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June 14/11 10:14 am - Tour de Beauce: Stage 1 Updates

Posted by Editor on 06/14/11

Tour de Beauce:  Stage 1: Lac-Etchemin to Lac-Etchemin, 165.2 km


17 teams for the 2011 start and a total of 113 riders.


It is a grey and cool day - low teens


Start:  9:30 am

An attack launched with 9 riders: Sweeting, Randell, King, Schmidt, Kemps, Lyttle, Burnett, Harrison, Tivers -  went from the gun, quickly taking 20 seconds, but were caught at the first KOM (21.3 km)


As soon as they were caught a group of 18, with all the top riders, went.

Some riders are bridging, and the group is 25   22


At 30 km the gap is 40 seconds


10:25 am  Gap now 53 seconds


10:40 am at 51 km gap is 1:25



10:54 am @ 60 km and the gap is 2:17.  United Healthcare doing the bullk of the work in the peloton


Riders in the break are: Ben Day, Phil Gaimon (Kenda), Pat McCarty, Svein Tuft, François Parisien, Andrew Randell (Spidertech p/b C10), Ben King (Team Type 1) Morgan Schmitt , Christian Meier (Unitedhealthcare), Dominique Rollin (Team Canada) Bernard Sulzberger, Hayden Brooks (Fly V Australia), Timothy Gudsell , Scott Lyttle (Pure Black Racing), Joris Boillat (Champion System), Bernardo Colex (Amore & Vita), Alex Howes, Max Durtschi (Chipotle) Francisco Mancebo Perez, Thomas Rabou (, Daniel Fleeman (Raleigh), Brett Tivers (Garneau Club Chaussures)


Out of radio and cell range now



12:10pm  Radio and cell coverage again


At 75 km and the gap had dropped to 1:57.  Leaders were "messing about", not working together and TT1 had gone to the front in the peloton and were clasin=g the gap rapidly


At 84 km the gap was back up to 2:57

There's a strong crosswind today, 90 kmph and it is causing the lead group some difficulty


at 2nd KOM, 98.6 km the gap at 5:35


12:14 pm:  At 112km (53 to go) and the gap is up to 6:45



12: 26 pm  - At the 3rd KOM (123 km - 42 km to go)  Gap is now 9 minutes


Sun has finally come out, but it is only 17C and very windy


12:42 pm - Gap now over 11 minutes


12:47 pm  At 25 km to go the gap is 12 min.  Average spped for the first 3 hrs has been 41.7 km/hr


1pm - Ben Day (Kenda)  flats but gets a quick change and is back in the lead bunch again


1:08 pm - Gap over 14 min



1:20 pm - < 15 km to go


1:22 pm - 13 km to go and there is an attack off the front of the lead bunch. 

Phil Gaimon (Kenda/ 5-hour Energy Pro Cycling p/b Geargrinder), François Parisien (Spidertech p/b C10) and Timothy Gudsell (Pure Black Racing) have gone clear and have a 23 sec gap.  Lead bunch NOT chasing


1:26 pm - 10 km to go - no change


1:32 pm - Leaders have been joined by Benjamin King (Team Type 1 sanofi-aventis), Scott Lyttle (Pure Black Racing) and Brett Tivers (Garneau-Club Chaussures- Norton Rose).  Gap over 50  sec as they charge to the finish - <5 km to go





1 Scott Lyttle (Pure Black Racing)

2 Timothy Gudsell (Pure Black Racing)

3 François Parisien (Spidertech p/b C10)



Stage Profile (map below)






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