathaniel English (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:07:46 
21Joe Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team0:08:09 
22Phillip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block0:08:34 
23David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:08:45 
24Robin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team0:09:19 
25Robert Britton (Can) Canada National Team0:09:47 
26Chad Beyer (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:10:09 
27Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:10:50 
28Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:11:59 
29Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:12:34 
30Fabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk0:12:37 
31Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team0:12:44 
32James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman0:13:55 
33Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team0:15:10 
34Marsh Cooper (Can) Canada National Team0:16:04 
35Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:17:22 
36Julian Kyer (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:17:53 
37Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk0:18:23 
38Max Jenkins (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:18:25 
39Nicholas Hamilton (Can) Canada National Team0:18:58 
40Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling0:19:47 
41Conor Mullervy (USA) Century Road Club Association0:20:10 
42Pierrick Naud (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor0:21:10 
43Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team0:23:04 
44Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:23:11 
45Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team0:23:23 
46Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:23:53 
47Coultan Hartrich (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team0:25:57 
48Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:26:29 
49Bruno Langlois (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor0:29:28 
50James Stemper (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda0:35:16 
51Viesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore & Vita0:40:37 
52Garrett Mcleod (Can) H&R Block0:40:38 
53James Piccoli (Can) Team Medique p/b Silber Investments0:54:00 
Sprint classification
1Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team40pts
2Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team38 
3Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team36 
4Guillaume Boivin (Can) Canada National Team34 
5Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda34 
6Diego M Jimenez (Dom) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team34 
7Christian Meier (Can) Canada National Team34 
8Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor29 
9Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Bontrager Cycling Team28 
10Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team28 
11Joe Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team27 
12Christopher Baldwin (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling27 
13Matthew Cooke (USA) Century Road Club Association26 
14Kiel Reijnen (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team24 
15Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team22 
16Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team21 
17Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block19 
18Matthias Friedemann (Ger) Champion System Pro Cycling Team19 
19Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk17 
20Phillip Lavery (Irl) H&R Block17 
21Antoine Duchesne (Can) Bontrager Cycling Team17 
22James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman16 
23Luis Romero Amaran (Cub) Jamis-Hagens Berman16 
24Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team14 
25Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team12 
26Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling12 
27Tyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team12 
28Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team10 
29Nathaniel English (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda9 
30Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman8 
31Robert Britton (Can) Canada National Team8 
32Alexander Cataford (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor6 
33Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling6 
34Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman6 
35Daniel Holloway (USA) Amore & Vita5 
36James Stemper (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda4 
37Jaroslaw Dabrowski (Pol) Amore & Vita3 
38Mark Korus (USA) Astellas Oncology Cycling Team3 
39Ryan Eastman (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team3 
40Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team2 
41Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk2 
42Adam Matthew Farabaugh (USA) Equipe Garneau-Québecor1 
43Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Mountains classification
1Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling44pts
2James Stemper (USA) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda31 
3Jason McCartney (USA) Bissell Pro Cycling21 
4Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda20 
5Matthew Cooke (USA) Century Road Club Association16 
6Marc De Maar (AHo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team13 
7James Driscoll (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman13 
8Oscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team12 
9Michael Woods (Can) Equipe Garneau-Québecor12 
10Chris Butler (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team11 
11Robert Britton (Can) Canada National Team10 
12Joey Rosskopf (USA) Hincapie Sportswear Development Team9 
13Nathan Brown (USA) Bontrager Cycling Team8 
14Craig Lewis (USA) Champion System Pro Cycling Team8 
15Kirk Carlsen (USA) H&R Block8 
16Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team8 
17Benjamin Day (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team6 
18Philip Deignan (Irl) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team6 
19Christian Meier (Can) Canada National Team6 
20Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk3 
21Marsh Cooper (Can) Canada National Team2 
22Tyler Wren (USA) Jamis-Hagens Berman2 
23Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team2 
24Nicholas Hamilton (Can) Canada National Team2 
25Jonathan Clarke (Aus) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team1 
Teams classification
1UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team54:39:48 
2Bissell Pro Cycling0:07:13 
3Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team0:09:13 
4Jamis-Hagens Berman0:10:17 
5Canada National Team0:10:21 
6Bontrager Cycling Team0:10:41 
7Champion System Pro Cycling Team0:13:58 
85-hour Energy p/b Kenda0:24:10 
9Garneau-Quebecor0:28:44 
10Team Novo Nordisk0:29:09 
11Inteja, Dominican Cycling Team0:33:23 
12H&R Block0:42:39 
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