Tour de Beauce: Daniel wins final stage and overall

US road champion dominates on his way to win in Saint-Georges

The 31st edition of the Tour de Beauce concluded with the traditional circuit race through the streets of St-Georges, that once again shredded the field, with only 60 riders finishing the stage. Yellow jersey holder Greg Daniel (Axeon Hagens Berman) capped off his time in yellow by outsprinting General Classification rival Hugo Houle (Team Canada) to win the final stage. Daniel also took the Points jersey and Young Rider jersey. Robert Squire (Holowesko/Citadel p/b Hincapie) took the Climber's jersey, and his team won the Team Classification.

The fifth and final stage sends the riders on 12 laps of a 10.2 kilometre circuit that is dominated by a two kilometre climb. Riders get little recovery time, since the rest of the circuit twists and turns through residential streets. More than once, a race leader has lost the jersey after his team could not respond to the constant attacks put forth by rival contenders.

Daniel went into the stage with only a 16 second gap on Houle, but his team proved to be up to the task. A break of five went clear on the second lap, driven by Rob Britton (Rally). Also in the break were Joshua Berry (Jelly Belly), Ryan Anderson (Team Canada), Alexis Cartier (Garneau Quebecor) and Matteo Dal-Cin (Silber). A few laps later, Thomas Vaubourzeix (Lupus) and Jordan Cheyne (Jelly Belly) bridged across, while Berry was dropped.

The gap went over a minute quickly, and then to 1:45, making Britton the virtual race leader by four seconds. When the gap went over two minutes just past the halfway mark in the race, Axeon began to chase in earnest, slowly chipping away at the lead as some members of the break began to struggle. With less than 40 kilometres remaining the gap went back below a minute, but the peloton was below 50 riders (out of 98 starters) under the intense pace set by Axeon.

As the riders hit three laps to go, the break was all but caught, with only Vaubourzeix trying to stave off capture. The peloton hit the climb and Houle tried to put pressure on Daniel, but only succeeded in exploding the field, with 16 riders going clear over the top. Houle went again on the next lap, but Daniel was stuck to his wheel. The 16 regrouped for the final lap, and Houle made a final attempt to shake the yellow jersey, without success as 12 riders made the cut.

Out of the final corner with 500 metres to go, Houle made the first move, but Daniel was on his wheel, and came by to take the win in the last 50 metres.

"I knew we had a really strong team, but at the end it was going to be mano-a-mano against some of these strong guys, especially Hugo," admitted Daniel. "It was difficult to control but the guys went above and beyond, and pulled pretty much until the final time up the climb, which was perfect. I knew Hugo was the main guy to follow, and for all my team mates I was going to dig inside out to make sure he didn't get away. Winning the final stage was the cherry on top!"

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman3:06:56 
2Hugo Houle (Can) Canada  
3Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
4Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
5Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
6Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
7Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
8Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:00:03 
9Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team  
10Christopher Horner (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
11Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:06 
12Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:00:12 
13Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling0:00:21 
14Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling  
15David Drouin (Can) Canada  
16Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:00:25 
17Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:02:44 
18Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:03:08 
19Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
20Jack Burke (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:03:53 
21Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
22Israel Nuno Argüelles (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:04:22 
23Benhamouda Mehdi (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
24Christopher Pendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
25Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
26Ryan Anderson (Can) Canada  
27Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy Team  
28Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
29Derrick St John (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme  
30Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
31Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
32Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team  
33Alexander Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:04:26 
34Alexis Cartier (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:04:30 
35Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:07:31 
36Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:08:55 
37Justin Mauch (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme  
38William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:11:08 
39Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
40William Guzman Rosario (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
41Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team  
42Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
43Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team  
44Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
45Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
46Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:11:21 
47Robert Hargrove (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:14:20 
48Bjorn Selander (USA) Rally Cycling0:14:43 
49Darcy Wooley (Aus) Garneau Quebecor  
50Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
51Julien Gagne (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
52Kevin Demesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk  
53Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
54Green Edward (RSA) Vélosélect  
55Jocelyn Lemperriere (Fra) Vélosélect  
56Shane Kline (USA) Rally Cycling  
57Colin Joyce (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
58Aviv Yechzkel (Isr) Cycling Academy Team0:15:25 
59Connor Toppings (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors0:15:43 
60Adam Roberge (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:15:54 
DNFAlexander Cowan (Can) Canada  
DNFWilliam Elliot (Can) Canada  
DNFJean-Michel Lachance (Can) Canada  
DNFKyle Buckosky (Can) Canada  
DNFGuy Sagiv (Isr) Cycling Academy Team  
DNFIgnacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFLeonardo Mazara Luisito (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFGerd Dekeijzer (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFTyler Williams (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Lupus Racing Team  
DNFMatthieu Jeannes (Fra) Lupus Racing Team  
DNFBryan Lewis (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
DNFBarry Miller (USA) Lupus Racing Team  
DNFWilliam Routley (Can) Rally Cycling  
DNFPierrick Naud (Can) Rally Cycling  
DNFJohn Hornbeck (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
DNFAndzs Flakis (Lat) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
DNFMiguel Bryon (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
DNFMarc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
DNFDavid Boily (Can) Garneau Quebecor  
DNFMichael Rice (Aus) Garneau Quebecor  
DNFEmile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNFRyan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNFTravis Samuel (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFFélix Côté-Bouvette (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling  
DNFSam Bassetti (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme  
DNFAlex Amiri (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
DNFDylan Davies (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors  
DNFWilliam Blackburn (Can) Vélosélect  
DNFJean-Sébastien Perron (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates  
DNFCameron McPhaden (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates  
DNFEmmanuel Gagné (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates  
DNFStephen Keeping (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFJames Piccoli (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFRobert Gutgesell (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFJyle Boorsma (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
DNFHendrik Pineda (Can) Transports Lacombe/Devinci  
Final General Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman15:37:34 
2Hugo Houle (Can) Canada0:00:22 
3Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:01:07 
4Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:32 
5Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team0:01:53 
6Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling0:02:03 
7Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling0:02:09 
8Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:02:16 
9Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:04:23 
10David Drouin (Can) Canada0:05:11 
11Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:06:06 
12Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy Team0:07:11 
13Christopher Horner (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:07:15 
14Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
15Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:07:23 
16Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team0:07:42 
17Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:08:53 
18Ryan Anderson (Can) Canada0:10:07 
19Israel Nuno Argüelles (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:12:07 
20Derrick St John (Can) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:14:19 
21Justin Mauch (USA) Ride With Rendall p/b Biemme0:14:30 
22Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team0:14:34 
23Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:14:49 
24Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team0:17:01 
25Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:18:01 
26Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:18:17 
27Benhamouda Mehdi (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk0:19:35 
28Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:20:28 
29Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:21:34 
30Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team0:21:41 
31Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:21:43 
32Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling0:23:16 
33William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:24:32 
34Darcy Wooley (Aus) Garneau Quebecor0:29:45 
35Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:30:56 
36Colin Joyce (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:33:25 
37Jack Burke (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:33:30 
38Kevin Demesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:35:10 
39Jocelyn Lemperriere (Fra) Vélosélect0:37:09 
40Christopher Pendergast (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:37:39 
41Alexander Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:38:03 
42Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:38:13 
43Robert Hargrove (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates0:39:03 
44Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:39:06 
45Shane Kline (USA) Rally Cycling0:39:54 
46Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:41:43 
47Rémi Pelletier-Roy (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:42:28 
48Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:44:20 
49Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:44:21 
50Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:44:34 
51Aviv Yechzkel (Isr) Cycling Academy Team0:45:36 
52Bjorn Selander (USA) Rally Cycling0:53:18 
53Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling0:56:20 
54Connor Toppings (Can) Giant Langley / Smart Savvy+ p/b Wounded Warriors0:58:15 
55Green Edward (RSA) Vélosélect0:59:58 
56Alexis Cartier (Can) Garneau Quebecor1:00:35 
57Julien Gagne (Can) Silber Pro Cycling1:01:34 
58Adam Roberge (Can) Apogée // Lowest Rates1:02:01 
59Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing Team1:04:22 
60William Guzman Rosario (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team1:21:04 
Points Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman72 pts
2Hugo Houle (Can) Canada59 
3Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear49 
4Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team48 
5Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling31 
6Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman29 
7Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis27 
8Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis27 
9Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear25 
10Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team24 
11Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling22 
12Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team21 
13Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling20 
14Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear18 
15Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team17 
16Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman17 
17Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling16 
18William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman15 
19Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team14 
20Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman12 
21Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy Team12 
22Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis12 
23Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team11 
24David Drouin (Can) Canada11 
25Christopher Horner (USA) Lupus Racing Team7 
26Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis6 
27Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling6 
28Taylor Shelden (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis6 
29Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis6 
30Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling6 
31Jack Burke (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling5 
32Ryan Anderson (Can) Canada3 
33Bailey McKnight (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling3 
34Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling2 
35Alex Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling1 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear61 pts
2Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cycling Academy Team48 
3Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling34 
4Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear27 
5Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman26 
6Sepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling20 
7Chad Beyer (USA) Lupus Racing Team19 
8Neilson Powless (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman18 
9Ryan Anderson (Can) Canada17 
10Hugo Houle (Can) Canada13 
11Danick Vandale (Can) H&R Block Pro Cycling12 
12Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman11 
13Emanuel Piaskowy (Pol) Cycling Academy Team10 
14Lachlan Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis8 
15Mac Brennan (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear7 
16Jacob Rathe (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis7 
17Mihkel Raim (Est) Cycling Academy Team7 
18Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman5 
19Dan Craven (Nam) Cycling Academy Team4 
20Alexis Cartier (Can) Garneau Quebecor4 
21Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Silber Pro Cycling4 
22Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis4 
23Daniel Turek (Cze) Cycling Academy Team3 
24William Barta (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman3 
25Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2 
26Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team1 
27Joshua Berry (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis1 
28Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team1 
29Oscar Clark (USA) Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear1 
Teams Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Holowesko-Citadel P/B Hincapie Sportwear47:04:53 
2Axeon Hagens Berman0:00:36 
3Silber Pro Cycling0:00:51 
4Cycling Academy Team0:00:57 
5Canada0:03:09 
6Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis0:04:11 
7Rally Cycling0:04:45 
8Lupus Racing Team0:24:13 
9Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team0:33:20 
10Garneau Quebecor0:43:52 
11H&R Block Pro Cycling1:14:32 

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