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August 6/08 12:47 pm - Tour de la Guadeloupe: Stage 4- Evans still leading


Posted by Editoress on 08/6/08
 

Tour de la Guadeloupe Guadeloupe

Atlantic Cycling Centre Team report

Well, the cat's finally out of the hat. Columbian climber Flober Pena Pena showed the rest of the pack what he was capable of after hiding for four days. Tuesday's stage 4 marked the entry in the real mountains. Not to say the event had been ridden over flat and easy roads since its beginning, but today, and until Thursday, the Tour de la Guadeloupe enters 3 mountain stages.

For us, with Cameron Evans in yellow, we had to bring him to the mountain safely; they were coming after the 90th km. From the start, attacks would come from everywhere and made our job really hard. Our tactic was to be very selective on who we'd chase down and who we'd let go. With only 4 riders left on our team, the job would be though with that many days to go if we decided to totally control.

As expected, Pena Pena went to work very early as soon as the roads went up. After 20 km's, the selection was made and he was up the road with 6 other guys. Being 13 minutes behind on GC, we figured it would be ok to let him go early on the flatter roads. Unfortunately for us, absolutely no other team or rider were willing to ride with us.

Ryan Belliveau had to do a lot of work in the first 40 kms before the first 2 KOM's. He unfortunately had to pay the price and got dropped on those super steep climbs, and had to ride home alone. André Tremblay then took over, and with some help from Dustin MacBurnie, he manage to get Cam to the foot of the climb with a gap of about 3:45 on the Pena Pena group. It was then the time for Dustin to take care of the climbs. He did very well also, helping Cam considerably dropping the gap on everyone but the eventual solo winner of the day, Pena Pena.

The Columbian flew over those mountains and gained another 3 minutes over the yellow jersey; slicing his deficit in half in one stage. "I was ready to give him 3 or 4 minutes today, but he got seven. Every team ganged up on ours and would not work for us. They don't seem to care if Pena Pena wins the Tour and steals them a spot on the podium. Some of them lost a lot more time then we did by not riding. They had all the interest in the world to ride the flats with us, I have yet to figure out all there local tactics;" mentions the directeur sportif, Luc Arseneau

So Cameron now enjoys a lead of 4:38 over 2nd place rider, but Pena Pena will be looking at changing that over tomorrow's stage. Stage 5 will also be 120 km, but will go over the toughest mountains on the island, the Mamelles.

On a side note, we were happy to be using our Giant and Shimano bottles today, along with our Gu products. Our mechanic, TJ Woodburn-Rogers was also very happy to find his tools (and clothes) at the Pointe-à-Pitre airport last night. Every thing was still held up at customs since Friday!

This project is made possible under the Centre's Selection program, sponsored by Giant, Nelsons, Yakima, Croissant Soleil, Université de Moncton, Shimano and Gu. For this special project, we also want to send a special thank you to some very special donations which made it possible for us to get down here:

• Terry Tomlin Sports Marketing
• Nick and Cory Jay
• Gavin Giles
• Mike's Bike Shop (who also supplied TJ Woodburn-Rogers as a mechanic)
• Velo NB
• Cycling PEI
• Bicycle NS

Stage 4 (August 5th): Lamentin to Baillif, 104 km
1 Flobert Pena Pena (Union Cycliste Capesterrienne)2:56:15
2 Andrei Medyannikov (Matouba Rayon d'Argent)at 2:36
3 Jean-Claude Luce (ynx Optique Eafit / UVN)5:16
4 Martin Haring (ZP Sport)6:15
5 Quentin Legrand (S Police)6:37
6 Nelson Ismael Sanchez Jimenez (Matouba Rayon D'argent)6:49
7 Josef Palcak (ZP Sport)6:50
8 Serge Nipau (AS Police)7:01
9 Fremin Jérôme (Ste-Austreberthe Pavilly Barent)7:06
10 Martial Gene (Excelsior)s.t.
19 Cameron Evans (Atlantic Cycling Centre)s.t.
27 Dustin MacBurnie (Atlantic Cycling Centre)7:52
49 André Tremblay (Atlantic Cycling Centre)10:46
101 Ryan Belliveau (Atlantic Cycling Centre)38:46
GC
1 Cameron Evans (Atlantic Cycling Centre)14:19:26
2 Martial Gene (Excelsior)at 4:37
3 Jean-Claude Luce (Lynx Optique Eafit / UVN)5:51
4 Flobert Pena Pena (Union Cycliste Capesterrienne)6:12
5 Marechaux Régis (Digicel JCA)6:50
6 Andrei Medyannikov (KMatouba Rayon d'Argent)7:04
7 Leonard O Grullon Garcia (AS Baie-Mahault)8:49
8 Fremin Jérôme (Ste-Austreberthe Pavilly Barent)9:08
9 Nelson Ismael Sanchez Jimenez (Matouba Rayon D'argent)9:40
10 Eddy Lembo (Espoir du Sud)9:52
26 Dustin MacBurnie (Atlantic Cycling Centre)16:58
35 André Tremblay (Atlantic Cycling Centre)19:51
99 Ryan Belliveau (Atlantic Cycling Centre)1:08:18
Young rider GC
1 Leonard O Grullon Garcia (AS Baie-Mahault)14:28:15
2 Frédéric Attaud (AS Baie-Mahault)1:43
3 Florent Gougeard (Ste-Austreberthe Pavilly Barent)5:46
4 Josef Palcak (ZP Sport)6:30
5 Marek Canecky (ZP Sport)6:52
12 André Tremblay (Atlantic Cycling Centre) 11:02
Points GC
1 Andrei Medyannikov (Matouba Rayon d'Argent)37 pts
2 Cameron Evans (Atlantic Cycling Centre)35
3 Flobert Pena Pena (Union Cycliste Capesterrienne)34
4 Jean-Claude Luce (Lynx Optique Eafit / UVN)32
5 Eddy Lembo (Espoir du Sud)30
Mountains GC
1 Flobert Pena Pena (Union Cycliste Capesterrienne)26 pts
2 Andrei Medyannikov (Matouba Rayon d'Argent)12
3 Leonard O Grullon Garcia (AS Baie-Mahault)6
4 Adam Pierzga (Lynx Optique Eafit / UVN)6
5 Jean-Claude Luce (Lynx Optique Eafit / UVN)6
6 Cameron Evans (Atlantic Cycling Centre)5
Team GC
1 Excelsior42:05:45
2 Union Cycliste Capesterrienneat 2:54
3 AS Baie-Mahault10:25
4 Lynx Optique Eafit / UVN10:55
5 Ste-Austreberthe Pavilly Barenti13:47
6 Atlantic Cycling Centre18:49


 


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