Tour de Beauce: Bilbao overtakes Skujins to win overall title on final day

Perry wins finale stage 5 in Saint-Georges

The final stage of the Tour de Beauce has more than once upended the standings, and this year was no exception. Race leader and defending champion Tom Skujins (Hincapie Racing) came into the final stage with a seven second advantage over team mate Dion Smith, nine seconds over Stage 2 winner Amets Txurruta (Caja Rural) and ten seconds in front of Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural). By the end of the 12 lap, 122 kilometre stage, Bilbao had won Yellow, finishing second in a sprint to Ben Perry (Silber Pro Racing).

The ten kilometre circuit is deceptively difficult. Dominated by 1.5 kilometre climb out of the center of town, the riders zigzag through urban streets, constantly sprinting out of corners with little chance to rest. Only 63 finished the final stage, with 39 dropping out. The main bunch had only 18 riders left.

Hincapie Racing Team was under pressure from the first lap, as attacks flew off the front with various riders and teams trying to move up in the standings.

"Hincapie worked very hard until two laps to go, and they controlled the race," said Bilbao. "We took advantage of a moment of weariness from them to attack, because we saw a great opportunity. I am impressed by our performance. I had some doubts about my form and after the time trial on Friday, which was not very good for us, I didn't know what to expect."

An initial group of four riders off the front swelled to 14 as the race entered the final five laps, including potential GC threat Rob Britton (Team SmartStop). Hincapie was managing to keep the gap to under a minute with all the attacks, but it was taking its toll, and they started to shed riders.

The final remnants of the original break were brought back with a couple of laps to go, but then Britton and Bilbao countered and were joined by Perry. Skujins clearly was in trouble, with only team mate Dion Smith to help chase, and they could not bring back the three leaders.

The gap remained less than 20 seconds, but there were time bonuses on offer as well. Into the final 300 metres the break was only 16 seconds in front of the desperately chasing Skujins group, but it was enough to put Bilbao in Yellow.

For Ben Perry, it is the best result of his career. "I played my cards and I expected good opportunities. I was well positioned in the last two laps, and didn't do much work because of my team mate Ryan [Roth, fifth in General Classification]. So for the sprint I was definitely fresher. This is my career best result, and I am very happy for my team to be able to win the stage."

Skujins finished second overall at 15 seconds, followed by Smith at 22 seconds. Smith also won the Points and Best Young Rider jerseys, and Mauricio Ortega (Orgullo Antioqueno) kept the Climber's Jersey he held all week, while Caja Rural took the Team GC title.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling3:06:38 
2Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
3Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop  
4Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:16 
5Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
6Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team  
7Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team  
8Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
9Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop  
10Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
11Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
12Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno  
13Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team  
14Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
15Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
16Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team  
17James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team  
18Keegan Swirbul (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:00:48 
19Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:02:03 
20Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:09 
21Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team  
22Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team  
23Derrick St John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:03:20 
24Stephen Keeping (Can) Transports Lacombe  
25Dan Gardner (GBr) Action Cycling Team  
26David Drouin (Can) Norco Premier Tech  
27Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
28Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
29Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
30Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:03:24 
31Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStop  
32Garrett Mcleod (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
33Emerson Oronte (USA) Team SmartStop  
34Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
35Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
36Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
37Juan David Montoya Abreu (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno  
38Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:03:27 
39Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling  
40Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
41Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
42Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno  
43Jordan Cheyne (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme0:03:24 
44Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:27 
45Morgan Schmitt (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme0:05:30 
46Dylan Cunningham (Can) Wheels of Bloor0:06:12 
47Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:06:51 
48Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:08:38 
49Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno  
50Nick Jowsey (NZl) Lupus Racing Team0:08:45 
51Kyle Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:08:59 
52Etienne Moreau (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes0:12:26 
53Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team  
54Timothy Rugg (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme  
55Alexis Cartier (Can) Transports Lacombe0:13:32 
56Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:14:14 
57Christopher Prendergast (Can) Wheels of Bloor  
58Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes  
59James Schurman (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
60Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop  
61Chad Beyer (USA) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes  
62Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
63Emile Jean (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes0:17:45 
DNFRobin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing Team  
DNFJoseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing Team  
DNFTyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing Team  
DNFOscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Racing Team  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCortlan Brown (USA) Action Cycling Team  
DNFBrecht Dhaene (Bel) Action Cycling Team  
DNFMax Jenkins (USA) Action Cycling Team  
DNFClay Murfet (Aus) Action Cycling Team  
DNFStephen Hyde (USA) Action Cycling Team  
DNFAnton Varabei (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
DNFStuart Wight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFBailey Mcknight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFRuben Menendez Velasco (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFJuan Jose Cueto Montero (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFWinston David (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
DNFOliver Flautt (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
DNFEvan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
DNFEric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
DNFPierrick Naud (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
DNFThomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
DNFCharles Bradley Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
DNFRafael Montiel (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno  
DNFJuan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno  
DNFSamuel Horgan (NZl) Team Budget Forklifts  
DNFJacob Kauffmann (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
DNFJosh Berry (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
DNFJack Bobridge (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
DNFGlenn O'shea (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts  
DNFEvan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStop  
DNFTim Mitchell (USA) CCB Racing  
DNFAdam Carr (USA) CCB Racing  
DNFEd Veal (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme  
DNFBen Andrew (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes  
DNFAnthony Sreblowski (Can) Wheels of Bloor  
DNFAndrew House (Can) Wheels of Bloor  
DNFOsmond Bakker (Can) Wheels of Bloor  
DNSMichael Le Rossignol (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNSConor O'brien (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme  
DNSRobert Gutgesell (Can) Wheels of Bloor  
Final general classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA17:03:18 
2Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team0:00:15 
3Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team0:00:22 
4Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:24 
5Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:00:42 
6Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:01 
7James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team0:01:10 
8Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop0:01:19 
9Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:52 
10Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team0:01:54 
11Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts0:01:55 
12Jordan Cheyne (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme0:04:01 
13Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:04:20 
14Keegan Swirbul (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:04:49 
15Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno0:05:25 
16Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:05:38 
17Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:05:52 
18Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:06:05 
19Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:06:44 
20Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:07:37 
21Dan Gardner (GBr) Action Cycling Team0:08:43 
22Morgan Schmitt (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme0:09:00 
23Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:09:15 
24Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:09:40 
25Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:09:51 
26Derrick St John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:10:01 
27Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:10:49 
28Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
29Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling0:12:14 
30Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:12:52 
31Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:15:00 
32Garrett Mcleod (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:15:20 
33Juan David Montoya Abreu (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno0:15:42 
34Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno0:15:47 
35Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:16:52 
36Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno0:18:04 
37Emerson Oronte (USA) Team SmartStop0:21:15 
38Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:21:16 
39Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:22:04 
40Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team0:22:25 
41David Drouin (Can) Norco Premier Tech0:22:35 
42Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:22:38 
43Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop0:25:06 
44Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:26:48 
45Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:30:20 
46Timothy Rugg (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme0:31:42 
47Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:32:18 
48Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:33:03 
49Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:33:19 
50Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes0:34:55 
51Etienne Moreau (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes0:36:07 
52Kyle Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:43:34 
53Dylan Cunningham (Can) Wheels of Bloor0:43:53 
54Chad Beyer (USA) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes0:44:58 
55Stephen Keeping (Can) Transports Lacombe0:47:31 
56Christopher Prendergast (Can) Wheels of Bloor0:47:55 
57Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:51:50 
58Nick Jowsey (NZl) Lupus Racing Team0:52:28 
59Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStop0:53:43 
60James Schurman (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:59:38 
61Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStop1:04:03 
62Emile Jean (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes1:06:45 
63Alexis Cartier (Can) Transports Lacombe1:45:34 
Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team53 pts
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA49 
3Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA47 
4Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA45 
5Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA42 
6Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team38 
7Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling33 
8Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop29 
9Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop28 
10Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts25 
11Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team25 
12Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies23 
13Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team23 
14James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team20 
15Jordan Cheyne (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme18 
16Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling17 
17Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team16 
18Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis16 
19Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno14 
20Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team12 
21Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis12 
22Keegan Swirbul (USA) Axeon Cycling Team10 
23Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis10 
24Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling10 
25Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling8 
26Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes8 
27Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno7 
28Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk6 
29Emerson Oronte (USA) Team SmartStop6 
30Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA5 
31Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno4 
32Etienne Moreau (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes3 
33Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team3 
34Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team2 
35Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2 
36Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor2 
37Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2 
38Dan Gardner (GBr) Action Cycling Team1 
39Morgan Schmitt (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme1 
Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno48 pts
2Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies28 
3Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA25 
4Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA16 
5Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team15 
6Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team14 
7Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA13 
8Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA11 
9Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team10 
10Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA10 
11Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling8 
12Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop8 
13Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team7 
14Keegan Swirbul (USA) Axeon Cycling Team6 
15Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno5 
16Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStop5 
17Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno4 
18Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA4 
19Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis4 
20Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team3 
21James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team3 
22Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2 
23Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling2 
24Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2 
25Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling2 
26Emerson Oronte (USA) Team SmartStop1 
27Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling1 
28Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis1 
Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caja Rural-Seguros Rga9:20:26 
2Axeon Cycling Team0:00:36 
3Silber Pro Cycling0:03:04 
4Team Smartstop0:03:08 
5Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis0:03:20 
6Orgullo Antioqueno0:06:35 
7Hincapie Racing Team0:12:26 
8Lupus Racing Team0:20:32 
9Ride With Rendall P/B Biemme0:20:48 
10Garneau Quebecor0:24:17 
11Santé Universelle / Marin Bikes0:40:22 


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