Cycling Academy's Mihkel Raim wins Tour de Beauce opener

US champion Greg Daniel is second, followed by Lupus Racing's Chad Beyer

Mikhel Raim (Cycling Academy) took the biggest win of his pro career on Wednesday during the opening stage of the 31st edition of the Tour de Beauce. Raim was part of a race-long break that held off the field, and outkicked US champion Greg Daniel (Axeon Hagens Berman) and Chad Beyer (Lupus) for the win.

"We joined the breakaway a little bit after it started," explained Raim. "It was a long day at the office, but I think we raced very smart at the front. We didn't go full gas, we took the climbs easily and went hard on the flat. They [peloton] started panicking at the end, but we had a tailwind, and we knew that if we had four minutes after the circuits, we were going to make it. I think it might be my best victory."

The 185 kilometre stage featured strong winds and the usual Beauce climbs. Riders headed out 30 kilometres from the town of St-Georges to a 14.7 kilometre circuit for eight laps, before returning to their starting point, for a final 200 metre uphill finish. The circuit was dominated by a 15% climb through the village of St-Odilon.

Attacks began in the first five kilometres, and three riders finally broke free 20 kilometres into the stage - Guy Sagiv (Cycling Academy), Danick Vandale (H&R Block) and Andrei Krasilnikau (Holowesko/Citadel p/b Hincapie). The gap to the field hovered around the one minute mark as they entered the circuit, but then began to grow.

A chase group of four bridged up on the second lap, containing Raim, Daniel, Beyer and Dan Craven (Cycling Academy), put three riders from the Israeli team in the front. The peloton was disinclined to chase, and the gap stretched out to seven minutes by lap five.

At this point, Team Canada, Rally Cycling and Silber all started to up the tempo, but the other strong team, Jelly Belly held back. The break began to shed riders; first Vandale and then, as they turned to head back to town, Sagiv. the gap was coming down, but slowly, at nearly five minutes with 30 kilometres to go, and a tailwind to assist the leaders.

Jelly Belly finally added their horsepower, and the gap began to shrink more rapidly, but it was becoming apparent that the chasers had left it too late. With 10 kilometres to go it was 2:30, and still 90 seconds with three kilometres left.

The finish was a high speed right hand turn into an immediate climb to the finish line. Raim came through the corner first after a leadout from his team mate Craven and powered to the finish, with Daniel on his wheel but unable to come around. The bunch finished 1:16 back.

"It was good that I was able to get in the break and make it stick," said Daniel. "That's more the kind of racer I am, a breakaway specialist. We had such a big cushion at the end that we were able to make it stick. I got pushed a little bit wide in the last corner, but he just had the jump on me and I could not come around. He had a very good sprint, a good kick, and congrats to him."

Raim will go into stage 2 with both the leader's Yellow jersey and the white Points jersey. Krasilnikau, one point back, will wear it on Stage 2. Daniel, five seconds back after a time bonus to Raim, holds the Red jersey for Best Young Rider, while Beyer leads the KoM competition.

Stage 2, the Queen Stage of Beauce, will likely completely overhaul the standings, after finishing up the five kilometre climb to Mont Megantic.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team4:28:26 
2Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
3Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:00:02 
4Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:00:05 
5Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team0:00:08 
6Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:01:16 
7Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
8Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
9Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
10Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
11Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
12Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
13Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
14David Boily (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
15Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
16Christopher Horner (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
17Tyler Williams (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
18Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
19Ryan Anderson (Can) Canada  
20Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
21Colin Joyce (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
22Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team  
23Benhamouda Mehdi (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
24David Drouin (Can) Canada  
25Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling  
26Hugo Houle (Can) Canada  
27Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
28Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
29Bryan Lewis (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
30Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy Team  
31Aviv Yechzkel (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
32Darcy Wooley (Aus) Garneau Quebecor  
33Christopher Pendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
34Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
35Justin Mauch (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme  
36Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team  
37Barry Miller (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
38Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling  
39Jack Burke (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
40Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
41Andzs Flakis (Lat) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
42William Routley (Can) Rally Cycling  
43Michael Rice (Aus) Garneau Quebecor  
44Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:01:30 
45Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:40 
46Derrick St John (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:02:15 
47Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
48Israel Nuno Argüelles (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
49Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
50Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
51Sam Bassetti (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:02:21 
52Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:29 
53Tim Rugg (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:02:38 
54Jocelyn Lemperriere (Fra) Vélosélect0:04:08 
55Robert Gutgesell (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci0:04:10 
56John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
57Bjorn Selander (USA) Rally Cycling0:04:15 
58Pierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling0:07:15 
59Alexander Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:08:55 
60Guy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
61Robert Hargrove (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:10:35 
62Green Edward (RSA) Vélosélect  
63William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
64James Piccoli (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
65Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Lupus Racing Team0:11:38 
66Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Lupus Racing Team  
67Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
68Nicolas Lefrançois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
69Kyle Buckosky (Can) Canada  
70Connor Toppings (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
71Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
72Félix Côté-Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
73Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
74Gerd Dekeijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
75Kevin Demesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
76Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling  
77Shane Kline (USA) Rally Cycling  
78Stephen Keeping (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
79Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
80Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
81Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
82Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:12:19 
83Adam Roberge (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:14:19 
84Alex Amiri (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors0:14:25 
85Conor O'Brien (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:14:28 
86Julien Gagne (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
87Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
88Fernando Grijalba Perez (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:14:33 
89Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
90Jean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:15:18 
91Justin Purificati (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:15:26 
92William Elliot (Can) Canada  
93Alexander Cowan (Can) Canada  
94Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
95Emmanuel Gagné (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:18:08 
96Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canada0:21:16 
97Dylan Davies (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors0:22:42 
98Cameron McPhaden (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:24:21 
99Hendrik Pineda (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
100Leonardo Mazara Luisito (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
101William Guzman Rosario (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:24:27 
102Julien Barzeau-Seguin (Can) Vélosélect0:25:19 
103Benjamin Andrew (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates  
104François Chabot (Can) Vélosélect  
105William Blackburn (Can) Vélosélect0:25:32 
106Jyle Boorsma (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
107Alexis Cartier (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:25:37 
108Mitchell MacDonald (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci0:37:43 
109Joshua Kropf (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
110Benoit Boulay (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci0:48:18 
DNFJames Glasspool (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFJacob Schwingboth (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFCasey Roth (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme  
DNFBrandon Jones (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
DNFDerek Gee (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
DNFChris Macleod (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
DNFFabien Lemaire (Can) Vélosélect  
DNFMattieu Borduas (Can) Vélosélect  
DNSTyler D'Arcy (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates  
General Classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team4:28:13 
2Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:00:05 
3Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:00:10 
4Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:00:13 
5Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team0:00:21 
6Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:01:29 
7Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
8Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
9Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
10Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
11Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
12Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
13Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
14David Boily (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
15Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
16Christopher Horner (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
17Tyler Williams (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
18Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
19Ryan Anderson (Can) Canada  
20Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
21Colin Joyce (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
22Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team  
23Benhamouda Mehdi (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
24David Drouin (Can) Canada  
25Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling  
26Hugo Houle (Can) Canada  
27Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
28Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
29Bryan Lewis (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
30Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy Team  
31Aviv Yechzkel (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
32Darcy Wooley (Aus) Garneau Quebecor  
33Christopher Pendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
34Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
35Justin Mauch (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme  
36Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team  
37Barry Miller (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
38Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling  
39Jack Burke (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
40Marc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
41Andzs Flakis (Lat) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
42William Routley (Can) Rally Cycling  
43Michael Rice (Aus) Garneau Quebecor  
44Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:01:43 
45Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:53 
46Derrick St John (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:02:28 
47Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
48Israel Nuno Argüelles (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
49Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
50Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
51Sam Bassetti (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:02:34 
52Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:42 
53Tim Rugg (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:02:51 
54Jocelyn Lemperriere (Fra) Vélosélect0:04:21 
55Robert Gutgesell (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci0:04:23 
56John Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
57Bjorn Selander (USA) Rally Cycling0:04:28 
58Pierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling0:07:28 
59Guy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team0:09:03 
60Alexander Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:09:08 
61Robert Hargrove (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:10:48 
62Green Edward (RSA) Vélosélect  
63William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
64James Piccoli (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
65Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Lupus Racing Team0:11:51 
66Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
67Nicolas Lefrançois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
68Kyle Buckosky (Can) Canada  
69Connor Toppings (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
70Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
71Félix Côté-Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
72Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
73Gerd Dekeijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
74Kevin Demesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
75Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling  
76Shane Kline (USA) Rally Cycling  
77Stephen Keeping (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
78Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
79Travis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
80Miguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
81Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Lupus Racing Team0:12:11 
82Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:12:32 
83Adam Roberge (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:14:32 
84Alex Amiri (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors0:14:38 
85Conor O'Brien (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:14:41 
86Julien Gagne (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
87Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
88Fernando Grijalba Perez (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:14:46 
89Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
90Jean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:15:31 
91Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:15:37 
92Justin Purificati (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:15:39 
93William Elliot (Can) Canada  
94Alexander Cowan (Can) Canada  
95Emmanuel Gagné (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:18:21 
96Jean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canada0:21:29 
97Dylan Davies (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors0:22:55 
98Cameron McPhaden (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:24:34 
99Hendrik Pineda (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
100Leonardo Mazara Luisito (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
101William Guzman Rosario (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:24:40 
102Julien Barzeau-Seguin (Can) Vélosélect0:25:32 
103Benjamin Andrew (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates  
104François Chabot (Can) Vélosélect  
105William Blackburn (Can) Vélosélect0:25:45 
106Jyle Boorsma (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
107Alexis Cartier (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:25:50 
108Mitchell MacDonald (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci0:37:56 
109Joshua Kropf (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
110Benoit Boulay (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci0:48:31 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team18 pts
2Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear17 
3Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman16 
4Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team14 
5Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team11 
6Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman10 
7Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling9 
8Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman8 
9Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling7 
10Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk6 
11Guy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team5 
12Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear5 
13Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear4 
14Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling3 
15David Boily (Can) Garneau Quebecor2 
16Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling2 
17Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling1 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team19 pts
2Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling12 
3Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear7 
4Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team6 
5Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman5 
6Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team4 
7Guy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team1 
Teams Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cycling Academy Team13:26:42 
2Axeon Hagens Berman0:01:08 
3Lupus Racing Team0:01:10 
4Holowesko / Citadel P/B Hincapie Sportwear0:01:13 
5Silber Pro Cycling0:02:24 
6Canada  
7Garneau Quebecor  
8H&R Block Pro Cycling  
9Rally Cycling  
10Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis0:02:48 
11Inteja-Mmr Dominican Cycling Team0:04:22 
12Ride With Rendal P/B Biemme0:04:28 
13Team Novo Nodisk0:12:46 
14Transports Lacombe / Devinci0:24:59 
15Vélosélect0:38:38 
16Lowestrates.Com0:38:48 
17Giant Lang Sawy P/B Wounded Warriors0:47:21 

 

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