Britton solos to stage win as Beauce blows apart

Flaksis claims overall victory in final stage mayhem

Once again, the final stage of the Tour de Beauce proved to be decisive, upending the general classification and reassigning three of four jerseys. Latvia's Andzs Flaksis (Holowesko-Citadel) jumped from eighth and 2:13 out of the lead to win the overall classification after finishing fourth on the stage.

Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) won the final 122 kilometre stage in an impressive solo breakaway for the final 35 kilometres.

The last stage is a 10 kilometre circuit that the riders cover 12 times. It includes a 1.5 kilometre climb and zig-zags through the streets of St-Georges, forcing the riders to constantly brake and accelerate. Add to that 32 (Celcius) heat, and the stage has regularly seen upsets occur.

Yellow Jersey holder Alec Cowan (Silber) came into the stage with a 26 second advantage over Jordan Cheyne (Jelly Belly) and 35 seconds over Jack Burke (Aevolo). Silber was put to the test immediately, with Ian Garrison (Axeon Hagens Berman) - 1:22 down - part of the group that attacked on the first climb. Silber struggled to keep control of the race for three laps before it all came apart, with multiple attacks from different teams exploding the peloton.

By lap three, a group of 16 were away, including Cheyne, Burke, Garrison and Clement Russo (St-Etienne), who was fifth at 50 seconds. A second group, containing Flaksis, was making their way across, while Cowan was struggling in a third group, losing ground with every pedal stroke.

When the two front groups combined they effectively became the peloton, with the yellow jersey group over three minutes down at the halfway point. Cowan's group would suffer a final indignity of being pulled at the start of the final lap, as Britton lapped them.

At the front, Britton and Gavin Mannion (United Healthcare) broke away with four laps to go, and Britton dropped Mannion on the climb to go solo for the win. A chase group containing Flaksis, his teammate Robin Carpenter, Diego Milan Jimenez (Inteja) and Francisco Mancebo (Canyon) dropped the rest of the field, and that would prove to be decisive, since they finished three minutes ahead of the group containing Cheyne.

Russo attacked on the final climb to just overtake Cheyne for second in the overall standings, and won the Best Young Rider competition, with Carpenter winning the Points Jersey and Nigel Ellsay (Silber) managing to hold onto the Climber's Jersey. Only 42 riders would be classified at the end of the race, and only 29 were on the same lap as Britton. Cowan finished 11th in the final standings.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling3:03:53 
2Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:01:28 
3Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Canyon Bicycle  
4Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:01:31 
5Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:02:05 
6Clement Ruso (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop0:04:20 
7Steve Fisher (USA) Canyon Bicycles0:04:40 
8Edward Anderson (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
9Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
10Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Québecor  
11Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
12Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
13Brett Wachtendorf (USA) Lowestrates  
14Erik Slack (USA) Canyon Bicycles  
15Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:04:44 
16Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo  
17Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:06:27 
18Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:07:32 
19Lance Haidet (USA) Aevolo  
20Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
21Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
22Ian Garrison (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:08:05 
23Rui Oliveira (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman  
24Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo0:15:58 
25Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo  
26Connor Toppings (Can) Smart Savvy + Garneau  
27Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
28Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo0:16:40 
29Alexander Amiri (Can) Smart Savvy+ Garneau  
30Stephen Bassett (USA) Silber Pro Cycling0:17:53 
31Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
32Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
33Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
34Félix Cote Bouvette (Can) Garneau-Quebecor  
35Cortlan Brown (USA) Canyon Bicycles  
36Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau Québecor  
37Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:17:55 
38Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
39Jokin Etxabe Leturia (Spa) Aevolo  
40Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop  
41Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:17:56 
42Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:17:58 
DNFOscar Clark (USA) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
DNFTaylor Eisenhart (USA) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
DNFJoseph Lewis (Aus) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear  
DNFFabio Calabria (Aus) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFAlexander Cataford (Can) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFAdrian Hegyvary (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team  
DNFJonathan Brown (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman  
DNFChristopher Lawless (GBr)Axeon Hagens Berman  
DNFJulien Gagne (Can) Silber Pro Cycling  
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Can) Rally Cycling  
DNFSepp Kuss (USA) Rally Cycling  
DNFMarc-Antoine Soucy (Can) Garneau Québecor  
DNFJean-François Soucy (Can) Garneau Québecor  
DNFSimon Pierre Gauthier (Can) Garneau-Quebecor  
DNFChad Beyer (USA) Canyon Bicycles  
DNFChris Winn (Aus) Canyon Bicycle  
DNFSerghei Tvetcov (Rom) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
DNFAngus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
DNFMichael Sheehan (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis  
DNFMichael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo  
DNFBrendan McCormack (USA) Foundation Cycling  
DNFBarry Miller (USA) Foundation Cycling  
DNFWellington Canela Capellan (Dom) Foundation Cycling  
DNFJean Michel LaChance (Can) Foundation Cycling  
DNFJonathan Sandoval Ulloa (Mex) Foundation Cycling  
DNFJoshua Kropf (Can) Smart Savvy + Garneau  
DNFMitchell Ketler (Can) Smart Savvy + Garneau  
DNFJake Cullen (Can) Smart Savvy + Garneau  
DNFIgnacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFWilliam De Jesus Guzman Rosario (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team  
DNFJules Cusson Fradet (Can) Lowestrates  
DNFDan Doddy (Can) Lowerstrates  
DNFMatthew Sherar (Can) Lowestrates  
DNFBonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwa) Lowestrates  
DNFLeo Boileau (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop  
DNFAxel Flet (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop  
DNFCedric Pla (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop  
DNFLouis Richard (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop  
DNFLuc Dury (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop  
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Holowesko / Citadel P/B Hincapie Sportswear  
2Canyon Bicycle9:22:27 
3Axeon Hagens Berman9:29:04 
4Inteja Dominican Cycling Team9:38:34 
6Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis  
7Garneau Quebecor9:52:05 
8Silber Pro Cycling10:05:18 
Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear15:42:13 
2Clement Ruso (Fra) Team St-Étienne p/b Probikeshop0:01:21 
3Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:01:27 
4Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo0:01:36 
5Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:02:41 
6Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:03:19 
7Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:04:35 
8Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Québecor0:04:41 
9Erik Slack (USA) Canyon Bicycles0:05:13 
10Ian Garrison (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:05:44 
11Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:14:10 
12Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo0:15:15 
13Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo0:16:43 
14Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:20:00 
15Laurent Gervais (Can) Aevolo0:20:58 
16Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:22:52 
17Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:24:06 
18Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Canyon Bicycle0:28:24 
19Edward Anderson (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman0:29:30 
20Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling0:29:53 
21Brett Wachtendorf (USA) Lowestrates0:30:06 
22Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:30:09 
23Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:32:44 
24Lance Haidet (USA) Aevolo0:35:16 
25Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:36:21 
26Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team0:40:36 
27Steve Fisher (USA) Canyon Bicycles0:42:27 
28Jokin Etxabe Leturia (Spa) Aevolo0:44:24 
29Connor Toppings (Can) Smart Savvy + Garneau0:45:45 
30Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:46:43 
31Rui Oliveira (Por) Axeon Hagens Berman0:47:23 
32Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:48:06 
33Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau Québecor0:49:46 
34Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:50:33 
35Nickolas Zukowsky (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:52:53 
36Stephen Bassett (USA) Silber Pro Cycling0:53:23 
37Cortlan Brown (USA) Canyon Bicycles0:54:16 
38Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:56:13 
39Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:57:06 
40Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop0:58:18 
41Alexander Amiri (Can) Smart Savvy+ Garneau1:01:22 
42Félix Cote Bouvette (Can) Garneau-Quebecor1:09:07 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear59 pts
2Clement Ruso (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop46 
3Ian Garrison (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman41 
4Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling39 
5Steve Fisher (USA) Canyon Bicycles39 
6Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling36 
7Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear27 
8Edward Anderson (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman20 
9Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team19 
10Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis19 
11Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Canyon Bicycle18 
12Emile Jean (Can) Silber Pro Cycling15 
13Ruben Companioni (Cub) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear14 
14Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team14 
15Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman13 
16Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis12 
17Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis12 
18Tyler Stites (USA) Aevolo12 
19Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Québecor11 
20Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau Québecor10 
21Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo10 
22Erik Slack (USA) Canyon Bicycles9 
23Brett Wachtendorf (USA) Lowestrates9 
24Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team8 
25Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear8 
26Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling8 
27Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling7 
28Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team5 
29Jokin Etxabe Leturia (Spa) Aevolo5 
30Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo3 
31Félix Cote Bouvette (Can) Garneau-Quebecor1 
32Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team1 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nigel Ellsay (Can) Silber Pro Cycling36 pts
2Robin Carpenter (USA) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear30 
3Keegan Swirbul (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis16 
4Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling16 
5Jordan Cheyne (Can) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis15 
6Jack Burke (Can) Aevolo13 
7Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team13 
8Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team11 
9Steve Fisher (USA) Canyon Bicycles11 
10Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team11 
11Rafael Marquez Raigon (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team10 
12Cortlan Brown (USA) Canyon Bicycles8 
13Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Canyon Bicycle8 
14Sean Bennett (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis7 
15Alexander Cowan (Can) Silber Pro Cycling5 
16Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Québecor5 
17Clement Ruso (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop4 
18Geoffrey Curran (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman3 
19Ian Garrison (USA) Axeon Hagens Berman3 
20Andrei Krasilnikau (Blr) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear2 
21Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Team St-Étienne P/B Probikeshop2 
22Brett Wachtendorf (USA) Lowestrates1 
23Julio Alberto Amores Palacios (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling Team1 
24Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Holowesko / Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear1 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Canyon Bicycle47:23:44 
2Holowesko / Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear0:04:04 
4Axeon Hagens Berman0:19:19 
5Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:25:09 
6Inteja Dominican Cycling Team0:39:28 
7Silber Pro Cycling1:03:47 
8Garneau Quebecor1:30:34 


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