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Tour de Beauce 2014

Date range:
June 11-15

June 15, Stage 5: Ville de St-Georges - Ville de St-Georges 124.8km

Skujins wins final stage and overall title at the Tour de Beauce

By:
Pat Malach
Published:
June 15, 2014, 22:01 BST,
Updated:
June 15, 2014, 23:12 BST

Britton and Tvetcov take second and third overall

Race leader Tom Skujins (Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team) wins stage 5 and the overall title at the Tour de Beauce

Race leader Tom Skujins (Hincapie Sportswear Development Cycling Team) wins stage 5 and the overall title at the Tour de Beauce

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Hincapie Sportswear Development Team's Toms Skujins celebrated his 23rd birthday with an impressive flair Sunday at the 29th Tour de Beauce, winning the final stage and sealing the overall win along with the jerseys for best young rider and the points competition.

“That's how we race, right?” Skujins said after taking his second stage win of the five-day tour. “That's the Hincapie motto: just go as hard as you can for as long as you can. You have to give all of yourself and take risks. That's how to race.”

Skujins and his team covered all of the early moves on the difficult circuit race in St-Georges before the Latvian rider made the final selection and then sprinted away from the rest of the survivors during the long uphill drag to the finish.

Team SmartStop's Rob Britton crossed the line second on the stage and moved into second overall. Edson Arturo Calderon (4-72 Colombia) finished the stage third, while Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly-Maxxis) clung to a third-place overall finish after crossing the line Sunday in 11th place.

The final day at the tour proved to be the most difficult of the week, with more riders abandoning the stage than finishing it. The 10.4km circuit started above the town of St-Georges and then twisted its way through a residential neighborhood before plunging down along the Chaudiere River in town. From there it turned back uphill toward the start/finish for another loop of the technical route. The riders circled the course 12 times for a total of 124.8km.

“It was definitely the hardest one, just because we did circuits and you had to climb this climb over and over again,” Skujins said. “And there is always the pressure of keeping the jersey and everything else.”

The day started without mercy as riders gunned it from the start and never really let up until they either abandoned or limped across the finish line. Several groups of 10 or fewer riders escaped the field and gained small gaps of 40 seconds or less, but the Hincapie team was determined not to let Skujins' grasp on the general classification slip away. The team limited any escapees' advantage to a manageable margin.

After much shaking and reshuffling, a group of 15 riders that included most of the general classification contenders assembled off the front. Mechanicals and a manic tempo soon whittled the front group down to seven, and from there the final selection left just five riders at the front with two laps remaining.

In the lead group were Skujins, Calderon, Britton, Bruno Langlois (5-hour Energy/Kenda) and Kirk Carlson (Jelly Belly). The leaders had a half-minute gap on a chasing group of seven riders and 55 seconds on the field, which had been reduced to about 20 riders.

Langlois flatted on the second-to-last lap and fell out of the group, while Amore & Vita's Michael Woods bridged from the first chase group to the leaders, who maintained their advantage over the closing circuits. The five riders at the front approached the final climb ready to fight it out amongst themselves for the win, and Woods tried to jump away with about a kilometer remaining.

Woods' move shattered the front group, and only Skujins, Britton and Calderon were able to come to terms with his effort. That trio eventually passed Woods, but Skujins put in a final winning kick with 200 meters to go. Britton clung to his wheel but was unable to come around, and Calderon hung on for third.

“Woods was our biggest concern,” Britton said of the finale. “And then Toms is obviously just on another level. He is so strong, and chapeau to him. He rode like a boss today. Next to Toms on the climbs, I knew [Woods] was the guy to watch. He hit out and just shattered everybody. I was able to mark him, and then with about 200 meters to go Toms started to wind it up. I could go with him, but really all I could do was watch in the last 100.”

Skujins effort on the day almost netted him the KOM jersey as well; he finished second in that competition, just 10 points behind polka-dot jersey winner Joshua Berry (Team SmartStop).

The results provided a very happy birthday for Skujins, who will now head back to Europe for his national championships.

“This birthday was definitely in the top three of the best ever,” Skujins said. “Probably the best one was in 1991, when I was born. That was probably the best one. But this is probably in the top three.”

Full Results

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