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

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling3:06:38
2Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 1 - Cell 2
3Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStopRow 2 - Cell 2
4Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:16
5Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 7 - Cell 2
9Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStopRow 8 - Cell 2
10Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 9 - Cell 2
11Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget ForkliftsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Orgullo AntioquenoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 13 - Cell 2
15Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Derrick St John (Can) Silber Pro Cycling0:03:20
24Stephen Keeping (Can) Transports LacombeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Dan Gardner (GBr) Action Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26David Drouin (Can) Norco Premier TechRow 25 - Cell 2
27Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo NordiskRow 26 - Cell 2
28Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 27 - Cell 2
29Michael Olheiser (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Chris Putt (USA) Axeon Cycling Team0:03:24
31Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStopRow 30 - Cell 2
32Garrett Mcleod (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Emerson Oronte (USA) Team SmartStopRow 32 - Cell 2
34Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau QuebecorRow 34 - Cell 2
36Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 35 - Cell 2
37Juan David Montoya Abreu (Col) Orgullo AntioquenoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis0:03:27
39Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro CyclingRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 40 - Cell 2
42Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Orgullo AntioquenoRow 41 - Cell 2
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 AntioquenoRow 48 - Cell 2
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 TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Timothy Rugg (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b BiemmeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Alexis Cartier (Can) Transports Lacombe0:13:32
56Olivier Brisebois (Can) Garneau Quebecor0:14:14
57Christopher Prendergast (Can) Wheels of BloorRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin BikesRow 57 - Cell 2
59James Schurman (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Kris Dahl (Can) Team SmartStopRow 59 - Cell 2
61Chad Beyer (USA) Sante Universelle/Marin BikesRow 60 - Cell 2
62Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b MaxxisRow 61 - Cell 2
63Emile Jean (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes0:17:45
DNFRobin Carpenter (USA) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Lewis (Aus) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFTyler Magner (USA) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Clark (USA) Hincapie Racing TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo NordiskRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFJoonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordiskRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFMartijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo NordiskRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFCortlan Brown (USA) Action Cycling TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFBrecht Dhaene (Bel) Action Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFMax Jenkins (USA) Action Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFClay Murfet (Aus) Action Cycling TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFStephen Hyde (USA) Action Cycling TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFAnton Varabei (Can) Garneau QuebecorRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFStuart Wight (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFBailey Mcknight (Can) H&R Block Pro CyclingRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Menendez Velasco (Spa) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Jose Cueto Montero (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFWinston David (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFOliver Flautt (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFEvan Murphy (USA) Lupus Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFEric Young (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFPierrick Naud (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Soladay (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFCharles Bradley Huff (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFRafael Montiel (Col) Orgullo AntioquenoRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Sebastian Tamayo Martinez (Col) Orgullo AntioquenoRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFSamuel Horgan (NZl) Team Budget ForkliftsRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFJacob Kauffmann (Aus) Team Budget ForkliftsRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFJosh Berry (Aus) Team Budget ForkliftsRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFJack Bobridge (Aus) Team Budget ForkliftsRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFGlenn O'shea (Aus) Team Budget ForkliftsRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFEvan Huffman (USA) Team SmartStopRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFTim Mitchell (USA) CCB RacingRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Carr (USA) CCB RacingRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFEd Veal (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b BiemmeRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFBen Andrew (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin BikesRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Sreblowski (Can) Wheels of BloorRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew House (Can) Wheels of BloorRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFOsmond Bakker (Can) Wheels of BloorRow 101 - Cell 2
DNSMichael Le Rossignol (Can) Silber Pro CyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
DNSConor O'brien (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b BiemmeRow 103 - Cell 2
DNSRobert Gutgesell (Can) Wheels of BloorRow 104 - Cell 2
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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 MaxxisRow 27 - Cell 2
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
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Point classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team53pts
2Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA49Row 1 - Cell 3
3Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA47Row 2 - Cell 3
4Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA45Row 3 - Cell 3
5Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA42Row 4 - Cell 3
6Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team38Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling33Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team SmartStop29Row 7 - Cell 3
9Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop28Row 8 - Cell 3
10Brendan Canty (Aus) Team Budget Forklifts25Row 9 - Cell 3
11Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team25Row 10 - Cell 3
12Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies23Row 11 - Cell 3
13Logan Owen (USA) Axeon Cycling Team23Row 12 - Cell 3
14James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team20Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jordan Cheyne (Can) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme18Row 14 - Cell 3
16Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling17Row 15 - Cell 3
17Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team16Row 16 - Cell 3
18Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis16Row 17 - Cell 3
19Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno14Row 18 - Cell 3
20Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team12Row 19 - Cell 3
21Gavin Mannion (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis12Row 20 - Cell 3
22Keegan Swirbul (USA) Axeon Cycling Team10Row 21 - Cell 3
23Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis10Row 22 - Cell 3
24Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling10Row 23 - Cell 3
25Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling8Row 24 - Cell 3
26Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes8Row 25 - Cell 3
27Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno7Row 26 - Cell 3
28Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk6Row 27 - Cell 3
29Emerson Oronte (USA) Team SmartStop6Row 28 - Cell 3
30Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA5Row 29 - Cell 3
31Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno4Row 30 - Cell 3
32Etienne Moreau (Can) Sante Universelle/Marin Bikes3Row 31 - Cell 3
33Andzs Flaksis (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team3Row 32 - Cell 3
34Daniel Eaton (USA) Axeon Cycling Team2Row 33 - Cell 3
35Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2Row 34 - Cell 3
36Bruno Langlois (Can) Garneau Quebecor2Row 35 - Cell 3
37Steve Fisher (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2Row 36 - Cell 3
38Dan Gardner (GBr) Action Cycling Team1Row 37 - Cell 3
39Morgan Schmitt (USA) Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme1Row 38 - Cell 3
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Mountain classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno48pts
2Guillaume Boivin (Can) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies28Row 1 - Cell 3
3Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA25Row 2 - Cell 3
4Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA16Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Axeon Cycling Team15Row 4 - Cell 3
6Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing Team14Row 5 - Cell 3
7Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA13Row 6 - Cell 3
8Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA11Row 7 - Cell 3
9Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing Team10Row 8 - Cell 3
10Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA10Row 9 - Cell 3
11Alexander Ray (NZl) Silber Pro Cycling8Row 10 - Cell 3
12Rob Britton (Can) Team SmartStop8Row 11 - Cell 3
13Gregory Daniel (USA) Axeon Cycling Team7Row 12 - Cell 3
14Keegan Swirbul (USA) Axeon Cycling Team6Row 13 - Cell 3
15Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno5Row 14 - Cell 3
16Zachary Bell (Can) Team SmartStop5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Orgullo Antioqueno4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA4Row 17 - Cell 3
19Alexandr Braico (Mda) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis4Row 18 - Cell 3
20Diego Milan Jimenez (Dom) Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team3Row 19 - Cell 3
21James Oram (NZl) Axeon Cycling Team3Row 20 - Cell 3
22Angus Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis2Row 21 - Cell 3
23Ryan Roth (Can) Silber Pro Cycling2Row 22 - Cell 3
24Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA2Row 23 - Cell 3
25Benjamin Perry (Can) Silber Pro Cycling2Row 24 - Cell 3
26Emerson Oronte (USA) Team SmartStop1Row 25 - Cell 3
27Alexander Cataford (Can) Silber Pro Cycling1Row 26 - Cell 3
28Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis1Row 27 - Cell 3
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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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