After five days and six stages of racing, the 32nd edition of the Tour de Beauce concluded on Sunday in St-Georges, Quebec. Canada’s longest running UCI sanctioned stage race saw Canadians win four stages and wear multiple leader jerseys during the 643 kilometers of racing.
Emile Jean of the Canadian team Silber Pro Cycling won the first stage and donned the Yellow Jersey of race leader. A day later, Canada’s Matteo Dal-Cin, racing for Rally Cycling, won the Queen stage of the race, finishing alone at the top of Mont Megantic, while Nigel Ellsay (Silber Pro Cycling) took the lead in the Climber’s Jersey competition, which he would successfully defend for the rest of the race. On Friday, the third day of racing, Silber was again successful, with Alec Cowan winning the individual time trial to take over the Yellow Jersey, plus the White (Points) and Red (Best Young Rider) jerseys.
On the final day of competition, Canada’s Rob Britton (Rally Cycling) took a very impressive solo breakaway win, while Jordan Cheyne (Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis) kept Canada on the overall podium by finishing third, behind overall winner Andzs Flaksis (Holowesko-Citadel) of Latvia. Canada had two other Canadians in the top-10 – Jack Burke (Aevolo) in fourth and national champion Bruno Langois (Garneau Quebecor) in eighth. Burke also finished second overall in the Under-23 competition.
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