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Tour de Beauce 2014

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June 11-15

June 14, Stage 4: Ville de Québec - Ville de Québec 130.5km

Pinizzotto wins in Québec City

By:
Pat Malach
Published:
June 15, 2014, 11:05 BST,
Updated:
June 15, 2014, 15:24 BST

Skujins retains overall lead

Leonardo Pinizzotto spent a second day off the front at the Tour de Beauce during Saturday's stage 4 circuit race through old Québec City, but this time the Amore & Vita-Selle SMP rider rewarded himself with a stage win.

The 27-year-old Italian was the final survivor of the breakaway earlier this week during stage 1, but the field caught him in the final kilometer before his teammate Luca Benedetti won the bunch sprint. On Saturday, Pinizzotto finished off his day's work by jumping away from one other rider in the last kilometer and holding on to win by six seconds.

Budget-ForkLifts' Brodie Talbot lost contact with Pinizzotto in the finale but muscled his way up the lengthy final drag to finish second, just seven seconds ahead of field-sprint winner Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop). Hincapie Sportswear's Tom Skujins finished fifth on the stage and held onto the leader's jersey heading into Sunday's finale in St-Georges.

"I've been waiting for this victory for a long time," Pinizzotto said. "I came into this block of racing ready to race, and I was believing that I could win something. We came to Philadelphia [Cycling Classic] with a little too much travel in the legs, so I wasn't great there. Last week in [Grand Prix] Saguenay I was in the top 10 every day, then the first day here I got caught with 1km to go. We won the stage, luckily, but maybe a little more tactically than anything. But today was the day that was scripted for me in the breakaway."

The Québec City circuit, which traversed many of the same roads used for the WorldTour race in September, was a soggy affair like the past two days of racing in Beauce. Organizers neutralized the first of nine laps so riders could familiarize themselves with some of the trickier descents on the course, but once racing began in earnest riders immediately set the throttle on high. Attacks flew left and right, but none of the moves were able to gain more than a slight lead before the escapees fell back into the fold.

On the third lap of the day, Viesturs Luksevics (Amore & Vita), Rob Squire (Jamis-Hagens Berman) and Bjorn Selander (Optum Pro Cycling) initiated a breakaway that soon drew Pinozzotto and Talbot out of the bunch as well. It took a while for the field to give the move some rope, but at the start of the sixth lap the five leaders had 2:35 on the bunch. A small chase group tried to bridge, but the effort failed to make it to the front and the field swallowed it up as the leaders' gap grew to three minutes – their largest margin of the day.

Hincapie Sportswear, which had stacked all its riders on the front for most of the race, started whittling away at the leaders' advantage, bringing it down steadily over the next two-and-a-half laps. With just two circuits remaining, the gap was down to 2:25, and halfway through the lap it had plunged to just 1:30.

Talbot sensed the chase picking up and pushed the pace on the steep grind up Cote de la Montagne about one kilometer from the start/finish, cutting the lead group down to just himself, Pinizzotto and Squire to start the final lap.

"I knew the bunch were coming fast," Talbot said. "So I just wanted to really make it hard up the climb. I just picked up the pace on the steepest section to hopefully get rid of the weaker riders and also hold onto the gap we had."

Talbot continued on the front of the three-rider group as Pinizzotto and Squire started planning their tactics for the finale, and the 25-year-old Australian held the leaders' advantage at around a minute with just over half a lap remaining.

"It was little bit frustrating," Talbot said of having to take over the workload. "But I figured at the time that I was better off going full gas, and if we hold on then I would still get a result out of it. It would have been good to get the win, but [Pinizzotto] is a very good bike rider, and he out-rode me today."

Squire, the 24-year-old from the US, rode a solid race and looked good and was well-suited to contest the finale, but an ill-timed encounter with a rain-slicked manhole cover in the final 3km sent him to the ground and out of the lead group. From there it was all Pinizzotto and Talbot for the finish.

The Italian rider jumped with about 500 meters to go, and Talbot was unable to counter, allowing Pinizzotto to solo across the line and win by six seconds. Pinizzotto said he did not know his fellow breakaway riders well, so he took stock in their abilities throughout the race and decided to put in one big effort at the end. It obviously worked.

"Coming into the last lap I saw where the pack was, and I decided just to give it one good shot," he said. "Then I held off the rest."

Most of the top general classification riders finished on the same time as Kocjan, with Asbjorn Kragh Anderson (Christina Watches) grabbing fourth, followed by Skujins and Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis).

Skujins continues to lead Tevtocv by 1:17, Kragh by 1:30 and Rob Britton (SmartStop) by 1:43. Stage 3 winner Stefan Schumacher (Christina Watches) is fifth overall, 1:47 down.

The 29th edition of the Tour de Beauce concludes Sunday with another difficult circuit race. Riders will traverse 12 laps of a 10.4km course in the heart of St-Georges. Francisco Mancebo, riding for 5-hour Energy, lost his overall lead last year to Bontrager's Nathan Brown on a circuit in St-Georges.
 

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Leonardo Pinizzotto (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) 3:06:50  
2 Brodie Talbot (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:00:06  
3 Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop) 0:00:13  
4 Asbjorn Kragh (Christina Watches-Kuma)    
5 Tom Skujins (Hincapie Sportswear Development)    
6 Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)    
7 Luca Benedetti (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP)    
8 Stefan Schumecher (Christina Watches-Kuma)    
9 Dion Smit (Hincapie Sportswear Development)    
10 David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk)    
11 Michael Woods (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP)    
12 Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk)    
13 Garrett Mcleod (Team H&R Block)    
14 Rob Britton (Team SmartStop)    
15 Anatoliy Pakhtusov (ISD Continental)    
16 Maris Bogdanovics (Alpha Baltic-UnityMarathons.com)    
17 Timothy Roe (Team Budget-Forklifts)    
18 Daniel Bichlmann (Bike Aid-Ride For Help)    
19 Carter Jones (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
20 Kirk Carlson (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)    
21 Ryan Roth (Silber Pro Cycling)    
22 Fernando Orjuela (4-72 Colombia)    
23 Joshua Prete (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:00:20  
24 Stephen Leece (Jamis-Hagens Berman)    
25 Adam Farabaugh (Garneau-Quebecor)    
26 Timothy Rugg (Ride with Rendell p/b Biemme)    
27 Edson Arturo Calderon (4-72 Colombia)    
28 Pierrick Naud (Garneau-Quebecor)    
29 Jordon Cheyne (Ride with Rendell p/b Biemme)    
30 Maxim Jenkins (Team Veloselect)    
31 Vitaliy Popkov (ISD Continental) 0:00:25  
32 Yors Santofimio (4-72 Colombia) 0:00:26  
33 Joonas Henttala (Team Novo Nordisk)    
34 Nigel Ellsay (Team H&R Block)    
35 Matteo Dal-Cin (Silber Pro Cycling)    
36 Maksym Vasilyev (ISD Continental)    
37 Chad Beyer (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda)    
38 Gavin Mannion (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda)    
39 Volodymyr Dzhus (ISD Continental)    
40 Robbie Squire (Jamis-Hagens Berman)    
41 Oleksandr Sheydyk (ISD Continental)    
42 Denys Karnulin (ISD Continental)    
43 Marius Bernatonis (Alpha Baltic-UnityMarathons.com)    
44 Jonathan Hornbeck (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda)    
45 Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development)    
46 Michael Hümbert (Bike Aid-Ride For Help) 0:00:34  
47 Carson Miller (Jamis-Hagens Berman)    
48 Joshua Berry (Team SmartStop)    
49 Julien Gagné (Norco Bicycles-Premier Tech)    
50 Félix Côté-Bouvette (Team Veloselect) 0:00:46  
51 Camilo Andres Suarez (4-72 Colombia) 0:00:49  
52 Samuel Witmitz (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:00:53  
53 Jimmy Schurman (Ride with Rendell p/b Biemme)    
54 Jeremy Durrin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:00:56  
55 Flavio Deluna (Team SmartStop) 0:00:59  
56 David Williams (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda)    
57 Conor O'brien (Team Veloselect) 0:01:02  
58 Jean-Michel Lachance (Silber Pro Cycling)    
59 Aurélien Passeron (Silber Pro Cycling)    
60 Yean Rodriguez (4-72 Colombia)    
61 Viesturs Luksevics (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) 0:01:19  
62 Kyle Buckosky (Team H&R Block) 0:01:33  
63 Joe Lewis (Hincapie Sportswear Development)    
64 Tom Soladay (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:01:52  
65 James Stemper (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda)    
66 Tommy Nankervis (Team Budget-Forklifts)    
67 Daniel Durango (4-72 Colombia) 0:02:29  
68 Jimmi Sorensen (Christina Watches-Kuma) 0:02:39  
69 Sebastian Forke (Christina Watches-Kuma)    
70 Enrico Rossi (Christina Watches-Kuma)    
71 James Piccoli (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) 0:02:51  
72 Christopher Prendergast (Team H&R Block) 0:02:56  
73 Bjorn Selander (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:03:24  
74 Oscar Clark (Hincapie Sportswear Development) 0:05:19  
75 Ty Magner (Hincapie Sportswear Development)    
76 Joe Schmalz (Hincapie Sportswear Development)    
77 Bruno Langlois (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda)    
78 Matthew Lloyd (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)    
79 Ryan Wills (Bike Aid-Ride For Help) 0:05:59  
80 Federico Marchiori (Team H&R Block) 0:06:01  
81 Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Garneau-Quebecor)    
82 Benjamin Chaddock (Garneau-Quebecor)    
83 Jacob Kauffman (Garneau-Quebecor)    
84 Benjamin Chartrand (Silber Pro Cycling)    
85 Marijn Verschoor (Team Novo Nordisk) 0:06:54  
86 Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)    
87 Yannick Mayer (Bike Aid-Ride For Help)    
88 Michael Torkler (Team SmartStop)    
89 Cameron Cogburn (Team SmartStop)    
90 Michael Vink (Team Budget-Forklifts)    
91 Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)    
92 Taylor Shelden (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) 0:07:35  
93 Joël Desgreniers (Norco Bicycles-Premier Tech) 0:08:46  
94 Ian Burnett (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis)    
95 Javier Megias (Team Novo Nordisk) 0:09:54  
96 Eloy Teruel (Jamis-Hagens Berman)    
97 Alex Wohler (Team Budget-Forklifts)    
98 Ryan Macdonald (Team H&R Block) 0:16:27  
99 Bradley Huff (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:17:23  
100 Justin Purificati (Ride with Rendell p/b Biemme) 0:18:14  
101 Samuel Blanchette (Norco Bicycles-Premier Tech) 0:24:38  
DNF Jake Tanner (Christina Watches-Kuma)    
DNF Antonio Dibattista (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP)    
DNF Matthias Schnapka (Bike Aid-Ride For Help)    
DNF Tyler Wren (Jamis-Hagens Berman)    
General classification after stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tom Skujins (Hincapie Sportswear Development) 13:08:47  
2 Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 0:01:17  
3 Asbjorn Kragh (Christina Watches-Kuma) 0:01:30  
4 Rob Britton (Team SmartStop) 0:01:43  
5 Stefan Schumecher (Christina Watches-Kuma) 0:01:47  
6 Dion Smit (Hincapie Sportswear Development) 0:01:52  
7 Timothy Roe (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:01:53  
8 Kirk Carlson (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 0:02:02  
9 Carter Jones (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:02:14  
10 Michael Woods (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) 0:02:18  
11 Luca Benedetti (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) 0:02:20  
12 Fernando Orjuela (4-72 Colombia) 0:02:32  
13 Ryan Roth (Silber Pro Cycling) 0:02:35  
14 Garrett Mcleod (Team H&R Block)    
15 Jordon Cheyne (Ride with Rendell p/b Biemme) 0:02:44  
16 Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Sportswear Development) 0:03:23  
17 Timothy Rugg (Ride with Rendell p/b Biemme) 0:03:26  
18 Maxim Jenkins (Team Veloselect) 0:03:34  
19 Jonathan Hornbeck (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) 0:03:47  
20 Robbie Squire (Jamis-Hagens Berman) 0:03:52  
21 Joshua Prete (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:03:56  
22 David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) 0:03:58  
23 Joshua Berry (Team SmartStop)    
24 Chad Beyer (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) 0:04:11  
25 Anatoliy Pakhtusov (ISD Continental) 0:04:17  
26 Gavin Mannion (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) 0:04:31  
27 Nigel Ellsay (Team H&R Block) 0:04:32  
28 Carson Miller (Jamis-Hagens Berman) 0:04:53  
29 Edson Arturo Calderon (4-72 Colombia) 0:05:03  
30 Joonas Henttala (Team Novo Nordisk) 0:05:14  
31 Daniel Bichlmann (Bike Aid-Ride For Help) 0:05:41  
32 Michael Hümbert (Bike Aid-Ride For Help) 0:06:18  
33 Joe Lewis (Hincapie Sportswear Development) 0:06:22  
34 Volodymyr Dzhus (ISD Continental) 0:06:25  
35 Charles Planet (Team Novo Nordisk) 0:06:33  
36 Viesturs Luksevics (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) 0:06:39  
37 Vitaliy Popkov (ISD Continental) 0:06:51  
38 Jure Kocjan (Team SmartStop) 0:07:14  
39 Yors Santofimio (4-72 Colombia) 0:07:27  
40 Marius Bernatonis (Alpha Baltic-UnityMarathons.com) 0:07:39  
41 Denys Karnulin (ISD Continental) 0:08:10  
42 Aurélien Passeron (Silber Pro Cycling) 0:08:29  
43 Flavio Deluna (Team SmartStop) 0:08:38  
44 Julien Gagné (Norco Bicycles-Premier Tech) 0:08:47  
45 Oleksandr Sheydyk (ISD Continental) 0:09:08  
46 Pierrick Naud (Garneau-Quebecor) 0:09:14  
47 Jimmy Schurman (Ride with Rendell p/b Biemme) 0:09:25  
48 Joe Schmalz (Hincapie Sportswear Development) 0:10:04  
49 Brodie Talbot (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:10:07  
50 Christopher Prendergast (Team H&R Block) 0:10:43  
51 Camilo Andres Suarez (4-72 Colombia) 0:10:46  
52 Kyle Buckosky (Team H&R Block) 0:11:05  
53 Maris Bogdanovics (Alpha Baltic-UnityMarathons.com) 0:11:33  
54 Matthew Lloyd (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 0:11:55  
55 James Stemper (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) 0:12:05  
56 Javier Megias (Team Novo Nordisk) 0:12:23  
57 Conor O'brien (Team Veloselect) 0:13:02  
58 Jeremy Durrin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:13:05  
59 Eloy Teruel (Jamis-Hagens Berman)    
60 Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Garneau-Quebecor) 0:13:18  
61 Leonardo Pinizzotto (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) 0:13:20  
62 Jimmi Sorensen (Christina Watches-Kuma) 0:13:39  
63 Maksym Vasilyev (ISD Continental) 0:14:17  
64 Bjorn Selander (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:14:21  
65 Stephen Leece (Jamis-Hagens Berman) 0:16:03  
66 Enrico Rossi (Christina Watches-Kuma) 0:18:06  
67 Marijn Verschoor (Team Novo Nordisk) 0:18:20  
68 Adam Farabaugh (Garneau-Quebecor) 0:19:11  
69 Oscar Clark (Hincapie Sportswear Development) 0:19:21  
70 Jean-Michel Lachance (Silber Pro Cycling) 0:21:29  
71 Cameron Cogburn (Team SmartStop) 0:21:44  
72 Matteo Dal-Cin (Silber Pro Cycling) 0:22:25  
73 Yean Rodriguez (4-72 Colombia) 0:22:27  
74 David Williams (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) 0:23:56  
75 Michael Torkler (Team SmartStop) 0:24:23  
76 Félix Côté-Bouvette (Team Veloselect) 0:24:25  
77 Daniel Durango (4-72 Colombia) 0:25:45  
78 Bruno Langlois (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) 0:27:12  
79 Taylor Shelden (5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda) 0:27:35  
80 Ty Magner (Hincapie Sportswear Development) 0:31:11  
81 Michael Vink (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:31:34  
82 Federico Marchiori (Team H&R Block) 0:31:50  
83 Eric Young (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:32:12  
84 Benjamin Chaddock (Garneau-Quebecor) 0:32:20  
85 Jacob Rathe (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 0:33:25  
86 Samuel Witmitz (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:34:31  
87 Ryan Macdonald (Team H&R Block) 0:35:02  
88 James Piccoli (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) 0:38:21  
89 Tommy Nankervis (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:39:37  
90 Sebastian Forke (Christina Watches-Kuma) 0:41:21  
91 Ian Burnett (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) 0:42:32  
92 Justin Purificati (Ride with Rendell p/b Biemme) 0:44:50  
93 Benjamin Chartrand (Silber Pro Cycling) 0:47:39  
94 Alex Wohler (Team Budget-Forklifts) 0:47:54  
95 Jacob Kauffman (Garneau-Quebecor) 0:52:06  
96 Joël Desgreniers (Norco Bicycles-Premier Tech) 0:52:38  
97 Bradley Huff (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 0:56:58  
98 Ryan Wills (Bike Aid-Ride For Help) 1:02:43  
99 Yannick Mayer (Bike Aid-Ride For Help) 1:03:29  
100 Tom Soladay (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 1:04:42  
101 Samuel Blanchette (Norco Bicycles-Premier Tech) 1:22:04