GP Cycliste de Beauce, Cat 2.4

Canada, June 16-21

Stage 1a     Stage 1     Stage 2     Stage 3     Stage 4     Stage 5     Stage 6

Prologue Criterium, 40 kms:

Jacques Paquin is our reporter in Canada and writes that the first stage a circuit race over 36 1.1 kms laps was held in very wet and windy conditions.

 1. Franck McCormack (USA) Saturn  		       55.35
 2. Czeslaw Lucaszewiecz (Pol) Mroz
 3. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Saturn    			1.18
 4. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn
 5. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz
 6. Brat Bowen (USA) Saturn
 7. Roy Knickman (USA) Mercury
 8. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ
 9. Scott Moninger (USA) Navigators
10. Norman Alvis (USA) Saturn				s.t.

Stage 1

Gordon Fraser, from the Mercury team, beat a group of 45 riders up for the sprint to win the first road stage in the Grand Prix cycliste Peugeot de Beauce in the time of 3.48.13. Tomas Konecny and Slavomir Heger, both from the Czech Republic team ZVVZ completed the podium. In the GC, Frank McCormack (Saturn) and Czeslaw Lucaszewiccz (Mroz) lead the list.

 1. Gordon Fraser (Can) Mercury			     3.48.13
 2. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ
 3. Slavomir Heger (Cze) ZVVZ
 4. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn
 5. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz
 6. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn
 7. Czeslaw Lucaszewiccz (Pol) Mroz
 8. Brian Walton (Can) Saturn
 9. Trent Klasna (USA) Navigators
10. Mark Walters (USA) Mercury				s.t.

GC after Stage 1

 1. Franck McCormack (USA) Saturn
 2. Czeslaw Lucaszewiecz (Pol) Mroz

Stage 2

Jacques Paquin, our reporter in Canada writes that after 20 kms an attack went away which lasted until nearly 146 kms. Then American rider Skip Spangenburg took everyone by surprise when he attacked again at around the 146 kms mark. There was no reaction to this attack from the peloton. They probably did not think he would stay away for the rest of the stage. They miscalculated.

 1. Skip Spangenburg (USA) Navigators		     4.31.16
 2. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ           			2.42
 3. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn
 4. Czeslaw Lucaszewicz (Pol) Mroz
 5. Slavomir Heger (Cze) ZVVZ
 6. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz
 7. Charles Dionne (Can) Rad-Énergie
 8. Ernie Lechuga (USA) USA National
 9. David Clinger (USA) Mercury
10. Trent Klasna (USA) Navigators			s.t.

GC after Stage 2

 1. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn        	     9.17.45
 2. Czeslaw Lucaszewicz (Pol) Mroz        		0.01
 3. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ          			1.23
 4. Gordon Fraser (USA) Mercury
 5. Trent Klasna (USA) Navigators         		1.27
 6. Sylvain Beauchamp (Can) Rad-Énergie
 7. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz     			1.29
 8. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn
 9. David Clinger (USA) Mercury
10. Brian Walton (USA) Saturn				s.t.

Stage 3, Mont Megantic, 170 kms:

The third stage is probably the hardest stage of the Tour. It is definitely a Mountain stage. It finishes with the climb of mont Mégantic after 160 kms. The climb is an absolute monster.

Jacques Paquin, our reporter in Canada writes that the celebrated climb of Mont Mégantic turned the GC on its head today. The leader's jersey is now held by Levi Leipheimer (Saturn) who won the 170 km stage in the time of 4h27m23s.

7 riders attacked around the 72 kms mark but one of them punctured and could never regain contact with them again. All the large teams were represented in this escape. One rider said afterwards: "I never knew that there were such huge mountains in Québec. I found it very long. That resembles the European cols, except that over there the slope is less steep. Here the gradient is very tough."

Tomorrow there is a morning stage comprising an ITT over 15.7 kms and then Stage 5 an evening criterium over 49.6 kms.

 1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Saturn                     4.27.23
 2. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz           		0.07
 3. Artour Babaltsev (Cze) ZVVZ                   	0.36
 4. Thurlow Rogers (USA) Mercury           		1.43
 5. Scott Moninger (USA) Navigators         		2.30
 6. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ                 		3.21
 7. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn                    	3.21
 8. Jacques Landry (Can) Rad-Énergie        		3.25
 9. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) Mroz                		3.27
10. Peter Wedge (Can) Rad-Énergie           		4.26

GC after Stage 3

 1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Saturn                    13.27.23
 2. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz           		0.07
 3. Artour Babaltsev (Cze) ZVVZ                   	0.41
 4. Thurlow Rogers (USA) Mercury           		1.14
 5. Tomas Konecny (Pol) ZVVZ          			3.21
 6. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn                  		3.27
 7. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn           		3.29
 8. Jacques Landry (Can) Rad-Énergie          		3.29
 9. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) Mroz                		3.33
10. Scott Moninger (USA) Navigators         		3.36

Stage 4, ITT 15.7 kms:

Jacques Paquin, our reporter in Canada writes that the morning ITT saw Levi Leipheimer (Saturn) retain his leader's jersey with a 36 seconds gap although he did not win the stage. His teammate Frank McCormack won the stage in 19.31.51 in front of Dainis Ozols (Mroz) at 20 seconds.

 1. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn	            19.31.51
 2. Dainis Ozols (Pol) Mroz                     	0.20
 3. Trent Klasna (USA) Navigators               	0.23
 4. Thurlow Rogers (USA) Mercury                	0.32
 5. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Saturn                	0.33
 6. David Zabriskie (USA) USA National			0.36
 7. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn                    	0.40
 8. Artour Babaitsev (Cze) ZVVZ                		0.42
 9. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Espoir de Laval         	0.46
10. Igor Bontchoukov (Ita) Saeco        		0.52

GC after Stage 4

 1. Levi Leipheimer (Saturn)

Stage 5, Criterium, 49.6 kms:

In the Critérium, two riders escaped - Mark Walters (Mercury) and Peter Wedge (Rad-Energie) who were away alone for the majority of the 49.6 kms race. In the final sprint, Walters beat Wedge by 1 second.

 1. Mark Walters (USA) Mercury                       1.05.51
 2. Peter Wedge (Can) Rad-Energie                      	0.01
 3. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn                  	0.10
 4. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ 
 5. Raimondas Rumsas (Pol) Mroz
 6. Julian Dean (NZ) Mercury
 7. Charles Dionne (Can) Rad-Energie
 8. David Clinger (USA) Mercury
 9. Ernie Lechuga (USA) USA National
10. Dainis Ozols (Pol) Mroz				s.t.

GC after Stage 5

 1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Saturn                    15.12.36
 2. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz           		0.36
 3. Artour Babaltsev (Cze) ZVVZ                   	0.50
 4. Thurlow Rogers (USA) Mercury           		1.48
 5. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn           		2.56
 6. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn                  		3.34
 7. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) Mroz                		3.59
 8. Tomas Konecny (Pol) ZVVZ          			4.01
 9. Jacques Landry (Can) Rad-Énergie          		4.06
10. Dainis Ozols (Pol) Mroz				4.19

Stage 6, 180 kms:

The last stage over 180 kms finishes on a very steep mountain ascent.

 1. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ                 	     4.50.20
 2. David Clinger (USA) Mercury
 3. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) Mroz  
 4. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz
 5. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn 
 6. Trent Klasna (USA) Navigators
 7. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn     
 8. Raimondas Rumsas (Pol) Mroz  
 9. Thurlow Rogers (USA) Mercury 
10. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Saturn 

Final GC:

 1. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Saturn          	    20.02.56
 2. Andrzei Sypytkowski (Pol) Mroz          		0.36
 3. Artour Babaltsev (Cze) ZVVZ             		0.50
 4. Thurlow Rogers (USA) Mercury            		1.48
 5. Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn            		2.56
 6. Chann McRae (USA) Saturn                		3.34
 7. Tomas Konecny (Cze) ZVVZ                		3.56
 8. Tomasz Brozyna (Pol) Mroz               		3.58
 9. Dainis Ozols (Pol) Mroz                 		4.19
10. Scott Moninger (USA) Navigators         		4.21
Jacques Paquin, is our reporter in Canada