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21st Tour de Beauce - 2.2

Canada, June 13-18, 2006

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Stage 4b - June 16: Centre-ville de St-George Critérium, 60 km

Faltus gets another Sparkasse win in Beauce criterium

By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Saint-Georges, Quebec

Richard Faltus (Team Sparkasse)
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Tonight's criterium was more of a race for fun than for keeps, as the overall classification would not be affected so long as everyone finished. The half-stage was to serve more as a thank you to the community for hosting the event, and a chance to earn some extra money. With the leaders all content to ride out of trouble the door was opened for the working riders to give their legs a spin, and after working hard yesterday for his teammate as race leader, Richard Faltus (Team Sparkasse) got his own moment, leading the entire final lap out of a break for the win.

"We had a talk on the radio during the race," Faltus said. "Parinussa was with me and we decided he would do the climb. Everyone thinks he is the strongest so maybe we can surprise everyone. Then I got a 100 meter gap." The decoy move might have been the reason Faltus got his jump, but Navigators Insurance's Canadian Mark Walters was not going to let him get away without a fight.

"When Faltus went I went with him. He had been biding his time. I just had to go. I ended up drag racing him on the back stretch but I spent a lot to catch up to him." Faltus was able to gain a gap on the back side which he held the rest of the way, giving him plenty of time to savour his win.

Coming with Walters was young Australian Wes Sulzberger (South Australia.com-AIS) who attacked trying to get the jump for second place. "I jumped on Walter's wheel, but I led it out too early," he said. "He came around me so I ducked back behind him, restarted my sprint and hit it again." He had gone early enough in order to correct his mistake, taking the sprint for second ahead of Walters.

Initiating this main break was Jittery Joe's-Zero Gravity's Australian Trent Wilson, who was quickly aided by Austin King. "I didn't want to be in the wind, but I saw an opportunity," said Wilson. "Austin came with me and then two more."

Former race leader Stefan Parinussa
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"The climb wasn't bad if you hit it with enough speed," said King about the small but steep climb each lap. "When I attacked I was going into it at like 35 mph. Not long after Walters bridged with Jacob Erker (Symmetrics) and the two became four."

Six more riders bridged over the course of ten laps to make the break ten. "I was the last one to bridge," said Sulzberger. "It took the rest of the race for me to recover. My team-mate Peter Dawson chased every last attack at the end -- he did awesome."

While the break worked well together, the attacking did start near the end of the race. "We were the only ones attacking -- the only ones making it a real race," said Wilson. "I pretty much had a shadow all night."

"I was mostly covering attacks at the end with Ciaran," said Walters. "Downing looked strong and so did Wilson. A few tried to sit on but most everyone worked."

But a well-rested Faltus had taken many turns at the rear and used the saved-up energy to make the decisive move. I was sitting on a lot at the back resting near the end," he admitted.

Austin King
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With no change of the overall possible, the main riders of the Tour de Beuace took it bit easier. Tomorrow's urban circuit race in Quebec City is sure to test the small gaps between the leaders.


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(Note: this stage does not count toward the GC)
1 Richard Faltus (Cze) Sparkasse                          1.14.26
2 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS              
3 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators                                  
4 Stefan Parinussa (Ger) Sparkasse                               
5 Trent Wilson (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity               
6 Jacob P. Erker (Can) Symmetrics                                
7 Peter McDonald (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello                  
8 Russel Downing (GBr) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed             
9 Ciaran Power (Irl) Navigators                                  
10 Peter Dawson (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
11 Austin King (USA) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity               
12 Glen Alan Chadwick (Aus) Navigators                           
13 Ger Soepenberg (Ned) Altipower                                
14 Miles Olman (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                   
15 Sebastian Frey (Ger) Sparkasse                                
16 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Navigators                               
17 Thoren Wieditz (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.       
18 Bernie Sulzberger (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed         
19 Philippe Abbott (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.      
20 Bryan Smith (USA) TIAA-CREF                                   
21 Jean-Sébastien Maheu (Can) Équipe Du Québec                   
22 Bruno Langlois (Can) Canadian National Team                   
23 Cesar Augusto Grajales (Col) Navigators                       
24 Mathieu Roy (Can) Garneau - Optik                             
25 Mitsuteru Tanaka (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                      
26 Peter Sanowar (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.        
27 Tom Flammang (Lux) Sparkasse                                  
28 Jarley Colorado Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion            
29 Kane Oakley (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed               
30 Rodolfo Lopez (Mex) Tecos Trek VH                             
31 Michael Ford (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
32 Joel Dion-Poitras (Can) Calyon-Litespeed                      
33 David Veilleux (Can) Garneau - Optik                          
34 Cameron Jennings (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed          
35 Derek McMaster (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.       
36 John Fredy Parra Calada (Col) Tecos Trek VH                   
37 Yovanny Torres Castro (Col) Colombia Es Pasion                
38 Peter John Herzig (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello              
39 Edward King (USA) Priority Health                             
40 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Navigators                           
41 Dustin Macburnie (Can) Canadian National Team                 
42 Greg Reain (Can) Canadian National Team                       
43 Simon Kelly (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn                 
44 Takeaki Ayabe (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                         
45 Clovis Auger (Can) Volkswagen Trek                            
46 Peter Woestenberg (Ned) Altipower                             
47 Niek Asbroek (Ned) Altipower                                  
48 Gregorio Ladino Vega (Col) Tecos Trek VH                      
49 Brian Sheedy (USA) Priority Health                            
50 Diego Montoya (Col) Colombia Es Pasion                        
51 Raphaël Tremblay (Can) Volkswagen Trek                        
52 Hector Rangel Zimarron (Mex) Tecos Trek VH                    
53 Jairo Hernandez (Col) Colombia Es Pasion                      
54 Danny Pate (USA) TIAA-CREF                                    
55 Cameron Hughes (Aus) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.       
56 Jairo Salas Atehortua (Col) Colombia Es Pasion                
57 Brendan Brooks (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello                 
58 Fausto Esparza Munoz (Mex) Tecos Trek VH                      
59 Condor Murphy (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn               
60 Brent Bookwalter (USA) Priority Health                        
61 Maxime Vives (Can) Calyon-Litespeed                           
62 Timo Honstein (Ger) Sparkasse                                 
63 Francisco Matamoros Navarro (Mex) Tecos Trek VH               
64 Satoshi Hirose (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                        
65 Andrew Randell (Can) Symmetrics                               
66 Derek Burke (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn                 
67 Kevin Miller (Can) Fiordifrutta                               
68 Eric Boily (Can) Volkswagen Trek                              
69 Matthew White (USA) Fiordifrutta                              
70 Jamie Lamb (Can) Garneau - Optik                              
71 Zachary Garland (Can) Équipe Du Québec                        
72 Tom Zirbel (USA) Priority Health                              
73 Jean-Sebastien Perron (Can) Calyon-Litespeed                  
74 Daniel Maggiacomo (Can) Italpasta - Transport Belmire C.C.    
75 Joshua Dillon (USA) Fiordifrutta                              
76 Peter Hatton (Aus) Jittery Joe's pb Zero Gravity              
77 Cody Stevenson (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello                 
78 Christopher Rozdilsky (USA) Fiordifrutta                      
79 William Frischkorn (USA) TIAA-CREF                            
80 David Harrigan (Aus) DFL - Cyclingnews - Litespeed            
81 Ian Macgregor (USA) TIAA-CREF                                 
82 David O'Brien (Can) Équipe Du Québec                          
83 Christian Lademann (Ger) Sparkasse                            
84 Svein Tuft (Can) Symmetrics                                   
85 Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics                               
86 Francois Parisien (Can) TIAA-CREF                             
87 Alexi Richer (Can) Équipe Du Québec                           
88 Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics                              
89 Dan Timmerman (USA) Fiordifrutta                              
90 Tony Mann (Aus) FRF Couriers - Caravello                      
91 Koki Simbo (Jpn) Aisan Racing Team                            
92 Phillip Cortes (Can) Garneau - Optik                          
93 Ryan Roth (Can) Canadian National Team                        
94 Thijs Poelstra (Ned) Altipower                                
95 Sean Finning (Aus) South Australia.com - AIS                  
96 Jean-Sébastien Beland (Can) Volkswagen Trek                   
97 Morgan Fox (Irl) Team Murphy & Gunn / Newlyn                  
DNF Darren Shea (NZl) New Zealand national team                  
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